Posts by Design Spice

An architect turned Information and UI/ UX Designer based in London UK.

To be different

While in Kamari, I enjoyed walking from end to end of the beach. It can be very quiet at the first few hours in the morning, I felt fortunate for having the beach all to myself. 

I came across this hotel and wondered around it, it’s different. 

Ah yes, to be different. It takes guts and much courage to do something that people will or will not like. I got to speak to the owner of the hotel and expressed my admiration about the concept of his hotel, how it’s different from the others. He said the idea came from his wife. 

True enough, a man’s success has a lot to do with the kind of woman he chooses to have in his life. 

Work that let you travel


The work landscape has changed, in my field (IT), people are expected to work from home. We’re not given permanent desk at work. If decide to work in the office, you have to book a desk, otherwise you’ll end up squatting in the lounge. 

So this week, I’ll be drinking cocktails at Kamari beach in Santorini while I work away. I just need to make sure I give good results and great content to my clients. 

Minimalism Series: Digital Spring Cleaning

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Spring has finally arrived and I’ve finally did my “digital spring cleaning”. It baffles me to discover duplicates of files in my laptop and more duplicates in my cloud storage. I have about six external hard drives and a drobo which I haven’t open yet but that would be for another spring cleaning. My main target is to delete unnecessary files in my laptop and have more free space.

This digital spring cleaning is specifically for my Macbook Pro, I have yet to do any cleaning/ sorting my email, social media and other gadgets I have (iPad and iPhone).

I deleted apps that I don’t use anymore
My laptop is only a year and a half old, I was shocked to see old apps I purchased just because they were popular back then. I am naive like that, I buy things I thought I’m going to use but never had. The best thing to do is to delete them.

I removed contacts whom I don’t have business or friends with anymore
I’m a certified introvert but that doesn’t mean I don’t get to meet new people. I like meeting new people actually and exchanging contacts is cool when you actually do contact one another.

I created a repository for my files
It’s important to separate personal and business files. These two keywords are my basis in creating folders.

I deleted duplicated files
This took me a while to decide as I wasn’t sure which is which. I’ve just said to myself that these files won’t kill me if I happen to delete any of them. Ooops!

I organised my photos according to year-month-event they were taken.
Half of my files are photos, I rearranged each folder and rename it by year-month-event. It’s best to have proper naming of them where I can recall events just by looking at the title. After doing so, I moved all the pictures in my cloud storage.

I weed out my Safari bookmark
I’m used to bookmarking everything I see on the internet and this has to stop! I hardly revisit these sites anyway. Digital trends keep changing and several UI design tips I bookmarked a year ago was not relevant today anymore. I deleted ‘online shopping’ folder as well, it’ll be better for my soul ^-^

I bin files under ‘Downloads’ 
This should be done every week or every time I remember. It cannot be ignored, ‘Downloads’ folder is a trap.

5 Articles to read this weekend

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I’ve been crazy busy, busy in a good way though. Not sure how my days went but I’m grateful it’s finally weekend. I’m dying to go to the gym, do some shopping and write something here. Work seems to have sucked all my energy but it’s alright. I’m passionate of what I do and that’s all matter. Working with kind hearted people is a plus too and I’m lucky in this area – I happen to always work with nice people!

Anyway, I’d like to share some of the articles I found on the internet. Before I go to bed, I browse blogs like a mad woman. I do even buy products recommended by them. They have huge influence in me and I’ve great admiration with these people.

10 Things to tell yourself when you’re feeling unaccomplished

A Case for letting the universe decide

How to avoid looking like a tourist when you travel

Things to think about when you go on holiday

My dream camera

February 2016 Favourites

February flew by just like that and I can’t even remember what I did for the past few weeks! Anyhoo, I still want to post my February favourites to feature products I love:

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Perfume

Chloé Love Story Eau de Parfum
Chanel Fraíche is my signature scent but it’s fun to try new ones. I chanced upon this perfume at the airport and decided to give it a try. What’s not to love using this one, it smells fantastic! I do buy perfumes at the airport because they’re cheaper and I feel that they last longer compare to the ones you buy in the shop. I cannot guarantee this reasoning though, it must just be psychological of some sort haha!

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Topshop Fluppy Glass Keyring
You can find all things cute in Topshop, literally everything! I can actually spend an hour at their accessories section. I love browsing at their shop in Oxford St, it has several storeys and they do often have sales.

Chanel Small Double Wallet
I’m all about classics now, I’ve soon learned that my taste to outfits and accessories have become simple. I used to wear loud prints and neon handbags lol. Over the years, I’ve sold wallets and bags that I used to love but regret buying after few months. This wallet is for keeps though, it is made in caviar with gold hardware. I have it for about six months and recently been using it as it fits very well in my everyday bag.

AudioBooks

For someone like me who’s always on the go, I’d highly recommend audiobooks. I’d managed to finished several books just by listening to them while I’m travelling, at the gym or even when I’m cooking. I’d never thought that I would be addicted to it but I am now. Below are the three books I’ve finished this month, I did enjoy listening to all of them.

My Life in France by Julia Child
Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende
Waiting to Be Heard by Amanda Knox

Minimalism Series: Skincare & Make Up Essentials

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This took me a while to post because life took over… Anyway, I’d like to let you know that I’m still up for this challenge no matter what. 2016 for me will be the year of owning less, looking after my skin better and living healthy.

Believe me when I say all my make up fits in the red tin except the brushes. I have it hidden in my drawer. I had to throw some maddening eye shadows (hello electric blue!) which I know I will never ever use.

Below is a list of things I use everyday. I don’t own a lot of skincare and make up but I make sure I use high quality products that worked well for my face and skin. 

Make Up Essentials

1. Dior Glow Maximiser Light Boosting Primer – with or without make up, I put this primer on my face everyday. It gives me face glow and pretty much happy about it!
2. Chanel Velvet Foundation – I had about four types of foundation at the moment but I find myself reaching for this foundation most of the time.
3. Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer – I haul this product whenever I see it in store. It’s difficult to find and it’s always run out of stocks.
4. Vitamin E Face Mist – I feel that I have more control of filling my brows and eyeshadow whenever I spray this, so I’m keeping this as one of my holy grail.
5. Narsissist Eyeshadow
6. L’oreal Telescopic Mascara – tried and tested, been using this for more than a decade.
7. Tom Ford Lipstick – Sable Smoke lipstick is truly my favourite
8. NARS Bronzer Laguna

When it comes to skincare, I use pretty much what’s available in drugstore except Bioeffect, I alternate it with La Roché-Posay Redermic [R].

Skincare Essentials

1. Dry brush
2. Body Shop’s Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil
3. Body Shop’s Seaweed Day Cream Moisturiser
4. Avene Hydrance Optimale UV Riche
5. Face wash (any)
6. Bioeffect EGF Serum
8. La Roché-Posay Redermic [R] Anti-Wrinkle Treatment
7. Kiehl’s Eye cream
8. Systane Ultra UD Eyedrops
9. Face mask (any)