cracow part 2. this time with my dear dear bae ami. it turns out that she has never seen the great mariacki church so i had to fix that. i feel like such a nerd, but it is one of the most beautiful examples of european gothic architecture with the colourful interior and wit stwosz's famous altarpiece.
 some more food followed our visit to the mysterious underground and then the skies opened, spilling its contents over the whole city and, most importantly, us. it's a running thing in our travels, first day has to include a storm apparently. despite our best efforts, we stayed home, had some quality syrenka+sarenka wine-time and went to sleep.
 you know that feeling you get when your bedmate starts singing in her sleep?
 i now know ;)
more food
 the best pictures are the weirdest pictures.
sorry for your eye, asia. 
i hope you enjoyed this thing. last leftover stop is london but i feel like it's going to be a freaking essay.

hugs and kisses,





let's go back in time again, cracow. one of my favourite cities ever, lots of history and great places to eat, sleep and have fun. eat for sure, i'm a big foodie. it's not that far away from here and i can't control myself when it comes to great exhibits so i find myself going there again and again. anyway, this june it kind of became an asian trip, two great exhibits of chinese art and japanese textiles. oh, and mocak (modern art). 

this time i had my dslr so the photos are quality. 
the chinese exhibit in the national museum was probably the only planned thing and i loved it. it turns out that polish museums have a lot of far eastern art but it's hidden away in thousands of storage rooms. it's really sad for me personally, i'm fascinated by their detailed work, it's so different from european art, and i'm always up for new shows. in general, the works were amazing, just fix your lighting! i'm very annoyed by the fact that nobody seems to understand the simple fact that if you come to an exhibition, a paid one to be exact, you want to actually see the works in great light, enlightening, right? 
a good travel tip from me is to look up sometimes. we find ourselves looking down or just on our eye level but it's really worth the minimal effort to look up and notice. oh and watch out for funny faces.
on the last day, absolutely exhausted by the heat, we found ourselves in manggha, a japanese institute founded by a polish couple. they have an exhibition area there and the works are always stunning. the exhibition i came across there is still on and i can't recommend it enough (manggha). unfortunately, i couldn't take any photos but they wouldn't even come close to showing you the wonderful works of traditional japanese artists making and decorating fabric.

even though i don't think textiles are my thing, i always appreciate the exquisite craftsmanship in their decorations. the exhibit shows just that, stitching, dyeing, embroidering. the little video clips throughout the hall show the techniques in action, look at them peps.  
all that and i got a mood ring, so over all best trip. mum seems happy too :].

this is cracow part 1 cause i appeared there a few weeks later and had some adventures too, look out for that.

hope you're well,





let's start this going back thing with a throwback. i've been traveling around a bit lately, well, during those months i've been away from here. i started making a travel sketchbook cause i'm a hoarder of every.little.thing i can find, tickets, labels, stamps, drawings, photographs. while traveling i always have an instant camera on me so it all looks even cooler. also, i really like the feel of real photos (printed from my phone and dslr) so i'm good friends with the nearby photo parlour. oh, and sometimes i do little illustrations of particularly picturesque moments.

all of this comes back home with me and, using a bit of washi tape, i transform it into pages and pages of memories.

this chapter is about my trip to warsaw in the beginning of may. there was an exhibition of one of my favourite polish female painters, olga boznanska, so i couldn't resist a little escape from wroclaw. as you know, it's not my first time there but i still had a lot of new places to see.
warsaw by night
one of the most famous places in the capital is łazienki. it is a park with a royal past so you can see a lot of small buildings used by kings and their court. the whole place has an airy feel, especially when it gets darker you can almost feel the fairytale. there is a royal theatre on water, fountains here and there and lots of hidden paths.
one of the most surprising things about this park is its unusual fauna. if you're lucky you can see a few peacocks walking about. i was. so i drew one, majestically sitting on a sculpture. by the way, i never suspected those damn birds make such demonic noises! no wonder no king wants to live there anymore!
another place which is well worth the little walk from the city center is the gallery zachęta. they specialise in temporary exhibitions so check their website first but it's all very interesting, i promise. we went there to see cannibalism in art. in the past i've dealt with the topic of plagiarism in arts quite a lot so it was very interesting to see what the actual artists think. the problem is that there is a fine line between inspiration and copying, very fine line sometimes.
so this is my little report from one of my trips. i feel like most of them could be summarised just by the photos but i'll try my best to provide something for your brain too. although, don't get your hopes up, you know me too well for that.

i hope you enjoyed this tiny post, i'm trying to get back into the swing of things so excuse me.

next up, cracow pt. 1.





hłueh, dzieńdoberek

long time no see, eh? i'm very sorry, i really have to get back on track with a lot of stuff.

news first.

i got 98% on my cae exam! how cool is that?
it's an advanced english certificate, big deal for me.

other stuff include quite a lot of trips with photos so maybe expect that in some tbt posts.

wedding is coming, if i get permission, i'll post some photos here to, it's quite a big deal, organising it and all. i even got somebody to go with me!

sockabrate has been on hiatus since i last posted, i don't even wanna count the weeks i need to do, i feel like long time projects are not for me, really.

i was also thinking of writing polish translations for some posts, what do you think? i'm really proud of some of them but i shouldn't trust google translate to organise the text so that it makes at least a bit of sense. it may take a bit of time to translate all of them but there would always be the label if you need it.

i was also thinking of doing more illustration since i'm trying to draw a little more and still nature is boring after a while.

i don't know.

how are you??

love and see you soon,



on inspiration


so you know that feeling when you have that moment to clear inspiration, luck and you just know you can do it. solve this equation, write that short story, draw that perfect picture. for me, that's one of the best feelings in the world. i feel so powerful and later so accomplished and happy. because i'm a big procrastinator and have some issues, it feels even better to have done something and actually be satisfied with it.

that's how i felt about the sockabrate series. even though i was late for most of the posts, let's be honest, and i didn't like some of the designs, i really felt like i was creating something new. i know that there are countless designs of the market, in fact i own loads, but i've never seen my ideas, obvs.

unfortunately, that wonderful feeling of creating didn't last the test of research. by accident really. my cousin/sister is getting married this august and her fiance needs socks. the wedding is going to be forest/rustic themed so the socks are going to match, little trees or forest animals. so i looked for those online. ehhh... and there i was on websites that have basically every possible thing on socks. including designs that were almost identical to mine.

self-esteem minus 9000.

that's why i wasn't posting a while back. it really ruined my inspiration. i still don't feel too good, thinking about it. i'll still try to think of something original and probably not do any research cause that just brings me down but it takes time.

do any of you struggle with that? it's probably easier if you're painting a nature mort or sketching, cause you're trying to be realistic but when creating something new...

do you have any tips or tricks to stay creative and sure when you have to inspiration?

i don't know, really.

hope you enjoyed nonetheless.



p.s. real sockabrate is coming, i have some designs.




long time no see, totally my fault. i'm sorry.

but all that guilt aside, i have more, material, to add.

today, 11th of april, the wroclaw fashion meeting pop up store started.

it's an independent fashion fair organised in browar mieszczanski in wroclaw. all brands are polish, some even local in wroclaw. the stalls are small but very well equipped. the whole place is shared by children's, women's and men's fashion. 

browar mieszczanski is quite interesting by itself, actually. it's an old beer brewery for local producers. now it's no longer in use like that, it became a social place, there is an all year round gallery, a few restaurants and a small theatre. but additionally it organises big events such as the fashion meeting or food fests, really worth checking out, it was totally new to me and i'm in love.

here are some shots of the place, sorry for the quality, i forgot my dslr (#professionalblogger)...

even though i've been to such a place before, this time i actually found something. let me show you:

 this is a beautiful bag, silky smooth.
it's from a co mi tam.
the fabric on the inside seems quite durable
and easy to wash, and the metallic
handles completely make this for me!

 these are fingerless made from felt.
the felt is made from merino sheep wool
so they are really soft.
the colour is beautiful
and the lady selling them is so creative!
when you go to her website,
there is a gallery, check it out.

 these are soooo nice!
brylove has very nice glasses, 
mostly sunglasses but normal ones too.

 i've been looking for big, round glasses for so long,
most of them would be too small for my face 
or the frame was wonky.
but these are perfect, and the red-pinkish tone of the lens
just adds that much to the world!

 as you all obviously know, i love socks.
every time i pass a place that sells them,
i have to take a look and search for new
additions to my crazy collection 
(btw, for my namesday i got 9 pairs).
i discovered many mornings,
i was instantly hooked but i just never came across them
in real life, but they were here.
so i naturally got some.

 now, this is probably my favourite thing,
a cat bag! and the ears are 3d!
dekumdekum specialises in those things,
they even have their own lining fabric.
and the price is very affordable,
if i say so myself.

as if this wasn't the longest post here in a while, i have one more thing.

i'm looking for another pair of correction glasses, and i want them a bit crazy.
there was this stall, bodyych

 and i freaking found rita skeeter glasses!

my question, should i get them?
you could comment on my instagram.

the fair is open tomorrow as well, from 11am to 6pm, get the 31, 32 or 8 tram.

hope you enjoyed that,



p.s. i know it may sound like i was paid to say all this or something but i really, (unfortunately, heh) wasn't. i would tell you.