My Favorite Place to Shop

Day 24 My Favorite Place To Shop empty box

I’m not a fan of crowded places, so although I have some physical stores I like to visit, I prefer to do most of my serious shopping on Though it does lack the immediate gratification aspect of in-store shopping, the speed at which things arrive is more than acceptable. Also, when a little box with a smile on the side arrives a couple of days later, it’s like opening a present! And in some cases, I have no idea which shipment came first, so it’s actually a complete surprise to see what’s inside. Beyond that, there’s a seemingly infinite range of products just a click away, so really, what’s not to love about that!

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GUEST DOODLEWASH: Watercolor, As A Tale

#Doodlewash - watercolor painting by Ayşe Eylül Sönmez of vintage Istanbul #WorldWatercolorGroup

#Doodlewash - watercolor painting by Ayşe Eylül Sönmez of September landscape #WorldWatercolorGroup

Hello, my name is Ayşe Eylül Sönmez (visit my website and follow me on Instagram!). I’m from Turkey and am a watercolorist and stylist by profession. I studied Fashion & Design and hold a Master degree in Art Teaching from the University of Gazi, in Turkey.

#Doodlewash - watercolor studio of Ayşe Eylül Sönmez #WorldWatercolorGroupNow, I am a professor of Art and Fashion at Hacettepe Universty and also have an art studio where I teach Painting and Watercoloring in Ankara, where I live with my family.

If you come to Ankara, don’t miss visiting my studio at Hamamonu, Art Street number 11. I’d love to offer a cup of Turkish coffee and show you my wonderful works.

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My Favorite Breakfast Food

My Favorite Breakfast Food Waffle with Strawberries and Blueberries

While there was a time where I might have said pancakes, these days, waffles are hands down my favorite breakfast food. Philippe and I enjoy waffles each weekend as part of our morning ritual, and although I’d love to have them with whipped cream, they’re always served more simply than that. Just a little butter on top, a touch of maple syrup and some blueberries and strawberries. This is combined with watching a cartoon of some kind, currently a perfectly silly show called Bob’s Burgers. I love this ritual as it makes me feel like a kid again. Back when I used to get up on Saturday mornings and watch cartoons. In those days, it was either cereal or on special occasions, French toast, but the effect is the same. Pure bliss.

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My Favorite Piece of Furniture

Day 22 #WorldWatercolorGroup My Favorite Piece of Furniture Danish Reclining Chair

My favorite piece of furniture is this Danish reclining chair. I merely love it for it’s comfort level as I fully realize that it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing chair. It’s like a chair that had every intention of being fashionable and then half way through it’s making said, “Screw it! People actually have to sit on me!” So, quite thankfully, visibly awkward gears were added in order to make it lay flat, becoming a somewhat homely, yet perfectly fabulous companion for napping. The problem with truly beautiful chairs is that they never seem to conform to the laziest poses a human body can form. I see a beautiful chair and think I want it, but once I’m sitting in it, it feels more like I’ve been transported to a rather strict boarding school, where one is forced to sit insanely upright while guarded by nuns.

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GUEST DOODLEWASH: Plein Air Painting vs. The Studio

Doodlewash - Studio Watercolor Painting by Jem Bowden of King Street in the morning
In The Studio

Hi, I’m Jem Bowden (you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or my blog). I am a watercolour tutor and landscape painter, and have recently turned ‘full time’ in this capacity. It took me a long time to realise that this is what my life should be about, and ‘getting here’ is something I think I’ll always be working on!

Doodlewash - Plein Air Watercolor Painting by Jem Bowden of corner of Lacock
En Plein Air

I was brought up in countryside close to Bristol, UK, and now live on the edge of the same city. Perhaps because of my rural upbringing, I hope one day to live closer to a ‘wild’ place, ideally by the coast somewhere, quite calm and peaceful with fresh walks of sea air… not an unusual dream.

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