The Bloomer Guide

Hello, and welcome to Bloomer!

As foreigners who have lived all over Turkey and decided to make Istanbul our home, we’ve always looked for reliable and current information and stories in English to help us streamline day-to-day living.  We’re passionate about making things easier for our community and saw an opportunity.

The idea behind Bloomer is that it is a fun, accessible and portable guide to share life hacks. We talk to local experts who share their tips to help save you time, money and effort, so that you can focus more on the things that matter to you.. Think of us as a community of trusted girlfriends helping you discover insider information and  giving you the support you need to navigate the city like a pro.

We are always adding new content here and on our Instagram feed, so visit often and if you there is something you want to read about, get in touch with us!

🎵 Music sampled from ‘Happy’ performed by John Butler Trio and written by Pharrell Williams


Film & TV

September/October 2020

Escaping the world or grounding in reality, the screen offers so much and nothing at all

Issue Highlights
  • Turkey’s TV series are exported to over 150 countries around the world playing a major role in how the Turkish history, culture and politics are perceived globally.

  • Meet some of the talent that through their expertise, professionalism and vision are an inspiration for the still growing film industry in Turkey.

  • The history of the Turkish film industry has gone from a rise to a fall and a rebirth. The Turkish cinematic landscape has changed and is still difficult to categorise.


Social Media

July/August 2020

Love, hate, real or fake...our life with social media

Issue Highlights
  • Through the breadcrumbs we leave, the internet made us more myopic and tribal – often with devastating consequences. Why is that and can we stop it?

  • Our children's milestones included first words, first steps, and now learning how to swipe smartphone screens. Kids and screen time is truly 'man vs electronics'.

  • Meet a travel influencer who is a serial entrepreneur with a talent for photography, a passion for adventure, and a vision to create new experiences for his followers.



May/June 2020

From nutrients to culture, food is our common thread

Issue Highlights
  • Sheltering in place means spending a lot of time thinking about food. We share practical information about food during these unprecedented times.

  • Food and culture go hand in hand; and the Turkish cuisine has a rich history. We take a glimpse at the origins of some of today’s specialties.

  • Idioms are part of our everyday language. Get a humorous look at some of the colourful idioms involving food in the Turkish language.

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March/April 2020

Where silences screams and stillness moves, such reality is art

Issue Highlights
  • Get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the talented Turkish artist across the various disciplines as they share their vision with us.

  • We pay tribute to some of the pioneering women that helped shape Turkish modern art. Their stories are fascinating and a joy to share.

  • While the artist has the creativity to express themselves, it is the public that allows an artist to live. Learn more of what it takes to deliver artwork to the public.



January/February 2020

Let's Explore the eight dimensions of wellness together

Issue Highlights
  • Understand the choices we have to take care of our body, mind and soul in the context of our ecosystem.

  • Thanks to the innovation in modern medicine, women have more options than ever to help overcome genealogical health issues.

  • The role and responsibilities of a woman in business can very according to the geography in which she was born; however, you can change these circumstances.



November/December 2019

We are celebrating the launch of Bloomer Magazine

by exploring various celebrations around the world

Issue Highlights
  • We take a look into some of the global celebrations that our various international communities carry with them from their homelands and share with us.

  • Food and celebration have a wonderful and important connection in our lives. We explore some of the holiday tables that illustrate this relationship.

  • Over the years, people have used myths and legends to explain everyday life. Take a look at the Levantine folklore to explain the phases of winter.