Saturday, 31 December 2011

Great expectations- click on image to view video

“I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.” Charles Dickens





I watched the BBC 2011 version of Great Expectations (based on the book by Charles Dickens) over the past three days. I love the opening credits :)
Yesterday I thought more about the story and feel it resonates for us human beings. It highlights how bitterness and revenge (and wallowing in self pity) can make people blind and ruin others. It highlights not to make assumptions about unknown matters which one has no control or knowledge about. And it reminds us that everyone has a heart.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Dreams

I've decided to join a book club. I used to love reading when I was very young, being absorbed in other worlds and places. I feel as though I have become lost and blank not discovering new things and being in limbo over the past few years.
I hope to read Rebecca and Handmaid's tale early in the new year. Oh no!! actually Rebecca is out of the question now as I have missed the late Jan slot and cannot miss my sisters 20th birthday evening on 9th January. So it will be Fight Club and Handmaid's tale in February & March. I am really looking forward to this.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

New years resolutions

Maybe a little early but we all know that 2012 is round the corner...
My new years resolutions are

1) Do more creative things- Paint, read, photograph and write more. I am going on a saturday day film course- Raindance film school in 2012 :) !!!
2) Look after myself- this year has been so stressful with work, studies and time has flown and I have become less caring towards myself
3) Eat good food and eat well
4) Join a book club
5) Pass my driving test
6) Pass my masters well
7) Get a better job
8) Start on my portfolio

Maybe too ambitious?? hope I achieve these over the next coming 12 months :)

Aesop Thinking- December 2011

December 2011

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

Scientists and artists nurture us in deeply connected ways. The intricate wall drawings by Sol LeWitt on display at Dia:Beacon conjure wonder out of simple geometry. Patterns of arithmetical precision trace the walls of Connock & Lockie, a tailor on London’s Lambs Conduit Street (a rewarding stroll from our friends at Folk, should you mark your clothier by his regard for Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash ). At Connock & Lockie, Mr Yusuke Nagashima, his inclination to excellence honed during his apprenticeship on the premises, cuts, sews and fits old-fashioned but ageless suits. Not that there’s anything outdated about “old”; the accretion of experience should be celebrated rather than masked, and we are grateful to the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, whose learned luminaries illuminate our understanding. Certain medical interventions may promise to erase the score of years from your face but - please - avoid them unless you’re also willing to cloud the mirror of your secret wishes. Paul Ekman's Emotions Revealed explains how and why our feelings activate the minute muscles of our eyes and mouth, revealing our unsuspected prowess in this silent, profound intimacy. However, even Ekman cannot tell us why our mouths water when we consider the Dhaba food trucks idling on the outskirts of Melbourne. Tincture of North Indian village, the air misted with fish curry and green mango crispy rolls...on the march to our fate we cannot live only on food for thought.


LEARN FROM SMART WOMEN
As president of the Downtown Alliance, Elizabeth Berger supervises lower Manhattan’s ongoing renaissance, which began long before the construction work at Ground Zero. Berger, thirty years a local, is focusing the creative energy of New York to encourage the business district in welcoming people and families, not just corporations. (The corporations will always have Delaware.) Punctuate the trip with a stop at our latest New York venture, on University Place – part of our small contribution to the renewal of this most wonderful of towns.


SLEEP
When the grey world of the city is too much with you, late and soon, choose the white and boundless views from the Chalet Zannier near Megève. These traditional log cabins in the French Alps present time-polished materials: raw wood, stone and iron. Consider packing the calfskin travel case we have created with Isaac Reina for the French edition of Architectural Digest. Its unisex selection of skin, hair and body essentials is available exclusively at our Rue Bonaparte store in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The discreet elegance of M Reina's chemical-free patina is comfortably at home in the Alps and everywhere else.


EAT
Fresh market produce and a generous selection of Jerez wines are the sirens that keep drawing us to José on Bermondsey Street SE1, a careless toss of an olive pit away from our new London office. There are no bookings, the place is mostly standing room and one must negotiate for elbow space and the waiters’ attention. The tapas are so delicious that all is justified. (Chef José Pizarro will open a full-size restaurant just down the street in mid-December). After dinner, look for our store in Soho, next door to Fernandez and Wells which expresses Britain's best espresso.


VISIT
The Emily Dickinson Museum dwells in the brick house where the poet was born and spent most of her reclusive life in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her tiny bedchamber was the portal to the limitless, “undiscovered continent” of the mind that Dickinson mapped in verse. No month, or wine, should be consumed without poetry, so we've unveiled an installation at I.T Hysan One in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Designed by Cheungvogl Architects, eight hundred resin boxes that might be impelled upward by their own pure form recollect Wallace Stevens's reader who became the book.


DRINK
If you are a registered Aesop customer, please join us for a glass of fine red at one of our December customer evenings while we introduce our 2011 gift kits. This year we’ve reflected on the women and men who have shaped our lives through science. If entropy prevents your reaching an Aesop store, could we suggest viewing www.aesop.com whilst enjoying a glass of 2004 Cabernet Merlot from Fighting Gully Road ? Our scents are yet to infuse the World Wide Web, but the cacao notes of this sophisticated, under-rated Beechworth red should more than compensate.


WATCH
Recent DVDs release Hiroshi Shimizu from the daunting shadow cast by his friend Yasujiro Ozu. Shimizu's visual style alternates between the naturalistic and the symbolic, as displayed in Ornamental Hairpin (Kanzashi , 1941). This record of doomed love, equally formed of lyricism and cynicism, is set in a resort town which is but an ephemeral shelter from the war - the protagonist is a soldier on leave - and the fire that would soon issue from the skies. The kiln-formed interior of our new store in Ginza recalls another sadness in Japanese history: this district was enkindled in the great fire of 1872 and rebuilt in brick. It is perhaps self-indulgent but, after many years serving customers across Tokyo, we are quietly proud to join this street's shotengai.


READ
Four decades after teaching a generation to fine-tune the optic nerve in Ways of Seeing (1972), John Berger underwent (successful) binocular cataract surgery. Fortunately he has recorded his reunion with the joys and sheer physicality of observation in the monograph Cataract, illustrated with scintillating wit by Selçuk Demirel. The text and drawings inform each other and the volume is handsomely bound. It may be foolhardy to launch an essay-oriented publishing house in this age of false friending but Notting Hill Editions has essayed a promising start. Holiday shoppers should be grateful: e-books will never make such beautiful gifts.


PLAY
The path to self-knowledge may be accessible on horseback, especially when the mount is as intelligent and willing as the South American Criollo. Ride one across the slopes of the Argentinian Andes from the Jujuy province to San Miguel de Tucuman, where the Criollo is our ancestral partner in farming and herding (and, lately, in polo). The long, regular stride of the horse. The encompassing prospect of the canyons and pampas. The red earth of the salt mines. Breathe in. Exhale slowly and satisfyingly. Repeat.

‘All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.’ Galileo Galilei

Sherlock 2

This afternoon, I watched Sherlock 2 at the Empire cinema in Leicester square, London. I didn't know what to expect but found Robert Downey Jr to be a great actor- I think he make the film tick. Also I recommend Empire cinema, its a nice venue.

Friday, 16 December 2011

A Dream dress


I rather liked the miu miu dresses on show a few months back. So I was pleased when I found this dress. It's not miu miu but from Warehouse in the UK. I'd love to learn dressmaking so I can make some dresses like these. Such dresses will be hard to find once the trend has left the catwalks and the fashion industry moves on to the next big trends, which naturally most high street brands try to imitate- which may not to be everyones taste.
I think its great that some brands and stores are able to recreate some wearable catwalk looks as we can all inject some creativity, fun and imagination into our lifestyle through clothes and accessories. I wasn't such a fan of catwalk and haute coture but I was inspired by miu miu's dresses which led me to buy this one.

Jade


You brighten my day and make me smile
rather vain you are but you are a beauty
and beauty whether in landscapes, paintings, objects, and so forth makes the world a brighter and life affirming place.

Friday, 2 December 2011

"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could."

Louise Erdrich