Monday, 25 June 2012

Royal Academy, London. From Paris: A Taste for Impressionism Paintings from the Clark 7 July—23 September 2012

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 'Girl with a Fan', c. 1879. Oil on canvas. 65.4 x 54 cm, © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA, 1955.595.
I can't wait to visit this exhibition! 

peony


Sunday, 24 June 2012

My Lyst - Blossomorsnow



The most wonderful fact about the internet is that it has opened doors to many creative collaborations and allows people to connect with each other with their interests and passions.  Although a darker side is that people may meet up less but that I think for adults this is one's lifestyle choice, one can meet up with people if one really wants to. However it may be more difficult for young people though if a majority of their peers are playing games most of the time and not interacting through hobbies, clubs etc.
I think the internet has made information more accessible to all ( actually nearly all as some countries censor some sites) and this information sharing has led to better consumer choices.
The world wide web was in its infancy or toddler stage when I was 18 years old, it is simply amazing how it has blossomed and also interesting how it may possibly change human interactions socially over time.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

The Hours- film

I saw this film on bbc iplayer- it is superb and emotional-I need to read the book Mrs Dalloway and The hours + buy this dvd!

Friday, 15 June 2012

J.Crew - Hello, World

https://www.jcrew.com/helloworld/index.jsp?bmUID=1339784543296

Check out The Sartorialist and Garance Dore's collaboration with J.Crew - There are videos with cool music and are very artistic.
"... we sent photographers Garance Doré and Scott Schuman on an eight-city tour to gather the evidence—proving that amazing style, one-of-a-kind color and impeccable quality know no time zone…"

Image credits below are from the website link above.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Distress and depression

I often feel down and have had this feeling up and down since I was 18 years old. Now that is over a decade now. Sometimes I feel like a phony and don't know who I am and this makes me feel anxious too.

I don't have any true friends in the strict definition of the term friend. Sometimes I focus on my work too much and it gets me down too.  I need to focus more on what I want and be happy with who I am too.  The difficulty is with the steps I need to take to get there.

I think they are:

1) Focus on health, career and personal development
2) Learn new skills
3) Don't feel the need to keep up or find out about old friends who have moved on with their lives
4) Don't login to Facebook every day, maybe once a month!
5) Look after myself, dress nicely and wear makeup- Bite beauty lipsticks are a must - a favourite colour is Tannin- super luscious red!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

creative spirits

http://barbarafoxwatercolors.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/afternoon-peony-watercolor-floral.html  
http://www.thrillomatic.com/product_images/u/426/T-Shirt_FridaFlowers__59534_zoom.jpg

Saturday, 9 June 2012

image credits Juiliette Tang image found on  http://ringohaveabanana.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, 8 June 2012

diy

http://www.ecabonline.com/2010/04/braided-bead-necklace.html   
DIY braided necklace link

I came across a blog http://brideblu.blogspot.co.uk/2010_06_01_archive.html and decided I will make this necklace this summer! It is so beautiful and is certainly  a necklace that  would be tempted to buy! So I will  resist temptation and make one myself . Lovely discovery!!

The journey by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice ‑
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible. 
It was already late                                                                                  
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do ‑
determined to save
the only life you could save.
~ Mary Oliver

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

pleasures, my favourite things....

Penguin Great Loves series
books by Charles Dickens
poetry
Kew Gardens in Richmond, UK


lemon cake
peonies and Columbia flower market, London



Monday, 4 June 2012

life...

"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

Existential crisis

image credits Jonathan Leder

From wikipedia

An existential crisis may result from:
  • The sense of being alone and isolated in the world;
  • A new-found grasp or appreciation of one's mortality;
  • Believing that one's life has no purpose or external meaning;
  • Awareness of one's freedom and the consequences of accepting or rejecting that freedom;
  • An extremely pleasurable or hurtful experience that leaves one seeking meaning;

Friday, 1 June 2012

Girl crush #2 Caroline Issa

 Text from http://www.thecorner.com/gb/fashion/angle-by-caroline-issa

ABOUT CAROLINE ISSA

Caroline Issa is the Fashion Director of Tank Magazine and Editor of www.becauselondon.com. Armed with a business degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, she spent the beginning of her career as a management consultant, working with brands such as Nordstrom and Dr. Pepper/7UP. She moved to London and joined Tank to help establish the magazine into its 4th year and develop its creative agency arm, Tank Form.


10 years later, in between publishing independent magazines, she can also be found working as a creative consultant for several luxury and retail fashion brands. She has been on the juries of the Hyères and Les Rencontres d'Arles photography festivals, as well as the Swiss Textile Awards and is a champion of young talent.
10 QUESTIONS

3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER SO FAR:

Challenging, exciting, inspiring.

YOUR TOP 3 DESIGNERS TO WATCH:

Gabriele Colangelo, Uma Wang and Monique Péan.

YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE FASHION MOMENT:

Christian Lacroix's final couture show - devastating and emotional.


YOUR MOTTO:

Live life with passion.

YOUR SIGNATURE SCENT:

Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose.

YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT OF THE DAY:


First cup of tea in the morning.

THE SONG OR ALBUM THAT COULD BE THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE:

Sade's "No Ordinary Love".

YOUR FAVOURITE CORNER OF THE WORLD

In my bed, in my flat.

A DREAM THAT HASN'T YET COME TRUE:

Most of them have! There are still some that I know will come true soon...

YOUR NEXT PROJECT:

www.becauselondon.com's new visitor app.

My words:

I find this woman to be totally inspirational, my background is in finance and its amazing how she has created a creative career for herself and is living her dreams, proof that it is possible, you can create the life and career you want. Thanks Caroline Issa for your inspiration.
PLUS I looooovvvve Tank Magazine, the Summer 2012 edition is out in Mid June :)

Weekend

I'm dreaming of a trip to Columbia Flower market with this basket bag from Zara.....