When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
- 1 Corinthians 13:11
The conversation we had over tea left me thinking - mmm, I should start living the way I want life to be. Painting it with brilliant colours, with caring touches and smiles. Organising life into little manageable packets. Pondering over more important things in life. Reading those books that I always meant to read. Writing. Swimming in the glistening sea. Kissing certain silly thoughts goodbye. Seeing the world with new, bright wide eyes.
And that living in style does not involve obsession nor consumption, but exploration of the essence within; To cherish, embrace and nourish it with all you have - be at ease with who you are.
So, perhaps we will say au revoir for now, but I will be back somehow : )
With enlightenment and showers of blessing, see you on the flip side,
the trouble at home is, i can only listen to shostavkovich or joy division quietly as my own little guilty pleasure and cannot go out as much as i want; but the good thing is, i got to do something really worthwhile this summer, drench myself in the scent of the rain, and stop drooling over some certain miu miu shoes. the other day i read the whole marc jacobs advertising book by juergen teller discreetly in the corner of a MJ store, and this has constituted an ethereal part of my really great day.
and even the day goes bad, i can always play a certain music in my head .
Marc Jacobs' Muse, and also one of the brightest directors and script writers of our times; from Virgins Suicide, Marie Antoinette to Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola transformed her films into an aesthetic feast and deep rumination on urban tales and fantasies.
Here is an NY Times article on Sofia Coppola's Paris, and her flickr photo pool.
2. since exams finished i travelled, took photographs, visited numerous galleries, ate around town, walked and read. the more i go out and experience different things - the less eager i readily write about these wonderful encounters.
3. i guess the reason behind is that i would need to time to settle down, let memories and thoughts sink in, and perhaps then i will write?
*miu miu ss 2010 collection & henry matisse's cut outs (gouaches découpés)
Vast in scale (though not always in size), lush and rigorous in color, his cutouts are among the most admired and influential works of Matisse's entire career. They belong with the grandest affirmations of the élan vital in Western art... for a great introduction to Matisse's cut outs see here.
*from our trip to Paris last year, olympus trip 35
But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight.
- Ernest Hemingway
less than 48 hours until the grand finale, and then our spring escape to the great city again. My heart is leaping with joy and full anticipation, and the imaginary suitcase is already filled with rolls of films, LBDs and books to read. But we will be there to get lost in les rues et boulevards, see Paris in its sunshine and mist, visit small shops and galleries and retreat into the night with an abundance of jazz and wine. As always my mind is overwhelmed, overwhelmed, in marche a petit pas.
And perhaps it may rain, but
I can always wear my trench coat, drenched in summer rain.
Finished the first/toughest exam, still one week to go until freedom! Last week in the midst of heated revision, my flatmate told me that topshop was going free delivery in UK inland, so I quickly logged in, and ordered one of these lovely felt-pen eyeliners from the new Topshop Makeup collection. The beauty arrived the very next day morning, and it is just so smooth, easy to use. Now I can finally do that flick without smudging or getting it all over my face.
*from tsilli; featuring her most amazing dog tommy
16 days until the end of this all-jumbled-up turmoil. from psychology to statistics to physiology to the randomest facts of life! I most enjoy reading up on neurological conditions and the mechanism of how ions flow in/outside the cell bores me to the core. All these may seem mundane at the moment, one day the knowledge will prove itself to be immensely useful, illuminating and worthwhile.
And doesn't that mean mere 18 days later i will be jumping on the earliest eurostar train with my beau, heading for the city of light?
1. To be effortlessly stylish - it is not about what you wear, but the attitude, talent, charisma that makes what you are wearing extra special.
2. In fact, who would not want to wander in busy streets to shop for some scallop trimmed shorts, trench coat, paired with ballerina flats, straw boater and a striped or lace or linen shirt? Sometimes I easily get overwhelmed by material desires; but when I reside in silence again, nothing indeed satisfies me more than a priceless moment; a good book, nice company, a warm cup of tea, a cat curling in my lap, and cherry blossoms and trees and the smell of toasted marshmallow suffusing the air; then I become une garçonne once all my senses are alive, and enjoying life in its rawness and fullness again.
Romans Parisiens (Les Livres Jaunes) 1887, Vincent Van Gogh
My friend and I queued for 2 hours trying to get into The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts; but the queue was stagnant for a good while, plus the gallery would probably be so crowded that we could only have a glimpse of each painting from afar - after tossing the coin, we left and got the exhibition catalogue instead (for £10.50 - Even cheaper than a single ticket!) Then we went to the National Gallery to see some other Van Gogh paintings instead.
Tommy from This is Naive had an interview with Nadia Izruna, the lovely girl behind the brand Nadinoo (which I started getting obsessed about a week ago!) Fleur, Lula and Pixie are the three imaginary muses she designs for, after which most pieces in each collection are named. And to work with vintage pattern and liberty print fabric, to add her own personal touch and to hand-make a dress from start to finish - such is a joyful vocation!
'Persephone prints mainly neglected fiction and non-fiction by women, for women and about women. The titles are chosen to appeal to busy women who rarely have time to spend in ever-larger bookshops and who would like to have access to a list of books designed to be neither too literary nor too commercial. The books are guaranteed to be readable, thought-provoking and impossible to forget.'
'Our books look beautiful because we believe that, whether they are on an office desk, by the Aga, or hanging in a bag over the handles of a buggy, it is important to get pleasure from how they look and feel. With their distinctive plain grey jackets and cream 'labels' for the title wording, all our books look the same from the outside. Inside, each is different, with the endpapers chosen especially to match the date and mood of the book.
Fabrics are as much a part of our daily lives as furnishing and dress materials, yet we rarely see them used in any other context. However, fabric design should be celebrated for its own sake; and because it is a field in which women designers have been particularly prominent we would like to use their work whenever possible.'
An incredibly beautiful bookshop, with many interesting titles written by many women who have lived. With words interwoven with vintage fabric, we are back to the women's times where they wandered, wrote and weeped.