13 May 2015

Vermilion Shades

One warm morning I lay in my bed caressed by the ray of sunlight pointing like a golden finger through the dust particles in the air. Stretching like a lazy cat, I stuck my toes out from under the sheets and wiggled them, enjoying the feeling. 

Then, lots of light! Someone had pulled the curtain open.. A smiling face beamed at me.

"Hello, sleepy head!" he whispered.. "It's a beautiful day!"

And so I discovered when we went on the terrace, as the sun filtered through the leaves turned everything into a symphony of soft greens. 

The air felt warm on my cheeks for the first time in months, and that afternoon I wandered around streets of blossomed trees, fascinated by the shades of melted vermilion the town was covered in. At one point it felt like I was part of an old movie. London does that a lot, and especially when the sun makes that perfect golden hour light that is reflecting in all of the windows...
I was wearing The Kooples black dress, Zara leopard print shoes (Similar Here), vintage leather bag (Similar Here) and black beret (Similar Here).

18 April 2015

The Hours

This particular Saturday, my fingers traced the edges of tattered paperbacks and I vowed to select something randomly from the bookshelf. I closed my eyes, still feeling the sun streaking through the dirty windows, illuminating particles of dust in the air. I opened my eyes and found my hand resting on the shiny, slightly torn book jacket of The Hours, by Michael Cunningham.

The Hours is based on Virginia Woolf’s life and work. It beautifully connects three women, all struggling in different (and similar) ways: Laura, a housewife in postwar California; Clarissa, a modern-day New York City publisher; and Woolf herself, as she writes her novel Mrs. Dalloway. Having previously read it, this book still mesmerizes me every time I come back to it. 

Woolf always manages to remind me of the incredible power that can be contained in a single sentence.
May these quotes, that have so inspired and saturated my soul, be of benefit to you, as well. I recommend reading them with a piping hot cup of tea, no matter your mood, first thing in the morning.

“I want to write a novel about Silence,” he said; “the things people don’t say.” 
- The Voyage Out

“It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.” 
“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” 
“Why, if it was an illusion, not praise the catastrophe, whatever it was, that destroyed illusion and put truth in it’s place? 
- A Room of One’s Own

“Mrs. Dalloway is always giving parties to cover the silence.” 
“Fear no more, says the heart, committing its burden to some sea, which sighs collectively for all sorrows, and renews, begins, collects…” 
- Mrs. Dalloway

“I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me.” 
- The Waves

“Be truthful, one would say, and the result is bound to be amazingly interesting.” 
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”  
- A Room of One’s Own

“The flower bloomed and faded. The sun rose and sank. The lover loved and went. And what the poets said in rhyme, the young translated into practice.” 
- Orlando

Then get another cup of tea and read them again..
This time slowly.
Really slowly..

24 March 2015

Women Fashion Power

It is no coincidence that dress and success rhyme. Or maybe it is, however, but it's indisputable that the two have always gone hand-in-smartly-gloved-hand. Even colour has, traditionally, the ability to incite power, with all but the upper levels banned from sporting purple under Elizabeth I, while Paris Hilton insists nothing is more empowering than, um, a tiara.

But our fore-mothers fought for more roles for women than varying degrees of princess - which is, of course what this month was all about: a celebration of women all around the world, and what they have achieved. Which made me all the more interested in the Design Museum's Women Fashion Power exhibition: a look at how influential women over the ages have used fashion as a visual language, to define and enhance their positions.

Alongside the sartorial stars, the exhibition showcases outfits of powerful women in the spheres of business and fashion, as well as politics and culture - a celebration of power players from Dames Zaha Hadid and Vivienne Westwood to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo. Looking at how their attire makes up part of their workplace identity, it essentially asks whether it is time to reassess the role of fashion in the public sphere - not a frivolous distraction but an essential component of the working woman's toolkit. Women Fashion Power runs until 26 April so make sure you won't miss it. Here are some photos from my exciting visit the other day.