Given the general subject matter of my blog, I’m surprised it has taken me this long to create a Monday playlist with this theme. But be warned: this is not a “world music” playlist (that genre is bogus anyway, because world music is essentially all music. But that’s a different debate for another day). No, this Monday’s tunes are from different places but also for different places. There is music for lying on a beach, music for the open road, music for dancing, and music for dreaming about dropping everything and going somewhere; anywhere. There are rhythms that will make you want to stop and look at everything closely, but also rhythms that will make your feet itch with the desire to just get up and go.
When I was in Venice last weekend it seemed I was on a futile hunt for a few postcards to send to family and friends. I am a postcard junkie (my wall is covered in them) and I am still old fashioned in the sense that I like to send a hand-written note when I travel. What I don’t like, however, are old fashioned postcards – the kind with the 90s ‘WordArt’ lettering which have yellowed from sitting in the twirling stand for so long. You’d think a place as photo-op friendly as Venice would sell a decent postcard! I certainly didn’t find one… So that’s when I decided to try out the new postcard app, Lettr.co.
The sun shone with full force on the student-filled, red-brick city of Bologna. I didn’t know what to expect from the town, but soon discovered why Bologna boasts no less than three nicknames: la grassa (the “fat”), la dotta (the “learned”), and la rosso (the “red”). While I could have stayed much longer than just a weekend, it turns out that’s all the time I needed to experience this earthy, vibrant city.
London might have (finally!) had beautiful weather this weekend, but I experienced the gorgeous sunshine in Italy. One of my favorite things about Europe is that there is so much you can pack in in just a few short days. In two hours you can find yourself in a completely different country, hearing words you no longer understand. I could only get away for three days, but it turns out that’s all I needed to experience Italy for the first time.
With an upcoming trip to Italy being the sole thing on my mind lately, my web browser history and Pinterest page seem to be pure evidence of this. And then I stumbled upon the work of Gina Soden. Her latest body of work, titled Decandenza, is stunning. Soden chooses to portray beauty, instead of the gloom often associated with decay. Capturing the color, light, and tranquility of these neglected spaces, Decadenza is all about beautiful abandonment…
It may seem like months away, but festival season is fast-approaching and already on our minds (especially since getting tickets usually involves buying and planning ahead.) Some might have a preferred festival they return to every year, while others follow their favorite band half-way around the world. But since, in the end, we’re all in it for the great live music, this Monday’s playlist is dedicated to the line-ups from this year’s best music festivals.
Since this blog knows few boundaries when it comes to subject matter, it was only a matter of time before a beauty-related post appeared (I am a human-being with skin, after all). I always like reading about what other people use, recommend, prescribe… This is how we find the products that work for us (or don’t, which is probably more important). So I figured I would do the same, and share what I have been using recently for my problematic face – it’s stubborn, trust me. Of course, it wouldn’t be like me to just brag on about a single product which is the holy grail of all skincare. Instead, I use globalization to my advantage, and source my pomades from around the world, resulting in a pretty diverse mix.
Do you feel like you’ve stagnated somehow? That you know what you want but you’ve reached a road-block and can’t seem to get around it to the other side, which is so close – you can see it – but you just can’t move towards it? I do. I’m at this point right now. Days look like print copies of each other, and I’m not producing a whole lot of stimulating, creative material that makes me stop, get excited and think, this is IT! But I’ve found there is something that helps: someone who has gone through this process telling me not to quit. So if you’re struggling with that gap in creativity, or just need a nudge to keep going, then I suggest you watch the video below.