chronicle #13 What nature wants, it takes back

December 29, 2011 § 3 Comments

You could almost expect someone to appear at a window, and still, all these ruins around have already been reclaimed by nature. That old hospital near Potsdam, in Beelitz-Heilstaetten has been covered up after being bombed in WWII. Now all that’s left is a magnificent building whose skeleton struggles to hatch from the bricked walls. Trees have grown up in what used to be individual bedrooms for people suffering from lung disease. They have nourished from pure soil versus air contamination. Standing there in the middle of a desert corridor, hearing the remote sound of the cars speeding on the countryside road not so far make it even more surreal.

Silence, only the sound of wind, and this peculiar instant when you look through what used to be a window and a gust of wind comes and strokes your face ghostly. Ghost of the past haunting the place? Still, it’s so peaceful. My friend who was discovering the place at the same time remarked rightly how amazing and wonderful rotten things could be. And this is how nature takes back what we imposed to her, and leaves us with that feeling of incomprehension and smallness.

(fash) bag up the armadillo

December 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m normally not crazy about Louis Vuitton – at all. The monograms are simply not my thing. But I’m really fond of animals and bags in general, so when I saw the “Maroquinaris Zoologicae” collection by Billie Achilleos for LV, my heart melted.

The whole collection is visible on Louis Vuitton Facebook page.

chronicle #12 Fröhliche weihnachten, or berlin xmas

December 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Once upon a time, a girl left her tropical island to live up in Europe, where in December, the sun sets at 4 in the afternoon. Where for Christmas, it sometimes rains, sometimes snows, sometimes both and for sure, it’s always cold. Well this year, I ended up in Berlin, alternative capital city right in fashion these days. My luck was to be able to spend these celebrations in a German family, with traditions and all – which essentially mean eating a lot of chocolate, drinking coffee when we don’t eat Stöllen or special dishes, and knoedels and delicious red cabbage… but also decorating the Xmas tree with “mehr lametta”, and lighting all candles, wrapping the presents, and for those who wish to remember whose birthday this is, go to church sometime around 10 pm. But this is not exactly what I wish to write about tonight.

Gendarmenmarkt 23.12.11

This post is more about all the wonderful Xmas atmosphere here in the German capital, which of course is not unrelated to food and presents, but deserves a special series of pictures. Well, anyhow, Merry Christmas all, and enjoy the views of Berlin !

chronicle #11 Will you drive again?

December 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

A beat of electronic music to unfold your mind in the early morning, never makes it bad. Gentlemen Drivers just released a new video. I was already quite addicted to Asphalt. I guess their passion for cars and speed is exactly in the lineage of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive (T&D post). Their Feroce is a tribute to Claude Lelouch.

For Paris’s lovers and above all for lovers of sensations through speed, check this out. And check it loud.

For those who wouldn’t know, GD is a Parisian duo.

Smilla smiles: hummm! creactivity

December 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Try not to panic, take a deep breath before reading this, but, ladies and gents, I have found the online place where you’re gonna shop cute things all the time. It’s also the same place you’re gonna read about nice and tender colourful stuff every week, and share the worlds of creative crafts people.

The age of arts and crafts had already reached an interesting step with the democratization of heart-shaped stickers and glittering pens your mum now uses to decorate empty jam jars. She didn’t tell you, but she was trying to imitate some very nice decorative item she saw once in that arts and crafts fair, she doesn’t remember when or where. But you obviously don’t want to take the risk neither to make such a gift for Christmas, nor to receive it – whichever is the worst. Well, then, I’d strongly recommend to skim through the pages of the used-to-be-only a magazine Hum-Gum.com.

So what is this? A running cupcake wearing a spotted dress? Well…. yes. Hum-Gum is all about this kind of cute universe, colourful and sparkling, creative and lovely. It’s bubbled up by bloggers who either have their own chronicle every week (design, photo of the week, funny architecture, best ideas ever to decorate your room…) or build up their own space – their own blog – under the benevolent eye of the Hum-Gum dream team. Most of them are people who master the art of making cool stuff with their own hands. Their blogs’ topics will range from yummy food recipes to funny fashion items such.

It’s a young girl’s world, but also an original woman’s. And the great news about this is that last week, hear me, the great activity of the magazine-blog has been launched: you can now SHOP everything you can see on the different creative blogs. Which totally makes sense and completes the Hum-Gum experience: after admiring and desiring the beautiful objects (jewels, lamps, clothes, cushions…) creative by gifted hands, you can now go ahead a click “Buy”. And then become the happy owner of this original piece your Mum was desperately trying to copy. It’s a French Magazine, but I guess you girls will be able to overcome this small language obstacle to acquire your fabulous gift.

To promote this new part of the website, Hum-Gum has made a selection of the best items of the moment, visible on their home page. My personal favourite tonight: the blog L’Echarlotte, feat. the white china jewels that are just delightful. Of course available to shop via the website !! Yeeeheee ! Excited?

chronicle #10 Our digital Xmas

December 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Xmas is approaching, yes yes, and everybody’s running about in Paris (and probably everywhere else in the werstern world) to buy more or less original presents for friends and family. Shops desperately try to attract people (I have recently been invited to a special “VIP” night in the FNAC, a French mediastore, where I was offered champaign and munch canapés just next to books and kindles…). They open on Sundays. You can’t go shopping on Saturdays anymore unless you have a marked taste for frentic crowds of middle-aged nutties. Welcome to the world of Xmas time!

In the middle of this red and golden swirl, tinted with sparkles and blinking lights, who remembers what happened on Xmas day, except for the radical Christians who demonstrate on Avenue de l’Opéra to convince you we should ban works of art that offend Christ and the Lord? But this is another debate of course. So, I was asking: who remembers? Well, the Portuguese communication agency Excentric reminded us last year that lil’ Jesus was born on that day, and that we’re actually celebrating his birthday ! Hurray ! Happy Birthday lil’ Jesus: it’s actually for you we should buy presents. But no worries; the radicals are already making sure you’ve got a survival kit.

Check out the digital story of the Nativity: already on year old, but it’s the same story every year so no out-of-date comments here.

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