Friday, 24 February 2017

INDULGE

















it was a grey november day
when i saw an offer i couldn't refuse
& bagged a room in a plush hotel in our town
for a later date
~ for last weekend to be exact,
to celebrate my husband's birthday,
him
us, 
life together,
life... 


















i'd never done this before,
stayed in a hotel in my own town
just for the fun of it,
the indulgence of it. 












a weekend of canapés & bubbly drinks,
swirling velvet stairs
leading to our room 
on the 8th floor.





















a weekend of feeling a little frivolous,
and anonymous,
as when visiting a foreign city.
even the streets gleamed in a new light
when we traipsed over to the restaurant
where we had reservations 
two blocks away. 




















a weekend of feeling
we could be anyone,
from anywhere,
start over wherever or however we wanted
 ~ that same feeling that has hit me on aeroplanes
ever since i was young kid. 




















a weekend of feeling glad for our life 
as we know it right now,
despite the world slipping into the guise of an oyster. 

















x

































Sunday, 12 February 2017

PERFUME MECCA



































City of perfume steeped on a hill.
A scent-filled town that's conjured up 
magical connotations in my head
& created a longing 
to see it for myself one day.
Last summer I got lucky. 


in the heart of the medieval town
merges the past & present
in the art of perfume-making.
The old town mansion
with its stunning rooms
& modern, light-filled glass extensions
filled with plants like vetiver, patchouli and jasmine
reveal the secrets behind all things olfactory
from raw materials and ancient methods of distilling flowers & plants 
to 80s headspace and bottle design. 



There were metal rods to pull out from a wall,
each lined with a different variation 
of Dior's favourite flower muguet, aka lily of the valley,
& capsules to fill the nose with everything 
from whiskey to rose, mimosa, vanilla, tuberose...















































Next door, 
Fragonard with its smaller museum, 
elegant shop 
& glimpse into perfume-making du jour. 







































Many months have passed since our trip to Grasse,
but the sillage on my skin still lingers... 





























x












Monday, 6 February 2017

CATCH UP



















the last two weeks of the 52 week photography challenge rolled into one –


week 5, technical, "ten shots of the same subject
choosing one" (above),

my darling daughter
getting cosy with a cup of cocoa,















& week 6, artistic,
"candy without using candy",

dark chocolate, cups of coffee by day or rooibos at night
& a lovely new magazine
are my favourite kind of candy...





this week, two books landed on my desk
for translation,
one on fashion, the other one on interiors.
and i'm shooting a series of products
while a chef cooks up treats
in a beautiful old place in town. 
so glad about my freelance life,
about making the transition, 
& how the right types of gigs
and new but quickly solidifying contacts
have been literally just appearing
one after the next. 
i also have a new lovely workspace
in another part of town,
which i'm eager to show you very soon.
clouds looming, too,
shoulder trouble,
which has caused some concern
& put certain limits 
on how much i can do in one stretch.
it's made me increasingly conscious
of nurturing this temple
with kind food
& gentle movement. 
i think patience is another issue
i need to exercise... 
and the art of not fearing
in the shadows, 
because light always shines through. 

ah, dear reader,
it makes me so glad you stop by.
and i know this space
needs a little je ne sais quoi,
some more coherently written posts perhaps,
but right now my head seems to be mostly spinning
& i'm feeling a little dizzy :) 
i'm looking forward to reaching the clearing 
behind the trees 
and meeting up with you there,
and until then,
i'll keep the rambles coming :) 


x















































Saturday, 4 February 2017

PAINTER'S ABODE






























Stunning, timeless details in the home 
of Oslo-based Swedish artist


Rest of the article here. 
















Tuesday, 24 January 2017

GLASS




















"mirrors are just glass,
& you are more than that."





[ week 4 of the 52 week photography challenge ~
tell a story using a mirror. ]






x











Saturday, 21 January 2017

PARADIS LATIN
















This weekend,
I carefully unwrapped
my Christmas present candle,
& the fragrance of Astier de Villatte's
Paradis Latin
now fills the room:


"Under the historic dome of the Paradis Latin, 
overlooking the room meticulously prepared for the dinner-show, 
the artists’ dressing rooms are abuzz. 
The slow metamorphosis of frivolous Marquises, 
of rustling cancan dancers, 
of bird-men, 
of rhinestone-winged archangels in a whirlwind of fragrances 
of naked skin, 
of powder, 
of lipstick, 
of glittering make-up. 
A delicious perfume invades the cabaret." 





Their descriptions are so delicious
that the imagination immediately
begins its role play 
~ I see white powder on shoulders,
blush tulle against bare skin,
feather ornaments reflected in mirrors,
sequins glittering & getting trampled under gold shoes
 against a creaky, worn herringbone floor,
clouds of perfume in the air...




















And the lingering scent touches on memories 
~ milky white talcum powder 
against my baby son's velvet skin,
my grandmother getting out her powder puff 
& coral lipstick
from the sideboard drawer,
a sun beam trapped in the corner
of the bevelled mirror on the wall,
as she gets ready to go out.  



x


















Tuesday, 17 January 2017

ROOTS


















"I am rooted, but I flow."
~Virginia Woolf

(Third week of the 52 week photography challenge
Artistic: Land
"Your inspiration this week is land. 
This could be a landscape, 
or an image inspired by the land in some way.")







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