As soon as she started playing, before she even sang her first word, there was a sense of serenity. There’s a beauty and grace that exudes from her, her manner, her music. This concert was originally scheduled for November, but she lost her voice; I’m so glad she came back to Philly to finish off her North American tour!
There’s something satisfying about the geometry of bleachers. And there’s something about empty bleachers. That same something as empty parking lots and playgrounds at night. These liminal spaces where reality is altered. I think I like these places so much because it feels as if the world has paused and I’ve taken a step away from it. It feels like I have enough space to breathe, deeply. To think, about things that are important, about things that aren’t. A place where it feels like the next thing is so far away that I don’t need to trouble myself with it. Provided I haven’t been binging Criminal Minds before entering this liminal space, otherwise I’d be totally freaked out!
I was brainstorming what I could do for my February photoshoot, and thought that it’d be fun to make it festive. I’m not big on Valentine’s Day, like, at all (it’s a fake holiday!!!), except for the excuse to eat cookies and chocolates, but it has some motifs that I thought could be interesting to work with. I wanted to use the motifs as objects rather than themes, and not get too cheesy with it.
We had originally planned to do this photoshoot the weekend before Valentine’s Day so that I could get these photos up during the week of Valentine’s, but that weekend turned out to be busier than we thought it’d be, so we rescheduled. And anyway, the snow storm was going on just two days before our scheduled photoshoot, so if we had done the photoshoot then, we’d have had to maneuver around muddy slush, which would have been inconvenient.
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Usually sharp-witted editor Sam Clair stumbles through her post-launch-party morning with the hangover to end all hangovers. Before the Nurofen has even kicked in, she finds herself entangled in an elaborate saga of missing neighbours, suspected arson and the odd unidentified body. When the grisly news breaks that the fire has claimed a victim, Sam is already in pursuit. Never has comedy been so deadly as Sam faces down a pair from Thugs ‘R’ Us, aided by nothing more than a CID boyfriend, a stalwart Goth assistant and a seemingly endless supply of purple-sprouting broccoli.
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‘Flâneuse [flanne-euhze], noun, from the French. Feminine form of flâneur [flanne-euhr], an idler, a dawdling observer, usually found in cities.
That is an imaginary definition.’
If the word flâneur conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia – then what exactly is a flâneuse?
In this gloriously provocative and celebratory book, Lauren Elkin defines her as ‘a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk’. Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flâneuse traces the relationship between the city and creativity through a journey that begins in New York and moves us to Paris, via Venice, Tokyo and London, exploring along the way the paths taken by the flâneuses who have lived and walked in those cities.
From nineteenth-century novelist George Sand to artist Sophie Calle, from war correspondent Martha Gellhorn to film-maker Agnes Varda, Flâneuse considers what is at stake when a certain kind of light-footed woman encounters the city and changes her life, one step at a time.
I’m the friend who takes photos. If people want photos for their clubs and special events, they’ll ask me to take them. If people need LinkedIn profile photos, they’ll ask me to take them. I’m honoured that they think of me. But hardly anybody approaches me with a creative idea they want to bring to life. It’s always me taking photos for other people; it’s never a collaboration. So I was really excited when Alex showed me an idea he had for his photos.
‘Love’, this English word: like other English words it has tense. ‘Loved’ or ‘will love’ or ‘have loved’. All these specific tenses mean Love is time-limited thing. Not infinite. It only exist in particular period of time. In Chinese, Love is ‘爱’ (ai). It has no tense. No past and future. Love in Chinese means a being, a situation, a circumstance. Love is existence, holding past and future. If our love existed in Chinese tense, then it will last for ever. It will be infinite.
–A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
In the spirit of Valentine’s month, here’s a blog post from Camille Styles’ “It Couple” series, “featuring photographer Kate Zimmerman and professional storyteller Luke Turpin.” They’re way too cute asdfghjkl. Lots of love and also creatively inspiring.
Um, I still can’t get over this dorm room makeover?? As a current college student, I know that the dorm rooms we have to work with are… lacking. When I lived on campus, the only decorating I did in my dorm was a wall of photos I put up with sticky tack, and when the photos started falling, I just pulled them all off and left it blank. I live off campus now and I’ve been more successful at making it feel like home, especially with my bed and coffee table. I don’t have any coffee table books, but I do have a pretty stack of magazines (I’m so adult). The newest edition to my collection was the 11th issue of Boys by Girls, featuring Tom Odell, Cole Sprouse, and more dudes! Anyways, for more interior inspiration, check out The Daybook’s interior update.
THREE // Unicorn hot chocolate
Whilst this unicorn hot chocolate isn’t really Valentine’s themed, it totally could be! It’s pink and magical; is that not festive enough? I think this galaxy glaze and these crunfetti cruffins are in the same vein as the unicorn hot chocolate. I can see them sharing a table at a party.
FOUR // Alignment before action
I can only read or listen to a limited amount of personal growth and self-care content before it gets to be too much for me and then I become very skeptical and think the preacher is full of hot air. It has nothing to do with the content creator and only has to do with me. Anyways, one of many podcasts I listen to is The Lively Show, but I’m not always up to date with her content for reasons explained previously. I was listening to Jess talk about 80% alignment and 20% action, and it really struck a chord with me. This is relevant on so many levels, but also especially to bloggers like you and me who might hit writer’s block once in awhile.
I’m trying to figure out what I want to do this summer. I should have already had this figured out, but… I don’t. In the meanwhile, I’ve been productively procrastinating by thinking of ways I can present my creative work in a way that is professional and visible. I don’t even know if I’m looking for a job on this track, but it’s something I suppose. Some other blogging and business links I’ve found are: do you really need social media to grow your business, 6 ways to brand your Squarespace website, and 30 desirable content upgrade ideas. On the other hand, maybe it’s time to go beyond content upgrades and ask what else? Talk, write, and behave in a braver way, like drinking full strength black coffee. Have better conversations. Tell great stories.
What has been your favourite read of the week?