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Currently reading: Week 23rd

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I’ve been boomed by new ideas to share on my blog, that I can’t really get enough time to deal with them, so today I just cancelled everything and let’s start from the beginning. I have now moved to my countryside summer house, where I spend days mostly cooking, dealing with kids, painting and reading. Today I scrolled round the net and found some interesting articles…

1.IKEA: 7 PREDICTIONS FOR WHAT YOUR HOME WILL LOOK LIKE IN 2020

“People will always want to collect physical objects, as a way of showing who they are, Engman says. “People want to show off their collections, not hide them away,” he says, so storage methods will have to evolve to keep up. Like displays in the museum of your home, they need to be just as functional as they are exhibitionist. Think more open shelves and glass cabinets that allow you to show off your collection, instead of chests and drawers.”

Read the rest of the article on Fastcodesign

2.WHY FRENCH WOMEN DON’T CONTOUR

“Contouring is not our thing because the main beauty philosophy in France is to accept who you are. That’s what makes the French look so specific. We just do a little. We want to keep it simple. Even if we don’t have the best cheekbones, we put the focus on our lips or lashes. Changing our face doesn’t appeal to us.”

Read the rest of the article on The Cut

3.JUNE 2015 MONTHLY HOROSCOPES

“Cozy up, Pisces. For the first three weeks of June, you’re in nesting mode, as the Sun lounges in Gemini, your domestic fourth house. Home and family matters could occupy your agenda—and with action-planet Mars also heating up this zone until June 24, your hive could be abuzz! You might be busy with a move, a renovation or a cascade of houseguests. The fourth house also rules self-care, and you’re encouraged to nurture yourself more. You could be feeling especially tender and emotional now, in need of some extra solitude or downtime. Be mindful of whom you allow into your personal space, as you’ll soak up even the most subtle vibes from people around you. This is already a #PiscesProblem—without being exacerbated by the stars!”

Read the rest of the article on Astrostyle

4.SUZY MENKES:WHAT EVERY GRADUATING FASHION STUDENT SHOULD READ

“It has always been thoughtful and strategic. When I talk to young people starting businesses, I say: take your time. I think being patient and making decisions thinking about the long term has really benefited us. And not doing everything. We want to do things, but to do them slowly and organically.”

Read the rest of the article on Vogue.fr

5.LIFE GIVES ART AN EDGE

“The urge to collect sits somewhere inside – in some gene. We’ve all done this in childhood. During my school-years I collected stamps. Later, as a teen – beer cans. Then I sold my stamps, threw out the cans, some time passed, and I turned to art.”

Read the rest of the article on Arterritory

Photo: Pantomime Erin O’Connor wearing Givench Haute Couture by Tim Walker for Vogue UK December 2004/ Pinterest

Style crush: Francesco Scognamiglio SS15

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I didn’t think I could fall in love with a dress, or the whole mood around Francesco Scognamiglio SS15 to be honest. But maybe I’m just in love with the idea of LOVE – doesn’t matter weather it is a dress, a flower or a person… it just resonates. Continue reading

Picnic

“I was just on my way over to invite you to help me celebrate my birthday on Saturday,” said Anne.

“Your birthday? But your birthday was in March!”

“That wasn’t my fault,” laughed Anne. “If my parents had consulted me it would never have happened then. I should have chosen to be born in spring, of course. It must be delightful to come into the world with the mayflowers and violets. You would always feel that you were their foster sister. But since I didn’t, the next best thing is to celebrate my birthday in the spring. Priscilla is coming over Saturday and Jane will be home. We’ll all four start off to the woods and spend a golden day making the acquaintance of the spring. We none of us really know her yet, but we’ll meet her back there as we never can anywhere else. I want to explore all those fields and lonely places anyhow. I have a conviction that there are scores of beautiful nooks there that have never really been seen although they may have been looked at. We’ll make friends with wind and sky and sun, and bring home the spring in our hearts.” Continue reading

Prom Queen

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Since I was a kid and started watching romantic movies about American teenagers, I have always been amazed by their prom outfits. It’s not that,  I wanted to wear them, but I liked how the young gentlemen borrowed cars from their dads, then drove to pick up the girls. Parents open the doors, there is always this awkward moment and then the young ladies appear on the stairs of the house. Proud parents smile. Continue reading

Just choose to be happy

I’m now sitting at my desk and in front of me I read “People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer and all life for happiness.” And then I realize – NOW! It’s happening exactly now… it is Friday, it is summer (ok, almost) and happiness is just a state of mind and soul – and I am choosing it! Continue reading

Muse of Guy Bourdin

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When I look at my paintings, I can clearly see some influence of Guy Bourdin – a legendary french fashion photographer. I’m sure you know his works…surreal, erotic and provocative.

Guy Bourdin was born in Paris in 1928 and received his first photographic training whilst performing military service in Senegal in 1948–9. His photographs were first shown in Paris in 1952 and he began working for French Vogue in 1954. Continue reading

Sensible way to live

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Summer fell upon Paris, with everyone still intently following his own subterranean course of passion or habit and looking up like a startled creature of the night at the blazing June sun. Now, all of a sudden, there was an impelling necessity to go away, to give a continuation or a meaning to the winter that had just gone by.

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Evening walk

Photo story with my dear kids Maya and Andreys last week…on one of those first warm spring evenings. Shot on film (Zenit) in Jurmala, Latvia. Continue reading