lunedì 1 settembre 2014

Not all those who wander are lost

September (or late August) means "back to school". There is no doubt about it. Beauty gurus say so. Lookbook says so. Suddenly notebooks and pens are sold everywhere. Away with the sunblock! In with the stationery! 
By the way, am I the only one who used the same backpack from middle school 'till the very last day of high school??

But for some people there is no school/university to go back to. "Lucky!" you'd say. Wellll.... Think of life this way: you wake up and you know which subjects you will take on that day, because you chose them previously. You are told the exact pages to study and you hopefully know when the next test will be. Until one day you graduate.
Then nobody will ever let you choose your modules again, no more exam dates, no more explained chapters. No more classrooms nor classmates. People with your same background are killer competitors, ready to jump in front of you for your dream job.
Ok fine, maybe I'm being overdramatic here. But you get the idea! ;)

I was thinking about this today while I was evaluating my situation and feeling somewhat lost. But then I realised one is lost only when he actually loses his path. Semantics at its finest. So what if I didn't exactly have a path, and I was simply wandering and wondering trying to find my way. This is not Wonderland, not all the ways are
the Queen's ways! So mine must be somewhere around here, or not around here at all, and the only way to find out is to keep searching (aka: sending CVs and hoping for the best).

Maybe John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was right, not all those who wander are lost. 

lunedì 25 agosto 2014

Oh you pretty things

During my recent trips I came across some really unique items, not only in shops but also in markets, or simply on the streets. 

Walking around Carnaby Street in London I was totally drowned to this shop (shout out to all Irregular Choice lovers). No need to say I had to take some pictures for you, and a pair of sunglasses for myself ;)

"Look! A unicorn! It's picture time!"

And just to stay in topic with friendly creatures, I saw this book near Soho and woah, the illustrations are sooooo cool!! Check it out if you like steampunk, anything victorian, and surreal situations.

Soho Square is a pretty fun place to hang out... Even the street signs are having a blast! The first time I've seen similar ones was in Florence and I thought it was an unique thing... Am I being naive again?

Oh yeah, the white sky of England. I nearly forgot about that after one year back to Italy. But there's a remedy to improve the mood: "Fancy a glass on wine? Literally."

Camden Town, thanks for creating needs existing!

PS: we had to get a Joy Division t-shirt there because of reasons

I admit that I wanted to change my outfit after Camden before stepping into Harrods... That place is a lot fancier than what I could remember. Also it is very very easy to spot the buyers from the casual tourists. My whole outfit-change idea was sort of a fail anyway haha! 

I fell in love with these tea cups in a golden bird cage <3

We reached the end of this post, and I want to leave you with the picture of a giant blue cock rooster!

Please, no need to thank me <3

giovedì 21 agosto 2014

About wall art

Eventually I had to go back home, but this time I'd like to show you something a bit different from the gold excess of Versailles and the pastel perfection of Ladurée. I'm talking about London wall art.

London is a city that I associate with the colour 'red': full of passions and life, always awake, always in motion, a melting pot of cultures and interests, where people can express themselves as they wish and happily spend all their money shopping!!

*heavy rain and hail intermission*

That's all for now, I'll be posting more pics of other strange things soon!! ;) 

venerdì 15 agosto 2014

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous

When it comes to perfect pairs, I think Chanel got it right: classy and fabulous.
That's everything a girl needs (plus a sprinkle of intelligence I'd say)!

Don't trust magazines that tell you which dresses you have to wear and what size you should be, also eyeshadow palettes are meant to be mixed and matched, and if one day you feel like eating zucchini with nutella... go for it!

lunedì 11 agosto 2014

Life is too short to wear boring clothes

As you read this I'll be in London, being a tourist... but with eccentric clothes! *trying to fit in, you know* haha
Let's see if Camden Town changed since my last visit four years ago, oh, I will say hi to the Queen and Geooooorge for you ;)

Source Tumblr

Well then, cheerio ol' chap.

giovedì 7 agosto 2014

About a dualistic city

I came back from Berlin a while ago, but it took me some time to put my thoughts in words. I was well aware the war and the wall didn't do Berlin any good, and the population had only 20 years to rebuild and restart but the problem is they couldn't restart from scratch, obviously! 

Berlin's Victory watching over Paris (Square) until the end of time. Poor Paris.

They have History *with capital H* on their shoulders so they cannot forget nor forgive, but at the same time they have to move on and find their direction in the modern world while keeping in mind what they're sadly famous for, and not underestimating the amount of people who suffered and died in the past.
Do you see the catch? This is what Hegel would call 'Aufhebung', a word with contradictory meanings including "to lift up" and "to abolish" but also "to preserve". 

Anyway, watching the pictures I took walking around the city I noticed this dualism was well visible in the ancient buildings, cranes, skyscrapers... 

Do you see what I was talking about? Have you ever been to Berlin or another city where you noticed the same struggle? Maybe you didn't notice it at all and it's all in my head!