I had a conversation last week with a woman who studies feng shui. We were waiting together at a bus stop and struck up a conversation that started as small talk, then moved on to all sorts of deeper topics. While we were talking about her study of feng shui, she said something that has really stuck with me. She said that there needs to be some element of imperfection in a space, otherwise a ‘perfect’ energy will just continue to flow without disruption, thereby becoming boring or stagnant. That was the jist of it anyway, and it makes so much sense to me. The most compelling art and music always has at least one element that breaks the rules, and the most interesting people and relationships are never completely perfect. We wouldn’t want them to be. It isn’t a matter of attaining perfection but rather of creating harmony.
[posted by Lauren]
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Monster Rally ~ Return to Paradise – $19
APOTHIA Los Angeles – IF – $40
Cleveland Magnet – $5
Clean Eats by Alejandro Junger, M.D.
White Sage Smudge Stick – $8
Deodorant Cream by Soapwalla – $14
Jade Harmony Yoga Mat – $50-75
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask – $55
Lucas Papaw Ointment – $10
Valley Cruise Press Zines
(illustration via here)
This morning, as I walked out of the subway, an old familiar scent passed me by: Sunflowers By Elizabeth Arden. Sunflowers was my first perfume. I must have gotten it when I was around 14 years old. It smelled fresh and happy; wearing it made me feel older and more sophisticated than I was.
A decade or so later, I found my second scent: Stella McCartney’s Stella. This is not to say that I wore Sunflowers for a whole decade, rather I wasn’t really one to wear perfume in my late teens and early twenties. But I received a free roll-on bottle of Stella at a fashion PR event my friend was working as one of her first jobs in New York and I adopted the scent as my own. Its smell reminds me of my early days in New York, living in the East Village and going to parties that lasted til sunrise. Now, yet another decade later, I have a new fragrance: APOTHIA’s IF. I love this scent so much and can’t imagine ever moving on from it. But chances are, in another ten years, the smell of IF will remind me of of myself now I can’t yet classify.
My brother gifted Albert and I with an 8×5 mirror for our apartment. It is a beautiful handmade mirror that takes up a lot of space. It is quite the design statement. Since we got the mirror, I have been looking at pictures on Pinterest to get some ideas on how to work a large mirror into a space. Here are some of my favorites:
(photo by Nico Krijno via here)
Wishing today’s umbrella situation looked a little more like the above and less like the below.
(image via here)
I’ve had bangs for a little more than a year. For the most part, I’ve been into them but recently they have started driving me nuts. I think part of my irritation has to do with all the images I’ve been seeing lately of casually cool tousled locks. There’s something so carefree-chic about this style and I want it! I’ve been playing around with hiding my bangs but I don’t think the length is quite there yet.
On a less superficial note, I watched former NYC Planning Commissioner, Amanda Burden’s TED talk yesterday about public spaces and thought it was really great. I once read testimony in front of Commissioner Burden at a public hearing relating to a major rezoning project that I’ve been a part of for several years at my job. Her talk paints a really interesting picture of all the details that must be considered and all the battles that must be fought in order to develop first-rate public space. She concludes her talk by saying, “I believe that a successful city is like a fabulous party; people stay because they’re having a great time.” I love that comparison.
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