Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Hair during Rush Hour

De músico, poeta y loco, todos tenemos un poco
Of musician, poet and madman we all have our measure

I bought one kg of sweet cherry from an old man in the street. I gave it to Adam. I just burst into the shop, dropped the bag on his lap and rushed out right after that.

"Thank you very much," he managed to say and rushed out after me with a broad grin on his face and my hat in his hand. He handed me the hat and rushed right back.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pobby and Dingan

"The secret of an opal's color lies not in its substance but in its absences." 
Australian Geographic, 1998

Pobby and Dingan is a story of two invisible friends and a piece of precious stone by Ben Rice. At first glance, I found the book a bit boring. And then something made me keep reading it. When I finished the book, I didn't want the story to end so I went back and read the whole thing all over again.

I've never owned a precious stone, but I played with the idea that the piece of plastic on the thrifted macramé belt was actually brown opal. I thought about how talented Ben Rice must be to write such a story, his very first work that not only won a couple of awards but was also made into a movie.

Later, I made a small inventory of some of my invisible friends: those I haven't heard from for a long time and some friendly folks I've never even met. It made me realize that Pobby and Dingan is one of the most heartwarming stories I've ever read. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Happy Belated Halloween!

The ghost flew out of the closet through the open door wearing the blue bed sheet I ironed yesterday.

 "Where do you think you are flying?" I asked.

She just stared at me and said nothing. With shaking hands, I got the camera and took a picture of her. She was gone the next minute. The only sign she left behind was the crumpled sheet lying on the floor.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Guys up Above My Head

Our roof had a leak. I had to call the roofers to fix it. They came early in the morning. There was much shouting and stomping and bumping and banging in the attic that lasted for hours. At one point I thought that they were going to fall through the ceiling and land on my head. 

"The battle between Rome and Sparta," shouted one of them while banging with his hammer.

"Rome and what?" shouted the other.

"I have to look up that battle," I thought.

They did a stellar job. When the rain comes the drops won't find their way through the ceiling and tap on the top of my head. As for their personal style? Nothing particular, really. They wore tattered jeans and some really old sweatshirts. 
The neighbor said that they were originally from Gythium. 

Photo by Carol

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Out of Focus

I attended a fashion show last week. It was a modest event with few participants. The theme was the little black dress. Watching the show, I caught myself paying more attention to the movements of the models than the actual outfits. See my favorite dress, the body hugging one-piece that looked like a two-piece, on the picture above.

Later that week, I watched a couple of segments of New York Fashion Week. I was delighted to learn about the First Ever Plus-Sized Show. It made me think just how far our concept of beauty has evolved. I think the human body with its complexity and constant changes is such an ephemeral phenomenon that it's a small wonder in itself. Visiting New York Fashion Week would be a dream come true for me. If I could make it there one day, I'd love to see more new presenters including some of the models from Advanced Style. I've been pulling for them for years. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that it's just a matter of time and I'll turn into one of them.

Dear New York Fashion Week Organizers, if you are reading this, please make room for the Advanced Style Ladies next time. Thanks.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Dummy Song Lyrics

I'll take the legs from some old table
I'll take the arms from some old chair
I'll take the neck from some old bottle
And from a horse I'll take the hair

I'll take the hands and face from some old clock
And baby, when I'm through
I'll get more loving from the dum, dum, dummy
Than I ever got from you

I get more loving
From that dum, dum, dummy
Than I've ever gotten from you
Yeah, mama, get more loving
From a dummy than I get from you

Read more: Louis Armstrong - Dummy Song Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

As I was listening to the song, I was reminded that I haven't updated the blog for ages. Well, here it is. Carol is wearing a blue scarf, a blue summer dress, and copper bracelets. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Missing Hat

Winter is practically over and I managed to lose my most treasured hat that I've had for years. It was a wool hat; a perfect fit in my favorite color. It reminded me places I've visited and people I've met. I lost it at the mall in the early morning hours doing grocery shopping.

How to Lose a Hat at the Mall

Stop in your walk.
Fold your hat in half and slip it into your coat sleeve.
Fold your coat and rest it on your arm.
Start walking.
Chances are that the hat will slip through the sleeve instantly and land on the floor without a sound.
In about ten minutes, realize that your hat is missing.
Backtrack to your entry point. No hat.
Ask security. "Sorry. No hat."
Ask costumer service. "No hat."
In your last, vain attempt ask the cleaning lady. "No hat. Sorry." She is nice. Have a chat with her about hats.
The next day ask costumer service again. Still no hat.
Say goodbye to your all time favorite hat.
Buy a new one later in the day or within a next few days that is similar to the old one. It's Winter's End Sale with great deals.
Attach your new hat with a fish line/bike lock/crocheted chain/thread/duck tape to your coat so as not to ever lose it.
Or simply promise yourself not to keep it in your coat sleeve.

I hope whoever found my hat would take good care of it. Handled with care, it could last a few more years.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Winter Outfit

Carol's winter outfit ideas. She made the drawings last night. Some items shown here are her favorite ones. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dream Makers

I'd like to dedicate this post for the people behind the documentary The Light That Shines. It's an amazing group of young talents who volunteered their time and expertise to make Jill's dream come true. They deserve all the credit they can get for their efforts.

Producer/Photographer: Sue Bryce
Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year 2011 & 2012

Director/Cinematographer: Hailey Bartholomew

Editor: Digby Hogan
"I don't think I've cried so much editing one piece."

Sound/Assistant: Roweena Timson

Sound Mix: Ross Battern; Hair & Makup: Sarah Smith

Here is Carol's take on the story:

There must be many of us touched by Jill's story on a personal level - either having a loved one fighting the disease or knowing someone who has it.

It gives me the chills to think about cancer. To tell you the truth, I wouldn't have the courage to do what Jill did. She'd revealed her scars to a photographer and, through her images, to the world. She wasn't shy. Let's be honest, she did something that many women even in perfectly good health dare not to do - she courageously rose above her situation by accepting her body just the way it is.

I keep a black-and-white poster in my room that comes with a simple caption "Fashion makes you free". I think that fashion did help Jill feel free. It helps me too, to keep being myself and see beauty in everything.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

I bought my heart shaped Bershka ring a week ago for less than the price of a latte. I took a few dozen shots to get the desired result promptly killing my new batteries in the process. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

On Beauty

There are real life stories as moving as any great fairy tale. I stumbled upon one such story a few days ago. Who wouldn't want to fly to Paris for a photo shoot and feel like a princess? Who wouldn't want to wear a lavish gown designed by Steven Khalil, if only for one session? And how many of us still would want to do that just to send out a message while battling a vicious form of cancer?

"You can still feel beautiful and sexy with breast cancer," says Jill, the star of the project, the gorgeous model with stage four breast cancer.  

"I want to change the way you see yourself and value all that you are." 
"Beauty. - It's the light that shines out from inside you. When you hold someone's gaze, you can see it. Everyone has it. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen."

Sue Bryce, Photographer

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Harry Clarke Illustrations

I started to read Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales again. The copy I'm reading comes with Harry Clarke's fantastic illustrations in black-and-white. According to his biography, he was commissioned the work in 1913. It was his first commission as an illustrator. I wanted to see the original water colors in detail. I've found them on the National Gallery of Ireland site. The color images are superb. The colors are so bright and vivid, it's hard to believe that the originals are a hundred years old. The National Gallery also published a commemorative calendar for this year. 

Need I say that some of my favorite illustrations are the ones showing beautiful dresses? Like the one the princess from The Wilde Swans is wearing while being carried by her eleven brothers across the sea. It's a grayish-blue maxi dress with yellow butterfly pattern. It must be her regular daily outfit worn at the castle not something suitable for surviving in a forest. Another favorite one depicts three flying red-heads from The Elf-hill. Their dresses are shaped like giant petals. They are so lose as if were made for floating and dancing in the air.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dita von Teese for ARTDECO

Dita von Teese ARTDECO line was launched last summer. The product poster first appeared in the window of a large department store in August. When I saw it, I knew I wanted a copy. The one in the window was the only copy available, but not for sale. It would be sent to the next branch for display and subsequently to all the branches in rotation. It was disappointing to hear that at the end of the sale season it would be sent back to headquarters. The circle ended there. I couldn't get a copy.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Deadwood is a 36-episode television series which aired on HBO for three seasons from 2004 through 20006. It's the story of a gold mining town, Deadwood, South Dakota and its inhabitants in the late 1800s. Written by David Milch.

When I saw the first episode on DVD a couple of years ago, I was awestruck. I knew it was something special. Aside from the fascinating story line, intense language and brilliant acting what captivated me the most were the costumes.

Soon I learned that the last episode of the second season “Boy the Earth Talks to,” won an Emmy award for costume design. In a short interview costume designer Janie Bryant reveals how many people were involved in creating the looks, what the challenges were and just how much she loved the job.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Star Dummy

She has a slender neck, strong shoulders and a pose of a ballerina. Her updo must come from the seventies. Her left eye looks tired. She wears moderately priced lingerie and camera bags.