Dream colour

When I waked up this morning, everything was covered with snow. It’s like Christmas again. Although just few days before, it was nothing but sunshine and endless blue sky.

Well it’s in March, and it’s in Iceland, you can expect almost EVERYTHING.

Again, I waked up rather early, something around 6 and I couldn’t fall asleep again. The only sound is from the heater and the bird singing. There’re lots of ravens in Iceland. People in Asian countries think it’s a bad sign to see a raven, or a black cat. Actually they believe that the black colour somehow related to the misfortune, while the red is glamour. Black for the funeral, red for the wedding.

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I find Nordic people have a preference for cold colour – black, gray, brown, blue, white and fine line, while Topical people use much more warm colour – orange, red, green, yellow and abstract patterns.

Last day when I was walking in the middle center Reykjavik, I found that most people are dress in dark colour. It reminds me when I was in Paris, black is the colour you see the most. I even have friend who has nothing but black and gray colour in her closet. Shall I say that she’s “a la mode” or she’s just being “lazy”.

Well I have no right to judge others since me myself fancy black too. It’s chic, elegant and can not go wrong.

A friend recently shared with me an exhibition she went in Paris, of Serge Poliakoff, a french painter, original from Russia. His work is a lot about the relationships between line and surface, form and content, colour and light, which many people call it “the form of dream”.

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Recently it comes to a point that I may have to register in University of Iceland to improve my Icelandic. I’ve been following a private teacher once a week for almost a year, yet no great improvement orally. I do get the brief picture about the grammar, although when it comes to talk. I get speechless. These words just don’t pop up into my head.

Therefore, I was looking at some programme and there I found something really interesting – a graduate (master) programme in Food and Science. As you know, I have a great interests in cookery and nutrition. However, the deadline for enrolment in Spring is over. With a bit of disappointment, I Googled about “Food and Science” and there I found a lecture delivered by Harvard University, seems exciting.

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Full lecture of Phsiologie du Goût (French)

 

Perfume

I just heard that a new restaurant, run by exclusive starred French chef Guy Martin, will be opened in the ground-floor of Guerlain boutique in Paris on Champs-Élysées. What an idea to open a restaurant with a perfume store!

Guerlain for me is much more than a simple perfume. It reminds me of Paris, of people I care very much and of love. I received my 25th birthday gift a bottle of Guerlain. I love the fusion smell of rose and vanilla since. It’s chic, it’s parisian and it’s mysterious.

Yet for some strange reasons, I stopped using any perfume since I moved to Iceland. I can not explain why. I heard that everyone is born with a certain scent. But if you use too much chemical product on your body, the scent will finally fade out. So now actually the only thing I put on is the baby lotion from Johnson & Johnson. I can not find the authentic cream in a pink bottle, which is my favorite. Yet I found the powder, shampoo and body oil.

After all, either Guerlain or J&J, they both exist as memory for me, rather a simple perfume.

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Wildness embodied

Fashion, like art, is very subjective. Either you like it or you don’t. I recently discovered this outstanding fashion designer – Iris van Herpen. Her futurenism style, almost architectural, appeals to me.

“For me fashion is an expression of art that is very close related to me and to my body. I see it as my expression of identity combined with desire, moods and cultural setting.

In all my work I try to make clear that fashion is an artistic expression, showing and wearing art, and not just a functional and devoid of content or commercial tool. With my work I intend to show that fashion can certainly have an added value to the world,  that it can be timeless and that its consumption can be less important then its beginning. Wearing clothing creates an exciting and imperative form of self-expression. ‘Form follows function’ is not a slogan with which I concur. On the contrary, I find that forms complement and change the body and thus the emotion. Movement, so essential to and in the body, is just as important in my work. By bringing form, structure and  materials together in a new manner, I try to suggest and realize optimal tension and movement.”
Like a saying “eyes eat first”. We’re very much how we dress. As in Paris, people are mad with black clothing, especially women. I have more than one friend who purchase only black or grey coloured clothing. While in tropical countries like Africa, Singapore, Thailand etc, people are more intend to pick colourful clothing. It reveals a great deal of a personality.

Heaven without…

This morning when I was brushing my teeth, I suddenly realised that I’m actually living in a country without Starbucks, McDonalds and Nespresso. No wonder some people think Iceland is isolated.

Although in cities like Shanghai, Tokyo, there’re more and more Starbucks and people love it.

As a matter of fact, I’m never a big fan of Starbucks, even less for McDonalds, although I remember myself having breakfast there with my mum last year. As less I care about Starbucks, I love THE Starbucks in opera area in Paris, because the whole coffee house was an ancient opera house.

Yet in Iceland, you have decent local cafe house. One of the most popular chains is Kaffitar, following Eymundsson, which is actually a bookstore, but you can grab few magazines and cocooning there with a cup of soja latte. Then you have a bunch of coffee shops of course, Cafe Paris, Laundromat, Mokka Kaffi, just to name a few.

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Noir

A Paris-based simply, elegant, avant-garde fashion brand.

To capture the essence of the brand, Dice Kayek found a kindred spirit in film director Marie Schuller, head of fashion at SHOWstudio. Schuller scripted an experimental film, NOIR, which is less a fashion presentation than a fashion editorial sprung to life. Taking as a point of departure the designer’s and director’s mutual love of German expressionism, constructivism and film noir, the four-minute video riffs on key scenes from the 1961 Alain Resnais film “Last Year at Marienbad”, depicting glamorous, sometimes troubling dream-like scenes from the life of a young couple, complete with special effects that recall the golden era of Hollywood.

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Who Have Arrived in Heaven

You might not familiar with the name Yayoi Kusama, although you must familiar with her artistic signature – the dot and bright colour.

She is recently showing her new painting at Gallery David Zwirner in London.

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I remembered about two years ago at her exhibition at Centre Pompidou in Paris, it was quite an experience.

If you’re lucky enough to be in London, you should not miss it, the show runs until the 21 December.