It’s been a lovely week! I’ve been in full tower designing mode, it has been great! Although I’m still crazy busy, I feel like I’m actually able to stay on top of things, so this once a week blogging is definitely helping out.
The fabulousness of the week, continued into the weekend! Friends of ours have bought their first flat together and we got to pop around to see their amazing place in Stockwell for a delicious dinner.
Sunday morning I was woken up to the smell of sizzling bacon, nothing better :
I’m now ready to start another week…
Today’s post is all about a sense of permanence and temporality. These two restaurants in London were meant to be temporary pop-up, but have become so successful, they’ve ended up being more permanent pieces in the city.
The Filling Station
The first is the Filling Station in King’s Cross, a converted BP garage right on the canal.
The Second is a Hix restaurant, “Chicken and Steak” also known as the Tramshed in Shoreditch. Again, meant to be a pop-up restaurant near Old Street, it is filled with Damien Hirst pieces, like the formaldehyde “Cock and Bull”.
Simple, industrial interior, serving none other than chicken and steak dishes, so vegetarians/vegans avoid.Read More »
Even if you have a boring life, and spend all your time home alone, watching TV, and playing mafia wars, you still have something to share. It may not be an exciting life, but it’s your life… it may seem less-than-ordinary, but it’s still unique in some way. No two people on this earth are having the exact same experiences, thoughts, or feelings. Maybe similar at times, but not exact.
Your experiences are unique and, therefore, valuable.
There are lessons to be learned even in the dullest of circumstances.
Yet, time and time again we leave out what makes us most unique. Our Stories.
When you leave out your story,
all that’s left is generic advice.
How many articles should I read that tell me how to save money? That tell me how I should write? How I should manage my time? How I should set goals? Or how I should market my business?Read More »
A lot of people know that the American educational system is in trouble. The question do you know how this will affect their economy, their society, and their students. It’s shocking actually. Take a look
- In eleven states, the graduation rate is around ninety percent for white students, but you can find no state where the same number is true for non-white students.
- The average U.S. graduation rate for Hispanic and African-American students is less than 68 percent.
- If in 2015 the average graduation rate would have been 90 percent, the American GDP would have grown by $7.1 billion.
- People who hold a high school diploma will less like be unemployed, have better jobs, make higher taxable incomes, and will less need social services.
Therefore the company I work for, Covcell.com offered GED Prep scholarships, and the company has done that before. In March 2014, we offered 20 people an online preparation for GED exam totally free. We got so many applications, there are plenty of people who want to learn and look for available help. This is our contribution to fight the US dropout crisis.Read More »
I struggle with this sometimes. I find myself over-explaining and wanting others to know exactly why something is meaningful to me. I, then, realize later that I should have let it go and welcome different perspectives. And therein lies the gift between Artist and viewer — allowing space for people to be affected in a way that best serves them.
Creatives are like parents and letting go can be hard, but it’s necessary.
Steven Pressfield compares a work-in-progress to an unborn fetus and warns against talking about your work prematurely while it’s still being developed. I can relate to how that can sabotage work before it’s at least close to completion. But, when it’s done, it’s done.
At some point, you gotta let your baby go. You can’t protect her forever.
Should a creative person explain or defend their work?
Sometimes photographers don’t get enough credit for their creativity because they don’t literally draw or paint their work. They use real life. Credit is then given to the camera or the subject. But, good photography is born from the vision of a creative person.
A camera is the tool they use. 100 photographers can take a photo of the same landscape, but each one can use their vision to capture something different. A different emotion, angle, and focus. The nonfiction writer is doing the same. We take real-life events and experiences and capture meaning and atmosphere with our own tools: words.
100 nonfiction writers can write about the same subject, but each one can use their vision to capture a different emotion, angle, and focus. I realize that not everyone who takes a photograph cares about vision. And not everyone who writes in this genre cares about creativity.Read More »
If nothing in your life seems to be changing, that’s usually the result of your actions not changing.
I know, that seems like common sense, but how many sensible things are you aware of, yet don’t put into action?
I certainly don’t always follow my own advice, or live in harmony with every inspiring quote that I post on facebook.
In fact, recently, I’ve been feeling stuck. I feel like I should’ve started on a lot of things long, long ago. I feel like I should’ve jumped on countless opportunities that I never did.
And it’s not that I literally said “no”,
but rather, my sub-conscience said, “yes… one day”.
“Yes… one day” is not the same as “Yes”.
However, your mind can trick you into believing that they are the same. It’s like when you announce your big plans to do that really cool thing.Read More »
Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson were granted a decree nisi in the High Court, near finalizing their divorce.
The British artist (who prefers to remain unidentified) has created a life-size replica of Saatchi with a hand outstretched ready to strangle anyone who interacts with this piece. The artwork is entitled ‘Playful Tiff’ – the terms Charles used to explain the incident where he fondly placed his hand around Nigella Lawson’s neck at Scott’s eatery in London. Spectators of ‘Playful Tiff’ are invited to put their neck in Saatchi’s hand and capture the historic moment with a picture on the mobile phone.
The work is on display at the Jealous Gallery at Crouch End in north London.
.1. It’s probably no secret with about page, but one of my favorite things to do is baking, especially for my friends.
.2. I’m an avid online shopper, from clothes to beauty products to our weekly shop.
.3. Peanut butter is my weakness.
.4. And so is our adorable little cat named Sandyt.
.5. Lists are the answer to everything.
.6. I’m a Polish-American living in London for the last 2 years, loving every minute of it! (Speaking Polish too)
.7. I’m always keeping busy with little projects, latest: knitted cushions for the flat.
Today I am super passionate about the benefits of well-designed spaces and products. Design directly affects the way we live. I believe that good design helps us express ourselves, it helps us be more efficient and effective, it helps us to be aware of our environment, think about our choices and enjoy life’s little and big moments.
That’s why when I stumbled across the Kitchen Nano Garden concept, I got super excited and wanted to share about it right away!
This kitchen brings hydroponic agriculture right into your home. It allows you to sustainable grow a lot of your own food products, controlled by you and free from pesticides and other chemicals. The food industry is one that we need, yet one that also is causing us major problems. I think that being more individually involved in our own food could help relieve some of those issues and can also encourage a more sustainable and mindful life.