Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sweetness and Light

Fresh hyacinth blooms to start your day with a little colour. Have a lovely one.

(photo by michael piazza for gardenista)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Bright White and Copper in a Swedish Apartment

Take a tour of a lovely, light-filled modern apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden. Beautiful.

100 Famous Artists and Their Studios
Fantastic collection of photos featuring artists at work in their studios — some famous, some not so well known. I feel inspired just looking at these.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
If, like me, you won't be in London to see the Victoria and Albert Museum's stunning show of the life and work of the brilliant designer Alexander McQueen, here's the next best thing — photos of the exhibition to transport you to his beautiful world.

Kate Moss in Spring 2015 Haute Couture
And while we're on the subject of transcendently beautiful fashion, have a look at these lovely photographs of Kate Moss by Paolo Roversi for W magazine. Gorgeous. Oh, and a little NSFW, just so you know.

How Music Hijacks Our Perception of Time
Fascinating essay by composer Jonathan Berger about how music affects our brains. Choice quote: "In 2004, the Royal Automobile Club Foundation for Motoring deemed Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie the most dangerous to listen to while driving. It is not so much the distraction, but the substitution of the frenzied tempo of the music that challenges drivers' normal sense of speed — and the objective cue of the speedometer — and causes them to speed." (via The Paris Review)

A History of Tall Buildings, Visualized
The Skyscraper Museum in New York has put together a great interactive timeline of the tallest buildings throughout history, beginning with Egypt's Great Pyramid, built in 2650 BC. Direct link to the timeline here.

The 50 Weirdest Albums Ever
Check out MOJO magazine's fascinating list of more experimental albums by a variety of artists. Some are brilliant, such as Loveless by the band My Bloody Valentine (one of my all time favourite albums, incidentally), and some are just, well, odd. Interesting listening.

Polenta With Winter Salad and Poached Egg
Spring may be officially beginning tomorrow, but this comforting dish would be perfect for those still chilly mornings.

(photo by mikkel adsbøl for femina magazine)

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My lovely friend Yael made these gorgeously scented Earl Grey tea and blood orange cookies for me — they are, like her, wonderful.

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