Wednesday, November 26, 2008

little plastic people

on Saturday SJ and I were doing some Christmas shopping and went into Waterstones to find a book his Dad had requested. On one of the tables, where books are stacked high in themes to lure unknowing buyers was a book called Little People in the City: The Street Art of Slinkachu.

I thought I recognized the art from the cover so I picked it up and with a squeal of "This is so cool!" I made SJ wait patiently as we flipped through the whole book. The artist's concept is to create tiny, about 1/83 scale models of people doing ordinary and not so ordinary things in the city and then to glue them down near where these actions would occur and then to walk away from them. I'm not sure why exactly they are so appealing, maybe it is the thought that whenever I hurriedly walk I may pass unknowingly some tiny person battling out life on a smaller scale.

Cash machine

Same Old Song; Covent Garden area

Same Old Song; Covent Garden area

Rush Hour

Rush Hour

Dear Son, near Victoria

Dear Son, near Victoria

At the end of our Waterstones visit I had renewed my love for bookstores and we decided that we needed that little book on the little plastic people.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

tuesday inspiration: the english patient

I remember when my parents first saw The English Patient and couldn't stop raving about it, the music, the story, Ralph Fiennes and Kristen Scott Thomas. Years later I saw it myself and I couldn't help being sucked into the wartime story of love in its many and varying forms. Jealous love, lustful love, caring love, compassionate love.... they are all there. I especially enjoyed Kristen Scott Thomas' vain and yet sincere emotions for Almasy, and her reserved yet somehow seductive costumes.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

snow and questions

it snowed a bit this morning, the first snow of the season that I have witnessed :)

some nice news today as well ;)


when I was little and would get sick one of the movies that I would always watch was Mary Poppins. The perfect mix of fantasy and reality.

the penguins were always my favourites.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Christmas time at the shop
christmas tree

pirate ship

crystal drops

Friday, November 14, 2008


about a week or so ago Chloe and I took a day off and headed over to the new attraction in West London: Westfields.

This humongous American-style shopping centre opened in Shepherd's Bush (just outside of the congestion charge zone) and has turned into a huge success overnight.  Since I grew up around these kinds of huge malls I had an idea of what it would be like, but since I have also turned into a pseudo-Brit I was definitely overwhelmed when we got into the place.  

It pretty much has every British/European store you can image from all the high street parades, as well as designer stores, grocery stores, and a food court.

The Village, where are the designer shops are located.

The second floor; you can get the scale from this picture.


Shopping bags.

Monsieur Lapin at the end of a long shopping day with his big bag of carrots ;)

Overall, it was very cool to go around once, but it is not very nice when it is very crowded and unless you are addicted to shopping, it's just another condensed shopping area.

But it is nice to go once in awhile.

Monday, November 3, 2008


all I can think about right now is different ways to stay warm.  Winters over here are not very fun weather-wise.  Lots of rain and very cold, strong wind.  The least a girl can do is try to bundle up and stay warm.


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