Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Boogie Woogie Santa...

...will boogie all your blues away.

Just before I head out to party Chilean-style with my in-laws & all our friends, I wanted to wish all of you a very merry Christmas. Thank you for stopping by over the year & making me smile with your comments, emails & love.

In case you still don't know what to cook, bake or make for tomorrow, here are 5 scrumptious delights to whip up this weekend.

Feliz Navidad!

~ Clare x

PS: You can check out my favourite Christmas song here.
Image: Pinterest

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

All images by Annie Leibovitz

How amazing does Michelle Williams look as Marilyn Monroe for Vogue? Shot by Annie Leibovitz. I think the first pic is my favourite. 

~ Clare x

PS: A big hello & welcome to new readers!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Star-Crossed Lovers

All above images: Australian Ballet

This weekend has been all about Romeo & Juliet for me. Friday night I took my budding ballerina cousin (all of 12 years of age) to see Graeme Murphy's "Romeo & Juliet" for the Australian Ballet. It couldn't have been better timing as I had 2 scenes to perform this weekend as Juliet and the Australian Ballet left me not only mesmerised but most definitely inspired.


Each dancer captured the characters just how I've always imagined them. Romeo & Juliet were just beautiful but other stand outs were Mercutio, and Lord & Lady Capulet.

The costumes designed by Akira Isagowa were just stunning. The whole production from the dancing & characterisation to costumes and set, the music... everything, had me enthralled from beginning to end. Here is a video of the making of the costumes with Akira himself:

"See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
that I might touch that cheek!"

~ Clare x

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Greetings...

Lady dear, if Fairies may
For a moment lay aside
Cunning tricks and elfish play,
'Tis at happy Christmas-tide.
~ Christmas Greetings from a Fairy to a Child, Lewis Carroll

Feeling in need of a little Christmas glamour!

~ Clare x

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Where love is not, there must be laws

"Often times, when we occupy the space of 'I'm right and you're wrong' it keeps us from seeing our own responsibility in matters. When we judge others' foibles and personality traits, what does it really say about us? What can we do to identify and get rid of judgment in ourselves and in our lives?"

Anyone else subscribe to Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP newsletters? This recent newsletter on judgement really struck a chord with me. I've decided to make an early new year's resolution and to try my hardest to stop judging others. Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel has some wonderful advice that I am going to try to constantly keep in mind, when she finds herself faced with a situation where it would be easy to simply judge a person, instead she tries to "remember at least two other qualities about the person whom I have just put in a box."

Have you started thinking of your new year's resolutions yet?

~ Clare x

Images: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Charmaine Olivia

All images copyright Charmaine Olivia

I came across this San Francisco based artist recently via the lovely Tania of T like BubbleTea. Charmaine Olivia's artworks are insanely beautiful. I'm now utterly obsessed with her paintings, especially the ones I've featured. She also has an exquisite collection of silhouettes as well as drawings & illustrations.

Now I have the difficult decision of choosing which ones I'd like to buy prints of for my home... My definite two favourites are "Ophelia" (picture number 1) and "Obsidian" (picture number 3). 
Are you as in love as I am?

~ Clare x

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Oh Emily!

Emily Blunt for Vanity Fair, photographed by Michael Roberts & styled by Jessica Diehl. Dreaming of living in a more glamorous era this weekend...

~ Clare x

Images: Vanity Fair

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Mermaid

Who would be
A mermaid fair,
Singing alone,
Combing her hair
Under the sea,
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?

I would be a mermaid fair;
I would sing to myself the whole of the day;
With a comb of pearl I would comb my hair;
And still as I comb'd I would sing and say,
'Who is it loves me? who loves not me?'
I would comb my hair till my ringlets would fall
Low adown, low adown,
From under my starry sea-bud crown
Low adown and around,
And I should look like a fountain of gold
Springing alone
With a shrill inner sound
Over the throne
In the midst of the hall;
Till that great sea-snake under the sea
From his coiled sleeps in the central deeps
Would slowly trail himself sevenfold
Round the hall where I sate, and look in at the gate
With his large calm eyes for the love of me.
And all the mermen under the sea
Would feel their immortality
Die in their hearts for the love of me.

But at night I would wander away, away,
I would fling on each side my low-flowing locks,
And lightly vault from the throne and play
With the mermen in and out of the rocks;
We would run to and fro, and hide and seek,
On the broad sea-wolds in the crimson shells,
Whose silvery spikes are nighest the sea.
But if any came near I would call and shriek,
And adown the steep like a wave I would leap
From the diamond-ledges that jut from the dells;
For I would not be kiss'd by all who would list
Of the bold merry mermen under the sea.
They would sue me, and woo me, and flatter me,
In the purple twilights under the sea;
But the king of them all would carry me,
Woo me, and win me, and marry me,
In the branching jaspers under the sea.
Then all the dry-pied things that be
In the hueless mosses under the sea
Would curl round my silver feet silently,
All looking up for the love of me.
And if I should carol aloud, from aloft
All things that are forked, and horned, and soft
Would lean out from the hollow sphere of the sea,
All looking down for the love of me.

~ Lord Alfred Tennyson

Beautiful, non?

~ Clare x