No big comments today. I just saw some of the Kelly Wearstler interior designs on www.kellywearstler.com and felt in love with them. But what really inspired me and I am impatient to get more from is hery My Vibe My Life blog showing her while working.
There is this great action started by Utterlyengaged.com to unite the blogosphere donate and raise awareness of what is happening in Japan. Not focusing on nuclear plant saving activities or earthquakes but on how the people are going to go through the consequences of it. Here you can learn more about how to participate in the For Japan With Love project.
And to be honest… Although I saw this banner on several posts in my reader, for some reason I hadn’t decided to post it until I saw the a message on my Skype telling that they offer free credit to Japanese customers. I am sure you already saw it or will see it next time you sign in. Great idea as well, although I am not sure it helps when there is no electricity or not enough. Is it just a smart PR move in a time of crisis? Not sure yet but it will be interesting to know how many of the free minutes or text messages have been used and sent. Curious to see whether there will be some figures on this in the next future.
Reading through all the online sources every morning, I was just thinking of the typology of online users. The ones whose blogs and sites I am following can mostly be described as the heavy online users. Young people, students, freelancers, mothers, designers with original ideas, curious about what is going on these days and very committed to influence others and change something and last but not least active online users, having a share in creating more online content.
While following them, you can discern a pattern of the way their days starts: wake up, do what they have to, drink a latte or a cappuccino, go through the big online sources mostly newspapers, open their mailbox and the Analytics tool to see what’s happening, have a cup of tea… Then open the Google or whatever Reader, follow some links… Yes, it seems an endless story. But after only a couple of weeks, you have all this done in minutes (well, if you don’t watch videos with the latest Japan news, for example). And the best thing is: You have found your favourite idea of the day, you can share with others or just add to your fave’s list so it can make your life better. At least if you don’t forget about it one day or deliberately remove it from the list, because I agree, there are just too many great things in this world and you can’t have them all.
Nevertheless here are my favourites of the day. And they are all worth the time investment despite the high probability to forget them soon. It’s the impact they have on us that counts. Kate Bingaman Burt’s book and project on Obsessive Consumption containing her daily purchase drawings and illustrating our daily consumption mania – from cappuccino to shoes (and why not obsessive media consumption as well… not for money but don’t we sacrifice our time???)… And this great online blog magazine Poppressed, I am going to follow and use as an inspirational source. Enjoy reading!
Yes, it is the time of design products – affordable ones and ones we don’t dare to dream of. But the real trend nowadays is the rediscovered one to create individual design pieces or to redesign old ones.
There are several websites about the coming British Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton selling merchandising articles or just trying to generate some traffic. And believe it or not there is already an official one. launched a couple of days ago. But well this is the spirit of our time – you have to better do it yourself in order to avoid unpleasant speculations and rumours. And I have to admit the idea is nice and there are some nice things to have a look at: Kate Middleton’s childhood photos from the private photo album of the Middleton’s or the short video about the visit of Kate Middleton and Prince William to St Andrew’s University – the place they first met.
I just stumbled upon the Blog of Kayce Hughes, found it very interesting, followed the links and found out that… Kayce Hughes is mother of seven children! Kayce Hughes has her own women’s and children’s collections, offers toys and other great ideas in her lovely online shop. I am impressed by her work and yes of course by a working and successful mom like her.
Mashable.com is the most influential social media news channel nowadays. A short review on today’s topics catches the spirit of our time and yes, it’s a bit strange:
Julian Assange found guilty; Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber (never heard before) and Eminem – the top three videos on You Tube to reach one billion views; and iPad 2 to be presented next week. But lovely as well: Watch this video of the day (I think of yesterday) in which a 5 -year-old girl explains that she won’t marry until she has a career. It’s Zeitgeist as well! Enjoy.
Yes, it is everywhere. On TV shows, in real life or in books. A hero does drugs and tries to escape from reality and to find happiness. Cocaine is the metaphor for the time we live in. That’s an idea I found in a recent interview by the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit with French writer Frederic Beigbeder. And yes, that’s the one who had the idea for his Un roman francais after having been arrested for the use of cocaine. It’s a great conversation, worth reading (unfortunately only in German) and it’s full of revelations about life, love and… Facebook: “It’s the opium of our society. For lonely people who cherish the illusion to be important.” And if you like these thoughts, Un Roman Francais is worth reading.
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It’s not a new label but it is a new trend label. Issa London became more popular since Kate Middleton chose their dress to pose for the official engagement photos. And it is indeed a very feminine fashion that unites casual style with a more sophisticated one – a perfect combination even for a royalty to be as Kate Middleton. This is a very fresh video of the new Issa London fashion week catwalk show. I love the colours – orange and blue!, the jewellery and all the accessories. Enjoy the collection and the music. Young hearts run free.