The Favours of the Moon

Posted by on 14 Feb 2014 at 23:22 in Art

The Favours of the Moon by Charles Baudelaire
Published 1869

THE MOON, who is caprice itself, looked through the window while you were sleeping in your cradle, and said to herself: ‘I like this child.’

And softly she decended her staircase of clouds and, noislessly, passed through the window-panes. Then she stretched herself out over you with the supple tenderness of a mother, and laid down her colors on your face. Ever since, the pupils of your eyes have remained green and your cheeks unusually pale. It was while comtemplating this vistor that your eyes became so strangely enlarged; and she clasped your neck so tenderly that you have retained for ever the desire to weep.

However, in the expansion of her joy, the Moon filled the whole room with phosphorescent vapour, like a luminous poison; and all the living light thought and said: ‘You shall suffer for ever the influence of my kiss. You shall be beautiful in my fashion. You shall love that which I love and that which loves me: water, clouds, silence and the night; the immense green sea; the formless and multiform streams; the place where you shall not be; the lover whom you shall not know; flowers of monstrous shape; perfumes that cause delirium; cats that shudder, swoon and curl up on pianos and groan like women, with a voice that is hoarse and gentle!

Dark half moon

‘And you shall be loved by my lovers, courted by my courtiers. You shall be the queen of all men that have green eyes, whose necks also I have clasped in my nocturnal caresses; of those who love the sea, the sea that is immense, tumultuous and green, the formless and multform streams, the place where they are not, the woman whom they do not know, sinister flowers that resemble the censers of a strange religion, perfumes that confound the will; and the savage and voluptuous animals which are the emblems of their dementia.’

And that, my dear, cursed, spoiled child, is why I am now lying at your feet, seeking in all your person the reflection of the formidable divinity, of the foreknowing godmother, the poisoning wet-nurse of all the lunatics.

Florence Welch – Not Fade Away

Posted by on 06 Feb 2014 at 23:16 in Music

I absolutely adore, love Florence Welch. Her voice is magical, her songs addictive. I’ve seen Florence + the Machine twice live and wish I could hear her live at least once a month.

Found a link to this video on Pinterest and have seen it already 10 times. It’s called: Florence Welch in “Not Fade Away” by Tabitha Denholm and the song is a cover from Buddy Holly. Enjoy!

 

Review: American Splendor

Posted by on 04 Feb 2014 at 22:24 in Movies

American Splendor

American Splendor by Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini

If you think Americans don’t know how to make good movies then you probably don’t know their their independent films. American Splendor,  title of the movie and also of Pekar’s original comics, is an excellent example of creativity. It is a mix of documentary and fiction, even adding a little comic book aesthetics. The film tells a little about Harvey Pekar’s story, a typical American looser who decides to turn his routine into a comic book. The actors are perfect in their roles, especially because we also get to see the real Pekar and the other characters on screen. The movie is just as sarcastic and ironic as Pekar’s. Highly recommend it.

RIP: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted by on 03 Feb 2014 at 21:23 in People

Phillip Seymour Hoffman by Mark Abrahams

The world lost another great talent. Philip Seymour Hoffman delivered amazing and memorable performances in movies like Almost Famous, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, 25th Hour, Capote, Doubt and many others.

photo credit: Mark Abrahams

Lupita Nyong’o

Posted by on 30 Jan 2014 at 21:09 in People

Anyone who’s seen 12 Years A Slave will have noticed the intense presence of Lupita Nyong’o on screen. Her performance is very powerful and I immediately wanted who know who this actress was. This is her debut in american cinema and hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of her on the big screen.

intense newcomer

Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan actress born in Mexico and a Yale School of Drama graduate (her undergrad was Film and African studies). She has also directed (and produced & edited) a documentary (In My Genes) and is a model (she can be seen in Miu Miu’s latest campaign). Her work has already been recognized as she has won Best Supporting Actress at Screen Actors Guild Awards, Broadcast Film Critics and has been nominated for several other awards such as the Golden Globes, Bafta’s and Oscar.

fashion icon

This award season has been blessed with Lupita’s amazing dresses. She always looks stunning and has made some bold choices. Below you can see just how beautiful she looked at the Golden Globes and Critic’s Choice Awards. Can’t wait to see what she’ll wear to the Academy Awards (and I hope she wins Best Supporting Actress).

 

 

 

Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

Posted by on 25 Jan 2014 at 23:24 in Movies

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street

I must admit I don’t like Martin Scorsese and I didn’t really want to see this movie but it was too cold to continue shopping outside until Dallas Buyers Clubwas on. My sister and my mom insisted it was a good movie, so I bought myself a ticket.

Surprisingly, I quite enjoyed The Wolf of Wall Street but I must also say it is a guilty pleasure. The movie is technically perfect: the actors are great, editing is fantastic, music, cinematography, etc etc but… this is a movie about one of the worst kind of people in this world.

Ambition at its worst, greed to extremes and disgusting life styles. And disturbingly it is based on a true story. Fascinating to watch even though it is a very long movie and the main character isn’t even likeable.

Wolf of Wall Street poster

Awards Season

It has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards: Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill), Director, Movie and Adapted Screenplay. Leonardo DiCaprio won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy. I must add that Matthew McConaughey is amazing in his short appearance.

Caution

If you don’t like nudity, sex scenes, drugs or hearing the word fuck: avoid this movie!

Recipe: Coconut Chia Pudding with Mango

Posted by on 25 Jan 2014 at 01:18 in Food

A while ago I posted on my Instagram this picture of a dessert I made: Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with Mango. It was delicious and everyone keeps asking for the recipe, so here it is. The recipe is not mine; I found it on Pinterest (where else?) and the original one can be found at The Roasted Root. I used maple syrup instead of agave nectar (and only one table spoon) and I used frozen mango because mango isn’t really available here in the winter.

Coconut Chia PuddingIngredients

250 ml full-fat coconut milk
375 ml almond milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
150 gr chia seeds
1 mango, peeled and cut in little pieces (dices)

Instructions

Mix the coconut milk with the almond milk and the maple syrup with a spoon. Be sure to mix your coconut milk so that the water and flesh are combined. Add the chia seed and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Serve with the mango on top. Enjoy!

Lena Dunham by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue

Posted by on 18 Jan 2014 at 22:56 in People, Photography

Lena Dunham and Adam Driver by Annie Leibovitz

Lena is awesome

Everyone knows (or should know) Lena Dunham and her fantastic work. She’s a talented writer, actress and director. In case you’ve missed it, please do yourself a favor and watch HBO’s Girls. Lena has often been the target of ignorant people and internet trolls. It’s awesome she’s on the cover of Vogue, a spot not often filled by extremely talented girls as Dunham. I’m sure Vogue is not changing their whole strategy but I’d like to see more Lenas out there.

Through the Lens of Leibovitz

The photographer behind these images is Annie Leibovitz, one of my favorite photographers, as I have mentioned before. The images are stunning and Lena can be seen throught out New York, which makes the series even more appealing to me.

Want to see the rest of the Photos?

You can see the rest of series on my Pinterest or on Vogue.com

Jessica Chastain as Merida from “Brave” by Annie Leibovitz

Posted by on 11 Jan 2014 at 21:00 in Photography

Jessica Chastain as Princess Merida in Latest Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Jessica Chaistain is, in my opinion, one of the most talented and beautiful actresses out there. Annie Leibovitz has been a long time admired photographer. The collaboration between the two have already led to some amazing images. Annie returns to her Disney Dream Portrait series casting the beautiful redhead as Merida from Brave and the result is amazing, as you can see. The image will be used in a new ad campaing named Where your destiny awaits.

I try not to judge

Posted by on 06 Jul 2013 at 17:44 in Personal

As a mother, especially a first time mom, you feel judged. Constantly. Sometimes people are really judging you, other times it’s just in your head. Being a mom is a tough job without the judging, so I try not to. I really do but there are somethings that I simply cannot accept. Yelling, physical violence, none of that is acceptable and I will judge you for it. Giving your baby (or even your toddler) Coca-Cola is also no acceptable. Everyone knows how bad it is. It’s bad enough for us adults, so why give it to a small kid? Something else that I have a hard time accepting is beauty pageants. I always feel like mom (or dad) are very frustrated and put all their hopes on their child winning. This poster makes me cringe!