Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tea With Alice

This will be a late post, meaning: in January me and my friend Nádia decided to see the exhibition Tea With Alice at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. But, I totally forgot that they are closed on Mondays! Yes, I tend to forgot a lot of details and little things like that x)
So in the beautiful space and garden of Gulbenkian we kinda made a photo-shooting test. She is studying Photography and although she is my friend it was the first time we did something like this together.
I hope she can be some kind of  "resident member" of this blog, being my photographer for the outfit posts and in a near future work with her in more elaborated photo-shootings, which I am quite excited about it! =)

Coat: Promod | Shrug: Off Brand (a gift from my mom) | Dress: Bershka | Tights: Off Brand (2nd hand) | High Socks: Primark | Boots: Demonia

Accessories Headband: H&M | Belt: Stradivarius | Key Necklace & Owls Earrings: Click Six (C&A) | Macaron Ring: Hanachi-Charms (Facebook Page) | Tea Party Collection (Necklace&Rings): Something Imaginary (Facebook Page)

In the end I couldn't see the exhibition and as far as I know the draws were disposed in a table, like the table where Alice and her friends had tea. It was a little exhibition and I kinda heard mixed opinions about it.
But I have a souvenir from the exhibition, the book with pictures of the draws that were exposed and the text. I will leave you a few images about it in the next post =)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Anna Karenina

Last Sunday I decided to watch two very different films, first Anna Karenina (2012) and Limitless (2011). Since I spent my weekend nights watching films, started with Sleepy Hollow on Friday, which I already saw many times and on Saturday From Hell which I had seen as well.
I am not going to make a review of these last ones, for now. Almost all of you know them and maybe in a different post I will write about it, since Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are a major influence and a love of mine in films.

So, starting with Anna Karenina…
I didn't read the original romance from Leo Tolstoy, but it is on my list of books for read after I watched the film.
I can say, I enjoy watching Keira Knightley acting, I think she always pulls off quite well any epoch character (like in Atonement, Proud & Prejudice or The Duchess).
But… I am not sure about the way the film was made (produced and directed)… I was expecting an intense, heavy and elaborate film, and it turned out like a play. I know the original romance was written like a play, but the last thing I wanted to see was a film like you were, in a certain way in a theater. It really didn't please me, although I think it was a creative way of exploring and approach the theme.
I was expecting true snow, trains, places, houses… but everything was a scenario like a live play. What I really loved was the wardrobe, I fell in love with all the big dresses and shine jewelry.  

For those you don’t know the story…
Russia XIX century, Anna Karenina is an aristocratic woman married with an important government official from which she has a son. In a trip to see her brother she meet Count Vronsky and since the beginning they fell in love. What is explored in the film is the infidelity of Anna, becoming mistress of Count Vronsky and leaving all the Russian aristocracy in shock.
I won’t spoiler, but essentially is shown the role of a woman in the Russian society of the time, how they should behave, all the norms and rules they must follow.  
During the film you see Anna becoming sorely in love and, practically insane and paranoiac about everything, you see the fights, the tears and her world falling apart with the tragic end of a love story.
When all the passion is gone, the only thing that remains are doubts… this is my thought about the film and the story itself. If you didn't see yet, give it a try and maybe you will fall in love along with the characters.

Leave you a few more images:

Images source: Google and Tumblr

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Principles of Art

"No one gives; no one will risk himself by sympathizing; no one has anything to control. We are imprisoned in ourselves, becalmed in a windless selfishness. The only emotion left us is fear: fear of emotion itself, fear of death by drowning in it, fear in a handful of dust. [...] Art is the community´s medicine for the worst disease of mind, the corruption of consciousness."

R. G. Collingwood, The Principles of Art, London: Oxford University Press, 1958 (1938), pgs. 335-336

'Fertile': Francis Bacon in his studio, 1980. Photograph: Jane Bown for the Observer

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A New Beginning

So yes, I decided to keep this blog and updating it... But I am going in a different direction that it used to be before.
I am trying to create a space where I can share my thoughts, my tastes, a bit of my life, my doubts... Let's see where it leads.

More coming soon!