Happy Birthday Pride and Prejudice!
This young man is so talented! Not even a quarter century old, this man has already mastered to create an album so full of wisdom and musical experiences that I cannot believe we will see more and better of him. Ásgeir has published his first album the way many Icelandic musicians do: with the help of a village. Everyone in his small village (consisting of forty inhabitants) was involved in the pressing, printing and shipping process of his album. His father wrote a lot of his lyrics and Ásgeir played most of the 10 different musical instrument that appear on the cd himself or with one of his oldest friends. His debut album Dýrð í dauðaþögn was nominated for the 2012 Nordic Music Prize. Even after his already big success in Iceland, he stays in his hometown. He says that he loves the loneliness and silence of it and needs it for his creative process. You can hear the magic of Iceland’s nature on the cd, as well as the hip, young and laid-back vibe of modern day Icelanders. Go and buy your own disc, he is worth much more!
P.S.: Leyndarmál means secret in Icelandic.
Apart from Fortnum & Mason and Liberty, Selfridges will always give me that luxurious department store feeling that none other has in the world. Neither New York, nor Paris, nor Berlin can compete with the department stores in London. Now itv has brought the olden days to life with its new tv series on the man himself: Mr. Selfridge. If you are recovering from the heart-breaking christmas special of Downton Abbey, then this is definitely a good remedy. Watch it!
This is very true. Every once in a while when you throw a party, you can check and see that your closest friends are the ones who stay late or arrive the next morning to clean up. (In exchange for some delicious brekki, naturally) Of course garbage can also refer to a whole different kind like gossip.
The quote is actually a song title. Check it out here.
Just discovered one of the most amazing collection of illustrations out there on the net: They Draw And Travel. Thought while promoting the site I might also go for a little TOP 5 cities in my life – right now.
P.S.: You can get these as prints on their site! Or you commission one of the artist to do personalised work for you or illustrated your child’s favourite book again for their 18th birthday – endless possibilities! Or, of course, you can submit your own version (looking at you Stockholm, Copenhagen, Munich, Washington and San Francisco travelers!!!)
1. London – my love
2. Berlin – my crashpad
3. Brussels – my foodie paradise
4. Bangkok – my sensation
5. New York – my inspiration
You need to impress or a non-standard 50th birthday present? Here you go: the best recipe for macarons there is.
What you need (for approx. 16 macarons):
For the filling:
recipe is adapted from Aurélie’s blog (german)
Stir, stir, stir. It will become smooth eventually. Then add your favourite ingredient. (In my case I used white chocolate with pistachios and another one with lemon zest; milk chocolate with cinnamon; dark chocolate with coffee, another one with orange juice (reduce cream here) and another one with Lebkuchen spice)
Guideance: 100 gr. White chocolate – 50 ml cream; 100 gr. milk chocolate – 70 ml cream; 100 gr. dark chocolate – 100 ml cream
Of course you can use other non-chocolate based fillings as well, like buttercream, cream cheese or crème fraîche.
As you can see the first batch (in the middle) got a little cracked (too long in the oven), but the other batches came out perfectly!
I’ve recently been to the Council of Europe’s latest art exhibition: The Desire of Freedom in Berlin. There was a painting featuring the infamous Coca-Cola slogan in a soviet manner with hammer and sickle. The background was a collage of goods and the audio guide introduced the painting with this song. (Genius! Had to listen to that audio guide entry several times.) Obviously, I had to rediscover the whole album London Calling by The Clash later that afternoon.
All these new year’s resolutions out there have left me sitting here not wanting to write one at all this year. Mainly because most just don’t seem worth writing down at all, like working out more, studying harder, spending less etc. But seeing myself conquering different countries last year and this year on my own
more or less and getting more comfortable with who I am, what I am capable of and what I can achieve, has led me to my resolution afterall. I spotted it in the Magritte exhibition, if I am not mistaken, and it has been on my quotes’ list since then:
Plus est en vous. There is more to you – otherwise known as: don’t think this is all you got!
Make a list of three goals you want to achieve in the next three years: figure out how you can get there. Who might be your partner in crime, what activity in your life is supporting this goal and which is not. Eliminate, subtract and add valuable activities. (In my case this was unfortunately eliminating one negative friend from my life, subtracting tv series that don’t make me any wiser and adding language courses to my activities as well as more non-fiction books to my bedside table.)
If you have achieved one goal: celebrate – BIG. Don’t hustle from one goal to the next. Live in the moment while you still can. (You got a champagne bottle from a lovely friend as a hostess gift? Open it on a girls night and don’t wait for your wedding day.)
If you haven’t achieved it: try harder and don’t get distracted by the sidelines. There will always be people standing in your way to success. Think about whether they are worth the fight or not in your battle to achieve your goal. But don’t forget to be kind: you always meet twice in life and that’s a rule. (Sometimes it may also be college grades that may seem to stand in your way. Forget about them and volunteer, work, intern and show your bosses that you are brainy and hard-working despite those.)
If you still haven’t: rethink whether you are actually passionate about that goal or whether you just think you are because of society or dominant persons in your life. If you figure out that it’s not really your passion, find out and conquer the thing you are really passionate about. (If you wanna become a writer, start with lectures at cozy cafes. If you wanna become a decorateur, start with your blogger friend’s apartement and let her post about it. If you wanna be a patissier, learn how to bake and whip cream at your local bakery. There is always a way to find out whether you are really passionate about something without letting go of your secure job or breaking the bank. Try, don’t fail by not even trying..)
The most famous attraction of Brussels is probably Manneken Pis, the tiny (definitely tiny) boy who pees in a fountain on a chocolate-tourist-ripoffs filled corner close to Grand’ Place. Manneken was erected in 1619 and has since been stolen a few times and replaced and has its own collection of over 700 costumes which were mainly presents by state visits to Brussels. For special occasions, like national days or holidays he is dressed up. You can see when, what occasion and what kind of dress on a little chart next to the statue’s fence.
In some guides you may also find the female version Jeanneke Pis, who is pictured pretty realistically, don’t you think? This is however a pretty recent contribution to the fun things to discover in Brussels, being added in 1987 by the previous owner of the Delirium – a students and young hostel tourists attracting bar where you can get any kind of beer you wish for. Due to various attacks Jeanneke is seldomly seen without iron bars in front of her.
You can find them here:
Manneken Pis: corner of Rue de l’Etuve, Rue des Grands Carmes and Rue du Chêne
Jeanneke Pis: cul-de-sac Impasse de la Fidélité opposite the Delirium
Zinneke Pis: corner of Rue des Chartreux and Rue du Vieux-Marché