Marimekko’s Artful Touch

After a season of monochrome, I've ventured onto vibrant colors and patterns as to joining the rest of you in celebrating summer. This is a bold move for me, and it surprised me how they instantly brighten my interior and complement all the pots of new plants I've recently started nurturing to decorate the rest…

Leonora Carrington; To Study the Numbers from Surrealist Portfolio VVV, 1941; Etching; 8 × 9 7/8 in; 20.3 × 25.1 cm; Dallas Museum of Art

Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington (1917–2011) is perhaps more known for her Surrealism paintings than her writings. At a time when just a few women appeared on the modern art scene that was dominated by men, Carrington stood out with her fantastic rendering of mystical creatures in dreamscapes. Done with a whimsical sense of humor, some of her creatures…

Three Aspects of the Absolute; Folio 1 from the Nath Charit; Bulaki; India, Rajasthan, Jodhpur, 1823 (Samvat 1880); Opaque watercolor, gold, and tin alloy on paper; Merhangarh Museum Trust

A Brief History Of Yoga And Its Arrival In The West

Along with the increasing popularity of yoga, new studios are popping up one after another in just about every metropolis of countries across the globe. Of the numerous modern permutations of yoga that are being taught today doesn't it make you wonder how this ancient culture originated from India around 3rd century BCE has survived…

Fashion In The Age of AI

In 1998, British designer Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) presented the grand finale of his thirteenth runway show- No.13 (S/S 1999) with two robot "painters" borrowed from a car manufacturing plant. As model Shalom Harlow stood on a rotating disc, the two automata began to throw yellow and black paints onto her white dress. By the end,…

Breathless (1960), Jean-Luc Godard, À bout de souffle, Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo, French New Wave, nouvelle vague

Another 5 Movies that Defined Fashion

In my first list of 5 movies I named ones from 1960s and 80s. This time I include movies made in the 30s and the 50s in addition to the other two decades mentioned before. I picked these films not just for their leading female roles' wardrobes but also for the strong characters in these…

Another 2 Books and 1 Magazine| Maya Deren | Peggy Guggenheim |The Gentlewoman |

https://youtu.be/H0tDufAxI2I Like my previous 3 books list, this week's reading recommendation starts with books by and of two women who played pivotal roles in the shaping of the 20th century Western modern art tradition. Not only for their accomplishments in the arts, they are both women of unique personal styles. Like the 2 books and…

Omega-3s; White fish steak; halibut; raw halibut; halibut with skin;

Battle With Depression The Natural Way

Of the 12 months, March is one that marks the end of winter and the start of spring. Though some people are all too happy to be rid of "winter blues," but a good number of us are prone to depression during the season-change month. Similar to depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) takes the fun…

Rei Kawakubo: Against Convention

"I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design, by denying established values, conventions, and what's generally accepted as the norm. And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are unfinished, imbalance, fusion, elimination and absence of intent." ---Rei Kawakubo, in an interview, 2016* For her latest Comme…

Broccoli Magazine: My Interview With Its Founder and Creative Director

Since its official launch on December 8th in 2017, Broccoli, an international magazine by and for women who love cannabis has become hugely successful. It is the first and only magazine that is dedicated to stoner culture through the lens of contemporary art, fashion and culture. Recently, the gracious Anja Charbonneau, Founder of Broccoli agreed…

Zoe Leonard; TV Wheelbarrow; Dye transfer print; Pink walls; Pink blanket; iron door;

Zoe Leonard: How To Make Good Pictures

Opened today- March 2nd and on view until June 10th at The Whitney Museum of American Art is an excellent solo-exhibition of an American artist- Zoe Leonard. Organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, (which will house this exhibition after its New York debut, from November 4th to March 25th, 2019 presents 100…

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s First Time

After a few years of hiatus, Charlotte Gainsbourg came out with a new album- "Rest" toward end of 2017. It is the most personal work of the singer thus far. Growing up as a child until becoming an adolescent, Charlotte Gainsbourg never felt quite comfortable with herself. She once said in an interview that, she…

Illustration by Raphaelle Martin; Image courtesy Grantland; of Jane Fonda back lifts; animated gif.;

Jane Fonda Workout Wisdom

A remarkable woman such as Jane Fonda makes the top of my list of inspirational women. For her grace, excellent posture and wisdom, with a fierce attitude and unrelenting nature she continues to challenge herself. Since we all know what a great actress Jane Fonda has been, this article focuses on her workout wisdom. Not…

Bella Freud by Frank Bauer; Psychoanalysis candle of refreshingly floral top note with woody base note; scented candle; psychoanalysis; floral; cedar-wood; Frank Bauer; Bella Freud in stripped jumper; dark blue trousers; sunny interior; white walls and door

Bella Freud | Diptyque | Byredo | Scented Candles to Love

Ahh... the spice of life. Scented candles can play essential roles in a beautiful and cozy living space. They are affordable luxuries and are especially beneficial for your olfactory senses, in turn, good for your soul. Before getting to the products, let me explain to you why they are as good as I say. Just a…

Vestiaire Collective founders with chief executive Sébastien Fabre on the far right; fashion re-commerce; VS Team;

Vestiaire Collective And Other Vintage Fashion Sites You’d Want to Know

This team of awesome and beautiful people founded Vestiaire Collective (a Paris-based international fashion re-sale site) in October of 2009, since inception their business has been growing exponentially all over Europe and the US. Somewhat similar to the business model of Ebay, a peer-to-peer marketplace,  however Vestiaire Collective goes far far beyond and offers carefully…

Detail of a beautiful photo included in Broccoli Magazine's first issue Photo: Courtesy of Jessa Carter for Van der Pop; flower arrangement; woman smoking

2 Books and 1 Magazine | Swearing Is Good for You | The Friend | Broccoli |

I am constantly looking for excuses to recommend readings here, the previous one was for cold winter days, today it's for rainy days. And, it's been raining since morning here in New York. If staying inside to you means aloneness and boredom, it doesn't always have to. Let me tell you how, there are two…

The "AR" pin Vivienne Westwood is wearing here stands for "active resistance to propaganda."

Vivienne Westwood: The Revolution Starter

"Buy less, choose well, and make it last." -Vivienne Westwood This quote by Dame Vivienne Westwood reads quite straightforward. For more than 40 years, the designer has played pivotal roles in the evolution of British fashion and culture. Today, she remains at the forefront of fashion with her creative ideas and social beliefs. Her creative…

Klorane dry shampoo; oat plant, spray can, power-shampoo

Valentine’s Day eco-gifts for Lips, Cheeks and Hair

Valentine's day is coming, a time to treat a friend or yourself to some fresh new makeup and hair products. After some research and test-drive, these are the ones I'd like to suggest for you to try. Please note that all of these products are made with organic ingredients, without artificial chemicals that'd harm your…

CO2 (carbon dioxide) emission from burning fossil fuels; factory; smoke chimneys

Global Warming: How Come?

The effects of global warming is undeniable, from increased rain and snowfall across the globe to wildfires and lost habitat for animals. But why some of us are still skeptical? (e.g. America backing out of the Paris Agreement). Scientists world-wide agree humans are the major cause of climate change since Industrial Revolution. The human factor…

crates of fresh blueberries; antioxidant-rich

Antioxidants: Eat To Slow Down Aging

A few days ago, I celebrated my birthday and the prospect of reaching 40 in a few years has awakened my interest in eating healthier. One of the ways to stay healthy is by taking foods that contain antioxidants, (besides staying active and embracing the benefits of essential oils) How do antioxidants work? Antioxidants can protect…

Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London by Lauren Elkin

3 Books |Flâneuse | Mina Loy | Anjelica Huston |

It's wintertime, what better season to stay in and cuddle a book? If you are a nerd like me, I'd say, every season. But, honestly, I do more reading in the winter. Here is a list of books I recommend, they are of and by women who embraced freedom with their radical sense of aesthetics.…

Women protesting with fists, a symbol for solidarity

#MeToo As a Socio-political Movement

In recent news, the letting go of men from their powerful positions due to sexual harassment charges has prompted women nation-wide to speak out against men who behave badly and unprofessionally at work. These revelations surprised people, but a majority of them, all in all, were not surprised at such rampant perverseness. The use of…

Bottles with herbs for essential oils

Essential Oils That Help Boost Your Immune System

Before I learned about the health benefits of using essential oils to ease minor ailments, I and probably like most people, relied on over-the-counter drugs and pharmaceuticals. During my over 15 years of yoga practice, seeing my teachers using them in classes, I gradually became interested in their health benefits. Ever since then, I have…

Moreau was one of those actresses using her off-screen experience to enrich her on-screen roles. She was professional and devoted her acting, no difficult scenes ever discouraged her. As Truffaut once wrote: “Générosité, ardeur, complicité, compréhension de la fragilité humaine, tout cela peut se lire sur l’écran quand Jeanne Moreau joue.”*

Jeanne Moreau: A Woman of Character

I've been enamored with French New Wave cinema since college. Behind the cameras, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Vardas, etc. translated everyday- life into vignettes laced with spontaneous emotions. On screen, dazzling actresses such as Brigitte Bardot, Anna Karina, Catherine Deneuve, etc. played leading female characters of beauty, intelligence and complicated emotional interior. But there was one that stood out…