Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
The story of Umrao Jaan is set in 1840, and begins with a little village girl named Amiran, who is kidnapped and sold to a brothel. Unlike the usual unfolding into abuse and torture, Amiran is well taken care of and schooled carefully and painstakingly in the arts. She grows up into a beautiful young woman, highly skilled in the seduction of, and entertainment to men.
Unlike any other prostitute, Amiran is a courtesan who is cultured in the fine arts and can hold her own in intellectual conversations, spout classical song and poetry, and hypnotise her audience with her every insinuation in dance. After her debut at a high society wedding, Amiran is renamed Umrao Jaan. From there, her life is an ensuing roller coaster ride of events fit for a riveting watch. Even if it is 3 hours long!
I have not seen the 1981 version, but I was completely bowled over by the new one with Aishwarya Rai. The set, the costumes, the choreography, the directing, and not to mention, the jewellery! Absolutely stunning, and totally breathtaking.
The movie was filmed in Jaipur, Land of the Mughals, famed for their artistry, poetry, and yes, courtesans. If you ask me, it's a must-see. If not for a great story, then for a peek into the ostentatious refinery and awe-inspiring sophistication of the Mughals.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Gustav Klimt (b.1862, Vienna – d.1918) was a forerunner of the Art Nouveau movement which was inspired by Naturalism, Realism and Symbolism. Some of his most acclaimed works are those in which he employed gold leaf, with tendril elements, the mosaic form and clever juxtapositions of realist portraits with abstract graphic elements.
The Klimt earrings pay homage to the visionary talent of this great master. With structured swirls, fluid lines and a mosaic of stones, the Klimt earrings are wearable art, in honour of and tribute to the great Gustav Klimt.
I really have to get down to making more of these. They're so elegant, cool, funky, and (I have been told), very very flattering. ;)
Friday, March 27, 2009
In all the yoga sessions I have had, all the positions that are supposed to be stimulating and energy-giving, have always sent me straight to bed around an hour later. I swear, I come home from yoga sessions, and I can hardly keep my eyes open. I suppose yoga just helps to loosen things up, so that my body can recognise what it really needs, which is probably something as simple as solid, deep, undisturbed sleep.
And now, I will pull another late night, because of the power nap I had after today's yoga. Which means tomorrow will be another god-awful morning.
And so the cycle begins again...
I recently had a customer purchase these
to go with this.
I am just so excited because it's for her wedding! My signature Chic and Unique hoops are by far the bestsellers. But to pair the super-bling purple hydrothermal quartz with this gorgeous, and oh-so-unique wedding dress... That's just SO exhilarating!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The past couple of mornings had gone missing. I have been sleeping so late that I have to go back to sleep after I wake up! Basically I peel myself out of bed when the alarm goes off at 5.30am, see Maya off to school, comeback, then see Ruhi off to school, come back, kiss the hubby goodbye, then I go back to sleep for a couple of hours!!
On the other hand, my nights have been quite productive. After the kids go to bed, I keep one eye glued to the Style Network, and the other on whatever project I am working on. Until about 1 am.
I'm just not sure if this is a good system. 'Coz tomorrow morning, I have a yoga lesson, and I am wondering how I am going to survive that... :(
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
I have had a recent spate of interest in the my wrapped rings... :)
I suppose statement jewelry is in this season, and with the dank economy and people generally in shopping doldrums, these huge, organic pieces are cunningly uber-cool. No fuss, back-to-basics rock formations, boho chic wirework.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Heather's blog has a huge following, and the traffic it has generated to the shop is PHENOMENAL. Do check out her site, 'coz she has lots to offer. Style tips, home decor ideas, interesting web finds... pretty addictive stuff! ;)
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Now why would anyone want a bunch of stones with writing on them, you say? I don't know, but they so utterly romantic, completely sentimental, and undeniably cute.
These are available at sjengravings.
Monday, March 9, 2009
First I use a long stretch of wire to forge two bangles, and then I strap on the flat stones to secure the two bangles into one thick one.
The clean lines juxtapose the lovely natural bands of the stone, and I just got my hands on a whole bunch of lovely flat stones... ;)
These are available at my Etsy shop now.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Incidentally, yes, that is Mr. Bean, and the moody and caustic Dr. House. Enjoy!
So much for tidying up...
Friday, March 6, 2009
OK. I am going to work.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
On one hand, I think I might be more productive if I were more organised. But then again, to get organised will take too much, well, organising. Then I'd be spending my time organising and not getting any work done! Right!?
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
From now on, this will be where I "think aloud", so to speak. Let's see if this catches on...