Saudade - Fashion Inspiration

As might be expected, there are no bright and cheerful pieces in this group… but what we do have is some classics brought together to provide a calm and somewhat melancholy outfit that would be nice on an overcast *not raining* day.

While Saudade is sorrowful, its definitely not sad.. so the soft pink tones interspersed break up the monotony of khaki and black.

What do you think? Does this outfit capture Saudade? If you’re still thoroughly confused as to what I mean by Saudade – then jump over here to read all about it.

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Saudade by Almeida Junior

All the love that remains...

Saudade by José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior
Brazil //  Realism
Painted with oil paints on a 197 × 101 cm canvas
Currently on display at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

Saudade is an oil painting finished in 1899 by Brazilian artist & designer José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior. What makes this painting so remarkable is the conveyance of the word “saudade” clearly written on the subjects face. Saudade is one of those words that has no English equivalent.

Saudade is described as a longing – a profound melancholy – for what was. But it goes deeper than that: Its a “love that remains” after someone is gone; An emptiness for the buried knowledge that the object of longing – a family member, a homeland, an unborn baby, a lost lover – will never return.

“Saudade brings a feeling of happiness and sadness at the same time – a sadness for missing something so loved yet a happiness that you experienced the love.”

What a powerful word and what a powerful painting. I don’t know about you, but reading that explanation instantly brought up such strong emotions – we inherently know exactly what saudade means. It is the hurt inside that we don’t speak about for fear of breaking down. It’s a crack that sits right in the heart of your body. A pain that won’t leave but so ingrained as a part of who you are that you would never want it to leave, even if you could wish it away.

You know what I’m talking about.

Phew.. now back to the artist: – Almeida Junior is regarded as one of Brazils most famous/influential artists – he has even been called the “national painter” of Brazil. His birthday (8th May) is now celebrated as Artists Day in Brazil; “Dia do Artista Plástico”. Almeida Junior had a knack for depicting honest, humanistic scenes of rustic life of Sao Paulo.

He died tragically when he was just 49 years old – it seems he was carrying on a long-standing affair with a lady called Maria Laura do Amaral Gurgel who unfortunately happened to be married to his very jealous cousin. The cousin found out about the ongoing affair and confronted Almeida Junior out the front of the Hotel Central in Piracicaba and stabbed him to death. Almeida Junior left a legacy of inspiration to all subsequent modernist painters. He defied tradition and carved a new niche of realism painting in Brazil. Be sure to check out his other works on art of Wiki-Art. You’re sure to be inspired.

“I can’t let go, so I remember... I have to remember. Because memories are all I have left.”

― Ranata Suzuki

10+ unique Valentines gifts for a Creative person

While artsy and creative people are some of the most interesting – they can also be some of the hardest ones to buy presents for! Here’s a collection of some of my most interesting finds of late. Enjoy… and get shopping, Valentines day is just around the corner!

Marie Antoinette - Fashion Inspiration

It’s a bucket load of excess and feathers for this weeks take on Marie Antoinette’s modern day fashion

I love the hat!

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Week 2 - Fashion Finds

Pretty things all in a row...

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Week 52, 2017

Week 52
December 2017

This edition: Another year ends, summer holiday snaps, George Michael and a French75

It’s the end of the year. How did that happen… ? 2017 was an adventurous year – it felt like a year where the final shifts were being made from the turbulence of the previous years. I’m not a super believer in astrology – but someone posted on their Facebook page the other day that we’ve had a ruling planet of chaos for the past few years but now the shift is being made into a calmer more harmonious planet (I can’t remember what planets they were!).. but I certainly hope this is true. The last few years have been nuts. And I can feel a shift to a calmer state of mind. Maybe its all in my head. But if I will it – then maybe it will be so.

My New Years Eve resolution ? Well, I don’t normally make resolutions – but maybe this year it is to blog a bit more consistently and learn some more about how to master Social Media. Let’s see if I can make it work. What is your New Years Resolution for 2018?

Merry Christmas all

.. and a Happy New Year!

Listening to...

It was the 1st anniversary of George's death on boxing day. RIP George.
I watched the documentary on his life the other day and found it both heart-breaking and extraordinarily interesting. He was an amazing man.
Anyway - this song & the music video has always been one of my favourites. It feels like a nice way to end the year.
Freedom baby.

The week

that was..

This month's photos

Summer Holidays

'Tis the Season..

I stumbled across this cocktail recipe the other day and i’ve adopted it as my NYE cocktail of choice. The recipe seems simple enough.. you just need to prepare the sugar syrup and lemon juice beforehand and then on the night – shake the gin, syrup & juice in a cocktail shaker with some ice to chill – then pour into a champagne glass and top with your favourite bubbles.

Looks deadly but delicious!

French 75 – cocktail.
1 ounce gin
1/2 ounce of sugar syrup
1/2 ounce of lemon juice
3 ounce of sparkling wine

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So fresh and so clean

I absolutely adore this look. With two small kids I haven’t been able to wear white in a long time and finally, it’s coming back into rotation in my wardrobe. This white dress is offset perfectly with the dark tones of the Camilla purse.

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Rainbow Dash

My daughters have been watching My Little Pony on high repeat. Maybe it’s the high-pitched voices but this look is all about sweet tones.

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