Monday, 27 October 2014

#23. Buy an Art Book

I've been hungrily reading this week. So far I've finished Dan Brown's Inferno, John Fowel's The Collector and now I'm half way through Aaron's Rod and  Ai Wei Speaks (with Hans Ulrich Obrist). Ai Wei Wei is an artist I've been very aware of for the past few years. I was lucky enough to see his exhibition at the Tate in 2010 but I honestly don't know much about his work or writing. With this in mind I searched for a book on the artist and found this brilliant set of interviews, as published by Penguin.

Admittedly buying a book isn't particularly difficult. In terms of New Years Resolutions, or To-Do Lists, buying something to complete a task feels distinctly like cheating your way to victory. It's incredibly detached, requires little physical effort and is normally over quite quickly. I wish I could say that I spent months searching for this book, lured into the aromatic and dank corners of a back street café, in which an aging painter handed me the greying sheets of his ex-lovers monograph, but I can't. I bought it in a Blackwell's. But the sentiment was still there.

Anyway the book is great. Ai Weiwei is funny and intelligent. The book not only gives you a great insight into Ai Weiwei but the struggle for all artists and people in China at the moment (or at least at the time of the books release). Highly recommended.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

#35 Learn the best way to wear my hair

I've definitely havn't solved this one, and I'm not sure I ever will, but I've found these great tutorials on which are perfect for 4c hair.

1. DIY vintage hair

2. DIY: Braided up-do
Ribbet collage

Ribbet collage

3. Crown Braid

4.Natural Bun 


5. Copper piping via thelazynatural (best on wet hair)

Easy Updo #2: Updo with Copper Piping.
This updo was inspired by these two pins from Pinterest. Instead of paying $25 for the metal hairpiece in the last pin, I bought some metal piping from Home depot for $1.25 per piece.
Best on: Wet and or stretched hair; medium-long length. (If you have short hair, I’ll show you how to add a Jumbo braid first.)
Great For: Lunch date; Casual outgoing with friends
What You’ll Need: 1’” inch wide Copper piping (Home Depot, $1.25), flatbrush, rubberbands, bobby pins, moisturizer (I used QP Elasta Olive and Mango Butter Leave-in Conditioner) and a gel or paste (I use Prostyl Protein Gel).
On wet hair (makes this look go much smoother), put your hair into two close ponytails.
Twist each ponytail.
Pull ponytails through one tube.
Take the ends and pull them through the second tube.
Pin the ends of the twists behind the rubberbands to disguise them.
Done! Easy peezy. 

Easy Updo #2: Ponytail with Copper piping (pictured below). 

This updo looks great with a couple two strand twistouts. 
Pull your hair back into a ponytail. 
Twist hair. **If you want to get the wavy look pictured above, do steps 1-2 with several twists on wet hair. Take the twists out when semi-dry.**
Slide piping all the way up to cover ponytail holder. Your hair should hold it in place if it is thicker. If your hair is thinner, simply tie a rubber band underneath the piping.
Check out  Updo #1 if you haven’t already!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

#114. Attend 4 Art Exhibitons

#108 Read an Arthur Miller Play


"Every man does have a star. The star of one's honesty. And you spend your  life groping for it, but once it's out it never lights again...I live in the usual darkness I can't find myself; It's even hard sometimes to remember the kind of man I wanted to be" Jim

I finished 'All my Sons' last night, after prolonging it for the past month. I've been a bit lazy with my reading lately, considering how much free time I've had for the past few weeks, but I'm glad I made time for this play.

I've been watching a lot of Mad Men too, which I think resonates with the America which Arthur Miller portrays, especially when considering how masculine the world appears, despite both stories use of strong female characters. I thought it was interesting that in the introduction to the play it is noted that, the character of Chris Keller was based on a real woman from a story Miller had originally heard from his mother in law. Miller changed this "because I didn't know much about girls then.".

The story itself does that wonderful thing of bringing making the audience question their decisions, and draws you in pretty intensely by the second half. I won't give away too much but the story starts quite innocently, yet still profoundly, at the house of an American family who've lost their son in the war, it then shifts into a complicated tale of law, family and truth.
"he had ripped apart the structures that support life and society...He has killed the possibility of a society having any future, any life." Arthur Miller

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

#56 See 4 shows at the West End

I Went to watch 'Once' the musical at the Phoenix theatre last month on a slight whim. If you haven't seen the film I highly recommend it, but I have to say seeing it live is almost better. So if you haven't overplayed the entire soundtrack already then it's probably an even better idea to see the musical first because hearing the instruments and voices right in front of you will always beat any stereo (in folk's case anyway).
I was really impressed by the whole set up. It's very simple; simply one set, a few props and about 20 actors who pretty much remain on stage either as the 'orchastra' or characters, but it was heightened obviously by the music, but also the intimate lighting and use of the stage. For instance, at the beginning of the show, and in the interval, you can actually go onto the stage which is a working bar, order a drink and watch the actors as they perform - like a real pub (minus the performance part for me anyway)! It was really strange watching the audience suddenly become the 'main stage', and because it happened so subtly, the actors and audience were indistinguishable. All this people watching also made me realise how many people actually go on dates to the theatre.
I'm enjoying how the list is encouraging me to do the activities I normally leave for other people to organise. I hope I can keep this up as I really love going to the theatre, and it is possible to get quite reasonably priced tickets. So here's to more plays!
image via confessionsofatheatregirl
No mês passado, eu fui assistir Once, o musical, no teatro Phoenix. Eu recomendo ele, se você não  nao ainda viu o filme. No entanto, vendo a performance ao vivo,  é ainda melhor.  Entao, se você ainda não ouviu a trilha sonora mais e mais ainda, depois, é melhor para ver o musical primeiro, porque, ouvir os instrumentos e as vozes ao vivo, sera sempre melhor do que o radio (para folk) .   

Thursday, 25 September 2014

#103. Grow Something to Eat

I have never been a gardener. My poor memory and lack of any routine mean that my plants always end up decidedly grey and drooping. However, this was made a whole lot easier by my choice to grow mushrooms with this helpful kit.
The box was a bit pricey at £18, which is alright considering I'll get another 3 crops, but it still works out at £4.50 a crop. Considering I've never grown food before though, and the fact that I can use the soil as compost later and get a 15% discount next time, I'm not really too fussed, but this is probably not a buy for any experienced gardeners. If you live in the city or don't garden, however, this is actually quite fun and rewarding.
The mushrooms grow over a period of two weeks but this crop actually took around 9 days before the caps began to turn. The beginning stages were pretty gross. That said the finished mushrooms were DELISCIOUS and I was pretty happy with the final amount.  
Eu nunca estive um jardineiro. Meu memorario ruim e minha falta de rotina significa que minhas plantas sempre tornar-se cinzas e caídas. Contudo, este kit util, tomo tudo mais facil.
Esta um pouco caro para £18, mas eu vou obter outro tres a quarto colheita (Embora, isto é £4.50 para uma colheita). Considerando que nunca cultvei comida, e o facto que eu posso a usar o solo reutilazado como compost organico, e terei um desconto de 15% de proxima vez, tudo bem. Contundo, se você está um jardineiro regular é  provalmente não para voce, mas se você vive na cidade ou não jardina, isto é muito diversão e gratificante.
Os cogumelos crescem por perido do duas semanas  mas esta colheita crescera em nove dias. No inicio estava bruto. Contudo, os cogumelos definitivos estava DELICIOSO e estive muito feliz com o quantidade definitivo.

Friday, 19 September 2014

#52. Speak Portuguese

I have a plan. After watching a video on TedX Talks on 'How to learn any language in sixth months', I've decided to put it to the test. I have to say that the video wasn't really revolutionary in explaining how to do this, however, it was encouraging, and it emphasised the fact that it is necessary to use it for relevant tasks. So this got me thinking; Why don't I use my blog to do exactly that! It's common for bilingual blogs to include a translated version of their text, normally below the posts. And so over the next few weeks I will attempt to translate my old posts, and any new posts that follow.

Depois de ver o video da TedX Talks (Aprender qualquer idioma em seis meses), Eu tenho um plano.  Devo dizer que o video não é muito revolucionário de explicar como a aprender qualquer idioma, porém, ele foi encorajador, e é destacado o facto de que é necessário utilizer para relevente funções. Então, eu pensava; porque não uso meu blog para exatamente isso!
É comum encontrar bilingue blogs a tem o texto traduzido (normalmente debaixo). Então nas próximas semanas farei o meu melhor para traduzir meus antigo postagens de blog, e os novos.


Também, se você fala Português, não hesite em contactar-me nos commentarois.