photo and watercolour by me
There’s nothing more luxurious than indulging in a scented candle. It’s the perfect gift for the person that has everything, yet at the same time, as someone who wants a lot of things they can’t have, I’m finding it a very rewarding gift to one’s self.
After almost a year of deliberating over which scent to choose from Diptyque‘s extensive, yet finely-tuned range of scented candles, I was lucky enough to resolve my indecision by swiping up the last box set of these Limited Edition Winter Collection mini candles from my local Mecca store. With their smaller size, I can now burn all three (separately, of course – unless in combination they create something magical?!) until there’s no more wick, and by then will know for sure which one I will opt for in a larger size. That is, after a long year of saving my shrapnel as they are quite pricey – painful to buy but worth every penny.
After only an hour of burning Feu De Bois, I think I’m already sold on the idea of buying it in a larger size. It truly is wood fire in a glass jar. The kind of smell that surrounded you as a child during winter nights spent with the family, curled up and armed with some hot cocoa while daddy tells stories that cause everyone to giggle in song. While the flame licks the essential-oil-infused wax, the creamy smoke aroma conjures thoughts that warm your body and sooth your soul (heh heh). If magic were a candle it would smell like this.
I wanted to document the unpacking of these candles in a series of photos for you all, so here it is – the unpacking of a Diptyque candle, followed by its introduction and settling-in to my workspace.
Note: one must compliment a winter-themed scented candle with ginger nut cookies and tea
ph. taken by me / handwriting by me
As much as I enjoy the enriching experience of reading a quality novel, I’ve come to the unfortunate realisation that with the expansion of technology into our everyday lives, these days I rarely take the time to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book (which happens to be one of my favorite pastimes). But one must adapt to change, and so to satisfy my inner bookworm I always try to pick up a copy of my favourite magazines, which never fail to offer quality, light reading.
I like to keep the latest magazines that I buy next to my workspace for a quick source for inspiration, especially when my eyes start to tire from surfing the internet. They act as Clear Eyes for my creative vision (heh heh). Underneath I store all my treasured coffee table books – mostly beauty related, of course! There’s always a spare moment when I feel like flicking through Kevyn Aucoin’s fantastic book Making Faces, even if it is to just mull over his undeniable brilliance with a makeup brush.
To finish off my growing pile of inspiration, I always like to have a copy of IKEA‘s latest catalogue for days when my workspace just doesn’t have the right “feng shui” to assist my creative flow and needs tweaking – those pages are bursting with organisational ideas!
The beauty of this growing pile of light reading is that it doubles as an easy-access stand for your everyday essentials. It’s proving very handy for storing my Jordan Askill ring, which I wear everyday, and a couple of nail colours that I’ve had on rotation. My favourite scent, Gypsy Water by Byredo, gracefully sits on top to set the collection off. Gypsy Water always manages to bring a smile to my dial with even the smallest spritz, whether it’s before a dinner-date, after a warm shower, or even if it’s just to snuggle up for some light or intense reading.
Since my last post I’ve handed in my first 4 pieces of assessment for the year, have had a reshuffle of housemates and managed to get Appendicitis, resulting in a tummy-turning surgery. It’s day 4 since the surgery and I’m still finding it difficult to sit upright in a chair for longer than 10 mins, so I’m writing this post from the comfort of my bed.
Before this Easter break, I had taken some photographs of everyday things that surround me, which I find beautiful because of what they bring to my life. One of these lil’ beauties, which has been a long-time love for me, is a quality notebook. Over the years my days have been compiled and enriched with the organising hand of either a red of black, tightly-bound hardcover Moleskine diary. A year without one feels like a year without drive and purpose, creativity and pursuit.
And so, through the introduction of the classic diary, I began to build my collection in to softcover lined and non-lined notebooks, hardcover watercolour pads, and palm-sized note jotting pads, which are perfect for recording the little thoughts that pop into my head on a daily basis. I’ve got my sights set on expanding this collection into larger format sketch pads and I wouldn’t mind trying the iconic brand’s writing equipment. I’ll make it a goal to fill the pages of what I already have, and once I do, I’ll reward myself with some new Moleskine pens and pencils.
Settling into university isn’t just about remembering your timetable or your tutor’s name, it’s about discovering everything that the experience has to offer. This includes the grounds – your everyday surroundings.
I’ve been easing off the looming stress of piling assignments by roaming the grounds, taking in the sights and inhaling the fresh air. It’s a beautiful university, really. Not only is it right in the city but it’s also skirted by an impressively constructed manmade beach, which can really seem quite magical on a day of clear-blue skies with a shore lined by ice-cream clad strollers. Streets of quirky cafes and speciality stores coil and curl around the study blocks, combining the concepts of learning, knowledge and culture all in an exciting dynamic.
I wanted to capture the tiny moments of beauty that occur between my classes that make my days at uni less ordinary and more substantial. These are only iPhone quality snaps but I feel they capture special moments that occur during my days.
As someone who would pause a movie during a bathroom scene in order to discover what brand of products the character was using (with people like me in this world, product placement proves to be a very valuable marketing tool), you can imagine my excitement when I came across the website Into The Gloss. I’m going to be completely honest here - I read the whole website during the one sitting, which was the same sitting that I came across the website.
Into the Gloss is a blog-like website that emulates the feeling of reading the beauty section of a Vogue magazine. You know that feeling you get when you know you’re indulging in a dangerously luxurious guilty pleasure? Yeah, that feeling. To sum the website up, reading it is as though you’ve got a backstage pass, and are learning the finest tips straight from the glossed up lips of the elite fashion industry.
Props to Emily Weiss for creating such a blessing-of-a-source for beauty lovers all over the world. She’s really made a mark, with this website having being mentioned by almost every fashion blogger in-the-know. And, since discovering this website, I have acquired almost every product that was mentioned more than twice by the beautiful beings featured on it. It’s safe to say it’s here to stay. A cult website.
If you were a follower of my previous blog, you’d be familiar with my love-affair with all things beauty, and so it’s only fitting that I Into-The-Gloss-ified my own beauty wardrobe.
Here’s a sneak peek of the favourites from my always-expanding beauty stash:
It’s already week 3 of my first year of University, and it’s only moving faster. This is my first year studying the degree of Bachelor of Design, majoring in Visual Communication Design. So far it’s steadily building up to prove itself as a pretty hands-on and professional course. Everything I’ve learned is either really relevant for today or seems relevant for when I will graduate as a Graphic Designer.
I’m still a newbie on Illustrator (and pretty much all of the design-magician’s-bag-of-tricks, commonly known as the Adobe Suite). But what’s helping me is one of my tutor’s teaching strategy of “WAX ON, WAX OFF!”. She refers to herself as Mrs Miyagi, and likes to ensure that we learn our program’s short cut keys through repetitive practice - over and over and over. It seems really redundant and pointless, yet I can definitely see a huge improvement in my speed.
What this post is really about, however, is that I’ve moved on to a new chapter of my life (cue cliche music here). I’m a long-time blogger, but I feel I have outgrown my previous blog and so this new blog will be the beginning of my journey as a fashion-enthusiast graphic designer.
Keep reading to follow the series of steps and creative adventures ( and possible tribulations but hopefully limited!) one must endure to learn what it takes to join the design field.
WAX ON, WAX OFF.