mmmmm…. murmuration

Murmuration from Islands & Rivers on Vimeo.

This video of a starling murmuration is just so so beautiful.

Sometimes my life is such a treadmill. Safe, yes. But also I think I know what is going to happen. No surprises left for me! Then you see something like this… and you remember that we human beings think we are in control but really mother nature is so powerful and unpredictable. Really anything could happen. Good or bad. That uncertainty is scary but also sometimes thrilling… and beautiful.

Don’t get off until the train comes to a complete stop.

That was quick!

Can you believe it? Only days after saying that I love clutches, a close friend only goes and buys me one. It’s a beautiful black, snake skin one from olga berg.

I couldn’t find the exact one on Styletread but they have loads of lovely ones….

Great minds think a like. I hadn’t even told her about my sudden interest in clutch bags.

obsessed with biker jackets

Polyvore.

This friend rocked up the other day with the best biker jacket.

I have become obsessed with them. You want one that is reasonably long. To the top of the hips or else, if it is shorter, it widens your waist. I tried one on the other day that just turned my upper body into a rectangle. Too long and it looks… old fashioned. It needs a gentle a waist. A curve.
Also it is more about the fold than the collar. I think the bigger the fold the better.
The bottom shouldn’t be too pointed…
Obsessed.

Don’t get me started on kimono jackets….

Clay

Polyvore.
I love the jacket – J.Crew – Prince of wales check.
I’ve been searching for a check jacket ever since I saw one on ‘New Girl’.
No luck so far. But I did find this fascinating site.
I love the shoes – Ash also do them in a wedge – but I think the flat is just fine. There’s also a leather version in the clay but I’m not sure about leather sneakers….

Pema Chodron

“Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both.

Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected.

But if that’s all that’s happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves a big deal and being really serious about it, wanting it to be like that forever. The gloriousness becomes tinged by craving and addiction.

On the other hand, wretchedness–life’s painful aspect–softens us up considerably. Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person. When you are feeling a lot of grief, you can look right into somebody’s eyes because you feel you haven’t got anything to lose–you’re just there.

The wretchedness humbles us and softens us, but if we were only wretched, we would all just go down the tubes. We’d be so depressed, discouraged, and hopeless that we wouldn’t have enough energy to eat an apple.

Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.”

Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

Message in a bottle

Why am I doing this?

Not because I expect to be wildly popular. This is for me, and for Im.

I always meant to write her notes in case I was hit by a bus tomorrow.

It’s like a message in a bottle. I’m just sending this out to the ether.

The plan is to record:

  • Things I like
  • Ideas I’m thinking about

That’s kind of it. A rough plan. Let’s see how long it lasts!