Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Christmas Mood

Last year, due to work stress, I didn't visit a single Christmas market. 
I'm certainly making up for it now. 
On Saturday we also had lots of fun at the Christ Church Bazaar!


Monday, November 24, 2008

Little Joys

Gloves found thrifting

Sky in the morning

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Green Scarf: Three Ways

This scarf went from a collector in Germany to a newly converted foulard fan in Norway and another in Vienna. The latter was not terribly innovative in her wearing of it, but check out the cool scarf obi and belt the first two came up with. Don't they just make you want to dig up some old neckwear and flaunt it?!

La Gattina

Here is the owner with one of his many treasures:

foulard addict

Sorry to bore you with a repeat photo, but this was my favorite outfit:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Christmas Bazaars

I love a Christmas bazaar, with a white elephant table, home-made yummies, second hand books, crafts, and a good old tombola! So, here are the dates for "English-speaking" Christmas events in Vienna, where I plan to stuff my face and buy as many gifts as possible - knowing that the proceeds will be donated to charities! Maybe see you there...

Click on the text in red for more details:

Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, 15.11.2008
10:30 - 16:00
Hotel Le Meridien
Opernring 13 - 15
1010 Vienna

Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, 29.11.2008
10:30 - 16:30
Radetzkystraße 2
1020 Vienna

UNWG Bazaar
Saturday, 06.12.2008
10:00 - 17:00
Austria Center Vienna
(U1 station Kaisermühlen)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Values to Live By

Yesterday, I met a stranger - an artist and gifted listener who asked questions which actually made me have to organize my thoughts before answering. Coffee and conversation inspired a more extended think about some newly developed values that have made my life more interesting and meaningful in recent months - hope this quickly compiled list encourages you too!
  • Respecting nature - even if I don't live in the country, I can do my little bit by buying biodegradable and recyclable goods, such as household products by Frosch and organic cosmetics by the drugstore DM's Alverde which are lovely-smelling and affordable.
  • Producing less waste - I always try to take a fabric bag along when shopping, and give any plastic ones that find their way into my home to charity organizations, since they can really use them! In this country, it goes without saying that paper, glass, metal etc. goes into the appropriate recycling containers!
  • Buying smart - that starts with groceries. At some point, I noticed how much food was going into the bin because it went off. Now I plan my shopping, and it makes such a difference! Before choosing a bunch of herbs or vegetables, I try to think of different ways of preparing it over the next few days so it doesn't get wasted.
  • Buying preloved - I don't want to contribute to mass production and the exploitation that usually goes with it, so most of my wardrobe, furniture and decor is secondhand. If you think wearing previously owned attire is gross, remember that much of it has only been worn once. To others' advantage, rich people often don't want to be seen in the same outfit twice, and ever more secondhand designer store shops are sprouting up in this city.
  • Making and repairing - I started collecting attractive material left in charity shops and have found many practical ways of sewing it up for items needed around the house. Quality obviously lasts longer, and in the rare event that something rips or breaks, I try to mend it instead of using it as an excuse to run out and get a new one.
  • Decluttering - whatever I don't like or use anymore goes to charity too. I learned that from a great friend of mine who regularly gives clothes, books and decor away. Why sit on your stuff if someone else can enjoy it more? If you can't abide not seeing a certain piece anymore, give it to a friend so you can always pay it a visit!
  • Combining - the desire for new clothes and accessories can be strong. For variety, I try to combine my old rags in new and original ways, and incorporate jewelry in my everyday outfits instead of waiting for a special occasion to get it out.
It obviously takes more effort to live consciously, but is infinitely more rewarding than just being a consumer! In what ways do you live creatively and environmentally aware?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Man is least himself...

...when he talks in his own person. 
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth" 
Oscar Wilde

I got home from dancing at 4 in the morning! Hallowe'en has really caught on in Austria, either for commercial reasons or as another opportunity to "let the pig out" for one night as the saying goes here (the traditional carnival "Fasching" occuring one night in February). In any case, the evening was too much fun to think of photographing, but perhaps you have already had your fill of vampires and zombies.

Easier on the eye is is gorgeous Scarlett Johansson below, starring in "A Good Woman" (a nice adaptation of "Lady Windermere's Fan") in dreamy 1930s attire. 

I want a tiny sequined cape just like this one!

Oh, the lovely ruffles and jewelry!

Helen Hunt - the brazen hussy!

By the way, Oscar Wilde fans out there: a new film of "Dorian Gray" will be released next year, with Colin Firth as Lord Wotton and Ben Barnes as the narcissist. I. can't. wait!