I need to dig out my holiday photos from Palermo a few years ago, but here’s a cheat: web photos of the amazing Oratorio Di Santa Zita. Whipped cream a go-go.
So, so important, and reading this was a revelation that I don’t like exercise but do like sport:
For men, sport and exercise are all part of the same active continuum, but for women they are presented as two very distinct things. Exercise, with its approved end-goal of delivering you a better body, is revered for twenty-first-century women…
Sweating for sport [my emphasis] is not seen as beautiful. It’s raison d’etre strays too far from appearance…It’s…about grit and determination, not losing a few pounds or looking great but absolutely wiping the floor with your opponents. It’s about winning, showing aggression, being competitive, openly rejoicing and being proud in doing all of these things.
For more read the rest of Anna Kessel’s Eat Sweat Play. I completely agree with her analysis and I’m not sure I’d have got through previous hard times without the mental confidence from fencing. I also don’t think it’s any coincidence that my performance st work skyrocketed and I began thinking of myself differently once I took myself off the training sessions and onto the piste.
These paper flowers from Zoe Bradley are breathtaking and made me wonder if she was also behind these windows in Burberry right now.
Street photo by me, November 2016. Other images via Pinterest and Zoe’s own website.
Another interesting contemporary find from the blogger Miss Moss, who also led me to these, these, these and these.
Prints start at only $40, and are available from Melissa’s shop.
A great choice of poster image by the National Gallery for their winter show. I’m getting the feels already.
Because how could you not feel happy looking at these, and we all need a bit of yellow to lift us through the SAD.
I actually went down an Internet rabbit hole looking for a magazine image I couldn’t find, but I found these instead. Images a mix of internet finds from Remodelista.com and Pinterest, and my own photos on the hoof.