Sunday, August 31, 2014

Good Morning, Sunshine!

A lot of cinnamon buns and fika (Swedish coffee break) this week...
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Hello my beautiful friends!

This week, has felt like three weeks wrapped into one. We had friends visiting over from Spain and we did some sightseeing with them, which really broke the routine.

- In terms of general discoveries this week, I REdiscovered Nirrimi from The Road is Home while away out in the archipelago last weekend. I had really loved her blog a while back, but somehow forgotten about it (probably because I didn't use Bloglovin back then). Somehow, my mood matched the mood of her latest posts on that particular day, and I found myself completely immersed in her storytelling and mind-blowing photography.

- The concept of internet fog. I feel that most of this weekend right now has disappeared in a big internet fog, where I have checked my email about every five minutes, and somehow got dragged in whichever direction the Craftsy newsletter or Bruda Style or Bloglovin emails pulled me. It's nice to now have words to describe the feeling. Although I tell myself I shouldn't feel too guilty about my weekend in light of the intensive week I've had. :-) I first saw the term in Brené Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection. (If her name sounds familiar, you've probably seen her The power of vulnerability TEDTalk!)

- The music of Veronicca Maggio. Uplifting Swedish bubblegum pop. :-)

- Spending two days in Stockholm this week, with our visit coinciding with Stockholm Fashion Week, to my surprise and delight. Stockholmers seemed extra well-dressed this week, even more than usual (which speaks volumes). There were also A LOT of fashion street photography for the event -- at every street corner, it seemed.

- This reminded me of the importance of dressing well, even when you think it's okay to be slugging it. You never know if which situation you'll find yourself in, which potential clients you might meet, which potential opportunity might come your way. It's my goal to have selfcare and dignity, and to present the best version of myself to the world every single day that I'm alive. Just like I appreciate SO MUCH the effort others people put in how they dress, I should make a little effort myself, and not just mindlessly grab the same old jeans and faded tee-shirt in the morning. And as seamstress, we know that it's entirely possible to be both comfortable AND stylish. :-))

I listened to two great podcasts on my long run today:

1 - A Tapestry episode with Lesley Hazleton. I found this podcast captivating more for the guest/author as a person, rather than for what she was writing about (although that was interesting too). As a person, she seemed so engaging and eccentric, and really open and unguarded at the same time, but also very deep and full of interesting experiences and stories. What an interesting person to have at a dinner party, I kept thinking.

2 - An Ideas episode with Germaine Greer. I was so pleasantly surprised to discover how strong and relevant her message still is today, some 44 years after The Female Eunuch. Hearing her talk so passionately about her theory makes me want to delve deeper into her work. I must admit that I always thought of her as somewhat of an outdated essentialist feminist, but I'm now convince that her perspective should absolutely be part of our "toolbox" of theoretical lenses to employ in different situations. Did you know that Germaine Greer is actually libertarian? One more fascinating fact about her!

Also: I sometimes tend to forget how happy and energized it makes me feel to engage with the world of ideas, and more specifically with feminist theory. It's a world that's not close to the realm of the everyday, and it does take some efforts to travel there, but it's so very worth it.

Whoa, it's been a long post today. As I said, it's been a busy week, and I guess I had lots to talk about. :-)

Have you been reading or listening to anything interesting these days? And have you ever attended a Fashion Week event?

6 comments:

  1. I love Brene Brown and Germaine Greer! I think Germaine also has a fantastic sense of humour (actually so does Brene). ;)

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    1. Yes, that's true! I realized through the podcast that Germaine had an amazing sense of humour!

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  2. totally agree with you about the idea of dressing well. putting on nice clothes is always a great way to start the day, and a really good way to feel good i your skin. the effect of how you dress on your mood is always most noticeable when you wear something you don't like...

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    1. Yes, it really affects your mood!

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  3. Thank you for another motivating post Adrienne, and a good reminder that as seamstresses we should always be looking our best. Sending sunshine and warm wishes from a beautiful sunny Montpellier.

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    1. I'm glad you found it motivating, Chris! :-)

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