1. Making dreams come true: If anyone at Zara is listening, please start working on knock-offs of these two dresses. The one on the left is by Dior and it keeps popping up in every single magazine in different iterations and colors: maybe I will tire of it but, for now, I covet. The one on the right is by Valentino and I would need it knee-length. Thank you.
- Ohm-ming: Cheri Huber is a Buddhist monk who has put together a nifty (and free) app called Transform Your Life designed to remind you, every day for a year, what we should be focussing on (instead of Dior and Valentino dresses). If you do activate it, the reminder comes with a very zen sounding bell and a simple assignment aimed at quieting the chattering mind.
3. Back to the material world: I might never buy an Apple watch – am limiting myself to replacing my “ancient” iPhone 4 with a 6 – but I have to take my hat off to Apple once again: that watch might or might not be the best thing since sliced bread but, as far as design goes, I find it close to perfect. It reminds me of when the first Swatches appeared on the scene and revolutionized our wrists.
4. Islands: I stumbled into one of those art galleries that, unless you are actually invited to for a vernissage, are perpetually devoid of people, and was confronted with large pieces by Chicago artist Rashid Johnson that brightened up my otherwise dreary Wednesday. I love art installations more and more and the pyramid structure that occupies one of the two large rooms at the David Kordanskly Gallery left me speechless. And intrigued. Johnson is an artist who explores his African roots as copies of Native Sons and large chunks of shea butter interspersed throughout can attest. I might not have got the entire meaning but there is no calmer feeling than wandering around an empty gallery in the company of art.
5.Have your cake: It’s not that I am obsessed with Food52’s recipes, because I never cook from them, but I adore their photographs and their styling. And you can always spot new food trends, like “why limit yourself to boring supermarket candles on your birthday cake when more fun things can skewer the frosting?” Or, for all the choc-aholics out there, how about chocolate candles you can actually gobble up after making your wish?