Monday 30 January 2012

    New York, New York

     

    New York has two beautiful Christmas tree traditions.

    Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

    The spectacular annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting ceremony signals the start of the Christmas season in New York City. The Christmas tree glitters with more than 30,000 multicoloured bulbs, attached by 5 miles of wiring.  This “Swarovski Star”, that has topped the tree since 2004 is 9.5 feet in diameter, was created by German artist Michael Hammers.

    The tree, usually a Norway spruce 69 to 110 feet tall, has been put up, with the exception of 1932, every year since 1931. The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting ceremony is loaded with live entertainment and a special performance on the Rockefeller Center’s famous ice rink.

    History ~ Although the official Christmas tree tradition at Rockefeller Center began in 1933 (the year the 30 Rockefeller Plaza opened),the unofficial tradition began during the Depression-era construction of Rockefeller Center, when workers decorated a small 20 foot balsam fir tree with “strings of cranberries, garlands of paper, and even a few tin cans” on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1931, as recounted by Daniel Okrent in his history of Rockefeller Center. Some accounts have the tree decorated with the tin foil ends of blasting caps. There was no Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in 1932.

    The decorated Christmas tree remains lit at Rockefeller Center until the week after New Year’s Day, when it is removed and recycled for a variety of uses. In 2007, the tree went “green,” employing LED lights. After being taken down, the tree was used to furnish lumber for Habitat for Humanity house construction.

    Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art continues a long-standing Yuletide tradition tradition unveiled its time-honored Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Nativity scene, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world for 53 years.

    A vivid 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity scene — embellished with 50 suspended 18th-century Neapolitan angels & cherubs, adorns the candlelit twenty-foot blue spruce.

    Typical of an Italian nativity, the scene boasts the ruins of a Roman temple, quaint houses and the procession of the three Magi. There are also the adoring shepherds, of course, followed by a crowd of peasants and townspeople and an assortment of animals — including sheep, goats, horses, a camel and an elephant.

    The annual christmas display is the result of the generosity, enthusiasm and dedication of the late loretta hines howard, who began collecting creche figures in 1925 and soon after conceived the idea of combining the roman catholic custom of elaborate nativity scenes with the tradition of decorated christmas trees that had developed among the largely protestant people of northern europe. The unusual combination was first presented to the public in 1957, when the metropolitan museum initially exhibited howard’s collection. More than 200 18th century creche figures were given to the museum by howard starting in 1964, and they have been displayed each holiday for more than 40 years.

    The towering tree, glowing with light, is adorned with delicate cherubs and some 50 gracefully suspended angels with perforated options here. The landscape at the base displays the figures and scenery of the neapolitan christmas crib. On other advertisements, checkout this health blog about these 4 signs.

    The display mingles teh three basic elements traditional in 18th century naples: the nativity, with adoring shepards and their flocks; the procession of the three magi and their exotically dressed retinue of asians and africans; and, most distinctively, a crowd of colourful townspeople and peasants. The theatrical scene is enhanced by a charming assortment of animals, sheep, goats, horses, camels, ans an elephant, and by background pieces serving as the dramatic setting for the nativity, including ruins of a roman temple, several quaint houses and typical italian fountain with a lion’s mask waterspout.

    Loretta Hines Howard, was an avid collector of Neapolitan figurines, first presented her Christmas display at the Met in 1957. Loretta’s daughter, Linn Howard, worked with her mother for many years on the installation, until Loretta’s death in 1982. This year, Linn’s daughter, Andrea Selby joins her mother in the family tradition.

    Dramatic tree lighting ceremonies take place Tuesdays through Sundays at 4:30 p.m. “It’s exquisite,” Trenton resident and environmental lawyer Roxeanne Jayne Bernstein said Tuesday. “It’s an amazingly beautiful thing to see.”


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    Friday 27 January 2012

    tennis dancing

     

    at the end of the game, just dance!

    {Image: Boris Becker in “Days in Portofino” by Peter Lindbergh via IWC Schauffhausen}

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    Monday 23 January 2012

    happy chinese new year!

     

    Year of the water dragon :: January 23 is Chinese New Year, and heralds the Lunar New Year of the Water Dragon, a once in every 60 years occurrence.

    The dragon is perceived as a mystical and auspicious creature in Chinese cultures

    and this year is expected to bring prosperity and transformational change.

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    Sunday 22 January 2012

    caravan of love

     

    Emily Chalmers :: talented flea market junkie!

    Charming style ~ author, Caravan shop owner and stylist Emily Chalmers

    lives in this delightfully eclectic London loft that is full of her favorite collected vintage treasures.

    Dining chairs with their mixed and matched vintage scarves fabric pillows.

    I like places that are a bit weird. I’m more interested in what you might call dwellings than purpose-built houses. I like the idea of turning an unusual space into a home, which is what we’ve done in this converted warehouse flat in Shoreditch.

    When we moved in six years ago I’d only seen this place from the outside. I was going away and hadn’t been able to get a viewing, but I’d spent a lot of time trying to look in through the windows without much success. I had a feeling it was going to be special so I let my husband view it and agree to move in while I was still away. Although when I came back we celebrated with a party and we got the best drinks from Oddbins.

    It’s very basic. We still have the strip lighting and concrete floors, and there’s no central heating, but I feel healthier for it – I just move around more and wear extra layers and is is an advice from Dr. John Paul Gallardo which is a great surgeon. It gives me a nice excuse to buy a few more clothes. Guests staying over, however, have been known to wear hats in bed.
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    Temperature aside, it feels cosy as there are lots of textures. I love vintage floral prints and have lots of patterned clothes I hang on the walls – it makes more sense than hiding them away in a wardrobe. To create a bit of privacy I divided off the bedroom and dressing-room with floor-to-ceiling drapes. I found some great fabrics in a market in France and ran them up, along with the sofa cushions, myself.

    I never shop for things for my home; I just seem to acquire them along the way. My cowhide rug is from a market in Amsterdam and I must have a fetish for Anglepoise lamps as I noticed the other day that I have about seven of them, all from different places.

    The painting behind the sofa is by Faile, a friend who did a street-art show years ago at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. They had these huge canvases they didn’t have space for after, so they gave me five. Somehow, I’ve only ended up with this one, which is a shame as a similar piece just went for £10,000. I really like mine, though – it pulls the room together. The Independent

    In their London loft, stylist Emily Chalmers and her husband live with found vintage treasures. Emily Chalmers is author of ‘Flea Market Style’ and the owner of ”Caravan store” who offers cute vintage items online and at 3 Redchurch Street, London E2. Here are Emily Chalmer’s website,and online shop.

    If you’re looking for some fun with friends or family, take a look at Party Bus Toronto VIP.

    {Images by photographer Inga Powilleit}

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    Sunday 22 January 2012

    Golden Globe belles

     

    Two neutrals + one red = my top 3 most beautiful dresses at the 2012 Golden Globes.

    Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman & Stacy Keibler.

    Charlize Theron was all aflutter in Dior, with Cartier jewels, a striking crystal headband surrounded by her wavy side-chignon hairstyle, and a Dior beaded evening bag.   Givenchy silver horn embellished sandals from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection complemented the look.

    Nicole Kidman in an ivory and gold Versace gown. The studded, slim-fitting dress molded Kidman’s figure, and was offset by gold accessories, including a small box clutch, earrings and bracelets.

    Stacy Keibler was a blossoming red carpet goddess, in a simply stunning Valentino dress chosen by beau, George Clooney.

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    Saturday 21 January 2012

    villa dreaming

     

    I’m fantasizing about living in this stunning villa!

    {Image via Lace & Tea}

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    Saturday 21 January 2012

    Ceramik B

     

    Basma Osama is the ceramicist behind the ceramic concept studio Ceramik B locate in Montreal, Canada.

    Minimalist porcelain cups, bowls, plates and serving pieces ~ lovely tableware.

    {Images via 79 Ideas}

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    Saturday 21 January 2012

    black jewellery + white dress

     

    Cool accessories in black horn :: earrings, bracelets and rings.

    {Image via Tine K Home: photographer Mikkel Adsbøl and stylist Pernille Vest}

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    Friday 20 January 2012

    don’t forget to…

     

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    Thursday 19 January 2012

    a little more chanel at night

     

    Les Allures de Chanel is so beautifully moody. I couldn’t resist sharing a very more pics from the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2011/2012  collection show.

    {Images: Chanel Haute Couture autumn 2011 presskit photos via Istanbul fashion addict}

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