Thursday 9 December 2010

Christmas Carousel Countdown {16 days}

 

Dreaming of a white christmas,

peace, hope, love

Of peace on earth, good-will to men

et in terra pax hominibus, bonae voluntatis

Handwriting in the snow

a message of Peace, Love and happiness.

Music by Mike Schmid “Lullabye-Christmas” from Snow Day album.

Enjoy this delightful video by PinkSherbetDotCom

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Wednesday 8 December 2010

Nature’s Antler Noel

 

Dear Santa, can you paint my front door black with an antler handle please?

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Wednesday 8 December 2010

Antlers, antlers and more antlers

 

    It’s time to put your antlers on ~ and they are so very fashionable.

    Be inspired by these famous antler fashionistas…

    Lady Gaga

    Mary-Kate Olsen wearing an antler headpiece for Marie Claire.

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    Wednesday 8 December 2010

    Christmas Carousel Countdown {17 days}

     

    Deer me, the antlers are coming to town.

    Hermes to All!

    A sleigh full of orange boxes ~ I’ve been sooooo good!

    Well, Anything in the “orange box” would be loved (sssshhh!!! Santa knows)!!!

    The reindeer stars in Hermes Winter Ad Campaign.

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    Tuesday 7 December 2010

    Storms know no seasons…

     

    My Hermes post hinted at today’s beastly challenge,

    storms can occur in all seasons.

    Note to self: be prepared & dress for the occassion!

    While my best friend, D’lovely boy is battling snowy Paris, I am working in summer Oz,

    dreaming of fending off the snow with a Burberry coat and my gallant lover.

    * * *

    The course of true love never did run smooth.

    Midsummer Night’s Dream

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    Tuesday 7 December 2010

    Hermes in wonderland

     

    You should never under estimate a woman in stilettos.

    She may be more powerful than you think.

    The strong and powerful nature of a huge bear paw

    was used as the backdrop to very feminine, lace-up, booties.

    I wish I was wearing Hermes today, I had a prowling work bear!

    Hermes winter ~ Raquel Zimmermann,

    shot at the Ice Hotel in Sweden,

    for a shoot with photographer Eric Valy.

    {Images via Eric Valli at the Ice Hotel in Sweden}

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    Tuesday 7 December 2010

    Christmas Carousel Countdown {18 days}

     

    Black Beauty at Xmas, so stylish.

    And what will I wear?

    Vogue’s september 2006 editorial with kirsten dunst in a black aluminum foil covered gown ruched into bubbles by john galliano for dior. photo by annie leibovitz

    OR

    penelope cruz graced the pages of vanity fair in september 2001.

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    Monday 6 December 2010

    Christmas Carousel Countdown {19 days}

     

    O Tannenbaum

    O Christmas Tree, is a Christmas carol of German origin.

    A Tannenbaum is a fir tree (German die Tanne) or the evergreen Christmas tree.

    The invigorating smell of pine,

    decorating the tree with bows, bells, trinkets and assorted ornaments

    handed down from generation to generation

    and finally, turning the lights on.

    Celebrated Swarovski Christmas Trees

    Adorned with an array of sparkling Swarovski Christmas Ornaments, the majestic trees are on display around the world and sparkle with seasonal joy!

    For 13 years, Swarovski has been lighting up Zurich central station with its famous tree. Situated in the middle of the Chriskindlimarkt, it is adorned by over 7,000 Swarovski crystals. Sample mulled wine and cheese fondue and take a few moments to look up and appreciate this wonderful symbol of Christmas.

    To view photographs of this year’s Swarovski Christmas Tree displays worldwide, visit here.

    O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
    Your branches green delight us.
    They are green when summer days are bright;
    They are green when winter snow is white.
    O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
    Your branches green delight us!

    O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
    You give us so much pleasure!
    How oft at Christmas tide the sight,
    O green fir tree, gives us delight!
    O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
    You give us so much pleasure!

    O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
    Forever true your colour.
    Your boughs so green in summertime
    Stay bravely green in wintertime.
    O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
    Forever true your colour.

    O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
    You fill my heart with music.
    Reminding me on Christmas Day
    To think of you and then be gay.
    O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
    You fill my heart with music.

    O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
    Wie treu sind deine Blätter!

    And here is Lady Gaga’s version.

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    Monday 6 December 2010

    Turning on the Christmas lights around the world

     

    O'Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland {French designed}.

    Wroclaw, Poland

    Ibirapuera Park - Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

    Puerta Del Sol - Madrid, Spain

    Tree design inspired by Japanese cut glass technique, Kiriko

    Tree made entirely of Swarovski crystal.

    Place Ville Marie

    Colosseum of Rome

    Beautifully lit HSBC historic bank building Palácio Avenida, Brazil

    One of the largest homes in Boston with 250,000 lights. Homeowner Luberto hopes the lights will serve as a reminder to some 47,000 people who drive by his home each day that Christmas should be celebrated in style

    The tradition of using small candles to light up the Christmas tree dates back to at least the middle of the XVIIth century. However, it took two centuries for the tradition to become widely established first in Germany and soon spreading to Eastern Europe.

    Candles for the tree were glued with melted wax to a tree branch or attached by pins. Around 1890, candleholders were first used for Christmas candles. Between 1902 and 1914, small lanterns and glass balls to hold the candles started to be used.

    In 1882, the first Christmas tree was lit by the use of electricity. Edward Johnson lighted up a Christmas tree in New York City with eighty small electric light bulb. It should be noted that Edward Johnson created the first string of electric Christmas lights that were then mass produced around 1890. By 1900, department stores started using the new Christmas lights for their Christmas displays.

    Edward Johnson was one of Thomas Edison’s muckers, an inventor who worked under the direction of Edison. Johnson became vice-president of Edison’s electric company.

    {Images via amazing data; window blinds}

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    Monday 6 December 2010

    Oh Christmas tree…

     

    World’s largest Christmas tree lights are turned on last night.

    Thousands of people turned out in Rio de Janeiro for the lighting of the world’s largest floating Christmas tree in Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. The 85-meter floating tree, adorned with 2.9 million lights and 1,600 Christmas ornaments, required 52 kilometers of cables to light.

    A concert, featuring master of ceremonies Jose Mayer and singer Simone, officially inaugurated the Christmas celebrations, which will conclude the holiday season with a big party on New Year’s Eve.

    Magical christmas as children sing from 108 windows of ‘Palacio Avenida’

    Christmas in the enchanted palace is a spectacular public concert

    in the beautifully lit HSBC historic bank building in downtown Curitba, Brazil,

    with children in costumes singing out of every window.

    The HSBC Christmas Choral is a breathtaking and sweet event that sends

    a message of peace and hope.

    The HSBC Christmas Choral is one of the most traditional and exciting Christmas celebrations in Curitiba and also in Brazil. The chorale formed by more than 160 children, presents Christmas songs in the windows of the historical HSBC building, the famous Palácio Avenida.

    The historic building Palácio Avenida located at Calçadão da XV or Rua das Flores is all decorated with a fantastic illumination. Fireworks complete and give even more magic and charm to this fantastic event that happens every year.

    This year, the HSBC Christmas Choral completes 20 years and 200.000 people are expected to watch the spectacle.

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