29.3.13

Inlight Happy Oil


Inlight's Organic Daily Face Oil has become an essential treatment in my skincare routine. After using it a couple of nights each week for a few months, I have come to rely on its smoothing, balancing and moisture  replenishing properties and am now wishing that this magic bottle never ever runs out!




Inlight is a UK-based, Cornish company that specialise in handmade oil-based skincare. I was given a bottle of the Inlight face oil to try after attending an eco-aware event a few months ago. 

At first glance, I was unimpressed with the packaging as its lack of a dropper or stopper means I often waste some of the oil. However, packaging issues aside, this stuff is really effective on my dry/combo winter stricken skin.

Massaging it into my skin twice weekly helps to reset my skin and I wake up with a glow to my complexion.

I am not in love with the scent, there is a chocolatey undertone that irks me somewhat but it does dissipate after a while so I can tolerate it.

If you too have stressed out winter bitten skin, then I would give this a try! A couple of drops in my day cream also works well.

The ingredients are 100% organic and includes:


Simmondsia chinensis – jojoba seed oil – nourishing, to promote elasticity
Rosa rubiginosa – rose seed oil – antioxidant
Rosa damascena – rose flower extract – astringent
Oenothera biennis – evening primrose oil – antioxidant, regenerating
Vanilla planifolia – vanilla fruit extract – astringent, antiseptic
Malva sylvestris – mallow flower/leaf extract – soothing, anti-inflammatory
Rosa canina – rose hip fruit extract – antioxidant
Lavandula angustifolia – lavender oil – anti-inflammatory, cytophylactic
Rosa damascena – rose flower oil – astringent
Linalool*, geraniol*, citronellol*, limonene*.
*Natural constituent of essential oils.

Another good (and more purse friendly) facial oil that Worshipblues recommends is the Pai BioRegeneration Rosehip Oil |REVIEW HERE|


View Post

27.3.13

Kyoto's Nightfall Secrets


Kyoto is a fascinating place. Formerly the imperial capital of Japan and famed for its cultural, gourmet and traditional crafts it continues to draw in visitors from near and far. 

We enjoyed Kyoto the most at nightfall. She lets some of secrets slip after dark.











Lovers, friends, frolickers and mischief makers meet in the shadows under Sanjo bridge. Teahouses glow invitingly. Back-streets create shadowy masks. Maiko flit from one place to another like butterflies in the night.

View Post

23.3.13

Imperial & Standard


I came across Imperial & Standard quite accidentally. It is a place glutted with glorious objects and I found myself falling for many things. 







Imperial & Standard specialises in Victorian and 20th Century collectibles and is as much a prop hire studio as it is a shop which I think is very clever indeed. 

|Imperial & Standard|

10 Felstead St  
Hackney Wick
London, E9 5LT


View Post

22.3.13

No Flirting! Not Ever!



My deviating mind has a curious habit of attaching itself to the the oddest tid-bits of information and I have resolved to share such findings with you.

I came across the Ant-Flirt club on a recent jaunt through Wikipedia. The American club was established by women who took against and were embarrassed by the unwelcome attention and advances of men in automobiles and on street corner.


The club had a series of rules, which were intended as sound and serious advice. These were:
  1. Don't flirt: those who flirt in haste oft repent in leisure.
  2. Don't accept rides from flirting motorists—they don't invite you in to save you a walk.
  3. Don't use your eyes for ogling—they were made for worthier purposes.
  4. Don't go out with men you don't know—they may be married, and you may be in for a hair-pulling match.
  5. Don't wink—a flutter of one eye may cause a tear in the other.
  6. Don't smile at flirtatious strangers—save them for people you know.
  7. Don't annex all the men you can get—by flirting with many, you may lose out on the one.
  8. Don't fall for the slick, dandified cake eater—the unpolished gold of a real man is worth more than the gloss of a lounge lizard.
  9. Don't let elderly men with an eye to a flirtation pat you on the shoulder and take a fatherly interest in you. Those are usually the kind who want to forget they are fathers.
  10. Don't ignore the man you are sure of while you flirt with another. When you return to the first one you may find him gone.

I don't know about you, but I would have signed up. I am sure that these women are quite serious but, goodness me, they do sound like a lot of fun too!



View Post

21.3.13

Almond Milk Matcha Milk


Hot matcha milk is one of my favourite beverages. After posting pictures on Instagram and Twitter, I have been asked for a recipe. So here it is just for you!




Ingredients:
Matcha (See here)
Almond milk


Method:

  1. Measure a couple of cupfuls of almond milk and put into a milk pan.
  2. Add a teaspoon of matcha powder per cupful into the pan and and heat.
  3. Simmer till hot not boiling.
  4. Using a milk whisk or small hand blender, carefully bring the liquid into a frothy frenzy.
  5. Serve elegantly because it will make you feel special x


You can use a mixture of water and almond milk if you find this too rich as I sometimes do. You can also replace the almond milk with rice or soya milk. If you have a sweet tooth then you may like to add a drop of sugar/agave syrup too.



View Post

19.3.13

Story Seeking + Story Making....



When seeking inspiration for my jewellery, I often scour the worldwide web for images of marvellous and intriguing women. Once I find them, I persuade untold tales to shimmer out of their stillness. 


I follow the shadows behind their smiles and delve into the glints in their solemnity and I allow my mind to rush away with their tales.



Marjorie Miller, Queen of the Night, 1931




Le Collier de Perles, Delphin Enjolras French.




The Devil's Auction. Broadway show performed in 1867.




Washing Hair, Kusakabe Kimbe 1880's







I have started a Pinterest Board hold all my gleaned inspirations and  I would be delighted to share this journey with you.




View Post

18.3.13

Japan Packaged


Since divulging my packaging obsession on my blog, I've discovered that there are so many other crazy people out there that go a little weak at the knees at handsomely presented items.  

Today, it's all about some of my favourites from the Land of the Rising Sun:



Sakuma Drops. Classic boiled sweets of assorted flavours. A proper old-school but timeless favourite.



Max Fasteners 5mm Staples. The standard choice for my mini stapler.




Plum rice seasoning from Kyoto. Such pretty presentation is ready to give as it is as a gift. Japan is a nation obsessed with food. Each region have their own specialities and so it is very common to give gifts of food when returning from trips to different parts of the country.



Long matches. Perfect for lighting candles. I bought these in a 100 Yen shop in Japan. One of my favoruite places to shop!




Matcha. Powdered green tea in a resleable pouch. I adore these graphics. It just screams out JAPAN!!!!



I have of course added these images to my Packaging File on Pinterest. Feel free to follow.
View Post

14.3.13

Mixed Race Musings


These days, I often hear people discussing about how "mixed" the world is becoming and many seem convinced that one day, mixed-race people will make up the majority of the world's population. I wonder if this will ever come to pass. That said, places like Brazil and South Africa certainly seem to be heading that way.

It is an interesting concept for me. Me, as a person who is often heard exclaiming that "there are a million stories in my blood". Without meaning to sound self-important (for it is the same for most people), many, many stories needed to happen before I could be born. Stories of human migration, pain, triumph, adventure and great imagination but for me, all these stories are cross cultural.

My mother was mixed race, as was her mother and her mother too. That side of my family is so mixed and that we no longer can trace our real roots. Sure it does sound quite exotic, but, for me at least, there is a tinge of sadness in that too as it is and will probably always be an incomplete story. There is no longer anyone around who can satisfactorily fill these gaps. Granny past away with her secrets and even if she was still with us, I had too much respect to question her as these were secrets that she closely guarded. 

I often wonder if my sister and I are the only ones with our particular cocktail of cultural mix. Neither of us have met another quite like  us with our roots touching, South Africa, Holland, France, Seychelles, Kenya and Japan ( and quite possibly more). Forgive me for saying it but, I must admit that I am proud of my heritage. Mumma used to say that I should be proud of something that I have DONE rather than something that I cannot help. However, it is not ME that I am proud of. I am proud of my ancestors for overcoming and daring to be the people they were. I hope that makes sense.

One story that I don't mind sharing is the tale of my great grandparents. They hailed from a place that no longer exists on modern maps of South Africa. He, was a black. She, was "coloured". The law was such that they could not be together in their country and so they left for Kenya. What happened to them there was a bittersweet tale with many mysteries still unanswered but I am proud that they had the courage and heart to make that trek across Africa.

Stories like this have inspired my life and have prevented me from having any cultural confusion that I hear many other "mixed" kids went through. So, in those exceedingly rare moments when I stand with the girls in my maternal family, and look at the rainbow of  complexions and eye colours that we are and I feel very proud indeed. 

We should always remember those stories that brought us to where we are today, they will only make us stronger in many many ways.

View Post

12.3.13

| Night Lights | Yudanaka


Once upon a time in Japan, we spent a night in a place of glowing night. Shibu onsen is a hot spring town in Yudanaka, Nagano.



We would have loved to have stayed in the place pictured above. You may recognise it? It was the inspiration behind the bathhouse in Miyazaki Hayao's Spirited Away. Unfortunately for us, it was fully booked. I hope to come back sometime to venture inside.










The town itself was a delight to walk about at night time. Filled with narrow cobbled streets and the sound of geta (traditional Japanese wooden sandals) echoing through the warm glow of the night. People wandering from one bathhouse to another with faces glowing from long soaks in hot spring waters urging each other to take in one more bath. Then there was us, bellies full and shochu drunk, laughing and smiling in good company as we took photos.


Good friends and good memories are jewels of life.

View Post

11.3.13

I See A Different You


I feel a bit like I am hovering in no space lately. I deal with this particular brand of despondence by touching my roots and culture so I will be blogging Africa and Japan all for the next few days. It's going to be a soul-full week at Worshipblues.

Let's kick things off with a bit of Africa-Style!

I have long thought that my fellow Africans are real dapper dans for where else but in Africa can you find a "cult of clothing"? 
I mentioned the undeniably stylish "sapeurs" of Brazzaville, Congo, way back in 2010 and my admiration for their relentless elegance still holds fast.



| Read my post here |

To further celebrate Africa's style credentials, I have to divulge one of my favourite style blog EVER! I've been following "I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU" for a while now but have been a bit selfish in not sharing. However, now that I have, they can blow your mind too.









I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU is Justice Mukheli, Innocent Mukheli and Vuyo Mpantsha who hail from South Africa and blog from Soweto, Pimville, Benmore, Sandton. Their widescreen photos are really remarkable and their style is influenced by photos of their parents and grandparents.

I am inspired by their moto “.... to change the perception of what the world thinks of Soweto and South Africa, and Africa as a whole.”

| I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU |
View Post

7.3.13

Canmake Perfect Serum BB Cream




I begun to run out of BB cream. This is the 1st time that I've faced this in about 4 years! Quite exciting really, because, it is an opportunity to try some new ones.  The Canmake Tokyo Perfect Serum BB Cream was top of my wish-list as it seems to tick all my boxes:
  • Base and foundation coverage
  • SPF50+++
  • High coverage
  • 21 skincare beauty ingredients.


Getting straight to the point. This didn't work very well with my dry/combo skin. However, I used it during the warm spell that we have been experiencing here in London, and it works much much better. Quite a relief as this will come in handy when/if we get a summer so that I may get to utilise the SPF50!

The ingredients list is impressive and includes, hyaluronic acid, collagen, ceramides, royal jelly extracts, witch hazel, arbutin, aloe vera, sea weed, gingko and soybean extracts.

It is not the easiest BB cream to apply if you too have patches of dry skin so I would recommend using a good moisturiser beneath. Coverage is semi sheer to medium with a matte soft-focus finish on me which I really like. If you are seeking a BB cream with lasting power, then do give this a go as it really clung to my skin without leaving me feeling "blocked" all day. The drawback is that you will need to drag out your bestest cleanser and possibly your Clarisonic or exfoliator to get every last bit of it off before retiring to bed.

I used Shade 2. There are only 2 shades available. 

|Canmake Tokyo Website in English|

View Post

5.3.13

Wallside Colourful.

Streets with bright walls are very considerate in my book. It adds a humanness to the sharp lines of architectural tedium.

London inner-city can be dreary and anything that makes explosions of colour amid our countless shades of grey is uplifting and inspiring. You are most welcome to disagree, many often do.













"One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better." Oscar Wilde.

>>> In Other News:



I had my own moment of mint madness and  hand carved, formed and faceted these chunky beads using pastel coloured polymer clay before baking them to solidity. The beads a beautifully imperfect with a soft, rough, solid, gentle look and texture. Available on matte rhodium plated or matte gold plated chain finished with a bolt clasp.

|Find them in the Fushigi Shop|
View Post

4.3.13

Things for Things

Being organised has never been so vital to my life as it is now. Every little thing must have its place so I can find it with ease. Muji is a great place to find such things to put things in. 


Muji is packed with simple yet really handy cases and storage solutions which allow for customising. This is great for me.



These slim portable PP cases are so perfect for keeping headpins together. They prevent them from bending and because they are frosted, they keep the pins from oxidising too.


Muji Pill Cases are great for keeping Swarovski beads. Each section is detachable so I can keep rearranging them into colour groups aaaaaaaand.... because each section has its own lid, it makes it so much easier to use too.

My memory is not what it once was and so I use strips of MT tape to label each things so I don't forget what is what. 

Storage doesn't have to be purpose bought. I also make use of tins and boxes to keep my variety of bits and bobs.


After scoffing a tin of mini Love Hearts, I use it for keeping my bobbins and spools in one place.



A macaron box now brims with satin ribbons.



Tea tins now rattle with pearls.


It really is worth thinking twice before you chuck something out. It may serve you well as something else!

View Post