i like this library.

my favourite place to work – with some digital breaks to read blogs and ehm, post on blogs – is the college library. thre are lots of lovely and useful books here, many of them quite old, and it’s a nice academic environment for doing work.

my hair clip is by now, voyager, half of whom i met at the vintage fair in oxford. necklace from nordstrom, blouse from american eagle.

 

fashion crush: jane aldridge.

from her jean paul gaultier for target jacket to her charlotte olympia shoes – not to mention the shades and her lovely ginger hair – jane from sea of shoes is among my list of fashion icons. i admire her chic unique style, in which she manages to pull together the funkiest items and make it look natural, effortless, and interesting.

(picture, of course, from sea of shoes)

instapaper is amazing

leave it to leo babauta to recommend my favourite new online tool, instapaper. it gives me the option to ‘read later.’

 

often i find articles or people recommend articles and i have every intention of reading them, but at the moment it isn’t convenient. the idea of reading and entire unexpected article is stressful and i end up skimming it, my mind half on something i should be doing instead of skimming it, and that just isn’t fun.

 

so what i do now is take full advantage of my ‘read later’ button. i now have a collection of articles on instapaper waiting to be read. it’s exciting to scroll through the titles – an entire page that i have already found preliminarily interesting – and pick one out. or to devote time to reading several at once. i even spend time searching for articles sometimes when i want to find something interesting, but not necessarily read it in detail until later.

 

i also love instapaper’s ‘text’ feature that eliminates distracting columns and ads, stripping down the article to mere text. it allows me to focus on the words and the article and read better :)

find things to miss

it’s not until i leave a place that i come to appreciate little things i like about it. i’m not talking about missing people, because i always know that will come. but little things i miss about home, like my pillows and picturebooks, my perfectly-functioning sink, my favourite places to eat and just look around, walking through the city in the morning and knowing exactly what’s open and where i should go.

there are of course things that i will miss here – proximity to ben’s cookies and moo-moo’s, the opportunity to see a new play or performance almost every night, or at least a museum – free, the creative little independent shops full of lovely things, never being limited by a lack of transportation – beautiful walks just steps away.

what will you miss?

a hodgepodge of things

1. i found this wonderful sum up of white space from zen habits:

By using white space in our lives, we create space, balance, emphasis on what’s important, and a feeling of peace that we cannot achieve with a more cramped life.

2. today i am leaving for england.

3. i’m a bit bothered by the fact that this blog doesn’t really have any direction, but is just, well, a hodgepodge of things. but i also don’t want to limit myself to only one type of post. i feel as if i am a part of so many blogging communities, but it also doesn’t feel quite right. any advice?

4. i love the idea of a digital sabbatical. it doesn’t suit my lifestyle at the moment as i will need the internet for university studies, and most importantly, to keep in touch with friends and family abroad through skype. the point of a digital sabbatical is to take more time to interact with people. i might modify the sabbatical to my own needs. i’m putting this idea out there; more details to come when i have a sense of my schedule.

5. i try to balance posts with lots of text to posts with lots of pictures, but i’m going to try to put at least one picture in every post. i’m a visual person and i like to see posts with pictures. it’s a shame that picture books or books with pictures are considered less sophisticated than those without. in fact, i love ‘illustrated editions.’ two i have in my library are

the da vinci code, illustrated edition by dan brown

and shakespeare: the illustrated edition by bill bryson

and if anyone needs convincing on the power of picture books, antoine de saint exupéry’s le petit prince is a true converter.

or go one step further and try the pop-up version :)

images: http://www.bn.com, http://www.6shooter.co.nz, http://www.amazon.com