CHANGE

Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.

This applies to so many aspects of life. The fear of the unknown should not hold us back from evolving. A time will come when staying the same becomes unfeasible and then the fear of change becomes insignificant. Yes there is the chance of failure, but why ignore the possibility of success?

What if I fall? Oh but my darling but what if you fly?

What are you most afraid of?

Mademoiselle Privé!

The first time I came across the name Saatchi was on the dailymail, where Lord Saatchi spoke about his unbearable grief at his wife’s death. It was so heart rendering that I never forgot about it.

When I was invited to the Saatchi gallery for a Chanel exhibition, I said oui oui without any hesitation. The exhibition called Mademoiselle Prive (Private miss) details the life and career trajectory of the Matron Saint of tweed and pearls- Gabriella Coco Chanel.

I love Mademoiselle Chanel because she brought about a change. She did not like the clothes of the time, and so she changed it. Simple. No whining. No sitting around saying “Oh somebody needs to invent something that…” I admire that a lot.

All exhibitions at the Saatchi gallery are free, which explained the long lines. The queue to get in was quite long, similar to the queue at an amusement park, although not as frustrating. I finally got in and began the procession through the exhibition. There are about three floors (including the ground floor) and we could only go forward. It was a decent show, great value for my money (haha). There were lots of pearls, shadow animations depicting the dressmaking process, a beautiful indoor garden, display of exquisite dresses and a gallery of different stars from Vanessa Paradis to Lily collins (even Rita Ora). Speaking of Lily Collins, just how beautful is she?

A short movie starring a resurrected Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfield was played on a loop. In it, Chanel and Lagerfield disagree about the direction in which the brand is going. Chanel is dissapointed in Karl’s vision and the direction in which he has taken Chanel. Lagerfield tells her she did not leave him much to work with and that he is under more pressure than she was. It was interesting.

The absolutely best part of the day for me was the gift shop. I was not even planning on going in because I didn’t think I would like anything and I hadn’t planned on spending money. Boy was I wrong. I wanted everything in there. From paintings to wall art to artsy memo pads and journals to a whole bunch of other things. It was a challenge to control myself, I was contantly picking things and then putting them back. I ended up with a Basquiat, and a bunch of post cards, most of them of Salvador Dali (I adore this man!). I am still surprised at the 180 degree I have done regarding Basquiat’s work. I, who once refered to his work as juvenile and overrated, now squeals in excitement when I walk into a shop and see an affordable piece of his work. Even though the first impression may be that they are childish, I now find his work so beautiful. Basquait’s pieces are just so distinctive, no one else does/did art like he did.

There is a Mademoiselle Privé app which allows people to have a more interactive experience and to see things they would not be able to see without it. For example, there is a door pictured in the gallery which opens when viewed through the app. The app can be downloaded with the free wifi offered at the gallery. I did not download the app though because my battery was close to dying, so I just surreptiously watched through other people’s phones.

The Mademoiselle Privé exhibition runs till November 1st. If you are in London, check it out, and other exhibitions at the Saatchi gallery.

:'( :”(

I eat healthy all day long,

Snacking on nuts and fruits

Controlling my portion sizes

Drinking nothing but the purest H2O

And then just before midnight,

As I prepare to rest my weary (but healthy) bones

I am assailed by the strongest craving

for pasta, rice, ribs, steak, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza, Curry, Naan bread, Pancakes, Chocolate banana crepes, ice cream, Shawarma, gummy bears, Ewedu, Fried yam, Plantain, malteasers, and cheese. Oooh lots of drawy, ooey, gooey, delicious cheese.

Merde.

Happiness is NEXT to Offensiveness

Happy girls are the prettiest girls– Audrey Hepburn

What comes to mind when you see this quote? To me, I interpret it as a kind way of telling people to dwell more on our inner happiness than our outer attractiveness. I read this as saying that happiness radiates from within and brightens our exterior. I do not see it as a slur to mentally ill people. But apparently some people do.

Clothing retailer NEXT recently found itself in lukewarm water because of its line of shirts that have Ms. Hepburn’s quote printed on them. The offended people claim the shirts could put pressure on those dealing with mental health issues.  A feminist group and mental health charity were tagged.

This is so ridiculous. Why would a shirt with such a simple message put pressure on those with mental issues? Do we now get rid of anything that we cannot relate to? Should we get rid of cartoons, minions, smiley face emojis and anything that could put pressure on people to be happy? Does the fact that there are unhappy people mean that the message is offensive? Is there a message that perfectly captures everyone?

One of the offended said “It suggests to me that for girls being pretty is worth more than being happy.” And it all makes sense now. This is a simple case of misinterpretation. If the shirts had the quote: “Pretty girls are the happiest”, then the outrage would be somewhat justified. But the quote does the opposite, it suggests that for girls, being happy is worth more than being pretty.

I was disappointed to read that NEXT decided to pull the line of shirts. Has no one got a backbone anymore?

Happy people are the most beautiful. I fully agree. I have never seen a person who smiling or laughing heartily that did not look wonderful.

What do you think? Is the message offensive? Was NEXT right to pull the line of shirts?

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” Audrey Hepburn

 

Zumba

Zumba class today was awesome! We got a new instructor and I hope he stays forever. Our former instructor used only Latin music which was good, but this new one does everything. We did Samba, Cha cha, Salsa, he even played a Nigerian song. There were lots of sexy moves, we Burlesqued to Christina Aguilera’s I am a good girl and stretched sultrily to Michael Buble’s rendition of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good. Let me tell you something, Michael Buble’s voice is sex. I might be pregnant now.

This is definitely one of the more fun workouts I have done in ages. I was about to cross off Zumba from my workout timetable but it is definitely back on.

I had oats again for breakfast, and I took it one notch higher by eating it with no milk (just an egg and strawberries). I was surprised to find out that it was okay. Not as delicious as it would have been drowned in full cream milk and sugar, but not as horrible as I expected. I think this is the crowning moment of my fitness journey. If I can eat oats like that, I can do anything. Off to get some brown rice and brown pasta.

Adios!