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femmegypsy finds: February 2013

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A child reminds us that playtime is an essential part of our daily routine.” – unknown

The highlight of February was definitely Valentine’s Day, I got so spoilt by Wes! (plus, have I mentioned how much I love these “hallmark holidays”?). Routine has been a big part of my month: I have started studying slowly but surely for the Level II of the CFA Examination and Wes and I have started spinning religiously. I am enjoying going to gym on a regular basis, something which I never have before but the very early mornings for studying…meh. I will get there.

Something that I am excited about is a recent collaboration with Creative Natives. They contacted me after I wrote about The Waffle House and asked me to rewrite something for their blog; take a look here. Anyway, I have been wanting to redesign my entire blog and although I have done so to a certain extent with the new look, I am still not satisfied. The look is cleaner and I love that posts and categories are easier to find but the text and header image is too small and it is just not, well, exciting enough. The design does not showcase who I am or what my blog is really trying to say (not that I really know either yet!) but as a running experiment and project I want to be proud of my blog. That is where Creative Natives steps in. I have bought my domain and they are helping me redesign the entire thing. I cannot wait  to have the final product out in the www! I have honestly become so addicted to this whole blogging thing and really would love to succeed and grow in this sphere. As I have mentioned on Twitter #watchthisspace.

In the meantime, here are a few links I found for you. I love sharing things I find interesting, informative, funny or pretty. Life is about sharing is it not?

I think it is safe to say that an enormous amount of energy and interest was spent on the tragedy surrounding Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp during the past few weeks and will be during the months ahead. I only read two pieces on this heartbreaking topic with which I agree and quite possibly wish I had written. Read and share them for some much-needed perspective:

Advertisers are incredibly blinkered and profoundly unable to think outside the conventional categories…Another problem for any media product that’s text-based rather than a moving picture is that South Africans don’t read. Andrew Donaldson once called South Africa a-literate, as in amoral: we can read, but we don’t…” – An interview with Tom Eaton, formerly of Hayibo on Wry Republic. So many points touched on in this interview with which I completely agree.

One of the sweetest engagement shoots I have seen and such a special but still “real” love story!

I found this awesome video clip on the Bangers and Nash blog - The spectacular time-lapse train trip is entitled “a journey through seasons”

The video was posted by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation originally and to check out the really cool 10-hour footage from the journey visit their website by clicking here.

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Bicycling ran a competition where readers submitted their “Your Ride” pictures. I wish I had known about it as I definitely would have entered some of our cycling pictures but I definitely will for the next competition. The 10 finalists’ pictures can be seen here. My favourites are number 3, 4 and 7 (most mountain bikers have had their own not-so-glamorous encounter with soft-sand!)

I might be somewhat guilty of this myself and will most certainly be more so after my brand new shiny beautiful iPhone 5 arrives in the next few days (excited much?) but this is too brilliant not to share: Pictures of Hipsters taking pictures of food.

“In the present day we are unabashed at the sight of a naked body, but have we lost the quirky humour of the 50′s and the 60′s; the surreal imagination of the 20′s; or the stoic athleticism of the war years’ industrial efforts?” - Nine decades of Vogue covers. Nine decades of women. I love these!

I create the same kind of havoc in the streets when I try to parallel park; a tiny car in in a narrow street in Naples causes quite a big traffic jam.

I only eat gluten-free food. Wes has been sugar-free for more than two months now as well as progressively moving into a gluten-free eating plan with me. Together we could be this family: Thank You for Inviting Us to Dinner: Please Be Aware of the Following Dietary Restrictions. This is funny and I hope I am not that bad at a dinner party friends?

On that note, “It shouldn’t be this hard.” One of my favourite bloggers wrote this exceptional post on eating gluten-free in Italy.

Extremely rare colour photography of early 1900s Paris. - This is incredibly beautiful and almost difficult to comprehend.

People are far too talented - sculptures made from the pages in books.

Tweets from the month (they can be found in my “Favourites” list on my Twitter profile):

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  • Ali

    Love the Vogue covers. Besides Vogue being the ultimate fashion bible, it chronicles the historical and cultural references of life and times. ‘Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.’ Coco Chanel

    • http://femmegypsy.wordpress.com femmegypsy

      Exactly!