February 2014 Obsessions

This February came to an end. What were my obsessions last month?

I start with Kevin KO Olusola’s new song with one of his numerous bands, Tryptiq. This song is currently N°2 in iTunes’ classical chart. I am a huge fan of KO.

This month, during my short stay in Hungary, I have been twice to the Opera in Budapest, and I have been obsessed ever since. The experience is completely different from the ones in, say, the Opéra Garnier or Opéra Bastille, and it is worth stressing how inexpensive the tickets are. I also saw a very avant-garde performance at the Music Academy Franz Liszt, Mozart’s opera and sexuality. “Mozart was the first composer to malleably reproduce sexual desires and emotional seduction in music”. I won’t listen to Don Giovanni with such candid ears anymore.

And lucky me! I should probably wait until March Obsessions but the Metropolitan Opera is giving free trial right now to their application granting access to their performances.

I am also the proud owner of Marie Laure Chamorel’s tonal fringe earrings, great sensual statement pieces she describes as ” long, dangling earrings dipped in gold and ruthenium”. I love them. My fidanzato loves them. These earrings can be worn everyday because they go with every type of outfit, adding a touch of rock edge and pizzaz. Right into my hall of fame of essentials.

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Obsessions – Hungarian bracelet – Fondamentally 君悦

I got this bracelet in Budapest at a very cheap price. I can’t remember how much exactly. It is very special to me thanks to its Eurasian feel, with its colorful vintage Chinese open work cloisonne gold plated beads put together in an European christian form. This bracelet adds a pop of color to my bracelet collection.

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Obsessions – Artisans du Monde – Fondamentally 君悦

Another coup de coeur at very affordable prices : the costume jewelry sold at Artisans du Monde are fair trade and overlooked most of the time by the fashion savy. The golden cuff and ring upper left are made from smooth brass I think.  They come from the Bombulu workshops  and cultural center in Kenya.  The colorful earrings and necklace are made from brass, copper and buffalo bones pearls and come from India’s Tara projects.

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Obsessions – Artisans du Monde – Fondamentally 君悦

This turquoise necklace and earrings are made from brass, copper, iron and glass beads and come from Tara in India. They give this rot of color and pattern to any summer outfit. This spring, tribal makes another comeback and the costume jewelry bought at  Artisans du Monde give this vibrancy to any classical or plain outfit. Check the cover of Harper’s Bazaar below : Rosie Huntington Whiteley is wearing a tribal green necklace. I believe you can find similar statement pieces at Oxfam International or any fair trade organizations worldwide.

 

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Obsessions – Oxfam Paraguay fair trade sodas – Fondamentally 君悦

I also got these fair trade sodas in the Artisans du Monde shop. I know some people can’t stand the taste, but I actually like them and are nice alternatives to mainstream softdrinks. And how pop they are in your fridge…

 

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Obsessions – Artisans du Monde – Fondamentally 君悦

I live on green tea and dark chocolates and I enjoy finding alternatives for my diet routine. Again, why not buy fair trade daily staples?

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Obsessions – Alain de Botton – Fondamentally 君悦

Alain de Botton. Enough said. You just need to read any of his books or listen to his Ted talk or School of Life presentations on work, religion, love, architecture, sex, travels … Or subscribe to his tweets.  I came across Essays on Love in my late teens and since then, I have been waiting faithfully for his works because not only does he feed me with references but he makes me think.

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Obsessions – Current reads – Fondamentally 君悦

Fashionista wannabe paraphanelia… I brought back from London Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and they are always bigger issues than the French ones. Why? Don’t the French love to read too? I want more content in French magazines.

 

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Obsessions – Jacques Olivar – Fondamentally 君悦

Jacques Olivar‘s art moves me. It is accessible contemporary photography and its immediate beauty strikes me. The American Dream, Alfred Hitchcock, the contrasts between the young women dressed in designer clothes and the mundane backgrounds, the looks Olivar captures…

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Obsessions – Cosy wine – Fondamentally 君悦

A very fun find will bring to my friends’ : Cosy is not wine per se, it is not a dessert either. It is a wine that tastes like pastries! There are four tastes for the moment : lemon curd meringue, chocolate fondant, strawberry shortcake and chocolate and raspberry cake. This wine is to be drunk at the apéritif or with the dessert. Or instead of dessert! I love this product and I highly recommend it to you if you are a pastry lover.

Toodles!

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