Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Bottled elegance

This post will hit the right notes with our CC. I was leafing through a glossy magazine the other day and admired the many ads for perfume showing exquisite bottles. I decided to look for some classic and special edition bottles for this post. I dare say some of these bottles are nicer than the fragrances they contain... Not to mention how the big houses have reformulated their well known classics, then lied about having done so, insulting the intelligence (and the nose) of the more discerning customer!

Hey Pallottine, here's one picture that may appeal to you, to make up for such a girlie post...

Tuesday, 3 March 2015


These photographs range from laid back pastels to very strong colours. They're very different, but they're all beautiful.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Amazing lake

This is Lake Retba (or Lac Rose), in Senegal. The colour is caused by Dunaliella salina algae, which produces a pink pigment, and it changes depending on the seasons. It's more pronouncedly pink in the dry season (Nov - June) and duller in the rainy season (July - Oct). The lake is separated from the Atlantic Ocean only by a narrow corridor of dunes and has a very high salt content, up to 40% in places. Salt is exported across the region by up to 3,000 collectors, men and women from all over Western Africa, who work 6–7 hours a day and protect their skin with "Beurre de KaritĂ©" (shea butter), produced from Shea nuts, which is an emollient used to avoid tissue damage.


Today I'm introducing a new way of celebrating readers' birthdays. There are only so many relevant cakes and cupcakes I can find for each person and I risk repeating myself, so on the first day of each month, I'll wish all readers, including lurkers, a very simple but heartfelt Happy Birthday! The bonus are the zodiac cookies...

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Sarah Moon

Sarah Moon used to be a model, known as Marielle Hadengue, who turned fashion photographer and changed her name in the 70s. I've never been a model (hahaha), but was very interested in photography in the 70s. Here are some examples of Moon's work in that decade. What impressed me was the ethereal quality of her photos, the large grain making them look like paintings. I still find them very beautiful.