Saturday, May 26, 2012

Documentarist website

I came across Documentarist a few months ago. This website is a gem. It features old black and white (and coloured) photos in really high resolution. REALLY high. Just click on any of them and be prepared to be amazed. I find myself going through dozens of photos each day. The ones above are some of my favourites all taken in Palestine during the early 1900s.. how precious are these? Feels like they were taken centuries ago.

- photos courtesy of explicit permission from the great people behind the website. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Spotlight on Kuwaiti talent: May Alkharafi

May Alkharafi has been absent from the Kuwaiti art scene for a while now because she has been super busy in New York getting her MFA in photography. And as I always say education > uhm ... everything really.

So naturally I was super excited when I stumbled upon her tumblr which has some of her recent works in progress. I know May from back in Kuwait, where she was one of the first ladies I know to sport a Nikon and was/is the proud owner of a groovy retro studio. If you've been there, you know what I'm talking about.

These are some of my favourite photos. I absolutely adore her style; conceptual meets mundane. She told me that she is currently working on her thesis, which is about the women of Kuwait. I simply cannot wait to see it, best of luck May.

- May kindly gave me permission to post a few of her photos here. Please ask her for permission if you want to repost her photos via her email I honestly feel stupid typing this but after what happened with f2o and her designs.. seriously!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Google doodle for Mother's Day

This is absolutely adorable.

ps. I am obviously obsessed with Google doodles. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Latest beauty addiction

I have been going gaga over these wipes. I had originally bought the small travel size when visiting California, and I was blown away by the invigorating smell. I am sure I cannot describe the scent accurately, but it is fresh, citrusy, subtly sweet, simply fab really. I have been using them to remove makeup and as a general pick me up. The wipes are sort of textured thus they mildly exfoliate your skin as well. They suit my sensitive skin, much to my surprise as I truly thought that the Neutrogena wipes were the only kind I could use.

 So good.

Get it from Sephora here.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Prince Charles presents the BBC weather

This put a huge smile on my face, he is absolutely charming. His voice reminded me of Graham Greene's, and such a lovely one it is.

- Thanks to Buzfairy for sharing this on her blog.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

school, doodles, rants and reading

So I'm almost done with this semester. One more paper to go. And then my self imposed hiatus will soon be over and I shall return. However, I couldn't resist the urge to rant a little about something I came across on Instagram recently..

MeBlogging took some photos of a girl called Ascia for a fashion boutique recently (click here for the post)... and on MeBlogging's Instagram people were going haywire about the Ascia's turban. Comments were lewd, crude and rude. Now here are my two cents:

1. What's it to you what people want to put on their heads, be it a trash can, a beanie, or a bunch of bananas?
2. If you value your opinion so highly and must spit it out, can't you do it in a civilized manner?
3. Entaw shako?
4. I think the turban looks lovely, Ascia (no idea if that's a real name or not) looks wonderfully hot and sophisticated. Masakeen me7tareen.. Allah yshafekom.

5. In all honesty, I was saddened but more inspired, because this girl has courage for putting herself out there amidst such a judgmental society. So kudos.

Until then, I leave you with my favourite Google doodle of the month: Howard Carter at King Tut's tomb

Also my favourite read this month: