In the dark disturbia of “the Scottish Play”, James McAvoy appears as Macbeth: a manic-depressive lord, a fervent husband, and a treacherous friend. Moving from passionate and expressive in the first part to detached and unaffected in the second, he delivers a series of intense monologues and portrays a highly complex personality.
James McAvoy in Macbeth, West End2013-02-28
Beating blahs with orchids
Dave, the sea dog
Soviet gaiety in London
Hail to the King
One thousand hits
Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde
Magic hour in Regent’s Park
Luxury is personal
Your heart on your heels
What I wore to see Jude Law
Russian Ball at the Royal Albert Hall
Magical afternoon at Hogwarts
Oh London, you flirt!2013-12-23
Paris may be sexy. New York has its ways too. But London, in my opinion, is the most flirtatious city in the world. London doesn't just flirt with you: it charms you right up to the point until you fall for it. It lures you in with its beautiful winter sunsets the colour of vintage pink champagne, delights you with its mysterious greens and elegant bridges, and puts a spell on you in December with its bright Christmas lights, festive sparkles, and intricate illuminations.
Happy New Year!
Swimming with turtles
100 Happy Days: Day 1 -- Cirque du Soleil
100 Happy Days: Day 2 -- Giselle at Royal Opera House2014-01-26
Day 2 of the 100happydays challenge: today I am going to bed truly, irrevocably happy because I got to spend an evening with amazing friends I made since I'd moved to London.
100 Happy Days: Day 12 -- Ray of sunshine
Shopping in Barbados2014-02-15
As far as bloggers go, I ought to be the most disorganised and unpredictable. After spending my Christmas in Barbados, it would have been logical to blog about it for a week or two, but instead I started the #100happydays challenge and got extremely sidetracked.
100 Happy Days: Day 13 -- San Francisco
100 Happy Days: Day 14 -- Sunset in San Francisco
100 Happy Days: Day 15 -- Suburban America
On Top of the World
100 Happy Days: Day 16 -- Build-a-Bear2014-02-24
Day 16 of the #100happydays challenge. If you are a business woman and your week is a busy succession of meetings, networking events, and focusing exercises, by the end of your Friday you are ready to sign up for any activity that would help you relax and recharge.
100 Happy Days: Day 17 -- Message in a bottle
The Grand Budapest Hotel
100 Happy Days: Day 18 -- Anniversary of my blog
Frank Sinatra Party
Passion for the exotic
100 Happy Days: Day 19 -- The Rosie Project
100 Happy Days: Day 22 -- Gardening
The Spies Came in from the Cold
Fashion trends: animal print
100 Happy Days: Day 23 -- Only Child Day
Falling in love
Fashion trends: Love or Hate?
Kurobuta Marble Arch
Memories of an Island
Buda... Buda... Budapest!
The World of Pretty
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk2014-05-19
This year, London is a fashion-lovers’ paradise: it all started with the Pearls Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, moved on to the Italian Glamour Show, and carried on dazzling our poor little souls with the Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican.
Every Wallflower is a Wildflower
Fashion trends: sweatshirt
100 Happy Days: Day 3 -- Same Love at the Grammy's2014-01-28
Day 3 of the 100happydays challenge: what made me happy tonight was watching the highlights of yesterday's Grammy Awards ceremony and mainly the performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
100 Happy Days: Day 4 -- Making new friends
100 Happy Days: Day 5 -- Silent Disco at Science Museum2014-01-30
Day 5 of the #100happydays challenge. Our plans for tonight were simple: go out for dinner, have pasta, moan a lot about the weather, the lack of sunshine, the sheer greyness, the utter dreich.
100 Happy Days: Day 6 -- The Smell of Quinces
100 Happy Days: Day 7 -- Moscow Soloists and Yuri Bashmet2014-02-03
Day 7 of the #100happydays challenge. I find it difficult to find words to describe my feelings after the performance of the brilliant Russian conductor and violinist Yuri Bashmet and his chamber orchestra at London Barbican.
100 Happy Days: Day 8 -- Windsor
100 Happy Days: Day 9 -- Macarons and Mimosa
100 Happy Days: Day 10 -- Book of Mormon
100 Happy Days: Day 11 -- Nothing says love more than...2014-02-14
Day 11 of the #100happydays challenge. Nothing says love (yourself) more than...
Beach that inspired Virginia Woolf
Sunshine in Notting Hill
Fashion of Notting Hill
Fashion trends: tartan
For the love of sausage dogs
Sushi and sake
100 Happy Days: Day 20 -- International Day of Happiness2014-03-20
Day 20 of the #100happydays challenge.
St Ives Harbour
100 Happy Days: Day 21 -- Sunday Lunch
The Ring Series by Charlotte Posner
The Monastery of Panagia Evangelistria, Skiathos
Royal Ascot Races 2014
Kastro Beach, Skiathos
Skiathos Dog Shelter
Book(worm)s about Town
Paris: one day in the life of a hungry blogger
Paris: French charms
Paris: Le Marais
Rose Garden in Regent's Park
Life is Ebbing Away
Norway: waterfalls and coastal villages
Bergen: umbrella city
Tower Poppy Memorial
Norway: food, fun, and friends
Washington, DC: White House
Washington, DC: Jefferson Memorial
Christmas in Thailand
Fashion trends: fairy tale
Big Buddha and Wat Chalong
Buddha Cave Temple
In the jungle, the mighty jungle
Champagne Afternoon Tea in Mayfair
Kindness is your superpower
Chelsea Flower Show 2015
Chelsea in Bloom 2015
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Silent discos in London
Style of 1920s
London Fashion Week 2015
Alluring Orchids Festival
Bushy Park and Isabella Plantation
Burgundy wine with Saint Laurent
All aboard Hogwarts Express
Skiathos island and squid-ink houmous
So long to Greece!
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Once in a blue moon in Vienna
Last day in Vienna
Fall fashion: burgundy hues
Baku: Old Friends, Old City
All about Shakespeare
Enchanted Forests of Devon
Audrey Hepburn in London
Dior: an alternative dream
Shoes: pleasure and pain
Fortnum & Mason2015-12-23
Established in 1707, Fortnum & Mason is my favourite destination for Christmas shopping. Selling everything from chocolates to perfume and from elegant hats to kitchen appliances, this shop has been the darling of British Royals and Harrods-hating locals. I love bringing my overseas visitors here: the store epitomises the quirky Britishness and the nation's imperial past.
Boxing Day 20152015-12-27
Days after Christmas is the time we all make New Year's resolutions. Exercise more, read more, focus better. We strive to add many extra things to our schedule, often forgetting that we are already stretched to the limit and simply do not have anything more to give. In my opinion, most New Year's resolutions fail not because we lack willpower but mainly because we do not have enough bandwidth left. If you want to do more, you have to start doing less.
Happy New Year!
After the holidays, as we all get back to the dark bleak reality of January, we start thinking that perhaps all that whinging about Christmas starting earlier every year had been totally pointless. So what if Selfridges put up its Christmas signs in July? They only did that to please our summer tourists and give them a chance to stock up on some glittery paraphernalia before they go back to their home countries.
Holland Park in winter2016-01-07
Winter in London is a melancholic time. Trees are reaching their sharp black branches out to the grey and heartless sky, soil is frozen to the core and covered in withered leaves, and playgrounds, normally full of cheerful little Londoners, stand deserted.
I love animals but I have always hated zoos. I hated them from afar -- up until last January, I had never visited a zoo in my life. To me, they were the embodiment of our anthropocentric society where the man is the king and the rest of nature is to be dominated. I associated zoos with pain and captivity. I'd always ask myself how can anyone be happy unless they are free?
Singapore Sky Park2016-01-13
Small, safe, and cosmopolitan, Singapore makes travel very easy. I came to Singapore after spending Christmas and nearly 10 days in the jungle of Thailand. I was ran down by some weird flu and tired of being away from home. All I needed was good sleep, healthy food, and some exercise. Yet, I couldn't find it in myself to sort it out myself -- self-discipline is a powerful mental tool and I seemed to have been applying it to wrong tasks.
Singapore Botanical Gardens2016-01-15
Happy Friday, my dear readers! Have you got anything exciting planned for tonight? Perhaps you're still hibernating in your pyjamas? Well, whatever you had planned for today, now you have an option of pouring yourself a cup of tea, grabbing a biscuit, and joining me for a leisurely afternoon stroll around leafy and colourful Botanical Gardens in Singapore. Check out my photo-essay and let me know what you think!
Masquerade at Royal Academy of Arts2016-01-30
It is hard to stay happy and glamorous in January. Between the cold and the rain, the grayness and tax bills, how can one remain cheerful and sociable? For me, this month was full of slightly annoying happenings: this blog being blocked (or at least inaccessible) in my home country, my to-do list piling up ceiling-high, occasional disappointments with people, and other events getting in the way of my inner peace.
Revelations at Saatchi Gallery2016-02-05
"Good art... forces you to pause, to contemplate, and to think harder about your surroundings." This quiet morning my surroundings consisted of over-staffed Kings Road boutiques, timid attempts by little shops to entice you with Valentine's Day sales, and the grey loneliness of London streets. Life in the city can be both exhilarating and taxing. I remember when I first moved to London, I couldn't sleep for nearly three months -- so great was my fear of missing out on something exciting.
Stereophonics in London2013-12-01
Thursday night was the night I was supposed to be recovering at home after yet another long transatlantic flight. I knew that any minute now, waves of jet-lag will crush me under their weight, building in me a sharp desire to drop snoozing on the first horizontal surface I encounter (true story!).
Stockholm: white dress and black grave2016-04-26
A stranger is travelling through a new town and walks into a cemetery. Wandering among graves, he notices a bizarre pattern: one grave says 1982-1988, the other — 2001-2004, third — 2005-2007. It appears that people in this town live only 6, 3, 2 years. Some lived only 1 year, others maybe 10. Bewildered, he approaches a lady who is tidying up around the graves. "Why, he says, people in your town die in infancy?"
What Margarita can teach us about body confidence2016-08-08
Thinking yourself ugly ties you down and stops you from growing and releasing your full potential, argues the TED Talk my friend forwarded to me recently. Seventeen percent of women would not show up to a job interview on a day when they weren't feeling confident about the way that they look. Women who think they're overweight, regardless of whether they are or they are not, have higher rates of absenteeism. Ten thousand people every month google, "Am I ugly?" Don't try it, you will become the ten thousand first…