Donnerstag, 28. Februar 2008

... more than 1000 words

They say, that a picture says more than a 1000 words. A picture paired with six words is something so mindblowing beautiful that I tried it myself.

I wasn't able to put my life into six words so I tried with the last month. This is February.

Talking about word I come directly to letters, type and typography. Latetly I wrote a letter by hand and I noticed that my hand had become stiff. I write too many emails. I really envy people that have a nice handwriting and I admire handlettering.

I specially love the unique look.

You say you cannot do this? A four-year-old can. :-)

Go, loose the stiff hand! To know which Fonts suits you best, take the quiz:
Typecast Yourself!

Have a good Friday and a better weekend, Belle

Freitag, 22. Februar 2008

Forcing Spring

We all know that one swallow doesn't mean springtime is coming, but, as the end of February is coming, I can count the typical Italian signs for spring: sales are nearly over, shops propose summer clothing (a lot of bright colors this year: yellow, pink and lime green), girls starting to eat "salad without dressing, please".
In the same time temperatures are still a little low. I need spring, now!

Josh McKible makes these wonderful birds, you can choose between several types, there is even a pigeon (but no swallow). I, certainly, took the Belmondo-typ, who could ever resist a cool French guy? ;-)

Then, as I said before, spring and summer means to abandon the old, the grey, the dark. Colors! Personally I find it difficult to dress colors and used the “all black” tactic for years. One, because it’s so easy, second, as a Designer you are nearly expected to dress black. But for some time I am trying to add color in my style so I couldn’t be more delighted when I found this. Five New Yorkers who wear only one color all day, every day (and it’s not black).

I cannot decide for which color I should go, maybe the blue.

Have a good Friday and a better weekend, Belle

Mittwoch, 13. Februar 2008

So, did you have a good Valentine? Or did it just pass you without any signs? Well, I want to talk about love for another week.

Obligation without love creates annoyance,
Responsibility without love creates insensitivity,
Justice without love creates harshness,
Truth without love creates fault-finding,
Cleverness without love creates deceit,
Kindness without love creates hypocrisy,
Order without love creates pettiness,
Expertise without love creates obstinacy,
Power without love creates cruelty,
Honour without love creates vanity,
Possession without love creates avarice,
Faith without love creates fanaticism… (Lao-Tse)

I came across these words some months ago and I kept thinking about how values become bad if they lack love. Even more I was fascinated about the turnaround way: if we add love to bad things they can turn into values. This sounds too simple to you? Actually it is that simple. Practicing and turning it into a habit is the difficult part.

Thanks to Eric Prince for this beautiful picture!

Around the world are a lot of people who took the habit to add love to the things they do. Take inspiration!
Rianna lives slow
Leo tries to live the golden rule
• The people from “we are what we do” believe that huge amount of tiny actions can create a better world

Have a good Friday and a better weekend, Belle

Freitag, 8. Februar 2008

Rose period

So Valentine is coming and you are still thinking about what you should do? Nothing in mind? Keep it simple! Let me say it with your mother's words: the important thing is that it comes from your heart. Really.
So the first thing to do is sit down, relax and think about what you love about your sweetheart, what made you fall in love. Think about how you met.

So, I am sure, you already know what you want to say/give to your sweetheart, right? ;-) Aw, I knew it.

Next: the Card. You hate all the sugarcoated cards that you can buy? So right. Try making one by yourself! This is surely a wonderful way to say "I heart You".

Second: Sweets! This is a tricky one: a lot of Girls love sweets but are on an endless diet. Invest in really, really good chocolate and buy less. Every bite will be a trip to heaven!

Your sweetheart is not a sweet tooth? Skip the chocolate and go for his/her favourit meal. Include the dishwashing in your treat.

Third: Flowers. No doubt, essential. Stay away from roses, they are just cheesy and overrated. More else get some flowers your sweetheart likes or a plant - it will live longer!

Help! I am single! I Hate Valentine!
Being Single at Valentines is hart, I know. But whoever thinks that Valentine is only for couples is wrong: love is everywhere - spread it.
Your Mom will be overwhelmed when she gets your Valentine, have a sister, a brother? When was the last time you told them that you really really love them?
Men: yeah I know, do it in a manly way, it's ok.
Women: you know what you should do :-)

So, have a good Friday and a better weekend, Belle

Freitag, 1. Februar 2008

I laughed so hard...

How come that I am nearly always posting films? Because they are funny!
This one is technical a film, but you read and hear it.
And this is funny – you’re gonna laugh, promised.

If you didn’t laugh, complain in the comments!

Have a good Friday and a better weekend, Belle