Monday, July 20, 2015

ONCE UPON A TIME

Once upon a time there was a peasant girl who said yes to everyone. She was taught that being there for other people was the only moral compass a righteous man must follow. The only times she thought of her own pleasure was when she was singing. Her songs were a blessing to everyone who could hear them and the peasants loved them.

One day, the king asked if someone would cut their hair for his queen. His queen wanted to make the most beautiful dolls in the world. 
The girl thought: ''I should cut my hair. It's too long anyway and it's not like it makes me any special or cute.'' So she cut off her beautiful hair and the king organized magnificent party for the whole village to show appreciation for her sacrifice. Everybody applauded and approved the girl, but none wanted to really meet her, for the queen was the star of the party and the girl now looked too poor. ''It shall grow again'', she thought, ''It's more important to be a good person than to look pretty.''
The queen made beautiful dolls with beautiful hair, and soon she realised they would look even more pretty if they had real body parts. So the king made an offer-whoever gives one finger for the queen, his statue will be made in the centre of the village so that everyone remembers him forever, and his courage and selflessness shall become glorious. The girl thought, ''I have enough fingers, I could give one. It's not like I am anyone special and my hands don't serve this society enough.''
She gave one finger from the hand, and one from the feet. Another glorious party was held in the castle of the village, and everyone applauded the girl, saying: ''That was very brave. I wish I was brave like that'', ''There aren't enough people like you in the village'', ''But I don't remember the girl who cut her hair, is she here too?''. The girl thought:''Her dolls are beautiful and eternal, my fingers were worth it.'' 
Soon, she realised that life wasn't easy without  anyone around to help her with all the everyday work, especially when one doesn't have all the fingers. People from the village tried to stay far from her, being afraid their help would be needed and no one enjoys the freak company. They were more fascinated by the beautiful statue of the girl, expressing their admiration and appreciation in front of it.
The queen has almost finished her work, and the dolls were about to look spectacular. Still, they would look even more majestic if they had real tongues. So the offer from the king was made again: ''Whoever gives his tongue, this village will have his name and everyone shall remember the sacrifice of the brave person pronouncing his name for eternity.'' But this time the girl didn't want to sacrifice herself. She would though, if only she wasn't so fond of singing.
Since there hadn't been any volunteers, the king decided to search for the girl to make her give her tongue. He told her:''You have done so much for this village. If you give your tongue, the people shall remember and speak your name forever. Is there anything more kind than giving yourself to other people, and gaining such respect, honour and glory no man other than myself will ever have?''. ''But I'm dead if I can't sing, your majesty. I honour your offer and kindness, but please, take anything other than my tongue.'' The king was disappointed, angry and so afraid of the queen's reaction if he returned to the castle without a tongue. Being that weak, he decided to kill the girl. As the girl realised what was going to happen, she started to sing:

''Where love lives, there is no place for trade
I served my life and now it's late
this wasn't love, this was all hate
I'm not giving myself on the plate''

The king was so overwhelmed by the melody that he became speechless. He took the knife, cut his tongue off and went back to the castle. The queen asked the king who's tongue he had brought, but the king could not speak. When the queen realised it was his own tongue, she tore apart all of her dolls, demolished the statue and ordered a murder of the girl so that everyone forgets her unfortunate obsession. When the soldiers came after girl, she started to sing:

''one,two, three
none of us is free
for five six
the vanity exists
eight nine ten
it will cost you in the end''

The soldiers were astonished by the sound coming from the girls mouth. Before they realised, she had already been far gone and no one has ever heard a word from her again. The queen decided to execute the soldiers, and the music was forbidden from that day on until the queen herself died. 

Still, once in a year, the peasants swear they could hear the storm screaming the melody of the girl, singing: ''no more'' . Today, if you asked them about the king and the queen, they would not know. They don't remember the name of the girl either. They would tell you there was a fingerless and bold evil witch who enchanted the village with a song and escaped the death penalty. And the witch lived happily ever after in another kingdom. Peaceful and free.



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Love, Invitation to Inspiration

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SOMEWHERE ELSE, SOMETHING NEW


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Don't wake up honey, drink another glass
don't quit the game, don't let it pass
I will look after you, we will win another war
throw away your magazines, they make you feel poor.

You're home, you're home, don't run away
your teachers were wrong, you're perfect this way
you know what I'm talking about, you feel it's coming too
the sensation of belonging somewhere else, somewhere new.


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We're something new
we're cooler than the rest
we're warmer than warm
we're the worst and the best
with our sunglasses and hats
we rule this stupid town
like the kings and queens
like the fellowship of clowns.

I threw my hat and ran away
I got freaked from the crowd
got sober again
got me and I feel fine.




Love, Invitation to Inspiration

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

RED

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"When in doubt, wear red." - Bill Blass


Zuhair Murad

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FASHION, FUN & ROCK 'N' ROLL




Fashion was never just about glamor, it`s about making an attitude, expressing yourself through certain style. One could say the same about rock 'n' roll. Models have many times crossed the boundaries of the classic modelling and built their own public persona, becoming greater than fashion. We have picked our favorite legendary moments in the fashion history, starting from the 80's:






I should have been a rock star. But I can't sing.

It seems like this lady has never followed the rules of the fashion industry. She took advantage of her natural beauty and invented her own rules in the fashion game. Just until those same rules have taken its toll on her - her story finished too soon. Watch Angelina Jolie's brilliant performance in biographical movie Gia to get the clearer picture. Speaking of beauty, fame and the truth behind it.






Seymour was primary lingerie and hosiery model for relatively new Victoria's Secret company. She has modeled for many notable magazines and designers. In the early nineties, she dated a rock star Axl Rose and played the memorable roles in Guns N' Roses videos. Some great works of art were born from blending those two worlds, witnessing how fashion and music go hand in hand when in love.





She is almost like a rock star of the fashion world. From the start of her career in the early 90's she has completely modified the modelling industry beauty standards. And it's not just her looks that made her stand aside from the mainstream fashion world. Her lifestyle has always been related to rock 'n' roll culture. She was in a romantic relationship with Johnny Depp in his most rebellious (or hottest) phase. Around 2005 she dated Pete Doherty for a few years, the relationship which was followed by the press and which made them one of the most iconic couples (due to their wild lifestyle). Today she is married to Jamie Hince, guitarist from The Kills (it can't be a lawyer, can it?). Her career has gone upwards even in her darkest phase and through the years she has matured, keeping her coolness more than ever. Never following trends, always being just Kate. And that is why she cannot be imitated, or replaced, as a true fashion and pop culture icon.






In 2007, Deyn was featured on the cover of the Vogue magazine, being part of the new supermodel generation. She later appeared on many other famous covers and commercials, only until 2009 when she quit modelling in order to search for a different kind of lifestyle and career. She is definitely a face to remember, having a successful yet short modelling career, in addition to her unique sense of style and unconventional beauty. Why Agyness? Cause of her punk persona. She has been known for loving good music, singing, being in the band and stuff. Not enough? Well, Agyness doesn't care.






Britain's got talent, that's for sure. This model and British Vogue editor is a well known TV personality, as for her personal introspection and outspokenness concerning modelling industry. She is a muse to many fashion designers because of her distinctive fashion style. She was called ''Kate Moss'' of the new generation, but for Alexa Chung it was always about being herself and having her own place in the fashion world. She does have a few things in common with Miss Moss: she falls for talented musicians and has a great sense of style. Alexa proves that a girl can be rock 'n' roll and classy in the same time.

If you look back in history of the women who are most memorable and most stylish, they were never the followers of fashion. They were the ones who were unique in their style, breakers of the rules. They were authentic, genuine, original. They were not following the trends.
Nina Garcia


Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, Helena Christensen, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Karen Mulder and Stephanie Seymour, photographed by Peter Lindbergh for American Vogue, 1991



Maybe it's time for the new generation of models to break through. And by that we don't mean breaking the Internet, we mean changing the rules of the game, turning the mobile cameras off, bringing some fresh rock 'n' roll vibe into the fashion world. Cause that's when all the magic happens. 

George Michael-Freedom (Models: Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford; Director: David Fincher)

Both fashion and music promote together certain kind of lifestyle and have a huge cultural influence. Great fashion moments come from the inspiration instead of yearning for the attention.True sex appeal comes from the inside and it stays forever outside the box of the ever changing fashion trends. No filter or outfit can fake it. In the end, it's all about the attitude: fashion, fun & rock 'n' roll.



Grace Jones, 1985.


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Friday, June 5, 2015

GUILTY PLEASURE OR A CLASSIC

    

Today we witness hundreds of great TV shows that it's almost impossible to grasp them all. The actors, the critics and the public have proved that the form of a TV show can very often outbid the popularity of Hollywood movies. Recently there's been a mild vampire hysteria in pop culture, which made many people recall why watching  Buffy was more than a guilty pleasure.



A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions...It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness.
-Edith Wharton


We will not discuss here how the myth of vampire creatures has developed through the pop culture, but long before Twilight there's been a not so successful horror movie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The best thing that came out of this movie is the TV show with the same title. And we should be thankful for that.
You might be a fan of the show, you might have seen some of it, or you simply roll your eyes when you hear its title.



First thing: It's not about vampires. I mean, it is in a literal sense. But putting it in Sci-fi genre or any specific genre would be considered ignorant and lazy. The show equally carries the elements of drama, thriller, horror and sitcom. The fictional side of it is never arbitrary or unfounded, talking about parallel universes and mystical forces just to begin with.
The creator of this brave new world, Joss Whedon, is a perfectionist and a visionary. Nothing in the show seems to appear or happen for no reason. Even the number of the seasons, 7, is traditionally known to be the perfect magical number. 
Always succeeding to overcome the predictability and clichés, in fact, Whedon makes fun of the clichés, but he never makes fun of human ideals, presenting us all the modern demons this world never ceases to surprise us with. His humanist approach and brilliant mind is what makes this show one of the most original works of the TV production ever. And from wherever he drew his inspiration (popular culture, literature, art, music, theology, science, etc.) he proudly made a reference.




So yes, the director, the writers and the cast have together clearly created a classic. In addition to all of the above, the soundtrack made the show memorable too, placing the plot into a particular time and a particular generation.

As far as I am concerned, the first episode of Buffy was the beginning of my career. It was the first time I told a story from start to finish the way I wanted.
-Joss Whedon

Buffy: Does it ever get easy?
Giles: You mean life?
Buffy: Yeah. Does it get easy?
Giles: What do you want me to say?
Buffy: Lie to me.
Giles: Yes, it’s terribly simple.The good
guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are
easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.
Buffy: Liar.

The main character, Buffy, is a young girl who proves to be a true fighter. From the start we have this strong feminist aspect of the show before feminism was even cool. The first season from today's perspective may seem unoriginal or naive, but don't let the outdated production fool you-it's the sweet beginning of everything. The characters are still a little shy, the plot and  the dialogues are just getting warmer, wait until you get surprised for the first time and then get use to that feeling. Already back then, the show predicted an age of cyber world's contradictions, and don't even  get us started on bullying issues, parent pressure and all that high-school drama. The 90's fashion? Still relevant.



Giles: A vampire in love with a Slayer...it's rather poetic...in a maudlin sort of way.



                       



If you dislike the show after you have finished watching second season, then this is not a show for you. Now you pretty much get what this is all about. The second season has introduced some key characters to the show, and this is where the show has proven to be a promising classic. It even mocks its own topic-the vampires, but never close to becoming a self-parody. The relationships between the characters get more complex, the plot starts to revolve around intimate topics such as love, trust, maturing, coming up with some killer conclusions. Sarah Michelle Prinze's performance has been so painfully good that at this moment you realise there's no way turning back to life B.B. (before Buffy).


Mr. Platt: Well, tell me more about this guy. The Bad Ending Guy.

Buffy: He was my first...I loved him, and then he...
Mr. Platt: ...changed.
Buffy: Yeah.
Mr. Platt: He got mean.
Buffy: Yes.
Mr.Platt: And you didn't stop loving him. Look, lots of people lose themselves in love. It's no shame. They write songs about it. The hitch is, you can't stay lost. Sooner or later, you have to get back to yourself.
Buffy: And if you can't?
Mr.Platt: If you can't...Well, love becomes your master, and you're just its dog.



AngelusSpike, my boy, you really don't get it. Do you? You tried to kill her, but you couldn't. Look at you. You're a wreck. She's stronger than any Slayer you've ever faced. Force won't get it done. You gotta work from the inside. To kill this girl...you have to love her.

The season three continues the brilliance of the former season. The drama, the action, the surprises, the possibilities of the crazy and the impossible. Another appearance of the key character underlines the third season, kudos to Eliza Dushku. Director questions the sympathy spectators have for the characters. It's about the hard challenges and right moral choices in love and friendship. More than any other season, this one dramatically points out  the political and the corrupted side of the world we live in. But the director`s approval of forgiveness and belief in a better humanity never fails. The last episode symbolically closes one big chapter of the whole show, as of the life of characters as well, making them feel relieved for surviving their own adolescence.




Faith: When are you gonna learn, B? It doesn't matter what kind of vibe you get off a person. 'Cause nine times out of ten, the face they're showing you is not the real one.

Angel: Look, I'm weak. I've never been anything else. It's not the demon in me that needs killing, Buffy. It's the man.

Buffy: You're weak. Everybody is. Everybody fails. Maybe this evil did bring you back, but if it did, it's because it needs you. And that means that you can hurt it. Angel, you have the power to do real good, to make amends. But if you die now, then all that you ever were was a monster.

                           Angel: You still my girl?
                                    Buffy: Always.


The beginning of the season four and this whole new chapter is optimistic and light hearted.Very soon, the hidden fears and doubts characters have will come to the surface. The eternal confusion of those years where you have to define your life, learn to assimilate in a new surroundings and preserve your integrity. Talking about college, jobs, new relationships, old relationships. And even today there hasn't been a show that has brought up the subject of sexuality in such a delightful  way. James Marsters` kick ass performance gives to this season undeniably refreshing note. There's a constant battle between ''the old'' and "the new ideas''.  The show gets a whole new vibe with the scientific perspective of fighting ''the big bad'', with the conclusion that no technology could compete with the human soul. And no matter how powerful you are, you're powerless without friends. The end of the show announces in a David Lynch way all that there`s yet to come.







Spike: The point is, they were once a real powerful group. It's not a stretch to say they ruled the world. And when they broke up everyone blamed Yoko, but the fact is the group split itself apart, she just happened to be there. And you know how it is with kids. They go off to college, they grow apart. Way of the world.


In season five, the cast has been refreshed and you are yet to learn to appreciate these new faces. The director is questioning reality, or illusion of a settled life, settled relationships, settled home. He brings up true meaning of family. The season deals  with the feeling of loss, the subject of death, with more direct approach than ever, and this might be emotionally one of the most mature seasons of the show so far. On the other side, it's full of crazy twists, witty ideas and breathtaking performances. This is where the final condemnation of the misogynistic society and the overuse of technology happens to be. The character of Spike has again proven to be one of the wisest choices from the director and the writers, not only for this season, but for the show in general. Season five closes with thoughts of pure, unselfish love, which will stay the director`s favourite quest until the very end of the show.



Spike:You're not friends. You'll never be friends. You'll be in love till it kills you both. You'll fight, and you'll shag, and you'll hate each other till it makes you quiver, but you'll never be friends. Love isn't brains, children, it's blood...blood screaming inside you to work its will. I may be love's bitch, but at least I'm man enough to admit it.

Spirit Guide:You are full of love, you love with all your soul. It's brighter than the fire... blinding... that's why you pull away from it.
Buffy: I'm full of love? I'm not losing it?
Spirit Guide:Only if you reject it. Love is pain, and the Slayer forges strength from pain. Love... give... forgive. Risk the pain, it is your nature. Love will bring you to your gift.

The season 6 continues to intrigue the public emotionally with its presentation of life's struggles, keeping its warm and entertaining character. Since the huge demands have been put on the role of Buffy so far, now the inner fights of the other characters come into the limelight. Psychologically, season six deals with depression, addiction, anxiety, feelings of isolation. Sociologically, it condemns the rigid, bureaucratic system, as well as the restricted scholar system. Philosophically, it deals with our perception of the world, our role and people in it. This season might be one of the most challenging seasons of the show for many reasons. It was a brave attempt to bring the whole world of Buffy to the ground and it succeeded at its best.

Buffy: I touch the fire, and it freezes me
I look into it, and it's black

Why can't I feel?
My skin should crack and peel
I want the fire back.



Buffy: You must be so disappointed in me.
Rupert Giles: No. No, no, I'm not.

Buffy: But this is all my fault.
Rupert Giles: No. I don't believe it is. Do you want me to wag my finger at you and tell you that you acted rashly? You did. A-and I can. I know that you loved him. And... he... has proven more than once that he loved you. You couldn't have known what would happen. The coming months a-are gonna - are gonna be hard...I-I suspect on all of us, but... if it's guilt you're looking for, Buffy, I'm-I'm not your man. All you will get from me is-is my support. And my respect.



The final season is about the healing the old wounds, which is exactly what the characters needed. Some of the most touching scenes happen to be in the last season. Its about going to the core of their problems and the evil, in a literal sense of the word. You know those shows when they simply end and nothing is really explained, you just end up wondering why you spent all of your time watching all those episodes? This is not one of those shows.



The moral of the show is about overcoming personal issues in order to fight for a better world. It's about choosing to be strong and realising what kind of power we have within us. But there's never too much of moralization in the show . That's because the director never takes himself too seriously, he doesn't let his vision become pretentious. All of his characters, and I mean all of them, are primarily humans: they mock, they judge, they overestimate and underestimate themselves all the time. And what's the most likeable thing in them is that, no matter what happens, they stay together. I guess that puts Buffy into Sci-fi genre these days.


Spike: You listen to me. I've been alive a bit longer than you, and dead a lot longer than that. I've seen things you couldn't imagine, and done things I prefer you didn't. Don't exactly have a reputation for being a thinker. I follow my blood...which doesn't exactly rush in the direction of my brain. So I make a lot of mistakes. A lot of wrong bloody calls. A hundred-plus years, and there's only one thing I've ever been sure of. You. Hey, look at me. I'm not asking you for anything. When I say I love you, it's not because I want you, or because I can't have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are. What you do. How you try. I've seen your kindness, and your strength. I've seen the best and the worst of you, and I understand, with perfect clarity, exactly what you are. You're a hell of a woman. You're the One, Buffy.



Anya: And they have no purpose that unites them, so they just drift around, blundering through life until they die, which they-they know is coming, yet every single one of them is surprised when it happens to them. They're incapable of thinking about what they want beyond the moment. They kill each other, which is clearly insane... and yet here's the thing. When it's something that really matters, they fight. I mean, they're lame morons for fighting, but they do! They never... they never quit. So I guess I'll keep fighting too.



Whistler: Bottom line is, even if you see them coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's when you find out who you are.




Love, Invitation to Inspiration





Friday, May 29, 2015

ALL THE PRETTY WORDS

I would like to talk about the fire you hide so well
but they've stolen all the pretty words and put them into hell
The ashes cannot testify the show you performed
the bridges are burnt, you just keep moving on.

I don't know how you keep your strength and what does it cost
just to keep on burning after each and every loss
you smile, you shine you radiate then leave the show with grace
and the spark that burns so much has never burnt your face.

I don't know if you've heard by now the way people talk
cause there's too much of smoke no matter where you walk
they've stolen all the pretty words and put them into hell
the earth is empty and the way you rise no one can really tell.


Sally Mann-Candy Cigarette, 1989.



Love, Invitation to Inspiration



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ROCKING CHAIR...


" Built a moon
For a rocking chair
I never guessed it would
Rock her far from here..."


Ed Leedskalnin with His 18-Ton Moon Carving at Coral Castle
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Which one is your favorite?

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Rocking Chair by David Trubridge
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Cradle Rocking Chair by Richard Clarkson
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Luis JJ Rocking Armchair 
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Ica Contemporary Rocking Chair

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Wooden Rocking Chair

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Rocking chair_Rochus Jacob__green life
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" Well, memories will burn you
Memories grow older as people can
They just get colder
Like sweet sixteen..."

Love, ITI!