18 September 2015

The Rashtapes: Vol II

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Feeling slightly nostalgic for jazz clubs, martinis and a magnolia behind my ear. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did when I put it together.

(Note: Apparently you need a Spotify account to play it, which I’m sure you already have.:-))

13 September 2015

How I learned to shower like a European

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istockphoto / MiguelMaro

It took a trip to Toggenburg to make me realize there was another way.

It had been a – by Swiss standards – a long ride. After arriving at the darling little rustic cabin in the mountains for a delightful weekend of freezing my ass off dashing through the snow, I made my way to the bathroom for a nice hot shower before bed. I scanned the 1960’s era decor and pulled back the lime plastic shower curtain that circled the tub on the inside.

I found the shower head, not poking out above me on the wall in front, but dangling from a shoulder-height holder.

“How am I supposed to get my head under that?”

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15 July 2015

Scenes from behind the camera, finally

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I normally don’t “yea me” that much, but this weekend was pretty special. After years of stops, starts and getting in my own way, I “directed” my first short (really, really short) film today based on an idea I’ve had in the back of my mind for a while. I’ll explain the story itself when everything is in the can.

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It’s weird to say “directed” because I don’t feel like I did anything. It was the crew, including two beautiful, talented and giving actors, who did it all.

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With that said, I’m on cloud 9 right now. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the actors, my co-workers and the dazzling crew who helped bring something in my head to life! More soon…after we make it out of post production!

By the way, life begins at 45.

7 July 2015

Barcelona find: Kokua ballerinas

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If you find yourself in Barcelona, you must (let me repeat, *must*) visit Kokua, a shop that sells only ballerina flats.

“Only” doesn’t do this shop justice. It sells every type of comfortable ballerinas you could imagine: from low key and classic to attention-getting works of art.

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The clincher for me was that the shop is family owned (at least according to its website…which looks like it hasn’t been updated for a while, unfortunately). Try your luck getting in touch on their Facebook page. I’m not sure if they sell online, but it’s worth a shot.

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I walked out with the fabulous ruby-red glitter covered darlings at the top for EUR 70. Nothing happened when I clicked my heels three times though.

Where’s Glenda the Good Witch when I need her?

Kokua Barcelona
Carrer de la Boqueria, 30 (Ciutat Vella off of La Rambla)
08002 Barcelona
Spain
(The address above is the main store. There’s another branch very near it, but I think it’s for stock overflow.)