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TEDxDelft will make sure to keep you young and inspired!

Just 1 days left till TedxDelft gets underway and I am so excited to be part of this very inspiring event! It will be a full day of BIG ideas, inspiration going on in little Delft.

So follow me Friday 5 October on twitter @susimenez as I live blog, tweet, film at the TEDxDelft.

This year TEDxDelft theme is ‘never grow up‘. Never stop asking questions, never stop wondering, always think of other ways to face challenges, always question why things are the way they are, keep wondering, keep on learning, always stay young, never stop dreaming, never stop doing, creativity by playing, work=play, gamification, living the dream, what do you mean, this cannot be done…inspired by Peter Pan

To give you a sneak peek of the line up, here are a few names I will be live blogging about.:

Pim van den Akker, Making everyday life extraordinary (presentation time: 12:42)

If you are into design, you don’t want to miss this presentation by the very talented Pim van den Akker. A Dutch designer who published his first book as his final thesis and then it went on to become an international best seller. Besides been recognized for his amazing floral design, he is also a furniture and lighting designer. I will be watching this presentation!

Arend Schwab – Why bicycles do not fall over (presentation time: 15:07)

Since I am not Dutch, but I do love riding my bicycle as my main mode of transportation in the city of Delft. I am sure there is more to discover about bicycle and why Dutch people can’t live without them.

Arend Schwab runs the bicycle mechanics lab and teaches mechanics at the Delft University of Technology. He has given academic talks related to his area of expertise in various universities all over the world. However, the concept of TED is relatively new to him.

Tom de Bruyne – I hate advertising and that’s why I’m in advertising (presentation time: 16:29)

Advertising is good and bad. How can I resist from such a title? Especially since I have worked in an advertising agency in Amsterdam and you can’t ignore that advertising is everywhere these days. Looking forward to sharing Toms presentation on advertising.

Tom de Bruyne, originally from Belgium, he studied clinical psychology, who ended up in the advertising world. He is passionate about making stuff with the ambition to excite people. Tom is founder and director at SUE Amsterdam, a start-up with the ambition to become an international creative agency for the digital era.

Spinvis – Cut up mini film stories disguised as pop songs (presentation time: 17:06)

Do not ask what the title means. I think we just have to listen to him and will figure it out by the end of his presentation. Erik de Jong, is better known as Spinvis, a one-man show using experimental and lo-fi (low fidelity) music. And has had great success in his home country, Holland… I don’t know if there will be much to blog about him during his presentation but I am sure it will be worth listening to while you are online.

Follow me on twitter @susimenez and to stay tuned with TEDxDelft.

Be inspired. Stay young with the live blog coverage of the TEDxDelft live, Friday 5 October.

Perhaps a DIY project for the weekend?

The interior of the living room makes me want to get creative. Find old stuff lying around and give them a second chance. So if you can get yourself to the beach, try to create a luminous,  DIY beach glass wind chimes to hang out your window or patio. Or a pretty DIY dreamcatcher using recycled material.

Let me know if you make one…have a good weekend!

Living room image via anthologymag  DIY dreamcatcher  wind chime 
image.

[ Photo by: Maurits Sillem/Getty Images, 2004 ]

Fashion legend, Italian journalist Anna Piaggi, was the very unique, original, eccentric fashion icons in my time. Sadly she passed away on Tuesday. She was 81. Her signature look was very flamboyant, theatrical and playful that matched her funky hats and somewhat blue hair.

[ Photo: Selecting images for Vogue Italia in 2004 ] …I love everything about this photo, the Art Nouveau backdrop and Anna Piaggi looking so impeccable while at work.

I remember seeing her year ago at the Sydney fashion week. At the time I was studying fashion and for someone like me who loves colour, mix and match clothing and texttures. I was in awe with her look, the most fascinating style I had ever come across. I was in my early 20s and felt so plain and borring :) She would have been around 69 at the time.

In the fashion world, Anna Piaggi influenced so many people over such a long period. Here are a few sketches, illustrations by other Anna Piaggi fans.
“the original punk grandmother” Illustration by Joana Avilllez

Sketch book inspiration by unknown artist (at least to me)

[ Photo by: Wayne Stambler / Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1970, and illustration by Olga Martin ]

[ Source: Sketchbook Magazine ]

[ Source: Sketchbook Magazine ]

What are you wearing today? Go back in time and see more images of Anna Piaggi here.

[ Other source found via: lobra and miista ]

Yummy desserts and pretty images, and I am loving the lemon macaroons in gentle tones — such a stylish and simple photo. { source via: Delectable Deliciousness }

It’s not often that I blog about food and recipes. But these two ladies make me want to talk about food. They don’t just post a recipe with a nice picture and voila!. Through their blogs you can find delicious recipes, stylish photos with lot of thought put into them — exqusite photos they are, that make my stomach roar and  my eyes feel dizzy!

The above and below images are from Aline Caron’s blog, My little fabric. She is a French photographer, stylist and designer — That’s probably why I spent ages browsing through her blog, admiring her use of cute illustrations and graphics added to produce rich images — so chic!

But do not worry if you can’t read French — it’s worth your time to check out my little fabric.

{ my little fabric source found via Jelanie’s blog }

Twenty-five years on and Paul Simon is back into my life! He is performing tonight (as I write) in Amsterdam. Such a shame I am not there, but lucky for me, I got to the chance to watch the film on TV last night and I can not stop thinking about it… Paul Simon is now 70yrs old and still singing in tune — just like I remember.

Under African Skies, is a new documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon’s beloved album, ‘Graceland’. The film is a musical journey, that reunites Paul with the original band members in South Africa. Racial and political problems tensions also plays a major role in the film.

BUT it’s the magic of the music — the collaborative effort between Paul Simon and the South African musicians — that inspired me the most. I felt bewitched by the end of the film, by the exquisite voices of the cappella group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “Homeless” — That explains why I included the precious photo of the little girl (see above picture) praying/singing. So sooth your soul and see the documentary.

If you are located in Holland, you can watch the full length documentary here
[ Images from left to right.: via here and here ]

TIKAU means sustainable and durable in Hindi. TIKAU is a finnish company that has a passion to help encourage and maintain traditional handicraft in Indian villages by working together and employing people there. … The products are beautiful, natural and I love the idea that if you buy a product from the TIKAU you are supporting sustainable development in India!.

Find out more about TIKAU Share project here: Design Helps Living Room is a Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 event, demonstrating and generating ideas about the ways that design can bring about well-being. The Living Room will present various other cases of how design can be applied to the empowerment and sustainable development of under-privileged communities.

[ images and source Tikau website ]

Breeze (2008), and La Chambre Rose (2003), Oil on canvas by Xi Pan from China.

This might be the first time you come across Xi Pan’s paintings .. it’s my first time too. Pan’s striking portraits of the women really caught my eye straight away. Her use of colour combinations and the gorgeous details of the patterns. She seems to capture a sense of tranquility in her work that i admire. … and feel on this rainy day.

With some films there is no need to write a movie review, except to say, “you should just see it and enjoy it”. Moonrise Kingdom is one of those films that I need to see it again because I simply love Wes Anderson´s divine world and visionary storytelling; it is very unique and he has an easily recognizable style: Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

“I prefer stories with magic powers in them. Either in Kingdoms on earth or foreign planets. Usually, I prefer a girl heron, but not always.”  – Suzy

See it, enjoy it, step back in time – the 1960´s, relive your childhood memories and laugh a little. I hope you also fall in love with the young runaway lovers, Suzy and Sam.

[ Posters by: The Rushmore Academy, found via: Indie Wire ]

{ Above photo by: Susan Jimenez }

Meet the blogger event in Amsterdam was a full day of inspiration, meeting other creative blogger and taking part of workshops presented by successful bloggers and them sharing their tips and experience. It was fantastic experience and my head was buzzing for days with positive thoughts and inspiration from the 1 day event. … And I couldn´t not have asked for a more exquisite location that the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam.

There were quite a few guest speakers on the day but the keynote speaker, who is a hugely successful blogger, Frida Ramstedt of Swedish interior design blog Trendenser inspired me the most. Frida is an amazing business woman who has written books, done TV presentation, radio interviews, worked together with interior designer magazines, helped put out Ikea’s first catalogue for the iPad, and has recently created her own iPad magazine.

Frida talked about building your brand, finding your niche and becoming an expert at something: ‘Don’t focus on what you can’t do today. Focus on what you want to be able to do tomorrow’ and a great tip to find your passion: ‘Where does your mind go when it wanders?’.

Have you spotted me by now?
Later on the day I sat through two workshops; Blog Styling by Pippa Jameson and Product Photography by Yvonne Eijkenduijn. Both of them had something very good tips to share on improving your blog and photography styling. What makes a good picture? Every picture tells a story.

{ Bloggers from left to right: Frida Ramstedt, Pippa Jameson, Danielle de Lange and Yvonne Eijkenduijn }

{ Photographer: Jurriaan Hoefsmit – see the rest of the photos by meet the blogger: here }

Polyhedra Helmet made completely from 80gsm paper by Talia Jimenez for her university project. Who is Talia? Well, how long do you have? She is my beautiful and talented niece that will be visiting me very soon!.…Anyway, this is a stunning piece of art work that must have taken hours to just make one! It’s such a delicate piece of art work that i wished i could get closer to them to appreciate every little piece on its own. And search for my favourite, perhaps the butterfly print one? Or maybe I can borrow one?

Inspired by the Japanese animated film, The secret world of Arrietty. Talia had this to say about creating her project, “The task was to create a helmet for Arrietty to wear on her midnight excursion `above ground´ to the world of humans. It would need to protect her from the perils of small creatures who scuttle around in the dark. Arriety loves the garden and is always making the dangerous journey across the lawn to the bay leaf tree. She often carries leaves able her head to act as a camouflage. She would need a helmet to camouflage her from the whooping magpies above and the prying eyes of humans.”

Oh I really would like to have a couple of them and place them between one of my plants – just in case Arrietty comes for a visit and needs protection!. I love the concept! ….What are your thought?

The Secret World of Arrietty, Kari-gurashi no Arietti, original title (Karigurashi means borrower in Japanese) Written by Hayao Miyazaki (creator of Spirited Away) and Keiko Niwa, based on the novel The Borrowers by Mary Norton. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi.

Curious to see the movie now? Discover Arriettys world here: YouTube Trailer

{ Polyhedra Paper Helmet Photos by Talia Jimenez, 2012 }

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