desk flora

Dearest ______,

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

(H.L. Mencken 1880-1956)

Flowers on people’s desks at the office: E’s fabulous nail art, Lydia’s lovely coasters, a cup of tea. Call me a cynic- but I always look at both sides of any picture. Where there are flowers, I can’t help but look for a few thorns. In Mencken’s words, a coffin, maybe. But people forget that there is also beauty in death. I’m being an optimist here, if you can believe it. The way I see things, dying is a form of returning to the Earth; coming home to your Father. Going full- circle.

So when one thing ends, there is always something else that begins.

Gracefully accept this concept; peacefully succumb to continuous change… because while it is terrifying, it is something as natural as life itself.

Love,
Karlita

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doll of the day: Super E

Dearest ______,

When we all have had our share of  life’s disappointments, it is only too easy to become cynical and negative with the universe.  Letting go is relatively easier than holding on, after all- more so when things get shaky.  Given the many failures all over the world today, it is then the greatest super power to have a disposition as happy as our Doll of the Day E’s.  She’s Super E, I should say, because her powers of infectious positivity and crazy cheerfulness are sometimes the only things you need during a bad day.  If you’re  a little stressed today, let Super E save the day!

With her super kawaii sense of style too.

Karlita:  If  it could really happen, who among these lovely men would you date and why:

Bruce Wayne (mysterious, elite, Batman)? Peter Parker (nerdy, shy, Spider Man)? or Clarke  Kent (a gentleman, the boy- next- door type, Superman)?

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doll of the day: Gen

Dearest ______,

There are very few people who have Spring naturally and genuinely implanted in their systems.  By this, I mean people who have such vibrancy and colour in their personalities that one cannot possibly imagine a more perfect season for them than this season in bloom.  One such person is Gen from work, and everything about her- language (both speech and body), the spring in her step, and her zestful sartorial choices- will tell you straight off the bat.

In fashion, as in any form of art, there is real inspiration on how one can live as bold as the patterns of her dress, as adventurous as the choices she makes in colour and cut, and as high- spirited as the collections of Spring – Summer 2012.

Karlita:  You studied Architecture in New York, a place which completely changes for all four seasons of the year.  Did you like Spring at all?  If so, what was the best thing about it?

Gen: I actually studied Architecture at SCI-ARC in Los Angeles, where the seasons weren’t so definite like NYC. In LA, it seemed to be Spring all the time! Maybe that’s why everyone there’s always cheerful. Maybe that’s why its my favourite season!  Haha.  I think the best thing about it, fashion- wise, is that you can inject anything odd into your attire and pull it off easily since you need at least a couple of layers in spring. You can’t slack off and be too casual with t- shirt and shorts like Singapore Summer, yet there’s no need for exaggerated puffy coats like Winter either…

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dolls

Dearest ______,

When I said we have dolls at work, you didn’t really think I was kidding, did you?

Vintage porcelain toys from the Victorian era (1800's), spotted at a museum.
This doll from work, E, is hopefully not as old as the dolls above, but with skin as luminous as this, she might as well be made of porcelain!

These antique dolls had their very own couturiers, mind you. Back in the day, children from good families used to have these custom- made, probably fashioned after their mothers and other such genteel, fashionable folk. Can you imagine how exquisite these things are, how detailed, and very personal? Sometimes that’s what’s haunting about these dolls… their eyes, especially. You always have this strange feeling that they’re somehow alive…

Okay, enough hibijibis around here! Ultimately,dolls are dolls:

Def. Slang

a. An attractive person.
b. A woman.
c. A sweetheart or darling.
d. A helpful or obliging person.
This is Nini. See, even her name sounds like a doll's name!

It’s Friday the 13th today… But take none of its proverbial creepiness!

…and let’s just look for enough good time and beauty all around us today!

TGIF!

Love,

Karlita

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all that glitter(s)…

Dearest ______,

are shoes, apparently.

A proliferation of sparkly shoes at the office the other day:

Caged.
D's spots. Loved this particular series from last year.
E's champagne ballerinas- this shade of bling miraculously works well with all types of clothing.

If we tried to move quickly with the lights, we could’ve fashioned some form of shiny disco ball…  or a miniature Taylor Swift concert right on our feet.

Love,

Karlita

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elementary my dear watson

Dearest ______,

I know the great sleuth never actually said that in Arthur Conan Doyle’s books, but hey, they’ve made some pretty good movies with that line too.

I’m re- visiting a very important part of my childhood so it seems, by re- reading the many stories of Sherlock Holmes. This time, I’ve let down my guard and finally started reading from my I.Pad. It still feels a little weird, since I’ve been wrestling with the idea of putting down real books for a screen, for months now. When I saw that they had almost every piece of classic literature on iBooks (and for free!), I was a goner. My first (re) read on the I.Pad was Jane Austen over the weekend. I swear, my real bookshelf was mocking me from the corner of the room.

So far, the best thing about reading on an electronic device was that Holmes, Watson, Jones, et al kept me company until the wee hours of dawn, even with stark darkness all around my room. I can’t tell you how gratifying that felt… it was like holding up a flash light under bed sheets while reading Nancy Drew way past your bedtime!

From The Red Headed- League, Holmes only had this to say to his long- time friend, the good Doctor:

It saved me from ennui,” he answered, yawning.

“Alas! I already feel it closing in upon me. My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence.

These little problems help me to do so.”

And how could we possibly disagree with one who has, albeit fictitiously, lived in a world full of curiosity, challenge, and adventure?

Love,

Karlita

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