0
Browsing Category

Inspiration

0 In Inspiration/ Video

The Handmaid’s Tale – a review

Handmaid 1

This is a review of the first three episodes of MGM Televisions new drama, The Handmaid’s Tale.

!!MILD SPOILER ALERT!!

Big things can come from small beginnings. A single stone thrown can lead to an uprising. One persons political views can change the whole collective way of thinking. And looking back in history the roots of extremism can grow really strong before anyone notices its flower and makes sense of its true colors.
The same goes for the american society we see in Margaret Attwoods The Handmaid’s Tale.
In a very near future, US natality suddenly drops and desperation sets in, soon after someone kills the president and most of the government. A christian fundamentalist movement appears out of nowhere and promises to make America great again by taking away the peoples constitutional rights and introducing an old hierarchy, where women are at the very bottom.

handmaid 2
The serie follows Offred (Elisabeth Moss) who was captured by the secret police because she was married to a divorcee. Since all divorces where nullified by the new regime, she was now considered an adulteress and a criminal.
Since she was able to bear children she was captured alive and given to The Commander (Joseph Fiennes), a man of great political importance, to serve as a handmaiden, a surrogate mother. And thats where the story starts.

The tale jumps between the present where Offred spends her days doing errands and serving her purpose for the commander and his wife Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski), and the past, in which she lives with her own family and they witness the fall of the modern society with chaos, riots and waves of violence.

THE HANDMAID'S TALE -- "Offred" - Episode 101 - Offred, one the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife. (Photo by: Take Five/Hulu)
The first three episodes are directed by Reed Romano who worked att the HBO serie Vinyl, and more notably, shot the Beyoncé-video Lemonade. And the serie is created by Bruce Miller, who also produced The 100.
The Handmaidens Tale is a well-directed drama with some incredible shots. The scenography is also perfect, standing somewhere between clean purism and marbled bauhaus, everything lit in a natural sunlight. The conservative beliefs of the new world-order is even shown in actors dress codes. Handmaids wear red dresses and Jane Austin-esque hoods, the wives green, and the men are all dressed in black.

The story takes its time painting up the setting for Offreds tale, but it never gets boring. Its intriguing how a society can become this bizarre. But where other works of dystopian science fiction blames a third world war or the collapse of global economy,
The Handmaids Tale is all about the growth of conservative powers, where Man uses religion and gender-oppression as tools of power.

The Handmaid’s tale is a must-see for everyone who likes a compelling TV-show, but it takes some stomach being able to watch it. Its scary and dark, but so incredibly cool at the same time.

***

Review written by Kristian Didrik Laache.

0 In Graphic Design/ Inredning/ Inspiration/ Interior Design

Stureby Stadsvillor SOLD

stureby-stadsvillor-nine-door-properties-liljewall-arkitekter-till-salu-stockholm

I höst har jag formgett och varit art director i skapandet av en säljfolder tillsammans med Nine Doors Properties. Objekten är fyra stycken helt utsökta, nyproducerade villor ritade av Liljewall Arkitekter i Stureby i Stockholm. Foldern ska på tryck inom kort och villorna ligger reda uppe Hemnet.

Ifall du vill ha mer information eller en folder i brevlådan, maila mig på katarina@lolitas.se

Bilderna är av Nadja Helminen, jag hittade hennes bilder på instagram och blev helt förtrollad. Hur duktig är inte hon på både styling och fotografi? Förresten så har föreningen möjlighet att förfoga över en egen Tesla 3… Villa, elbil och köksbänk i marmor, vad väntar en på?

Såhär kommer foldern se ut på ett ungefär:

stureby-stadsvillor-nine-doors-properties-1

Translation

This is a project I’ve been working on as a art director and graphic designer this autumn. It’s a catalogue for a housing project in Stureby in Stockholm, and the apartments (which are currently up on the market) are created by Swedish architecture agency Liljewall and sold by Stockholm based real estater Nine Door Properties.

The text in the infographical presentation above is in Swedish but what it says is basically where on the map the apartments are located, that the kitchen island is built in marble, that they feature a large terrace and that they will be built and ready for moving into into in january 2018.

I found the photographer Nadja Helminen through instagram and I absolutely love her interior styling and photography style. Above are excerpts from the folder itself, along with her photos and a prototype of the finished product. Email me if you’d like a copy of it.

0 In Food Cooking/ Inspiration

Rosé frosé slushee, beach tents and cherries on top of it

rose slushe frose a beautiful mess blogger drink 1

Umm, did you see that Rosé slushee over at A Beautiful Mess? It is just the prettiest looking (and probably tasting) thing ever. It’s ultimate for suppressing every last bit of autumn. And it follows the cherry on top-rule, you know; how nothing can fail with a cherry on top (like these cream sodas for example). Heck, I think the first photo on pinterest must have included something with a cherry on top of it.

rose slushe frose a beautiful mess blogger drink 2

Speaking of rosé, I think these drinks would preferably be consumed near pink plants and a modest tent by the beach:

pink plants palm trees inspiration

0 In Fashion/ Food Cooking/ Inspiration

My top 3 fashion & food-instagrammers right now

You probably know by now that I’m an instagram-junkie. So, my likes on the the instagrammers photos below started piling up on @lolitasblog and I thought I would I might as well share my faves of the moment.

Here they go:

small stars

Alexandra Machover

@spurofthemoments

Alexandra Machover spur of the moment 2Alexandra Machover spur of the moment 3Alexandra Machover spur of the moment 25Alexandra Machover spur of the moment 4  Alexandra Machover spur of the moment 1Alexandra Machover spur of the moment 6
Nice photos, funny captions, a combination of food and fashion and great NYC restaurant and cafe-tips. She’s an associate producer at Popsugar AND founder of Current Creative, an influencer marketing agency. Girl’s just boss.

small stars

Ann Wynn

@ann.wynn

ann wynn 1ann wynn 2  ann wynn 3ann wynn 4  ann wynn 15ann wynn 16
Pastels, palms, ruffles, pink hologram fabrics and puffy shoes. I love Ann Wynns fashion sense and the fact that she promotes self-love, acceptance and body confidence just makes it even better. She’s not only a blogger but also a co-owner of the Pink Plastic Babez brand, your go-to place for awakening your inner 90s princess (or just getting the best dress for you night out ever).

small stars

Jasmine Dowling

@jasminedowling

jasmine dowling 1jasmine dowling 2  jasmine dowling 3jasmine dowling 4  jasmine dowling 5 jasmine dowling 6
Light and dreamy photography, flowy lettering and great architectural snaps, Brisbane-based blogger and creative Jasmine Dowling captures the prettiest moments on her blog and instagram. She’s got a shop with really nice prints as well, perfect gifts (for youself). All in all an inspiring lady!

Thats my favs for now. Got any other tips?

0 In Inspiration

Holographic nails, net shoulder bags, Coral Casino Santa Barbara and edible flowers

weekend picks santa barbara four seasons clo instagram Roses, net shoulder bag, the Coral Casino resort, wide pants/narrow shoes.

 

This week I’ve been all for dusty hues, symmetric holiday resorts with a hefty dose of yuppie 80s vibes, edible flowers and net shoulder bags. I’m not over summer. And the holographic nails are just the 90s peak of shimmering perfection I needed this week.

Follow me on instagram for daily picks

holographis nails and color block eatable flower cakeHolographic nails and color block cake.
0 In Graphic Design/ Inspiration/ Interior Design

Picks of the week: Marshmallow by Kam-Kam, The Reformation, the Neuzeit font and Emily Coxhead

marshmallow sofa by kamkam 2

Morning / evening / night dreamers. I don’t know your current time zone but whatever the clock is, here are some of my favorite dreams right now.

First off, that Marshmallow sofa by Kam-Kam tho. It looks relatively comfortable but moreover: SO pretty. This is the cloud emoji come to life in a sofa.

the reformation nutella emily coxhead

I love the droopy-heart crepe 2 piece by The Reformation above. And Emily Coxhead is my instagram-crush right now with her positive messages and dreamy snaps (like those shoes are *literally* candeey).

And of course, some random ink lettering with the important things in life like nutella and baths can never fail.

 

neuzeit grotesk

 

Finally, this font may be my new favorite since Avenir. It’s called Neuzeit and goes with anything.

 

2 In Inspiration/ Interior Design

20 sqm in Stockholm, Josefin Hååg + Fantastic Frank

Untitled

This small apartment of only 20 sqm is the former residence of swedish interior decorater and blogger Josefin Hååg. It is also 20 sqm of bliss interior-wisely, located in central Stockholm in the neighbourhood Atlasområdet, often referred to as Little Paris.

Untitled

Recently the meticulously styled 20 sqm located was put up on the housing market with Fantastic Frank as the realtor.

Untitled

Situated on Vulcanusgatan 8 in a building from 1927 with large windows and a color palette of soothing hues in grey and beige, black and white, this little fortress of decorating perfectness’ ending price was 2.7 million swedish crowns.

Untitled

Investing in your apartments styling seems to be a good idea in other words!

1 In Inspiration/ Travel

Vegan Tel Aviv, Open restaurants, Zakaim

Untitled

The other week I visited Israel for the Open Restaurants programme, showcasing the food and restaurant scene in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. There were alot of highlights so I will have to divide the trip into a couple of posts. I’ll start it off with one of my favorite spots, Zakaim.

Untitled

I’m very visual oriented so the fact that the Zakaim restaurant caught my attention isn’t really a surprise. The attention to detail and amount of love put into the creating of every corner of this place was just amazing.

Untitled

The interior was all second hand and recycled.

Untitled

Already from the outside there was a promise of the world behind the lace curtains with the stacked tin-boxes and chipped wooden table with wild growing plants.

Untitled

The food was delicious. Beautifully presented in an unconfined sort of way. It had me eating almost all vegan for at least a week after returning home.

For starters we had this plate of fluffy hummus together with spicy pepper-salsas (the red one: matbucha) and carefully cut baby tomatoes. The bread was ofc warm.

The thing about the menu was that it had classic meat-references. Mushroom Shawarma for example, a hint to a middle eastern kebab-like dish usually made out of lamb or chicken but replaced with mushrooms. Or the Steak Lechem, the heart of arabic lettuce served with grated persian lemons and roasted sourdough.

Untitled

The open kitchen had piles of uneven porcelain saucers with neat florals.

Untitled

There were veggies literally everywhere, any nook and corner had some kind of root vegetable in it.

Untitled

The sunny back garden.

Untitled

Harel Zakaim, the owner and chef himself showed us how to stir up a vegan chocolate pudding. It was so rich in taste! My notes of the cooking above are a little indistinct though.. Anyways, the interesting part about him was that he was actually a butcher and chef specialized on meat dishes before opening Zakaim. Tiredness of the meat-industry however led him into experimenting with a vegan diet and had him applying the cooking techniques usually used on meat on vegetables instead. The rest is history.

The mousse was served with espresso, orange or sugared bananas by the way… yum!

Untitled

The organic feel was present all over, even the fries were “hand torn” as said on their menu. In the pitcher above was a drink called “Shoshana’s Persian Soda pop” on the menu, it was basically a hand made syrup-based soda full of mint and lemon made by Harel Zakaims mother. Impossible to remake, this drink took hours to stir up and was perfectly balanced ingrediense-wisely. It was delicious: fresh, herb-y, sparkling and tasted very much like summer to a winter-ridden swede like myself.

Untitled

The ceiling was patched with lace.

Untitled

I loved the persian influences in the form of brocade velvety fabrics, crystal chandeliers and delicate curtains.

Untitled

Perfect lunch spot.

Untitled

Above is the menu favorit: flame-charred eggplant with tomatoes, chili, garlic, tahini and homemade challah bread.

Untitled

I love this place! So inspiring in so many ways.

***
Zakaim Simtat Beit Hashoeva 20 / (Alenbi 98) / Tel Aviv, Israel / Tel. +972 3 613 50 60