After Christmas goodies

One of my favourite things after Christmas is finding leftovers in the fridge. The joy of not cooking plus finding a seasonal set menu for a week is wonderful.

Supposedly January is about dieting, but not in this house. Every night when I check the cupboards looking for something to eat, I keep finding hamper bits from Harvey Nichols and they are simply beautiful. You can tell they dedicated time and talent to it.

It sounds like someone is paying me for writing this, but no, not yet. I just want to share my love for their design, literally when food met fashion. Harvey Nichols’ own-label food packaging launched in 1994 and it became famous for its iconic monochrome and photography. Last year, Smith and Village revamped the collection -fearlessly stylish- and every single item has been beautifully presented and conceptualized. Hats off to the artists.

“The design of the physical packaging has been extremely important in this project. For a start, none of it is throw-away, so the Harvey Nics brand lives on in people’s kitchens long after the product is finished. Secondly, it is led and inspired by fashion to delight the target audience – pull-out biscuit packaging that is closer to a sunglasses case than a pack of biscuits; airtight tins to keep biscuits fresh for longer with colors inspired by lipstick shades and shiny, elegant refillable tea tins,” adds Debrah Smith, Creative Director, Smith&+Village.

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What to do? What to do?

Most people look for things to do outside work, to distract themselves, to follow their passion, to use their extra energy or simply because they like to explore – which is my case. My friend Ximena keeps suggesting that I should open a website called Marticaletieneplan.com  as every time we talk I have a different plan for her. Lately, she became the one suggesting the activities as she introduced me to the Matey Institute, a group of friends that get together to do different things every month. They are very creative and organized as they prepared the place with all the tools needed for the workshop. Also, they are very friendly, you can tell from their name.

I have joined them twice, first up was a Life Drawing session. I was expecting a hot guy in front of us but maybe that wouldhave been too distracting, instead we got a stylish woman, ready to be portrayed by my 5th grade drawing skills.

life drawing

The second time, an Animation session took place. The plan was to play with plasticine, take the pictures frame by frame and ta-da…we will have made our first animation. So we had the plasticine in front of us, just like you right now…

…and we had to create something. I started warming up the plasticine, it was hard, very hard – UK weather doesn’t help, not recommended in winter time. We had an hour , some guys started molding monsters, I saw on the next table a blue cow or a horse…not sure, a crocodile over there, a whale, an octopus, a lot of people went for animals! The girls in front of us, started molding a hand. And we (Ximena and me) didn’t have a clue of what to do, so I started to warm the orange plasticine, and then the purple one, and then the blue, and the yellow one, why not? Time was running and we only had 5 minutes left…(panic)  only a bunch of balls in front of us, …what to do…what to do? Billiard balls!!

The solution is always in front of you.

Google has an emotional side

When I think of brands like Google, I think of “Search”. I have the image of that little rectangle where I write any word or sentence, press Enter and ta dah! I found what I needed plus other interesting links.  Google has taught me how to recover my mobile after it sunk in a toilet and how to fix my computer. It helped me finding songs and lyrics(from vallenato till Indie rock – that’s a big gap!), showed me directions on maps, and let me play with its Doodles while telling interesting history facts. Google even has a University if I want to learn about its products. All these things for free! With these, I believe the biggest search engine is effective and practical.

I never thought that Google has an affectionate side. Not until I saw its Google Chrome ad. It is a love story, about a guy trying to get back with his girlfriend by using different resources from the web, gmail, links, docs, things that we use everyday. Continue reading