So maybe the latest film adaption of Pompeii starring Emily Browning and Kit Harington was not the greatest movie, but for natural disaster catastrophic historical movies it was totally a guilty pleasure for me. Lately I have been binging the history channel, the travel channel and reading and looking through my college history and art history books to satisfy my urge of wanting to travel and explore. With so many things to see and do, visiting The Temple of Vesta on the eastern side of the Roman Forum is something on my bucket list. All temples to Vesta were built in circular form (with Corinthian Columns) where the entrances faced east symbolizing the connection between Vesta's fire and sun as sources of life. Being one of the earliest structures in the Roman Forum, the structure was used for many reasons but most importantly it was the home to the statue of Minerva (Greek Goddess, Athena) which was brought from Troy.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
In the mood for complete relaxation and a trip where I can spend hours in museums, food markets, cathedrals and walking along small and winding European city streets, Italy is calling my name. Calabria, Italy to be exact. A vacation meant for nothing other than soaking up Ancient Roman History, lots and lots of gelato, margherita pizza, contemplating art and being romanced by a beautiful language. Isn't this view gorgeous? What are you dreaming about?
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
When it comes to Social Media, I am more likely to check what's happening on Instagram than other outlets when on my breaks at work or enjoying my scone time at the cafe. And while I only follow my closest friends, the rest of the people I follow are not celebrities or my favorite athletes. I love to see what's going on behind the scenes of some of my favorite blogs, brands and magazines. These are just a few suggestions I'd like to pass along for anyone new to the platform :)
With a new space that needs a lot of love, these gadgets help it look and feel a little more cozy. A few kitchen musts that cut down on cooking time, the veggie steamer and herb mill are fantastic additions for dinnertime. This adorable pink instant film camera and green radio are perfect by the pool to capture a quick family pic and listening to tunes. Small and easy to maneuver, don't forget to take them on a road trip with friends. What are some of your favorite gadgets?
Monday, October 20, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
When it comes to art, how many paintings and sculptures (etc...) are on your bucket list? I'm betting at least five, right? I'll admit when I had the chance to go to Europe in high school, you better believe I was the nerd on the back of the bus, writing up to-do lists for my first European excursion. I knew all the museums and art galleries I wanted to visit before we landed in London. I made endless lists of everything I wanted to see, I was ecstatic I would be able to check off the greats from my bucket list like the Mona Lisa and the Winged Victory at fifteen years old. After reading this article about how we really look at art, I now want to go back and find myself in the art. We're so focused on seeing the famous (...for about fifteen seconds), getting a selfie right next to the piece and checking it off the list. I want to find a piece that just wows me, I want to know the story and the history. I want to feel the emotion behind the artist and their masterpiece. I want that connection you're suppose to feel when standing next to something truly spectacular.
I took art history as an elective in college and although it was definitely one of my hardest classes, I will never get over the fact my college dropped the minor when I was one class short from getting the degree. I hope you read this short article and go to your favorite place, whether it be an art exhibit or a graffiti mural and smile, because contemplating art is meditation. It should leave you with the feeling of happiness and reassure you that you're not alone in this world. You get the art and it gets you! What's making you happy this week?
(image via the new york times)