Posers: Contemporary Portraits

Posers:  Contemporary Portraits

“Posers” is a group exhibition that explores portraiture as a method of documentation and self-expression.

Local artists, illustrators and photographers will go beyond capturing physical likeness, challenging a traditional convention by using a diverse range of visual language – both cultural and contemporary. In examining the poser’s subtleties, the artist not only reveals the subject’s personality and history, but also his/her personal significance to the artist.

Today, portraiture is almost instantaneous – faces are everywhere and not only on people. They are seen on posters and magazines, computer and mobile screens, Facebook profiles and Instagram feeds. Portraits are posted of both humans and animals alike either mocked, adored or loved. Candid or not, these subjects become posers, representing an identity and a society that shapes it.

These studies and observed moments go beyond the simple act of capturing a face – stories are told and insights are unveiled. Collectively, the works in the exhibition will interpret the idea of meaningful portraiture as an ongoing dialogue between the poser, the artist and the society they live in.

I went to the opening reception at Oz studios with a couple of friends to support the artists involved in the exhibition. We admired the artwork and cheered on one of my best friends, Chelsea Canlas and her revered artworks. The opening reception was filled with admirers, art lovers and locals.

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Toronto, Canada had the biggest snow storm in 5 years. I got to leave work early and cuddle with friends on a Friday night.

The storm blanketed my lovely city with 30+ cm of snow..

After the chaos, the storm left a winter wonderland Saturday morning and I took the opportunity to wear my favourite winter coat with (Faux) fur collar and don my fur hat with fur boots.

This was the outcome:


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Castles and Wine

Napa County, California

Beautiful landscape and great tasting wine. What more could you want?

Wineries we went to were Robert Mondavi and Castello Di Amorosa. The pictures below were taken from Castello Di Amorosa.

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(Apologies for the grainy photos. I just used my iphone 4 camera. Left my dslr at my aunt’s home when we went to Napa >_<)

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D&G via Cretus


Recipe via Raspberri CupcakesPPQ Spring 2012 via Chic Genre Miu Miu Applique BagLouis Vuitton ad via Keep in Touch with Fashion

Cream Ice Cream Embroidered Cardigan By KTZ**Kate Middleton via mirror.co.ukOscar de la Renta TiaraSera Park “The Dessert Lady”
Kate Moss by Tim Walker for Vogue
Mary Katrantzou pencil skirt
If only this existed (source unknown)Pastel Bib Necklace via
MinuseyPastel Manicure via AmebloMacaron Trinket Boxes viaSiteNYCVogue HellasKarolina Kurkovasource unknownJudith Leiber minaudiere via Luxury Launches Auguste Abeliunaite for Voguevia The LaneMeadham Kirchhoff headpiece

Sometimes you need a little sugar in your wardrobe, just like you take your tea. This fall, spring pastels get an update with heavy embroidery, piled on jewels, and all around decadence. Go ahead, dress like a princess.

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El Retiro is my playground

Jardines del Buen Retiro or Parque del Buen Retiro, literally “Gardens” or “Park of the Pleasant Retreat”

Wandering around the park and seeing sculptures, monuments (Monument to Alfonxo XII), Crystal Palace, a peaceful lake and a number of art galleries. El Retiro is perfect for a simple stroll and a picnic, while in the heart of Madrid, Spain.

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H&M  plain white tank
H&M gray striped flats
MANGO pleated skirt
Ray ban Wayfarer Sunglasses

The Taste of Luxury

DSC_0881A French macaron are two airy almond meringue cookies pressed around a creamy filling (ganache). By looking at these colourful treats, my eyes are also filled with desire. The aesthetic beauty of these macarons make me want them even more. They, literally, look like pieces of art to my eyes. Viewing them and eating them are such pleasurable experiences. Both lovely to look at and enjoyable to consume, these macarons become addictive. As I bite into the eggshell-like crust, there is an exhalation, a sweet surrender, as the cookie crumbles, giving way to the chewy, almost half-baked interior—and alas, I feel pure bliss. The main flavor is in the filling: buoyant and intense pistachio ganache complete the gratifying taste of the French macaron. My taste buds feel like they are in heaven! There is such a distinct pleasure of eating such a well-made treat and there is such a sweet, succulent, taste. These tiny, but delicious treats delight my senses and I indulge in more than one. One is never enough, for these French macarons fill my mouth with joy due to its sugary sweetness. Furthermore, I must confess an irrational fondness for the macarons. I am always seeking these sweet treats for they give me such happiness and delight. French macarons: wonderful to touch; beautiful to see; enchanting to eat. They taste of perfection…

Especially if they’re from Ladurée, the inventor of the macarons. They are also a maker of luxurious cakes and pastries. The store itself looks like a museum of baked goods. The store is vibrant in colour with gilted gold. They offer miniature cakes that look too beautiful to eat.

(I went to  the  Ladurée in Harrods and another in Covent Gardens.) 

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A refresher in Rococo fashion:

History of Costume

A significant shift in culture occurred in France and elsewhere at the beginning of the 18th century, known as the Enlightenment, which valued reason over authority.  In France, the sphere of influence for art, culture and fashion shifted from Versailles to Paris, where the educated bourgeoisie class gained influence and power in salons and cafés.  The new fashions introduced therefore had a greater impact on society, affecting not only royalty and aristocrats, but also middle and even lower classes.  Ironically, the single most important figure to establish Rococo fashions was Louis XV’s mistress Madame Pompadour.  She adored pastel colors and the light, happy style which came to be known as Rococo, and subsequently light stripe and floral patterns became popular.  Towards the end of the period, Marie Antoinette became the leader of French fashion, as did her dressmaker Rose Bertin.  Extreme extravagance was her trademark, which ended up majorly fanning the flames of the French…

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I love the feeling of being anonymous in a city I’ve never been before

I love the feeling of being anonymous in a city I've never been before

 This year was astounding. I did a lot of travelling and when I mean a lot… I literally did two Euro trips during the summer and managed to squeeze a trip to the state of California, USA in the autumn. The first trip to the European continent was for fun: to see family in London, England and to accompany my mother to her I.T Managers’ conference in Spain. The second trip was an impromptu flight to Italy to teach English –with detours to France and Spain. Yes, I left my comfortable, office job to teach in a foreign country. Luckily, my office still had a job waiting for me when I returned…even they knew a teaching gig in Italy was an amazing opportunity.  Yes, I went to Spain twice. Spain is THAT amazing.

For the next few days I’ll document my favourite moments and photos during my travels (Check the “featured” content). It’s a good way to bid adieu to 2012 before 2013 begins.