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      Blog — Helene Clarkson

      Helene on Finding Joy

      Helene on Finding Joy

      Finding Joy
      May some of the following inspire you in the wintry months ahead. xx Helene

      Currently listening to: The Crashing Soundtrack on Spotify, listen here
      Crashing Soundtrack

      An outfit I just can’t get enough of: My new Bali Lounge pants in grey marl and my Orly Long Sleeve top in putty. So soft, so comfy, yet stylish! These are my feel good clothes.
      Helene Clarkson

      Art that inspires meQuite a few years ago I was fortunate enough to see a retrospective exhibition of the incredible Ghanaian artist El Anatsui at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. He is considered to be one of the most exciting contemporary visual artists of our time and it's easy to understand why when you see his work. To say that it is breathtaking is an understatement. El Anatsui recycles found objects into massive tapestries. By joining thousands of liquor bottle tops with copper wire he creates stunning mosaics that are astonishing in their texture and colour. The New Yorker magazine has a wonderful profile about him in the January 18 issue which has brought this artist back into focus for me. I highly recommend taking a look at his work. I guarantee it will soothe your soul and brighten these gloomy winter days. 

      These images are from the El Anatsui's "Kindred Viewpoints" at the Marrakech Biennale in 2016. See more of his works here

      El Anatsui's "Kindred Viewpoints"

       

      Meme that makes me laugh: This is for all those who are enduring classes online!!
      Dog Essay Meme


      A new skill that I’ve learned: I took an online film course with Xanthe Berkeley, and learned how to create films using only my iPhone. I highly recommend it: Handmade Film Making
      Handmade Film Making

      Something I’m currently cooking: I love the chef Ottolenghi and have really enjoyed this comforting dish of Aubergine Dumplings Alla Parmigiana from his new cookbook Flavour. Here is the recipe if you would like to try!!


      A book I'm reading: I'm currently enjoying Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell. What a wonderful read.Hamnet

      Style: What To Wear On Your Virtual Tours

      Style: What To Wear On Your Virtual Tours

      Vizcaya Gardens, Miami FL

      Built in 1916 as a winter retreat, this lavish villa is a tribute to the Italian Renaissance. The museum contains much of the original furnishings and artwork, and is surrounded by lush, formal gardens. You can explore the museum and gardens from home here

      The perfect day to night pieces for perusing gardens and exploring the museums: 
      Salima Convertible Wrap 
      Billy 4-Way Reversible Top 
      Farah Reversible Dress 
      Materia Sphere Necklace

      For sunny days and warm evenings these mix and match pieces are sure to make a statement:

      Salima Convertible Wrap 
      Juniper Wide Leg Pant 
      Jinnah Short Sleeve Blouse 
      Anaa Reversible White T-shirt
      Materia Sphere Necklace

      SHOP NEW ARRIVALS

      Staycation Secrets To Experience the Ultimate Vacation At Home

      Staycation Secrets To Experience the Ultimate Vacation At Home

      In these unprecedented times we wanted to share a few fun staycation secrets to experience the ultimate vacation at home. 

      Make Your Space Smell Like A Fancy Hotel: For travelers, the olfactory sense creates some of the strongest memories. Burn scented candles, plug in an oil diffuser or use room spray to perfume your home, creating a calming space where you can relax. Some of the world’s finest hotels are perfumed with bespoke fragrances. Source them from your favourite hotel or try these from Aroma 360 Hotel Scent Collection. (photo via Inspiration)

      Cook A Meal That Will Make You Feel Like You're Worlds Away: Peruse through your cookbook shelf, and re-create a meal from your favourite destination. Chefs are sharing cooking tips and recipes online, check out Massimo Bottura of Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena who is hosting a daily virtual cooking series called Kitchen Quarantine. Follow along with your favourite chefs and cook up something new. You can even take it a step further and discover the joy of cooking with one of these top online cooking courses (photo via Instagram)

      Shake Up A Cocktail From Your Dream Destination: Nothing says vacation like a destination cocktail. Dreaming of Mexican beaches? Try something with tequila. Toast well wishes to Italy with an Aperol spritz. Feeling French? Cheers with Champagne. Head to the tropics by shaking up a rum cocktail. Literally choose your own adventure... depending on what you have in the liquor cabinet! (photo via Washington Post)

      Have A Spa Day:
      Bring serenity home with a home spa day using common pantry ingredients. Make a body scrub with ingredients like sugar, coffee, coconut oil, and olive oil, make it extra by adding a few drops of essential oils if you have them. Try one or a few of Rancho La Puerta's masks for every skin type. Turn your shower into a sanctuary with a few drops of your favourite essential oil and enjoy a hydrating fruit water afterwards. (photo via Guest of Guest)

      Create A Playlist:
      Transport yourself through music with a curated Spotify playlist, try Soundtrack Your Ride which generates a road trip playlist for you based on your Spotify history and your answers to a few questions, or check out the ever-expanding list of shows and musical events to stream from the comfort of your home. Search here and here. (photo via Islands)

      Take Virtual Sightseeing Tours: 
      You can now tour some of the world's most famous tourist attractions like the ruins of PompeiiMachu Picchu or national parks right from your couch. With Google Arts and Culture you can literally travel anywhere...digitally. (photo via Google)

       

      Playlist: Living Room Dance Party

      Playlist: Living Room Dance Party

      While many of us find ourselves at home for the foreseeable future, we can find a bit of comfort in music. As they say, music heals and music makes the world go round, let this playlist serve as a universal language of unity and love and hopefully... get that living room dance party started!


      Living Room Dance Party
      1. Just Dance – Lady Gaga, Colby O'Donis
      2. Hips Don't Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean) –– Shakira
      3. Dance Monkey –– Tone And I
      4. Hey Ya! –– Outkast
      5. I Gotta Feeling –– Black Eyed Peas
      6. Feel It Still –– Portugal The Man
      7. Juice –– Lizzo
      8. Mr. Brightside –– The Killers
      9. Twist And Shout –– The Beatles


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      Sip of the Month: "Quarantini"

      Sip of the Month: "Quarantini"

      Now that bars, restaurants are temporarily closed and we are practicing social distancing, virtual happy hours are becoming a thing. Thanks to apps like FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and Zoom, seeing your friends face to face—while you are physically far away—has never been easier.

      Start filling your calendar with chats, dig deep into that liquor cabinet, let your creativity soar and set up a virtual happy hour, coffee klatch or afternoon tea to reach out and socialize with your extended family, friends, neighbours, co-workers or someone in need. 

      Peruse your kitchen and drum up your very own quarantini recipe or follow the one below crafted by
      Derek Brown, author of Spirits, Sugar, Water, Bitters: How the Cocktail Conquered the World and owner of the Washington, DC cocktail bar Columbia Room. 

      Send out a formal invitation, get out of your pj's and put on your "lippie"! It's party time!

      P.S. We'd love to see your quarantini recipes, so please share with us over social media or email, tag us at #HCquarantini

      Virtual Happy Hour
      Quarantini
      Serves 1

      INGREDIENTS
      1½ to 2 ounces of a not-necessarily-sweet base spirit, like vodka or gin — or another of your choice

      ¾ ounce of citrus (such as lemon or lime juice), whose vitamin C is great for immunity

      ½ to ¾ ounce of simple syrup to sweeten things up. (Simple syrup, as its name suggests, is simple to make. Just boil equal parts sugar and water until they liquefy together.)

      *Best served chilled in front of a laptop or smartphone camera.

       

      METHOD
      Then shake the drink with a bit of ice — if you don’t have a shaker, you can grab two pint glasses and join their rims — before straining it into a cocktail glass. 


      Recipe from Derek Brown via NYPost, photo via TheKitchn and NBC