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      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

      Sip of the Month: Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail

      Sip of the Month: Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail

      Dry January anyone? This mocktail made with blood orange juice, honey, and vanilla is a refreshing winter spritzer. P.S. Did you know that just one blood orange delivers more than a day’s supply of Vitamin C!?

      Honey Vanilla Blood Orange Mocktail
      Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail
      Serves 2

      8 oz. blood orange juice, freshly squeezed
      1 tbsp honey
      ½ tsp vanilla extract
      4 oz. lime sparkling water
      blood orange slices for garnish


      Squeeze the blood orange juice into a mason jar with a lid or cocktail shaker. Add the honey and vanilla extract to the un-chilled juice. Shake. Add ice to cool it down.

      Pour evenly into two ice-filled glasses. Top with lime sparkling water and a slice of blood orange on top. Cheers! Enjoy right away.


      Recipe and photo via Marisa Moore

      Playlist: Light

      Playlist: Light

      Dark winter days call for a playlist that's light and easy. Have a listen while you're cooking, cleaning or just kicking back with a cup of tea.  

      1. Feeling It For The First Time – The Atlas, Joe Cleere
      2. Twist –– Dizzy
      3. Old Pine –– Ben Howard
      4. Salvation –– The Strumbellas
      5. La Di Da –– Lennon Stella
      6. Watch Me
       –– Labi Siffre
      7. Lost In The Light –– Bahamas
      8. Only Love –– Ben Howard
      9. Blues Run The Game –– Jackson C. Frank
      10. Hot Tears –– Leif Vollebekk

      Listen on Spotify

      Playlist: Holiday

      Playlist: Holiday

       The ultimate mix for cozy days indoors.

      1. Sunrise – Norah Jones
      2. Woman –– Neneh Cherry
      3. Skinny Love –– Birdy
      4. I Try –– Macy Gray
      5. This Holiday Season –– Molly Johnson
      6. Dance Me To The End of Love
       –– Madeleine Peyroux
      7. Joy –– Katie Melua
      8. Flowers In December –– Mazzy Star
      9. Walk on the Wild Side –– Tok Tok Tok
      10. What The World Needs Now –– Cat Power

      Listen on Spotify

      Sip of the Month: Holiday Pear

      Sip of the Month: Holiday Pear

      After the year we've had, we're ready to spend the next few weeks cozied up with a holiday cocktail in hand. We suggest this pear forward stunner with a hint of Prosecco for something merry and bright. 

      Holiday Pear

      Serves 1

      1 ½ oz vodka
      1 oz Berentzen pear liqueur
      ¾ oz lemon juice
      3 oz prosecco
      3 pear slices

      Shake the vodka, pear liqueur and lemon juice in a shaker. Pour into a coupe glass. Top up with prosecco. Garnish with three pear slices on a cocktail stick.

      Recipe and photo via Foodism