Obsession Du Jour

Obsession Du Jour: 5 Implausible Concrete Floors

Hello lovelies,

When I was young, I was surrounded by concrete floors. It was everywhere and anywhere. In the tropics, most people preferred concrete floors. Almost every house had a concrete floor. Back then, I did not appreciate the look of it. I think because the finishes I saw did not appeal to me. Until recently, I came across concrete floors again in pictures. Let me tell you that I drooled over the beautiful floors. Concrete floors never look so good.  See it for yourself. I’m drooling over these five via Domino :

All white floor and wooden dinning chairs.

Dark concrete done well.

How lovely to see this in the kitchen, so functional.

I really love the look of this room, so serene.

Grey concrete finish with warm wood, so inviting.

Thank your for reading,

XOXO

Judith

Obsession Du Jour: Gratitude Journal

Hello lovelies,

Positive journals excite me. I can say, plain and simple, it fascinates me. Ideally, It is my happy pill to read back the drafted gratitude notes.

When I was younger, at age 14, I had a fantastic teacher who encouraged me to record things I was grateful about for a class assignment. At first, I thought it was going to be a difficult task to do. I just came from Africa (read my story), I wrote letters to others but I never had the experience of writing things to self. After couple weeks, I embraced the idea. Years later after moving around, I came across my journal, I opened it and read the little notes I wrote, joy filled my heart.

When you feel gray, write positive notes. I can tell you, my journals never failed me. it always uplifted me when I consulted it back. I love cheerful and positive notes.

I was reminded of this when I came across “The Five-Minutes Journal” at Chapters.

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Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again!

XOXO

Judith

Take a vacation through reading

Hello Fancy Lacy Community,

The days have gotten longer and for the last few days at least, we’ve had perfect summer weather at the start of spring. I don’t know about you but for me, beautiful warm weather always stirs my wanderlust. But because it will be a while before I get to travel (I’m going home to Uganda this August!), I like to take a vacation, multiple vacations in fact, by through reading. What’s better than cozying up with a book in a hammock in your backyard (Or at the beach!), an ice-cold drink only an arms length away, while losing yourself in the pages of a wonderful book? It’s a trip!

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Photo source

At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to read more books by African writers than I have done previously. And so far, I have stood by that commitment. While I was aware that African literature was starting to really flourish, I have been pleasantly surprised to discover for myself this amazing crop of writers whose characters I absolutely identify with and not just because they have noses as large as my own or their hair, like mine, has the curls tight enough to strangulate the hardiest combs. No. It’s all that and more. Some of them are writers telling real stories about what it really means to grow up in an African country and telling them with such mind-blowing literary merit, and others are writers of African descent whose craftsmanship just leaps off the page. One such writer is Helen Oyeyemi and I’m right now half way through her recently launched collection of short stories, What’s Not Yours is not Yours. It is magic! (Also, really, there’s magic in it)

Here are a few other books currently on my night stand:

  1. Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela
  2. Under the Udala Tree by Chinelo Okparatha
  3. Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza.

All three except Lyrics Alley are first novels and they don’t read at all like first time attempts at the novel by both writers. Chinelo’s is a poignantly told story set in Nigeria during the Biafra war and Fiston’s is brilliantly dark.

Pick up a copy and tell me your impressions!

Happy book-travelling!

Iryn

Trend Crush: Matching Wall With Furnitures

Hello lovelies,

Lately, I have been loving seeing matching wall and furniture. I love the idea. I think this idea is great for a small space.  Check it out for yourself.

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This room is so exciting. I really love the complementary colour selection. When you are trying to bring in some excitement in the room, you can’t go wrong  with complementary colours. It screams look at me without any of the two colour overpowering one another.

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This room is cool and calm with little tiny touch of sunshine on the wall to bring in some warm into the space, Via mix and chic

 

Thank you for reading,

XOXO

Judith

Obsession Du Jour: Charles Pétillon

Hello lovelies,

I came across a post on Charles Pétillon, he is a french photographer. He likes to fill things and spaces with white balloons. He created a photo series called Invasions. His takes are on interiors, landscape and playgrounds to create refreshing images. He aims to change the perception of ordinary scenery. Balloons filled in a space adds a silent special effect. Pictures become spectacular. Right now, I’m really appreciating his work. It is unique and somewhat magical. His photos are unforgettable. When I look at his captures, it projects freedom and releases an aura of a real life fantasy. So take a look on how balloons are invading spaces.

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Photos: Charles Pétillon

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again.

XOXO

Judith

Obsession Du Jour: Houseplants’ Diagrams

Hello Lovelies,

This morning, I was doing my normal routine, sourcing blogs. I came across something that took me back to our series on houseplants (styling a garden, spices and faux real plants). Well, look what I found… Buzzfeed featured 23 diagrams on houseplants. I selected five diagrams that I really love and I think I need. Well, they relate to our houseplants’ series. Oh, I know you will appreciate these diagrams too. Enjoy!!

If you are still in the search of picking what plant to grow indoors, this chart here  is the ‘go bible’ to help your selection. From University of Illinois

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Succulent plants are easy to maintain. How to plant them? Check out this diagram. From Stephanie Hammer

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Edible plants that you will love. From Cooking Stone and Chadwicks

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Repotting Houseplants. From Apartment Geeks

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Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again!

XOXO

Judith

Update On Fancy Lacy: Iryn Tushabe

Hello lovelies,

Yay, September is here! It has been a while. Where should I start? First, I have to admit that the past two months passed me by. The job hunt consumed my life. I’m happy to say that it is over now – the daunting process of sending multiple job applications, writing exams and doing interviews. I got an offer and I’m very content to be starting my new functions on September 8. I will miss being home with the kids (sad face); It has not fully hit me yet but I anticipate my first week of work to be a bit weird. You see it relaxes me to feed my brain with this kind of thought.

On the bright side, let’s talk Fancy Lacy. I want you to meet someone you will appreciate as much as I do. If you are new to this blog, I made some announcement a while back (read about it here). The time has come for you to meet one of the new voices for Fancy Lacy:

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Meet Iryn Tushabe, a freelance journalist, filmmaker and passionate gardener. She will write about science, health, wellness,  and social change. Iryn’s writing has appeared in the Leader Post and the Star Phoenix (As well as their respective weekly magazines, QC and Bridges). She’s also a contributing writer for the Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting.

Follow her on twitter @wordsweaver.

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again!

XOXO

Judith

My Prairie’s Landscape: Gildas Hélye

Hello Lovelies,

You already know how much I source the net to find creative people. Few months ago, I met Gildas (in person). He moved to the Prairies from France. After moving, he started practicing his photography skills. He captures people, nature, and vintage things. He talked to me about his passion. Now, he is showcasing his work, Saskatchewan’s landscape, at the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw. You will appreciate how he plays with light’s reflection in this project. He adds value to landscape photos. Take a look.

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Photos: Gildas

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again

XOXO

Judith

Obsession Du Jour: Papaoutai

Hello Lovelies,

Happy fathers’ day in advance! How excited can one be? Today, I wanted to celebrate a creative male artist. Stromae is the artist I’m really loving right now. He is an artist with a personality. You can pin this from his lyrics ( the way he tackles big issues), his dance moves, and to the way he presents himself. He cleverly finds creative ways to address taboo subjects. You know, the unspoken truth. He is from Belgium with a success in Europe. Soon,  I think he will take over America too. All because he is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. He mixes different music influences in his work. Right now in his sounds, you will identify electronic pop, hip-hop and global sounds (Salsa, French folk music and Afro-tinged rhythms). He is the perfect portrait of what an artist should be. He reaches all generations with his music.

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Photo from Daily Mail Uk

In the end, he got a great sense of humour. He does not leave one offended, like with his song “Formidable” where he pretends to be a lonely drunk. Papaoutai translates to dad where are you? I chose to feature this because the lyrics could speak to me and you. They make sense. Somehow I could relate. We all at some point in our life have unspoken questions. In this song, the concept he touches is about what is fatherhood? What is being a good father? I tried to find a translation of  the lyrics for you,  and I came across French Crazy. This site did a great job on translating the lyrics. Here are my favourite verses translated:

Tell me where he comes from
Then I would know where I’m going
Mommy says when you look hard enough
You’ll always end up finding it

…Everybody knows how to make babies
But nobody knows how to make dads
Mister “know-it-all” would’ve inherited it, is that it?
Does it come from sucking our thumbs, or what
Tell us where it’s hidden, we must’ve eaten our fingers at least a thousand times

Now enjoy the video.

You can continue to read about Papaoutai English translation here.

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again.

XOXO

Judith

Obsession Du Jour: Ivette Ivens’ Book – Breastfeeding Goddesses

Hello Lovelies,

Let’s the truth be told, public nursing even when you are covered raises some eyebrows. In North America, It is seen as a taboo so it is a hot topic. I didn’t realize this until I had my kids. When I tried to breastfeed them in public, I was so self conscious because others cringed. As long I can remember, it was never the case in Africa. Africans find this a natural thing to do. No one will give you side eyes if you breastfeed in public – It is really a way of life. No covering there. Here, most people may disagree. Photographer, Ivette Ivens, made my day today. She captured outdoor breastfeeding photos. The pictures are incredible. Some pictures were overdone, but I still enthusiastically support this project to normalize breastfeeding. Let’s break the stigma, there is no shame in nursing. Here are my three favourites.

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Photos: Ivette Ivens

Thank you for reading, stay Fancy and come back again

XOXO

Judith