In a contemplating mood...

I´m sorry you guys that I have not blogged for quite some time... I´ve had a stressful time in my life with the work that I´ve been doing. And yesterday things came to a dramatic halt as I toke the decision to end my directorial journey here in Cape Town...

I´m not too sad and have spent the day in good company and a bottle of red wine, and although I grieve I am also thinking ( like Scarlett would have done ... :) Tomorrow Is Another Day !

This is what I had to say to some friends of mine...

This is such a new experience I hardly know how to express it... Despite all the best intentions and due to a long string of circumstances I could not have for seen, my South African journey is now at an end 3 weeks before our intended opening...

Although my heart is sad that I was not able to see this project, one that has given me so much joy, to its finish, in the end it was impossible, as there was simply no more trust from my actors... Those of you who are my colleagues know that when that happens - the difficulties we face during our work in the rehearsal room become absolutely insurmountable...

Trust or faith in one an others abilities is the very building blocks of our profession, the rest is dust and shimmering air... Add to that that the "road map", our script, was forever changing, as our writer had not found the story to begin with... And some where along the way I simply lost track of the road as I struggled day after day after day to find direction in an ocean of words and sentences that did not make sense...

I am proud I fought as long as I did and even more proud that I was able to let go in a manner that made it possible for me to restore some of that lost faith. When all was said and done there was between us a renewed sense of respect and affection. And for that I am truly and deeply grateful.

I have learned much, much more than I would ever have thought possible and feel blessed that I leave with my dignity and heart intact.


I´ll beat this thing yet !

Dear vintage lovers,

I´m not quite well yet, still there´s much to be done and actors hungry to begin work... so I´m ready to get in the ring again !

And as you know, that means I won´t be blogging for a few days. Unless I get an irresistible blog urge that is .. :)

Sometimes I read a blog or two when I get home after work just to get my mojo working before I work on the script. For more on mojos - read my reply to Glamorous Housewife mojo search :)

xxx Diva

PS The image came from here.


Pretty shoes !

When you´re sick in bed suddenly there are all these fab blogs ! Like greetz from tiz ! I´ve just been reading a whole bunch of her (great!) posts. In one post she mentions shoes from old woogies. This site has amazing men's pants ( I wish they had them for women too!!) and these cute shoes ! I just love the hot pink ones, arent they pretty!! I´ve been wanting to get a pair of vintage/retro shoes for ever that are good looking yet wearable. I love heels but heels are not comfortable to wear on a daily basis...
Also the cream coloured shoes would be great to wear with both pants and skirts ! Oh, if I was a rich girl... so many pretty things I could buy ! :)

By the way... does anyone know how to make your own award ?

Sick... again!

Dear vintage lovers !

I´m sorry that it has been so long since last I blogged... but I just have so much trying to sort out this play that I´m directing and then on top of that I´m sick again...

Since I wanted my blog to reflect my love for vintage fashion and my desire to turn my modern life into a more vintage one, it hasn't seemed right that I would blog about the more mundane aspects of my life.... At the moment I don´t feel or look even one bit glamorous as I cough myself to pieces through the day. In fact as I write I´m in bed bundled up in blankets while the rest of the crew and cast have gone for a fabulous outing on what seems to be gloriously sunny South African Saturday....

Still, this is an opportunity to try and catch up on the blogs I follow and I savor each little pretty dress that some of my fellow bloggers post. See here and here. And as I read the blogs by lovely Fleur and Landgirl my soul is instantly refreshed and I feel tons better! And please check out this blog by an 18 years old (!) young lady from Sweden. Her blog ( filled with vintage stuff she buys and cookies she bakes ) is a real cyberspace pep-me-up tonic ! :)

Also I recently discovered a new blog ; The Vintage Kitten thanks to another favorite blogger of mine the Glamorous Housewife. Vintage Kitten has some beautiful images and great ( no really! ) music on her blog! In fact the music is so awesome that I´m using it as as background when I read other blogs! :) Of course I wanted to let her know this, by leaving a comment. How sad then to read that she has had to stop people commenting on her blog due to some continuously nasty comments by one reader. Don´t people have better things to do with their lives!! :(

I really don´t understand the need to leave nasty cyber comments.... Everyday I read a news blog about the US, especially the political news ( I´ve always been very interested in US politics even though I live in Europe, go figure...) and I´m always amazed at the amount of vitriol responses people will post. As if the anonymity of the web gives you carte blanche to spew out whatever you feel like uncensored....

The play I´m working on here in Cape Town deals with the South Africa concept of ubuntu which could, in short, be described as finding the humanness in oneself by acknowledging it in others - I am because we are. It is my personal belief that the road out ( into the world ) goes in ( through your own experiences ) meaning that you can only see in others what you are able to see/understand in yourself... In other words purposefully hurting another human being is only possible when there is lack of self knowledge...

So, dear ms Vintage Kitten, try to not let such a person affect what you´re all about. Sweep your heart clear of his or hers hurtful comments and see him/her for what he/she is a very, very sad human being.... Instead lift you head high and know that there are those who enjoy very much what you´re doing ! So, keep on blogging and those of us who follow you will keep on loving ! :)

Sorry, for all the philosophical stuff... Blame it on me being sick and the cough medicine I´m taking. It has all this codeine ( a morphine like substance..) in it - ha ha !

Anyway, before I got sick I happened to be walking down a ordinary street when I came upon this amazingly smart vintage car, which just goes to show a) beauty is all around and b) you never know when you´ll be "V.I" (vintage infused) !

Much love ! xxx Diva


Celebrating you!

I was reading The Freelancers Fashion Blog and her post "A slave to detail" and feel compelled to say - read it! I posted a rather lengthy comment on the topic and so, have no further energy to write something long on my own blog. But that said I only have this short comment - may you all celebrate your own uniqueness, not spend idle hours criticizing others...


Frollein von Sofas grand opening !

Please take a moment to visit the new web shop of my blog friend, the exquisetly talented Frollein von Sofas where she sells amazingly beautiful hats, adorable shoe clips and the most deliciously whimsical shoe paintings ever !


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