Coverage of Russian politics – is objectivity dead?

If you watch the news, you couldn’t have failed to notice the negativity that accompanies any coverage of Russian politics. Being Russian-born but living in England, I keep an eye on the coverage read more

Festival Survival Kit from ELLIS FAAS

My years of going to music festivals are long gone and to be honest I don’t miss them, even though I still love the music, probably even more so now than I did then. However, there are many of you who love music festivals, so this festival survival kit consisting of three ELLIS FAAS products might be a little something that will help a great weekend become a perfectly memorable one for more reasons than one.1a39240b-38ff-48e6-917d-002ffa1c9501

– Hot Lips L404 in Fluo Pink is a striking pink lipstick that will last many hours of dancing, being bright, hot and mud-proof.L404 

 

– Light E301 in Antique Silver is an easy to apply silver glitter that will help to subtly light up your face, eyes or make for a great pencil for creating body art.

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– Last but not least, is the fabulously lush Mascara E401 in Black that will make your eyes truly magnetic.

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Now, the question is, have you booked your tickets and organised your party diary?

For more information on ELLIS FAAS make-up click here

 

Jessica Zoob’s Playtime exhibition at Loughran Gallery

If you are yet not familiar with the work of British artist Jessica Zoob I urge you to find the time and visit Loughran gallery where her latest exhibition ‘Playtime’ opened this week. Jessica’s new paintings celebrate ‘exuberance, unexpectedness and sheer heady enjoyment of life’.

I have been a fan of Jessica’s for a while and each time I saw her work at Loughran Gallery it drew me in, energizing my senses, as well as my soul. Jessica is a modern free spirit who delights in her ability to express herself through her work, while keeping her feet firmly on the ground. Her latest exhibition showcases her joy which is palpable even when her brush strokes are of a darker colour.

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Take the time to exam Jessica’s work, drinking in her paintings like a connoisseur savouring the wine and feel yourself invigorated by the positive emotions that flow from her canvases.

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Having met Juliette, the founder of Loughran gallery, the day after Jessica’s exhibition opening, I have to say that she is a very special woman. For one, she is very young for a gallery owner, yet knowledgable without being pretentious (Juliette sold 17 out of 38 the paintings even before the exhibition officially opened). She welcomes you into her gallery like a host welcomes a guest and that is exactly the ambiance that is one of Juliette’s calling cards. There is a cosy sofa in the back decorated by Jessica and framed by the pillows that she produced as part of her collaboration with Romo Black Editions last year. There are pots and vases of fresh, vibrant flowers that seem to be covered in morning dew & the smell of hyacinths reminds you of spring, even when the weather outside feels anything but.  There is a beautiful yellow Murano vase in the alcove – all of them create an impression of a chic, modern residence that is cosy and incredibly welcoming. Art frames our lives and our decor and whatever of Jessica’s canvasses ‘speaks to you’, I am sure the effect will linger.

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 Jessica Zoob ‘Playtime’ exhibiton is at Loughran gallery, 20 Motcomb street, London, SW1X until June 14th, 2015

Closer by Patrick Marber at Donmar Warehouse

I am a huge fan of Donmar Warehouse because after every play I see there, I leave feeling elated by the mysterious beauty of theatre and the team behind the play. This theatre allows me to view familiar actors in a new light ( after seeing Nicole Kidman on stage, in the Blue Room, she fully started owning the spotlight in her own right, being the wife of Tom Cruise at the time became completely irrelevant ) and become immersed fully in the action taking place before your eyes. This theatre is wonderful intimate, its staff young and enthusiastic and the impressions you leave with turn into fond memories.

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Closer by Patrick Marber was made into a very successful movie a few years ago, with Jude Law and Natalie Portman and directed by the wonderful Mike Nichols but even though Patrick Marber was approached many times to transfer the play onto the theatre floor boards he resisted until a chance to introduce a fifth character, London, made perfect sense to the playwright.

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Going to see a matinée play for me is a rarity and on this occasion I was sitting in the audience full of young students and mature adults, American accents mixing with the British ones.

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The play itself revolves around the lives of four people that accidentally ( or not ?) become intertwined. A mature doctor Larry, played by Rufus Sewell draws you in by his playfulness yet complete breakdown in the face of losing the woman he loves. He will antagonise, scheme, beg, flirt, all the while you get lost in your own confusion – does he deserve sympathy or is he a monster? Nancy Carroll, who plays photographer Anna, is beautiful and strong, or is she, succumbing to passion that will confuse her. The younger member of the cast is Rachel Redford that plays mysterious Alice, who is riveting as a young woman, fleeting between self-assurance of youth and the manipulation that comes with years of life experience. And what to make of Oliver Chris‘s Dan, who cares about one woman, then wants to be together with another and ultimately, what is he left with?

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The play is loud and raw, funny and heart-breaking, with lots of sexual references and innuendo that elicited giggles from the younger audience members and made more mature viewers whisper something feverishly to their other half. How does love change us? What makes us choose one person over the other? Is being faithful possible in our day and age or are we all hunters, on the look-out for passion, sex, the immediacy of attraction that might be lost the longer we stay with the partner? How does love evolve? Does maturity bring wisdom? Who is more attractive – a young, risk-taking young woman or a wiser, more self-assured older one? Equally do you choose a man with money and experience or do you go for someone who adores you – mind you all those questions are simplified, the issues raised by the play go much deeper and require lots of thought.

The cast of the play was electrifying, each of the actors bringing something of their own in order to complete the play that evolved before your eyes. As I left the darkness of the theatre for the brightness of spring sunshine, I couldn’t help but watch my footing closely, while I was engrossed in deep thought. Love + relationships = life…..

Mikhail Baryshnikov Dancing Away photo exhibition at Contini Art UK

There is a saying that a truly talented person has multiple talents and that certainly rings true when it comes to Mikhail Baryshnikov. He is a renowned ballet dancer ( he trained at Vaganova School in Leningrad & entered the Kirov Ballet at 18 as soloist ), artistic director of Baryshnikov Art Center in New York and actor but what is probably less well-known to a wider audience of his fans is that he has been taking professional photos for over 20 years. Baryshnikov combines his skills as a dancer and understanding the physicality of the body, with taking the images which capture movement and emotion. His first solo exhibition ‘Dancing Away’ in London, at Contini Art UK, is a true revelation of this side of a truly private, yet world-famous man.

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