first look: jane eyre


It must be Jane Eyre season here because the goodies just keep on coming. And I'm certainly not complaining. Remember when I wrote about Cary Fukunaga's new film adaptation? Well, they just released the theatrical trailer a few days ago and oh my, be still my heart. It is *almost* exactly like the Jane Eyre that I saw in my head while reading the book. I had to watch it a couple of times to take it all in. The combination of dark gothic elements and gorgeous cinematography is giving me shivers. I'm also really amazed by Mia Wasikowska's otherworldly intensity as Jane, she seems perfect for the role. Ahhhh...spring can't come soon enough. Have a look at the trailer and tell me what you think.

P.S. The movie poster is lovely too. I really like the subdued colors.
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I am so inspired by these autumn-themed photos from my blogger friends. We don't really get to see a whole array of autumnal colors here but looking at them is enough to make me want to bundle up and head outside, walk everywhere with a cup of coffee to go, and take lots and lots of pictures.

Photos by Sofia in France, Jo in Stockholm, Ebony in Tokyo. Thank you, ladies.

P.S. And you, how does this season look like in your side of the world?

do you write?

There's a very interesting article from the Wall Street Journal about a recent research study that shows how writing by hand engages the brain in learning. The study shows that not only does it help with learning letters and shapes, it also improves idea composition and expression and may aid in fine motor skill development. And its not just children who benefit from the physical act of writing but also adults who are learning to form new symbols (i.e. learning how to write Chinese characters).

I work as a therapist in the schools and often deal with children with handwriting and fine motor difficulties and this article really made me happy. Especially because there are times when parents question why we still need to work on penmanship when we live in a digital age anyway and almost everyone is using a keyboard or a handheld device these days. It begs the question: does handwriting still matter?

My answer to that of course is a resounding yes. Regardless of the theoretical or neurological reason behind it, I personally feel so much more connected to what I'm writing when I'm using paper and pen. Which is why I keep a journal and have tons of little notebooks and word cards that I carry with me everywhere. There's something inherently personal about seeing your thoughts and ideas translate on a piece of paper versus a computer screen. And it may be cumbersome to have all these paper trail but I really like it that way.

How about you? How often do you write by hand? Do you have a preference between keyboarding versus using paper and pen?

music monday: james blake


Every once in awhile I come across a song that completely blows me away. This was how I felt when I first heard James Blake and his remake of Limit to Your Love, one of my favorite songs by Leslie Feist. You can't really compare the two, but I must say that James Blake's version is haunting in its starkness and I can't help but be drawn to his voice. And the bass in this track is just out of this world. Have a listen.

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vintage perfection


Candice Lesage

I literally swooned when I saw these photos. They were taken by Candice Lesage, a 19 year-old Parisian blogger and photographer. She found this 1957 edition of Jane Eyre at a flea market for only 1 euro! Isn't it just gorgeous? I am so in love with the color and the typography. And how her caption says "Reader, I married him". This is also one of my favorite lines from the book and it makes me want to pull out my own copy and immerse myself in Jane's world yet again.

today's inspiration


Found this via The Drifter and the Gypsy. Isn't it just lovely? How there's so many words to describe a certain feeling and circumstance. I've always loved the word saudade and the feeling of longing that it evokes, especially after I found Lorca's poetry. And of course, there's gigil, pronounced as gheegle, a Filipino word that I often use when I have this uncontrollable urge to pinch or hug someone. Like seeing a bunny or a newborn baby or your favorite person doing unexpectedly sweet things and you can't help but squeal inside.

I think if there's a word for that feeling of utter joy you get in that moment of doing something that you love the most, I'd like to know that word. Bliss? Happiness? Love? I'm not sure they quiet encompass that inspired moment. Like being able to take a picture that you already saw in your head. Or finding the right phrase for a poem that you're writing. Or doing one perfect pirouette after hours and hours of practice. I would really love to find that word. What do you think?