Mysterious. Shoes.

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מה, מתי, למה וכ”ו

לפני כשבועיים, קצת אחרי שעברתי דירה

היכן: אוטובוס בדרך הביתה, ליפו

מה צדות עיניי: זוג גרביים מכסים מגפיים. הכי הגיוני בעצם

מי הנועלת? דנה, אשר מספרת שהחורף “פתאום” התחשק לה והרגיש לה ללבוש הרבה שחור. והמגפיים שלה חומים, והן הרגישו לה בהירים, או בוהקים, או לא קשורים לכל השחור האפל הזה

אז היא עשתה מעשה פשוט, וכיסתה אותם

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בדרך הזו אני יכולה לשנות ולהחליף את הצבע והמראה של המגף כמה שאני רוצה, בקלות. הוא יותר זורם, הוא אחר ומשתנה – היא מספרת. ומי היא דנה? דנה פורר, שחקנית ומנהלת האנסמבל של תאטרון המסתורין. כן כן , יש דבר כזה. גם אני גיליתי זאת רק בזמן שיחה על גרביים

בכל אופן, תאטרון המסתורין מופיע בפינות האפלות והנסתרות של התחנה המרכזית. דנה מספרת שהמופע משלב השפעות מתרבויות רבות, והאתר שלהם מגלה לי שהמופע מבוסס גם על טקסטים מיסטיים וקלאסיים

אז אם מסתורין סרוג אל תוך מיסטיקה חתוכה על גבי מגף עושה לכם את זה – בואו. אני הולכת להיות שם. עם גרביים, מגפיים וכמה פינות מסתוריות בלב ובנשמה

לרכישת כרטיסים מסתוריים או ל-לייק לעמוד הפייסבוק המסתורי מכולם

When: a short while ago, shortly after I moved to a new home

Where: on a bus ride, on my way home to Jaffa

What about?? I spot Dana wearing shoes covered by socks.

“I created these sock-covers for shoes because this winter I’ve been wearing a lot of black, and just felt the brown boots didn’t match. The sock-cover allows me to change the colour of the boot as I want whenever I feel like it”.

“At the beginning the socks covered the entire front and the toe cap, but then they tore after a short while, so I just cut them open at the toes”

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What did I like about it? I love improvisation, and I love to spot items personalised by their users. Especially when the personalisation is about the construction, not only decoration.

So who is Dana? She tells me she performs in a theater group called “The Mysterious Theater”, or in Hebrew “Mystorin”,  which sounds like a kind of magical tour to me.

Their website states they “combine mystical and classic texts with a variety of performing arts”, they perform in the Tel-Aviv Central Bus station which is a maze with many hidden corridors and underground halls. Yep, a little scary, and mysterious too 🙂

Check out their upcoming shows

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Mine; sea sand and shoes

What about: Meeting Danielle Yaor, who studies design in Rietveld, Amsterdam.

Danielle believes that ‘fashion design enfolds a subtle power to challenge social structures’ and is the creator of collection of shirts entitled ‘Mine’.

And in Danielle’s words: “‘Mine’ explains that your vagina is entirely yours! And creates a social awareness with a clear say – stop the rape culture”.

You can buy the shirts here

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Where: We meet in Jaffa-Tel-Aviv

What else is happening: Danielle was visiting Tel-Aviv also to have her collection of shirts photographed by Ofer Dabush. You can see it also in Cake Mag 😉

What is she wearing: shoes bought in the flea market in Amsterdam.

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Also included: sand from the beach!:) direct from the photo shooting 🙂

So: The only people who can grab ‘mine’ are me or others I allow them to.

 

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Models: Lihi Paul lihi_paul / Amitay Shulman  nazidadashiim / Yaniv Cohen yanivcohen21

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Moving house, and shoes

Recently I moved to a new house.

It’s a step which entails a change because I no longer live alone, but with my partner. The house is old and beautiful but most of all is starting to feel like home, cozy and intriguing.

I think there will be many more stories to tell about the house, about Jaffa – which is where we live – and about my partner’s shoe collection which is quite remarkable and expresses a unique and interesting taste 🙂

The night before the move i went out with Avivit, a good friend who runs a small second-hand clothing business and also mends and alters many of the clothes. “It’s like a farewell party for you before moving into your new life” Avivit declared with a smile.

Avivit has this incredible eye for finding hidden gems in the street. I mean if I see a pile of clothes someone left on a street corner I would probably hesitate or feel embarrassed to start looking through it. But with Avivit all the magic happens. This way we found a pile full of fun and stylish stuff. A pile which we soon discovered was left outside by a really cool and stylish couple, which also sew some of their clothes.

So this is one of the fun items found that night.

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I wonder if they too will be sued for red out sole bottoms??:) Doubt it… 

And where also did we go?

To the Gagarin, to see Deaf Chonky.

 

So keep moving, listening, finding. Happy February 🙂

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I invite you to follow my steps 🙂

 

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Up Next Shoes?

When: first morning of 2017

Where: a bus in Tel-Aviv, heading north.

What do I spot: a pair of shoes that have this majestic burgundy colour and a matching ornament too. Not the kind of shoes I see around me every morning…. I had  to check this out! Wondering if they are fancy ‘leftovers’ from last night New Year’s partying 🙂

Who’s wearing them: Emma Raz, senior manager at AppNext – a mobile discovery platform. This pair was bought in China last April (“wow, before Brexit and Trump” I think to myself….).

“I travel quite often” Emma tells me, “mainly for work, so each item I’m wearing is from a different place in the world”

I also like: the semi-obscured tattoo behind the transparent sock, and the hint, or glimpse of an ankle bracelet.

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Looking back at these pictures this evening

I wish I had snapped more pictures to capture Emma’s style; all items and their blend seemed really stylish and interesting.

It’s the blend, or mix which makes up a good story, or great style. A thought about a global world changing so rapidly.

And for 2017 which started today I wish myself to continue meeting interesting people during 2017, around the corner and also while travelling to many places in the world 🙂

Wishing you all a happy and fabulous 2017! May a wish or two come true.

Happy you are here, you are welcome to follow my steps. Sometimes I even take the bus 😉

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בנעלי הפאשניסטה. לשעבר

מה מתי ולמה: ערב בנושא קיימות ואופנה של העיתונאית לשעבר מיכל לוי ארבלי

איפה: במזא”ה 9, תל אביב

אז למה מיכל עשתה שינוי והפסיקה להיות עיתונאית? מיכל הייתה כתבת האופנה של ידיעות אחרונות, ולאחר שסקרה, ראתה וכתבה על כל המי ומי ועל עולם האופנה מכל זווית אפשרית כמעט, קצה נפשה במהירות החיפצון של פריטי לבוש והיא עברה לקצה השני – לימודי קיימות באוניברסיטת תל אביב. מעניין

הערב כלל מצגת מרתקת עמוסה בנתונים מעוררי אימה על כמויות הבגדים הנקנים ונזרקים, הפתרונות הצולעים עדיין שיש ועל כמה כיוונים חדשים ומועילים יותר. אולי האור בקצה המנהרה של חברה מוכת ייצור וצריכה

מה אהבתי: כאמור הסיפור של מיכל מעניין וזו נקודת פתיחה טובה להרצאה, ניכר שהיא חיה את הנושא ושוחה היטב בים הנתונים האין סופי, אני משערת שבהרצאה היא מצליחה להציג רק חלק קטן מהמידע והידע שברשותה. גם המצגת אסתטית, וזה כיף

ההרצאה הסתיימה בטיפים מעוררי מחשבה על שינויים בהרגלים שלנו אשר יכולים להשפיע על התמונה הגדולה

מה עוד רציתי: לשמוע יותר על חקיקה ושיתופי פעולה בין מדינות וגופים מרכזיים כדי לייצר שינוי בשטח מלמעלה, רגולציה המאגדת מדינות שונות אשר יחד יצליחו לפקח על כל תהליך הייצור. כיום כל מדינה אחראית לנעשה בתחומה, ולכן קשה לפקח על מפעל במזרח הרחוק למשל. ישנן חברות שכן מקפידות על תנאי ייצור נאותים אבל בדרך כלל זה נובע מדרישת הצרכנים, ולא מגוף שלוקח אחריות. נשמע חלומי ובדיוני? לא יודעת, אבל הנושא עלה במהלך הערב ובעיני הוא מרתק ומהותי

אז מה אנשים נעלו? (חיכיתי שתשאלו:) אילנה לייזין נעלה נעליים שקנתה ביד שניה. אילנה היא סביבתנית, ובעלת סטודיו אילנה – בנושא קיימות, אופנה וצרכנות

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ועוד אורחת, אנונימית כנראה, שילבה ג’ו’גינג עם ההרצאה ורצה את כל הדרך מהבית. שניה לפני שהיא יצאה היא גילתה שהסוליה קצת התפרקה ואילתרה גומיה. את זה ממש אהבתי 🙂 מלא חן וזורק למלא רעיונות

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שמחה שאתםן פה איתי, מוזמניםות לעקוב אחרי צעדי הריצה או ההליכה שלי

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Christmas in Nazareth and some shoes

Where: Nazareth, Galilee, Israel

When: Christmas eve

The route we took: Paulos st. ,  Church of St. Gabriel , Mary’s well square.

Attractions: The largest Christmas tree in the Middle East. Yep, a phallic symbol in the name of God 🙂

Nazareth was decorated, festive and crowded:)

We succeeded in missing the parade that took place earlier that afternoon, and we blended in the crowd strolling along the city center, visiting Gabriel’s church and stopping by a few of the many eateries in Nazareth.

Our tip: one thing we did well for sure – we parked about 2 km from the center. We avoided horrendous traffic jams and enjoyed the walk.

Tip no. 2: wear comfortable shoes 🙂

What did we wear?

He: shoes by Reply.

And I: shoes by Pons Quintana. I’ve had them now for I guess about 10 years and they are still rocking.

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Above: boots by Pons Quintana with an elongated last/toe cup

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Above: shoes by Reply, I think they’ve traveled the world.

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The visit to Nazareth

Reminded me of my neighbour, a 5 year old refugee from Africa, who he and his family were lucky enough to leave and arrive in Israel when it was still easier (but not easy) to cross the borders and arrive in a safer place than the country they left.

A few weeks ago I saw him and his sister outside their house, dressed up and looking happy and excited. He ran up to me to tell me that “our God has a celebration today!”.

The young kid had the right intuition many grown ups lack: God is personal and if you choose to seek his presence he (or she?!:) probably will be found in your heart, or your thoughts.

Because while God might be divine,

Religion seems to suffer from many earthly flaws….

So I think tip no. 3 would be: follow your personal Jesus 🙂

 

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Above: patterns are everywhere

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Above: an ancient church in 2016 – the cross is hidden within a screw 😉

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Above: an upside down JBL included, the divine and earthly intermix

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Above: Santa Claus is heading to Heaven?:) Helium balloons can be great fun

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Above: ancient art in today’s life, air-co and a clock are included

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Above: this reminded me of ‘The Creating of Adam’ by Michelangleo in the Sistine Chapel  

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Above: painting located above the water and well. Picture by Deva Melman

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Above: God’s pocket money?:)

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Above: detail of a painting, sandals.

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Above: Moses removing his sandals at the burning bush.

In Jewish religion shoes are considered to be a barrier, a divider between man and God.

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Above: Adam and Eve, and the divine light with some bars….?:) Picture by Deva Melman

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Walking along the side streets

We could experience more angles to the city

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Above: painted on the wall surrounding the Baptist church in Nazareth

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Above: a jewelry window tells a story. Mixed symbols. ‘Noyser Jewlry’ at Ha’Galil st. no 22 in Nazareth

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Above: a must visit bakery in Nazareth – ‘Mahroum’ sweets. I loved the yellowish Kanafeh with pistachio mix, and I personally prefer it without the sweet sauce usually poured on top. This way the sweetness is inviting and soft. The halva too was excellent.

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Above: we didn’t check this place out but it seemed inviting. Right by the square and the church.

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Above: Picture by Deva Melman

This post was written yesterday, by the time I finished it George Michael passed away. Another great artist who left this world during 2016. I loved the music he made, as a solo artist or together with Andrew Ridgeley. I wish you to rest in peace, feeling and being closer to your personal Jesus.

 

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