The Juliet Journal: Where are you getting your information from?

Juliet Sulejmani | November 19, 2016

The other day I listened to THIS podcast on Design Matters with Debbie Millman. Debbie interviewed Steven Watson of Stack Magazines, which is a magazine subscription company that sends out a different independent magazine each month.

The podcast was particularly inspiring to me because it touched on something that has been lingering on my mind lately and something that has been affecting me creatively. And that is, information. Information that I am consuming and where I am getting my information from.

Part of my problem has been that I have had so much work lately, that I haven’t been able to discover new things like I’m used to. I haven’t spent enough time with friends, I haven’t read many books or watched any new films. I have just been sitting in my studio continuously refreshing my instagram feed and twitter feed, and I’ve found that even though the images I get from instagram can be inspiring, there really is no substance in most of them or any nourishing information.

In the podcast, Debbie and Steven both talk about how in the current time, we feel like we have the whole world at our fingertips, however what we actually get is filtered information. When you do a Google Search, Google guesses the things you hear about, and when you’re searching for something, it’s something you already know about, or you go directly to your favourite writers, ignoring everyone else, or even the constant stream of things shared on facebook by the people you follow and depending on who you follow on ig, it can create the illusion that that is the only thing going on in the world at the moment.

The point is basically that there is less chance of you discovering something new or being surprised by something, and as Steven says in the podcast “[we are]…reinforcing the prejudices and ideas that we already have”.

And, besides his obvious love of magazines, this is kind of where Steven’s idea for Stack Magazines comes from. They mention in the podcast a blog post by Wired columnist Russell Davies “…he recommended in that post that a good way to stay interesting as a person was to read a different magazine every week”.

So the idea is that if you read a different magazine each week, on a genre that you don’t really know much about, you will be opened up to many different perspectives, points of views and you will have the opportunity to stumble across new and potentially inspiring information.

So, in conclusion, I will be reviewing the accounts I follow on social (If you have any suggestions of people I should follow leave a comment below), trying to get out more, I’m a little less busy now which is great, and I will buy and read a new magazine each week. Woo.

Until next time friends!

Jx

 

The Juliet Report : STYLE

Britt Doherty | August 31, 2016

 

Outfit Inspiration: Friday night drinks (I can already taste the champagne)

friday night1
Alpha 60 / Lea Jacket – Navy
friday night2
Country Road / Technical Pant – Black
friday night3
By Nye / Gold Asteroid Choker – Gold
friday night4
Acne Studios / Jensen Grain – Navy

 

Illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani

The Juliet Report : STYLE

Britt Doherty | August 24, 2016

 

Outfit Inspiration: Winter Brunch vibes, with spring in the air.

 

winter brunch1
Base Range / cropped jumpsuite – camel
winter brunch2
Jonathan Saunders / Lee Sunglasses – Tortoise
winter brunch3
Ralph Lauren / Bedelia Loafer – Black
winter brunch4
Acne Studios / Canada Scarf – Black

 

Illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani

How to be Danish by Patrick Kingsley

Juliet Sulejmani | April 11, 2016

How to be Danish – A journey to the cutlrual heart of Denmark, by Patrick Kingsley
183 Pages
Originally published in 2012
Non fiction
Patrick Kingsley, The Guardian’s migration correspondent, journalist, author
November 28 1881 – February 22, 1942.

I was in Avenue Bookstore in Albert Park about two weeks ago and this book caught my eye. I have been unconsciously looking for a book of it’s kind ever since I got to experience Danish culture through the wonderful women behind the blogs “UNGT BLOD” and “IDA LAERKE“.

This book gives you a great over view of Danish culture.

Kingsley has divided the book into 8 parts covering; education, food, design DNA, welfare, immigrants, Copenhagen, The Killing and Jutland.

I recommend the book to anyone who is curious about Denmark and I wish that there were a book like this for all the cities in the world.

The gist of the book for me was that Denmark is about being a collective nation. Everything that anyone does is for the benefit of everyone else and for the benefit of the country and also the world. Think low unemployment rate, think small gap between lower class and upper class, think world’s largest producers of windmills, think design innovation etc.

Some things I’m inspired to do after reading the book are; travel to Denmark, start riding a bike, think about ways that I can make a positive difference in the world, watch The Killing, go to NOMA and read more books on How to be Danish.

Notes and Quotes:

  • “It’s no coincidence that the name of the Danes’ most famous export -Lego toys- is derived from the Danish words “leg godt”. Play well.” Page 19
  • “The last two (debating and philosophy) are particulary important because the ability to articulate an argument is a key part of being an active citizen.” Page 22
  • Lurpak Danish Butter, Page 27
  • Rene Redzepi, Noma, Page 32
  • Watch Borgen and The Killing
  • Read, Being Danish by Richard Jenkins and Life Between Buildings by Gehl
  • Copenhagen Cycle Chic Blog, Page 122
  • “No. We dress for our destination, not our journey.” Page 122

Book 15 for 2016

Fashion Week – Day One

by Juliet Sulejmani | March, 07 2016

Today is day one of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF).

VAMFF is a week long celebration of our countries finest established and emerging designers.

VAMFF will play host to a range of events and activities around the city that Melbourne’s fashion savvy folk, have been patiently awaiting and preparing for.

These are some of the events that we can look forward to-

  • Runway Shows
    • Click HERE to find the shows.
  • Beauty Workshops
  • Industry Seminars:
  • Forums
  • Live Entertainment and more.

 

I went to my super chic friend Steph Jackson and asked her to put together some outfits that she would wear to fashion week, and here is her first look.

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  1. Life With Bird, 3/4 sleeve jacket (find the jacket ‘HERE‘).
  2. Black, sleeveles, high neck top.
  3. Black waxy jeans with rips at the knees.2016.03.07_vamff2
  4. Valentino, black rockstud pumps.
  5. Valentino, black rockstud pouch.

Juliet and Her Friends

2015.11.14_blog_008Juliet Sulejmani | November, 20 2015

Hello Blog_008!

I made it to a week of daily blogging. Amazing. I was kind of testing myself to see if I would actually keep doing it or if I would get bored and I’m finding it’s actually quite a fun thing to do. It kind of forces me to think about what I’m doing and what’s going on in my life, and that’s always a good thing.

An update on meditation.

I’ve meditated 2/2 days, it’s a start. I’ve really been enjoying Tara Brach’s guided meditations. I was used to doing 10 minute meditations, but I’ve realised I get much more benefit from doing the longer, 20 minute ones.

Lately I’ve been so busy with illustration work, which is great, but I haven’t really been spending time on learning and practicing my drawing. And I feel like I’ve kind of lost my inspiration. A friend of mine gave me some advice and told me to go within, reconnect with Juliet, and to meditate. So I’m on the right track, I just need to make more time for experimentation.

I realised I started a fun project a while ago, #julietandherfriends, my goal was to draw something for every single one of my followers on Instagram. I’ve done 22 so far, (I’ve included some of them are the illustrations at the top of this post), I have a lot more to go, so I might use this project to experiment with and try some fun things.

So if you’re reading this and you also follow me on instagram, tag me in a photo that you’d like me to draw and I’ll add it to my ‘next to draw’ list.

Jx

[ Credits: Words and Illustration by me. ]

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