Singapore and Malaysia have been affected by severe smoke haze due to forest fires in the region periodically. There are already many reports on the adverse impacts of oil palm plantation on the environment, however Adam Harrison’s on-site account of the current situation may convince our readers to take extra measures when purchasing items made with palm oil. This article is taken from Adam Harrison’s blog on the WWF website. “Right now I’m in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, having just attended a series of meetings […]
Little Dresses for Africa (LDFA) was founded by Rachel O’Neill in 2008. This Christian organization’s mission is to provide relief to children throughout the Continent of Africa and beyond. The network of volunteers has grown from all 50 US States, in across the world in countries such as Australia, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, and even Singapore. Volunteers collaborate together to make dresses out of pillow cases for children living in Africa. According to the charity organization, widespread AIDS pandemic in Africa often […]
Categories: Address Book | Going Places • Tags: 72 Smalldive, Address Book, Africa, AIDs Epidemic, Charity Organization, Children in Africa, LFDA, little dresses for africa, pillow case dresses, Rachel O'Niell, sewing projects
There is an old Vaudeville saying: ‘‘If you’re not appearing, you’re disappearing.’’ Our radio silence for the past 4 months might have led a handful of readers to believe that we are finally scrapping ViTRINE off our do-list at 72 Smalldive. The hiatus of ViTRINE was due to an expected flow of work from our online partnership with Amazon UK, and as well as a lack of a probable answer as to how ViTRINE should grow as a monthly newsletter in coherence with […]
Whilst in Paris for my summer vacation, I visited La Flûte Gana, a bakery run by the three daughters of the famous baker Bernard Ganachaud. I bought my bauguette and with some time to spare, I decided to take a stroll through the peaceful garden at Père Lachaise cemetry. My unplanned stroll led me to the tomb of Arman, a French-born American artist best known for his “accumulations” and destruction/recomposition of objects. The chance ‘encounter’ incidentally brought to mind of an exhibition which I visited […]
The ViTRINE team was treated to a cocktail prepared by a rather special barista during their visit to Expo Milano: a robot. Makr Shakr is, as claimed by the design company Carlo Ratti Associati, the first robotic bar – capable of mixing, shaking and serving more than 100 cocktail recipes, as well as the variants suggested by consumers via a custom-designed app. Makr Shakr is up and running in Piazza Italia at the Expo venue, where all visitors over 18 years of […]
It took us a couple of months to resolve the mysterious technical errors we encountered whilst setting up the sales portal. Then there were the endless checks and due diligence process we had to go through…but with Mediaweek’s projection that online sales channels will become increasingly international, we reckon it is a necessary pain to endure. So here we are, we starting today August 27, 2015 our online retail store via Amazon UK goes live! The portal will bring to […]
August and September are the months when tomatoes are at their ripest. I always take advantage of these months when good tasty tomatoes are easily available to whip up a scrumptious tomato pasta sauce or tomato curry. As I savor the sweet and flavorful sauce, which one could easily make from scratch, I also lament about the impending cooler months, when tomatoes tend to be relatively less dense and hence a blander in taste. Well, I decided I should lament no more and spend a […]
We put a bandage on a cut or take antibiotics to treat an infection, right? No questions asked. In fact, questions would be asked if we didn’t apply first aid when necessary. So why isn’t the same true of our mental health?
Spring is here and with it comes physical awakening. This season is our opportunity to begin again, putting our resolutions into action. I always felt that this is a season which allows me the opportunity to reflect and update my emotional and spiritual profile, so that I am ready to learn, to enjoy new experiences and to take on new possibilities.
Categories: Issue • Tags: 72 Smalldive Slow Living Lifestyle Blog, A Friend In Deed, back to basics, Bruce Feiler, Button, Fashion is Dead, Hollandaise Sauce, Lidewij Edelkoort, Mahesh Shataram, Martimania, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paoched Eggs, Scrambled Eggs, Spring, SS15 Collection, ViTRINE
“In each case, I struggled with what to do. I don’t make casseroles; I’m not likely to run into these friends in our daily lives, and I’m not part of their inner circle.” Bruce Feiler
72 Smalldive chose to present an ostensibly ‘normal’ collection, amid the criticism of the nomcore trend amongst fashion critic, to emphasize the label’s philosophy in style over trend.
Modern celebrities with habitual exhibitionist tendencies may not have realized that the humble button, serve not only as a diplomat of decency but also as decorative accessory. This simple accessory has been holding things together since the 13th century. For what may seem as an utilitarian and basic ‘gadget’, it is interesting to note the wide range of designs that may be found across the centuries in fashion as the button from its functional origin into a objet d’art. This month, timed […]
Categories: Address Book | Going Places • Tags: Alberto Giacometti, Buttons, Christian Dior, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Loic Allio, Paris, Paris Fashion Week, Paris' Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Patrick Kelly
despite a heirloom of instructions on cooking eggs, we also find plenty of instructional videos on Youtube with egg-prep advice that ranges from rather comic to highly scientific.
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: back to basics, Eggs, Gordon Ramsey, Hard Boiled Eggs, Joseph Thomas, Julia Childs, Kenji Lopez-Alt, kitchen conundrums, New York Times, Poached Eggs, Scrambled Eggs, Serious Eats
Readers with skeptical views about love and Valentine’s Day may wish to know that love, like healthy bean sprouts, may be cultivated…through meaningful and engaging questions.
Categories: Issue • Tags: 72+Smalldive+Lifestyle+Blog, Bean Stew, Chobi Mela, February, Intimacy, love, online course Stoicism, Pre Order Fall Winter 2015-16 collection, slowliving, sustainable lifestyle, Valentine, Valentines Day, ViTRINE Lifestyle Blog, Vivienne Westwood
The only thing that is truly good is an excellent mental state, identified with virtue and reason
Categories: Trend • Tags: control, emotions, emperor marcus aurelius, Epictetus, gracious society, marcus aurelius, modern stoicism, Nature, philosophy, seneca, Slow Living, stoicism, university if exeter, value
But whatever we unearth from the cemetery of our past, whether the memories we collect are distressing or of perplexing significance, they have left in us indelible traces that will forever influence the essence of our future selves.
Affordable, nutritious and highly versatile, beans are must-have ingredient in everyone’s pantry. I do not have a pressure cooker at home, and for many years I was daunted by the aspect of long preparation time for bean dishes…until I tried a recipe of beans in reduced red wine from Melissa Clark’s video on the New York Times. She debunked a couple of myths about cooking beans and got me hooked on the simple and fuss free way in preparing bean dishes. […]
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: 72 Smalldive, beans, black beans and kale, chickpeas, comfort food, curry, dining and living, healthy comfort food, Joie de Vivre, pastafagioli, pumpkin, Slow Living, vegan, Vegetarian, ViTRINE Lifestyle Blog, winter warmer
Dame Westwood says “it’s not a matter of “do as I say, not as I do.I ride a bicycle for convenience and I’m a person who doesn’t like to waste things.”
If there’s anything we should do more as a society it is to engage in more intimate conversations with our friends, neighbours, relatives, and partners.
Categories: Gracious Living Guide, Tête-à-tête | Interviews • Tags: 36 Questions to Fall in Love, Care, Conversation, Engaging in Conversation, Fall in Love, Gracious Living Guide, Intimacy, Listen, Listen Generously, love, Modern Love, peace, Social Chaos
“It is an entirely Bangladeshi-run festival for an international audience. Normally most festivals are based in the west and it is not possible for us to go and visit all these places” Munem Wasif
Categories: Address Book | Going Places • Tags: Art Festival, Bangladesh, Chobi Mela, Dhaka, East Meets West, Exhibition, International Art Festival, Intimacy, Magnum, photography, Photography Festival
Ostensibly Select Edit Refine is the antithesis to the ‘It’ bag trend; however the label’s sincere intent is to create a versatile and elegant line for its discerning clientele who enliven their lives with true style and class beyond adventitious fashion imagery.
Categories: Drum Roll | What's New • Tags: 72smalldive, Artisan, award winning, Bag, Fall 2015-16, Leather Accessories, Singapore, Singapore Outstanding Label 2014, Singapore President's Design Award Nomination, slow retail, Slow shopping
This year, ViTRINE will run a campaign to encourage its readers to try taking a slower pace of living via its Instagram account. During the course of the year, 100 ways to escape the fast paced madness of the 21st century will be shared with its readers via photos posted on Instagram. We invite our followers to share your way of taking it slow, with us by hash-tagging their post with #100WaysSlowLiving2015 and #72Smalldive. Each month the most inspiring tip will be […]
Citrus fruits are at the peak of their flavours during the winter season. I always look forward to this season’s offering of clementine and blood oranges. In fact, it is the only time I would eat an whole peeled orange. For those with the luxury of owning a citrus fruit tree in the garden, you would also know that a great way to spend your cold weekend indoors, is to prepare and stock up orange (or mix citrus) marmalade for […]
Categories: Dining & Living • Tags: 72 Smalldive, living and Dining, Orange Marmalade, Orange Marmalade Glazed Pound Cake, Orange Salad, Oranges, Recipes, Salad, slow food, ViTRINE, ViTRINE Lifestyle Blog, Winter Fruits
Not being able to fulfill one’s resolutions may be frustrating, but it does not hurt to take a gentler and kinder attitude with our failures in keeping our resolutions, after all life is not just a sheet of paper with check boxes and ticks
Categories: Gracious Living Guide • Tags: 72 Smalldive, Christoph Niemann, Failure, Gentler, Guide to Gracious Living, Kinder, New York Times, Resolutions, Visual Columnist, ViTRINE, ViTRINE Lifestyle Blog
“Sometimes things are more special in life because they are fleeting and you know you don’t have them for long,” Eleanor explains. “It’s nice to do something in life that isn’t money driven, and ‘just because’ really. Also, I don’t know where I would put nearly 150 Play-Doh renderings in my small flat.”
With the passing of the longest night in 2014, looking forward to all things bright and positive for the new year holds a special meaning…especially when the United Nations (UN) General Assembly has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light.
Categories: Issue • Tags: 100 Ways of Slow Living, 72 Smalldive, Announcement, Christoph Niemann, Eleanor MacNair, Instagram, Issue 01 Vol 7, New Year Resolutions, Orange, Slow Living, ViTRINE, ViTRINE Lifestyle Blog, Winter Fruit, Year of the Light