Thursday, June 27, 2013

I'm still here...

...not dead yet :) Just overworked. Sorry for the silence, suddenly found myself with too many things on my plate this month! I didn't really release my twice a week blogposts had dwindled to such a sorry state that twice a month would be a more apt description until a friend asked if I'd given up on the blog! (Highly unlikely since this is how I'm going to become a household name!)

Anyway, so about that competition I was working on, I went through! Yay! But...wait for did my firm! Which is such a double edged sword! Now I have twice the workload and half the time because I have to spend my 8 - 5 doing company work, my 5 - 7 brainstorming with my colleagues how to approach this and my nights thinking of how to do it on my own! Confused yet?

So how about my lunch breaks you say? Oh, those. Huh, I took it upon myself to help a colleague with their dissertation - sourcing for reference material for their case studies to be exact. This involves me going to the Statistics library across town in lunch hour jam! Are you feeling my pain yet?

It gets worse, I'm job hunting. Yes, searching and interviewing for new placements while still keeping down my current bird in hand until the bush produces the two its hinting on having. How is this going? Well, I'm blogging from my old desk same as always.

Obviously I'm not complaining over just 3 things though. Nope. Not me. I happen to be part of a charity group that helps underprivileged  orphans and I start off each month saying I'm going to play a more active role. June started off great, we visited the orphan one evening and made note of what had to be improved and how to raise the money. But since then, all brainstorming meetings coincide with my site visits or my competition meetings or my market trips...I've failed to make a single one!

Then there's this private Interior Design job for a 10 bedroom mansion I was just about to complete before the client decides to relocate and convert the house to a bed and breakfast! I'm back to square numero uno. I'm tempted to let the commission go, but only slightly... I'm half hoping I can outsource this to an intern maybe? Hmmm, but then again I want it to be my design, my creation, my signature throughout those rooms!

And then, just when I thought I had figured out how to juggle all these, an offer I couldn't decline dropped into my laps! I'd been angling to get into the wedding decoration market ever since my old schoolmates started getting married off like flies! So when this church acquaintance asks if I can handle a 250 person intro and reception job on a $400 budget I said of course I could! So I quickly drafted up an idea board and everything... I loved the Ankara theme so I made sure to sell the bride to be on it! She might have loved it even more than I judging by the fact that she changed her cake order from a luwombo cake to the Ankara designed cake featured in my slides! *pat on the back! Well done Mimi, first job and your killing it!* Huh. <.< soon came the practicalities!

Gosh, do you know what this involves? On a $400 budget??? A lot of market scouting to get the cheapest good products, that's what! On foot obviously because I need to be frugal to fit within the budget. And now the city traders are on strike! SMDH!

Friday, June 14, 2013

A medley of this and that.

I have been so busy lately trying to come up with a proposal for a nationwide architectural design competition that I literally had no free time! I'd just get home to tired to even have dinner or shower (what, I spend all day indoors *defiant look*) and just hit the sack! So of course my proposed set design series had to wait a bit. In the meantime...

When first I saw Claire Julien's outfit I was prepared to hate it! I thought she was wearing a plain nude halter neck dress beneath the embroidered shorter netted one. Then I realised the embroidery was on the nude dress and that it had a sexy low back while the top dress just had visible seams and that cross thing going on in the front. And that was when I fell in love. Now I'm on the hunt for the perfect long sleeved net dress to throw on to of my skin bearing clingy dresses in an attempt at false modesty. Genius.

Can't hardly wait to watch the Bling Ring if only for the fact that it gave Paris Hilton a legit reason to show up on the Red Carpet again. And also to see Emma Watson play a spoiled hollywood kid which i think a part of me actually wants her to be. But not the kind that robs Paris because...come on.

Whi is this perfectly made up and coiffed lady with nary a mismatched shoe and satin lips purse in sight???
Also Helena Bonham Carter covered British Vogue and she looked divine if a lot unlike her eccentric self. What with having separate but adjoining homes with Tim Burton I'm convinced real Helena is mixture of the characters she plays - equal parts Bellatrix, the murderess in Demon Barber, and the queen of hearts. So great cover but gosh, I can barely see HER in it!

Now this is the HBC we all know and love. 

Speaking of Tim Burton collaborators, Johnny Depp turned 50! He looks more and more like the 60 year old man I'm supposed to marry in 10 years time. Just saying.

I mean ... right?

This is the perfect mix of Indiana Jones and nerdy professor. 

I don't even hate the moth eaten T-shirt beneath that cardy that looks like a cross between a leather vest and a granddad sweater. Which says a lot about his face because this shit is terrible.

No thanks. Even I draw a line somewhere
This jacket!!!!!! Seriously? How much work does this guy put in to look this horrible??? And most importantly, why?

I take back what I said, 50 year old Johnny Depp looks nothing like my future hubby!

Also the CFDA Awards happened and the folder has been sitting on my desktop for so long I can't caption all the pics. Nicole Richie was my best dressed. Was happy to see Michael Kors and Nina Garcia in the same room outside of Project Runway and imagined them critiquing then RC outfits as if it was what the Project Runway designers had spent a day labouring over. Anyway I'll let the pics speak for themselves. Off home to watch The Face! Laters reader(s)!

Someone ought to make an Academy Award size wax sceptre of her and dip it in gold and let that be the new statuette for some achievement or something because this perfection deserves to be replicated, immortalised and displayed!

Miranda Kerr was my next best dressed. I immediately scoured the inter webs for images of her from all angles and saved them in my DIY folder. Now looking for the perfect batik print to DIY a similar look.

Karlie's hair looks so slicked with gel and immobile in this picture. Like a seal.

A little disappointed Nina Garcia went in for pants when obviously she had a selection of custom made gowns to choose from. I mean, whats the point of being a judge on Project Runway if you can't set your important red carpet looks as challenges for the designers.

I'm in a very shorts wearing mood lately so I'm loving this look!

Wet Seal. And now her bodice looks like an oil spill. Her mani though is to die for!

Menswear Award winner Thom Browne (almost typed Thom Mayne. Those two should design for each other, Mayne the tasteful sustainable home and Browne the cutting edge menswear of course.) and Matt Crawley with his cool shoes were pretty much the only guys worth discussing. But like I said, I've been scrolling through this gallery for so long I'm all worded out.

Vergara though... how we've come a long way from the blonde days of "Chasing Papi"

Thursday, June 6, 2013


First of all, yay! Sometime during the last month my blog finally cracked 1500 page views and I caught it! Considering its just 4 months old and I've never taken to social media there's still hope to garner views in the hundred thousands and make this my full time job. Speaking of job switches...

These are photos of three views of office sets and one of a living room set of a critically acclaimed legal drama

My dad and I were talking about my career prospects the other day because at the moment I’m so dissatisfied with architecture in Uganda (mostly because clients just don’t appreciate the profession enough? And those that do are the big scale companies that want to put up a school or hospital or hotel. These pay good and give you leeway with the design and all but they are not about to hire a graduate architect with less than 5 years experience! Now, I know I know; I have to do the time and wait my time. I was never good at waiting though and I think my attention has already started to flit because…) I told him what I think would put the beat back into my heart would be designing interiors of like private jets and tour buses and luxury yachts! That sure tickled his bones! He’s like “you’re complaining about hoteliers not hiring you and you think a yacht owning billionaire would?”

The strength and elegance of the female senior partner is brought out by a classic mix of reds and neutrals in her office. I specially love the red vases as centre pieces!

Another view of the same office. Classy, right? Again, a clever mix of reds and neutral tones!

The guys get darker tones... stained wood furniture, black leather seats...I love the subtle implication of power. Suitable for all the mind games this guy does!

I stand by my “Why not?” because in the latter case it’s really about taste not so much about can you put up the bid security of 50m and do you have a renowned team of consultants you work with and how impressive is your portfolio of previous projects, yadda yadda yadda.

Calm blues and neutrals for the single working mother with two children. They just set the mood with just a few carefully selected pieces of furniture and colour matched wall paper! Who wouldn't want this job?!

Anyway, at some point in this conversation the talk shifted to how sparsely furnished and uninspiring the BBA house is this year! And that’s when I had my eureka moment! Set Design! *ding ding ding!*

Did you guess the TV Show? I had wanted to talk about each office design and all but figured why limit myself? Why not make this a regular blog series...and so I will. Wait for the next instalment of my set design dreams and the TV Shows/Movies that inspire them! And if you do not watch the Good Wife, just take my word for it and buy the entire 4 seasons! (Ha, that sounds like I meant buying the hotel!) Thank me later!

I think this would be challenging, stimulating and rewarding in equal measures! Obviously, my sights are set on Hollywood but in the meantime (next 2, 3 years?) I can settle for these Ugandan TV shows cropping up everywhere. Lord knows they missed the mark - even if the mark was humorous irony - having an HB Toxic poster hanging up in Patra’s hostel room!
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