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Ryan Michael Kelly
Just when you thought that this place is deserted…
In all honesty: I wouldn’t blame you if you were this close to drop me a line and say that I „shouldn’t have bothered really and create this blog, a napkin would have suited your purpose perfectly well“. In some way your word would have carried more truth than you would probably think. Because even under pressure, even at gun point, I would have barely made it and scribbled down a few words. Not that they would have made sense anyway. The thing is that I had company. Not the good kind of company. Hello summer flu!
This „thing“ is a paradox in itself. It shouldn’t exist. And yet, it does exist. I am not going into details here. I am just going to say that being in a delirium for a week while the most beautiful weather is laughing straight in your face is pure torture.
Now I come slowly back to my senses and start to feel like a human being. Sitting here on a balmy summer night, all windows open, being lucid and putting words together (in a coherent way!) makes me kind of happy. Even the fact that my neighbor has brought out his precious 90s CD collection and celebrates a Goerge Michael & Phil Collins revival, well, even that doesn’t make me flinch at all. This is what recovery does to you. And the meds.
In spite of the bleak appearance of this post, it  is much more of a big-sigh-and-rolling-up-my-sleeves-kind-of-spirit.

I raise my water glass to you and your patiency and I truly hope that you are spending a splenid summer. Here is to more posts in the next days…

Image: Ryan Michael Kelly

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Dean WestAndrew Gallo
Probably one of the most recurrent subjects on this blog are pictures of the sea. So it is not really a surprise that I couldn’t stop myself from posting these pictures. All the more since they are strikingly beautiful. Now that summer is in full swing I see this as a perfect excuse on going overboard with lusciously turquoise material.

Image: (1) Dean West (2) Andrew Gallo

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It is hard to believe that just a few days ago I walked my old and beloved paths in Paris. All of a sudden I found myself in the preparation of big event and everything that happened during these nine days seems very far away. My mind can be currently compared to a battle field where huge tasks encounter tiny details. One of these moments where it is probably wise to take a deep breath and just try to work things out…

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The state of mind I was in last week has nothing to do with this picture. However, this is going to change from tomorrow on and I will hopefully spend a good amount of time sitting in the jardin du Luxumbourg doing pretty much nothing (except maybe being hooked on the roman I have just purchased). Yes, I am going to visit my much beloved Paris and yes, I am looking very much forward to every single second. The fact that I am able to see my friends  makes me over the moon happy, I really miss them a lot. But before I get all bleary eyed, let me say a quick „Au revoir!“  and let’s meet in a week, okay? And for those of you who want to see what I am up to, visit my Instagram feed and follow me along…

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It is hard to believe that May is coming to an end and that I am still obliged to grab my coat before rushing out of the house. It is even harder to believe that I have almost got sunburnt about two weeks ago. Now, on the bright side of things: all the rain makes it really easy to opt for some movie watching and good old fashioned reading.
Over the last few days I have caught up with the Ides of March (did not disapoint), revisited a few classics and paid an obligatory cinema visit in order to finally see The Great Gatsby (an overload of sugar running through the veins for about two hours). How was your weekend?

Images: (1) unknown (2) Morten Bjarnhof (3) Fantastic Man

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Today was one of these perfect summery days. Nursing a cup of perfectly brewed coffee on the beach with the sand between my toes. Listening to my favourite tunes in the car with the windows down. Spending hours on a rooftop terrace and having friends over to share some cold drinks. So happy that summer is just about to start…

Images: (1) b for bonnie (2) unknown

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Love these DIY woven lamps created by bookhue. Very much tempted to give this a try. If you feel the same, you can find the instructions here.

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Peony Limunknown
Currently very much tempted to book a direct flight to Venice. Maybe it has something to do with Peony Lim’s post Arriving to Venice. Maybe? Definitely!

Images: (1) Peony Lim (2) unknown

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It has been quite a while since I talked about a series or a movie on this blog. Such a pity though since there is so much to talk about, right? The plots, the actors, the styling, the interiors…there are many, many things worth mentioning. Think The Talented Mr Ripley, Brideshead Revisited, The Godfather or Atonement. Today I would like to start sharing some of my favourites and I really hope that you are going to enjoy this new section on Definitely Golden.

Our starting point: House of Cards. Netflix did a smart move and released all 13 episodes of the political drama at once. This fact alone caused quite a stir and yet, it was not the only one. David Fincher who is known for movies such as Fight Club and The Social Network produced the pilot and with that, ventured the first time into television territory. The same goes for Kevin Spacey. He and Robin Wright are bringing Francis and Claire Underwood to life, the central couple of the series. Their all-consuming jobs (he is a congressman, she is a charity runner) define their relationship in a troubling way. It would be probably exaggerated to say that House of Cards painted the first truthful picture of a couple. But, there is surely a lot more depth and truth in their behaviour and feelings than what we are normally used to see.
So yes, the acting alone is brilliant and reason enough to give this series a go. And yet, there is more. The interiors, from the utterly perfect apartment to the most shabby one. The wardrobe of the characters, from the well cut suits to the beautifully tailored dresses. Everything has been chosen with a lot of care and attention to detail and leads to a special atmosphere which brushes slightly the dark and at the same time touches at the most luxurious.

Needless to say that I’m awaiting the next season with bated breath.

Images: House of Cards 

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Jakob NylundJakob Nylund
Finally, my friends. Spring is here and it seems as though for good. I think I should excuse myself in advance if all the next posts are going to be very much spring related. I’m sorry! Just in case.

The days are getting longer. The temperatures are rising. This can only mean two things: a final goodbye to the winter coat and hello to a lot of get-togethers with friends on the balcony. With that in mind three things wandered into the basket during a little shopping stint:

food

(1) Whiskey: The Glenrothes (2) Chocolate: Original beans  (3) Vinegar: à l’olivier

(3) Fruity vinegar. Because it makes the salad oh-so-good, you almost forget about the rest of the food on the table. (1) Single Malt Whiskey. Something to savour in good company. (2) Dark chocolate. Just in case someone asks for dessert.

 Images: (1) and (2) Jakob Nylund, (3) composition created by Definitely Golden

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