An intimate glimpse of the artistry of two women whose beautiful, evocative, and carefully curated interiors are crafted from what they find around them. Zoe Ellison and Alex Legendre have created a beautiful shopping and interiors experience with their unique store i gigi - a haven of beautiful gifts and unique pieces for your home. The muted, earthy colour palette is chic and modern and yet utterly timeless, allowing their pieces to fit seamlessly into any home. In this, their first book, they share their secrets and open their hearts as they describe the journey they have taken, what makes them tick and their philosophy, friendship, inspirations, ideas and interiors. i gigi is a destination store, selling the idea of a beautiful yet practical and achievable lifestyle. Their interiors feature reclaimed and revamped pieces and rooms that have been created on a shoestring. With stunning photography throughout, this is a truly fascinating look into their world.
On her 40th birthday Louise May appears to have it all, a loving husband, three beautiful children, caring friends and ample finances. So why is she alone in a faraway room drinking Vodka, overdosing on sleeping pills and reflecting on the contents of a pictorial biography compiled for her birthday by those dearest to her?She recalls the loneliness and insecurities of her childhood and finding solace and escape in music. Forming a 3piece Girl Band, The Bingles, in her mid-teens with two like-minded girls, Saskia and Foxy. Their struggle to find musical credibility in a male dominated industry and their later struggle to remain grounded through the hedonism, temptations and touring rigours of success only to break up when Louise marries, Rupert, a wealthy, powerful and much older property tycoon.Louise?s marriage ends inside a year but the loss of Saskia and Foxy fuels the pain and depression that find her directionless and struggling daily to pick up the pieces of her shattered life until her agent organises a job for her as the host of a late night TV shopping show that see her spending her days alone and lonely and her nights cheerfully but vapidly spruiking everything from fake diamonds to fake breast implants.And then she meets her current husband Adam and for almost a decade her world is a better place.Until Louise goes crazy?In the tradition of Girl Interrupted and Silver Linings Playbook,HOT CHOCOLATE IN WONDERLANDis an insightful, stigma busting, sometimes heartbreaking, often humorous and always honest account of living with a mental illness from an author who knows firsthand.From pop star to fully certified ?fruitcake?, Louise May?s epic journey is littered with a kamikaze-style marriage, celebrity substance abuse, self-harm with a blunt instrument, and two of the worst imaginary friends any aspiring diva could wish for.
With the incarnations of ASP.NET 3.5 and SQL Server 2008, programming dynamic data driven web sites with Microsoft technologies has become easier and much more efficient than ever before. Fewer mouse clicks and fewer lines of code can now enable more powerful features and the tools you need Visual Web Developer and SQL Server 2008 Express Edition are free. In Beginning ASP.NET E-Commerce in C sharp: From Novice to Professional , you´ll learn how to best use the free development tools offered by Microsoft to build an online product catalog. You will gain an intimate understanding of every piece of code you write. This understanding will enable you to build your own powerful and flexible web sites efficiently and rapidly with ASP.NET 3.5. Build a complete site, including a shopping cart, checkout, product searching, product recommendations, control panel, customer accounts, order processing, and much, much more. Explore new challenges and theoretical concepts, which are carefully analyzed and explained throughout the book, with each feature you add to the web site. Learn to handle payments by integrating PayPal and DataCash into your site.
How filling life with play - whether soccer or lawn mowing, counting sheep or tossing Angry Birds - forges a new path for creativity and joy in our impatient age Life is boring: filled with meetings and traffic, errands and emails. Nothing we´d ever call fun . But what if we´ve gotten fun wrong? In Play Anything, visionary game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost shows how we can overcome our daily anxiety; transforming the boring, ordinary world around us into one of endless, playful possibilities. The key to this playful mindset lies in discovering the secret truth of fun and games. Play Anything, reveals that games appeal to us not because they are fun, but because they set limitations . Soccer wouldn´t be soccer if it wasn´t composed of two teams of eleven players using only their feet, heads, and torsos to get a ball into a goal; Tetris wouldn´t be Tetris without falling pieces in characteristic shapes. Such rules seem needless, arbitrary, and difficult. Yet it is the limitations that make games enjoyable, just like it´s the hard things in life that give it meaning. Play is what happens when we accept these limitations, narrow our focus, and, consequently, have fun. Which is also how to live a good life. Manipulating a soccer ball into a goal is no different than treating ordinary circumstances- like grocery shopping, lawn mowing, and making PowerPoints-as sources for meaning and joy. We can ´´play anything´´ by filling our days with attention and discipline, devotion and love for the world as it really is, beyond our desires and fears. Ranging from Internet culture to moral philosophy, ancient poetry to modern consumerism, Bogost shows us how today´s chaotic world can only be tamed-and enjoyed-when we first impose boundaries on ourselves.
Insider Tips and much more besides: MARCO POLO enables you to fully experience the trendy port city, from early till late. With this MARCO POLO guide you´ll arrive in the city and know immediately ´where to start´. Discover what other attractions there are apart from the futuristic Hafencity and the Alster - the lake in the heart of the city, that you can watch the trendy folk go by over a Portuguese milk coffee from the Transmontana café in the Schanzenviertel, and why it´s worth going to Park Fiction to find the real St Pauli under plastic palm trees. With the MARCO POLO Excursions and Tours you can explore Hamburg along specific routes, and the Low Budget tips help you to save money. The author´s Insider Tips encourage you to experience the city in an individual and authentic way. Each title contains a clear street or road atlas as well as a folding pull-out map, on which the Excursions and Tours are of course also marked.Explore Hamburg with all its many facets. This compact, straightforward and clearly structured MARCO POLO guide gets you right to the heart of the city, and provides you with all the latest information and lots of Insider Tips for a thrilling city adventure.o THE BEST MARCO POLO HIGHLIGHTS o THE BEST INSIDER TIPS o BEST OF ... o INTRODUCTION o WHAT´S HOT o IN A NUTSHELL o THE PERFECT DAY o SIGHTSEEING o FOOD & DRINK o SHOPPING o ENTERTAINMENT o WHERE TO STAY o WALKING TOURS o TRAVEL WITH KIDS o FESTIVAL & EVENTS o LINKS, BLOGS, APPS & MORE o TRAVEL TIPS o USEFUL PHRASES o STREET ATLAS o INDEX & CREDITS o DOS & DON´TS!Dorothea Heintze was born and raised in Hamburg. She grew up in Blankenese and has lived in different places around the city ever since. When she is not busy at work as the on-line editor of the magazine chrismon or writing freelance pieces for NDR-Info, Die Zeit and the Hamburger Abendblatt, she likes nothing better than to bike through the city, discovering new cafés or other places of interest along the way.o including Insider Tips o street atlas and additional pull-out map o clear, user-friendly structure and layout o get your bearings with the most important ´Highlights´, the ´Where to Start´ panels and the ´Best Of´ pages featuring unique aspects of the city and, depending on your mood, places to go for free, tips for things to do when it´s raining and good places to relax