Biker jackets or any other kind of leather jacket..does not quite say ‘cool’, but too attached to the past; unless you’re making some sort of ironic statement;
Making a huge fuss about how futuristic & useless some commercial design is. I like my simple and down-to-earth stuff on most occasions or where appropriate. Time and place for everything etc. etc.
Sash windows. One word: heavyyyyy.
Vintage clothing (as no. 1 - unless you’re making an ironic statement)
Monochrome obsessions; pink room, pink books, pink sheets, pink curtains so on and so forth.
Obsessions with ornate decorations in today’s times: Rococo - as mentioned in no. 2: time & place for everything.
People who always take themselves seriously. Oscar Wilde would have had a thing or two to say.
Jewellery; liking the occasional change in style but layers and layers and no apparent coherence or evidence of style baffles me. If you’re going to spend a lot of money, you might want to spend it with a purpose.
Tattoos of symbols with adopted personal meanings: tribal symbols, chinese letters, yin & yangs, ankhs, dragons, oms and other wonderful remote signs no one grew up with or understands fully.
Women posing with drinks in their hands. Or hanging from someone’s neck when drunk. Or shouting to each other across the street. They make me a sad panda.
Cleavage & skin on display
Chest hair on display and anyone who thinks Russell Brand is a style icon and inspiration
“The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order — not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists, through catalogs, through collections in museums and through encyclopedias and dictionaries. There is an allure to enumerating how many women Don Giovanni slept with: It was 2,063, at least according to Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte. We also have completely practical lists — the shopping list, the will, the menu — that are also cultural achievements in their own right.”—Umberto Eco: ‘We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want to Die’ - SPIEGEL ONLINE
“In some ways, America is a victim of its own success. The economic prosperity provided by its implementation of a market system has provided the upper middle class with leisure time to concoct or adopt half-baked theories. In many ways, the self-described intelligentsia bite the hands that feed them; even as the middle class is the engine of the economy that gives them the cushy jobs decoupled from manual labor, they loathe and attack the middle class mercilessly. Why is this? The main reason leftist yuppie elites hate the middle class is because those who hold down real jobs have a much different view of freedom than the upper-middle class or the lower class. While the middle class simply want freedom of opportunity and the right to self-determination, the upper middle class argue for the universalization of the type of economic freedom they experience; to have pointless, disposable jobs and to buy whatever they want whenever they want. Just like Marxists have no real sense of resource scarcity, neither do urban elites who live luxurious lifestyles.”—Point/Counterpoint: A Brief Psychosocial Analysis of the Leftist Mentality
“It’s good to know that the ones you love will always be in your heart. And if you’re very lucky, only a plane ride away.”—Never thought I’d be quoting Sex and the City BUUUUUUUUUUUT…maybe 2 planes (via justbesplendid)
“Behavioural economics “has a vocabulary (unlike that of marketing and brands) that can play in the boardroom or the ministry. It is an area of study that might earn us consideration in the FT and The Economist and in government policy-making… Most importantly, it provides us with an intellectual framework, which allows us to better justify (and charge for) the ideas we already generate as well as generate new and better ones.”— 44 Club: Behavioural Economics with IPA President Rory Sutherland