Fashion

As photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for the June issue of UK Vogue.
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This is the third and final episode of Prada Candy L’Eau, with Candy played by new Coppola muse Léa Seydoux, who is just so fantastic. (I love the way she says “Pahdah.”) In this episode, she’s sick of the two guys. Very funny!

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Lovely photos in the June issue by Tom Allen

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Can’t wait to see Great Gatsby!

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Léa Seydoux is just so great!

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Love this! I can’t wait to see Episode 2.

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It was like discovering a hidden pirate’s treasure, for fashion lovers and art lovers alike. After more than half a century, museum curators have unlocked the doors to Frida Kahlo’s closet, at the same time unlocking many secrets of her life.

When Frida died in 1954, her heartbroken husband, famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, locked the doors to her closet, capturing inside it hundreds of her personal items just as they were on the day she died. Before he died three years later, the couple’s close friend Dolores Olmedo promised to protect the contents of the closet, keeping it locked her entire life (she died at 93 in 2002).

The day Hilda Trujillo Soto, the director of the Frida Kahlo Museum, finally opened the closet, the scent of Frida’s cigarettes and perfume still clung to her clothes. Can you imagine what that must have felt like? As though Frida’s ghost stood beside her in the room.

In wonder, they slowly explored the items inside: more than 300 items, including love letters, photographs, makeup, jewellery, shoes, and an extraordinary collection of dresses that were well ahead of their time and, according to ABC News, both a political and a cultural statement.

For example her beloved, vibrant ‘Tehuana dresses’ were made by indigenous artisans, and represented Frida’s tribute to the matriarchal Tehuantepec society, whose women were traders and considered equal with men.

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Hello dear friend. I hope you’re having a good week so far. I’m Naomi and I write little messages in bottles here.

I have spent the past two weeks watching an episode of Downton Abbey every afternoon, while cuddling my baby daughter before her bed time. And I can’t seem to get this fabulous family or their equally fabulous downstairs staff out of my mind.

“They had a soup like this in Downton Abbey,” I say while reading a cafe menu.

“Why isn’t my life more like Lady Mary’s?” I wail to my husband, while vacuuming the carpet.

And, when people tell me my baby is getting big, I respond, “Not as big as Ethel’s baby in Downton Abbey!”

I am willing to admit this habit is probably becoming very annoying for those around me.

And then there is the fashion. Oh! The fashion! If you’re suffering Downton Abbey withdrawals while waiting for Season 3, like I am, how about drawing some style-spiration from the New York Public Library’s collection of early 20th century fashion?

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Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, virtually here but actually 2,000 miles from my keyboard.

It’s that time again. My brood has stood guard over offices, camps and my little corner of the Web all summer, and now it’s our turn to flee. This year we’re off to hike where the last significant event occurred 70 million years ago. After a year of titanic egos rattling through Manhattan’s canyons, Zion will provide a humbling sense of scale — as will a day floating in a Vegas pool with our daughter.

But that doesn’t mean you get to slack. I’ve put together a selection for you: the best of the best. Lots of froth, some seriousness, all top-shelf.

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

John Green: The Fault in Our Stars
I’ll say it again: “The Fault in Our Stars.” Hell, I’ll say it as many times as it takes to get you to read it. A friend finished it well after midnight. “I was bawling,” she wrote. So will you. And you’ll write to thank me too. Because it’s that good.

Alan Furst: Mission to Paris
“In Paris, the evenings of September are sometimes warm, excessively gentle, and, in the magic particular to that city, irresistibly seductive. The autumn of 1938 began in just such weather and on the terraces of the best cafés, in the famous restaurants, at the dinner parties one wished to attend, the conversation was, of necessity, lively and smart: fashion, cinema, love affairs, politics, and, yes, the possibility of war—that too had its moment. Almost anything, really, except money. Or, rather, German money. A curious silence, for hundreds of millions of francs — tens of millions of dollars — had been paid to some of the most distinguished citizens of France since Hitler’s ascent to power in 1933. But maybe not so curious, because those who had taken the money were aware of a certain shadow in these transactionsand, in that shadow, the people who require darkness for the kind of work they do.”

Brandi Carlile
This is the year of Brandi Carlile. Her new CD, “Bear Creek,” opened high on the music charts. Her tour is a nightly revelation. She just got engaged. It’s been a long time since she sold some of her guitars to buy microphones for Tim and Phil Hanseroth — “The Twins” — the guitarists who stand lean and tall behind her on stage.

William Boyd: Waiting for Sunrise
“It is a clear and dazzling summer’s day in Vienna.” That’s how it starts. August, 1913, and Lysander Rief, a 28-year-old English actor, has come to Vienna for — what else — treatment from one of those newfangled creatures, a psychoanalyst. His problem? He’s interested in sex, but can’t have an orgasm. In the waiting room, he meets the military attaché at the British consulate. And, more to the point, he meets Hettie Bull, a free-spirited sculptor who will quickly solve his problem.

David Byrne and Caetano Veloso

My wife and I saw the 2004 Veloso-Byrne concert from about the tenth row. It was magic, spectacular right from the from start — I think pretty much everyone there got that, and felt privileged, and went nuts with pleasure and gratitude after each song. A while back, we ran into Byrne at a gallery and asked about a CD. “Soon,” he said. “Maybe.” Well, what’s eight years — half as long as it takes for single malt to be drinkable.

Michael Lindsay-Hogg: Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond
On the surface, this is an exploration of Michael’s paternity, about which his mother had persistently lied. His father, she insisted, was Edward Lindsay-Hogg, an English baronet who was tall and dark and thin and lived in Ireland. Michael was to ignore all rumors to the contrary. “We [Orson Welles and I] would go out for dinner together,” she told her son. “And you know how people can put two and two together and make three.”

FIFTY SHADES

Fifty Shades of Grey
“Fifty Shades” is a category all by itself. As a piece of writing — sorry, I can’t finish that sentence. “But all my friends have read it,” you say. Fine. Get it done. Just don’t spend more than two hours with it, or it may render you stupid for life.

CLASSICS

The Quiche of Death
“Mrs. Agatha Raisin sat behind her newly cleared desk in her office in South Molton Street in London’s Mayfair. From the outer office came the hum of voices and the clink of glasses as the staff prepared to say farewell to her. For Agatha was taking early retirement. She had built up the public-relations firm over long hard years of work. She had come a long way from her working-class background in Birmingham. She had survived an unfortunate marriage and had come out of it, divorced and battered in spirit, but determined to succeed in life. All her business efforts were to one end, the realization of a dream — a cottage in the Cotswolds.”

Walter Tevis: The Queen’s Gambit

An eight-year-old orphan named Beth Harmon turns out to be the Mozart of chess. Which brings her joy (she wins! people notice her!) and misery (she’s alone and unloved and incapable of asking for help). So she gets addicted to pills. She drinks. She loses. And then, as 17-year-old Beth starts pulling herself together, she must face the biggest challenge of all — a match with the world champion, a Russian of scary brilliance. You think: This is thrilling? You think: chess? You think: Must be an “arty” novel, full of interior scenes. Wrong. All wrong. “The Queen’s Gambit” is “Rocky.;

Edmund Crispin: The Moving Toyshop

A noted English poet named Richard Cadogan cadges the awesome sum of fifty pounds from his publisher and heads off to a vacation in — of all places — Oxford. He arrives late at night and stumbles into an unlocked toy shop, but before he can make himself comfortable he finds a freshly-murdered female. Hit on the head, Cadogan wakes hours later in another room and rushes to the police. They hurry to the toy shop. No body. In fact, no toy shop — it’s a grocery. As it always was, apparently.

Denis Johnson: Jesus Son

“Jesus’ Son” is one of the ten funniest books I’ve ever read. A guy has a knife stuck in his eye; a drugged-out hospital orderly saves him without quite knowing what he’s done. Another guy gets shot in a farmhouse, for no reason. A third guy overdoses. Prison looms for everyone. And it all takes place in the gloomy flatland of the Midwest, circa 1971. Funny? You’ll see….


HOT AND BOTHERED


Annie Ernaux: Simple Passion

64 pages. A #1 bestseller in France. And not a bit of actual smut.

James Salter: A Sport and a Pastime

“She cannot be satisfied. She will not let him alone. She removes her clothes and calls to him. Once that night and twice the next morning he complies and in the faint darkness between lies awake, the lights of Dijon faint on the ceiling, the boulevards still. It’s a bitter night. Flats of rain are passing. Heavy drops ring in the gutter outside their window, but they are in a dovecote, they are pigeons between the eaves. The rain is falling all around them. Deep in feathers, breathing softly, they lie.”

Françoise Sagan: Bonjour Tristesse
Her father has rented a large white villa on the Mediterranean for the summer. It’s the house you dream of: “remote and beautiful, standing on a headline jutting out over the sea, hidden from the road by pine woods. A goat path led down to a small, sunny cove where the sea lapped against rust-colored rocks.” The water? “Cool and transparent.” Ahhhhhh…

GREAT LIVES

Julia Child: My Life in France
Her first meal, in Rouen, started with oysters, served with a pale rye bread and unsalted butter. They were followed by sole meuniere, “perfectly browned in a sputtering butter sauce with a sprinkling of chopped parsley.” Mr. and Mrs. Child washed it down with a bottle of Pouilly-Fume. They moved on to a green salad and a baguette, fromage blanc and cafe filtre. “Absolute perfection,” Julia decided. “The most exciting meal of my life.”

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout

Marya Sklodowska, a brilliant student from Poland, came to Paris to study at the Sorbonne. In 1894, she met Pierre Curie, an iconoclast who taught physics and chemistry. How deep was their love? As Pierre wrote to her, “It would be a fine thing … to pass our lives near to each other, hypnotized by our dreams; your patriotic dream, our humanitarian dream, and our scientific dream.

Jacques Lusseyran: And There Was Light

A leader of the French Resistance in World War II. Oh, he was blind. But in fact, he could see — “radiance [was] emanating from a place I saw nothing about.” He could see light, after all. It only faded when he was afraid.

Georgia O’Keefe: How Georgia Became O’Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living
The standard stuff, and a lot more. Like: Alfred Stieglitz — her lover, mentor and husband — wrote at least 50,000 letters. “Those letters were Angry Birds and I Can Has Cheezburger and American Idol and retail therapy, and everything else we moderns like to do.” Like: The “epic marriage” of Stieglitz and O’Keeffe: “She was the red Porsche purchased by a middle-aged man; he was the football hero who falls in love with the awkward new girl in school.”

Johnny U: The Life and Times of Johnny Unitas
Team first. That was Unitas. In the huddle, a black player said that an opponent had called him “nigger.” Unitas said: “Let him through.” And he threw a bullet pass into that guy’s head so hard it felled him. To sportswriters, after a game, he described everyone’s goofs as his mistakes. He played hurt; he had a Terminator’s tolerance for pain. Of course his teammates loved him. “Playing with Johnny Unitas,” one said, “was like being in the huddle with God.”

MUSIC THAT MATTERS

Teddy Thompson
‘Separate Ways,’ his second CD, starts like this: “I want to be a huge star who hangs out in hotel bars/ I want to wake up at noon in somebody else’s room/ I want to shine so bright it hurts….” Amusing. We’ve all been there. But what is this? “I wanna be death bed thin.” And “I wanna be high strung/Make people wonder/what they’ve done.” Hey, these dreams are new territory.

Krishna Das
“I’m just another person who hears me chanting, you know? That’s why I do it. I’m not doing it for anybody else. I’m doing it because it’s my life blood. It’s what I do. I recognize that so many people get benefit from it. That’s wonderful. Isn’t that great? But that’s not why I do it.”

Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign
He used a thumb rather than a pick. And he used that thumb sparingly. “It ain’t how many notes you play,” he said. “It’s how you play them.” Guitar players revered him. Mike Bloomfield, no slouch himself: “Albert can take four notes and write a volume. He can say more with fewer notes than anyone I’ve ever known.

DEARLY DEPARTED

Etta James
Leonard Chess liked “triangle” songs, and he found a great one for Etta’s Chess debut: “All I Could Do Was Cry.” The set-up: Etta watching her lover marry another woman. The refrain: “I was losing the man that I loved, and all I could do was cry.” Etta needed only one take. When she was finished, she was crying — and so were some of the engineers.

Levon Helm
Rock legends die all the time — for some, death is how they become legends — and the rituals of modern mourning follow. But losing Levon Helm feels different. He’s one of the few Authentics, one of the deans of the Old School. As his wife and daughter say, “He loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance. He did it every time he took the stage.”

EXTRA CREDIT

You read thick books in summer. Skip the action thriller for a foreign movie. Or just aspire to read/see/hear better. These are for you.

Troubled Water
Alec Baldwin says that Trine Dyrholm is “the best actress in the world.” Michael Moore has said “Troubled Water” was the best film he saw in 2009. I am in love with Trine Dyrholm — both the actress and her character. I don’t see how anyone could not feel that. No makeup, ravaged by grief, she is nonetheless beautiful. Beauty defined thus: you can see into her and share her struggle to keep it together.

Wislawa Szymborska: Poems
In 1996, Wislawa Szymborska (l923-2012) won the most money in the history of Nobel awards and the most money ever won by a poet: $1.2 million. She stayed in her small apartment — a fifth-floor walk-up. Her output was small, just 350 poems. Why so few? “I have a trash can in my home.” Her favorite phrase was “I don’t know.” This wasn’t conversational. It was the entire matter.

Albert Camus: The Plague
People worship money and devote all their time to making it. Love flourishes briefly, then dissolves into habit. Government is slow and formal; it is shockingly late before it agrees that frothing rats and dying people have any connection. In short, a thoroughly modern city…

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Recently I came across the Autumn/Winter 2012 look book for Fleur and Dot, and it made me thankful all over again that I have a little girl to dress in pretty things. I’ll take one of everything, please. Also, this photo shoot is killing me. So beautiful! And the little girl. Swoon!

I never was all that interested in dolls growing up*, but it sure is fun to dress up your very own little girl, when there is children’s fashion like this around.

*OK in the spirit of full disclosure, I did have three dolls when I was quite little. One was called Doreen, and she had belonged to my mother as a child. Doreen was a very large doll, dressed in a silk wedding dress that I liked to try to squeeze into myself, and she had silky hair (until I tried to wash it one day and ruined it forever). Then there was a little baby doll who yawned and had a pull-tab to say things like “Mama,” and the manufacturers named her Drowsy but I renamed her Janet, which was apparently my preferred nom du jour. And finally there was the cuddly doll I named after all my favourite people: Betsy-Ann Amanda Aunty Rose. And I insisted that she be called by her full name, all the time.

Yours truly,
Naomi
xo

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London style

Aug 14, 2012

I had a different post planned for this evening but, when I saw Luli’s sweet post on The Time-Traveling Fashionista (which looks like SUCH a fun read by the way), it reminded me of this incredible little video of a time-travelling couple who dance their way across a century in East London. And as the world has just focused its attention on London for the past three weeks, I thought there would be no better time to share it with you.

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What did you think? Which era did you like the most?

Yours truly,
Naomi xo

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Morning guys. Lelanie here from of  Beauty and Love. How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything interesting? We moved into our new home this weekend, so things have been pretty crazy. I feel like I haven’t touched the ground since it all started on Thursday. I have so much to do today as I neglected my laptop a bit over the weekend. So, I thought I would leave you with a bit of inspiration from Catherine’s Sheppard’s amazing styling portfolio, to get you week started off right. I will hopefully be back to more in depth posts from next week.

And these are images of her own, lovely home.

Have a lovely Monday,

Lelanie.

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Milan

Jul 06, 2012

It is that time of the year. The weather in London has been bad for months. You feel overworked, tired and in need of sun. In short, you are in need of vacation. Or, rather, I am in need of vacation. Having only had a few weekend trips home, I feel very excited by the fact that I am going to Milan in exactly two weeks time! I can’t wait to escape the busy life of London and exchange it for a calm swim in Lake Como followed by Italian food in a small restaurant somewhere. I always enjoy visiting new places, hearing new languages and observing the daily routines of other cultures. It leaves me inspired, refreshed and full of new ideas. Do you have any recommendations for Milan? Where are you going for your holidays? Let me know your travel ideas here or tweet me @ginandmilk. Love Jenny

Lake Como (via villadeste.com)

10 Corso Como (via gingerfashionmonsters.com)

Milanese style (via thesartorialist.com)

Milanese style (via garancedore.fr)

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Happy Feet

Jun 06, 2012

A girl needs her shoes; there are no two ways about it. I hereby regretfully inform you that I nearly do not have as many shoes as I really need, much less, deserve. I do a lot of research on footwear (foot clothes, if you must) and I spend a lot of time thinking about them. I love them ‘coz they are pretty and  love them ‘coz they protect me, but mostly I love them ‘coz no matter how big or small I get, they always fit me. And they never, ever judge.

A girl needs her shoes. And there are different situations and phases in life that necessitate each one.

For instance, every girl must have a pair of ballerinas for the moments in which nothing but a pirouette can tell the world what your feet really feel; for the moments when nothing else is pretty enough.

Ballerinas, according to Garance Dore

Every girl needs a pair of heels that is lusciously tall and red; one that is classy and foxy and sensuous and bold at the same time. If luck was a lady, she’d be in red heels.

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My mother once told me wisely that if you’re a girl, you need to have on you some lace peeking out from somewhere. Lace is to a girl as frogs, snails, and puppy dog’s tails are to boys. And you gotta have a pair of lace shoes. One way or another!

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And on one day, if you wake up and feel like, lets say, getting married or going to space, you’ll surely need a pair of gold sandals. This is what I’ve got. It completes me in many, many ways.

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Now, this is what I can’t live without. Flip-flops. I wear them to work everyday. Life’s alright if you can wear flip-flops to work.

FLIP FOR THE FLUFFIE

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And once in a while, every girl needs to walk around aimlessly in a park. Or in a mall. Whatever rocks your socks. That’s when you need strappy flats that love your feet and never, ever let you down.

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Boots. Any shape. Any size. Any colour. The more the merrier. Need I say more?

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But can I tell you what I think makes happy feet happier than all . Being barefoot. It is a state of being that humanity is slowly forgetting… the pleasure pf being barefoot. I don’t know if anything can ever beat that.

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I think I’ve got Audrey’s vote. Who else is with me?

p.s. If you click on the pictures, you will be taken to their sources.

- Elizabeth, the shoe aficionado

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Jubilee fever

Jun 01, 2012

Jubilee fever has swept across England. Everywhere you look there is Union Jack bunting. From shops, to restaurants, to whole streets. We are celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary on the throne. Pretty impressive. There will be street parties, parades, installations, shows and a giant pageant on the river Thames with more than one thousand boats. What a party it will be. If you are anywhere near, don’t miss it!!! Jenny x

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Of course retailers are cashing in on the party, see some of the results below.

 

Heathrow airport

Picture credits: First & Last – via Daily Mail. Bag, wellies and scarf via the Telegraph. Towel – House of Holland.

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Friday fun

May 25, 2012

Hello all from Jenny, a short post again. London is scorching hot and people are out enjoying the sun, drinking and having loads of fun at all the cool outdoor festivals going on at the moment. Here is a film I wanted to share with you. It is Prada’s short film that debuted in Cannes last week, directed by Roman Polanski and featuring Helena Bonham Carter and Sir Ben Kinglsey. It is really well done with excellent acting performances and a brilliant ironic undertone. LOVE IT!

Appearing Fridays on the English Muse, Jenny of Freedom & Thoughts.

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Cycle Chic

May 25, 2012

I love riding my bike. It’s not a dream bike, but it will do for now. I love the feel of sun and wind on my skin. I like to ride fast. I sometimes have the impression I am almost defying gravity. I like to smile when I ride my bike. I shock everyone by smiling at them. I am smiling at everyone and no one in particular–I am smiling at the world, life, myself. Riding my bike has helped me overcome a debilitating fear of driving a car. Now I  love it and drive with a smile! Such a miracle for me to be driving and  thanks to my bike. What other blessings are in store for me while I ride my bicycle?

I like wearing nice things while I bike. Not exactly skirts–they reveal too much when I’m speeding, but a nice shirt, nice jewelry, stylish shorts, effortless yet cute hairstyle. Do you ride a bike? What do you usually wear? What is your definition of cycle chic?

Happy Friday Everyone and Smiles,

Marta

This is my dream bike–in white and with a basket, looking elegant and casual at the same time. And retro.

 

Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Marta, appearing Fridays on the English Muse.

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Dear readers, Jenny here again. I actually wanted to talk to you about something else this week but I will have to postpone that until next week because I don’t have the time at all and I would like to write a longer post. Anyhow, I wanted to share Opening Ceremony’s Spring Summer 2012 short movies with you because they are very funny and unique. Other than admiring the beautiful clothes, I loved the way OC decided to mirror the Godard -like style but make fun of it at the same time, using dummies instead of stunt doubles and add an unexpected twist to the usual love storyline. Londoners are very excited to be getting their own OC store- the first one in Europe!!! Here are the videos:

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P.S I love it when you comment, please keep on doing that, I am always so happy to hear about your thoughts, I just don’t always have time to answer, but I hope this doesn’t put you off. Lots of love x Jenny

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Hello my friends! Same ol’ Jess here- the only difference being that I am missing a good inch or two of hair since my last post.

I have quite long hair, very straight, fine, brown (possibly boring) which I am trying to grow out for ‘Locks for Love’. My 91-year-old grandmother is going through chemo and lost her hair so we went wig shopping. I tried to convince her to get a pink one, but apparently she doesn’t like the Katy Perry look. She joked that she wanted a few inches of my  hair, which is what inspired me. You must donate ten inches and my hair is my security blanket of self-esteem, so I need it to be as long as possible before it’s officially snipped. 

"Get away from me with those scissors!' - 'Trash the dress' shoot with Tom Byrne

 I recently went to the Paul Mitchell Salon here in St. Louis and when the stylist asked me what I wanted, I told her ‘just a little trim on the ends to keep it even and healthy’. Know what she suggested I do?

Dye it ombre. Add extensions. Then she told me that I needed a spray tan.

Now I am quite aware of my paleness and that I don’t have Sophia Vergara’s thick luscious hair. I am not designed that way, and I don’t feel a huge need to change this. There is nothing wrong if people want to do this stuff, if it makes anyone feel better about themselves, I’m not going to judge. I enjoy makeup too much for that. If I were going to completely embrace nature then I would have to tell my Grandma to walk around bald. Not going to happen! I just don’t like the idea that it’s a necessity to alter so much of ourselves to be considered ‘beautiful’. I shower and brush my hair and I think the natural, clean, healthy version of what I was born with is just fine.

I believe in taking care of nature, and presenting it well. To further demonstrate the art of carefully arranged nature, please enjoy these lovely works from Charleston based artist, Lulie Wallace.

What lovely compositions. I also think the fact that I did not yell, ‘Are you calling me ugly?” at the stylist is a tribute to composure, even if, truth be told, it went totally against my nature. There are some things, like a truculent nature, that are ok to change. “A rose with a different complexion would still look this Grumpy”

Until next time- xo from Jess

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The Art of Hats!

May 14, 2012

 

Philip Treacy Hats & Yasemen Hussein Wigs: The Georgian Pleasure Gardens - Museum of London

Hello, dear English Muse readers! It is Gulfem from All Happy Things Around, gladly writing guest posts for you… Today’s post will be dedicated to a genius and his works!

I am skeptical about hats, usually. I think it has to do with the fact that I encounter no occasions to wear extremely beautiful hats. However, watching Royal Wedding last year is enough to realize that designing hats is true art. Philip Treacy designed more than 30 hats just for Royal Wedding.. As I love his works(from the perspective of appreciation of art) and his personality, I wanted to dedicate a post to him!

I believe that passion defines everything in one’s life. If you do know what you have passion for, you should pursue in that way. It’s plain simple. Follow your passions! As Philip Treacy did… He tells his passion towards designing and sewing clothes/hats in his official bio, “I started sewing when I was about five. My mother had a sewing machine. I was never allowed to use it. I’d use it when my mother went out to feed the chickens. There was like five minutes to get it out.”

Don’t you agree that passion delivers great results!

Have a great week, everyone!

(Photo credits: 1,2,3,4)

 

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Marni AW12

May 11, 2012

Marni is one of my favourite designers. They do such impressive, unique patterns which also fit together, even though completely different. Of course most of you know Marni did a recent collection with H&M. That collection truly reflected the Marni patterns and typical colours. Did you manage to buy anything? I bought the beautiful green and orange bracelet. Well, what I wanted to show you today was Marni’s AW12 collection. It is simply gorgeous!!! It feels very arty. It is easy to see how fashion and art are related, this is a perfect example. Enjoy your weekend and see you next Friday! Jenny

 

Pictures from Fashionologie

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Hello! Jenny here. I hope you had a nice week. Today I want to talk to you about style. How did you find your personal style? Were you inspired by fashion magazines, street style, the nature, your friends, your parents or maybe movies and music?  I remember one summer, when I was 7-8 years old, I was so excited by fashion, that I created  a whole schedule of different types of clothing combinations I was going to wear every day. I just loved experimenting and being creative and I guess I loved dressing up.

As I grew older, however, I started feeling the need to conform and admired what other girls (the cool girls) in my class were wearing. And the same thing happened when I started reading fashion magazines. I was never happy with my own style. It’s not until I actually started university and moved to a bigger city (Copenhagen) that I started experimenting again. The more I tried out, the more I learned about who I was. Today, I think I have finally found the forms, colours and materials that I feel comfortable in and that is a great pleasure. But having said that, I also love looking at other people’s style choices  and getting inspiration from cool, independent women with unique style (the ones we often see at Garance Dore and the Sartorialist). Here are some of my favourites, I hope you like them!

The way she has combined the milky pastel colours and the different textures is beautiful

Beautiful image, amazing colour coordination, the perfect amount of see-through and THOSE shoes 

This woman exudes happiness and comfort in her own skin 

I love her casual but preppy look and how the red accentuates her features

I admire Emmanuelle Alt because she can pull off any look in her own way, without caring about age, status or critics. That, and also that she wears white jeans in winter and looks great in them.

This last picture is me outside one of my favourite shops in East London. My friend took it for the Zara People! website last year.

 Whose style do you admire?
Have a nice weekend and see you next week!

(You can find all picture credits here)

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Note to self: Never again take Beauty Advice from Hermione Granger!

Actress Emma Watson is the spokesmodel for a line of Lancome lipstick and was quoted saying that ‘Midnight Rose’ Rouge in Love was her go-to shade.  In an act of pure brilliance, I bought this product after trying it on under the shiny flourescent lights of Sephora and not in a normal situation( like a Yule Ball or anywhere with non-laboratory lighting). I figured, ‘She’s pasty fair-skinned, I’m pasty fair-skinned, and this is the girl that aced Arithmancy. Surely she can work out an acceptable beauty regiment.”

Pure fiction! At least as it applies to me. This shade would indeed probably be nice on someone with a neutral skin tone who can wear both warm and cool tones like Ms. Watson, but I think it’s a bit too bright for someone with my level of blue undertones in the epidermis. Do you think she could transfigure it into a better color for me?

Perhaps because I’m a dancer, I love the idea of playing a character and being in costume even in my everyday life. Unfortunately Hermione’s color scheme doesn’t work for me, so I’ll take a leaf out of her book in another way- hot-off-the-runway! A look I call, ‘Fresh From the Library’.

This little book-turned-bag comes from artist Karla Staley and her line ‘Bagitude! Handbags with Attitude’. Each individually designed creation starts with a book cover, magazine, game board, playbill, or even album record and is completed with lining, closure,  and a choice of beads or strap for handle.

One of the best things about being an arts writer is having the opportunity to collect a jumble of playbills and programs from the many wonderful shows that I’m able to see. When I particularly enjoy a performance, I tend to hold on to the paperwork as a memento of the experience. I’m considering sending a few of these to Ms. Staley to see if she would make a laptop-sized bag for me, all of my books, and all bad makeup decisions. I want to carry all of my favorite characters and performers around with me. If Ms. Stanley could partner up with Hermione and enchant said bag to be weightless, it would sure be a load off of my shoulders!

Which fictional character would you take beauty advice from?

See you next week- or come visit me! x0x0- from Jess and Hermione

 

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The new US Vogue has the most fantastic spread on Kate Moss at the Paris Ritz. Ruffles, pink bubbles, gilt! It’s a piece best read with champagne and macarons! More Here!

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Like this?

Or This?

It’s freezing in Europe at the moment and I’m starting to worry about packing for my trip. I’ve lived in Southern California for the past 20 years. I have no idea how to dress for extreme cold. Help! Any advice?

(Photos by Garance Dore.)

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