It Girls & Icons

Holly Golightly!!!

Jun 04, 2012

Hello dear English Muse readers, this is Gulfem from All Happy Things Around again!

I have a kind of “usually open radar” when it comes to music and discovering new bands, singers. Bookstores and restaurants are perfect places for me to add new names to my playlist. Whenever I read a good piece of music, I ask the name of the band to closest staff member, immediately. Thank God, it always worked out so far, I discovered many of my favourite bands/singers in that way!

My such latest discovery is Holly Golightly. I was already in a peaceful environment, my favourite bookstore in Istanbul, hearing Holly Golightly for the first time just doubled it. Also, when extremely helpful staff members told me the name of the singer, I just laughed.

Holly Golightly: One of the best women characters ever depicted, thanks to brilliant Truman Capote!

I love the song, There’s An End, check below! I hope you will like it as well!

Ah, and I am open to singer/band suggestions all the time!

Have a great week!

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Livia & Colin

Mar 19, 2012

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I was working on a story about Livia and Colin Firth. I wanted to follow up with a little snapshot of the story, which appeared in the Oscar issue of The Hollywood Reporter

The story is about Livia’s effort to encourage celebrities to wear eco fashions on the red carpet. She had great success this year, with Michael Fassbender and Colin wearing tuxes made partly of recycled plastic to the BAFTA awards. Viola Davis wore a pink Valentino dress made of recycled soda bottles.

I LOVE the dress Livia is wearing the photo above. It’s an “upcycled” gown by Gary Harvey made of vintage opera-costume dresses!

Livia blogs about her efforts on the UK Vogue site. Her Twitter page, with links to behind-the-scenes candids, is fun to follow too. Plus, both sites have photos of this handsome guy:


PS: She also has an amazing Tumblr.

(Instagrams taken at the Soho House in West Hollywood.)

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Hello dear English Muse readers,  this is Gulfem from All Happy Things Around, once again!

Mathcbook Magazine has been my favourites since the day I discovered it via this blog (Thank you Tina!) For their latest issue, they have a genius file named “Audrey Hepburn Re-imagined For a New Age”.

I adore Audrey Hepburn! Not only because of her unique beauty and style but for her lovely personality and world view as well.

Reading this file on Matchbook Magazine have been a true creativity exercise for me. What would her dressing room look like? What about her medicine apartment? What would be on her shelves?

Apparently, Matchbook Magazine has some great answers to these questions! Her apartment would look like this…

1. Thomas Hammer Print, Saatchi Online, $ 20  2. Tufted Pink Headboard, Windsor Smith Home, $ 2,050  3. Field Crest Luxury Hotel Sheet Set, Target, $ 50 4. Suzanne Kasler Sunburst Mirror, Ballard Designs, $ 79  5. Tenda Pharmacy Floor Lamp, Room&Board, $ 210  6. London Chair, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, $ 1,425  7. Pink Junior Letter Pillow, Jonathan Adler, $ 98  8. Stone Herringbone Throw, Serena & Lilly, $ 250  9. Leather Pouf, Target, $ 50   10. Tiered Metal Stand, Wisteria, $ 179

PS: Thank you Tina and lovely English Muse readers for having me as a guest blogger, it was a great pleasure for me to be a part of this 😉

(Guest post by Gulfem@ All Happy Things Around, collage by Matchbook Magazine)


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 Doris Day is the epitome of kindness, sincerity, and femininity. I first became a fan at thirteen and forever became transfixed with the wonderful music and movies of this great lady. She teaches us all to be better human beings with her enormous work for the care of animals.  At almost eighteen my love for her has not diminished a bit. Doris Day continues to inspire young women to always remember to stay true as well as sweet. – Dominique Lessing

“I like joy; I want to be joyous. I want to smile and I want to make people laugh. And that`s all I want.  I like being happy. I want to make others happy.” ― Doris Day

( images from from

Posted by guest blogger Dominique Lessing.

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The new Lula is out. Previously I bought it at Borders. Alas. Now I need to find a new source!

Looking forward to seeing what’s inside.

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I love this candid photo of It Girl Elle Fanning, the Super 8 scene stealer, heading home from Fashion Week in New York. She’s really displaying a strong sense of style these days, especially for someone so young.
She’s becoming known for her statement glasses.
I love the ones she’s wearing in this photo, by French eyewear designer Francis Klein.

What do you think? Is this a hit or miss?

PS: Don’t forget to enter to win the beautiful (and very pink) Vanity Fair book in this week’s giveaway!

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The latest issue of New York Magazine is out this week with a fantastic profile of Zooey Deschanel, who is getting a lot of attention these days for her TV Show, New Girl. Some people say she’s too cute, too precious, too girly

She shoots back: “That people equate being girlie with being nonthreatening … I mean, I can’t think of a more blatant example of playing into exactly the thing that we’re trying to fight against. I can’t be girlie? I think the fact that people are associating being girlie with weakness, that needs to be examined. I don’t think that it undermines my power at all.”

Is she too cute? Yeah, cute like a fox.

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While she maintained a quiet and demure public image, the first lady had very strong opinions about some of the people she met while her husband was president. Hearing her views for the first time, as part of a newly released series of taped interviews she gave to historian and Kennedy aide Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. in 1964, shows that Mrs. Kennedy could land quite a punch in her white kid gloves.

Here are some of her comments in the tapes, as reported first in the New York Times:

On women: “I think women should never be in politics. We’re just not suited to it…”

On Martin Luther King: “I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible….[John F. Kennedy] told me of a tape that the FBI had of Martin Luther King when he was here for the freedom march. And he said this with no bitterness or anything, how he was calling up all these girls and arranging for a party of men and women, I mean, sort of an orgy in the hotel, and everything.”

On Lady Bird Johnson: “She was sort of like a trained hunting dog.”

On Indira Gandhi, the future prime minister of India: “She is a real prune – bitter, kind of pushy, horrible woman.”

On Charles DeGaulle, French general and president: “That egomaniac.”

About Nikita S. Khrushchev’s daughter-in-law: “She looked like some Wehrmacht blonde who ran a concentration camp.”

On JFK’s view of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “He often thought he was rather a – charlatan is an unfair word – you know what I mean – a bit of a poseur, rather cleverly.  You know, that he did an awful lot for effect …”

”Her comments here seem so striking because of the many paper-doll versions of her we’ve played with for so long,” wrote the New Yorker’s Amy Davison in blog post today. “How many people have been the object of so much fetishization, of so many kinds—fashion, political, tabloid?”

So it turns out Jackie was a trash talker. Does it really matter?

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Carey Mulligan is in Sydney, Australia at the moment filming The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio. This photo, from a screen test on the Baz Luhrmann remake of the classic film, is slowly starting to make the rounds. I think she looks amazing. I can’t wait to see her as Daisy. Luhrmann picked Mulligan for the part over a number of other A-list actress, including Natalie Portman.
(Last time I wrote about this, some of you were unsure of DiCaprio as Gatsby…)

Did you see Carey in An Education?

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If you’re a devotee of the street style blogs, you’ve probably already heard of Miss Frey, a fashion design student living in Paris. With her short, cropped hair and her effortless style
she’s been a stand-out at every event around.

Photographer/blogger Vanessa Jackman met Anne-Catherine, who is in her first year at ESMOD, in March during fashion week and stayed in touch with her. She recently profiled the girl from Luxembourg on her blog.

“She had that gamine/Audrey Hepburn/Mia Farrow/Audrey Tautou look going on….not to mention the fact that she bears a remarkable resemblance to Natalie Portman (does anyone else think that?),” Jackman said. “When I went to Paris for men’s fashion week we took the opportunity to meet up and do a little shoot together.”

Anne-Catherine has a personal blog, called A Truly Intriguing Subject,
where she writes about her fashion adventures.

I think she’s adorable!

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"Audrey 100"

Nov 10, 2010

There’s a new Audrey Hepurn book out: This one is a luxe compilation of the actress’ 100 best photographs, as chosen by her family!

Take a look:




The photos — which include snapshots, studio portraits and candids — were taken by such greats as Sir Cecil Beaton, Douglas Kirkland, Norman Parkinson, and Philippe Halsman. “Audrey 100” was written by Ellen Fontana with a forward by the actress’ son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer.

The details: Sterling, 192 pages, $40.

Another one for the Xmas list!

(Photos, above, from

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New York Times’ T Magazine has an interview today with Birkin about music (two of her old albums are being released on CD) and about style (what it was like to be an Hermès muse.)

From the NYT story: “I was on an airplane,” Birkin said, explaining the bag’s genesis, “when a plastic bag holding all my things broke and everything fell out — my date book, papers, everything. Just as I was saying how I wish Hermès would make a bag that could fit all my things, the man sitting next to me happened to work for Hermès — it was Jean-Louis Dumas, the head designer! They already had the Kelly bag, named after Grace Kelly, so he began work on the Birkin bag. I went down to the atelier, and he had made it in cardboard. And we talked about it, and I said they should make some changes, like making pockets bigger. And that’s how it was made.”

Just like that!

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The luxury books publisher released a glossy volume of Audrey photos last month…

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The photos were taken by Paramount Studio stills photographer Bob Willoughby between 1953-1966. Taschen put the volume on sale Sept. 11, as part of an exhibit of the photos at its gallery in Brussels, Belgium.

At $700 each, the books sold out almost instantly.

If there’s a second printing, this tops my Xmas list!

(Luckly you can see the entire book online here.)

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More Monroe…

Oct 26, 2010

Vanity Fair Magazine hired a handwriting expert
to analyze the actress’ diaries….

The results might surprise you!

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Hello all!

Here’s new book of note: Farrar, Straus and Giroux today released Fragments, a collection of  “poems, intimate notes, and letters” by Marilyn Monroe. The glossy tome is packed with pictures and references to the many books in Monroe’s life. (She loved to read and was often spotted with a book during breaks on film sets.)

Here’s a snippet from the publisher: “These bits of text—jotted in notebooks, typed on paper, or written on hotel letterhead—reveal a woman who loved deeply and strove to perfect her craft. They show a Marilyn Monroe unsparing in her analysis of her own life, but also playful, funny, and impossibly charming. The easy grace and deceptive lightness that made her performances so memorable emerge on the page, as does the simmering tragedy that made her last appearances so heartbreaking.”

PS: Howard Jacobson won the Booker Prize for the Finkler Question!

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Taschen is out this month with its Testino tome on Kate Moss, the legendary model and muse of the legendary fashion photographer. It’s 230 pages of glossy goodness — for $1,000. It’s a status symbol for your coffee table! I’m saving up for Lady Gaga…

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Harry Potter star Emma Watson (right photo) debuted her “pixie cut” last week, leaving her fans spellbound and Internet style pundits a little, well, breathless. Maybe it’s because her new haircut makes her look so much like 1960s Breathless star Jean Seberg? (Left photo). What do you think?

PS: Sorry my posting has been so spotty. Our French foreign exchange student, Emma, is visiting from Paris this month and we’ve been running around LA like mad tourists. Next week we’re headed to the lake house in the High Sierras!

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It’s just a fantasy created by photographer Alison Jackson, using look-alikes…Yet what if?

“Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable,” Jackson explains. “The viewer is suspended in disbelief. I try to highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine. This is bound up in our need to look—our voyeurism—and our need to believe.”


(More of her work here.)

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