29 December 2011

Don't you step on my Isabel Marant black suede shoes

I finally found a great pair of boots for Winter. I found it a bit difficult to wear knee boots, so short boots is a clever alternative. Beautiful black suede and slightly round toe with walkable heels, my new Isabel Marant boots will be my staple from now on. They are so French style. I need to wear more heels and messy hair like a Parisienne...

16 December 2011

Stella McCartney coat

I was saying that I will not buy a coat this winter, and here it is, my new coat from Stella McCartney... I tend to buy dark colours so am quite excited about my new colourful tweed coat!

4 December 2011

19 November 2011

RRL store opening party

I went to the new RRL store opening party the other night. The store interior is true to Ralph's aesthetic of American heritage, and there are lots of attention to detail. RRL interprets vintage garments into wearable modern clothes appealing to wider audiences. The store also sells original vintage pieces from all over the world. It was a fun night and I frantically helped myself to a lot of free drinks and canapés. I paid for it the next day... Here are some pics.

16 Mount Street, London, W1K 2RH

7 November 2011

Hitchcock Presents...

"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" was a TV series of short stories, featuring mysteries, thrillers etc. which was on the air from 1955 to 1965, hosted obviously by Hitchcock.

From the top : 
1: Alfred Hitchcock Présente Histoires à ne pas lire la nuit (Stories for late at night) 1971
2: Alfred Hitchcock Presents My Favorites In Suspense 1959
3: Alfred Hitchcock Présente Histories Abominables (Horrible stories) 1966
4: Alfred Hitchcock Présente Histories Abominables 1976

3 November 2011

My book of the moment, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

I've just finished reading Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird". The story is narrated by a girl called Scout Finch whose father, Atticus, is a lawyer who defends a Negro accused of rape. It is set in the 1930's, in the deep south of America, when black people were still segregated. The novel is located in 'a tired old town', Maycomb in Alabama, and is loosely based on Lee's own childhood experience.

Harper Lee was a close friend of Truman Capote, and she accompanied him during the time he was working on the book, "In Cold Blood". I am a big fan of Capote and this was the first time I heard of Harper Lee, and her Pulitzer Prize winning novel. But her book didn't appeal to me at the time and after a long time, out of the blue, I started to read her novel. It was beyond my expectations, I really liked it! So I strongly recommend it.

The book was turned into a film in 1962, staring Gregory Peck and won several prestigious film awards including several Oscars. 

16 October 2011

CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet No.39

I recently bought a lipstick, Rouge Allure Velvet, No.39 from Chanel. This is a beautiful dark red colour which is named 'La Somptueuse', meaning extravagant and splendid. It is a matte finish and like the name, has a velvety texture easy to apply on lips. Chanel cosmetics offers subtle shades of red lipstick which give a great start to rouge beginners. I also love the pop-up style packaging!

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, no.39

A young girl trying to determine which lipstick colour 
will look right with her complexion by Nina Leen
from Life photo archive 1945

Jean Patchett on the cover of Vogue 1950

The Lover by Man Ray 1934

3 October 2011

CÉLINE Tote bag

I now have my new everyday bag from Céline. Beautiful quality lamb skin and gold Céline stamp is as simple and discreet as can be. I had a hard time deciding between bottle green and black. I chose the black at the end. 

19 September 2011

R.I.P Richard Hamilton (1922 - 2011)

This is the catalogue for the Tate Gallery Richard Hamilton exhibition in 1970. The British Pop Art pioneer passed away on 13th of September this year at the age of 89.

13 September 2011

Autumn is coming!

It has been typical London weather the last few weeks. Rainy, chilly and humid...  It seems that the season is turning into Autumn already.  We are now in mid September, but have we had Summer this year?

1 September 2011

Singing Actress

Lauren Bacall was only 19 years old when she sang 'How Little We Know' in her debut film with Humphrey Bogart, 'To Have And Have Not'. When she stood by the piano and started to sing, her husky voice became a lot deeper and her imposing elegant looks with famous sultry eyes lured audiences. Bacall undeniably carried off the scene. 
I also love Jeanne Moreau's 'Le Tourbillon'  from François Truffaut's Jules et Jim which made Moreau an International star. Here are some of my favourite singing actresses...

To Have And Have Not (1944) : Lauren Bacall 'How Little We Know'

Made In U.S.A. (1966) : Marianne Faithfull 'As Tears Go By'

Jules et Jim (1962) : Jeanne Moreau 'Le Tourbillon'

Sabrina (1954) : Audrey Hepburn 'La vie en rose'

The Big Sleep (1946) : Lauren Bacall 'And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine'

Une Femme Est Une Femme (1961) : Anna Karina 'Je suis très belle'