Saturday, 23 May 2009

Blonder and blonder

One thing that grabs my attention every time I look in a fashion magazine is how pretty the model's blond hair is in the Chloe ads. It doesn't seem to matter what season, what year- there is always one model with the most gorgeous, silky blond hair. If I do go get my colour done I will definitely bring some of these ads with me, especially all of the ones with Anja- such a vibrant true blond.

Going blonder...

I've always thought about going blonder, but I've never done it out of fear (I'm not really good with change, either). Lately I've been thinking about it more and more- now I've started to fear that if I don't do it now I will never do it. Also, when you're young you are supposed to do crazy things, right? And this wouldn't even be that crazy- just a lighter allover honey blonde. These photos by Brigitte Sire, for A4 magazine, are the perfect encapsulation of how I would like to look with that hair- breezy, sixties-style glamour.

Should I do it? My boyfriend was suggesting I go platinum, but that seems a little much for me...

Sunday, 17 May 2009

The Costumes of The Nutcracker

As a little girl, my parents had season tickets to the New York City Ballet. A few times a season my parents would take me with them to Lincoln Center to see a ballet, and every year they always took me to The Nutcracker. I loved everything about the ballet- the dancer's lithe bodies, the exquisite beauty of their movements, the mysterious and glamorous atmosphere, and, especially, the costumes. When I saw Rachel Papo's photographs of the making and fitting of the NYCB's Nutcracker costumes that were in the New York Sun I was immediately enthralled by them. The costumes and tutus are fluttering visions of pink and cream, and I find it so intriguing to see all of the layers that go into them up close. I would love to examine them all personally, but, for now, these photos will have to do.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Laced with Disappointment

After months of trying to find some gorgeous dress to wear to my brother's wedding I finally decided to see about getting this one incredibly beautiful and feminine dress by Erdem. The first look in his Spring/Summer 2009 collection I was immeditely obsessed with it when I saw it back in September and even briefly had it as the background on my laptop. I kinda always thought of it as being one of those dresses I would love but that were just completely out of my league. Finally this week, after having the worst luck finding anything that would be perfect for the wedding, I decided to try my luck on this one- just give it a go as it is pretty much the most beautiful dress I've ever seen. After calling almost all of his American stockists I ended up emailing his sales rep to see what stores bought the dress, and she emailed me back almost immediately saying they had one left in the studio. Of course it is in my size (I even got her to send me the measurements), but the price is simply insane for me to spend. It's pretty disappointing as I think it is such a special dress (I can't help that I love lace and high necks and long skirts and ice blue and orange and ruffles), but I was pretty positive in the first place that it would be beyond my means.

Maybe in a few years I can get it remade as a wedding dress- wouldn't it look pretty in white with baby or sky blue ribbons? Maybe tight long sleeves too...

Wednesday Morning

I'm loving this whole outfit from the latest Italian Vogue. Modeled by Arlenis Sosa and photographed by Michelangelo di Battista, this outfit, styled by Alice Gentilucci, is pure perfection. If anyone knows who the silk shirt and belt are by let me know!

This is a great little interview with Nicolle Meyer, Guy Bourdin's muse. As a huge Bourdin fan (as you can probably tell by this blog's banner) it was interesting to read about their connection- I only wish that the interview was longer and in greater depth. I wish I could go see the Unseen Guy Bourdin show in London, but I think it will be closed by the time I am there. Do go see it if you are in London and tell me how it is!

Monday, 11 May 2009

Summer Sun, Something's Begun

Growing up I was never a real fan of Summer. Obviously I loved it for certain reasons (no school being the main one), but I hated a lot of the quintessential aspects of Summer- the heat, the beaches, the sand, the saltwater. A lot of it probably has to do with growing up in a family that had no real interest in beach vacations- the first and only time I've ever been on a real beach vacation was when I was 16 with friends. For the last year or so I've started to really crave one, though. My boyfriend and I keep trying to plan one to Tulum or somewhere in the Caribbean, but it hasn't worked out due to our schedules. Seeing these photos on Jena Ardell's website has made me want to go away even more, but instead of to somewhere exotic to somewhere more quaint. I wish I could take him to Blackpool (some of my photos from my last trip there can be seen here), but we won't have enough time on our trip to England to go- and it's not warm enough anyway to fulfill my desires. I'm definitely going to get us out to Montauk sometime this summer to visit my old boss's surf shop and maybe we can go down to the Jersey shore- anyone know of any older seaside towns without the drunken Jersey girls and boys?

One of my main goals for the summer is to learn to ride a bike- my boyfriend tried to teach me last summer but he gave up after an hour. He says I need to buy a bike that fits my height first, so I'd like to find the bike in this photo- a pretty bike in my favourite colour.

I miss swimming- and that pool on Metropolitan and Bedford is not going to satisfy me.

I actually have these suitcases- I'll have to take them out for our trips this Summer.

The Art of Amateur Photography

Random amazing photos from SuperBomba's Flickr stream. An interview with her can be found here.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Some Kind of Wonderful

The second great love of my life (after Adam Ant) was Dr Robert of the Blow Monkeys. They are still so good and I still find him so incredibly attractive in all of these videos, even after all these years. His solo albums are great as well- amazing folk music with a real rock n roll heart. I used to have a vhs of all of their videos that I would watch repeatedly, so these songs and videos are so nostalgic to me- I can't help feeling happy and carefree when I hear and watch them.

Marion Mahoney Griffin

I love architectural drawings probably more than any other type of art and these ones by Marion Mahoney Griffin are simply so gorgeous! A colleague of Frank Lloyd Wright's and the second woman to graduate from MIT in architecture, she is a very important part of the history of American architecture and the Prarie School. I would love to have these hanging on my walls- heavily inspired by traditional Japanese printmaking yet undeniably modern these drawings are so realistic and dreamlike at the same time.

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