26 February 2013

Dress-cravings

H&M will soon launch there collection made from recycled materials, and I have severe cravings for the dress below. This would be an excellent friend this summer, just a tad overdressed for everyday wear just as I like it.

Pic H&M
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22 February 2013

The Confessions of a Bibliophile – The Importance of Being Earnest

As mentioned here, I love the sharp wit of Oscar Wilde. This week I have read The Importance of Being Earnest and had some good laughs on the train, and as the weekend is nigh I thought I should share some with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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 First Act, a discussion between Jack and Lady Bracknell following Jack's proposal to Lady Bracknell's daughter:

- Do you smoke?
- Well, yes, I must admit I smoke.
- I am glad to hear it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind. There are far too many idle men in London as it is. How old are you?
- Twenty-nine.
- A very good age to be married at. I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing. Which do you know?
- I know nothing, lady Bracknell.
- I am pleased to hear it. I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.

My favourite, however, is Algernon, who in my mind sounds like I imagine Oscar Wilde did:
 
- All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.

- The only way to behave to a women is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to someone else, if she is plain.

and the best comment:
- If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated.


Have a great weekend!
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20 February 2013

'Blue and green should never be seen...'

'...unless there's a colour inbetween' has Mr. told me several times while I have disagreed. And I belive the always stylish Blair really proves the saying wrong by her outfit below.

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I love this Acne coat, actually tried it on the other day but it did not work with my complexion, and it might be a bad idea with such bright colours for a coat as they should last you some years.
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19 February 2013

The Pact

I have made a pact with a friend that we will not abstain from sugar, alcohol and carbs except for vegetables for 50 days. In addition we will make sure to exercise for a minimum of 50 hours during this period.
So far we are only one week in, and I must say that it is going ok, the support helps a great deal and the added pressure is a great motivator. I have already lost 2,5 kilos and I am looking forward to going to the gym. However, I am not doing this to lose weight but primarily to get healthier and in better shape.
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15 February 2013

Paris - Sunday

Early Sunday morning I headed to Porte de Vanves to visit the flea market. Unfortunately people are rather camera shy but it was quite an eclectic flea market, ranging from high to low. I must have ran out of money just after about half an hour and out of consideration for my already exceed budget I took the metro back to town.
























Next I headed to Jardin des Plantes where I wanted to visit the Galerie de paléontologie et d’anatomie comparée, which turned out to be even more fascinating than I expected.

























I want to apologies beforehand for the multitude of photos, it is a bit hard to limit myself to only a few.























Whales, hard to imagine the size of them and to capture the size on photos.

























Very Tim Burtonesque looking baby skeletons.























On the second floor there are extinct animals such as a saber-toothed tiger, Irish Elk and very scary looking dinosaurs!























This dinosaur skull reminds me of the monsters of the Notre Dame.


















































These two bison looked so smiley and friendly I could not help but to photograph them.

My time  in Paris was almost over, so just for the sake of another stroll I walked down the Champs- Élysées for some people watching and a visit to the huge Sephora store.

Then I had to say au revoir to Paris and I hope I will not be long till next time!

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13 February 2013

Paris - Saturday

I was up too early Saturday morning and was walking the empty streets after breakfast waiting till the stores would open, not used to town being this dead just before 10.






















Walked past inside-out-building Centre Pompidou.


Rue Montorgueil right close to Espace Kiliwatch was busy and full of Parisians grocery shopping, I spent some time admiring the markets, impractical to go past five stores instead of one but so much more continental.


























There was no shortage of French scarfs in the tricolour, I picked out three for myself but otherwise found mostly bow-ties and a striped sweater for Mr.
The whole day was spent in vintage stores browsing everything from 1 euro bins to Chanel, but the greatest store was one I stumbled upon on my way home from dinner just around the corner from the hotel on Rue du Pas de la Mule. It was run by an Italian gentleman named Claudio who was quite an expert as well as an avid collector of special items. I must have spent an hour in the store disusing fashion and trying on hats, and I did find a great hat in a shape similar to a beret.


A photo Claudio took of me modelling my new fur collar and the newly purchased hat, I did make poses from the 50's but unfortunately those photos were out of focus.
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12 February 2013

Streetstyle

I met a lovely girl from Barcelona living in Paris who wanted to take photos of me for her streetstyle blog. I look really old on the photos but I am blaming the light and the sleep deprivation. Have a look at her blog for some Parisian chicness! 
I was wearing a coat from Designer's Remix Collection, my DIY fur collar, my Chanel bag and earrings from the Marni at H&M collaboration.
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11 February 2013

Paris - Friday

Friday morning was beautiful, I was dead tired after my 4 a.m. wake-up call but left my bag at the hotel and went straight to Printemps for some browsing.
Such a beautiful art nouveau building and I love the effort they put in the interior decoration, I would love the golden pineapple and the lamp that reminds me of trumpets.
Stripes and boaters in Chanel's flagship store, I love it!
I walked down St. Honoré, and did some window-shopping in all those wonderful boutiques where I cannot afford to buy anything till I got to Colette which is, as well known, a wonderful store.I  must add that the Miu Miu-store has the greatest staff and that I love the lace dresses in 50's design from the new season.
French people have really figured out how to make wonderful luggage.
I walked past the Seine Le Bon Marché for some more window shopping and to enjoy the beautiful department store. Afterwards I enjoyed a tasty although overpriced lunch at Casa Bini.
A quick shot of Notre Dame while walking past on my way to Marais.
Beautiful Hotel de Ville and people ice-skating to techno music, it felt like such a French combination somehow.
Place de Vosges, I wish Mr. had been there to chronicle the stunning architecture properly. I was staying just around the corner from Place de Vosges, so I went past the hotel to rest a little before setting out for dinner.

My hotel was really nice, quite quirky and in a great location right next to Bastille. I love baths so the tub under the window with this view was perfect for me.


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