Wednesday 14 August 2013

    {white inspiration} #1


    In honour of Diner en Blanc, I thought I’d post a beautiful white image each day.

    Image: detail Dolce & Gabbana.

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    Wednesday 14 August 2013

    beach beautiful


    Dreaming of dining alfresco at the beach! Gorgeous details with stunning ocean views.


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    Monday 12 August 2013

    Bon appétit :: Le Dîner en Blanc Mystérieux


    A Pop-Up Picnic ~  the secret Dinner in White is a refined flash-mob feast! 

    Launched with just a handful of friends in France,  the ultimate picnic-chic dinner party celebrated the 25th year of the Diner en Blanc tradition at the Trocadéro and Louvre in Paris. Guests wear white and the venue is not revealed until the last minute. The Diner en Blanc tradition that has now spread worldwide.

    Al fresco dining: Diners were only told the venue of the 'flashmob' dinner by email shortly before dinner started and within an hour, thousands had descended within their tables

    People, all dressed up head to toe in white, enjoy al fresco dining on china plates and bottles of champagne to toast Diner en Blanc’s birthday at the Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

    All white: Diners also gathered at the Louvre to celebrate the 25th birthday of the Diner en Blanc tradition that has now spread worldwide

    Diner en Blanc: People, all dressed up in white, have a dinner on the Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
    Celebration: Diners have to dress head to toe in white and bring a picnic table and white table cloth to the event
    Come dine with us: More than 15,000 people were expected to attended for dinner but only invited guests are allowed a seat

    The All White Night rules are:

    Attendance is by invite only and guests are only told the illustrious location an hour before dinner starts.

    They must arrive by public transport, bring a guest and

    be dressed all in white with a picnic table, wine and food.

    Eat to the beat: A band entertains diners eating al fresco in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

    Eat to the beat: A band entertains diners who ate al fresco in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower last night
    Fine dining: Guests wore all their finest white clothes, brought china plates and bottles of champagne to toast Diner en Blanc's birthday

    It’s a tradition going back a quarter of a century, but really not one where you want to spill the red wine. Thousands of foodies dressed from head to toe in sparkling white converged on Paris last night to quaff champagne and eat fine foods together as the annual Diner en Blanc celebrated its 25th birthday.

    Diners, who had signed up for the event were kept in the dark as to the location of the giant dinner party right up until the last minute, but were told to make their way to either the Trocadéro or the grounds of the Louvre via email earlier in the evening.

    Within the hour, row upon row of picnic tables – complete with white table cloths – were set up, wine was uncorked and revellers began sharing food at the spectacular event. Guests enjoyed their dinner against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower and the city’s most iconic museum until midnight, when they pack up their rubbish and leave.

    The tradition began in 1988 when a group of ten friends decided they wanted to eat at a forbidden spot in the French capital. They dined as a 200 strong flash mob at the Jardins de Bagatelle, a favourite spot of French royalty including Marie Antoinette.

    Since then the event has gone global with versions of the dinner taking place in European cities such as Milan and Barcelona and much further afield in more than a dozen locations in the US, Canada, Singapore and even Rwanda and the Ivory Coast. The craze finally made the short journey from its Paris home across the Channel to London only last September when thousands of diners converged on the South Piazza of Covent Garden.

    The Paris version remains the tradition’s definitive one. Each year the guest list exceeds 15,000 say organisers and past dinners have taken place at such illustrious settings as the Pont des Arts, the grounds of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles.

    Be our guest: The grounds of the Louvre have hosted the Diner en Blanc event in the past, which started when a group of friends wanted to dine in a forbidden area in 1988
    Opulent: The square at the centre of Paris's most famous museum provided a magnificent backdrop for those who arrived to eat at this year's dinner


    • Guests at both venues would have either had to have attended the last Paris event or been invited by someone who did. Everyone who is invited must bring a guest and arrive by public transport.
    • Guests must bring a picnic table, a picnic basket, foldable cheers and a table cloth – all in white of course.
    • Men and women sit on opposite sides of the table to one another and guests are forbidden to sit down until their entire row have set up their table.
    • No excuses: if you are invited, don’t let a double booking or inclement weather put you off – if you fail to turn up or don’t abide by the events rules then you won’t be invited back.
    No excuses: Diner enjoyed good weather for the event, but shouldn't be deterred by inclement weather - if you fail to turn up and are on the guest list then you are blacklisted from future events

    Launched by François Pasquier and his close friends 25 years ago, Paris’ Dîner en Blanc now brings together over 10,000 people each year in some of the most prestigious locations throughout the French capital.

    In the summer of 1988, Pasquier had just returned to Paris after a few years abroad and held a dinner party to reconnect with friends. So many wished to attend that he asked them to convene at Bois de Boulogne dressed in white, so as to be recognizable to one another. Each attendee was also asked to bring a friend. The evening was such a hit that guests wanted more friends to join-in the following year and thus was born the concept of Dîner en Blanc.

    In June 1991, four years after the event’s debut, the founding group of friends decided to organize their Dîner in one of the French capital’s most beautiful locations, Pont des Arts, in the heart of Paris (a first). Knowing fully well that local authorities would never allow such an event to take place there, keeping the location a secret until the very last minute was crucial to the success of the event.

    Following in his François Pasquier’s footsteps, one of his sons, Aymeric Pasquier, moved to Montreal and kept the family tradition going when he came together with friends to hold the first Dîner en Blanc in August of 2009. In 2011, Aymeric partnered-up with Sandy Safi to launch the first American Dîner en Blanc in New York. The United States held its first Dîner en Blanc in New York on August 25th, 2011. That evening, 1,200 diners (selected from over 30,000 hopefuls) celebrated outdoors at a yet-to-be-disclosed location amid live music and dancing, with festive white balloons and sparklers. Guests, dressed in elegant white, brought their own epicurean feasts, tables, chairs, glasses, silver and white napery.

    Aymeric Pasquier and Sandy Safi then came together to create Dîner en Bland International, a Dîner en Blanc organization that would promote the history and philosophy of this event through hosts worldwide, and create an international network of diners and Dîner en Blanc enthusiasts. With over a dozen cities having joined the Dîner en Blanc family in 2012what began (and remains in Paris) as a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international epicurean phenomenon across five continents.

    Though the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event have not; diners continue to gather at a secret location with the sole purpose of sharing a high-quality meal with good friends at the heart of one of the city’s most beautiful locations. Dîner en Blanc International, based in Montreal, is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in nearly 40 cities by the end of 2013.

    Each event is headed by passionate local organisers whom fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city and add their local flair, yet respecting the event’s core values all the while.

    Images & Sources: Daily Mail, UK & New York Times 

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    Monday 12 August 2013

    Dîner en Blanc + Brisbane


    I’m very excited to be going to Dîner en Blanc Brisbane! Looking for some inspiration ~ we need to take our own table, chairs, props, food etal….


    And if you don’t know about Dîner en Blanc, check out my next post. Please let me know if you’ve experience one of this iconic events.

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    Sunday 11 August 2013

    blue white chic + eastern influence


    Dreaming:: Fashion designer Tory Burch in her Southampton estate. I love the blue greyish white tones with red accents combined with eastern motifs.

    tory burch in her dining room with paneled walls designed to look like Iznik tiles by Iksel

    Tory wearing a white Valentino dress in her dining room

    with blue printed walls fashioned by Paris based wallpaper designer Iksel

    so they look like Persian Iznik tiles.

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    Tuesday 6 August 2013

    white + a splash of orange


    I love the simplicity of this space that mixes old and modern.

    photography: mali azima for: atlanta homes interior design: kay douglass

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    Wednesday 31 July 2013

    Beautiful old apartment in Madrid


    This old apartment in central Madrid, Spain is both home and some kind of a showroom of antique objects, furniture and accessories.  Pep Cuca Boixader Riera, owners of the firm Antiq-BR, have created the beautiful interiors of this simple and charming home, which is also showroom and workshop.

    Pep Cuca Boixader Riera and share four children and a business: Antiq-BR, space devoted to European antiques from the eighteenth and nineteenth-French, Italian and Swedish almost exclusively. In the center of Madrid have their headquarters, which also is his private residence and the place where the female component of this creative tandem has installed its textile workshop.

    The spacious floor that focuses all activity is perfect to dedicate to such versatile uses thanks to a magnificent layout and beautiful antique finishes, which provide enabling framework: the pavement is a pine floorboards late eighteenth century in the area dedicated to showroom, and the walls and high ceilings are decorated with plaster moldings. A bright and airy box, ideal for jewelry accommodate furniture, mirrors, decorative objects, some wonderful chandeliers … All of these unique pieces, with charisma, which retain the colors of the time, purchased by antique dealers for their beauty or interest. “We only buy what we like,” says Pep Boixader.

    The integration of antiques is not at odds, however, a convenient and simple interior that exudes calm and light thanks to white and light colors chosen as background and stays reiterated element. Simplicity, balance, naturally: the textiles designed by the owner reinforce these concepts. His firm, Ana & Cuca, whose first name is a tribute to the youngest of the family, use fabrics and antique linens, also of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which, after a recovery process completely handmade, reconverted into plaids, cushions, duvet covers, bags … small-scale production to get almost unique pieces. How unique is this house in which we work and create, but above all, we live.


    Photography: nuevo-estilo, visit webpage.
    {Source} via 79 Ideas

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    Monday 29 July 2013

    San Francisco :: lollypop colours


    I discovered this lovely french blog, cachemire & soie by anne-solange tardy and it’s inspired to get my travel pics sorted!

    Her photo tour of san francisco is fun and also has a great guide to the city with perfect shopping and eating tips, too!

    Photography: anne-solange tardy

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    Sunday 28 July 2013

    vintage kimonos


    Gorgeous kimonos via the maker.

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    Saturday 20 July 2013

    Valentino :: Paris Haute Couture spring/summer 2013


    Le silence de tournesols ~ the silence of sunflowers.

    Breath-taking dresses of luxe embroidery, crystal beading, cording, lace of multi-colored flowers and hand-painted organza from Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for the Valentino spring summer 2013 Haute Couture collection is magical.  The collection was inspired by  labyrinths, where nature meets architecture and science meets spiritual rebirth.

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    Maud Welzen

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    Valery Kaufman


    Antonina Vasylchenko

    Monica Jac1

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    Kremi Otashliyska


     Katya Riabynikina

    Hedvig Palm

    Ava Smith

    Kati Nescher

    Clarice Vitkauskas


    Iris van Berne

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    Style revealed the incredible skill involved in creating these gowns.

    One  extraordinary dress featured layer upon layer of organza, embroidered with butterflies and birds, the whole lot wrapped in a tulle cage scrolled with crepe piping. According to the notes, it took 500 hours of hand-rolling to produce the piping in just one dress. One roller apparently developed carpal tunnel syndrome during the production of the collection. There were plenty more such examples of artisanal effort ~ it took 850 hours to embroider an organza jacket and skirt.

    The analogy the designers employed was a garden, where you see the grace and delicacy, but you never smell the gardener’s sweat. “Couture has to be magical,” insisted Piccioli, and that clearly included the power to make the graft disappear.

    Images via Fab Fashion Fix

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