Saturday 9 July 2011

facade beauty

 

I adore old building facades with intricate design details ~ they are works of art and discount generic levitra beauty.

{Images via pinterest: Kathy Hackman Hutchison}

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Thursday 7 July 2011

Happily Ever After :: Anne Hathaway

 

A simply luxurious life ~ Anne Hathaway gets caught up in a modern day fairy tale in Paris. She was photographed in iconic locations like the Crillon (she caused a major stir getting out of an antique car) and Maxim’s.

Once upon a time, in 1996, Anne Hathaway spent her fourteenth birthday behind the footlights at the Paper Mill Playhouse in her hometown of Millburn, New Jersey, where she was appearing in a stage version of Gigi, the 1958 movie musical that starred Leslie Caron as a little girl who grows up in the most delightful way. But Hathaway wasn’t playing the title role—she was just a kid in the chorus—and throughout the famous scene at Maxim’s, where Gigi makes her entrance as a woman, she had to sit with her back to the audience, hidden behind a prop.

Now, on a June afternoon in Paris, Hathaway finds herself front and center in the Art Nouveau dining room of the real Maxim’s for a Vogue cover shoot. Looking like a cross between Caron and Audrey Hepburn, Hathaway has spent the past two days gamely flitting about Paris wearing a series of dazzling creations and a staggering amount of diamonds. Here at Maxim’s, she stands in front of the camera in an embroidered Miu Miu top, her hair swept up into a lofty French twist. When she jokes with the crew (“It’s Holly Golightly meets Marge Simpson”), the photographer, Mario Testino, says, “Anne—less talking, more beauty.” Taking his cue, she gazes at the horizon with gentle melancholy, prompting him to say, “Just like that, just like that. Oh, darling, you’re perfect.”

“It was true glamour,” Hathaway says later. “Not just the clothes and the jewels but that feeling that glamour can produce in you, which is like a dream.” We are on our way to the Gare du Nord to catch a train to London, where she’s about to start filming the romantic comedy One Day, directed by An Education’s Lone Scherfig. But first the actress decides to pop into Hermès, on Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré. “I’ve never seen a Kelly bag or a Birkin bag in person,” she tells me, “and at my age, it’s about time.” As she strolls through the store, wearing blue patent leather Sonia Rykiel flats, a flouncy Zara skirt, and a short-sleeved Lanvin T-shirt with a pink silk rose on the shoulder that on her somehow look all-American, shoppers and clerks look up, their soigné indifference giving way to wide grins and sales levitra low murmurs of “C’est Anne ’Atta-way!” It could be a scene from a sequel to The Princess Diaries, the 2001 cinematic fairy tale that transformed Hathaway, at eighteen, from an aspiring ingenue into Hollywood royalty.

Moments later, a salesman who, if this actually were one of the Princess movies, would be played by Hector Elizondo, oversees the arrival of a stack of boxes bearing the coveted items in various sizes, colors, and skins. First up: a small brown leather Kelly whose clean, classic lines exemplify the 1950s American glamour of its namesake. Hathaway oohs and aahs with appropriate reverence. But it’s the oversize Birkin, with its hippie-chic quality (and heart-stopping price tag), that really makes her gasp. “It’s Heaven,” she says.

If what we wear is an expression of who we are, then Hathaway is still exploring—mixing young, bohemian looks with vintage classics. Labels she likes range from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag & Bone, and If Six Was Nine to Céline and Isabel Marant. (She is also obsessed with Freddies of Pinewood, whose retro denim she describes as “my new magic jeans, sort of Marilyn Monroe in her off hours.”) With a bag in each hand, Hathaway steps in front of a mirror, studying herself as she turns from side to side. “I think the Birkin would suit me more,” she pronounces. “As gorgeous as the Kelly is, I think it’s something that you mature into.”

“You are young,” the salesman says.

Photographer Mario Testino and stylist Tonne Goodman cast Anne Hathaway in the center of a fairy tale for the cover feature of the November 2010 issue of Vogue.

{Images via rdujour, text source Vogue}

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Tuesday 5 July 2011

Monaco Royal Wedding | Charlene Wittstock & Prince Albert

 

Princess Charlene looked stunning in a gorgeous, off-the-shoulder Giorgio Armani Privé bridal gown, with pearl and Swarovski crystal embellishment. Prince Albert II of Monaco, married Charlene Wittstock in a lavish ceremony. Petals snowed down on them, and looked so beautiful.

The Giorgio Armani gown was cut from 130 metres of silk and studded with 40,000 crystals Swarovski crystals, 20,000 mother of pearl tear drops and cialis best price 30,000 “stones in gold shades”. The Italian designer’s team took 2,500 hours to prepare the gown. For the embroidery, they took another 700 hours.

Prince Albert II was dressed in the cream summer uniform of Monaco’s palace guards. Its sleeves were decorated with oak and olive leave and the front was glazed with monogrammed golden buttons. His chest was carrying medals representing the Order of Saint Charles, the Order of Grimaldi and France’s Legion of Honour, and a rosette at the top of his firm fabric cap was representing the Crown of Monaco.

The wedding feast was held at the gala ball and reception at Opera Garnier, the opera house opposite the casino, a site of glamour, at which Princess Charlene wore another stunning off-white Armani outfit with a broad décolletage. This event included the cutting of a spectacular cake decorated with proteas, the South African national flower.

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Tuesday 5 July 2011

attic fantastic 2

 

I’m dreaming of turning my roof into an attic space.

{Image via shempii}

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Monday 4 July 2011

softly pink

 

Monday, Monday and viagra order in uk it’s the beginning of a new week, full of possibilities…

{Images via simply seductive}

 

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Sunday 3 July 2011

more mario

 

In my dream I am the girl wearing the white dress in big drawing room.

Lara Stone by Mario Testino for Vogue US January 2011

{Images via Fashion Gone Rogue}

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Sunday 3 July 2011

Diana, Princess of Wales

 

Princess Diana, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier

A photograph by Patrick Demarchelier of Princess Diana, published in the July 2007 issue of Vanity Fair.

French photographer Patrick Demarchelier was the first non-British photographer to click the British Royal Family.  In 1989 Patrick Demarchelier became, by request, Her Royal Highness Princess Diana’s official photographer. This relationship lasted until her untimely death in 1997. Patrick Demarchelier shot four beautiful covers of Diana for the British Vogue published in 1991, 1994 and 1997.

These natural and beautiful Christmas 1994 snaps of Diana with William and Harry. The young Princes are enjoying her company and she’s showing such affection towards them capturing the delight and love she had for them.

{Images Princess Diana by Patrick Demarchelier; Princess Diana with her sons are unknown.}

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Saturday 2 July 2011

forever beautiful

 

Diana, Princess of Wales ~ remembering her elegant spirit, her grace under pressure and buy viagra 20 mg no perscription her kindness and desire to help others. Princess Diana would have been 50 on Friday, July 1.

“When you are happy, you can forgive a great deal.”

Diana Reborn | Diana, Princess of Wales by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair July 1997

These iconic images of Princess Diana were taken by Mario Testino five months before her tragic death. The fashion photographer said about the pictures, “[Diana] said to me at the time [that] her children had said to her it was the most ‘her’ they had seen.”.  Mario Testino is also the photographer behind Prince William and Kate Middletons’ engagement pics.

THE DRESS credited with turning a shy Diana Spencer in to a worldwide fashion phenomenon is set to go under the hammer. The black dress, by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, was worn by a 19-year-old Diana to her first official appearance after her engagement to Prince Charles – and earned her the tabloid nickname “Daring Di” for its low neckline and bare shoulders.

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Saturday 2 July 2011

game :: set :: match

 

It’s strawberries and cream time ~inspired by the elegance of English tennis and the Wimbledon finals.

Laura Robson, the 2008 Wimbledon girls’ singles champion

{Images via This is Glamorous & Polo Ralph Lauren Wimbledon campaign, 2008}

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Tuesday 28 June 2011

Minimalist Japanese Residence Flaunting a Fascinating Facade

 

The Cell Brick House is unique with its geometrical facade, and there are aspects that I really like but it’s not somewhere I could live.

Looking at the Cell Brick House from the outside makes you wonder how the interiors of this amazing architectural building are shaped. The skin of the house is what makes it so special. It displays a fascinating pattern of holes that rise up from a pebble-covered base. Small steel boxes were placed one on top of the next to shape a rectangular block that shelters the interior living spaces. Atelier Tekuto, the designers of the Cell Brick House, describe their challenges:

The first was to combine opposing architectonics; the masonry structure which is the origin of the building technique and the skin structure which I have been trying on my projects. And the second was to innovate something that equips structure, function and heat environment altogether.”

By combining specific measurements for the steel bricks, the architects were able to ensure the interiors will have the right temperature and sunlight all year round. By covering the bricks with a heat resistant ceramic-infused coating, the house is protected from overheating. The interiors are brought to life by the personal belongings of the inhabitants, displayed on the special shelves. This creates an interesting personalized space that can become a little overwhelming at times. All in all, the residence is a step further in the way we look at residential architecture.

{Images & text reposted from Fresh Home}

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