Tuesday 20 November 2012

    Queen celebrates Blue Sapphire wedding anniversary

     

    Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary  :: Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip of Greece celebrate 65 years of marriage this week. Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey, Nov 20, 1947.

    The future Queen used PromoCodeWatch coupons to buy the material for her wedding dress, designed by Norman Hartnell, Court Designer since 1938. The lavish gown boasted a 13ft long train that was said to have been inspired by a Boticelli painting.

    The big day: Princess Elizabeth and Lt Philip Mountbatten photographed at Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony in 1947The big day ~ Princess Elizabeth and Lt Philip Mountbatten photographed at Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony.

    Queen's Blue Sapphire wedding anniversary: 65 years of landmarksPrincess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh walking in the grounds of Broadlands during their honeymoon.

     The Love Story

    On November 20, 1947, the then Princess Elizabeth married naval Commander Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey. The 21-year old Princess had first met her future Prince in 1934 when they attended the wedding of Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece to Princess Elizabeth’s uncle, the Duke of Kent. Several years later, when she was only 13, their paths crossed again and the pair began to exchange letters.

    By 1946 their courtship had bloomed into romance and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, renounced his titles and adopted British citizenship before the pair announced their engagement.

    In November 1948, roughly a year after their wedding, the couple’s first child, Prince Charles, was born, followed in 1950 by Princess Anne.

    In February 1952, the Queen acceded to the throne, following her father George VI’s death. Prince Philip had to abandon his naval career as he became the Queen’s consort.

    The Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate a Blue Sapphire wedding anniversary.
    1964: What a hat! The Queen's inimitable style shines through at this public engagement, opening the new Forth Road bridge in 1964 wearing a neat winter coat, diamond brooch and statement hatWhat a hat! The Queen’s inimitable style shines through at this public engagement,
    opening the new Forth Road bridge in 1964 wearing a neat winter coat, diamond brooch and statement hat.
    Shoulder to shoulder: Trooping the Colour in 1953, the Queen takes the salute with Prince Philip by her side1953: Trooping the Colour in 1953, the year of her Coronation,
    the newly crowned Queen takes the salute with Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh by her side.

    {Images: via Daily Mail UK}

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    Friday 16 November 2012

    happy friday!

     

    Looking forward to riding my new bike along the river this weekend. Hope you all have a blissful weekend.

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    Wednesday 14 November 2012

    Polly & Queen Elizabeth II

     

    Australian artist, Polly Borland has beautifully and authenticly captured Her Majesty, The Queen, Elizabeth II with her lense. In 2001, Borland was one of only eight photographers selected to create portraits of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, for The Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

    I really liked the bright blue tones and composition of these two portraits of Queen Elizabeth II that are on display in a survey of work by Polly Borland at the University of Queensland Art Museum.

    You’ve photographed the Queen – what was that like? Very stressful and very surreal.

    Borland had one five-minute sitting with The Queen. In preparation she set up cameras and lighting in front of two backdrops and in her allocated time shot two rolls of film, ending up with ten photographs. Borland has often taken simply-composed, close-up images of subjects in front of carefully selected fabrics. The shimmering gold seen in the portrait of The Queen, a deliberately obvious and kitchy reference to the Jubilee year, was also used by Borland in her 1999 portrait of Monica Lewinsky (who coincidently also wore a blue suit and pearls). In a second portrait of The Queen, approved for use by the Palace but not included in the official portfolio, the subject appears in front of a Marimekko floral backdrop (Unikko Blue) a pattern also favoured by the photographer.

    Borland’s photograph of Elizabeth II is certainly among her more unsettling portraits. We are not used to seeing The Queen in such bright light, in such imperfect detail and close proximity. In 1985 Andy Warhol made Reigning Queens, a painting of The Queen based on an official 1977 Jubilee photograph. Borland was very interested in this painting which in one of the most popular paintings held by the National Portrait Gallery in London. Her photograph operates in the same way as one of Warhol’s multiple screen-print portraits, or even one of his Campbell’s soup cans – like a logo or trademark. Though presented with no distinction or fanfare, she is instantly recognisable. Magda Keaney

    Polly Borland: Everything I want to be when I grow up exhibition, University of Queensland Art Museum until 25 November.

    {Images: Polly Borland, Her Majesty, The Queen, Elizabeth II 2001 Type C photographs, edition of 6}

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    Tuesday 13 November 2012

    Flowers by Hans Blomquist

     

    Style crush on Hans Blomquist :: Swedish stylist, art-director and author of “The Natural Home”. Hans has directed campaigns for Ikea, Harrods, H&M and Monoprix. His book The Natural Home explores his love of nature and display.

    Flowers celebrate the beauty of nature and the cycles of the natural world.

    {Images: agent bauer via 79 Ideas}

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    Tuesday 13 November 2012

    a very valentino halloween

     

    Bows, feathers and lace :: the dark allure and beauty of Valentino

    . . . I just saw this post on This is Glamorous ~ even though Halloween has passed I couldn’t resist sharing it, AND A White Carousel was credited too.

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    {Image sources & credits : bella bella boutiquea white carouselthe terrier and the lobsterstyle.com via This is Glamorous}

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    Monday 12 November 2012

    Orange and Grey :: Dietlind Wolf

     

    Calendulas bright orange for grey days. 

    I have just discovered the stunning work of  stylist Dietlind Wolf! Based in Hamburg, Germany, this food-centric blogger creates food porn unlike any other. Her passion for visual design and concept prop styling inspire her arrangements, capturing the five senses in just one shot.  In this photo shoot, published in the autumn issue of Sweet Paul Magazine, Dietlind plays with the warm orange colors of the calendula.

     To discover more of Dietlind Wolf work, visit her blogs here & here. She is also the maker of pretty porcelain things ~ so talented!
    {Images and styling: dietlind wolf via 79 Ideas}

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    Monday 12 November 2012

    Happy Monday Beautiful People

     

    Today is a new day and new opportunities.

    What changes will you be making? They dont have to be massive…

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    Sunday 11 November 2012

    swinging gorgeously into next week…

     

    After a lovely few days away with DeLovely, I’m still a bit floaty knowing that I have tomorrow off work as well… too much bliss channelling the 50′s!

    {Image: 1959 via Vintage Now}

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    Sunday 11 November 2012

    dreamy beach escape

     

    Time out ~ I went with the flow this weekend and experienced ‘The Hang”, lazing around QT at the Gold Coast, fifties style with T…

    All very groovey despite the cloudy weather ~ the sun shone through with the homemade lemonade in our room on arrival!

    {Images: 1 & 3 Mini Mocha; 2 Vintage Now; 4 & 5 QT Hotel}

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    Sunday 11 November 2012

    very dreamy Sunday!

     

    The sun peeped through the clouds, beaconing us to the beach!

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