Monday 5 November 2012

    Paris, paris, paris


    One never tires of Paris…


    I happened upon these photographs of paris late last week,

    and started dreaming of beautiful facades and elegance

    ~ what a beautiful way to begin a new week than with paris . . .










    I Love Paris

    I love paris in the spring time
    I love paris in the fall
    I love paris in the summer when it sizzles
    I love paris in the winter when it drizzles

    I love paris every moment
    Every moment of the year
    I love paris, why oh why do I love paris
    Because my love is here

    Writer(s): Cole Porter, sung by Frank Sinatra

    {Images: photography by ck/ck on flickr via note to self, This is Glamorous}

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    Thursday 24 May 2012

    pistachio + magenta


    Ornate layers of pistachio and magenta with vanilla icing decoration.

    {Image via Lolita}

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    Monday 19 March 2012

    you shall go to the Ball


    Gala Ball + tuxedos + beautiful gowns = funds for a great cause!

    A big weekend at our gala Ball to raise funds for cystic fibrosis… enjoy some Ball inspiration.

    A delectable collection of dresses by Charles James  for  Vogue, June 1948.

    {Images: 1. Cecil Beaton (British, 1904-1980) via Rococo Revisited; 2 & 3. Norman Parkinson}

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    Tuesday 27 September 2011

    Jane Eyre


    Jane Eyre is the classic, Gothic tale of an orphan that was born in misfortune.

    The film adaption beautifully captures the emotions of the book and is visually seductive.

    And I loved Dame Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax, the housekeeper.

    Jane (Mia Wasikowska) grew up with a family that detested her and was eventually sent to a boarding school where she finally made a friend. But the school was hell, the children were beaten, and her best friend died of illness.

    Fast forward to when Jane is old enough to leave the school. She takes up a job as a governess at Thornfield Hall, the isolated and imposing residence, whose master is Edward Fairfax Rochester (Michael Fassbender). She tends to his ward while a friendship and her attraction to Rochester, who can be quite changeable, slowly builds. However the developing love story between Jane and Rochester means the ghosts of the past must be faced.

    Director, Fukunaga stated, “I’ve spent a lot of time rereading the book and trying to feel out what Charlotte Brontë was feeling when she was writing it. That sort of spookiness that plagues the entire story… there’s been something like 24 adaptations and it’s very rare that you see those sorts of darker sides. They treat it like it’s just a period romance and I think it’s much more than that.”

    Jane Eyre is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel of the same name by Charlotte Brontë.  Academy Award winners: Dario Marianelli composed the score and  Michael O’Connor designed the costumes.

    Filming locations included London and various locations in Derbyshire, including Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Derbyshire Dales, Froggatt and Fox House in Sheffield. Fukunaga looked at some 60 residences for one to represent Thornfield Hall but settled on the previously-used Haddon Hall as it had not undergone much redecorating.

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    Sunday 18 September 2011

    Portrait of a Lady


    I’m enourmoured with the stately, elegant home in the Elle UK fashion spread, Portrait of a Lady, styled by Natalie Wansbrough-Jones.

    Photographer: Pierre Bailly

    Editorial: Portrait of a Lady, Elle UK August 2011

    Model: Georgina Stojilkovic

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    Saturday 9 July 2011

    facade beauty


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

    {Images via pinterest: Kathy Hackman Hutchison}

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    Monday 21 February 2011

    Grand Ballrooms & Masquerades


    Who’s up for a masked ball….

    Steven Meisel photographed this editorial  ~

    with the fashion editor being Paul Cavaco for Vogue Dec 97.

    {Images via 1. This is Glamorous & Ball: dust jacket attic}

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    Tuesday 1 February 2011

    The bal masqué celebrating 90yrs of Paris Vogue


    Paris Vogue’s 90th Anniversary Bash ~ a fashion fantasy explosion of sheer gowns, and amazing masks!

    A masquerade ball party inside the sumptuous Hôtel Pozzo Di Borgo,

    celebrated 90 years of Vogue Paris.

    The theme of the party was disguise, and the fashion crowd clearly relished the assignment.

    There were wild, feathered headgear, sequins, and full-body regalia.

    “It’s just great that people really played the game,” editor Carine Roitfeld said. “You can’t recognize a lot of them because of their masks. I think that’s really exciting.”

    Carine Roitfeld and son Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld ~ the editrix herself was holding court, in a transparent leopard-print Givenchy number.

    At the bal masqué the faces were obscured, and not much else was. Sheer—which has been all over the Spring runways—was the look of the night.

    “French Vogue doesn’t have very many limits, and they still have the potential to be scandalous. You gotta love that unconventional attitude.”

    Abbey Lee Kershaw

    Natalia Vodianova

    Karolina Kurkova

    Gisele Bundchen in a lacy half-mask by Philip Treacy. “I had nothing to wear, and now I look like I have one eye, but that’s OK,” the supermodel laughed on her way to the dance floor.

    Viktor and Rolf

    Chanel Iman

    Franca Sozzani

    Isabel Goulart

    Abbey Lee Kershaw

    Sasha Pivovarova and Maryna Linchuk

    And if you are an Anna della Russo fan, see her getting ready for the ball in my previous post. I know this is so 2010, but I found it in Vogue Australia’s January 2011 issue, and love a masquerade party.

    {Images via TrendlandStyle}

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    Saturday 8 January 2011



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