Monday 5 November 2012

    Paris, paris, paris

     

    One never tires of Paris…

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    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 . . .

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    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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    Friday 17 August 2012

    dreamy home in Paris

     

    Belle Histoire ~ I adore this gorgeous Paris house featured in Elle Decoration, September 2012.

    {Images by Jeremy Wilson via Elle Decoration, September 2012 on facebook}

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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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    Saturday 21 January 2012

    villa dreaming

     

    I’m fantasizing about living in this stunning villa!

    {Image via Lace & Tea}

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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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    Thursday 27 January 2011

    lovely buildings

     

    I flew to Rockhampton for the day

    {another flood effected town, the beef capital of Australia}

    It has some stunning old architecture.

    And as synchronicity would have it, the 7PM Project featured ‘Rocky’  tonight. In the segment Anna Daniels chats to Mayor Brad Carter, visits a bull run at the Great Western Hotel and takes a walk down the East Street mall.

    Rockhampton is situated on Queensland’s largest river, the Fitzroy, 633 kilometres north of Brisbane and just above the Tropic of Capricorn. Founded in 1858, a mini gold rush at Canoona – 48kms to the north – accelerated the establishment of the city. The city has retained a large number of heritage buildings, particularly within the Quay Street heritage precinct. While Rockhampton is largely known for its beef cattle industry, other primary industries in the region include agriculture and mining.

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