Archive | May 2012

Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Illustrations

Karl Lagerfeld presented the Chanel Cruise 2012/13 in the garden of the Château de Versailles. He knows how to combine modern design and classic chic like no one else, and he’s probably the only person who can dress a model in a skirt and trainers and get away with it. We saw cute chiffon dresses as well as jeans, shorts and the famous tweed jackets. Most of the dresses looked like 18th century rococo chic.

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Red Classic Cambridge Satchel

I would lie if I said I needed a new bag, with over 20 lovely eye candy bags patiently waiting in my room to be used. But when I saw this great vintage style bag I simply couldn’t resist (wait, I have said that before about other bags…). Not only does it have a great ‘vintage red’ colour, but my initials in gold letters on it as well! It arrived at my house Tuesday morning, thanks to FedEx, and I’ve used it every day since then. I already got a lot of compliments on it and a friend of me even wanted to buy it from me. Well, she’ll have to order her own bag, because this cute bag is mine! I’ll make sure to take it with me when I go to its ‘birthplace’ Cambridge this summer. Cambridge satchels have been featured on many great blogs, like Fashionista, The Cherry Blossom Girl and, most recently, Style on The Couch.

Outfit Details

Dress: Hollister  Boneyard Beach Dress with white underskirt

Shoes: Ballet flats

Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company

Ring: 18k gold with tiny pearl

La Maschera di Venezia

In your life you should be at least once in London, once à Paris, once in New York, once in Los Angeles and once in Venice, I think. I’m still fairly young, but already have been to 3 of these 5 great cities. Why Venice?, you ask. Isn’t it dirty? Doesn’t it smell weird there? I don’t like prejudices, because most of the time they prove to be completely wrong. I don’t know if all of Venice is as lovely as the part I’ve seen (and I’m quite sure it’s not), but don’t only list the negative things, think of the positive things first. First of all, yes, Venice IS expensive; 5 pounds for a simple coffee. BUT (and there will be a lot of “but’s” in this blog post) you don’t have to sit in a café in the most touristy and crowded places in Venice. There are some wonderful cute little restaurants and cafés in some of the side ‘streets’ (canals or ‘calle’ actually) where you pay a normal price for a normal coffee. Don’t always expect them to talk English to you though. As for the gondola riding, you can’t expect that to be cheap with thousands of tourists every day, but don’t be a cheapskate. You’re there only once maybe, so enjoy it! It’s most romantic in the evening at sunset by the way. And hope for a gondelier who can sing..!

Venice is full of tourists, but somehow, and I don’t know how they do it, it’s neither dirty nor does it smell bad. At least it didn’t when I was there. Venice is charming. That describes it best in my opinion. Think canals, gondolas, the pali that look like candy, designer stores, little vintage shops, amazing old buildings, churches and add some of the weirdest shops you’ll ever see in your life, and you get…Venice! A town which is one of a kind. But please don’t go there expecting it to be heaven on earth, because there are downsides. Lots of tourists as well as pigeons and pickpockets and foreign men trying to sell you replica designer handbags; narrow little streets which are hell for every claustrophobic; and if you plan to walk through one of those passageways in the evening in spite of the dubious people sitting there, because it seems to be the only way to get to the place you want to, don’t let the fact that you have to climb over the dinner of said people put you off. All in all, I loved my stay there and would love to revisit one day.

Christian Louboutin – 20 Years of Design

“From 1st May to 9th July the Design Museum presents iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career which has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career showcasing twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps. Be taken on a magical journey of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance.”

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a life-size hologram of Louboutin’s muse Dita van Teese in glittery heels. A restrospective, 20 ans of Christian Louboutin – you will see mirrors, more mirrors, vamp style, red velvet, more mirrors and, of course, shoes! Do not miss this! Tickets are between £9 and £11.

Photos by Grazia Germany and The Constant Traveller

Giveaway: Swarovski Crystal Lucky Clover

“Universally recognisable, the four-leaf clover is the ulimate symbol of good luck. This exquisite piece sparkles in Chrysolite crystal with heart-shaped leaves. It comes with a blue dark blue velvet pouch.”

This cute little Swarovski crystal lucky clover is the perfect gift for somebody you want to wish luck, or just keep this talisman for yourself. I’d love to keep it, but I wouldn’t have anything to ‘give away’ then.

 If you want to have a chance to win this Swarovski lucky clover, simply follow my blog here or with bloglovin’ and/or follow me on Twitter, and don’t forget to comment below! I will use random.org to choose the winner.

Deep In The Woods

I have found that long walks in the woods, especially on sunny days in spring, are very liberating. Flowers and trees blossom everywhere and you can hear birds singing. A forest is a magical place where you can think and relax. Unfortunately I don’t often have time to be there.

Outfit Details:

Dress: Anthropologie

Bag: Chanel

Necklaces: Accessorize bunny necklace and self-made apple necklace

Bracelet: Etsy

Ballerinas: Graceland

Blogger Drawing: Carrie Harwood of wishwishwish

I’ve done a photo illustration of her before, but wanted to add Carrie to my ‘Blogger Drawings’, pencil portraits of various bloggers I love. I still really enjoy reading her blog and looking at her beautiful photos. If I had to choose a favourite blog post on her blog, I wouldn’t be able to decide, because they’re all so amazing.

Drawing of Carrie without colour…

….and with colour