Archive | August 2012

Let Them Read Books

It’s so much fun to do a photoshoot! I’ve done some professional ones, but it’s even more fun when you do make-up and styling and take the photos on your own. Unfortunately I don’t have any talented friends who can take pictures of my outfits, so I have to use the self timer, which is a real pain.

My favourite pictures during those photoshoots are the close-ups I can take of whimsical things like necklaces, shoes, Fabergé eggs or the bow on my over the knee socks.

Watching the movie ‘Marie Antoinette’ with Kirsten Dunst, I was inspired to do a Marie Antoinette – style photo post.

I’m wearing a 60s white wool coat, handmade by my grandma, a Vivi Fashion by Rocco Maccuro shabby chic dress, River Island over the knee socks, and a pink faux pearl necklace I recently bought.

Cake, Chocolate and Cocktails – The Charbonnel et Walker Blogger Event

When I was on vacation in Turkey, I got an invitation to a Summer Event for bloggers by prestigious chocolatier and Royal Warrant Charbonnel et Walker. As I couldn’t attend the event myself, I sent my friend ‘worrierprincess‘ to enjoy the chocolate, cocktails and cakes.

The event took place in the evening of the 9th August at Charbonnel et Walker’s flagship Old Bond Street store. A lot of food bloggers attended the event, showcasing their cakes and cookies made with Charbonnel chocolate. For more information on the event, please see my friends blog post here: The Sweetest Thing

How about a handbag and heels made of chocolate (above)? Or a Diamond Jubilee box luxury treat for 100 pounds? You can get it all at Charbonnel et Walker!

I Got My Red Dress On

The heading of this post is a line from Lana Del Rey’s song ‘Summertime Sadness’. I love this song, and the music video even more. It seemed fitting for this post, not only because of the red dress which is my new favourite dress, but because the song is about the summertime feeling and what happens when summer is over. Summer is my favourite time of the year and I don’t ever want it to end. The photos were also inspired by Lana Del Rey’s song. There’s this red light dancing in the corner of the music video which adds to the vintage feeling of it. As you can see, I used that too in my photos. I took them on a hill near the place where I grew up. A hill where I celebrated New Year’s Eve with my family and friends, where I came for picnics in the summer with my grandparents, and where I kissed my first boyfriend. The song ‘Summertime Sadness’ is just perfect for those memories and pictures.

The last few pictures were taken in Dresden, Germany, by a friend. They show me posing on stairs of a historical building and goofing around with my new phone case – which I love! I’ve been after this bunny ear case for about a year, and last week I finally found it..for £2! Yay!

Dress: my favourite vintage dress; Cardigan: H&M; Sunglasses: Chanel; Red bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Bracelet: Chanel

The Masquerade Ball

I’ve always dreamed of going to a ball. In the books I read, there were princesses and elves and fairies, all able to go to beautiful balls. Even witches had – bizarre – balls, but they were balls. I’m much older now, but my dreams never ceased. I still want to attend a ball, and I will one day! Until then, I have two wonderful masks handmade in Venice. I’ve found masquerade balls to be particularly interesting and very magical, grotesque as they may be. I have this vision of a mysterious young man in a dark suit, hiding behind his mask, dancing with me. There is this whole mystery about masked balls. You don’t see who you’re talking to, don’t see who you’re dancing with or kissing.. Masquerade balls must’ve been fantastic about 200 or 300 years ago, and I’m very sad they almost don’t exist anymore nowadays.

There is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe (whom I adore!) about a masquerade ball, called “The Masque of the Red Death”. I’ve used some lines of this story in my pictures.

“…the masqueraders. Be sure they were grotesque. There were much glare and glitter and piquancy and phantasm — much of what has been since seen in “Hernani.” There were arabesque figures with unsuited limbs and appointments. There were delirious fancies such as the madman fashions. There was much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, much of the bizarre, something of the terrible, and not a little of that which might have excited disgust.”

Outfit Details:

Dress: handmade theatre costume

Shoes: Louis Vuitton

Masks: handmade in Venice

Wish Magazine – Everything You Could Wish For

A few months ago, in May, Carrie of wishwishwish.net told us a secret which had taken up a lot of her time during her last months at University. She and her ‘partner in crime’, Lucy of shinythoughts.com, had created a magazine. A magazine which is nostalgic, vintagey, stylish, dreamy, childish, creative, beautiful, British, timeless, lovely, exciting, and truly everything you could wish for in a magazine – Wish Magazine! I instantly pre-ordered a copy, which arrived yesterday after they had a few problems with the printing company at Wish house.

The 86 page magazine is full of breathtaking photos, vintage style clothes, shoes and accessories worn by beautiful models, lovingly drawn illustrations and calligraphy, a summer playlist, secrets by people from all over the world, a career quiz, a style section, a list of afternoon tea places you should try out, a poster, baking and a wonderful article about pen pals (…”about a time when chatting to a friend didn’t involve pressing ‘Enter'”). You simply cannot NOT love this magazine! As Carrie wrote in her Editor’s letter: “Wish allows space for dreaming, without bombarding you with advertising, unattainable price tags or unachievable body shapes. A true collaboration from girls across the universe sharing what they love best.” It’s not one of those magazines you can buy everywhere. It’s unique and full of love, made for ‘Early Grannies’ and people who don’t want to grow up.

Get a copy, a cup of tea and do nothing but reading this magazine for 3 hours while sipping tea..which is what I did. xx

Turkish Summer Dreams

It was time foooor HOLIDAYS! And of course the destination question came up again. I’ve been to Spain about a hundred times, I’ve been to Greece 3 times, to Croatia, Italy, France, Tenerife and so on. About 10 years ago, I went to Turkey for the first time; 6 years ago for the 2nd time. I really liked it there and so decided to go there for a 3rd time, staying at the same hotel as 6 years ago. On 17th August I packed all my luggage (three huge suitcases) and off I went to the airport.

The hotel was, just like 6 years ago, simply fantastic! The best thing was the view. You could see the mountains as well as the beach. It looked beautiful at sunrise..and sunset; and in the night, and actually it looked beautiful all the time!

The hotel has its own beach, with camels and a buffet (before you ask, I didn’t go anywhere near the camel!).

I spent great 2 weeks there – although it was way too hot for me! At least 40°C every day. One morning I passed out because it was too hot and I probably didn’t drink enough. After that I was a bit scared to go out in the sun again (particularly what I had to pay the doctor was very scary…). The food made me go outside though, because it was something I couldn’t miss. The hotel has a BBQ restaurant as well as a fish restaurant. BBQ: I’m a vegetarian and as they didn’t have grilled vegetables I felt a bit left out. Fish: fantastic food!

Even at night it was still about 30 degrees – pretty cold, ha! But the perfect temperature for a little swim in the pool.

On 1st August I had to say bye bye to Turkey, but I really enjoyed my holidays there.