Guess who's featured on page 7!!!
Monday, 28 November 2011
... in November.
Watching... Pina. Magic.
Listening... to this song again and again and again.
Buying... a cape, awesome tights and a few Christmas gifts.
Drinking... pistachio milkshake.
Wearing... purple nail polish with glitter top coat.
Going to... Copenhagen & London!!!!!!!!
Loving... this, more than words can ever tell.
"Dance, dance... otherwise, we are lost"
- Pina Bausch.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
You may not know this but I can Sign Language. I used to speak it on a daily basis when I still lived in France and it's actually one of the few things I miss from my life back there. This video was a sweet reminder of some of projects I had regarding my favourite language and I hope you'll love this movie as much as I do. - Adeline.
"As a result of being born deaf, my perceiving process is shaped by American Sign Language interpreters, subtitles on television, written conversations on paper, emails, and text messages. These communication modes convey, filtered and limited information, which naturally leads to a loss of content and a delay in communication. Thus, my understanding of reality is filtered, and even potentially distorted. This is at the core of my practice as an artist and through this I am now able to take ownership of sound. I perform, vocalize, and/or visually translate them based on legitimacy of my perception." - Christine Sun Kim.
[Quote found here]
Friday, 18 November 2011
Collage by Lorelai.
If there's something I love about Athena, it's her care for details. She happens to have the best taste when it comes to combining colours and her blog is a great source of inspiration where she also shared great music tips. Even though she was stuck in bed with a bad fever, she took some time to answer my questions and I'm superhappy to finally feature her here.
• First, could you tell me a little bit about yourself?
A 20+ librarian who works as a press officer and dreams to be a museum curator.
And like every other ordinary girl I’m into shoes, floral skirts in winter, my fluffy cat, my new canon, green and purple together, bicycle rides, louis garrel and guillaume canet, indie music, satchel bags and sunny afternoons.
• When and how and why did you start blogging?
My first blog post was almost three years ago.
Nothing great, no unforgettable story behind the birth of my blog. This is what happens when you read so many blogs per day and at a point you go like “hey, I can do it too” and I found it to be the perfect way to share my interests with other lovely people.
• How much time do you devote to blogging on a weekly basis?
It really depends on my creativity, if I have a nice idea for a photoshoot or some good music worth to post, then I’m going to spend a lot of time in front of my laptop, preparing my clothes or editing the photos.
• What do you like the most about blogging? What do you like the least?
All the new friends I have made through these years… ok... that’s a typical answer but so so true.
Some of my best friends at the moment used to be just another blog follower two years ago.
What I like the least? Hmm… well, I have to say all those girls who think that just by having a fashion blog, you automatically are a fashion editor.
• How would you describe your blog? How did it evolve over time?
My blog started as a fashion blog…. after three years of blogging I have grow up and obviously so has my blog.
I now can describe my blog as a diary about style, music, photos and everything I’m into at the moment.
• How would you describe your style?
At the moment I’m so into high waisted shorts, oversized sweaters and knee socks but at the same time you can find me wearing colourful tights and peter pan collar dresses. Everything with a retro hint on.
• Name your favorite brands, shops...
Name one girl who doesn’t love h&m, zara, primark, topshop, ameican vintage, urban outfitters or american apparel.
I do online shopping and my favourite thing is to discover new online shops everyday… ok… except from some classic ones like asos, modcloth, yesstyle and dahlia fashion.
Etsy, is also a great place to buy something unique from independent designers with great talent. Oh! And I have a thing for vintage shopping too… yes… my shop list is just too long.
• Any particular inspiration? Do you have a style icon?
I can name a lot of famous fashion icons like Zooey Deschanel or classic ones like Francoise Hardy, but my best inspiration is searching through blogs, flickr’s wardrobe remix or fashion sites like lookbook for those real girls with the absolute style.
• Do you have guiding principles when it comes to creating an outfit? Colours for instance? How do you create an outfit?
I’m trying to be open-minded and dare to try on new styles and different colour combinations.
In some occasions, I can go wrong -it can happened to everyone- but most of the time I discover new ways to wear my clothes that I’ve never thought of before.
• What's the last piece of clothing you fell for?
Aww.. It has to be this cute top from zara. Lace in nude colour and a tiny black peter pan collar. Lace is a girl’s best retro friend.
• What's the next one you'd like to get?
I’m thinking of giving a second chance to all my old clothes that I don’t wear anymore rather than buying new ones, at the moment (crisis it is). It’s like a detox from shopping.
* Life (and a good measure of curiosity)
• Other hobbies, beside fashion?
Due to fact that I hated all kind of sports since I was a child, all I was left with were arts and crafts... So, I grew up taking art lessons and then started illustration for children’s book and artistic bookbinding.
• Do you collect anything?
Postcards and flyers from all around the world... Everytime, I’m travelling abroad (or when a friend does) I come back home with a package of flyers in different colours and shapes.
• Favourite book?
It depends on the emotional period I’m in at the time. One of my favourite books for the last four months is Lisbon from Fernado Pessoa, but, I can’t be objective, the book was a gift from a special friend and Lisbon is one of my best cities to live.
• Favourite movie?
So many, I’m sure I am going to forget one… Well, I’m a big fan of French movies like “Jeux d'enfants”, “Chansons d’amour”, “Dans Paris” and more independent movies like “Dear Wendy”.
But there’s always place for a classic Disney movie like “The Aristocats”.
• Favourite music?
Guitars, synths and The Beach Boys… 40’s and 50’s music is always on my mp3 (nope, I don’t own an iPod!) and indie music from Chile and Peru is my latest obsession.
• Favourite food?
I cannot live without sushi, mushrooms, tapas, falafel, pasta and traditional greek dishes. I do EAT a lot.
• Favourite place?
My dream places to be are Chile and Europe’s amazing cities such as Lisbon (again!) and Barcelona.
Even though, my favourite place at the moment could be my bed and my super comfortable mattress – my high fever is talking for me.
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All photos belong to La Mystérieuse Bibliothécaire.
Please do not use them without her permission.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Drawing by Naomi.
Dear October - I don't know what you did to me. I didn't feel like taking photos, I didn't know what to tweet about (not that I give it that much thought usually), I felt rather uninspired and I was too tired/busy to care.
November, however, you are oh so exciting. I thought you were all cold and boring and you proved me wrong. Ada celebrated her third birthday; Astrid and I relaunched Her & Der. I'll be in Copenhagen in a week and then *insert smiling face* LONDON to visit Mademoiselle Robot and finally meet some of my favourite people: Hello Naomi! Hello Warren! Hello hello hello!
And for those of you who use Spotify, here's a little playlist:
Need a Spotify invitation? Hit me!
Monday, 14 November 2011
Friday, 11 November 2011
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
"I bought my first camera because I was in love. I wanted desperately to document my happiness and it became a wonderful tool for crystallising those memories. There is a lovely quote by Dorothea Lang that reads, "A camera is a tool for seeing without a camera" - and that's why I like to take pictures. It makes me more observant, it makes me more appreciative of detail and it helps me to document the little things (like my cat trying to gnaw through the plastic wrapping on a baguette) and the big things (like meeting my niece for the first time)."
She has golden fingers: she sends the prettiest letters you'll ever get. She's a listovore and owns a pink bike. And honestly, I don't think I'll ever get enough of her amazing eyes.
Grosso Modo: photographic diaries
Monday, 7 November 2011
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
• First of all, can you see it working out for you? Ever tried? Pros and cons?
I did try wardrobe minimalism and I loved it. It was this Summer when I moved, I only packed what I really needed and would function well.
The pros: No need to think twice about getting dressed. Everything goes with everything. With a minimalist state of mind, money and the environment are saved.
The Cons: Going from extreme hoarding to minimalism was an emotional thrill. Just like any emotional thrill having it’s “high” feeling, I also dealt with a lot of “low” feelings. I missed clothing but in a way it was a Pro, it gave me a different perspective on my self esteem.
• How is your wardrobe organized?
My wardrobe goes from coats to dresses to shirts. Most of what I’ve kept I’m able to hang. When you hang all your clothing, there is a great visual of what you own.
• Any special tips and tricks you feel like sharing?
I think when people think of minimalist wardrobe, they think one shirt and one pair of pants. That’s extreme minimalism. To me, it’s about saving time, ultimately knowing your worth without clothing and having the discipline to say no to fleeting trends. I also never felt “good enough” for downsizing. I always felt I had to live a life of stress when it came to my closet, but I’ve treated myself different and it’s changed my perspective on everything.
• Make a quick inventory. How many pairs of shoes do you own? How many dresses?
I have 5 pairs of shoes I wear often. Dresses, I own 6 dresses, 2 of them of the same dress. 1 pair of jeans, and 2 pairs of black pants.
• What is your weakness?
Anything limited edition, hard to find, or collectible. I have 2 pairs of shoes that cost 3 times their worth because they are still in the box and collected but I’d never wear them.
• What is your shopping routine?
When I go shopping, I know I exactly what I’m looking for, and it’s problem. I’ve stuck to brands I’m familiar with and I don’t have to waste time trying on and searching racks for hours.
• Tell us about your favourite piece of clothing.
My favorite piece has to be my Saint James Lucien shirt. It can be dressed up, paired with other prints, and just looks so chic and cool.
Words & Photos by Diana.
Grosso Modo: borderline minimalist