How fun it is to be unknown, the mystery behind the mask. I would love to be in Venezia for Carnivale, perhaps New Orleans... with Halloween coming up, it is the perfect time to adopt another persona, play a part. Once upon a time , I was Catwoman, and no one knew me (or at least they pretended they didn't!), and it was so much fun! These days I tend to wear the same witches hat every year, with blinking lights on it, a fuschia glitter broom, and fuschia talons on my nails. And whatever black outfit that fits that year... my boys have told me that that is very boring, so maybe I will hide behind a mask this year!
Steven Meisel has always been one of my chosen photographers that I admire, and this shoot that he did for Vogue Italia in March 2005 has such a Marie Antoinette/Renaissance feel to it. I particularly am intrigued with the pregnant models. This Dior gown is timeless, I just LOVE red velvet.
The Beatles Mice Not one for the real thing, I do think that these little mice characters by Anna at House of Mouse in Amsterdam are just adorable... a fun and unique gift for the person who has everything! I can only imagine the time and effort that goes into creating these. Stop by her Etsy shop here to see all of the other great mice she has... no traps allowed!
My toes are tingling just looking at the latest from Alexander McQueen's Spring/Summer fashion show in Paris. The more miles my poor little feet have gotten on them make them so much less forgiving when it comes to paying the price for fashion. I am not even sure if my 18 year old feet would have welcomed these. Did they bind the models toes?
I have always really liked the classic silhouette, but Whitney at Lucky Me Beads has a whole new modern/vintage take on them that I am really liking. She hand cuts them from a photo that you send, and then uses the computer to shrink them to fit into vintage and antique rings... very cool!
Some legends don't change...that is the case with Al Green! I was fortunate enough to attend The Epicurean Foundation Fundraiser last night here in Las Vegas, where Al Green sang...man, he rocked! I danced for an hour two feet in front of him, and was given one of those lovely red long stemmed roses by him. One of the best shows I have ever seen. Still hitting the high notes, and backed up by his daughters.
Damiani, the Italian Jeweller, in celebration of the launch of it's 85th Anniversary Gomitolo collection, is offering the ultimate gift with purchase...Invest in one of 85 numbered pave-diamond and multicolored-gemstone rings that take inspiration from 12 Italian cities, and you will receive a complimentary three-day trip to Italy (airfare and hotel included). You have until New Year's Eve to take your pick of bauble and city. I am all over this ...Italy and diamonds, delish!
I was so shocked to hear that Gourmet is folding... (also since I just sent in my renewal). An icon in the food world since 1941, it just does not seem right. I have pages and pages of torn recipes from Gourmet that are staples in my kitchen. Ruth Reichl, the editor, was the food critic for the Los Angeles Times back when I was working with Wolfgang Puck... the kitchen would stop when she would arrive, unannounced and ready to critique. She has authored many books, so perhaps that will be her permanent calling. I will definitely miss it's arrival in my mail box every month. And then another favourite mommy mag, Cookie, is also going...loved the articles and family recipes there. I guess magazines are becoming a thing of the past?, and perhaps it is up to the bloggers to carry on. Hmmm. I do know that there are many of you out there that I enjoy every bit as much as my favorite mags! Time to carry the torch.
With two young boys, I am quite a bit behind on my movies. My stunning new local library that we visit weekly has some killer old movies, and I have been staying up late doing some catch up. I watched this last night and was very moved, in many ways...his art, which I love; his tragic life which ended so early; the insane love that Jeanne Hebuterne had for him which caused her to end both her and her unborn child's life; his crazy relationship with Picasso; and the utter wildness of Paris in the 20's, which I love to read about. The movie was really very well done, Andy Garcia was brilliant. I researched and caught up on some details on Wikipedia from his life, so interesting. They had a daughter that survived, Jeann. I would love to get a copy of the book that she wrote on her father," Modigliani: Man or Myth". Originally published in 1959, it is now out of print, and goes for $125 and up. On my christmas wish list? Perhaps with the new Tony Duquette book ( I am crazy about books, and have FAR too many of them in my mini museum that I call my house).
Amedeo Modigliani and Jeanne Hebuterne's tombstone in Pere Lachaise Cemetary in Paris His epitaph: " Struck Down by Death at the Moment of Glory" Her epitaph: "Devoted Companion to the Extreme Sacrifice" What a dark and tragic love story...
I have several pieces from Imagine Studio, in Montreal, that I am crazy about. There is so much depth, in addition to beauty, in her work... I had not been by in a while, and was shocked at how busy she has been...on a creative burst! There are so many new pieces, and I have to say I love them all...do take a moment to stop by and visit her shop here. And have a wonderful weekend! Nathalie