Olympia Le Tan has always some beautiful books/bags that I love and covet so much! But this new collection is beyond amazing! It based on famous paintings, I especially love love LOVE that Manet one, so incredible! I want it so bad! but let’s face it way out of my price point… sad sniff moment… It’s beautiful and I am totally lusting over them both.. and I wanted to share it here on the blog because it just so beautiful, (ok used that word a lot!) and I can stare at them for a while for sure. I think even if I would have one I would be too scared to use it! oups… too pretty to wear it out!
Ok I have a problem with Vogue, I collect too many, those were living in boxes, away in my storage unit in Slough. Last week I had to face the reality of my stuff and my life as I am leaving London behind…
I had to sort through SO much stuff it was crazy and stressful. I decided to let go of those magazines and as a goodbye gesture (or more a letting go..) I took photos of it all. However no one could expect what was to come, the next day I lost my phone on a London bus, and found it again miraculously (Thank you to the incredible bus driver on number 8!! and I almost lost those images..) and the night before departing to Paris, I took all those issues to be recycled and yes they went to Fashion heavens like my friend’s flat mate said. Someone put fire to the recycle bin and burn the entire content of the bin and the magazines as well. Crazy right? Glad to be leaving London behind and set off lighter into my new journey of my life…
So while in New York, I am enjoying all the culture available in the city, and all it’s fashionable heritage too. Where I am staying, I found this wonderful book on Norman Parkinson photograph’s. His images are so iconic, timeless and most are still so inspiring today.
The amazing make up artist Charlotte Tilbury teamed up with Parkinson’s (family) on creating a limited edition make up range with his photos. Her products are already so desirable. But now it’s even more so… (Personally I am desperate for the 1975 Red lipstick!)
Jan Ward, Vogue 1970Wenda Rogerson, Vogue 1951Wenda Rogerson, Vogue 1949Look how tiny those women’s waist were at the time! It’s incredible. You can see it in vintage clothing you can find today, some dresses are so tiny at the waist. What happened? We got more hormones? Weird, well I cant complain my waist is quite small for today’s standard. Young Velvets, Young prices, Vogue 1949Celia Hammond, Queen 1964Jerry Hall, Vogue 1975 This particular shoot was style by the Amazing Grace Coddington. She talks about it in her book, and tells her side of the story to this trip.
So I decided instead of being frivolous and show my clothes, I am going to be more intellectual and share my lectures for the next months while I am in America. (Side note I also figured that while being in America with a 23 kilos luggage, meaning wearing the same (fabulous!) clothes for three months you will get to see the same things over and over…)
So I will of course give you a breakdown, and another side note here, hence the title most will need to be in my (already!) heavy hand luggage as I am limited on my kilograms for New York…
So here it goes starting with this unusual book I discovered while watching the Sunday breakfast show when I lived in London. On the show the writer explained about his book and his researches, it was so interesting that I felt compel to get it (God TV works wonders right?).
A classic is always needed and especially when embarking on a new adventure. I saw the film a few years ago, and I always wanted to read the actual book as I know I will be disappointed with the film and be mesmerised with the book. As it happen every time.
Again being a lover of classics, and having broken free from my life from London, I couldn’t leave without bringing with me a few souvenirs of its most famous pieces of literature. And if I miss a bit of englishness I have those handy.
This one is my piece de “resistance”! I fell upon this one while buying the other classics from Waterstones and just couldn’t resist taking it with me. This one will definitely be read on the plane journey! Can’t actually wait! I always wanted to learn more about this incredible designer, woman, and this period..
And at the moment I am reading this book. It is four volumes series on the life of Picasso (a present from my dad’s). Currently I am reading the second volume. I just love it! It can a bit intense but I like how it is written from the standpoint of a historian not from an art critique. This makes it is so refreshing and keeps a truth-ness which is hard to have concerning anything on Picasso’s life. The other fascinating thing about this series is how Picasso is put right in the middle of each period, with it’s artists, critics, poets, art dealers, and all what is happening at this period in time. Really well written and interesting, truly recommend it.
voila going to cut my hair now, enjoy. x
Today I found this little book that I used to cherish so much and read so much of it. Whenever I was a bit down I would open it and it always made me feel better… so today I opened it and this one came out…
It’s so sweet and gives you concrete things you can put into practice straight away, it is a sweet inspiring little book.
First apologises for my weird translation, the first one says “Address 12 people which a detail you like very much (their eyes, their voice’s) just to ask the time. Train yourself, lift your inhibitions. To enter easily in contact with people and to feel confortable, it has to be learned”
The second one says, “Good manners are like a passport for sucess and happiness. Get your Visa.”
LOVE so much that second one!!!
Today is also my last night in Paris before flying to Rio de Janeiro!! so excited!!!! I haven’t been back in 4 long years so happy to go back and see my family….
Will post more things while out there.
sweet dreams or Bonne nuit!
I have been settling in Paris a little bit now and been unpacking nonstop… I was too exhausted to blog or do anything worth while to be honest. I just literally got back from Brittany to see my father and everyone.
Here a little picture of the kitchen’s tiles (dated from the 30’s) and my attempts of watercolours.
I also had to go to Rennes for a few days for my brother to pass his orals for the Beaux Arts. The old part of the city was so interesting. The buildings were full of prints in a way, creating patterns with the wood.
The other good news is about my computer! It has been brought back to 2015! It’s my old computer but way faster than I never knew it could ever be! It’s been rebooted and this with the amazing help of my father’s friend, so happy!!
The other lovely surprise was getting my 30th birthday present from my dad early, a gorgeous book from Sonia Delaunay.
I didn’t know her work that well, but I actually really liked it and discovered a lot from her and her work. She did a lot in textile prints too which a lot I found very inspiring.
I loved how she was so free in her experimentations, and how she played with colour combination.
Sonia Delaunay, Les Couleurs de L’Abstraction Musee d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris 2015. Catalogue de l’exposition “Sonia Delauney, Les Couleurs de L’Abstraction” (catalogue from the exhibition)
This exhibition will be shown at the Tate Modern from 15th April till 16th August 2015.
So Part 2 is you guessed it on books and what resides on a “Parisienne” bookshelf.
This section made me laugh so much, it’s called rather obviously “On a Parisienne’s bookshelf”. Reading it and especially now as I recently started packing my many books, made it even more true and real.
And it is scarily true, I had to share it and along with what’s left on my bookshelf as everything else is going into storage…(currently four boxes full)
“There are many books on a Parisienne’s bookshelf:
The books you so often claim you’ve read that you actually believe you have. La poetique de La Reverie G. Bachelard still half read it
The books you read in school from which you remember only the main character’s name. David Copperfield C. Dickens my mom would read at the breakfast table in English! on the weekend along with some croissant bien sure!
The art books your parents give you each Christmas so you can get some “culture.” that Braque book was Birthday present from my dad actually
The art books that you bought yourself and which you really love. David Hockney A Yorkshire Sketchbook bought it for my self and love to look at it from time to time…
The books that you’ve been promising yourself you’ll read next summer…for the past ten years. Delacroix Journal, I have this book forever and still haven’t got round in reading it yet! My art teacher recommended this book and so I bough it, that was when I was still in school!
And then there are the books you have read, loved and which are part of your identity:
The Stranger, Albert Camus, read it during my gap year
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert, read on holiday while in Normandie
Foam of Daze, Boris Vian, read the first chapter and gave up…
The Flowers of Evil, Charles Baudelaire, read it at school and have my french oral on the Albatross, still had that copy from school until I borrowed to my friend and never got it back! so upset need to get a new copy..
Journey to the End of the Night, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, took to read during my gap year, but never got round to read it. Read it a while later and stopped a few time before finishing it, but did read it!
How to be parisian wherever you are Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas, Ebury Press (2014)
On Lena Dunham and my mom (who is also called Lena)
This morning I was reading a piece in the evening standard magazine, on Lena Dunham mother called Laurie Simmons who is an artist. She is having an exhibition here in London at the moment.
She talk about her work and her daughter’s work.
She touches on how she used her experiences of being a women in the 20th century, and her daughter does the same for the 21st century
She talk as well “how women need armour to interact with the world”and that is also a theme in Lena’s work.
It touches on their relationship and how your parent upbringing shapes you as person.
“Lena has frequently cited her parents, and the environment they fostered, as a foundation of her success.” “I feel like nothing would be going on with me now if I didn’t have the parents I have.”
It really resonated with me as I feel so close to my mother and she had also an extraordinary life.
Lena apparently used some of her mother’s life experience in her famous series Girls.
I obviously didn’t get like her my parents bringing me up together as my parents are divorced.
And that bring up other issues, but I do feel I am so fortunate to have my wonderful parents. They both did their best in giving me all they could offer and they still do to this day.
I am richer because of them both.
I want to share a few more quotes that I loved from the article, ” my mom always said to me ‘the talent is allowed to act weird.’ She embraces the idea that, as an artist, she can act a little pernickety and say exactly what she wants.”
“My mother is six inches taller then me and ten pounds lighter, but somehow I can wear her stuff. Now sometimes she borrows my clothes, which is very flattering.”
“The best New Year’s Eve on my life was watching Sex and the City marathon with my mother.”
Laurie Simmons show is at The Arts Club until the 25 April (theartsclub.co.uk)
So the holidays went by in a flash, it’s still way too hot in my tiny flat here in London, been going back to my working routine so non stop and I never shared some things I encountered in my Paris holiday.
So first I want to share my obssesive or more compulsive photos I keep taking of roses. Since I made them into watercolours and loved the printed result on my new samples (by the way there are coming very soon! still at the seamstresses…) I keep seeing them everywhere I go so here a small collection (my phone is exploding with millions of them…Can’t stop love them!)
While in Paris I went to see my friend’s new studio space and couldn’t help but flick trough some of his books. And found this amazing Hermes book, that I hope one day I can get it, (a bit pricey and a massive tome!) so here are few photos I took of prints I loved from the book. I apologise in advance though as some photos as quite blurry.
So There you have a wonderful explosion of colour and prints… While there too I pop in to my friend’s studio neighbour who has even featured in this blog long ago. I will tell you more in my next post. Off to lunch now…