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In Uncategorized on March 2, 2012 at 12:39 am

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Which 1930s Shoe designs would You wear today?

In I want... on February 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

The shoes above were published in the October issue of VOGUE in 1939 as a design for the House of Balenciaga. However, this pair and the rest of the shoes you are about to see in this article were actually designed by a little-known designer called Steven Arpad (1904-1999), who worked mostly anonymously throughout his life in Paris.

The only existing documentation of Arpad’s unusual work is held with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The collection of prototypes made in 1939, is accompanied by an archive of his original design sketches which has made it possible for the museum to identify Arpad’s uncredited shoe designs for major fashion houses such as Balenciaga.

Which shoe designs would you wear today?

This shoe was actually designed for the theatre, but I’m taken with the prow-like rims that seem to be swallowing the foot. Comfy? Perhaps not.

I think these blue suede summer sandals are my favorite.

Notice the detail in the enclosing material which provides an integrated threading system for the laces.



Arpad refines the simple moccasin.

In a thoughtful twist, Arpad has used haired leather to coordinate thematically with a ram’s head– yes that’s a ram’s head on the heal. Unfortunately, at first glance, it looks like there’s gum stuck to the shoe.

The ‘Hooded heel’.


With thanks to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for these images.

A Photographer you can safely name-drop amongst Culture Snobs

In I saw... on February 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

Should you ever find yourself in one of those slightly annoying and annoyingly intimidating conversations with a handful of culture snobs who start to quiz you on your favorite artists and photographers– remember this name: René Maltête. Repeat a few times, and you should have it.

“Favorite artist?” – that’s always easier to bluff. Throw names out there like Monet (who doesn’t like a Monet?) and you can usually get away with a knowing nod, having studied all the big boys in that Art History class you took to avoid doing any real hard work in college.

‘Favorite photographer?’ – this on the other hand can be a social land mine if you don’t know your sh**. If you don’t take an interest in over-priced coffee table books or photography galleries, these names tend to flow less easily off the tongue.

Less offensive than saying David LaChappelle or some other contemporary fashion photographer, the name René Maltête will likely raise an eyebrow or two amongst culture snobs and perhaps even test their knowledge. Considerably less mainstream than his snap happy comrade of the same era, Robert Doisneau (responsible for half of the romantic black & white postcards sold to tourists in Paris), Maltête photographed the French with buckets more tongue and cheek. You can describe him as a humanist photographer with a big sense of humor. There isn’t too much of this “alterior meaning” business going on behind René’s work which is probably why I enjoy it so. His satire is loud, slapstick and clear.

 I’d like to thank my Auntie in Marseille for digging up these old photos for me. Enjoy …

René Maltête (1930-2000)

www.rene.maltete.com

That 70s Home

In I saw... on February 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

With stomach-turning wall-papers, nightmarish polyester fabrics and psychadelic nonsense, seventies décor is supposed to be impossibly tacky… isn’t it?!

Browsing through these photos however, of 60s & 70s decor from the Encyclopdia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, I couldn’t help but fall in love with every single overly-textured, madly accessorized, color-blinding décor style. They may have all been high on LSD but I think these uber-retro homes look fit for a rock star.

If Céline did a homeware line…

Luxurious lime

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A violet kitchen? Why the hell not?

Take a bath in a space craft

Retro Bombay Boudoir

Hitchcock’s salon

Black, white and green for a rockstar office.

It’s so LA …

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I dream of a Jeannie …

Sean Connery (007) off-duty

Barcelona Breakfast

Bamboo Cabana

Make me a martini and spin me a record!

What they call a Hollywood entrance

We all live in a Yellow Submarine

Welcome to my den…

Nothing ‘Martha Stewart’ about this kitchen

I just love that there is a piano in front of the television.

Framing the fireplace

Bohemian workshop

The Rubik’s cube kitchenette

Penelope’s pad

Totally groovy don’t ya think?!

Photos via Sandi Vincent from the Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement

The Polaroid Necklace

We’re all falling over ourselves with every vintage camera phone app that comes out these days, but what do we actually do with our snaps? Facebook? How original. This tiny polaroid pendant made of copper and iron is just perfect for keeping your favorite photos close to your heart!

Print, cut out, and insert your own 0.8×0.8-inch photo through a slot in the side. A clear plastic square (included) keeps the photo safe and snug.

The pendant is 1-inch tall and 1/8-inch thick, an 18-inch chain is included with the pendant, but you might want to swap it out for your favorite chain.

The best part? It’s only 10 measly bucks! Order yours here. I’m ordering one of these as I write this.

I advise you not to use pictures in your pendant that resemble any of the ones shown in the above photograph.

Hey Mister, there’s a Bear in my Tea.

This would making serving tea to your guests so much more of a thrill wouldn’t it? Waiting with a cheeky smile for them to realize there is a wild animal poking out of their Earl Grey…

Canadian-born designer Ange-line Tretault sells her wonderful designs far and wide at Selfridges in London, Anthropologie in the U.S and online at www.imm-living.com.

 She has a portfolio of various other whimsical figures with various functions such as bottle stoppers, ashtrays and candle holders.

Reading Light

I’m just drooling over this creative design. These hardback book lamps start at $140 from a newly discovered online gem Typewriter Boneyard, selling an assortment of vintage-styled lighting products for the sophisticated, modern, rustic, mid-century, minimalist human.

 

Party Trick

This could simply make dinner parties that little bit more fun to prepare for. Link here.

Artist to Watch

Heads up! Not just your average pop artist, Alexandre Madureira from Barcelona is the master of mélange, bringing together some iconic images you never expected to see on the same canvas …

Toy Story

Prints by awesome London-based designer and illustrator Aled Lewis.

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Where to find Attractive Single People in Paris

In I tried... on February 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

There’s no point beating around the bush. You want to flirt with some sexy Frenchies when you come to Paris, don’t you? And if they call it the city of romance, you’d damn well better be able to meet potential lovers round the clock, at breakfast, lunch and dinner, right? Well let me narrow it down for you since it’s Valentine’s Day.

This guide is based upon various tried & tested locations around Paris this winter with notably high concentrations of attractive people, generally low consolidations of douchebags and ideal conditions for flirtatious activity. I give no guarantees however that you will land a sexy Parisian in your bed.

Be aware that Parisians practice something called ‘smirting‘: smoking + flirting.

Whether you’re a new arrival in Paris or simply visiting, these are all extremely agreeable places to try out whether you’re single or not. 

EGGS & CO 

Not just for brunch on Sundays, this eaterie attracts a savvy clientele that knows how they like their eggs– and that can only be a good thing. Tucked away just behind the Boulevard Saint Germain and favored by solo diners on weekdays, there is something extremely charming about the decor and communal layout of Eggs & Co that makes it idyllic to strike a conversation with your neighbor. Perhaps they like their eggs the same way as you …

 11 Rue Bernard Palissy, 75006 Paris, France
01 45 44 02 52

BOULANGER DES INVALIDES

I call it a gastro-bakery because it’s not just your typical boulangerie. This quirky secret of the 7th arrondissement also serves wine, and that means a mid-morning tartine au beurre can easily turn into a naughty glass of rosé when the clock strikes midday. Get cosy on a corner bench and wait for a charming local to ask if you’re done with that newspaper.

14 avenue de Villars
Paris 7ème

LE LOIR DANS LE THEIRE

Sometimes you need more than one encounter to lure in the object of your desires. This quaint tea room has a loyal clientele of creative locals that come to write, read and sip tea over long mornings. If someone catches your eye here (it is after all, smack in the middle of the trendy Marais), you will more than likely have several chances to make a move. Try seductively yet pensively eating the lemon tart with a spoon– apparently the best in town.

3 Rue des Rosiers, 75004

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THE LOCAL FOOD MARKETS

We’re all looking for someone who likes to cook– male or female. So where better to start that the local outdoor food markets of Paris? You’ll always find attractive young Parisians waiting in line to buy their fresh produce. Get in line behind them and flash a smile….

MessyNessy’s local market: Marché Ave du Président Wilson, 75008, (Iéna metro).

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 LE BASILE 

The Parisian intellectual jeunesse gathers here en masse at lunchtimes. In between lectures, effortlessly beautiful students come from the grande école university across the road to scoff croque monsieurs and clink beers. Beauty and brains.

34 rue de Grenelle, Paris 75007

 LOULOU’

Come rain, shine or snow, this friendly diner’s terrace is bustling with life, particularly for Sunday lunch (outdoor heaters included). The waitresses are all very attractive and thus an attractive male clientele follows suit. We all win.

90 Boulevard Saint-Germain
75005

LA MAISON MèRE

Doing ‘cuisine newyorkais’ perfectly, La Maison Mere is nestled next to the trendy Hotel Amour in the 9th arrondissement, catering to a bohemian bourgeoisie (“Bobo”) following. Try to concentrate on your food but you’ll find yourself gawking at the ridiculously good-looking people around you. Luckily, the tables are pretty close together so lean over and ask to borrow their ketchup.

 4 rue de Navarin, 75009 Paris

LE TOURVILLE

You cannot ignore the beautiful people sitting at every table as you walk past the enormous terrasse of Le Tourville, dominating Ecole Militaire. There’s a lot of flirting with the eyes going on here but if you don’t succeed in exchanging numbers, the Oreo Milkshake will make up for it.

16 Avenue de Tourville, 75007

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COOKING & DATING

Okay this is the only organized dating I’m suggesting because it’s still beneficial should the romance part fail. For a more subtle approach to seduction than online dating, try combining it with bettering your culinary skills. During “Cook dating” at L’Atelier de Fred in the heart of Le Marais, a class of six singles usually in their 30s are brought together to share their passion for gastronomy with the possibility of an amorous adventure. What could be more French?

223, Rue Saint Martin, 75003 (www.cook-dating.com)

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LA FIDELITÉ

A grand and trendy French brasserie where Parisian diners roam the aisles and play musical chairs as the evening roars on. An inconspicuous staircase in the centre leads to an underground cave which turns into a nightclub after midnight where anything goes….

12 rue de la Fidélité, 75010 (www.lafidelite.com)

GRAZIE

Combining a delicious pizza kitchen with the artistry of cocktail-making– Grazie holds the key to a trendy young clientele’s heart.

The combination of dead sexy dark interior, heavily tattooed barkeeps, loud music  and extensive cocktail selection makes this place a very hot ticket for the Parisian singletons.

1 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003

DERRIÈRE

Quite possibly the city’s most eccentric restaurant, the idea is you’re supposed to feel as if you’re in a shabby chic, boho Parisian apartment. Guests dine, drink and flirt in various bedrooms, around a ping pong table or in the smoking room through an antique armoire trapdoor.

69, rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris (www.derriere-resto.com). 

LE CHERCHE MIDI

In my humble opinion, this is the best Italian in Paris– order the black squid ink spaghetti. The sophisticated and trendy local crowd of Saint Germain squeezes in here at dinner. And when I say they squeeze, I mean they squeeeeeze. There is no separation in between tables, you are eating with your neighboring table whether you like it or not. In this case you will most probably like it. Communal dining at its most chic.

22 rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006



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CHEZ JEANETTE → LE POMPON

Take an apéro drink at the most notorious and vibrant single’s scene in Paris at  Chez Jeannette, where beautiful bohemians both behind and in front of the counter schmooze and smirt (smoke + flirt) as they spill out onto the pavement. Then make your way down the road to Le Pompon at midnight.

Most of the time when going out, we have to choose between letting loose in a dive bar or dealing with snobbish attitudes at the latest hotspots. This is where Le PomPon comes in and saves the day for Parisians that like the “in places” but care more about having a good time than popping bottles of Crystal. The bar is a beautiful, vintage institution with friendly barmen who keep it old school with their impressive mastery of bottle tossing. Downstairs, the club and smoking room radiate a ‘let loose’ ambiance, with a dancefloor chock-full of swinging Parisians. On its way to becoming a classic.

Le Pompon: 39 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 / Chez Jeanette: Rue Faubourg 47, 75010

THE PRESCRIPTION

Very much a single’s scene with a sexy & sophisticated dress code and a killer cocktails list. Intimate conversations in dark corners with strong drinks in hand is the name of the game.

23 rue Mazarine, 75006

CANDELERIA

Cosy up next to someone at the seemingly shabby but delicious Taco bar and then head through an unmarked door at the back into another world.  Cocktails laced with chilli, 50s and 60s rock’n’roll, beautiful and eclectic people in every nook. The most enjoyable of the speakeasy bars in Paris but still a very well-kept secret.

52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003


LE CARMEN

In the heart of Pigalle, the Carmen is one of the hottest addresses in town with the international ex-pats. Set in a sumptuous mansion that was once the home of Georges Bizet, this bar brings in an indecent amount of beautiful people. It should be one of the snobbiest places in Paris but it couldn’t be more easy-going.

Find out about the buzzing book club (conversation starters handed to you on a platter) with cocktails and dancing all night hosted at Le Carmen.

34 Rue Duperré, 75009

  FIN

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I Dream of a Solex: The Brigitte Bardot Bike

In I want... on February 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

It’s come that time for me in Paris when the charm of the metro has been replaced by lingering unpleasant smells, usually coming from the crazy people trying to approach me almost every time I use it. I think it’s a rite of passage that comes after living in Paris for over a year.

And so, my attention and slight jealousy naturally turns to all those Parisian girls, zipping down the boulevards on their retro-a-go-go mopeds, ponytails sticking out from underneath helmets, wildly flapping about in the the wind.

However, this will never be me. Over my mother’s dead body will I ever be one of those girls “riding on two wheels of death” as she calls it. In Paris, you are either one of two people: one that drives a scooter or one that thinks scooters are the most dangerous things ever invented.

There could be a loop hole however…

Steve McQueen riding a Solex 3800

Brigitte Bardot on a Solex in 1971

I remember the first time I saw it on the Boulevard Saint Germain being driven by an effortlessly stylish French girl with a brown leather satchel strapped to the back. My eyes glazed over. It was a bicycle– but it had a motor. It looked brand new– but it had a distinctly retro air about it.

I yanked on my boyfriends arm and pointed, “What is it?”

“Oh that? It’s a Solex.”

Soolexxxx?! Wooow. And from that moment, my casual obsession began.

As it turns out, my nostalgic hunch had been right. My father had once spoken to us about a sort of powered bicycle he once owned in his youth.

“It had the power of a coffee-grinder but all the young people had one”, he remembered.

Later, for his birthday, I bought him a toy replica of his old Solex bike.

Although little-known and not the fastest of the bunch, the Solex is in fact a motoring legend and deserves a pretty important spot in the history of popular motorization. It was at one time a method of transport favored by movie stars such as Steve McQueen, Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve (pictured in the title image).

Steve McQueeen leans against his Solex 3800 which ran upto 100mph.

Conceived during the second world war by Frenchmen Marcel Mennesson and Maurice Goudard, the Solex was first marketed in 1946, when cars were just starting to make an appearance in Europe.

France was trying to rebuild itself in the bleak aftermath of the Second World War and needed an economic mode of transport that didn’t require too much energy. Unlike the new cars coming out, the Solex did just that, with prices lower than the minimum wage and a very low energy consumption. Italy may have had the Vespa but it was much more upmarket then and not nearly as affordable.

The original VéloSolex had a small 49cc motor mounted above the front wheel of a regular bicycle frame and had a speed limit of not much more than 30kph.

Selling over 8 million bikes, the Solex became an unexpected jewel of France’s post-war period, and a reflection of French development during the “The Glorious Thirty” years (Les Trente Glorieuses). With international success (marketed in 70 countries from 1959) Solex is a symbol of French cultural and industrial heritage.

‘And so you see Mum, with a Solex, not only would I be fulfilling the legacy of Dad’s youth, I’d be embracing my cultural heritage and awakening my French patriotism.’

It’s an argument in progress…

After the Solex founders died, the fate of the company begins to get a little hazy however, and in 1988 the manufacturing of Solex sadly ceased and ownership passed to other hands such as FIAT and Yamaha.

It wasn’t until 1993, that production resumed for almost a decade under a Hungarian company called Impex who bought all the original tools from Yamaha.

The ‘new’ Solex was not a replica but in fact an original 1946 model, the only difference being that it was fitted with a more current power unit. The simple engine was modified to a 49cc single-cylinder that ran on unleaded fuel and a tiny oil ratio of only 2-3% oil.

The bad news is that since 2002, Impex has ceased manufacturing the original Solex bikes as a result of debt from preceding management and eventually went into liquidation.

The good news is that this means the original Solex is now a bit of a rare collector’s item.  And you know how much I love to have stuff that nobody else has.

I guess you could start looking on eBay.

In 2005 however, a French group called CIBLE, repurchased the Solex and VeloSolex trademarks and announced partnership with Italian designer Pininfarina to make a new electric powered E-Solex, honoring its older brother in design.

And so this is the Solex as we know it today…

Here are the facts:

It’s an eco-friendly bike that runs up to 33 kPH and weighs approximately 35 kg (77 lb). The electric Motor functions without noise or gas emission on a lithium-ion battery that can provide power for approximately 30 km and be recharged within 3 hours at any standard electrical connector. Like the original model however, if you run out of juice or you want to get a bit of exercise going up that hill, you always have the option of just using the pedals like a normal bicycle. This is what I like most about the Solex– it’s dual purpose.

It retails at around 1150 euros or less depending on the model and costs next to nothing to insure. A license is not required to drive the e-Solex, however a protective helmet is.

It’s nice to see the story of the Solex, which started more than 60 years ago, continuing into the 21st century.

In a city like Paris, where there isn’t much emphasis on being particularly punctual (you know joie de vivre and all that), I think 30kph would suit me just fine. I could still zip through the horrific traffic jams that plague the city at rush hour; I could even technically stick to the designated pavement bicycle lanes to appease my poor mother.

And ofcourse most importantly anything Brigitte Bardot did … I must at least attempt.

www.e-solex.fr

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And something a little more racy for the boys…?

The fixie bike has seen its day and it never looked this cool anyway.

Enter Derringer bespoke cycles, whose inspiration comes from a deep admiration of the boardtrack racers of the 1920’s.

“Made at the intersection of  nostalgia and adrenaline”, the Derringer is based on a dual chain set up, one chain is powered by a motor that will take it’s rider up to 180 miles on a single gallon of fuel, while the other is powered by a set of bicycle pedals and man power. The 50cc engine can zip you around town at around 35mph.

Made by hand, the Derringer name is a salute to the fine craftmanship of Derringer pistols.

” For the discerning rider, it is the next generation motorbike.”

www.derringercycles.com

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10 of the Best Movie Poster Clichés (+ fun film junky extras)

In I saw... on February 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

It’s safe to assume there is only one production house in Hollywood making movie posters….

1. BIG HEADS IN THE SKY OVER LITTLE PEOPLE ON THE BEACH. 

You can assume: Two people fall in love, someone dies.

2. FROM THE BACK WITH WEAPONS

You can assume: The main character has some serious, underlying personal issues. 

3. TEXT OVER FACES TO MAKE IT LOOK EDGY

You can assume: Hipsters and film snobs will approve.

4. BACK TO BACK

You can assume: Apart from ‘Pretty Woman’, none of these films are worth watching. 

5. IN BED

You can safely assume: You will never actually see a sex scene.

6. THROUGH THE LEGS

You can assume: The film’s heroine is sexy and slutty.

7. THE EYE

You can assume: Some weird shit is going to go down. 

8. RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES

You can asssume: The action star will be involved in some kind of horrific fatal accident at some point, but will emerge virtually unscathed. 

8. IT’S ALL ABOUT NATURE IN BLUE

You can assume: The animal’s mother will die at the beginning. 

10. THE LITTLE RED DRESS

You can assume: She never actually wears a red dress throughout the entire film. She will however be a complete tease to the male co-star throughout the entire film.

BONUS CLICHÉ!

Images via 9gag.com by André Freitas

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True Story.

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Behind the Scenes Photographs

Planet of the Apes

Star Wars

Harry Potter

Lord of the Rings

Marie Antoinette

Titanic

Ghostbusters

Jaws

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Every time.

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Osama Bin Laden Zombie Trailer: Apparently this has actually been made.

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Behind the Masks…

French actress Maïwenn Le Besco played the blue alien opera singer in The Fifth Element but it was an Albanian opera singer, Inva Mula-Tchako who provided the vocals.

I remember my mother having to assure me that ‘IT’ the clown was just a fictional character, played by a very nice man called Tim Curry.

Tony Moran as Michael Myers in Halloween.

Stuntman Mr. Haruo Nakajima is a pioneer of monster suit acting and played the original Godzilla.

Darth Vader actor David Prowse is actually banned from attending all LucasFilm associated StarWar conventions because he apparently ‘burnt too many bridges’ with George Lucas.

Peter Mayhew as Wookie Chewbacca, who will now never quite be the same.

Images via Rodolpho Souza

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And this made me smile…

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FIN

How to Kill Time on a Monday Night

In I tried... on February 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Ah Monday night, staring hopelessly at your computer screen. Are you sure you’ve refreshed your Facebook newsfeed enough times? Here are a few other things you can try filling up your time with tonight…

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Dig out your old Rucksack and Decorate.

Get some inspiration from this years Eastpak Artist series, currently being exhibited at Jaguar shoes (what an amazing place) in East London for the next month until they go up for auction from the 19th March. The bags are designed by artists, comedians and musicians specially selected by Eastpak and the proceeds of their creations will go to Designers Against Aids. You might not be able to get your hands on one but who says you’re not capable of decorating your own bag?



Browse more bags here

Eastpak Artist Studio

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Attempt the mother of all hair braids

If you can do this, you can probably do anything. Video tutorial below.

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Take a bubble bath. But unfortunately it won’t be an awesome overflowing one like this …

or this

or this…

via www.kaesch.biz

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Shop MessyNessy’s most wanted trends…

1. HAWAIIAN

Shirt by Maison Scotch 2012 Spring Summer

Men’s button up Hawaiian jacket available at Coggles

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3. BOLD AMERICANA

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Practice making an impressive breakfast in bed for Valentines Day.

Whether you’ve sworn off Valentine’s day forever or not, you might want to get to know how to make this because it’s just about the easiest way to impress someone in the morning….

BAKED EGGS WITH BACON AND SPINACH

Serves 2, but this can be split in half easily to make them in small individual ramekins.

  • 4 whole eggs
  • 3-4 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed spinach
  • 2 Tbsp cream
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp thyme

Preheat oven to 375.  Spray an oven-safe ramekin with nonstick spray.  Pour cream and butter into the bottom of the dish.  Layer the spinach and bacon on top.  Gently crack each egg onto a fourth of the spinach/bacon.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme.  Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes until the yolks are where you like them (I know a LOT of people like them runny, and by all means…go for it!  Just keep in mind it will need to bake longer if you want/need them to be hard).  Serve hot!

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Try and guess Lana Del Rey’s Favorite Word

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Paint Something.

Just a thought for people moving into or looking to liven up their first studio apartments. Space in those charming little studios rarely leaves much room for a real dining table, particularly when the kitchen doubles as the bathroom. You might have room however for a little folding garden table. And what better way to make it look less like a garden table and more like the perfect tea table than to paint it in your favorite colors.

via shelterness.com

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Be mesmerized by the art of making honey.

From those wonderful people at TigerinaJar.com

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Watch Louis Theroux document his time spent at a brothel in America.

The one and only Louis Theroux (Britain’s most dry-humored comedian) at his best. Pretty fascinating stuff….

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FIN.

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Just Planet Earth…

In I saw... on February 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

(Because sometimes we forget).

The Tree of Life, Kenya

Alaska

China

Cueva de los Cristales, Mexico

South America

Green Lake in Austria. half the year, it’s a normal park, for the other half of the year it’s underwater due to melted snow.

Camels and their shadows.

Resolute Bay, Canada

The French Alps

New Zealand

Lightening puts a firework display to shame in Australia

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

Iguazu Waterfalls, Brazil/ Argentina

Uluru Waterfalls, Australia

Spiders move to higher ground after flooding in Pakistan

The Great Blue Hole (480 foot deep), Belize

Finland

Kawachi Fuji Garden, Japan

Giant Buddha, Leshan China

Colosso dell’Appennino, Florence, Italy

Netherlands

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In I spied... on January 31, 2012 at 1:22 am

The Literati: A Tale of Three Cities

When I need my fix of Britishness in Paris, I don’t look much further than these guys…

Hosts of a buzzing book club with cocktails and dancing all night at places you can’t normally talk your way into, this group of bright young things dart between London, Paris and Berlin peddling their very own literary & arts magazine. Well, they’re hardly peddling actually. With names like I-D magazine supporting them, Soho House hosting them, Colette and Agnès B selling their magazine for them, it’s up, up and away for this mix of ambitious young creatives.

Q: So what’s the golden ticket into a Tale of Three Cities?

A: That old book collecting dust on your shelf.

Being ‘tight’ with the door girl at Soho House or the bouncer of Le Carmen doesn’t cut it with these guys. No book, no entry amigos.

Swap Hemingway for Jackie Collins to break the ice– the rest could be a tale for the grandchildren…

I hardly intend to turn all their hard work into a cliché, but the Tale of Three Cities book clubs do have an indecent amount of beautiful and brilliant people attending. Singles this way! It had to be said.

Go along, see what it’s all about, get to know the gang running the whole shebang– they’re not a bad-looking bunch themselves. Pick up a copy of the magazine, a beautiful journal that you’ll be proud to keep close to you.

When is their next book club in London/Paris/Berlin? Keep up to date with the latest news & events on their Facebook page.

Find out more about the team/ contributing to the magazine/ ordering a magazine on the website.

Photos via A Tale of Three Cities and Un Quelqu’un d’Autre

The Artiste: King Charles


He has beehive hair to rival the late Amy Winehouse and dare I say, his songwriting might be reminiscent of The Beatles. (Don’t hit me).

In early 2010, King Charles won the prestigious International Songwriting Competition with a unanimous vote by a panel of industry heavyweights including Kings of Leon, Timbaland and Jerry Lee Lewis.

I call him an ‘artiste’ because he’s got that “live by my music” kind of air about him– slightly mad and yet slightly genius. The guitar, piano and cello-playing King Charles is always in character, dressed head to toe as a dandy cavalier– but of course with a vagabond hipster twist. The west London-born former choir boy is all set to go with a new album recorded in Hollywood, backed by a US record label Universal Republic, set for release this Spring.

With uber indie acts like Lana Del Rey gaining huge notoriety at the moment, he’s one to watch. Not that you could forget his name anyway.

King Charles Facebook page

The Fashion Activists: Twins for Peace

Their philosophy is very simple. If you buy a pair of their shoes, they will match it by donating one pair to a child in need.

As soon as you put on these shoes, you become a TWINS ambassador, raising awareness for extreme poverty, a worldwide problem we must all share.

Founded in 2009 by twin brothers from Paris and their childhood friend, these folks personally deliver the shoes to orphanages and aid programs. For each “second pair” to be given to children, the friends work with the communities to have the shoes made locally, making their donations sustainable but more importantly, creating jobs and fueling the immediate area’s economy at the same time.

Each collection is inspired by their humanitarian projects in various locations around the world. For example, the drool-worthy beaded Twins LY Perles collection seen above (available Spring 2012), were inspired by their 2010 shoe project in Mozambique. See the team in action …

Since launching, the team of friends have gone from strength to strength and today TWINS has worldwide distribution, selling their shoes on ASOS, at Harvey Nichols and ofcourse in their native Paris at Colette. With their success, came a thirst to do even more for the children that they had encountered on their various humanitarian visits. In partnership with SOS Enfant, TWINS now also donates medical supplies, school tuition, books and supplies to children living in impoverished countries.

It’s not everyday you come across a fashion brand that gives back so directly. An example to us all.

Shop TWINS FOR PEACE here

The Actrice: Felicity Jones

I came across Felicity in her major breakout role Like Crazy and was instantly taken by her. She was so natural. And then I learnt that the entire film was in fact improvised. Every word she spoke in the film was made up by Felicity herself.

“The takes are often a half an hour long”, Felicity told Interview Magazine, “You may do 10 to 15 takes…you speak a lot, and there’s a nervousness.”

Felicity actually auditioned for the movie role in the shower. Unconventional, but it obviously worked. She won the Grand Jury Prize for her role at the Sundance Festival, where the film was picked up by Paramount. Her next film is Hysteria, a true story about a man called Mortimer Granville, an Englishman who invented the vibrator.

However, let’s not beat around the bush. The lady is gorgeous and she’s basically my girl crush du jour, but she’s also a wonderful actress. Go see the film before the media turns her into that over-talked about new ‘it’ girl.

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Girl Crush du Jour: Bip Ling