Friday, 30 October 2009

Love Remains the Same

Song Title Love Remains the Same
Singer Gavin Rosdale
Songwriters Martin H. Frederiksen, Gavin Rossdale
Album Gavin Rossdale

A thousand times I've seen you standing.
Gravity like lunar landing.
You make me wanna run till I find you.
I shut the world away from here.
I drift to you, you're all I hear.
As everything we know fades to black.
Half the time the world is ending. Truth is I am done pretending.

I never thought that I had anymore to give.
You're pushing me so far, here I am without you.
Drink to all that we have lost, mistakes we have made.
Everything will change, but love remains the same.

I find a place where we escape.
Take you with me for the space.
The city buzz sounds just like a fridge.
I walk the streets through 7 bars.
I have to find just where you are.
The faces seem to blur. They're all the same.

So much more to say, so much to be done.
Don't you trick me out. We shall overcome. It's all left still to play.
We could have had the sun, could have been inside. Instead we're over here.

Half the time the world is ending. Truth is I am done pretending.
Too much time too long defending. You and I are done pretending.
I wish this could last forever, as if this could last forever.
Love remains the same.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Finding Fashion...

is not something that exists in dresses only.

Fashion is in the sky,
Fashion is in the street.
Fashion has to do with ideas,
The way we live,

What is happening.

-Coco Chanel

Don't you agree?
If fashion is simply about apparel, how dull and boring it would be.
So go out today, and get yourself an inspiration!

Pictures via Style/

Friday, 23 October 2009

Paint in Black

"Style Black
is a way of life,
a shadowy and mysterious figure
of fantasy,
even for just one dark and
dangerous night.
It's exploring
the darker side of beauty..."

The most elemental hue of all -BLACK, is back in vogue! Which is why I'm practically salivating at the thought of getting my hands on...

The limited-edition Collection Noirs Obscurs de Chanel.
Dark as Night, is reinterpreted from Gothic (never my style) to hyper-polished. Get ready to take a walk on the dark side!

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

The Spirit of October

Everybody's must read for this month. May I recommend a handy pocket book by Paul Arden. Simple and easy-to-digest it is, but the content is amazingly fully loaded.


Your vision of where and who you want to be
is the greatest asset you have.
Without having a goal, it's difficult to score.
-Paul Arden

Sunday, 18 October 2009

A Crush on Josh

Hope is the most exciting thing in life and if you honestly believe that love is out there, it will come. And even if it doesn't come straight away there is still that chance all through your life that it will.”
-Josh Hartnett.

Picture via People Magazine

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Where We Belong

Hush now restless soul, delay an instant...
Lay on me weary wanderer, for you're safe here
by the shelter of a guardian angel.
Be still, you've found yourself a place called home to betake.
Here by my side, you've found where you belong...

I find you lonely, I will be your companion
-to read you, to walk with you, to sit with you, to wait on you;
to be eyes and hands to you.

Cease to look so melancholy my dear,
you shall not be left desolate as long as I live.

Friday, 16 October 2009

*Romeo + Juliet

The greatest love story the world has ever known.
From Age to Age One Classic Story is as Timeless as Love Itself.
Hope and Despair. Hate and Love.

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. This movie does an excellent job of combining Shakespearian dialogue with modern imagery. Admittedly, Luhrmann did an excellent job of making the movie believable while using the quaint language.

This movie brings new life into the words of Shakespeare, and even if you know the play almost by heart it is refreshing to hear the words in an entirely new context, and one which makes sense.

This version of Romeo and Juliet actually does add something to the extensive history of the play. The soundtrack is excellent, the acting is appropriate (Danes and DiCaprio do a wonderful job of portraying the young lovers), and the scenery is fabulous. This film jump-started the trend of modern-day Shakespeare remakes, and I think it's the best one.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Who: Craig Arend
Age: 31
Based: New York, USA

Altamira, in Craig's words:
"My aim is to shoot the most comprehensive coverage of models off duty, in their own clothes. But it wouldn't be fair to let history pass by without recording the amazing styles of everyday New Yorkers, so I include 'normal' people as well and naturally, editors and buyers during fashion season."

Ideal Subject,
"Someone, whose attitude shines through."

Inspiration to Continue,
"I love what I do and everything that comes with it: social networking, photography, models and fashion. As time passes, each little gig is leading to something bigger and better. I go into this with the attitude that if someone gives me a nail, I'll build a mansion fit for a king with it."

And last piece of advice...
What makes a successful blog,
A niche

Wednesday, 14 October 2009


A wonderful piece from Apartment 513:

The rain has officially moved in.
The streets are soaked.
My wipers are on.
There is a permanent umbrella in my bag.
The bottom of my jeans are always wet.
I dont bother doing my hair.
Yep. The rain is here.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Juicy Store, London

The first Juicy Coture store in the UK
Address: 26 Bruton Street, London W1

Luxury lifestyle brand Juicy Couture is opening a London flagship store this July 2009.

Historical Streak
The Juicy Couture-Bruton Street love affair started with the discovery of the Hartnell building, Norman Hartnell’s atelier, where he designed Queen Elizabeth II’s clothing including her wedding gown.

The building has housed Juicy Couture’s showroom for the past five years and when the much admired townhouse next door became available, Juicy seized the opportunity to acquire it for their London flagship.

Built in 1705 and recognized by the London Heritage Society, this 4,000 square foot Georgian house will be split into two retail floors, with the remaining floors dedicated to the company’s showrooms and European offices.

Originally built as a private home, it was important to maintain the store’s residential feel while playing up Juicy’s unique irreverence, style and wit. The design concept for the London store showcases the brand’s creative identity while maintaining its status within the fashion world – giving a real sense of Hollywood fantasy, California freedom and eccentricity.

Inside the Store
The Bruton Street Juicy Couture flagship will offer apparel for women and kids, sleepwear, and accessories - including handbags, jewelry, sunglasses and shoes.

Also available will be Bird by Juicy Couture, the brand’s latest collection, for the girl whose personality is evidenced through her cutting edge sense of style.

Pictures via Design Scene

Monday, 12 October 2009

Come as You Are...

Her arm were round her dearest friend's.
She was weeping and her friend wept too.
They wept for their friendship, their kind-heartedness,
and the unfortunate need to soil their hands with anything sordid,
anything fake, anything unworthy,
which would fade away the other day.

And they wept too for their lost bond, lost trust, lost deep relation.
But the tears of both women were sweet.
They come as they are...
-excerpted from War and Peace

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Dior, the Lady Noire Affair

Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard impressed in the Eiffel Tower Lady Dior ad campaign this past winter, and now she's back at it again with something a little different. This time, she's utilizing her highly respected acting skills for Dior's new mini movie, entitled The Lady Noire Affair. The six-minute film made its debut on Dior's official site.

You can expect plenty of mysterious people, kidnappings, and other scenes! Captivatingly seducing... similar to a 1940s spy thriller like Ingrid Bergman's Notorious. I can't help but see the similarities between the two. Dior's version, of course, will also feature plenty of fabulous handbags for us to envy.

I thought about uploading some scene photos; but then decided otherwise, to leave you with the mysterious charms... Help yourself! Get yourself a first-hand experience of the ad campaign.

Friday, 9 October 2009

First Look! Chanel S/S 2010 Ads

Claudia Schiffer was spotted with Karl Lagerfeld on location in Buenos Aires for Chanel's spring/summer photo shoot! The team was seen flaunting about classic Chanel get-ups in Buenos Aires areas Monte Grande and San Telmo, although a little rain briefly halted the production.

Proving that she put the super in supermodel, Schiffer strikes a pose in head-to-toe Chanel, working a black lace dress, quilted Chanel purse and a gorgeous gaucho hat, a traditional wardrobe staple in Argentina. On location, Schiffer was seen wearing a black velvet Chanel structured jacket paired with a deco-inspired skirt and gaucho hat.

The designer, Mr. Lagerfeld himself, was behind every detail: from the script to the set. Karl Lagerfeld did his best to show the luxury he had created for us in his collection for the upcoming season. Simple but elegant outfits come in powder colors and seem to tell us that it’s not the brightness that looks classy. Sheer perfection!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Welcome to My Life!

I wish....
I could go back to you dearests with exciting stories about me,
getting back to working life.
I could elaborate details of the new job-desc,
with a big smile and glinting eyes.
I wish this editorial could represent my newly adopted daily life.


I wish...
I could spend more hours sitting in front of my notebook, lounging and
doing one of my most favorite things: BLOGGING.
(I've been abandoning the blog for how long? 1 week, 2 weeks? I'm losing track of time)...

The fact is:
I've been beside myself these days.
I'm stressful and out of my mind.
I've got insomnia attacks every night.
I sleep at 3/4 a.m. scraping for inspiration.
I've lost 4-6 pounds effortlessly (the bright side :p)

So, I've committed myself with 3 super-talented youngsters to a great partnership, handling marvelous projects.
And yes, I am ecstatically excited.
Thus here I am, overwhelmed by new challenges and high standard; which causes my confidence level to sink down one time and another.

I hope things will get better soon...
I'm hanging on, striving my best, and I know for sure: I CAN DO THIS!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Donna Karan, Frill Seeking

Flounce your way through Spring with cascades of ruffles in sugary hues. It's just the right ingredient for light volume and a soft silhouette from Donna Karan Spring 2010 Ready-to-wear Collection.

The Collection
Donna Karan had a hit on her hands yet again. Tweaking the fabrics and the color palette, she sent out another wearable collection of soft skirtsuits and body-loving draped dresses.

She explained that she was "inspired by the power of the elements," namely, from the looks of things, wind. The hem of the opening stretch linen twill jacket, for example, was molded as if the model wearing it had just encountered a stiff breeze on the runway, while the bottom of a linen burlap top worn with a slim pencil skirt was permanently upswept. The effect was a sense of movement and a pretty femininity not always easily achieved in tailoring.

Twisting around the body, Karan's dresses had a weightless, easy appeal. There were stretch matte jerseys in blush, and wrap styles with more volume in gray and white.

The simple lines of a folded envelope dress provided ample opportunity to show off a striking coral belt from Gerda Monies.

Statuesque Beauty Backstage
Delicate yet graphic looks reigned backstage at Donna Karan's spring show. Eyes painted with thick white eyeliner popped againt pale skin and bare lips, accenting a collection dominated by a palette of muted grays.

The show, overall, was Karan at her modern, unfussy best.

Pictures via Captivate Me

Monday, 5 October 2009

# Helena Christensen

Helena Christensen is mind-blowing. Take one look at this Danish supermodel and your eyes will flash green with envy: svelte, honey-skinned, breathtakingly beautiful, and 41 years old no less.

Helena is a fashion goddess, a style icon of almost 20 years standing. Beautiful pieces from Marc Jacobs, Thakoon, Stella McCartney and Comme Des Garcons inform what she describes as her ‘simple yet quirky' style. So who better to put on the "iconic" section than this master dresser?

Sunday, 4 October 2009


Be daring,
Be different,
Be impractical,

Be anything that will assert integrity of purpose
and imaginative vision
against the play-it-safers,
the creatures of the commonplace,
the slaves of the ordinary.
-Cecil Beaton

I found the following entry on arianna belle site awhile back and like to re-read it every so often. I find it inspiring and motivating. Read on.

can be defined by: if someone was to ask you “how are you?” you would reply “fine”. Mediocrity is doing an “ok job”, having a relationship that “works”, being just a “little” overweight, having a job that “pays the bills” etc.. Mediocrity is putting up with things the way they are with no firm plan to change the situation by a specific date. Mediocrity is following a predetermined and unfulfilling path. Most people live in a state of mediocrity. Mediocrity is as close to the bottom as it is the top.

Greatness is demanding the best of everything and doing what is required to get it. Greatness is demanding friends who demand the best. Demanding the best wife or husband and the best job and the best pay. Demanding the company you work for makes the best product and is uncompromising in its promise to the customer. Greatness is demanding the best out of one’s self.

Greatness means taking ownership of your life and operating out of what is possible not from a place of fear. Greatness is having faith that the world will unfold as you design it to be...

* Living a “FINE” life
* Just going with the motions of life – not “living” life
* Status Quo
* Following a predetermined path
* Following a “leader”
* Stagnant
* A vocabulary full of “I wish and I hope”, excuses and blame
* Worrying about what others think
* Not taking control of ones life
* Continually trying to look good
* Not loving every moment life
* Unhealthy Mind = Unhealthy Body

* Leading a “great” life on a daily basis
* Creating your own path in this world
* Being a “leader”
* Unique individual
* Do not live your life concerned about how you look or what others think
* Live a life full of endless possibilities
* Open to failing and making mistakes
* Learning and new experiences
* Knowledge
* Continually moving forward
* Confident, strong and courageous
* Personal Responsibility – full ownership of one’s life
* Making a difference – being a contribution

Choose to be GREAT…
Choose to bring greatness into your life...
Choose to partake in “elevating the world from a place of mediocrity to a place of greatness!”

Saturday, 3 October 2009

{Beach Beauties}

Another whirlwind week comes and goes as usual, but the good news is long weekend's here! For all the poor souls who've been huddling indoors for the past few months, this holiday promise one thing: finally being able to enjoy the outdoors! (I've been dreaming myself swimming fascinating sea caves, where the water hovered between an amazing shade of green and blue. )

Go Graphic
This season's geometri madness isn't a fashion flashback. Far from the kitschy, loud graphics, and multi-color block designs of fashion's past. Summer's take on geometry is arty, sleek and playful. What a fashion statement!
Moon Walker
Last season it was all about gold. But this season's new wave of metallic is cool and luxurious. It's all about the cold appeal of sci-fi silvery fabrics, or the heartless neon pink and green with metallic finishes - very disco 80's. Weave your silvery-spell!
To The Max
Sporty, tough and dangerously androgynous is the woman projected by these outfits. Boyish cut for explosive movement and freedom are key. Be comfortable in your skin, you're perfectly beautiful!
Have a great weekend all. Rock your holiday!

Friday, 2 October 2009

Gucci, Flora Fragrance

From the heart of Gucci storied legacy comes Flora, a brand new fragrance for the season. Rooted in the glamorous past of the fashion house, yet exudes modernity of the moment.

The inspiration of the scent originates from an iconic design of a silk scarf designed for Princess Grace of Monaco in 1966; thence rediscovered by Gucci current Creative Director Frida Giannini. Thus well said, Flora has proven to possess a timeless allure.

Composed of Rose and Osmanthus flowers -rare and delicate blooms of China origin; the combination of the two powerful scent reaches a perfect accord. The light, fruity quality of Rose counterbalanced by the velvety, leathery aspects of the Osmanthus. As a top notes, fresh citrus and peony are used; imparting sexiness and youthfullness.

The tension between each of these elements creates a superb equilibrium: resulting in a sensual and sophisticated, yet young and playful, fragrance.
An unconventional signature!

Pictures via Design Scene