Monday, 31 January 2011

Is it possible to have it all?

I'm writing this blog from my bed.  I've always had a very healthy relationship with it.  I absolutely love my sleep and so does The Actor.

To accompany this post I'm using some pictures of people in some rather fabulous beds I've collected.  I've used a picture of someone reading the paper - I used to read tons of papers an magazines but I don't have time anymore.  I don't know how everyone fits everything in these days.  I think I need a course in time management!

Rita Hayworth

I've been in self-imposed hibernation for the whole of January.  I knew I wanted to give myself a break this year and nothing much really happens this month.  It was also a good way to stop me spending money.  I've had lots of sleep, watched movies, done whatever I liked when I liked.  It's been wonderful!  I'm skint but I'm happy.

Ava Gardner

I have plenty of plans and things I want to do but I don't know whether it's humanly possible to fit them all in.  I know it will be a tough couple of years economically so I have to cut down on uneccessary spending.  I've bought less than ever over the last year and I'm enjoying not wasting money like I used to.  I'm influenced by lots of my blogging friends with their thrifty ways.

Kim Novak

I will have to re-start my health kick as that never quite got going.  The Wii Fit STILL hasn't been switched on.  I'll feel guilty if I don't give that a good go as The Actor bought it for me for Christmas knowing that I would never get myself to a gym.  It's hooked up to the telly in the bedroom so I can literally fall out of bed and use it, if I felt so inclined.  Unfortunately I completely forget about it and it doesn't even enter my head!

Rita Hayworth

The plan to juice fruit and vegetables every day is just about on target, in fact it's the only thing I've actually stuck to!  The sheer volume of fresh produce it requires is quite astounding but I must stick to it as I feel so much better for it.  It really is the easiest way to get your five a day.

Joan Crawford

I choose not to have a full time job anymore because I love to have my freedom.  This means I earn a lot less than I used to but I choose freedom over money all day long.

Mae West

I'm working with Mrs Jones again which I love, this is something that I know will last a very long time.  There are plenty of opportunities and we have some great things coming up.  Plus she's the most brilliant and hilarious person to work with.

Catherine Deneuve

I really love doing my blog and interviewing people for LOVE magazine.  Doing the blog is quite a commitment (and very addictive!).  Keeping up with everyone takes a lot more time than I ever thought it would but it's very rewarding.

Mae West

The time and money it takes just to keep myself looking how I want is astounding!  And I've not even had botox yet!  I'm lucky I get sent lovely products to try as I couldn't afford them otherwise.  Luckily I've collected so many clothes over the years so there really isn't much I need.  I have a small budget for clothes each month now, I know I have my moments on Ebay when I get carried away but I still spend very little on each piece.

Photography by Jean-Paul Goude
Laetitia Casta as Mae West

There are so many books I want to read and films I want to see.  And lots of places I'd love to travel to.

Photography by Alfred Eisenstaedt
Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti

There's so much more I want to do with my gorgeous boyfriend, The Actor, who I absolutely adore.

The royal bedroom in the hall of Don Quixote, The Palace of Quelez, Portugal.  How mental is that?

I have the best friends in the world and it's so hard to find the time to see as much of them as I'd like.

Britt Ekland

I'm 42 now so if I ever wanted to have a baby I only have a very short time left.  It's not been on my agenda all these years and I honestly don't know if I could do it.  No matter what anyone says about people having them late I think it's so much harder as your life is your own and it would be a massive imposition.  I have utmost respect for everyone who does it, but where the hell do you find the time?  I have enough trouble producing myself in the morning!  And when would I sleep?!

Photography by Mario Testino
Kate Moss

So with keeping my relationship with The Actor and all my friends, (thinking about) exercise, trying to keep myself looking good, working, blogging, paying bills, running errands, keeping the house together, going out, staying in... where would I find the time to do anything else?

I know I've done tons of things in my life and had the most brilliant times... but there's still the question - Is it really possible to have it all? xxx

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Here's some boys for a change...

Check this out, I love it.  And he's in it...

I never post anything about menswear but this is great!  I absolutely love this little film featuring lots of gorgeous young models from FW11 and music from The Dandy Warhols, a winning combination.  It's directed by Justin Wu in collaboration with Tommy Ton from Jak and Jill.

I have a fridge full of food and drink and I'm staying in this evening.  I shall be giving myself square eyes watching as much TV and as many films as I can cram in.  It's so good to have no plans!  Have a great evening, whatever you do xxx

Where I actually get up early

The lilies from the flowers The Actor gave me for my Birthday last weekend are still going strong

I went to bed at 1.30am last night which is very early for me and I woke up at 7.15am.  This is unheard of on a Saturday.  I'm really liking being up at this time as it's a such a novelty!

The postman arrived at 8am with some more of the Ebay stuff I bought.  I had a little bit of a frenzy on there recently.  God knows why I decided to go mad in January!  I must blog some of the pieces I've bought but I need someone to take full length pictures of me.  I  don't know how to use the self timer and need to find the manual.  I must also work it out but where you actually put the camera?  Will I need a tripod?  There's all these extra things I need.  I keep meaning to buy a light so I can take better pictures - I absolutely hate overhead lighting, I never have it on at home, only lamps.  I have to put them on to get enough light to take a proper picture and I still manage to take blurred ones.

The only real purchase I've made purely for my blog is my mannequin Tallulah.  At Christmas we moved her out to accommodate the Christmas tree but when that went The Actor said the room looked really bare so we put her back in.  She's back in a Westwood look.

Tallulah is part of the furniture now

It is seriously cold again today.  I need to sort out my knitwear drawers.  I have much more than I thought I did.  I rummaged through and found the warmest bits I could.  Nearly everything was bought for next to nothing on Ebay.  I bought a couple of pairs of cashmere leggings from US sellers just before Christmas, both pairs were under £25.  I have on a cream Neiman Marcus pair with an oversize Harrods cream cashmere jumper that I bought ages ago on Ebay for £20, a cream cashmere scarf from Johnsons of Elgin which was £18 and my Uggs.  There's no way I'd pay full price for cashmere when it's such a steal on Ebay.  Even the cream Uggs were only £80 on Ebay.

I should really be getting on my Wii Fit and I AM trying to psyche myself up to do something but a) not being a morning person and b) not being used to doing any exercise at all, it isn't exactly the first thing I think about!  Hmmm.

I have absolutely no plans today which is lovely all I need to do is get some food.  I'm off to cook some breakfast.

Have a lovely day xxx

Friday, 28 January 2011

A new winter coat

*Mini rant about the weather*  Seriously!  It is freezing in London at the moment!  My house is always quite hot but last night when I went to bed just I couldn't warm up.  The Actor was out with the boys last night - he always warms the bed up.  I ended up sleeping in a pair of pyjamas, a big cashmere cardigan, socks and a scarf!  I looked like some mad old granny when I woke up this morning.  My friend had been round and said it was going to be minus seven degrees so I'm sure that didn't help.

Recently I wrote about how I fell in love with Rosamund Pike's wardrobe in the film An Education.  Leopard and red are always a great combo and I wanted something similar.  I looked at loads of leopard coats but I know leopard print doesn't really suit me.  I've always fancied a full length faux fur coat so I've been keeping my eye out for something interesting.

I wanted to recreate the look in some way

It looks so stylish on her.  Here's my budget version

I bought this vintage Seventies faux fur coat on Ebay this week

Apparently the leather belt is original

I thought the pattern a little bit different

It has some great colours in the faux fur - you can see it better here.

I know I shouldn't but I also bought one other coat by Astraka, it's quite bonkers, I must blog it next week.

I also bought a silk scarf that's a little bit like an Hermés print for £7

I've never worn scarves like this so I don't really what to do with it!

I have put myself on an economy drive I don't feel bad buying a secondhand coat.  It was £59 which is more than I usually would spend on one item on Ebay but I think it's worth it.  I can fritter that away on absolutely nothing normally.  It's great quality and in lovely condition and it will definitely keep me warm in this weather.

My health kick has gone out the window at the moment.  I'm having delivery pie and mash with liquor tonight!  I do pick most of the pastry off, but still!  It's been a funny old week I'm SO glad it's the weekend.  Have a lovely evening xxx

Thursday, 27 January 2011

The Stylish Blogger Award

Thank you very much to everyone who gave me the Stylish Blogger Award. The first person was the gorgeous Fay at Melange Et Moi and the last was the lovely Filipa at Feathers of Inspiration - thanks girls.  This award has been floating around for a while and a number of my wonderful blogger friends have passed it on but my memory is so shocking I can't actually remember who gave it to me.  Please let me know if you read this!  I've racked my brains for things I haven't already talked about, so here goes...

Seven things about myself

1) I own sixty two black dresses.  There were lots more but I gave them away.  I know they say you can never have too many black dresses but that is excessive.  I think there must be a helpline or something.

2) I only have one handbag which I use all the time.  I'll keep it until it falls to bits.  I have four in total - one Mulberry Bayswater, one Prada slouch bag, an elderly Fendi baguette and an ancient Prada holdhall.  And a couple of clutches.  That's it.

3) When we were kids and had family dinners with my parents and relatives the adults would drink wine and we would be given Bulmers Woodpecker cider.  I don't know whether it was a 1970's thing but I'm convinced to this day that our parents thought they were plying us with fizzy apple juice.  We would get quite tipsy during the evening and they never seemed to notice.  I remember one night when my cousin sat under the table barking like a dog.  I'm sure being given alcohol so early has actually benefitted me in some way as even though I've partied for England I know I'll never have a drink problem.

4) I've never have been and never will be a morning person.  I love my bed too much.  One of my bosses at a record company believed in a three day week.  We used to start at 11am and work relentlessly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, sometimes all night.  Then we had four days off for the weekend.  I thought it was marvellous.  I'm surprised it didn't catch on!  I think it's a much more civilised way of working and no one wasted any time.

5) I could do lots of blog posts on the mental jobs I've had...  One of my first jobs was working for a magazine company.  They owned lots of different titles, I was given the job as assistant to the Editor of Penthouse.  (I worked for magazines where people wore clothes later!)  It was quite an eye opener and one of the most hilarious jobs I've ever had.  We trebled the circulation in the UK from our first issue.  In those days we worked from an office in Drury Lane followed by a huge office on the Isle of Dogs which was a building site at the time.  The boys I worked with had all got firsts in journalism and were only a few years older than me.  They were brilliant guys, we went out all the time and had a lot of fun.  They all went on to edit mainstream magazines.  The owner of the company later founded OK magazine and bought The Daily Express and Channel 5.

6) In the Nineties I worked as the guest booker on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast.  It was the days of Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen.

Ahh!  Don't they look young!

One day we had Johnny Depp on the show.  We'd sent an S Class Mercedes to pick him up from his West End hotel but unfortunately it had an electrical fault and broke down somewhere on a flyover outside Bow.  Another car had to be found immediately, not the easiest job at 8am in the rush hour.  Johnny finally arrived in a battered up old Ford Sierra with a different coloured bonnet and a dodgy gearbox complete with a bottle of Jack Daniels.  He thought it was hysterical and insisted we had a Jack and Coke with him.  Well we couldn't say no, could we?

7) In my partying days we were at a good friends house in a garden square in Kensington having a very loud party.  The door was going and we knew it was a complaint about noise.  I was deemed to look the straightest so had to go and deal with it.  To my surprise it was a couple both in their dressing gowns. They were very sweet and said "We know you young people are having lots of fun, and we don't have a problem with that, but would you mind turning the bass down as it's vibrating through our bedroom wall?"  It took me a few seconds to realise the couple were Harold Pinter and Lady Antonia Fraser who happened to live next door.  We went round there when we'd recovered a couple of days later to apologise and they were fantastic.

Lady Antonia Fraser and Harold Pinter.  Love.

There are so many great blogs I read it would be very hard to pick seven so I would like to nominate everyone in my blog list who hasn't already done it.  And anyone else who'd like to.

Have a fabulous day xxx

I hope this is Number One

I don't give a stuff about the charts these days.  For fear of sounding old I have to say I can't bear all these manufactured bands like JLS and the awful cheesy, pseudo dance tunes that get released (not to be confused with GOOD dance music, of course!).  The majority of the music that's in the charts today makes me feel sick.  There are some great bands out there but gone are the days when I worked in a record company and knew exactly what was going on in the music business, I have no clue anymore.  However, I do still know what's good and what's not.

I have always liked Adele very much as a person and an artist, she has great natural talent.  I blogged about her a while back HERE

I first listened to this track properly yesterday after reading about it on Jeanne's lovely blog and immediately bought the album 21 on iTunes.  Adele's new album is produced by Paul Epworth (Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires, Plan B and Primal Scream).  It's great!  I wish I'd signed it!  According to the midweek figures it will be number one on Sunday, hopefully knocking off some of the absolute dirge that's out there.

Wouldn't it be good to have someone who can actually write their own songs, sing without a vocoder AND has some musical taste in the charts?  I hope so.  Or I really will have to go away and feel like an old dear!

I'm off to try and think of seven things I haven't already shared about myself for the Stylish Blogger Award (I don't want to bore everyone rigid!)


Wednesday, 26 January 2011

J'Adore Dior Haute Couture

Karlie Kloss opened the show

Karmen Pedaru

Melissa Tammerijn

Nimue Smit - As Marsha rightly pointed out - I love this

Lindsay Wixson - love the shoes

Laura Blokhina

Iekeliene Stange

Julia Saner

Juju Ivanyuk

Martha Streck

Caroline Brasch Nielsen

Frida Gustavsson

Maria Kashleva

Yulia Kharlaponova

Magdalena Frackowiack

Sigrid Agren


Georgina Stojilkovic

John Galliano xxx

For pure Hollywood glamour you cannot beat the spectacle of Dior Haute Couture.  I loved the colours and retro silhouettes inspired by legendary Dior illustrator Rene Gruau.  Showcased at the Musee Rodin the sheer craftsmanship that goes into every one of these pieces is breathtaking.  Stunningly dramatic make-up by Pat McGrath (I loved the red slashed eyebrows) and beautifully elegant hats made to look like the artist's brush strokes by the wonderful Stephen Jones.  Yet another masterpiece show from John.

To see John Galliano being interviewed by Hilary Alexander click HERE

I feel like digging out some fabulous technicolour Hollywood movies, perfect for a rainy day like today.  What do you think of this collection? xxx