The Purple Rose of Cairo

“At the depth of the Great Depression, downtrodden waitress Cecilia (Mia Farrow) finds solace from an abusive husband and financial woes by loosing herself at her local movie theater. She soon found herself spellbound by The Purple Rose of Cairo, a brittle pre-Code comedy set in Art Deco penthouses and nightclubs populated by slick Manhattan-ites in fur coats, tuxedos and tails. The film’s ingenious self-reflexivity materializes when one character, pith-helmeted explorer Tom Baxter (Jeff Daniels), glances out from the screen and addresses Cecilia directly. He proceeds to climb down from the silver screen, and leaves with her, as the stranded performers question their existence and the movie patrons rebuke them for allowing the plot to fall apart. Wooed by Baxter’s charm, Cecilia finds herself falling for him – until she meets Gil Shepherd (also Jeff Daniels), the real actor who plays him. Romanced by both a fictional character and a famous star, Cecilia struggles to locate the shifting line between fantasy and reality, only to discover that sometimes it’s just a heartbeat away.”

Did you or did you not like Mia Farrow in The Great Gatsby? I’m off to see this movie tonight at the open air cinema/ National Museum, and am gorgeously excited! I think the plot sounds brilliant. I bet you have already watched it, Irving, but if you haven’t, here’s a little slaver of temptation.

The film noir play I spoke about, which I am scriptwriting/co-directing/acting for will show tomorrow! We have tried to keep it slick, but in the end added a little camp given the nature of the audience. Just been so terribly busy outside work! But I am thrilled everything is coming together!

Also kudos to B.C for helping me to get Natsu Matsuri tickets. I am looking forward to it so much, and will dance around in my yukuta and squeal with little Japanese children and do the Bondori!

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Lace Lovely

Reminiscient of Audrey Hepburn’s lace mask. Photographs from Chanel.

I’m just crazy over the nails and I’m going blue satin next. Had this cute moment at work when YN came up to me and identified the colour I was wearing pat-down! I do hers as well, right down to the strange names they give polishes. But I do so much with my hands, its getting harder to justify the expense, except that each time I get pretty lacquer…


Givenchy 2011

My favourite fall collection this year, actually belongs to Givenchy, which actually did something notverydifferent. Who would have known, something so alienesque could so capture my heart. Not every piece, but some of them are just breathtaking. Exclusivity and obsession.

Calacas long dress in bone white tulle embroidered with a lace design in silk thread; worn with a jacket in matching cotton double duchess embroidered with three dimensional ‘porcelain’ coated lace motifs. Below, Calavera gown in bone white tulle embroidered with hand-cut lace motifs and cornelli work in silk chiffon, ribbon and thread. Worn with a jacket in matching cotton double duchess embroidered with alabaster stones, silk thread and three dimensional ‘porcelain’ coated lace motifs and a body suit in fine knitted silk.

Givenchy Fall Winter 2010/2011 Haute Couture, designed by Riccardo  Tisci - Calacas: long dress in bone white tulle embroidered with a lace  design in silk thread worn with a jacket in matching cotton double  duchess embroidered with three dimensional 'porcelain' coated lace  motifs

 Veladoras: corseted dress hand-embroidered in an open lace design in golden thread, fine gold chain and crystals;  worn with a tail coat embroidered with hand cut gold metallic sequins and crystals; Coronos: corseted gown embroidered with hand-cut gold metallic sequins and crystals.

Givenchy Fall Winter 2010/2011 Haute Couture - Veladoras: long   corseted dress hand embroidered in an open lace design in golden thread,   fine gold chain and crystals worn with a tail coat embroidered with   hand cut gold metallic sequins and crystals; Coronos: long corseted   dress embroidered with hand cut gold metallic sequins and crystals

Inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the human skeleton is a running theme in the collection, with gowns featuring motifs running symmetrically along the length of the spine and zippers adorned with skulls. Below, Flor de Muerto dress in bone white tulle embroidered with three dimensional porcelain-coated lace motifs, alabaster stones, crystals and pearls trapped in tulle worn with a bodysuit in fine ribbed knitted silk

Givenchy Haute Couture 2010/2011 Fall Winter collection - Flor de   Muerto: long dress in bone white tulle embroidered with three   dimensional 'porcelain' coated lace motifs, alabaster stones, crystals   and pearls trapped in tulle worn with a bodysuit in fine ribbed knitted   silk

Givenchy Fall 2011 Haute Couture – (10)

Givenchy Fall 2011 Haute Couture – (12)


Not judging a book by its cover;

An adorable idea, Spineless Classics’ new series of posters, which squeeze an entire novel into a single poster. DailyCandy did an adorable version of ‘benefits’ you will obtain from using these:

1. The tomes (Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby and Romeo and Juliet, to name a few) are impossible to put down. Therefore, it’s more convenient to have them mounted.

2. Staring at the wall becomes an interesting and informative pastime.

3. No one will ever question whether you’re well read. It’s obvious.

4. At approximately 50-by-70 or 100-by-70 centimetres, every story is a tall tale.

5. When was the last time you used a bookmark?

6. Detract from the, um, less intellectual reads on your shelves (see: Why Men Love Bitches, The Twilight Saga).

7. And, finally, you can stop being one of those people who judges a book by its cover.

 Pride and Prejudice one page book poster

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The Wind in the Willows


Forever I’ll Love you – Otsuka Ai

It seems a waste of time, to think about you
But, i want to keep you mine, all the time
I don’t really want to remember you
It’s embarassing, I mean, grinning to myself

Even thought you’re coming home late, tired of hard work all night
you took me in your arms, I could feel it, even in my dreams

I miss you so much
I couldn’t feel more helpless
I miss you so much
I will always love you

Do you know, what I wished for, that night,
When we were driving on your motorbike?
Do you know, that I saw our happiness in the sky
We looked up together?

you took this one ‘me’ lying there
made her beautiful, always supporting her

I miss you so much
I don’t want to be away from you
I miss you so much
I will always love you

I miss you so much
I couldn’t feel anymore helpless
I miss you so much
I’ll always love you.


“I’ve always had a soft spot for Oscar de la Renta. He’s the king of uptown glamour. It’s a completely different aesthetic compared to mine but you gotta pay respect when respect is due. In this day and age of androgynous, genderless dressing where boys wear high heels and girls wear boy’s outfits, it’s nice to have another option from the other side where everything is glossy, magical, luxurious and very old-world aspirational.”

– Bryanboy

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