Thought of the Day

I don't believe in morality, but I believe in ethical conduct as set out by His Holiness the Dalai Lama: "Ethical conduct = a way of behaving that respects others’ right to be happy".

Thursday, 11 October 2007

flowers, prints, fruits

Flowers are arguably the most beautiful natural wonder. In Garden Wisley you can admire a great exotic variety. As fishes, tropical flowers are the most spectacular but also a simple daisy (or margherita) can lift your senses. I read an article about this place in the Italian Marie Claire and noted it down in my moleskine note-book. Two weeks ago I discovered not only that it is very close to Steve's parents' home, but also that Steve's mum holds a membership with them. Taking a walk through that garden was utterly therapeutic.

Orchids are in danger and need loads of care, but they are undeniably fascinating species: their contrasting colours and funny shapes mimic insects or, in the words of Georgia O' Keefe, symbolise female sensuality. An aesthetic pleasure mixed to a sense of intimidation can be experienced in front of the orchids I saw in the glass house:

After a black and grey period, bright colours and daring prints are repopulating London boutiques.

Julie delpy
in two days in paris sports a dress that both seduced and inspired me: a black kimono style tunic with an abstract Kandinskyan print in the primary colours of red, blue and yellow is belted up by a red cord matching the dress' hems. Her pale complexion, scruffy hair, 60s-style oversized glasses, looong gold plated earrings and sexy Goldberg on her side complete a look relaxed yet sophisticated and funkysh.

A trilby will turn any look dandy-style, even more if the trilby is asymmetrical as this. Posh Spice knows how to wear it. You can get one for as little as £12 from Asos.
Hoss Intropia is a Spanish brand whose retro collection, precious fabrics and tailored outfits are irresistible. Here two popular samples:

"Hoss Intropia reminds me of the wardrobe of a contemporary woman, who travels and collects eclectic pieces from all corners of the globe, and puts them together in an individual way."
Michael Roberts, Vanity Fair's fashion director

A cheaper yet chic alternative is this silk 70s-style tunic with sequin-trimmed dress from M&S. The print on the dress can resemble a stylistic flower or, with a bit of fantasy, even a tiger!!
Let's conclude this *tracking shot* of flowers and prints with a lovely kimono-style camisole by Paul and Joe's sister:

A pair of black patent leather court shoes with double sole and medium heel will suit any of the above-mentioned outfits.


Eau de toilette** is out, eau de cologne*** is in.

** Eau de toilette - a perfumed liquid lighter than cologne.
*** Eau de cologne - a perfumed liquid made of essential oils and alcohol.

Acqua di Parma with its fresh and lemony scent is the cologne par excellence, and Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir follows closely in the ranking of *classic perfumes*. The latter combines the sweet fruity notes of raspberry, plum, pink pepper and pomegranate with patchouli, frankincense and spicy woods.
Last, but not least, some fruity delicacies from the latest collection of Carolina Bucci. Although these theme is not my *cuppa* as I find it quite pubertal, it fits our post so perfectly that it could not pass unmentioned. If you are in broody mood, check out also her new *bambini* collection based on traditional baby jewellery that in Italy is usually offered at baptisms or similar functions.

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