Hermès – Un Jardin Sur Le Nil

Now that the temperatures are rising, perfume holds an even more important role in our daily routines. Heavier, thicker scents should be replaced with something light and refreshing such as my latest scent obsession eau de toilette Un Jardin Sur Le Nil by Hermès. One, two or ten clicks and I don’t seem to tire, the smell somehow intoxicates me with divine, exotic dreams of foreign travels to the likes of Egypt or Morocco as if out of an Agatha Christie Poirot episode from the 1989 tv-series with David Suchet.

In those dreams I find myself dressed in elegant beige linen garments, wearing a panama hat and fanning myself with a rare ostrich feather fan, or white peacock which will also do. The air is dry and warm, I’m lounging on a divan alternatively, out on an adventure with my beautiful pet camel snapping photographs of hidden ancient monuments or rummaging through a local market in search of treasures. Ah, the alluring power of scent!

Miss G, The Private World of Greta Garbo

Miss G, The Private World of Greta Garbo LondonIf you’re anything like me and tend to enjoy watching silver screen films all weekend long, you might just appreciate this wonderful new collection on display in the fabulous Belmacz gallery. It gives a glimpse into the notoriously private world of Swedish screen siren Greta Garbo through items from her personal wardrobe including everything from elegant gloves, straw hats, dresses, handkerchiefs, a cooking apron, and a fabulously unique yoga suit.

Miss G, The Private World of Greta Garbo LondonThe collection also features some wonderful inspired-by pieces such as this terrific Stephen Jones jersey ski cap, inspired by a hat Garbo wore in the film Ninotchka (1939).

Miss G, The Private World of Greta Garbo London

Miss G, The Private World of Greta Garbo LondonFilm, glamour, style, fame, fortune and a secret admirer too? It seems like Miss G had it all as this silk scarf with a personal love telegram stating Greta I love you guess who I am -r seems to prove. I wonder who it could be from…

Miss G, The Private World of Greta Garbo, Belmacz GalleryGarbo may have been best known for her glamorous, feminine film persona but off camera she preferred to dress in more masculine attire. Letting Garbo’s personal flair be an inspiration for modern icons such as us, Manolo Blahnik created these ‘Piola’ brogues, which will be available to order for September delivery. Exciting, I’ll certainly be keeping a look out for them!

Menswear on Bond Street

Canali Menswear 2013

It might not be spring or summer quite just yet but the menswear of Bond Street is definitely turning up the heat, muy caliente!

Canali Menswear 2013Call me crazy, but I absolutely adore checking out the beautifully styled luxury windows of Bond Street and imagining the handsome men that might fill the equally handsome suits featured. It seems I have a certain predisposition towards the deliciously sharp suits and fashions of Italian brands Canali and Corneliani, which are just so undeniably sexy and stylish!

Canali Menswear 2013

Corneliani Menswear 2013However difficult it may be, try to remain composed by keeping your tongues from wagging  in your mouths as the staff really don’t appreciate you salivating on their goods or windows :( Bummer, I know!

Ballgowns Exhibition at the V&A

British Glamour Since 1950It’s been far too long since my last visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum, so to make up for my absence and celebrate the reunion, I made sure to catch their spectacular Ballgowns “British Glamour Since 1950” exhibition. And, what a treat it was to see! It was beautifully put together with some truly exquisite pieces on display. I think this exhibit would make a lovely addition to their permanent collection, but oh well, we can’t have everything!

British Glamour Since 1950

The ground floor acted as a retrospective, focusing on to die for historic ballgowns such as this fabulous fur cuffed coat and dress ensemble, seen above. What I wouldn’t give to live in an age where people still dressed like this, très chic. Yes, I certainly wouldn’t mind sweeping into an equally elegant room dressed in this outfit with hmmm shall we say the ever so handsome Cary Grant on my arm! Stunna…

Then, the mezzanine featured contemporary ballgowns by designers such as Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson, Alexander McQueen, Mary Katrantzou and more. But, in all honesty my heart lay with the ground floor designs. There’s just something so undeniably elegant and mysteriously exciting about the past compared to the present. However, regardless of where your preferences lie, I’d certainly advise anyone and everyone to see this beautiful exhibition before its demise on January 6, 2013. Hurry and enjoy!

Diesel Art Gallery, 最新アート情報

Black Rose, Ayami Nishimura by RANKIN Make Up

Nails: Mike Pocock @Streeters London, Headpiece: Ayami Nishimura, Model: Sophie D @ Models 1.

Heard about a fabulous but small exhibition taking place at the Diesel’s Shibuya store here in Tokyo, Japan and simply had to stop by and see for myself. They are currently exhibiting over 20 prints showing the extraordinary work of Japanese make up artist Ayami Nishimura and British photographer Rankin. A fierce combination that could also be viewed in the gorgeous book Ayami Nishimura by Rankin.

Diesel Art Gallery, 最新アート情報, Shibuya

The make-up was very dramatic and a bit reminiscent of traditional 歌舞伎 (kabuki) make-up with its bold black eyebrows, red accents and painted white faces. Hmmm, perhaps not for the faint hearted to try. Halloween instead maybe?

Shibuya

The Diesel Shibuya Store that doubles as an art gallery in the back of the lower ground floor.

Stop by and be impressed while enjoying this great source of inspiration, if not, you could also take a sneak peak here: Dazed Digital or here: Beauty Stylish

Ulriksdal Palace – Ulriksdals Slott

Stopped by Ulriksdal Palace to enjoy the lovely regal view but also to take a wander in their fabulously symmetrical palace garden. The bosque was designed by famous Hårleman and makes a big change from the free flowing nature mess that I’m dealing with in my personal garden. I’m tempted to get one of these stylish iron gates to shut my garden behind and just let the wild flow at its own free will. It would be preferable if all of the bugs and insects would stay behind the iron gate as well, I’m not a big fan of the creepy crawlers that I’ve recently met.

Ulriksdal Palace was originally known as Jakobsdal after its owner Jacob De la Gardie, who commissioned the architect Hans Jacob Kristler in 1643-1645 to build a country retreat in the Renaissance style. It wasn’t until Queen Dowager Hedvig Eleonora purchased the Palace in 1669 that the palace began to take its current form. In 1684, she gave the palace to her newborn grandson Prince Ulrik, and it was thereafter known as Ulriksdal.

Could gardening get any better than this? Beautifully cut green grass, tightly trimmed hedges in sharp squares and straight lines, a fountain and wild boar statues as that extra fierce detail. Such a triumph to see!

The garden also showed examples of how they were traditional used for the very practical reason of providing food for the dashing people living in the palace. Talk about sustainable living, who needs an organic supermarket when you can instead take a short walk into your garden and pick up whatever you fancy. My garden would be filled with darling berries such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, grapes and other delicious finger foods that I could casually snack on while reclining on my stylishly draped chaise longue. What would be in your garden?

I bravely decided to give nature another go by smelling some of the beautiful flowers found in the garden.

This lovely building seen in the distance is the orangery museum which houses not only plants, but also an exhibition of Swedish sculptures from the 1700s-1900s from the Swedish National Museum’s collection.

My favorite flower/plant from the otherwise vast collection.

The Palace Chapel, executed in a Dutch neo-Renaissance style, with inspiration from Venice was designed by architect Fredrik Wilhelm Scholander. It was inaugurated by Queen Lovisa on her name day, August 25, 1865.

By a small body of water on the property of Ulriksdal Palace stand a duo of statues called “Blackamoors Pulling Net”. They were executed by artist Pehr Henrik Lundgren in 1845 for Haga Park. Now the statues stand here, by Igelbäcken. The statues stand on both sides of the water that is connected by a bridge and the two men are seen gathering fish with their nets cast out into the canal.

If you’re wondering why I enjoy visiting palaces so much, the answer is simple. It’s because it’s like time travel, visiting another century only has to be a short car ride away. It’s also extremely fascinating learning about what life would have been like in the 18th century for example. I think I would have fit in perfectly with a powdered wig and a darling wide gown. But then again, I’m romanticizing the time, imagine living without electricity, heating, and so many other luxuries that we enjoy regularly. What century would you choose to travel to?

Céline

Necklaces: linneabylinneanilsson, Marie Antoinette Collection

In keeping with my latest luxury binge, I figured an upgrade in the towel department was necessary. What do you think? These fabulous Céline towels drew me in with their amazingly fluffy texture and I can’t wait to hop in the shower and give them a try after. Bathing in luxury, literally. This could be a fabulous gift idea for a darling of yours, as towels such as these are both an elegant and practical solution.