Aimez-vous Brahms

I have to interrupt the report of the Waitors’ Race at Reims for today because I have come across a wonderful gem during I was beachcombing Youtube last night.

“Goodbye Again” 1961

 

The film is based on a novel by Françoise Sagan’s Aimez-vous Brahms.
I call the film a gem because the cast is amazing: Ingrid Bergman, Yves Montand and Anthony Perkins, the location is glamorous: ever so beautiful Paris in the late 50’s and the costume for Ingrid Bergman: designed by Christian Dior! What not to like?

As a teenager, I read all of Sagan’s novels, imagining how it would like to be in love. Even though most of her love stories ended tragically, it didn’t put me off from reading them and I found being “ennui” impossibly grown-up and sophisticated. Oh how shallow and immature I was then.

Anyway, the film may be getting deleted from Youtube soon because of the copywright business. So watch it while it lasts!

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Levi’s blue

What an anticlimax it was! 

I couldn’t wait to open a package from Vestiaire Collective and see a pair of vintage deadstock Levi’s 501 I bought. 

Well, I bloody wasted my time and money…,

The pair was labeled as W25 but it was way way larger than my own 501 in W26! They hung around my hip like a crumpled paper bag and it didn’t look great.

They were supposed to be like this!

What went wrong?!

As I stood in front of the mirror crestfallen, Hubbie consoled me that the mistake was easily made as the sizings of Levi’s were varied greatly in the past. ‘I used to wear 501 all the time when I was a student and found their sizings were all over the place. 

Oh, how I wished if I asked more questions about the details of the jeans!

So what am I gonna do with the pair? Selling them in an auction? Taking them to a tailor for alteration? 

In the end, I have decided to keep them intact for now. I shall look at the pair again at the beginning of autumn with a fresh pair of eyes and then make up my mind what to do with them. I may wear them with tights underneath because they are so buggy. I shall look for inspirations in Pinterest with keywords such as “501”, “buggy”, “distressed” and “outfits”. 

Hope this mismatch to become a long lasting partnership…

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Is this for real?!

Ok, this knitwear, which I came across at Liberty the other day, has been troubling me for sometimes…

I mean, what can I say, apart from ‘Is this for real?!’

Let me guess from where the designer got his/her inspiration from…

Maybe a dinner lady?

Don’t tell me that the knitwear is an epitome of functionality. This is absurd!

Who pays money for this sort of expensive nonsense?

I garantee you this vest/cape/whatever is dead easy to make by ourselves – if anyone likes knitwear with zero-warmth or a non flattering silhouette.

I don’t mind if kids are making this kind of garments for fun and play. But I do mind if a big name brand like Tomorrowland and a well-respected retailer like Liberty decide to sell something as ridiculous as this with a premium price.

I thought I was going to let this encounter pass but I just couldn’t let it go before blogging about it because it was insulting to all fashion lovers, including consumers and creators.

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Larger the better!

Recently, my earlobes are mostly adorned with oversized earrings. The jewelries are not only a la mode this season but also my earlobes are more exposed nowadays because I have had my hair shortened in the style of Pixie cut. 

I love this star shaped pair by Jennifer Fisher…

I also wear these super large open hoop earrings by & Other Stories very often…

The style is minimalist, and I love their simplicity. 

Until I had my hair short, I never even imagined about wearing oversized earrings because I was rather petite and thought they wouldn’t suit me. How wrong I was. Now, choosing what to wear on my ears is a new ritual to complete my look, and I’m loving it…

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Pet London @ Wigmore St

Behold her hairy tum!

The video was taken at Pet London on Wigmore Street. We were there to buy Bella a new harness and had loads of fun during trying on different designs.

Pet London is a godsend to dog owners in U.K., especially of miniature-size breeds, such as Chihuahua, Yorkie, Pomeranian, etc. The boutique stocks a wide variety of products to satisfy all tastes and occasions, super cute or super sporty.

I pondered for ages before deciding on a fluorescent orange harness…

You look great, Ben Ben!

Pet London is also one of a very few model agencies specialized in animals – from dogs to more exotic kinds, such as snakes and elephants! My lovely Mr.B was one of their models before we discovered his heart murmur. Through all the assignments, from NEXT catalogue to Britain’s Next Top Model, we had lots of fun, and I cherished the memories forever.

‘How about Bella? Do you think she has the potential?’ the staff and I mused as we looked on Bella running around with a treat. ‘Nah, she is too excitable and also too sociable.’ I shook my head.

Unlike a typically extravert Bella, Mr.B was mildly introvert who was only interested in pleasing me. Never getting too excited by new things nor people, he was perfect to work in photographic studios and also on locations. He tolerated being handled by others, but his attention was always on me unwaveringly which was in turn great because he always stared at the lens as long as I was standing behind the photographer. Most of commercial photographers hate working with children and animals because of their unpredictability. We encountered a few individuals which did made us feel belittled by throwing negative comments prior to the shoots. However, we always won them over by Mr.B’s impeccable work ethic – no time wasting, no marking and obeying my commands without fail. By the end of every sessions, they were charmed and impressed by us, and gave the agency positive feedbacks. It was funny because I would never have dreamt of registering him to the agency if Hubbie didn’t joke about making him earn his own keep.

Am I not pretty enough to be a fashion model?

Ben Ben, you can’t sit still for even 10 seconds. I don’t think you can be a working model…

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