I am in love

August 31, 2009

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I am in love with a man I have never met nor seen in the flesh.

How absurd this may sound and I agree, it is true, I am utterly delusional. I remember the first time I laid eyes on him, I was probably four or five years old. I was in my parents bedroom and he was perched comfortably on my mother’s bookshelf underneath the window.

He sat in the same place, everyday. However, I never found looking at him prosaic. He remained alluring to me, even if he was cradling another woman in his tenacious embrace.

Captain Rhett Butler was his name. I only discovered this two years ago whilst travelling to Basingstoke on my daily one and a half hour morning commute.

Speechless

Speechless

I can honestly say that I cried when I finished reading the final page of Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The film of Gone with the Wind did not disappoint me last night neither. I purchased the DVD for £5 over a year ago and it was worth every penny and then some.

Rhett Butler is everything I am looking for, everything I want my suitor to be if I lived in a perfect world. He has unfaltering strength and shows kindness to those who are shunned by society. He is charming, witty and intense. His presence is felt, he is the centre of attention when he walks in or out a room.

Simply dashing

Simply dashing

What I adore most about my fictitious beau is his paternal instinct. Nothing is more attractive than a man who openly shows and speaks about his adoration for his children. He lives like a vagabond, coming and going as he pleases but he openly holds on to the hope that his one true love, Scarlet, will yearn for him as he does her.

I could go one forever. I will be short and sweet, for a change.

I ♥ you Mr Butler.

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Our Anna is on Letterman

August 28, 2009

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Anna is so dainty yet stern, although she did seem a little uncomfortable during the interview. This was probably due to Letterman’s daft questions and the imposing laughter from the audience.

Apart from promoting The September Issue, Anna was also speaking about the up coming event, Fashion’s Night Out. It is taking place on 10th September in 12 cities around the world. It is a drive by Vogue to get people back into the shops. Certain stores are also offering discounts. Check out the website for information.

I will be in attendance in the glorious city of Londinium.


We Love Clothes

August 28, 2009

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My best friend and I love shopping, period. As per usual, we went to our local high street, which we adore. We also dragged her boyfriend who was visiting from California. Poor thing. Our local haunts include Oxfam, Cancer Research, St. Christopher’s Hospice and Starbucks for a frappe.

Driving home from the gym, I often noticed a charity shop we hadn’t been visiting. So we decided to pay it a visit. Great idea that was. My friend found my Halloween costume! Slightly early, I know, but it was a bargain at £15. To be honest, we have not celebrated Halloween ever since we met each other. She grew up in California, so not celebrating the pagan festival is somewhat of a sin.

“Oh my God! I have found your Halloween costume. It is so cute for you,” she exclaimed loudly.

The dress

The dress

It is so pretty and fits like a glove. Whilst in the fitting room, my personal stylist/best friend grabbed every single pearl-like necklace the shop had and flung them into my hands. “Oh my God, you have your whole outfit. You can be Bridezilla!”

The lady at the till was ever so nice and told me that wedding gowns costing around £1000 are brought in and resold for a mere £50. There were none there at the time when we bought my “Bridezilla” costume but I can imagine the joy of finding one.

I love charity shops because as a student I feel I don’t earn enough to give to charity (which is a load of rubbish). But I feel better knowing that the money I spend makes a difference. I have spent £53 (£20 in H &M and Zara) this month, excluding my dress and five pearl-like necklaces. I gained one monochrome stripped sleeveless dress, one pink shirt, a pair of grey leggings, a tan belt and a pair of tight straight leg trousers. That is a shopping spree for me!

Interesting amalgamation of apparell

Interesting amalgamation of apparell

The point that I am trying to make is that it is not important how much you spend. Moreover, it is the love you have for the clothes. Everything I own I will repair, re-heel, stick back together and wear even if it falls apart. I have a four inch nail in one pair of my wooden sandals. I have torn my favourite dress thrice and my favourite flip flops have been to America, India (twice) Tunisia, Cyprus and Crete and are held together by superglue.

Wear your clothes, don’t let them wear you, dammit!


Buddha Bar

August 24, 2009

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Last night, my friend and I popped down to the Buddha Bar in Victoria Embankment, London. I had never been there before but had heard about it from friends. In particular, the music, which has spawned many Buddha Bar albums.

Buddha

Buddha

As usual, I got lost on a straight road whilst using my BlackBerry GPS. After finally getting somewhere close to the Buddha Bar, my friend and I waltzed into the Swiss Hotel to ask for directions. Lovely hotel, cute concierge!

Finally, we reached Waterloo Bridge, where the bar is located. Buddha Bar is owned by George V Eatertainment, who are behind the infamous Sanctuary in Dubai and it does not disappoint. It was my friend’s birthday and we were on his guest list, which normally means that you are guaranteed entrance (by paying) whilst waiting in a queue for an hour. However, we got there at about 10.30pm and there wasn’t the usual queue. Instead, the entrance was guarded by friendly door staff. We were shocked. As we walked in (free), we were greeted by the enormous Buddha statue that was situated in the ground floor restaurant.

Here we are with the birthday boy!

Smiley times
Smiley times

The staff at the bar and the table were amazing too. However, it was the music that made the night. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that the best DJ played the best music I have ever heard. Arabic, Indian, Salsa, House and God knows what else were all infused into one continuous mix. There were no attitudes, no stupid sparkles and music that plays when you buy an extra large, overpriced bottle of Grey Goose Vodka.

However, the birthday boy did scold my friend for her obsession to…mineral water. Seriously, forget handbags or cars, she is obsessed to Figi and Voss. I know, crazy!

Vossin' it up

Vossin' it up

The night ended at a decent hour and we were able to walk to the car in peace, admiring the river and Somerset House, where the SHOWstudio exhibition will take place between 17th September until 20th December. I cannot wait. I first heard about the website in 2003 st university. It is run by world-renown photographer, Nick Knight and various prominent fashion industry experts.

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Exciting times to come.


The September Issue

August 22, 2009

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The September Issue is a fashion documentary based on American Vogue and my fashion Jesus, Anna Wintour. Jerry Oppenheimer’s unauthorised 2005 biography, Front Row: Anna Wintour, Wintour is stated as saying, “You either know fashion or you don’t.” Funnily enough that was my response when I dropped out of my Fashion Promotions Degree at the UCA in 2004.

Why do I think she is cool? Well, she is from England. Lets face it, powerful fashionistas seem to come from this little island. Victoria BeckhamTamara Mellon and Kate Moss (Croydon rules). The list goes on.

Reading about Wintour’s life at this present time. when I am being rejected job interviews because of my lack of fashion experience. I find her shrewd determination inspiring.

The September Issue is out on 9th September. Orange Wednesdays!


Delphic

August 22, 2009

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Delphic are from Manchester and they mix Rave beats, Indie melodies with smooth vocals to create a truly pleasurable sound. I heard this song a couple of weeks ago on Xfm and immediately went home to find out who they were.

This music video is simple yet artistic. I love things that aren’t flashy and in your face. The video is set in Chernobyl, Ukraine where there was a powerplant disaster 1986. It shows how life in the town has been affected. The video was directed by David Ma, who has also worked with the ultra cool Foals.

Delphic have been playing many of the festivals and they will be kicking off their own tour in September. I want to catch them at Club NME at KoKo in London on 11th September.


Jodhpur’s Gardens and Cosmos

August 22, 2009

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I have been dying to see the Gardens and Cosmos exhibition at The British Museum since it opened in May. On Wednesday, I finally got the chance to go with my beloved Art Fund card, provided by my short-lived subscription to The Times.

Death of Vali - Illustration from the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas (1532–1623) Jodhpur

Death of Vali - Illustration from the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas (1532–1623) Jodhpur

The artwork is taken from the royal collection at the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur, India. My love affair with Jodphur only began a few years ago. On my last flight to Mumbai, I stole the Jet airways in-flight magazine. It displayed photographs from Amit Pasricha‘s book, The Monumental India Book. Through his photography, Pasricha creates 360 degree landscapes by combining a series of images. Amazing and breathtaking, yet these words still cannot express the beauty of his work.

Amit Pasricha's panoramic photograph of Mehrangarh

Amit Pasricha's panoramic photograph of Mehrangarh Fort

I tried to find the above photograph everywhere but to no avail. In the end, I managed to piece it together via my scanner and Photoshop. I am fortunate enough to be travelling to India in November with my cousin sister for a mini adventure. The city of Jodhpur is numero uno on my list. I was sad to find out that I missed Pasricha’s own exhibition at the Belgravia Gallery last October.

The later half of the Gardens and Cosmos exhibition showcases around 20 of Maharaja Man Singh’s (1803-1843) 1000 paintings depicting his devotion to the Nath and Hatha yoga traditions.

If you cannot visit Jodhpur anytime soon, don’t miss the exhibition at the The British Museum, which runs until 11th October 2009.


Jai Shri Krishna

August 21, 2009
Sunrise

The pulchritudnious view from ones window

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Greetings, I went to bed at 7 o’clock this morning after watching the sunrise. I am now very much awake and listening to Le Mezcla by Michel Cleis on Spotify whilst I clean my parents home. Afterwards, I would like to go for a 14km jog but I anticipate that I will end up at the gym.

Good day, Good Sir