Friday, October 30, 2009
1. The Devil Wears Prada (obviously): I am not even exaggerating when I say that I think I've seen this movie about 40 times. I know all of the lines, all of the outfits, and I can easily give you a detailed play-by-play of what happens in the movie. The BEST movie of alllll time!! It's so glamorous, exciting, and really gives you an inside scoop of what happens in the fashion industry!
2. The September Issue: The REAL Devil Wears Prada showing the fashion God Anna Wintour, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, trying to make the the September issue deadline. It gives you the REAL inside scoop of one of the most powerful women in the world do her job at Vogue and her Creative Director Grace Coddington take the sympathetic spotlight as the background visionary of the magazine.
3. Funny Face: This movie is such a musical classic starring Audrey Hepburn transforming from a book-worm to a model by meeting a fashion photographer played by Fred Astaire and an Editor-in-Chief of a premier fashion magazine. The movie takes place in New York City, where she lives and works, but then shifts to the city of Paris where she pursues her modeling career and her relationship with the photographer.
4. Coco Avant Chanel: This is such an amazing movie that I left the theater with chills and I could not stop thinking about it for at least another week. The movie stars one of my favourite French actresses Audrey Tautou playing Gabrielle Coco Chanel before she became Chanel. It shows the tragic romance that she had with Arthur Capel and how she broke away from the fashion trends back in the 19th century by dressing herself in mens clothing. Most of the movie is about her life before Chanel, but towards the end it does give a little glimpse of her success and how she completely changed the fashion industry.
Done All Wrong - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Nothing In My Way - Keane
(Photo taken from restaurant website)
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
1. Black cashmere wrap sweater by Club Monaco: I'm wearing it now and can't remember the last time I took it off....yes it's THAT warm and comfy!
2. Beret's: my favorite kind of hat, it's so elegant and Parisian I love it! The ones that look the nicest on me and actually are very cheap are the ones from Zara this season. I got one in black and in a cream/grey/light rose colour. They both are more on the slouchy side and are super furry like a Russian hat. They cost only 20$ each! Go get them now before they sell out! (I love them so much that I gasped so loudly when I saw them...my friend Tessy thought I was insane!)
3. Knit men's socks by J.Crew: I wear them with my boots and they are so big, chunky, and warm. Who cares if they're made for men, no one will know! I got mine in a cream and navy blue, but they also had burgundy!
4. Scarf by Banana Republic: I purchased a cashmere and wool blend scarf that is so beautiful and light yet warm. They had it in a soft white (the colour I got), light grey (my friend Tessy bought), and a neutral tan with a hint of rose. There is no chunky knit pattern to it at all, it's instead long and smooth!
5. Uggs: Yes I know, I know they aren't the most beautiful shoes on the planet but living in the arctic you NEED these. It's not part of a fashion statement (well at least I don't make it out to be like that) instead it is a necessity when trying to survive Canadian winters, otherwise you'll get frost bite. Trust me if I lived somewhere else I would not buy them. You have to admit they are the comfiest things ever invented!!
6. Canadian Goose Down Jacket: I have not purchased mine yet because I'm asking it as a part of my Christmas present this year because they are soooo expensive (around 475-550$). I think every University student in the Montreal area owns this jacket...it's a bit overdone, like Uggs, but it is the warmest jacket probably in the entire world. I plan on getting the longer one that ends right above the knee, with a big fur hood, in black, and that cinches in the waist.
7. Wool Leggings by Rugby Ralph Lauren: I bought a pair when I was in Boston and they weren't so expensive for wool leggings (60$). They are so warm and don't itch that badly! I wear leggings all of the time, so this was a great winter investment!
Another thing that makes me warm throughout this season (it doesn't have to do with clothing) is Second Cup's Hot Chocolate...best drink ever! Tastes like a chocolate bar, but hot and liquefied. I now feel prepared for this winter season! Time to bundle up!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Sartorialist - by Scott Schuman
Following my experience shopping at Antik Batik, I made my way to Saint Germain des Pres where I had a cafe and croissant at Les Deux Magots (where Hemingway used to write), I noticed many chic young Parisienne women carrying these gorgeous big white bags with Zadig & Voltaire written across in red. I was curious as to what this store had and where it was and so I asked a young girl and she said that it was on rue du vieux Colombier. My cousin Sabrina, my brother Nick, and I eventually found the huge, two floor boutique complete with edgy, trendy, and fashionable street-wear. Their logo is of a butterfly which is placed on some of their sweaters and bags. The fabrics were what made it unique and more high end than any other trendy street-wear brand. They had silks, leather, cashmere, wool, and sequins. It was fairly expensive, but worth it because of the quality, fabrics, and cuts of the items. I bought a camel colored leather bag that I wear almost everyday and my brother bought the softest black dress pants I had ever seen and a black dress shirt that looked as if it was made especially for him. Zadig & Voltaire reflects writer and philosopher Francois Voltaire's rebellious ideas that went against tradition. The brand is all over Europe and fortunately just opened their first boutique in North America located on Washington Street in New York City. (www.zadig-et-voltaire.com/eu/)
Friday, October 16, 2009
Florence and The Machine - Rabbit Heart
Florence and The Machine - Drumming Song
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Museums: The Museum of Fine Arts
I loved this museum, it had everything starting from Egyptian and Greek Art all the way to Modern Art. They also had a very good Buddhist and Japanese Art section. The gift shop had an amazing variety of books, I felt like I was at Barnes & Noble! I have a very big obsession with beautiful coffee table books (even though I don't even own a coffee table) and this museum had a very nice collection of potential coffee table books, whether it be about fashion, art, home decor, or travelling...they had it
Food: Franklin's Cafe
LOVED THIS RESTAURANT! I have to admit Boston does not have amazing food...but this place was the best place I've been to yet. It was really dark, small, and intimate bistro styled restaurant located on a small street in the South End. I had unfried big pieces of calamari with white beans underneath and then an amazing steak frites as my main dish. The other people I was eating with had steak styled tuna and shellfish stew. The service was also amazing, very friendly and the crowd was packed with locals. Can't wait to go back! (http://franklincafe.com/)
The Upper Crust
If you want a good slice of pizza in Boston go to The Upper Crust. I always go to the one on Charles Street, but apparently there are more locations now. Not the BEST pizza I've ever had (Denino's in Staten Island, New York is the BEST in the world), but this however is very good. (http://www.theuppercrustpizzeria.com/)
This store is AMAZING! I love it! It's a younger and more affordable version of the high end line of Ralph Lauren. Their logo is of a small skull that they put on a lot of their clothing, they have blazers, wool sweaters, ruffles, big stripes, crests...the epitome of American style. Unfortunately, they do not ship it to Canada and there are only a select few Rugby boutiques, so if you want a dose of young, American preppy style with a Ralph Lauren influence to it, you have to go to Boston or New York City (closest cities to Montreal that carry Rugby). The price range is around 70$-550$. (http://www.rugby.com/)
This is my favourite store in the entire world. I love everything about it! The store designer is a God because everything in it looks and is set up beautifully. Anthropologie has the same concept as Urban Outfitters where they have different clothing brands (not their own), jewelry, books, shoes, handbags, and home decor. The style is very unique, worldly, eclectic, whimsical, and vintage inspired. They have people who work for Anthropologie who travel the world trying to find interesting and different styles, patterms, and textiles. It is a bit more on the expensive side, but absolutely worth it! (http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/index.jsp)
J. Crew is classic, preppy, American style. It is somewhat basic with jeans, cardigans, blouses, coats, ballet flats, and long gold chain necklaces. It is in other words, a preppier and higher end version of Gap. They have them all over the States, but unfortunately not in Montreal. (http://www.jcrew.com/index.jsp)
This is Harvard's new clothing line for men inpired by what Harvard students used to wear back in the 1940's and 1950's. It's absolutely gorgeous preppy Ivy League clothing that I heard about when reading WWD this summer at Conde Nast. Only problem...they don't have a women's line yet!