A Quote byJim Jarmusch

A Quote byJim Jarmusch  on Inspiration and Imagination... I found this quote and fell in love with it...Creative journeys can be just as masterful as the final masterpiece... "Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to."  Jim Jarmusch  ...
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The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

"If a body Catch a body coming through the rye.............."Holden Caulfield There are no words to describe the simplistic genius of this book...J.D Salinger's Holden Caulfield declares his struggle to utilise the most effective language to articulate himself, yet his his voice and the language he employs to convey his outlook on the world ironically creates a perfectly articulated character, whose observations and opinions I so frequently delighted with agreement. The acute observation required to write such a character as Holden, who at large is a pretty typical adolescent boy punctuated with moments of greatness, is admirable. Salinger's Holden is so powerful that you lose Salinger entirely and follow the words of a character that genuinely seems to have his own soul. This novel exemplifies the brilliance of a simple character driven tale. Quotes If I could I'd quote the entire book... Holden: I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine,...
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Film List: Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen

Written and directed by Woody Allen, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates For the lovers of 1920's literature, the dreamer, the romantic and anyone who just happens to adore Paris... Granted, this is no Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but any opportunity to slip through time and escape to an era where one can mingle with the Fitzgerald's, talk literature with  Hemmingway and roam the streets of Paris during the roaring twenties isn't one I'll ever miss. Corey Stoll, who plays Ernest Hemmingway, is a particular favourite in the film. And yes, that is Carla Bruni in the trailer! Dialogue and Quotes Ernest Hemmingway to Gill Pender on Writing 26:34 into the film Hemmingway: What are you writing? Pender: A novel. Hemmingway: About what? Pender: It's about a man who works in a nostalgia shop. Hemmingway: What the hell is a nostalgia shop? Pender: A place where they sell old things, memorabilia and....does that sound terrible? Hemmingway: No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest...
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Chanel – La Femme de Chanel, Elle Va Être

She was addicted to newness, to novelty and change and succumbed monthly to excess material gain. She hadn’t quite made it to the wonderland of Chanel, so psychologically she imitated a lifestyle sewn so well. At the top of the ladder that equated her success, she would intend only to be or at least dress as the best. Fashion and its folly were her greatest tools that aided her in the trickery of fools. The world understood the tacit language of mode and style, but this never stopped her tools from catapulting her miles. For Chanel she was undoubtedly a devotee and hoped that someday the Chanel woman she would be. Not because she loved the clothes, the cut or the materials, but in Chanel she could no longer be considered an inferior. For this she’d give up trends and impulsive spends, for being perceived without Chanel, after doing so swell, she’d imagine - would be - like living in hell. A Fashion...
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The Black Book

It is undeniable that the female fashion and lifestyle magazine reader of today is spoilt for choice. The abundance of women’s magazines gracing the shelves is phenomenal, sometimes even overwhelming. A visit to the local WH Smiths can last absolute hours and for the enthusiastic reader, can cost a small fortune, or at least a nice lunch. As readers we select our magazines in accordance to the publications that speaks to who we are, or more aptly, who we aspire to be.  A wealth of publishers, photographers, editors, writers, stylists and designers want to give readers the opportunity to see the world through their eyes. They are the vocal-chord of fashion, communicating the core ideals of the industry through their voices. With great creative manipulation they use the shiny pages of their glossy magazines to show us how beautiful, respectable, fabulous and glamorous the world of fashion is. These creatives, however, that assure us fashion is global, multicultural, powerful and...
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The New Look Dandizette…Charms of a Dandizette

Hello Snow - Bunnies... It's been a while since I've blogged. The past few months have seen my creative juices at a loss - this could be due to intense job hunting and immense career worries, however, crisis, I can happily say 'averted!' The charms of this dandizette are back and looking ten times better - I hope you'd agree. And how convenient it is that I am back in time for christmas, to help you all build your christmas lists, plan your sales shopping and yes, it is indeed that time to start prepping the spring/summer wardrobe and say goodbye to Karl's great icicle that graced the Chanel runway for the winter show. Before we welcome in the new fashion season I will take a nostalgic look back at the key trends and collections of the winter season - all of which should provide inspiration for dressing sizzilingly hot in this freezing cold for the sparkly christmas season. Check out my a/w 2010/11 catwalk reports. x x x  ...
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The Fashion Paradox:Fashion Cycle

The Fashion Paradox:Fashion Cycle

 Azzedine Alaia and Grace Jones A major part of going out for a night on the town is the dressing up and being appreciated for our adornment - that’s exactly why we do it. There’s no gratitude in dressing up without an appreciative eye to witness our efforts. It’s like wearing an Azzedine Alaia dress where nobody even knows who he is, let alone recognises one of his designs. Vain and self important? Most definitely so; dressing up is part of a process, a self fulfilling prophecy that requires us, once taken pride in decorating ourselves, the need to be seen and appreciated in order to complete the full circle of ‘enjoying’ dressing up. When women meet with friends on nights out, don’t we spend at least the first fifteen minutes together discussing what we are wearing? And new purchases or garments our friends haven’t seen us in before tend to be appreciated more, no matter how much they loved the...
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Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2

Tonight I went to see Iron Man 2 at the Picture House. I officially heart Tony Stark! This has been the only film I have seen in the cinema  after having consumed food and wine that I haven't fallen asleep on in ages. Even though I'm sure no woman could fall asleep on Tony Stark, or Robert Downey Jr for that matter! I am currently watching Welcome to Colinwood 2002,with George Clooney http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0271259/ If I manage to stay up I will then be watching Made in America 1993 with Will Smith, Whoopi Godlberg, Ted Danson and Nia Long. I've seen this film over a hundred times but  absolutely love geeky, pre-muscles Will Smith! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107478/It's on at 1:00 on Channel 4. x...
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How to Marry a Millionaire

How to Marry a Millionaire

On average I watch at least five films a week,  some weeks more. So often I find films that I love, characters that are dazzling, dialogue that is witty and fashion that I want to emulate, but once one film is finished and the next begins I momentarily forget all the things that I love. And as my film vocabulary continues to build I find myself making the mistake of watching a film and half way in realising I've already seen it...So, I am going to start building a film list and diary, following me night by night of all the films I am watching. I am also goint to attempt to list all the films I have watched throughout my twenty six years on the planet. Have you ever wondered how many films you've watched? Send me your lists.... Today I watched How to Marry a Millionaire 1953,  starring  Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall. I watched it with my mother after my sunday dinner with a glass of red wine, admiring...
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