Category Archives: Culture

My New Pinterest Page…


I know that I am very slow to have only just discovered Pinterest but, I have only just discovered it. So please feel free to check out my new page:

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It’s so much fun! I just can’t stop pinning everything that I see.

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Saturday’s Song: Lou Doillon: I.C.U


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Sunday Comfort Cooking: Sophie Dahl


I love being in New York, but this past week I have felt homesick.  It’s been two and a half months since we were last at my parents home in England. I’ve started to romanticise everything about England, even the weather!

I always find that cooking is a good cure for melancholy. I think that making a Victoria Sponge Cake and drinking a pot of tea would sort me out. I have to confess that last night I spent a few hour watching the lovely Sophie Dahl’s cooking programmes to cheer me up. They received mixed reviews in the UK when they aired in 2010.

I really like her antidotes and find her charming. I also love her cookery books.

The photography and presentation are utterly gorgeous.

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Moody Aesthetics: In The Mood For Love: Wong Kar Wai


Last night I re-watched In The Mood For Love by director Wong Kar Wai.

I love this film. It is so atmospheric and stylish. It has a sensitive, subtle and slow moving plot. The music is haunting and the cinematography utterly beautiful.

The setting is 1960s Hong Kong. The costumes and sets are stunning.  Dark intense colours, lighting and music along with a clever use of  slow motion, rain and cigarette smoke create a charged atmosphere. The viewer feels the heaviness and suppression of the characters lives.

Searching the internet I found out that there are several restaurant that have been designed with this film as an inspiration. I can see why! The sensual saturated colours, moody lighting and retro 1960’s aesthetic with an exotic oriental twist, certainly make for an atmospheric and classy environment.

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Brooklyn Flea: Fort Greene


Last Saturday afternoon we went to the charming  Brooklyn Flea market in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. There were food stalls, vintage clothes and furniture, and pretty hand crafted items. I was in heaven!

I will be back the minute we get settled in an apartment.

I mean every home needs a pink elephant with an umbrella?

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Song Of The Week: My Phaedra: I Have A Thing For Strangers


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Paris Love: Part Two


Today I wanted to write in more detail about my wonderful long weekend in Paris and post some more photos.

My photo’s seem to fall into categories.

Shops and cafes:

 

 

 

 

Apartment buildings and balconies:

 

 

 

 

 

The metro:

On my  first day in Paris I went to see the Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton Exhibition at les Arts decoratifs. I had gone to the museum see their collection of Art Deco furniture and jewellery so, when I happened upon this fashion exhibition it was a bonus. It was such an interesting exhibition and so beautifully presented.

The second day I spent the morning exploring the canal saint-martin area. It is a very picturesque area with trendy little shops and cafes.

 

 

I want to be the lady with the stylish hat. What a nice way to spend a day!

 

 

In the afternoon I went to the Musee Gustave Moreau. This is such a quirky and charming museum. It was the home and studio of the Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau.

 

 

On my last day I went to the Musee d’Orsay which was amazing, as you would expect, but a little overwhelming in size.

I also came across two amazing vegetarian cafes called Bob’s Kitchen and Voy Alimento. I thought they were worth mentioning as you don’t necessarily expect to find such wonderful vegi food in Paris!

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