Friday, 27 November 2009

The Time Traveler comes to an end.

Wow. This book was knock out. I'm itching to watch the film.

Philip French discusses the film for the Observer:
"This sci-fi romance, based on a bestselling novel, is the tedious tale of handsome Henry (Eric Bana) who suffers from "a rare genetic anomaly" known as "a cromo-impediment" which causes him suddenly to disappear and turn up at a different time in the life of Clare (Rachel McAdams), the love of his life. Henry routinely leaves his clothes behind, arriving naked at his next stop, though invariably with his back towards the camera. He always returns to Chicago, but doesn't always know where he's been or who Clare is, and while he's not allowed to change anyone's life, his stylish life is financed by lottery winnings. It's even more inane and sitting up begging to be loved than Benjamin Button and, indeed, it was once to be a vehicle for Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston before time caught up with them and they travelled in different directions." Sunday 16 August 2009 

Thursday, 26 November 2009

End Credits.

This song is revolving around in my brain like a record stuck on repeat. I used to love Plan B years ago and think his voice works perfectly with this song and the thudding beat. Going on a hunt for remixes...

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Dizzee heights.

It was Sunday night, post a weekend trip to 'Bouzy' in the Champagne region, (yes it is called Bouzy and yes  they do make champagne...), that we went to see Dizzee Rascal at the Bataclan. A small and impossibly spacious venue, this was something not to be missed and has whet our appetite for more auditory Parisian adventures.

TTW update.

Nearly finished the Time Traveller's Wife. It's completely gripping and has passed through the hands of all but one of my housemates here in Paris. I guarantee we'll all have read it before Christmas - a MUST read.

COCO AVANT CHANEL (un peu APRES la sortie...)

I've just watched, a bit behind the times, Coco Avant Chanel which illustrates the early life of the legendary Gabrielle Bonheur and her humble beginnings before the realisation of her iconic fashion house, Chanel. 

As a film, it both delights and disappoints. The cleavage between her former life and that in the fashion world is striking, in both an aesthetic and a psychological sense. The difference is shown largely through the styling of her originally 'bland' and jeune homme dress sense and the impossibly neat and quintessentially French way she is dressed in the latter parts of the film.

However, for me, it lacked excitement as her talents come to fruition, a mere 10 minutes is spent on displaying the 'modern' (1920s) couture that comes out of the Chanel fashion house.
A shame, in my opinion.

Yet, the casting is perfection, the setting is charming and the storyline is enchanting. A neat little plot that is not difficult to follow, but keeps one interested.

After all, in the words of Coco herself,

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Grey wool tights and walking boot-ies.

Perfection. be young again.

As a former Gapper I am justifiably excited by the new Stella for GapKids range that hit stores this November...I know it's a bit pathetic but it's one of the most exciting things to happen at GAP since I started worked for them (5 years ago...)!! Plus I'm a big fan of Stella McCartney - full stop. Feast your eyes on these mini treats...

 If only I could force my 5ft9"-ness into some of these like they did at Grazia magazine, see below...

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Museums to go to...

Musee Edith Piaf
Musee de la mode et du coutume
Espace Landowski

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

New place.

Our favourite new place to go out is Social Club, Rue Montmartre, 750002 in Paris. Electro club.

Good beats, a small but cool interior and no dress code. Plus the night we stumbled (literally) across it, there was a British DJ set. What more could you ask for à Paris? Plus their agenda for Wednesday 25th November is "electro and vin chaud", nice.

Cymbals in the Tuileries.

Lafayette's new Christmas decorations.