Little Black Blog: Heidi’s 10 Favourite Things

I found this little list in ELLE UK and thought what a perfect little addition this would make to my blog.  This was so much fun that I think I might even ask some of my stylish friends to contribute their own lists for future posts.  But for now, here is a list of  my 10 Favourite Things.

1. The Blog:
Garance Dorè.  She is my daily blog fix.  I just adore her intelligent and witty writing, her natural ability with a camera – her compositions and the way she captures the light – brilliant! And her charming fashion illustrations are to die for.

2. The Tweeter:
I’ve been a Tweeter for a while now, it’s a funny little medium.  My favourite Tweeter is Mrs Stephen Fry because she is just so funny.  I also enjoy MrsKutcher and Women’s Wear Daily.

3. The Photographer:

Richard Avedon. 

4. The Obsession:

Erm, magazines, magazines and more magazines.  Always have been obsessed, always will be. 

5. The Shop:

I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of Zara to our shores and with the arrival of Gap it’s only a matter of time before H&M, right? 

6. The Music:

I’m loving Paramore at the moment.  Their album Brand New Eyes is the only thing I listen to on my iPod on my way to and from work lately.  Hayley Williams voice is so powerful and emotive. 

7. The Book:

Jilly Cooper of course, that goes without saying, and I am fond of reading Jane Austen’s Emma.  If I had to answer this a year ago, the answer would have to include the Twilight books too.  Lately I have been reading cook books mostly and the odd biography.   

8. The TV Show:

Since last week’s final of Masterchef (yes, I was shamelessly addicted), I am now tryng to catch up on United States of Tara (with the always amazing Toni Collette), Armstrong & Miller (the funniest British comedians right now) and occasionally if I am home during the day, I watch Jeeves & Wooster on ABC2.

United States of Tara was created by Diablo Cody (writer of Juno) and follows the life of Tara, a suburban housewife with dissociative identity disorder.  In a nutshell, whenever she is stressed, she transforms into one of her alternate personalities: wild and flirty teenager T; old-fashioned housewife Alice; and male, loud, beer-drinking Vietnam vet Buck.  It’s eye-opeing, confronting, bawdy and funny.  John Corbett who plays Tara’s husband Max is just so amazing because he is so accepting and calm when it comes to Tara’s disorder.

The Armstrong & Miller Show is a BAFTA winning BBC comedy sketch series.  Two of my most beloved characters are the RAF pilots.  The RAF pilots may be heroically serving in the second world war, but they are nonetheless moody, rebellious teenagers who speak in street lingo and who reluctantly bow to authority.

Jeeves & Wooster is a British comedy filmed between 1990 – 1993 and is based on P.G. Wodehouse’s “Jeeves” stories and is set in England in the pre-Second-World-War 20th century.  Hugh Laurie plays Bertie Wooster, a well-to-do bachelor, a minor aristocrat and member of the idle rich.  Jeeves (played by Stephen Fry) is his indispensable “gentleman’s personal gentleman”.  I love it because Jeeves is of course, far smarter than Wooster, and Fry and Laurie are so deliciously suited to this type of comedy.  I cannot help but laugh out loud when watching those two on screen.

9. The Art:

Van Gogh’s Starry Night.  I just lose myself in this painting.  I love the way Van Gogh’s painting technique makes the sky look like it’s really moving, and his use of colour to reflect light is magical.  I wish I could paint this on my bedroom wall.  Now there’s an idea…

10. The Shoes:

I posted these shoes by Swedish label Acne last week on my blog and I still cannot get them out of my head.  I love, love, love them!


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