Intellectual shenanigans? Sounds like fun to me!

I decided to make my famous wholemeal spelt brownies today so that my children can have something to share at their after school play-date this afternoon.  
While waiting for these decadent and delicious goodies to bake, I started to read my dailies on the internet when I came across a story on the Port Eliot Festival which was held in Cornwall last weekend.
Described by UK Telegraph’s Sophie de Rosee as a “hotbed of intellectual shenanigans”, the festival describes itself as “the UK’s most original and inspirational and downright decadent garden party.” The words hotbed of intellectual shenanigan just cracks me up… what exactly would intellectual shenanigans entail I wonder? 
The literary festival is in it’s 9th year and is held in one of the grandest homes in England.  It is here where some of the finest writers, performers and artists come together to share their work in what is quite a unique event.  It features stylish activities and even Martin Scorsese has lent his vision to their Paradiso Outdoor Cinema, selecting some of his favourite films to be screened each evening of the festival.
The Hermès horsebox was on site for those interested in being styled up in a fabulous scarf to be photographed, and next door was what looks like the most fantastic airstream trailer I’ve ever seen, the ‘Kiehl’s on Wheels’ offering facials and products – bliss! Doesn’t this sound like the most stylish and heavenly of festivals?
 An art installation at the festival.
If you’re a parent and your children are still at the story before bedtime stage, then seeing and hearing Kate Winslet read children’s book Mr Gum by Andy Stanton at the festival would, I think, have been the cherry on the cake.  
“The audience, consisting of young children and hung-over adults in equal measure, were transfixed by her animated 90-minute storytelling, giving each character in the book its own pitch-perfect accent. After the standing ovation Winslet said, ‘I really should thank my kids, Mia and Joe, for making me read this to them practically every night,’ and blew kisses to where they were seated in the front row, before urging all parents to buy Stanton’s other, equally mad, books.” 

Accommodations for some of the festival-goers.
Well the brownies are out of the oven – looking like perfection and smelling like heaven!  This weekend marks my youngest Annabel’s 6th birthday which we are celebrating with a few friends, a jumping castle and ice cream cake.  I cannot wait to see the look on her face when the castle is pumped up and ready for action!


Sources: UK Telegraph, Port Eliot.

My blog is 3 today!

Actually, officially it was yesterday, but I won’t tell if you won’t?

No doubt lovely regular blog visitors to I like, I wish, I heart will have noticed that I have been playing around with the blogger platform.  First let me apologise to you now for confusing you every time you pop by lately.  The truth is that I’m bored to tears with my blog at the moment and if it’s one thing I love to do, is play with layouts when I’m bored.  I do it with the furniture in my home, and now I’m doing it with my blog.  Oh dear, please help me!


Lovely Lanvin

Don’t you just love how this Lanvin dress shimmers?  I don’t think I could stop myself from twirling round and round if I were lucky enough to wear it.  


She’s got that French je ne sais quoi about her

So Thursday was Bastille Day and while I was too busy to blog yesterday, I thought that today I would write a little bit about a very stylish girl, someone who is likely a style inspiration for many, and someone I admire for just being out there and being herself.  Oh, did I mention she is French? (Just trying to keep with the whole French theme that I started with here.)

Lou Doillon is a mother, actress, model, muse and designer.  Her mother is Jane Birkin, her father is film director Jacques Doillon and one of her siblings is also Charlotte Gainsbourg,(in case you’ve been living under a rock).  

Lou and sister Charlotte.
Lou with her Mother Jane.

Why do I like her style?  Lou is so French it’s ridiculous.  She never brushes her hair and is remarkably  comfortable in her own skin.  She smokes constantly – like she has made a deal with the devil that it won’t kill her (and no that is not part of why I like her – it was très difficult finding a photo I wanted to use of her without a ciggie in her hand or mouth) and she has that attitude de Bohème about her that I have always found very appealing.  

“What attracts me is something broken, something a bit off.  I never comb my hair or make anything pretty.  When people look too beautiful, it’s too easy.  I know I’m dressed wrong if the businessman turns his head.  But I like to think that after an hour of sitting next to me on the train, he’d look.  I’d have grown on him.” – Lou Doillon

I also like that Lou loves to wear hats.  Hats can be such an affectation, but not with Lou, they seem so natural and give her a distinctive look, especially depending on her choice of hat.

“I come from a very mad, very classic family that all wore hats.  I have a vintage pop-up top hat that I wear a lot.  I’m like the Houdini of nightclubs, pulling an enormous hat out of a tiny bag.  My favourite hat was stolen.  It was a classic black moche hat, which means “ugly” in French. The people at Chanel told me I should go to Maison Michel, the house that makes all their hats, and have it replicated.” – Lou Doillon

“My style has changed since I was younger. I was kind of ashamed of my bourgeois family as a teenager, I guess – I had dreadlocks, shopped in thrift stores and pretended I had no money. At that time, I would have spat on a girl who was buying Yves Saint Laurent. I always laugh today thinking if I ran into my younger self, she would slap me. Wearing designer clothes was like selling my soul to the devil.” Lou Doillon

“French girls know themselves; they don’t follow trends.  Girls like me who have no boobs have always dressed like boys, wearing open tuxedos with nothing underneath.  It’s wonderfully classy and elegant but, at the same time, there’s a lack of humour.” Lou Doillon

Wearing Alberta Ferretti

“My mother and I have a typical mother-daughter relationship about clothes. I used to dress up a lot to go against her easy-going look but recently I borrowed her Yves Saint Laurent blouse. Charlotte, my sister, is obsessed with fashion. She has a more conventionally chic style than me. The next generation of my family are stylish too. My son is my real style icon. He likes to have fun with fashion, especially wearing his dad’s clothes.” – Lou Doillon

“I have many heroes when it comes to style. I love Jeanne Moreau in Jules et Jim, Audrey Hepburn wearing simple leggings and ballerina flats, young Brigitte Bardot on her Vespa, Kate Moss’s iconic simplicity… Growing up, though, my hero was my grandmother. Her name was Judy Campbell. She was an actress and Noel Coward’s muse. She always had an ’emergency kit’ to hand: a handbag containing lipstick and a bottle of Chanel No 5.” – Lou Doillon

 Streetstyle as photographed by Vanessa Jackman.
 I’m in love with this dress!
She may not admit it, but I think Lou is rather girlie with her look and pretty too.  I think you can have it both ways – dress up or down, in masculine suits or frilly Alberta Ferretti, but keep your hair messy and your lips red! 


Sources: NY Times, Guardian Newspaper, Sunday Times,Vanessa Jackman, Garance Dorè.

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Friday Picks

It’s Friday.  Don’t you just love Fridays?  Today was the most gorgeously sunny winter’s day here, just heaven!  Checking out the haute couture shows – or rather, the foot traffic on the scene outside the shows has filled me with inspiration and longing for more colour!  Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Green is my favourite colour, so of course I love this cute purse and cameo ring.
I heart Prada stripes.
 I carry a gorgeous fan in my purse with me all summer long.  You’d be surprised how handy it becomes.
 I want these for summer.  I want these for whenever actually.
 It’s all in the details… the polka dots, the rings, her nail lacquer…
 Cute and colourful skirt.
 Chambray jumpsuit on Karlie.  I’ll be hunting for one of these.
The irrepressible Catherine Baba.  

Blogger have just sprung their current publishing platform on me and so I have no idea how this post is going to turn out.  
Fingers crossed!


P.S.  Message to Blogger: what have you done to my picture sizer? Hmm??

Sunglasses: How do I look?

Sunglasses, shades or as we call them down here, sunnies, are probably the most essential accessory in a person’s wardrobe. When leaving the house, I grab my purse, keys and sunnies.  Without them life is viewed through squinted eyes and frankly it’s just a pain in the arse to drive here without them.  

Whether you spend $20 or $500 on yours, it’s all about how they frame your face, and I guess for some, even the look you wish to project – tough, demure, serious, intelligent, etc.  

Sunglasses have long been making their mark in the movies, some have even been lifted to iconic status based on an appearance in a movie.  

Daniel Craig as 007 in Casino Royale, 2006
Tom Cruise as Maverick in Top Gun, 1986
 Gary Oldman as Count Dracula in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992
 Meg Ryan in French Kiss, 1995
 Don Draper
 Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, 1961
 Kelly McGillis as Charlie in Top Gun, 1986
 Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface, 1983
 Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in Fightclub, 1999
 Tom Cruise in Risky Business, 1983
 Debra Winger and John Malkovich in The Sheltering Sky, 1990
 Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity in The Matrix, 1999
Cary Grant in North by Northwest, 1959

Some may own a single pair, making them work for all occasions, while others of us may have many more to choose from, deciding which frame to wear depending on outfit, mood, the season, hair colour, etc.  I have a gorgeous pair of classic Gucci’s that I can only wear when my hair is long because they just don’t suit me when my hair is short.  

I used to have the most amazing pair of black Chanel’s that I wore to death – literally, they fell apart after much too much wear.  It was a very sad day when that happened because I loved them so much, they looked fabulous!

I have been inspired by Prada’s current designs, but my biggest issue with them is that while they are in vogue now, fashion is fleeting, and so parting with the amount of money Prada requires, well…  I would rather have a pair that will stand the test of time.  Of course, if I had loads of cash to spare, I’d buy the Prada’s immediately!


Sources: Streetfsn, Jak&Jil, People, IMDB.

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