Seven Guilty Pleasures

1. Milka Daim - I am not even that much of a Chocaholic, but Milka Daim really has me addicted (one bar in ten minutes anyone?).

2. A weekly visit in H&M (or rather less frequently any other cheap clothing distributor) - I just cannot help it, it is my obligatory weekly fix (right now, I am saving for things much better, though).

3. Butter - my ratio of bread:butter is somewhere around 50:50 (I would even prefer 40:60, but my friends would never let me). You get my drift?

4. The internet - I am online most of my time @ home, especially when a paper for uni is soon due. I'm a bad girl. I am actually pretty much of a geek, too... By the way, click here for a good laugh.

5. Food in general - there is nothing more enjoyable than good food. Not always healthy. Food is my greatest guilty pleasure of all times.

6. Shopping in general - if is is not clothes, it is cosmetics, it is food, it is books and stationery, it is anything. I then splurge on the most impossible things when I am in the mood.

7. Secluding myself - I can be very unsocial. But being all by myself with only bf, doing and eating all the pleasant things mentioned above, being all lazy and content with oneself and the world.. those moments are the very best.



Thanks to Verde Ursuz for the tag! Now let's hear it from

Mega from Absolutely Oblivious- the most adorable petite doll I have ever seen!
Classytrash @ chictopia.com - the coolest chic imaginable!
Strawberry Kitten - one charming lady.
Ca from the CaBlog - one charming gentleman.
and
Anna*Frost - one of the most funny (German) writers.

Sunset BLVD.

After watching a few old movies from the 40ies to 60ies with me, bf articulated doubts that he could ever enjoy old flicks beyond their nostalgic qualities. First of all, camera- and cutting-techniques, tempo of the story and cinematic style quite differ from today's fast paced and color- and actionful entertainment movies we are normally used to nowadays. But with Billy Wilder's Sunset BLVD. from 1950 we both found an old movie suited to both our taste. The movie is in good oldfashioned Film-Noir style (with the main protagonist narrating off-screen and with dubious characters throughout the suspense story), though it still seems modern in many ways. The use of light and stylistic devices is strikingly smart and impressing in many scenes and makes for good screen captures (like below). The actors' performances were imposing, too. All in all, it was a rare jewel of an old movie, very inspiring and compelling in its cinematography (another such one for me would be Gaslight from 1944 starring Ingrid Bergman).

The story is about struggling, young screenwriter Joe Gillis, played by William Holden, becoming entangled in the queer world of former silent movie star Norma Desmond, played by Gloria Swanson (who, in fact, really had been a former silent movie star), who lives in an old, decaying big mansion with her mysterious butler Max, keeping up her vivid illusion of fame and stardom, which in fact have both forsaken her for good "10,000 midnights ago". Gillis eventually gets involved with Desmond, but of course soon seeks to get out of her ambiance when he falls in love with another young girl.

The movie is a critical view on Hollywood, the eerie madness and follies surrounding fame and stardom, and the excessiveness of obsession with youth and beauty - a still very modern movie indeed.


This is when we first meet Nora Desmond. Unfortunately it is hard to tell, and hard for me to decribe, but she is wearing an exquisitely dramatic gown/pants-suit. Her chunky bracelet is very special.



Although only staying in the sphere of her own mansion she is always dressed decadently in excessive amounts of fabrics and delicate layers. The rope-like necklace to the left is especially remarkable.



She, as well as her mansion is full of herself (the photographs are all picturing Gloria Swanson in her own heyday as silent movie star),



regularly watching old movies of her in her own movie theater at home. The play with light/dark is especially clever in this particular scene and reminds me of Citizen Kane, where they, too, used the supposed light of the projector for a play with silhouettes in front of a screen.



Norma Desmond in a lot of tulle and ruffles and layers after a suicide attempt on New Year's Eve. I suspect this may be where the inspiration for Carrie Bradshaw in Paris comes from, when the Sex and the City protagonist is literally drowning in her own dress on the hotel bed.



Max, the butler, chauffeuring Gillis and Desmond in an Isotta-Fraschini.



Nora Desmond on the filmset of her old director friend DeMille. The filmset in the movie, when Desmond visits him, had been a real set. Old staff members on the set recognize her and put her under the spotlight again.



Norma Desmond in her nightgown and the most darling cover up.



Gloria Swanson played Desmond's madness so well, she was very convincing and completely scary at times (like in this scene when she tries to stop Gillis from leaving her)!


The whole movie was a very stylish one. Other moments worth showing:


Hedda Hopper as one of Nora Desmond's card game partners. Later on she appears another time:



The other card game players, H.B. Warner and Buster Keaton, each in a cameo.



Norma Desmond's ridiculous cigarette holding-device.



Joe Gillis' friends' New Year's Eve party. At this point I have to point out that although most characters in old movies look like 30+, they are supposed to play mid-20ies (like in Breakfast at Tiffany's in which Holly and "Paul" are supposed to be 22, 23 or so). Young people's whole appearances, style and manners in old movies only seem so much more grown-up compared to what we are used to now.



Assistants on DeMille's filmset.



This is how we meet and will bid farewell to Joe Gillis - head down in the mansion's pool with the homicide squad investigating the corpse.

I did the screenshots myself - please credit accordingly.

Merry Christmas

to all of you!

Enjoy your holidays and the time with your family and best friends. Let's all have a good one!

How Much Is Too Much?



When still in school I liked to go all overboard with mismatching and be all "standing out from the crowd" to emphasize my "uniqueness". Unfortunately there is not much evidence left from that time, because as soon as I had my very first own digital camera able to capture everyday escapades, I had already downgraded without consciously intending to. When I realized what had happened and found myself more and more often thinking "this would be too much for only going to uni or a friend", I forcefully tried to bring back this "I do not care" verve, the cheerful "you would never understand anyway", and remembered the good old mismatch-days as something very good, as something very original and special. That is what it certainly is, but feeling bad about not going overboard on a daily basis anymore? Until quite a time ago I read Yui from A Slowboat to Mediocrity saying: "to me, being overdressed is a sin. Not that I'm into conforming, but I think style, or stylishness rather, has a lot to do with dressing appropriately and maintaining a certain sensibility". So true! Still I would prefer to stand out rather than going under, but my style is what it is. That is my "uniqueness", and if it is not that unique after all, that may be as it may be. With all that is going on besides clothes and fashion, I lack the time and power to seriously give thought to so much matching/mismatching as I used to. Maybe it comes with age - although Susie Bubble, a few years older than me (I am sorry, I know it does not befit to talk about a lady's age), certainly is the perfect counter-example - or it is just me. In any case, it is okay to conform somehow. But only as long as it really corresponds to what you are and what you feel. That is my two-pence.

But then again - I love me some good dressing up.

About today's outfit: I actually am wearing the cardigan from asos.com upside-down because I sort of like its shape that way and that the shawl-neck makes a good hem. I also like that the dress' sleeves peek out of the cardigan's - it is a small detail I find really nice. I also bound a strap from another top around my waist to give the dress by World Wide Love from Tokyo a better shape, which usually hangs down in a straight line.

Boy, Now Give Me All Your Clothes!

Everything from Oversized, Layered and Comfortable to Non-chalant and Fuss-free in Mens' fashion sounds so appealing - it would be a shame to leave a boy's wardrobe unworn by a girl. I believe there are treasures otherwise being left undiscovered wrongly. The other chance I have is emulating a boy's look as well as I can.


1. Japanese mag snippet // 2. shot by Facehunter // 3. Japanese mag snippet



1. shot by Garance Doré // 2. Japanese mag snippet // // 3. La Garconne // 4. Gade Mode // 5. Japanese mag snippet

Groceries Shopping

I was craving for bf's selfmade cake with a big portion of sweet whipped cream - YUM! So despite our bedheads we ventured out in the rain to get me some of the fine smooth milk product.

So this is me prancing around our local groceries supplier in actually yesterday's outfit I quickly slipped into for the short tour to spare me the fuss.





Bf was with me and shot a short video of me groceries shopping. Afterwards I had a whole lot of fun discovering the Windows Movie Maker included in my notebook's basic programs, playing around with elementary functions and effects, and cutting it to a completely shallow, unsubstantial, not even very enthralling clip devoid of information ^^ Enjoy nonetheless if you decided to watch it and see the clothes move! I consider making a lot of those videos more often because it was so fun!

video

The duffle coat is from the Zara kids' section - the overlength cardigan is by Zara - the scarf is actually the exbf's and is by Emilio Pucci from Hong Kong - my asymmetric shirt is by French Connection which I got on sale in London - the jeans by Mango are at least four years old and I recently grinded some holes in them for a more used look - the boots are from Tokyo and the fingerless gloves from H&M

I unfortunately forgot my wallet at home, though, and quickly had to get it before I could finally pay and take my cream home.

Get Plaid!

"Plaid flannel shirts and Doc Martens seem to be 'in' again" - I read geeks on their forums posting and reminiscing about their teenage times when Kurt Cobain was still alive. Oh gee, the fashion and its ways.


page from So-en 荘園 // Gala Gonzales shot by Katja Hentschel from GlamCanyon



both from Streetpeeper



the newest Burberry ad



both from Tokyobopper