Thursday, March 22, 2012

A new chapter

I know I posted only a couple of days ago about updating my blog design, but I have since decided to stop contributing to Making It My Style.

I started this blog to follow the progress of our home renovation, but a lot of the work has been done for now and we're not even living there for the next little while.  My blog has become a lot more about other things that inspire me, so I decided it was time for a change.

Also, we moved to Paris for a reason aside from wanting to see Europe.  I was bogged down with long hours at work, the home renovation and other things going on in my life and I was not looking after myself.  Our year in Paris (or however long it ends up being) is the start of a new chapter, a break from the day-to-day back home, a chance to reboot and restore my health, for Harry and I to spend more time together and to reassess what is important to us.

To embrace this new chapter I have also decided to give my blog a fresh start and I have set up a new blog, mode et maison, which will be my personal journal and inspiration board.  The French title (fashion and home) is a reminder that this is where it all started.  I have also added (probably very bad) French translations to help me improve my French language skills.

While a fresh start is a nice feeling, this old blog has a lot of my history in it and I feel it is also important to hold onto that, so I will retain this blog with a prominent link on my new blog.

To my regular readers, I thank you very much for your support and hope you will join me at mode et maison soon.

Melinda xx

P.S.  I have taken that new design I worked on across to the new blog with a couple of improvements.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Making changes

I'm learning new things in Photoshop and playing around with my blog design again.  Here is what I have come up with so far.

I designed the heart pattern for the background and the chalkboard header using my newly developed Photoshop skills.  What do you think of it so far?  Any suggestions?


We visited the gargoyles of Notre Dame today, watching over their beautiful city from high above its rooftops.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Black and white modern art

By now you'll know that I love all things black and white.  Today we visited Centre Pompidou, Paris' museum of modern art, and these black and white artworks in varying forms all caught my eye.

Above (from top to bottom):
1. Andy Warhol, Ten Lizes, 1963
2. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Last Light, 1993
3. Rémy Zaugg, Untitled, 1988
4. Harry Bertoia, Fauteuil Diamond Chair, 1952
5. Jean Pierre Raynaud, Container Zéro, 1988
6. An illustration from Annabelle magazine
7. Francois Morellet, 6 répartitions aléatoires de 4 carrés noirs et blanc d'après les chiffres pairs et impairs du nombre PI, 1958
8. Jésus Rafael Soto, Gran doble escritura, 1977
Have I ever mentioned how much I REALLY WANT a Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair?  While I'm dreaming, I'll have an original Andy Warhol too thanks.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Napoleon III apartments

After four days of exploring, we have finally been through every open exhibition hall in the Musée du Louvre.  I have over a thousand photos to sort through, so I may share more of the exhibits later, but for now here is a peek inside the lavish Napoleon III apartments.

The exhibit also featured some of the crown jewels of Empress Eugénie, the last Empress of France and the woman in the painting in the above photograph.  Her diamond and pearl tiara was probably my favourite piece of jewellery in the whole museum.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Every girls' dream

Is this not every girls' dream...

...a whole wall of Louis Vuitton statement bags from collections over the past 15 years since Marc Jacobs became Artistic Director of the French fashion house in 1997.

However, my personal favourite at the "Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs" exhibition, on now at the Musée Les Arts Décoratifs in Pariswas not on this wall.  Here it is in all it's LV monogram, leopard print, tortoiseshell chain and gold handles glory.  

I believe the above bag was from the 2006/2007 Autumn/Winter collection (sorry, I'm not feeling very well today and my memory has failed me).

For more fabulous photographs of the exhibition, see the International Business Times coverage here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Retro dining table

I really like the retro style of this dining table, with it's laminex-look top and white legs.  It is apparently part of the new PS range coming to IKEA in May 2012.  I might be very tempted if I was still at home and it made it to IKEA Australia.

Above image via From Scandinavia With Love

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Splashes of colour in Stockholm

I was initially drawn to this apartment in Stockholm by the colourful outdoor furniture on the balcony. Isn't it fun?

The colour continues in cushions, curtains and artwork in the living areas.

The rest of the apartment is quite serene; with a white kitchen,...

...a white bathroom...

...and a white bedroom.

Above images from Stadshem

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A little reminder

A little reminder that Spring has arrived in Paris - cherry blossoms starting to bloom in Parc Monceau this morning.

"Inspired by" Chanel

If you love the look of Chanel's Spring 2012 collection in stores now...

Above image from Vogue

...but can't afford all the zeros in the price tag, how about a blatant copy from ASOS (also available in ivory like the Chanel version above).

Copying is definitely not cool!  Although I do kind of like the mini.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

In remembrance

It has been one year since the huge earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan's east coast, taking the lives of many and the homes of many more.

I thought I would share these images again from our trips to Japan in 2009 and 2010, which I first shared after the disaster last year.  Japan is such a beautiful country and I am looking forward to visiting again in 2013.

Barbie for Mini Chupa Chups

These images are from a 2010 advertising campaign for Mini Chupa Chups by DDB Paris, but I only saw them for the first time this week, for sale in a poster size at Galeries Lafayette Maison.  I think it is such a clever campaign, so I just had to share these images.

The prints were a little pricey at €59 each, but maybe a good gift for my Barbie loving sister (Nicol if you're reading this, no this is not what I have bought to send back for your birthday).

Above images via DDB Paris

There was also a hilarious follow up campaign for Mini Chupa Chups Kipik (sour) which you can see on the DDB site here.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Hello Spring

After days of dreary weather, the sun was shining over Paris today.  We decided to make the most of it and took a break from our French practice to visit la Basilique du Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre.

There were a lot of stairs, but when we got to the top it was lovely just sitting in the sun looking out over Paris sprawled below.

Elie Saab Fall 2012

Paris Fashion Week is over, so there'll be no more model spotting in les Tuileries for a little while.  Although I'm looking forward to the Colette Carnaval on at les Tuileries this weekend.

My favourite (and, in my opinion, the most wearable) collection of the week was Elie Saab's Fall 2012 collection.  The combination of black and beige, the feminine silhouettes and the sparkling fabrics.  I would love to own every piece in the images below (not sure where I'd wear all the gowns, but still).