TODAY’S LIFESTYLE ESSENTIAL: GIAMBATTISTA VALLI’S SCENTED CANDLES FOR CIRE TRUDON

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Giambattista Valli has imagined two delicately scented candles for France oldest candle maker, Cire Trudon. Founded in 1643, the prestigious maison quickly became King Louis XIV‘s official candle supplier and has supplied the following kings at Versailles until the very end of the monarchy.

The limited-edition candles are beautifully named: “Positano”and “Rose Poivrée”. The first one is an ode to the small village situated on the Amalfi Coast in the south of Italy, the other is inspired by Marie-Antoinette‘s unconditional love of flowers. They will be available from the beginning of April.

I know Spring is only beginning but you’ve got to admit these candles kind of already smell like Summer!

Cire Trudon, 78, rue de Seine – Paris 6e.

HAVE A STYLISH SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s day in style with my latest selection! Hope you like it x

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Jonathan Saunders “Green Tulips” print boyfriend t-shirt, Jonathan Adler dip dye wool scarf, Valentino gold-plated Swarovski crystal earrings, Shourouk “Mini Theresa” Swarovski crystal necklace, Aquazzura saharienne glossed-elaphe sandals, Barton Perreira “Green Amari” acetate sunglasses, DKNY small flap cross-body bag, Halston Heritage belted satin-crepe dress, Joseph relay color-block crepe tapered pants, Karen Millen luxury suede biker jacket, Christopher Kane flower lace-insert cotton-blend sweatshirt, Topshop sequin runner shorts, Mulberry “Dorset” medium leather tote, Carven printed satin slingback flats, Topshop “Tika2” fur skater shoes, Miu Miu printed silk-faille skirt, Topshop “Green Flower” stud earrings, Mary Katrantzou intarsia knitted dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs “Jackson” quilted leather bag, Aurélie Bidermann “Do Brasil” gold-plated and cotton cuff, Jimmy Choo “Lang” patent-leather sandals, Olympia Le-Tan “The Golden Summer” embroidered clutch.

SPOTLIGHT ON GEORGES GOURSAT’S (AKA SEM) HIGH SOCIETY AND FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS

Last week, I came across some of George Goursat‘s drawings while visiting the Roman d’une Garde Robe” show at the Musée Carnavalet in Paris and it made me want to share some of his work with you.

George Goursat (1863-1934) also known as SEM, was a French illustrator famous for his drawings full of humour and fantasy. He was an important public figure during the Belle Époque.

He became famous for his caricatures of Paris‘ high society. He followed socialites and delivered his humorous interpretation of their world. He always managed to keep a distance that allowed him to get some perspective while keeping his personality and freedom untouched. His unique style enabled him to delight the people he got inspiration from instead of offending them!

His illustrations were published in several magazine like Vanity Fair, La Revue de la Femme, La Vie Parisienne, Sports et Théâtre or Le Figaro. He was also often commissioned to do publicity posters.

He published several albums, among which “Le Turf” in 1900, “Monte Carlo” in 1905, “Le grand monde à l’envers” in 1919, “Le Nouveau Monde” in 1923.

A Woman in Red and a Waiter with a Forked Beard, ca. 1900.

 A Woman in Red and a Waiter with a Forked Beard, circa 1900.

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 Night Out, circa 1900.

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Dancing the Charleston.

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White Bottoms, circa 1927.

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 Chanel N°5, circa 1920.

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Coco Chanel.

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Visages Ensoleillés.

SEM 1910 Mlle Eve Lavallière Caricature, Evening Gown by Paul Poiret

Mlle Eve Lavallière in an evening gown by Paul Poiret, circa 1910.

DECONSTRUCTING THE HANDBAG WITH THE PRINTEMPS DU LOUVRE: THE ICONIC FASHION ACCESSORY BECOMES A WORK OF ART.

To celebrate the opening of its newest department store situated at the heart of the Carrousel du Louvre, Le Printemps organized a “fashion meets culture” exhibition celebrating the handbag titled “Pop the bag”.

For the occasion, six artists have been invited to create an unique XXL work of art inspired by the iconic accessory. British artist Mat Maitland, French artist Gilles Cenazandotti, Polish artist Kordian Lewandowski and Chinese artists Fan Xi, Wang Qiang and Gao Yu all gave a very personal interpretation of the handbag.

Here are some photos of their amazing creations:

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Animals, statues made from materials found on beaches by Gilles Cenazandotti.

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Fragment Bag, printed plexiglass statue by Gilles Cenazandotti.

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Pandaora, carved polystyrene statue by Gao Yu.

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Untitled, videos by Mat Maitland. 

(photo credit: The Statement Box)

ENVY OF THE DAY: A BEAUTIFUL 2014 PLANNER

Is there anything better to start the New Year in style than to get yourself a beautiful designer planner ?

2014 agendas

Harrods leather pocket diary with pen, Hermès leather agenda in galicia blue, Asprey A5 agenda in olive English saddle leather, Paul Smith swirl print leather agenda, Astier De Villatte hand pressed agenda, Montblanc “Meisterstück” small agenda in mocha calfskin, Longchamp vermilion leather diary, SmythsonMara” collection midnight blue panama diary, Mulberry “Postman’s Lock” agenda in pink leather, Kate Spade rose print agenda, Tory Burch “Kerrington” agenda, Louis Vuitton “Trunks and Locks” monogram agenda.