Category Archives: Behind the Lens

Step into Fall

I’ve come to a point in my life where I’d better start wearing more comfy shoes than high heels, so I recently got myself some new flats. Each pair have a little twist and I love how they add a bit of whimsy to the classic ballerina look. What are you lusting for right now? ;-)


Unknown

Back in March when the movie was first out, both our friends and we were highly interested in seeing it in the theater. Unfortunately there was always something in between and we couldn’t set a date that suits both our schedules at the time. So we later decided to watch it together at our home cinema when the Blue-Ray is available.

Now the wait is finally over and we all enjoyed the movie. I actually thought that “Unknown” is something like a mix of “Taken” and “The Bourne Identity”, but it is a bit different. It has far less action compared with both other films but the story is more twisted. Not as great as the other two but definitely entertaining for a boring Thursday night. :-)

I love:

- The Bounre-ish affair
- The fast-paced storyline
- The gloomy and mysterious atmosphere of Berlin in Winter.

One big pity is that you really can guess most of the plots. But hey, that’s sometimes also a fun part of movie watching. Especially when you are speculating and betting with friends. ;-) Have you seen the movie? What’s your thought?

Wish everyone a happy weekend!


About Individuality

Another wonderful article I read recently is an interview of Comme des Garçons’s Rei Kawakubo (here is the link). I love her comment on fast fashion: “I don’t feel too excited about fashion today. People just want cheap fast clothes and are happy to look like everyone else.”

Those words remind me of this picture I came across today. No clothes & accessories are more interesting than something darling, unique and individual… Have a great rest of week everyone! :-)


Picture Credit: garancedore.fr

Let your Wardrobe age with You

“I absolutely love fashion. I love doing new things and finding ways to swerve in a different direction. But one of the reasons why I try to use fabrics and cuts that don’t go out of fashion is because I like the idea of women buying the clothes and then… I don’t know what the word is… cherish sounds over-emotional for a relationship with a piece of clothing… but for a woman to feel proud, satisfied, comfortable and powerful in them, to wear them and get on with their lives…

What I love is this idea of a wardrobe, the idea that we’re establishing certain signatures and updating them, that a change in colour or fabric is enough. I do think that the world doesn’t need many more frivolous bits and bobs that end up left in cupboards or landfills.”

- Phoebe Philo


Picture Credit: David Sims for The Gentlewoman

I couldn’t agree more on what Ms. Philo said in her recent interview. Probably because while I am getting older, my appreciation for things that last and bring me joy, grows too. Be it a piece of clothing, a great movie, or a pleasant night with friends… Ok, a night won’t last forever but the happiness and fun is equally priceless, right? ^_*

Wishing you all a sunny and happy weekend! :-D


The Battle for Hermès

Happy Monday everyone! I’d like to share an interesting article from WSJ today. It’s an inside view of why LVMH’s Bernard Arnault wants Hermès to be one of his “star brands” so badly, beautifully written by Dana Thomas.

If you are interested, please click on the picture to read the full story. Enjoy~~


Picture Credit: Brigitte Lacombe for WSJ

S/S Inspiration: Beauty comes from Inside…

No heavy make ups, no overdone clothes, no fancy jewelry… Just a breeze of smile, so natural yet so beautiful… Have a great week! :-D

Picture Credit: 10 Magazine

Unthinkable

“Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end… but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature … And to found that edifice on its unavenged tears: would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and tell me the truth!”

- Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

I heard on the radio this morning that a German court just awarded a man convicted of murdering an 11-year-old boy euro 3000 in damages because a police officer had threatened violence during an interrogation. Actually I don’t want to discuss issues like this on my blog, but this case just reminds me of that thought provoking film: Unthinkable.

It’s an R-rated thriller full of bloody violences and brutal tortures. If you prefer something funny or something romantic with a happy ending, this might not be your cup of tea. However, if you are serious about films, you like realistic plot and enjoy a decent cast, it is well worth watching.

What I love about this movie is how it gets you thinking about your own moral grounds… Wish you all a happy weekend! :-D


S/S Inspiration: Be consistent with your own Style

A friend of mine asked me recently why I haven’t posted the “trends I love” series as I did last year. Hmm…the reason is because the older I get, the less I care about trends. I’ve gained more enjoyment & satisfaction from buying/wearing what is true to myself, so I just lost interest in trends.

There are a few fashion designers I truly admire, Consuelo Castiglioni and Dries van Noten are two of them. Their collections always tend to march to their own beat, season in and season out. They are not the trend setters, they’ll never be trend followers, they don’t even advertise, they are just doing what they love and are best at.

While Mr. Van Noten is known for his take on distinctive ethnic prints and mixing of conflicting patterns finished with a streamlined tailoring. Ms. Castiglioni of Marni evolved the label’s aesthetic with its quirky, individualistic vibe. Her line embraced a strong artful charm through her playful use of bold colors, statement prints and vintage-like silhouettes.

Browsing through the collections of Ms. Castiglioni, I can always find that piece of Marni attitude which is truly inspiring…



Picture Credits: marni.com

El Aura

“Mr. Bielinsky made use of a familiar film noir vocabulary, but not for the usual young-filmmaker-in-a-hurry purpose of showing off his facility with genre tricks. Rather, his movies restore some of the clammy, anxious atmosphere that made the old noirs so powerful to begin with…”

- A.O. Scott for The New York Times

I am not a film critic so I can never write such an insightful review. However, I have to admit that among the few movies I’ve watched recently, El Aura (aka. The Aura) is my absolutely favorite.

It’s a weird tale about a quiet taxidermist, who suffers epilepsy attacks, plans the crime of his life that he has been waiting for… While my hubby complains about the relative slow pace of the film, I, on the contrary, found it brilliant and really enjoyed it (you see, I am writing this post to see if any of you is on my side, lol).

Unlike those Hollywood blockbusters that deliver nothing but CGI effects and cheap stories, this Argentinian production draws you back to the essential beauty of a great film: the captivating plot, the real atmosphere, the amazing camera work and the outstanding performance. If you haven’t seen it and you are fond of crime & drama, the is one movie that will keep you on the edge throughout. ;-)


Smart Ballerinas

Every time I am in Paris, I am amazed by the effortless chic style of the Parisians. Well, I know it sounds so cliché, but when you walk down Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the charming streets in Le Marais and the Saint-Germain des Prés areas. Passing by those beautifully dressed Parisians, you’ll know what I mean. ;-) Sorry that I have no pictures to share with you coz I am too chicken to ask them for permission (ouch, my broken French).

One of the wardrobe essentials for many French women are the ballerina flats. Comfortable, stylish and so easy to wear, they are the most chic alternative to heels. I love the fact that ballerina flats will always lend your look timeless sophistication. Either paired with slim-fit pants or a high-waisted skirt, a LBD or a trench…

So, what’s your favorite brand for ballerinas? I recently got two pairs and am very happy with both. Left one: Elizabeth Stuart, right one: Les Trois Garçons.