Thursday, July 29

\\\ BABY JANE'S IN ACAPULCO WE ARE FLYIN' DOWN TO RIO... ///


POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE


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Photographer's Gallery

POOLSIDE BY SLIM AARONS

Before Easyjet killed the Riviera and in Acapulco you were more likely to spot Bryan Ferry than a Burger King, sunshine paradises were the privilege of the jetset. Here they built their temples to the sun, with the most inner shrine being THE POOLSIDE.

Living in the UK, outdoor swimming pools are totally alien, making the sunny poolside dream even more attractive, for day & night. These shots remind me of Depp and friends in Blow, before it all went wrong.

Monday, July 26

\\\ POOLSIDE ///



VIRGINIA.


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With the family at a friend's house in Charlottesville, VA. Madeleine and I showcasing our latest Montreal boutique purchases between cocktails.
Came across a fabulous coffee table book called 'Poolside by Slim Aarons' today and I'm now smitten with his work. My first attempt at poolside photography is shambolic in comparison with his catalogue of 70s and 80s glossiness. See my next post for an enlightenment in the wisdom and the beauty.

Sunday, July 25

\\\ Destination rue St. Laurent ///



MONTREAL

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What better way to seek out the best shopping holes in town than a tour by Amanda and Marnie, whose boutique Lola & Emily has to be one of the jazziest fashion addresses in their native Montreal? Starting out at their rue St. Laurent store very much set the feel for the afternoon; shopping in Montreal is fun, fresh and ... dangerously easy. I don't remember any other shopping trip during which I found something sensational in every store. I rarely shop in boutiques in Europe because , let's face it, they're generally shymakingly expensive. But Montreal was different; fair, there was a summer sale on most places, but what a sale! I got 60% off a beautiful charcoal draped 3.1 Philip Lim dress in super hip boutique U&I , which I can't wait to showcase in NYC. Also, I don't know whether it was just coincidence but everywhere I went I was the only customer ... it was as if they had all opened up especially for us!

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Lola & Emily stocked quite a few Canadian brands which I was keen to explore, but I ended up following a bit of a folk indian-gypsy tangent and went home with a Velvet embroidered tunic dress, a pair of Joe's stretch jodphur leggings (with leather inlays in the same style of the Superfine jeans I gave my heart to this time last year) and two gorgeous scarves. My favourite piece has to be the pom pom scarf, which I immediately fashioned as a turban. Definitely not 'too jazzy' for the streets of Montreal!

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Friday, July 23

\\\ MONTREAL ///

"Sometimes...when I am mad I ...euh... sink that Quebec would be euh verry nice place ... wisout ze Quebecers!"
- Montrealer cab driver


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Wednesday, July 21

\\\ VANCOUVER ///

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The one day I had in Vancouver was spent running in Stanley Park, trying on wacky sunglasses and ogling large pieces of confectionary.

\\\ TOO GOOD ///


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Christine of christeric is just T-O-O . G-O-O-D

See here...

...And here

...for just 2 reasons why.

I now I will also eternally regret not buying one of these bright folk-weave bags in Thailand last year.

Tuesday, July 20

\\\ ON THE SEA TO SKY HIGHWAY ///



Desolation Sound & Clayoquot Sound, B.C., Canada

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I may typing this from the midnight hum of downtown Vancouver but editing these pictures makes me realise how much I was overwhelmed by natural beauty this past week (and no, I don't mean mineral foundation.) British Columbia has utterly taken me by surprise; did you know it's covered in temperate rainforest? I could easily post about 50 shots of mossy, beardy things hanging from branches and studies of primeval tree carcasses, but I'll resist. If the monsters from Where The Wild Things Are existed, this is where they would live. And did you know oysters take between 4 and 7 years to grow, and each shell supports up to 30 other species of sea life? And that 'Ordinary World' by Duran Duran is the only song to survive a seaplane landing to? Me neither.
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