Saturday, 30 January 2016

Style Files :: Françoise Hardy

Françoise Hardy is a singer, songwriter and actress.

In 1963, she came fifth in the Eurovision Song Contest. She represented Monaco.

She is mentioned in Bob Dylan's 1964 poem, 'Some Other Kind of Songs'.

With Sylvie Vartan

She has made appearances in films, including Jean-Luc Godard's, 'Masculin, féminin (1966), 'What's New Pussycat' (1965) and John Frankenheimer's 'Grand Prix' (1966).

Wearing Paco Rabanne 

She has a 42-year-old son, Thomas Dutronc. He is a jazz guitarist. His father is the singer, Jacques Dutronc.

With Jacques Dutronc
She is now 72 years old and lives in Paris, France. 

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Creepy Vintage Valentine's Day Greeting Cards

I know that Valentine's Day is a few weeks away, but I found some creepy old Valentine's Day greeting cards online. 

Seriously weird!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Today is National Hugging Day

Clark Gable gives Judy Garland a hug
The idea behind National Hugging Day is to encourage everyone to hug their family and friends more often.

According to reports, hugging can help in so many ways:

It may lower blood pressure due to the hormones released when we hug.

Makes us feel safe and loved.

Can have a calming effect.

They feel nice.

They can relieve stress.

Why not take this day to give your loved ones a hug? It's free!

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Style Files :: Jean Seberg

My niece received Alexa Chung's book, It, for Christmas. I had a look through it. It's a gorgeous book. I think I am going to have to get myself a copy of it.

I noticed that Alexa featured women who are her fashion icons. Some of the women featured are on my list too so I thought I would make up my own list.

Jean Seberg

Jean Dorothy Seberg was an American actress. She starred in 34 films in Hollywood and in Europe, including Saint Joan, Breathless, Lilith, Moment to Moment, A Fine Madness, Paint Your Wagon, Airport, Macho Callahan, and Gang War in Naples.

Her role in the Jean-Luc Godard 1960 film, A Bout De Souffle, was effortlessly elegant. 

The following images are from A Bout De Souffle.

The following images are just ones I particularly like of Jean Seberg.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Chinese Gardens of Friendship. My Little Adventure.

The Chinese Gardens of Friendship have been around for decades but I went there recently for the first time ever.

It was so serene. Hard to imagine that Darling Harbour, a busy bit of Sydney, could have such a tranquil place. It was good for my soul.

I thought I would share some of my photos from my little adventure.

The wishing well

I could have sat here all day

Water dragon
After my Chinese Gardens adventure, I met two 13 year old school students from South Korea.

They were so brave, going up to strangers (with teacher supervision) and asking them if they wanted to have a chat about life in Australia. 

I agreed to have a chat with them and they were so sweet. 

Jung Woo (Justin) and Si Won
When the interview finished, they gave me some presents (see below).

I told them that the king and queen on the keyring will always remind me of them. Beautiful kids.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

David Bowie

I haven't known a world without David Bowie.

I remember seeing him on the music programs when I was little and thinking how sad the lyrics were in Space Oddity.

In the 70s, my mother even copied his Ziggy Stardust hairstyle.

His music video for Ashes to Ashes frightened the living daylights out of me I don't really remember why...maybe it was because Bowie was dressed as a clown and the beach looked space-like, who knows, I was very young. I love it now though.

In the 80s, here in Australia, you could ring a radio station number and listen to songs on the singles chart.

I would ring up and listen to Bowie's Modern Love all the time. Hearing that song now, reminds me of happy days. 

My best friend since childhood, Sarah, had a huge crush on David Bowie and desperately wanted to marry him.  She was the first person I thought of when I heard of his passing today. 

I thought it was so cool when he filmed the music videos, Let's Dance and China Girl, in my hometown, Sydney. 

In Let's Dance, there is a scene where the girl is scrubbing the road. That was right next to where I caught my bus home from school. That was a big deal.

This afternoon my Facebook newsfeed was filled with Bowie pictures, song lyrics, YouTube videos, quotes and artwork. It was lovely to see his life being celebrated. 

Vale David Bowie 

Thursday, 7 January 2016

The Pinterest message I received about Little Edie Bouvier Beale...

I am a such a fan girl of Little Edie. Truly and utterly fascinated with her. 

How I would have loved to have known her!

On Sunday, I received a Pinterest notification that Pam Beale had written on one of my Little Edie pins - gasp!

Pam Beale was married to Little Edie's nephew, Chris Beale.

"This was taken at my wedding to Chris Beale at the family home Cedarcroft in 1982.  
The gentleman with Edie is Sterling Pile Sr., a close family friend and a character in his own right. 
Shortly thereafter, she stood and sang "Toujours L'amour" to the guests. A priceless moment." - Pam Beale 

Receiving that message was such a lovely surprise. My own little six degrees of separation :)

I can only imagine how wonderful it would have been to hear Little Edie sing at the wedding.