Shacked Up At The Chateau

April 25, 2010

Hotness

Filed under: Life,Love — shackedupatthechateau @ 10:27 pm

OMFG!!! I was browsing Zara online just now and was hit between the eyes with this picture. I can’t believe…dude looks like my HUSBAND! Same face, body…even the stance. Except the hairstyle, he wears his longer.
Dude below could be a freakin’ doppelganger or something. Crazy.
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April 22, 2010

Naughty But Nice

Filed under: Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 1:14 am

OK. Today I want to discuss underwear. Not so much the trend that has been going around as of late (and will not die) of wearing underwear as outerwear but underwear that has the ability to be pretty, feminine, good quality and lets face it, seductive. Even if there is no one in particular to seduce it is just so nice and empowering I think to feel sexy under clothing. Its a confidence thing I think. Whenever I have nice lingerie on I instantly feel better, my head is up, my shoulders thrown back and there’s a lengthy leggy stride to my normally quick walk.
For years, in fact ever since they opened their first branch in Soho London, I have been a fan of Agent Provocateur. From the second you walk in and are greeted by the delicious 40’s inspired red lipstick wearing sales assistants in their sexy button down nurse uniform and the plush satin and velvet surroundings. It is just sooo plush. A little guilty pleasure. I remember one time I was shopping in there and Kylie Minogue was looking through some bra’s. Terrific! I can’t remember what she bought I couldn’t stop looking at her and thinking how pretty she is.
Myla is another good brand and La Perla and so is Fleur Of England, these suit my personality and form well.
I don’t normally wear a bra, in fact I hardly ever do. I much prefer the way t-shirts and blouses and sweaters look without one on me, more…natural. But when I do wear one I like it to match my knickers (panties). I like matching underwear and I like it to have a theme, whether 50’s inspired or all black or animal print or all lace. It just has to match and follow through to what I am wearing over it.
















April 20, 2010

All Over Breton

Filed under: Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 11:26 pm

Some things just are. Like Breton Stripes. Everybody loves this classic Fishermans style. Simple, elegant and understated. Dress it up or down, doesn’t matter one bit. It is the perfect little number to adopt and remake in your own style. My very first flirtation with Breton Stripes was at the tender age of five and I clearly remember a sweatshirt with three little buttons on the left shoulder and I practically lived in it until it fell apart at the seams. Stripes have been my favourite go to pattern ever since.
 

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Eye Candy Galore!

Filed under: Editorials,Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 4:38 pm

Some editorials have the power to catch our eye and remain planted in our memories. This can happen for many many different reasons. For me, personally I can be moved by the simple beauty of a sharply contoured face, a whimsical setting, and I have a particular penchant for hazy photography.  But most of the time I am drawn by the clothes. I like nothing more than to trawl through magazines (hard copy and online) and get inspiration for my own closet. Here are some images that inspire the way I dress myself on almost a daily basis. From this you can tell I practically live in skinny jeans, black leggings and tiny jean shorts teamed with loose fit t-shirts and yes, my hair is normally pulled back away from my face. I guess I would say my style is casual, tight/body conscious (I’m very thin and shaped like a pole so I play that up. My legs I would say are my main body feature so I expose them the way some women prefer to play up a large cleavage (which I don’t have). My clothes are not very colourful because I like black too much). What type of photographs are you drawn to most and why?

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April 14, 2010

Pretty Little Something’s

Filed under: Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 1:23 am

There are some things a girl just can’t live without. Like oxygen and… Marni 5.5 inch wedges! My hit-list as of now consists of said wedges and Foley & Corinna bags, a huge kiss-my-knuckle statement ring by Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier, a Stella McCartney zebra print tank top. She’s also done a to-die-for jumpsuit that I can see myself living inside of.  And finally but not least for I shall be posting some other “wants” soon…a sweet little striped jacket by Tory Burch. I do wish the stripes were a little thinner and closer together, a bit more like breton stripes perhaps but I shall still go and try and it on anyway.
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April 13, 2010

Shakuhachi

Filed under: Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 10:50 pm

I am so excited to share with you a new fashion label I found. Well, It’s new to me but it has been around in Australia since 2007.  Shakuhachi is the brain child of Jessie White.

The brand whose name means ‘bamboo flute’ in Japanese was launched four years ago. Shakuhachi has developed a look that is directional but also accessible through its choice of fabrics and colour palette. The current collection has a youthful feel with its acid-wash denim, casual trousers, and fringed detailed dresses and tops.

Having eschewed formal fashion training, Jessie White’s career as a designer was born eight years ago out of instinct, necessity, and a strong desire to create.

Using original artwork, Jessie White brings a sophisticated blend of modern, somewhat geometrical and vintage-inspired components to her work – a distinctive style developed through creative experimentation and natural curiosity. Using her own innate sense of style to inform her design, White has ensured that the Shakuhachi label is consistently inspiring to loyal followers and newcomers alike.

Recent Shakuhachi collections have seen the label mature, its primary focus being beautifully tailored garments with clever detailing and distinctive prints. Silhouettes are both functional and feminine, and the recognisable but evolutionary aesthetic of Shakuhachi is now stronger then ever.

Most recently, Shakuhachi made a solo runway debut at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. The spring/summer 2007/08 collection titled “My Life In Pink”, presented a fresh and youthful collection of sporty, utilitarian shapes that was impressively mature and highly polished.

Shakuhachi is a top pick for fashion magazines and celebrities – alike admittedly a red-carpet favourite of sister rock duo, The Veronicas.

Shakuhachi is available internationally throughout Asia, New Zealanad, the UK and the USA and is stocked in a range of exclusive boutiques and department stores nationally including Tuchuzy, Capital L and David Jones.

Some of my fav pieces are being sold online at Urban Outfitters. Take a look…

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April 7, 2010

Channelling Olivia Hussey

Filed under: Beauty,Film,Life — shackedupatthechateau @ 9:12 pm

If you have only ever seen the recent Romeo and Juliet film, the one featuring Clare Danes, then shame on you. Scroll back a few years to Franco Zeffirelli 1968 version and you’ll immediately know why this is considered one of the most hauntingly beautiful adaptation of a Shakespearian classic. The female lead, played by Olivia Hussey was and still is in my opinion, unsurpassed. Perhaps not so much for the acting, which was rather good and believable, but for the simple truth in the fact that Hussey epitomised the Juliet that is in the mind of any imaginative person who simply must put a face to a character in order to enjoy a good book. A beauty that is raw and fresh as early dawn itself. Youth in full bloom. Innocence born not yet lost. From the perfect oval of the face to the huge soul searing almond shaped eyes to the abundant dark mahogany tresses, Olivia Hussey’s Juliet will, for me, stand out for all time.

Maybe it is the first bloom of spring with new green on branches and blossoms galore that has me in this romantic, wistful mood but lately I have found myself channelling this charming creature. I have been wearing my freshly darkened baby-fine hair, long straight and centre parted. I am to be for the coming summer a hippie princess. Glowing skin from a new beauty routine courtesy of a few natural Hungarian beauty products which have been working madly on my skin and now I can honestly say “yes, my skin is even better without foundation and powder”. Now when I leave the house it is with one quick brush of clear mascara on my eyelashes and a touch up on my rather unruly brows to keep them in place and a slick of rose scented lip balm and a dab of Moroccan attar on my décolleté – and that’s it. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I can wake up, shower, dress and be out the house in les than twenty minutes! High fashion is fun but it is also high maintenance, no?

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March 25, 2010

Mini Anden

Filed under: Editorials,Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 6:38 pm

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I have followed the career of this beautiful, beautiful Swedish woman since from oh, the early 90’s and she has become more beautiful with age. I particularly love the contours of her face, the strong square set jaw, the tall forehead, the width of her face and those a-ma-zing eyes of blue. She has perfect symetry and wonderful bone structure. In the end it always comes down to the bones and underlying muscle, doesn’t it? I mean, it matters little how we fix our hair, apply makeup or what clothes we wear. Mini is now 31 years old and whilst her modelling career might be slowing down, her career as an actress is taking off. Good luck Mini. J’adore.

Here is Mini Anden in one of my all time favourite editorials with Tasha Tilberg. Le monde d`hermes s/s 2007.

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March 20, 2010

L’Amant (The Lover) by Marguerite Duras

Filed under: Books,Film,Life,Love — shackedupatthechateau @ 1:15 am

Marguerite Duras called “preposterous, self-obsessed, eloquent, unstoppable” (New York Times Review of Books), was one of the most widely read French writers of the postwar era. She authored 34 novels from 1943–1993, including her autobiographical L’Amant (The Lover), winner of France’s distinguished literary Prix Goncourt. She also penned the celebrated film Hiroshima, Mon Amour. Disliking others’ adaptations of her work, in the 1960s she began to direct—16 films in all. Her work is characterized by its self-reflexive nature; she often moved one story, or elements of a story, through genres: novel, film, play—even film to film. In her obituary, the New York Times lauded “her simple, terse writing style, as if language itself were merely a vehicle for conveying passion and desire, pain and despair.”

I speak of Madame Duras because quite recently I watched the film The Lover (L’Amant) with my hubby. Surprisingly he had neither seen or heard of the film or the book which I had read salaciously in Portugal by the hotel pool – my summer reading and my summer romance with the mind of Marguerite Duras was born then and continues to this day. The same as any young girl, exploring sensuality and sexuality I was greedy for the context of the pages and the words which all but spilled themes of forbidden love, longing, sex in foreign lands with strange men, strange scents and even stranger customs. L’Amant is a heart breaking novel and frankly one of the best romance books I have ever read. Of course, I am not an avid reader of romance novels so this in itself is no great compliment but still, this detail should not detract from the point that the book is damned good and should be read at least once in a life time.

The film version which aired in 1992 was scandalous. I remember watching it back then and listening to the furor it caused. It was a sensation. I read in some newspaper that Princess Diana, after having watched it at the cinema said something along the lines of feeling uncomfortable as though she were actually spying on two lovers in full throttle. The scandal centred around Jane March who played the Young Girl because people were speculating whether or not the two actors actually did have real intercourse on screen, it was therefore quite a back lash for March who at 18 having just made her first film debut, found herself the recipient of nasty name calling. One of those names stuck and unfortunately remains to this day – The Sinner from Pinner. For those who are confused, Pinner a suburb in the London Borough of Harrow in Greater London, England was the town in which she lived with her family. However, with all the dirt flinging that was going on, it is remarkable that none of it touched the pristine white suit of the films lead man Tony Leung Ka Fai. The film director Jean-Jacques Annaud did nothing at all to quash the rumours and March suffered a nervous breakdown. She did not speak to Annaud for ten years until he issued an apology. I believe she could have grown to be a good actress if the scandal had been addressed, if she had been better protected by those who readily used her innocence, youth and beauty for their own gain.

Today I wore my own version of the “hat”. A pale antique fedora, the colour of washed tan with a broad grosgrain black ribbon. It is in fact near identical to the one worn in the film and is still one of my most prized vintage shop finds. I don’t wear it as often as I used to, but whenever I do I cannot help but smile, remembering the youthful summer spent in Portugal so many years ago.

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March 19, 2010

Models Au Naturale

Filed under: Beauty,Models — shackedupatthechateau @ 4:19 pm

We have become so accustomed to seeing models in full hair and make up, contorting their bodies for photoshoots which in the end are more often than not digitally enhanced, that we forget that they too have their flaws. If like me you are one of the thousands of women who look in the mirror and fret over what is reflected, wishing certain features were smaller, bigger, sharper, rounder, more pronounced…whatever…whatever the ‘perfect’ unatainable beauty is that we alone see in our minds eye, then consider this post junk food for your vanity. Some of the industries finest walked for Louis Vuitton FW2010. Here they are sans makeup and hair.

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