Hi guys, it’s been over a month since I’ve posted my last blog entry. The truth is I’ve opened my WordPress backend a couple of times, more or less out of habit, but have resisted the urge to actually write and publish. I’ve been blogging for the better part of the last ten years, so I kind of forgot how not to.
Hi guys, how are you all doing? I won’t bore you with the details, but I had a bit of a health scare this week that forced me to dial it down a whole lot. The timing is way off with the Lily and the lady pop up shop right around the corner, but it was a wake up call for me, and I need to stop pushing my body to its limits. I’ll be fine but I need to rest so I may be taking a break from blogging in the next few weeks / months. Then again, I’m blogging now so who knows… I do have some content lined up and I guess time will tell, but I’m hoping you guys will stick around if I do decide to take a break.
Mad Men came to an end last night after 7 seasons of beautiful and elaborate (visual) storytelling. There are many memorable moments in the series’ 8 year long stretch on the small screen, ranging from lawnmower accidents to LSD trips, but I thought I’d pay homage to the series my way, dissecting some of the sartorial clues Costume designer Janie Bryant and Make up artist Lana Horochowski have left for viewers. While some bloggers go as far as to claim the characters are clad in green or blue before they cheat, Bryant says: “My job is to tell the stories of these characters through these clothes. There is definitely symbolism there, but sometimes it’s a bit more overt.”
Here are 10 outfits and style elements that helped tell this tale of midcentury drama: 10 iconic looks from 7 seasons of Mad Men.
1. Betty Draper’s nightie – S1E9 “Shoot”
For most of the first season, Betty Draper is a picture perfect Barbie doll, dressed up in flawless getups that were heavily influenced by Grace Kelly.
However, when Betty looses out on a Coca Cola commercial, she works out her anger and frustration by blasting the pigeons of her neighbor, Mr Beresford, out of the sky with a rifle. She does so in a semi-transparent nightgown, cigarette hanging from her lips, dead look in her eyes.
The scene happens just after a moment of seemingly domestic bliss, as Betty sends Don of to work, does a load of laundry and can’t help but smile at her children jumping off the bed upstairs. “My Special Angel” by Bobby Helms plays in the background, and TV magic was made.
One of the outfits I wore while exploring Barcelona. This little black Attic & Barn dress has become an instant favorite for me, airy and light and perfect for spring and summer. Easily combined with other recent favorites in my wardrobe: the Acne pistol boots I’ve picked up in New York in February.
Looking outside the window to this dreary Belgian weather, I can’t help but long for sunnier days in Barcelona. As I told you before, Vueling was kind enough to offer us a trip to my beloved city a couple of weeks ago, and even this Barcelona expert picked up a few new tips along the way! For those of you who don’t know me all that well, I went to Barcelona on Erasmus in 2008 and have been back quite often since I left. Every few months I get this itch and I feel like I need to go back.
So the invitation came at the right moment (who am I kidding, it’s always the right moment for Barcelona) and I was very pleased to discover the Catalan tradition of Sant Jordi, which was the main focus of the trip. So together with Nathalie and Michiel of Yayzine!, Kelly from Tales from the crib and Roderik from Culture Remains we embarked on a short but sweet trip to Catalunya. And as I expected, it turned out to be one of my favorite blogger trips so far.
As I told you here, we decided not to remove the tiles in our lavatory when we were renovating our bathroom. It seemed like a lot of work for a tiny space with a lot of extra nooks, plus we’d have to remove the hanging toilet and well, we just didn’t feel like it.
This left us with only one option: to paint the tiles on the walls. I was a bit intimidated by the project, but in hindsight it worked out great and I’m so happy with the result. I’ve had a lot of questions about the process so I’m happy to share 5 tips for painting tiles I’ve picked up along the way.
Ilove how everything and anything can spark inspiration for your interior. For me, being a pop culture addict, inspiration often strikes when I’m watching movies and TV. Even when I was barely a teenager, I painted my room lavender to resemble Monica’s living room in Friends, which instantly caused my dad to worry that I might have been a little too caught up in the show. Going by my binge viewing patterns till this day, maybe he was right to do so.
My lavender walls (and matching blue starfish stamped details) won’t be making a comeback anytime soon, but so many other movies have influenced me in developing my style. Take The Darjeeling Limited for example, the first (but definitely not the last) Wes Anderson movie I ever saw. It inspired me to hop on a plane to India back in 2009, and that experience most definitely had some serious impact in its turn. The colors and scents of India are anything but bland.
Wes Anderson movies are always a visually pleasing experience, and The Darjeeling Limited is no exception. With its golden hues and colorful accents, the movie makes for a perfect source of inspiration. A great reason for some eye candy straight from this movie masterpiece and some tips on how to recreate the movie’s atmosphere right in your home.
This week, the boyfriend and I had two unexpected mini breaks on our agenda. The latest was awhirlwind trip to Barcelona with Vueling, but earlier this week we had a sunny break at Thermae Boetfort. While Barcelona was inspiring and bustling as always, Thermae Boetfort was an excellent place for us to finally really relax. No phones, no e-mails, just a moment of peace and quiet.
No phones, no e-mails, just a moment of peace and quiet.
Itza Bocken is nothing if not the full package. Smart, nice, beautiful and she has a kick ass entrepreneurial sense. Back in 2010, while many of her peers were doing nothing but partying and sleeping in, she was already starting up her first company Made By Chickies with friend/ business partner Evelyne Dumon. 5 years and an MBA in Beijing later, Itza is back with a new retail concept called Momoco, ready to solve all your bikini problems. Time to get to know Itza and learn all about her plans for her new brand!