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Fashion Muse of the Month: September (and truly year round) Inspired by Diane Keaton

Fun, fearless, female. This woman had my heart many years ago when I stepped into the world of Woody Allen with Annie Hall. Diane Keaton wasn’t the quintessential Hollywood heroine, in her speech, style or stage presence. I went on to watch everything directed by him and featuring her, and fell in love some more. To be unabashedly dapper (and yet gracefully feminine) in a suit is a charm she’s taught women of the world, becoming a fashion icon of the late 1970s with the neckties, fedora hats, baggy pants she adorned. Wearing it with aplomb in the film and often in her appearances on the red carpet, she sure knows, even in her greyed glamorous avatar, how to pack an androgynous fashion punch. And like every style icon, it isn’t simply about what she wears but almost always also about what she says and does. Having started her family on the other side of fifty, she says of motherhood, “I think that it puts you in your place because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in and if you can’t stand up to those principles when you’re raising a child, forget it.” For laying out the truth on that and other matters and for being the duffelbag (as opposed to tiny purse) lady, she’s my forever favorite female and a more than perfect (and truly year round) Fashion Muse.

Images via Pinterest

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I Heart 7 this week, 16 – 22 Aug 2015

Weekly round-up of things I bookmarked, laughed at, wanted to do for a living (if only for a week).

READ

Isabella Rossellini on Her Mother Ingrid Bergman’s Enduring Style

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COOK

Gratin of Tomatoes with Goat Cheese

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WEAR

The perfect head-tilt

SEE

NASA’s Pluto flyby

LAUGH

LISTEN

Tum Pukar Lo – Hemant Kumar

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DO

Make a Cookie Basket from a Paper Plate

 

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I Heart 7 This Week, 8-15 August 2015

Weekly round-up of things I bookmarked, laughed at, wanted to do for a living (if only for a week).

READ

Inspiration and Obsession in Life and Literature

COOK

Blackcurrant Cheesecake

WEAR

Zebra Stripes in Style like Olivia Palermo

SEE

La Dolce Vita

LAUGH

Kids Re-Enact Republican Debate

LISTEN

Beatles’ Shea Stadium Concert

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DO

Pack Your Life into Suitcases Yourself

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10 Ways to Decorate with Wine Bottles in 30 Minutes or Less

10 Ways to Decorate with Wine Bottles in 30 Minutes or Less_EggfacemomheadWhat must a mother (and others) do when they’re done downing their favorite wine? Well, slurry speech monologues and then, some decorating. With their slender neck and bulbous bottom, wine bottles are beautiful. Why would anyone want to throw them away anyway? I’ve never thrown one till date. So what I’m always looking to do is decorating with wine bottles in interesting ways around the house. If, like me, you went about searching for design hacks on the web you’d likely hit upon many gems but most of these are very elaborate craft projects. The latter are definitely unsuitable for people who have had to perfect teeth brushing under two seconds.

Instead what I wanted to begin working with were easy on design (and time) ways to use old wine bottles, without having to chop, cut, drill. Here are ten ways to decorate with wine bottles in 30 minutes or less.

#1_Use String LightsThis one does require a visit to the electrical shop to get string lights (which may be more than 30 minutes), but if you can pick it up on your weekly/fortnightly market visit, then just dip it inside, turn it on and watch the magic.

#2_Wrap A Twine AroundFor a rustic vibe in a corner or your centre table, just wind a twine or a jute rope around the wine bottle. Then throw in some real flowers or colorful dry decoration inside or even an interesting tag around the neck.

#3_Paint the BottleThis one the whole family can have fun with. Bring out your paintbox, choose your colors and go crazy. Okay, stay sane because honey you’ll be the one cleaning up afterwards.

#4_Wrap in FabricEver so often we have odd bits of fabric lying around that is too small to do anything with. Just wrap your wine bottle in it, tie a contrasting ribbon around the neck and voilà, you’ve put two ol’ things to good new use.

#5_Make a hanging vaseSounds too darn simple and that is why it’s here. As a bonus, it can also look very garden-y if you’re stuck on the 14th floor far far away from any garden. Put a twine around the neck, tie it to a balcony railing or any pole resembling surface, fill water and put your favorite flower in it.

#6_Bring the beach inFill the wine bottle with different shades of sand, small pebbles, shells and set it on the window sill or your writing desk. Dreamy days will be made of these.

#7_Candle Light ItMany tall candles fit in to a standard wine bottle mouth. If not, use sand to fill the base, drop your candle in and light it up.

#8_Glam & GlitteratiSome boys and girls love glitter. Even if you don’t, a little shimmer and shine never hurt a soul. Spread some glitter on a paper, roll your bottle in it and watch it turn the groove on. When you decide to try this one out, I suggest declaring it Glitter Day and putting the leftovers on old boring tee shirts, white canvas shoes, your faded denims and just about anywhere that cannot protest. (Your cat will.)

#9_Go VintageEveryone has old, yellowed, frayed pages of books or even newspapers lying around. Cut these out (keep interesting headlines in to make them pop) and give the bottles an old world makeover.

#10_Bottle of MemoriesMy absolute favorite. Feel like a pirate as you roll up an old photograph or a love note from a beloved and preserve a message in a bottle, maybe even for posterity. The odd maneuvers to make it straight once it’s inside might take a bit of practice and loads of patience, but hang in there because the result will be delightfully sweet. (P.S.: If like me you’re wondering what if I want to pull that picture out at a later date, you could also put the picture on the outside. Otherwise the bottle will have to break. But if you are ready to commit to letting go of a bottle bottom, then there’s a whole lot of other decorating ideas to try out!)

Why don’t you give these a go and tell me how easy or difficult you found them. And which one was your favorite?

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The Thing About Grey

It pulls me in from the crowd, makes me go weak in the knees, colors my dreams. Out of a thousand things in rainbow shades, I am extremely likely to pull out the grey. It’s hot stuff, if you ask me.

Let’s suffice it to say, I have ‘a thing’ for grey, referred to (quite unfairly I feel) as the color “without color”.

The crowds may chant bleak, boring, old and sad to its face, but I find there’s much beauty and fun to be had in it. Of course if this were the 18th century, and Paris, I would have been quite the ravishing enchantress about town in my swishing grey gown.

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Or a happy fly on the grey wall buzzing over Whistler’s Mother as she sat in perfect composure for this portrait.

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Wikipedia offers a grim reflection on one of my favorite hues by (horribly) stating:

In Europe and the United States, surveys show that grey is the color most commonly associated with conformity, boredom, uncertainty, old age, indifference, and modesty. Only one percent of respondents chose it as their favorite color.

And goes on to make matters grey-er by quoting color historian Eva Heller.

“Grey is too weak to be considered masculine, but too menacing to be considered a feminine color. It is neither warm nor cold, neither material or spiritual. With grey, nothing seems to be decided.

Bah, Humbug I say!

Let a girl salivate o’er grey

Ogle at the grey sweater-chest,

slip on a plain grey dress,

jump off the steel-grey train,

dance under the glowing grey rain.

Images via https://www.pinterest.com/manikadhama/

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The Shy Blue Sky and Painted Earth

You could blame it on the Shibori pants I slipped into this morning and the brown boots of yore waiting for true winter chill, but my head is all royal and earthy now. For a fix I lost myself in all sorts of brown and blue and now that I’ve resurfaced there seemed to be much good in sharing some treats.

There’s something about a hint of blue peeking in from behind an old cupboard or on an iron fence.

This is the color the walls have been missing. And I dare say stories read better in a cozy blue corner.

Of course you would get the first peek into my boudoir if it ever went royal

You could stay for tea…

…And partake in adventures that began, when brown boots walked out into the winter sun.