Notebook Pages

Here are my latest finds and news from fashion, style, film, photography and beautiful living.

Notebook pages-Eugenia Silva -Formentera home 
Because it’s the beginning of August, I thought I’d use this beautiful house (I fell flat for the rich colours, textiles and textures in the image below) from the island of Formentera as a reminder to enjoy summer to the full wherever you may be. It’s the home of model Eugenia Silva, who also happens to inspire the ideal summer holiday look here: white shirt, cut-off denim shorts, straw hat and bare feet.
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• My film recommendation this week: Cinema Paradiso (1988), directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. The film is for everyone who loves movies, especially the movies as they used to be. It’s about the power and magic of cinema, and about true friendship.

• Christophe Lemaire has left Hermès after four years and Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski is the new artistic director. Nadège has worked for Maison Martin Margiela and she is also a former Céline and The Row designer.

• Harper’s Bazaar’s September issue portfolio: Carine Roitfeld styles the supermodels again: Cindy, and Linda, and Claudia, and Stephanie, and Carolyn Murphy, as well as Iman, Brooke Shields, Lauren Hutton, Monica Bellucci, Penélope Cruz, and more.

• Louis Vuitton: Photographie & Mode: with over 200 photographs from Mert & Marcus, Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh and Inez & Vinoodh, the book is a journey through fashion history with a collection of Louis Vuitton fashion photography from the last 60 years, set to be released in October. 

• For the guys: how to stay stylish when it’s hot outside. The ladies can learn a thing or two as well.

• A wonderful interview with Caroline of Monaco about her mother’s, Grace Kelly’s, style and her own personal style, and her involvement with Pringle of Scotland’s layered Archive Project and the exhibition Princess Grace: More Than An Image. “There are two words I hate and despise and don’t want to hear: red carpet and iconic.”

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

PS: Don’t forget about the Mary Jo Matsumoto Summer Flash Sale!

photos: Gonzalo Machado for Architectural Digest, via Interiors TEA BFOR (where you can see more of this beautiful island home)

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Mary Jo Matsumoto Summer Flash Sale

Mary Jo Matsumoto Summer Flash Sale-Cobalt Stingray Clutch

I’m happy to bring you some great news today. Mary Jo Matsumoto is having a 3-day Summer Flash Sale, starting tomorrow, August 1st, and ending at midnight August 3rd (PST-Pacific Time Zone). Some of my very favourite items will be on sale, among which the Laguna Shimmer Crossbody Bag (it defines the very concept of Californian understated luxury) and the beauty in the photo here, the Cobalt Stingray Fold-Over Clutch. You can view all the bags early here and choose your pick so that you’ll be able to snag it fast when the sales begin. The 50% off code (yes, you’ve read that right, 50% off) will be available starting with Friday, August 1st. Trust me, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss out!

The shipping is free within the US and the Mary Jo Matsumoto team has thought out a convenient option for the international customers as well – feel free to purchase without paying for shipping so that you can make sure to purchase your desired items before they sell out, and you will be contacted to arrange a separate invoice for shipping, reflecting the lowest and safest way to get your goodies to you. Happy shopping!

photo: Mary Jo Matsumoto

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Capturing Beauty #60

Vogue US 1985 – Linda Spearing by Hans Feurer

photo: Hans Feurer for Vogue US, 1985 | Linda Spearing styled by Françoise Havan

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Style Note: The Oversize Blazer

Stella McCartney - SS 2009 
The boyfriend blazer – longer, slightly oversized, with strong shoulders – is ideal for a confident, simple, streamlined look. Stella McCartney is one of the designers who do it best. Her collection from the spring of 2009 is one of my favourites of hers and it’s mostly because of the empowering, yet relaxed tailoring and the oversize blazers over little cocktail dresses – pairing opposites is timeless – or cropped trousers (and the lack of any kind of jewellery). Mine is from Mango, but I’ve put together a few suggestions for every budget below.
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The Summer Look of: Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot by Robert Cohen - La Madrague St Tropez 1968 
A few days out of town and high summer called for an unplanned short blogging break as well. Summer also calls for a talk about Brigitte Bardot and her warm weather style. It was her, after all, who put St. Tropez on the map in 1956, when she starred in the film And God Created Woman. And it was the sunny blonde who, with her part innocent, part temptress attitude, made the bikini popular in Europe and America, after if it had been invented one decade earlier, in 1946, by French tailor Louis Reard. Brigitte Bardot bought a house in St. Tropez in 1958, La Madrague, which became her home, and she came to epitomize the carefree, laid-back, sun-kissed lifestyle.

A swimsuit and a wide-brimmed hat were her outfit du jour. She made fishermen’s pants and t-shirts sexy and championed the most simple piece of footwear, the ballet flat (whenever she wasn’t going barefoot). Low-cut jumpers that left her shoulders bare, caftans and shorts completed her seaside look.
Brigitte Bardot photographed by Jean Pierre Bonnotte

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Interview with Jewellery Designer Cynthia Gale

Cynthia Gale 
At the beginning of the month I was writing about these beautiful Cynthia Gale bangles. They are still on my mind. The Cynthia Gale jewellery collections are characterized by unique craftsmanship and are replete with cultural, historical and spiritual inspiration. Finding a distinctive voice in such a diverse field must hold a fascinating story, as well as valuable lessons anyone who wants to make a difference and sticks by and fights for their dreams can appreciate and benefit from. That’s exactly what I was hoping to find out when I reached out to the designer herself, who kindly accepted my interview invitation. A truly inspirational woman and talented designer, Cynthia shares the beliefs she holds true, the foundations of her accomplishments and what she wishes people appreciated more. My talks with Cynthia have been an enriching experience and it is an honour to have her as my guest.

How did you get into jewellery design?
I have always worked in fashion – and accessories have always been front and center. Just before starting my jewellery company, I was living and working as a fashion model in Europe. Time spent working in Italy, France, England, Germany and Greece further shaped my love of distinctive silhouettes and profiles. A trip from Paris to Jakarta, Indonesia, to do a series of runway shows sealed my fate. I stepped off the plane and fell in love with the sights, smells and fine craft of Indonesia – it was an “AHA” moment. I returned to Bali from my home in New York City shortly after and was introduced to the silver business… it immediately felt right. I bonded with the spirituality of the Balinese and Javanese people and their passion for unique, intricate sterling silver metalwork. My business, GeoArt by Cynthia Gale, opened in 1991.

Through a modeling connection, I met a native Indonesian who owned a silver factory. Together with his 19 brothers and sisters, they owned most of the silver jewellery businesses in Bali at the time. I very quickly became close with his family, attending dinners and ceremonies which catapulted the business forward very quickly. In the mid-90’s, I opened my first museum client – Cynthia Gale for Washington National Cathedral – and produced a series of meaningful, licensed jewellery collections based on their art and architecture. Other museums followed: The Cleveland Museum of Art; The DeYoung; The Getty; Boston Museum of Fine Art; The High Museum. This lead to eventual product development such as creating a custom crozier and pectoral cross for the Bishop of Maryland. Projects for Barnes and Noble, Miss America for Amway and the NBA fell into place. The demand for art-inspired jewellery collections kept coming. In 2012, we rebranded as Cynthia Gale to further define our modern, urban eclectic, timeless aesthetic and now have three distinct divisions: GeoArt – collections inspired by my personal art passions; GeoMuseum – licensed collections created in partnership with museums and cultural institutions; GeoSignature – statement pieces extraordinaire! And the story continues…
Cynthia Gale Mystical Pagoda inspirationCynthia Gale Mystical Pagoda Long Latticework Sterling EarringThe classic temple pagoda of the Far East inspired the Mystical Pagoda Collection


The jewellery design field is so diverse and has infinite possibilities. How difficult was it to find your own voice?
I have always liked real and felt that “gold is old”. Sterling silver is fresh, timeless and a wonderful material to work with. Our artisan workshops in Indonesia have been our most valued partner.. the culture is steeped in art and the craftsmen have been working with sterling silver for centuries. I love the idea that global art inspires me to create a jewellery design in my New York studio, which is then created by hand in Indonesia and sold to international retail customers via all over the world! Finding my creative voice has been an ongoing process… it is a never ending, silver evolution… let the journey continue!

Is there anyone in particular who has influenced your work?
I am inspired by beautiful women of all shapes, sizes, ages and cultures who demonstrate grace, both inside and out.
Cynthia Gale Embroidered Trim Spin RingsCynthia Gale herringbone embroidered spin ringEmbroidered trim spin ring, made by using individual artistic embellishments and metalwork techniques unique to Indonesia
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