French Twist

Anna Ewers By Josh Olins For Vogue Paris October 2013

 
This is the kind of autumn I love, when you can wear just a simple t-shirt and a light jacket with the sleeves rolled up. Throw in some cosy knitwear, a suit, a white shirt and loafers and I’m all set for a relaxed, long and beautiful fall. Isn’t there something so French about these looks?
 
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photos: Josh Olins for Vogue Paris, October 2013 | Model: Anna Ewers | Fashion Editor: Géraldine Saglio

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Beautiful Bucharest: Cărtureşti Verona

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Do you have a feel-good store? Somewhere you could spend hours because just being there makes you feel good? Cărtureşti Verona is one of my happy places. A while ago I was telling you about the first Cărtureşti bookstore in town, now it’s time to take you to a second location, much more spacious, but just as inviting. It’s a place I stop by at least once a week, sometimes to buy books and films, tea or stationery, sometimes to work from there, either from the tea-room or from the garden café during the summer, and sometimes just for the pleasure of being there and browsing through the wide and good selection of English titles.
 

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In the set of photos above you have a view of the basement, where you can find a delicatessen room, a wine room, along with a vast variety of books categorized on specialities, from travel and photography, to fashion, film, interior design, cooking and gardening, etc. When I have a few minutes I just love sitting at the table in the middle, covered with books, leafing though whatever triggers my interest.
 

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The concept store is located in a beautiful and old house (once the home of Dimitrie Sturdza, Romanian statesman and Prime Minister in the late 19th-early 20th century), and this alone makes you hang out for hours, surrounded by the old-world atmosphere, by the elegant architecture with ornate walls, high ceilings, French doors and large windows. Books usually give personality to a home, but here it seems that it goes the other way around too: a house with character seems to be the perfect space for a book shop. But more than a bookstore, Cărtureşti Verona is more like a cultural hub: it gathers exhibitions, various events and educational happenings. It inspires to an active cultural life and it invites you to read more. It sells a lifestyle.
 

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The ground floor houses the art books and the literature section, along with an impressive selection of music, from rock and jazz to classic music, and a nice collection of international cinema films, the Romanian Designers corner and the tea-room, where they serve the best chai latte – it’s what I usually have. These are only the main areas on this floor. You should know that every nook and niche in the store hides little treasures, unique gift ideas, and the space on my blog doesn’t allow me to reveal everything. But I wouldn’t want that either. This really is the kind of place you have to and would want to discover by yourself.
 

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The attic is divided in two: part is carrying specialized books and English literature, tea, tea-ware and decorative items, and the upper part is dedicated to a children’s play-area and a sea of toys and games – it’s lovely up there, it invites you to story telling.
 

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Below there’s a glimpse of the tea-room. The best part is that you can only serve tea in there (for coffee, you can go to the garden café during the summer and to the downstairs café during the cold months). There is always good music in the background and there is always an art exhibition happening there too, making it an inspiring working space.
 

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Address: 13, Arthur Verona Street
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

photos: by me

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Black basics for Fall

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Timeless and versatile, the black felt hat and black suede or leather pumps are two closet essentials that will stand the test of time.
 

photo: by me (Musette suede and leather pumps, H&M wool hat from the menswear department)

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Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014: Trends I can work

Spring 2014 Trend I can work-belted dresses
 
Prior to Fashion Month Spring/Summer 2014, I used to select my favourite collections and write about each one of them. This time around, I thought I would do things a bit differently, partly because I felt more uninspired than ever before by what was happening on the runway, but mainly because it made much more sense to select the trends I liked and that I can work. These are ideas I can easily incorporate into my wardrobe, because the biggest gain from watching the shows is that they provide you with endless styling tips, which, for me, is much more relevant than making wish-lists of items you may never get to purchase. I’ve scoured the collections and the overall outcome is my very own reference point for the spring fashions, as well as being very representative of my own personal style.

Belted dresses. A belt can add personality to your dress. You can knot it to give a twist to a flowy dress, or use it to further enhance a ladylike look, or to lend a little rigor to a dress whenever it’s called for. From left to right: Michael Kors, Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta.
 
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Leisurely chic. Not the obvious kind of femininity, but one infused with a boyish and playful attitude and a no-nonsense confidence, a softly structured look that’s very much my taste in dressing.
From left to right: Isabel Marant, Chloé, 10 Crosby Derek Lam.
 
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Pleats. It seems to be a big trend for SS 2014, the designers competing in originality in reinterpreting this element. But what I loved the most were those designs which remained undeniably feminine, but simple enough not to fall into the too-fancy category.
From left to right: Victoria Victoria Beckham, Salvatore Ferragamo, Michael Kors.
 
Spring Summer 2014-Trends I can work-wide legged pants
 
Wide-legged pants. It can be a tricky look, especially if you don’t have sky-high legs. I make sure to wear them with heels and a top that marks my waist – it can very well be a t-shirt half-tucked in if you don’t want to appear office-ready. However, you can also opt for a look à la Marlene, by choosing to wear them in the classic way, with a shirt, provided you choose it in the right fabric and style, just as in the examples above, for a perfect feminine-masculine take.
From left to right: Hermès, Michael Kors, Gianfranco Ferré.
 
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Fancy-meets-casual. I’ve always been drawn to unexpected combinations of two pieces that aren’t supposed to work, but they do. Downplaying something fancy with something casual, an elegant dress with a sweatshirt, a sequined top with a utilitarian skirt or a delicate fabric skirt with a cosy knit, you avoid looking too predictable and your personal style can only benefit from this.
From left to right: Preen, Jason Wu, Michael Kors.
 
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Tuxedo jacket. I don’t think I must explain my attraction for the tuxedo jacket again. The inspiration point was to see how differently it can be styled: fitted suit, in light fabric and relaxed shape or even over a mini dress, finished off with flats – a look I’m looking forward to try.
From left to right: Co, Dries Van Noten, Paul Smith.
 
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Loose-fit coats. Voluminous and soft-shouldered, lacking any kind of embellishment, there is an undeniable chicness about these coats, especially about the reinterpretation of the trench – middle image above. I’ve always loved this relaxed style in outerwear, but, of course, Christopher Bailey is among the few who can bring it so close to perfection.
From left to right: Burberry Prorsum.
 
SS2014-Trends I can work-floral prints
 
Floral prints. A floral print is very feminine and I usually stay away from anything too girly. But when it’s a black and white pencil skirt that I can pair with a basic t-shirt, the look becomes very practical and very much mine. A black and white dress or even a colourful pattern strategically placed on a white canvas are also very appealing.
From left to right: Stella McCartney, Preen, Elie Saab.
 
SS 2014-Trends I can work-grey cardigans and sweaters
 
Grey cardigans and sweaters. I don’t think a new season goes by without my buying a new grey cardigan or sweater. A grey cardigan is a classic, it can polish off a casual look or pare down a delicate skirt. As of late, I’ve also made a passion for grey sweaters in two fabrics, like the one at Sacai, they add a bit of edginess and I’m all for that.
From left to right: Alexander Wang, Burberry Prorsum, Sacai.
 
Spring Summer 2014 Trends I can work-V-necks and geometric prints
 
V-necks combined with geometric patterns. Black and white or navy and white sweaters with gaping V-necks, I like this take on preppy style. And on a dress, such detail will nicely balance things out, something I always aim for.
From left to right: Ralph Lauren, Bouchra Jarrar, Rag & Bone.
 
SpringSummer 2014-Trends I can work-monochrome
 
Monochrome. There is something very appealing in a monochrome look: in keeping it in one colour from head-to-toe, you can freely play with fabric and proportion, and whether you go for elegant or casual, it will always look put-together in a very effortless kind of way.
From left to right: Pringle of Scotland, Saint Laurent, Tod’s.

photos: Vogue.com and Style.com

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Vivacious Lady

by guest writer

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Vivacious Lady (1938) is one of the lustiest screwball comedies you will have a chance to see. George Stevens’ experience within the comedy field was an extensive one, dating back to short films with Laurel and Hardy. This time he tries his hand with an intelligent screwball, comparable with The Major and the Minor (1942), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) and Preston Sturges’ best works. Clever lines are part of a complexly funny screenplay, that begins with Peter’s (James Stewart’s) encounter with Francey (Ginger Rogers, who deserves all the praise for her comical role), who works in a saloon as a singer.

A classic ‘one eye in love’ kind of a movie, the two become infatuated with one another and decide to get married away from Peter’s native town. What becomes of the couple once they get to meet Peter’s family? Unforgettable scenes unfold once the couple reach Peter’s hometown, culminating with a scrumptious moment between Francey and Peter’s ex-fiance at the university ball when the rivalries start showing off. The cast was meticulously gathered including Charles Coburn (Mr. Morgan) and Beulah Bondi (Mrs. Morgan) as Peter’s parents looking out for the boy’s future, resulting in countless moments of laughter.

photo: still from the film | credit: RKO Radio Pictures

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