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

Robert Redford and Paul Newman by Mark Seliger
I loved this interview in The Hollywood Reporter with Robert Redford, who talks about his films as director, his role in All Is Lost (if you haven’t seen it, you should, as soon as you can) and his longing to go back to acting, his life-long friendship with Paul Newman, Sundance, his independent spirit and choosing the mountains over Los Angeles. It was saddening, but mind-opening too, to read about his possible moving away from Sundance, the institution he founded in 1981, which he named after his character in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and which has since been regarded as a path opener for independent film makers – his response to the changes Hollywood suffered once “high technology started to move into the film business in a very aggressive way”.

“It’s no longer the place it was”, he stated, showing his disapproval towards the corporate and marketing forces that have, over the years, overwhelmed the once counter-cultural festival. “They’re taking away some of the textures and qualities that were here that gave it a kind of intimacy. It’s no longer the place it was. I don’t like what’s happened,” said Redford, who no longer oversees selection of films, but is president of the board and continues to consult regularly with programmers. This kind of integrity and commitment not only to what you believe in, but to advancing true values, are two things I would like to see more often both in the film world and in our society.
Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
• El Norte (The North, 1983), directed by Gregory Nava: the tale of a brother and sister, Mayan Indian peasants from Guatemala, who are forced to seek for a better life in El Norte – the promised land of the USA. Of a stunning visual and musical power, the film tells a moving story, with no documentary or political strings attached, seen solely through the eyes of the two young immigrants, who discover a different side of the American dream.
• Let’s discuss: What Happened to Street Style?
• And speaking of Sundance and street style, how about this for a genuine winter look?
• Next on my order list: The Way You Wear Your Hat, by Bill Zehme.
• I’m a breakfast person and I take the first meal of the day very seriously. It has to be both delicious and healthy, otherwise my day does not start off well. Coconut black rice pudding fits the bill perfectly.

plaid clutch by Mary Jo Matsumoto• And saving some exciting news for last, winter sales are still on! And, this time, it’s a very special one: a flash sale at Mary Jo Matsumoto, starting tomorrow, Friday 31st, at 6 a.m. PST (14 p.m. GMT), and running through the weekend. This doesn’t happen too often and this time is 50% off (!), from totes and backpacks, to wallets and nail polishes. Happy shopping!

photos: 1-Mark Seliger / 2-publicity still from “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” / 3-Mary Jo Matsumoto | plaid clutch, one of the products subject to the flash sale

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