Actress Keira Knightley got married in early May in the south of France. She was wearing a strapless tutu dress, a discreet flower garland and ballet shoes.
Her ballerina style reminds me of the wedding gown of Natalie Portman who got married in summer 2012 wearing Rodarte too.
Keira Knightley looks unconventional with her sunglasses, her hair blowing in the wind and a Chanel tweed jacket you wouldn’t imagine with a wedding dress.
Her outfit allows her to move comfortably. I seems that she reused a Rodarte evening dress she already had. I like the idea of giving a new life to a garment rather than buying an expensive dress you’re going to wear only once.
(In answer to the question, “what is poetry?”)
To range all memory and to fix all thought ;
To hold it poised in balance on a beam of gold,
Uncertain, tremulous, yet all immovable;
To eternalize one moment’s reverie ;
To love and seek the true, the beautiful;
To sing, to laugh, to weep, without much cause;
To make of sigh, of word, of smile, of look,
A work exquisite, full of grace and charm;
To fashion from a tear a lustrous pearl:
These are the fond desires of poet’s heart;
These are his wealth, his life, and his ambition’s
Alfred de Musset
in The complete writings of Alfred de Musset, translated by George Santayana, Emily Shaw Forman, Marie Agathe Clarke.
On 24 April 2013, a building that housed garment factories collapsed in Bangladesh killing more than 1,000 people. The workers were paid around $38 a month to make cheap clothes for North American and European brands. They were asked to return to work despite some cracks in the building that had been built illegally. I feel concerned with this drama because the Bangladesh workshops were working for brands I know and I buy.
We feel incensed faced with such a tragic event but also helpless. Yet we can act at our level.
First we can contact directly clothing brands (via their website, their facebook page or by mail) to ask them to respect human rights in their factories. Why is it useful? Because brands listen to their clients.
We can also sign and spread Clean Clothes Campaign petition that asks brands to secure their factories.
Then we can try to buy more responsibly:
* Think twice before buying clothes that we may never wear
* Reuse clothes we already have. When going through our wardrobe, we sometimes find very nice clothes we had forgotten.
* Alter or repair clothes we already own, ourselves or by calling a dressmaker’s services.
* Buy second-hand clothes in shops or in garage sales
* Buy locally made clothes. Read labels to know where clothes have been made.
* Swap clothes with friends
* Buy fair trade clothes (that often are ecological too). Here are some examples of ethical fashion brands: People Tree, Veja, Ten Thousand Villages shops, the International Fairtrade Certification Mark that certifies fair trade cotton…
* Learn to sew or/and to knit in order to create our own clothes.
* Buy good quality clothes to keep them for some time
If you have other ideas to buy clothes while having a clear conscience, feel free to share them in the comments section.
Aung San Suu Kyi is the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
In 1988, she gave up her scholar career and left her family in London to go back to her native country Burma and she became politically engaged against dictatorship.
Between 1989 and 2010, she spent 15 years jailed. Upon release, she was elected Member of Parliament. Today she’s working towards Burma’s democratisation by conversing with those who imprisoned her.
In 2011, Aung San Suu Kyi gave a lecture on freedom and freedom from fear broadcast on BBC radio. Here is an extract by this woman who had the courage to oppose dictatorship:
“Fear is the first adversary we have to get past when we set out to battle for freedom, and often it is the one that remains until the very end. But freedom from fear does not have to be complete. It only has to be sufficient to enable
us to carry on; and to carry on in spite of fear requires tremendous courage.”
She also said about dissidents like her:
“They pretend to be unafraid as they go about their duties and pretend not to see that their comrades are also pretending. This is not hypocrisy. This is courage that has to be renewed consciously from day to day and moment to moment.”
In short, she’s afraid but she goes on and she pretends that she’s not afraid. Anyway she’s a good actor because she looks like she really doesn’t fear anything.
For more information:
the recording and the transcript (pdf) of Aung San Suu Kyi lecture on BBC
I have drawn Marion Cotillard wearing a Dior light grey skirt suit with short sleeves and a wide belt.
I spotted this outfit in 2009 and I still like it today, most probably thanks to its elegant and timeless style.
These days, I’m searching a beautiful ceiling light. Actually, I have already found my dream chandelier but the problem is that it’s 9 meters high.
It’s a glass sculpture with interwoven yellow and blue tentacles by artist Dale Chihuly. This wild chandelier adorns the entrance dome of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. I just find it great.
For more information:
Dale Chihuly website
An urban woman imagined in Venice, Italy
Someone who offers a coffee to the person next to me but doesn’t offer me a coffee.
Someone who says hello to all attendees, except me.
Someone I know who ignores me when I encounter him in the street.
Do you sometimes feel like you are invisible?
Next time, I will firmly say: “I would gladly have a coffee”. Even if I don’t feel like having a cup of coffee. Just to make this churlish person understand his impoliteness and remind him that I exist.
On her arrival at the 2013 Oscars, singer Adele is wearing a long black gown by Jenny Packham. The dress is sprinkled with sparkling black rocaille beads. Its dark color nicely contrasts with Adele’s blond hair and porcelain complexion.
Later in the evening, Adele is is wearing a Burberry black below the knee dress to perform Skyfall live then she’s wearing a third long black gown by Burberry to accept the Best Original Song award.
This is a shoebox I decorated a few years ago. I had the idea to stick to it small pieces of paper that would imitate mosaic tesserae.
I cut small colored squares of paper out of magazines. It took me ages! On the other hand, it was very effective to relax after a stressful day. Then I sorted the pieces of paper by color and I glued them to the box cover. I’m happy using this cardboard box with a spiral pattern as storage.