September 2014 favorites

Here are my September 2014 favorites:

* Pescalune twitter page

Pescalune shares the latest news about Nature and Biodiversity on her twitter account. Thanks to her, I’m the first to know what’s happening in Malta regarding birdlife! You can follow her also for her gorgeos pictures of Camargue region in France and for her pieces of advice on essential oils (Pescalune is also the owner of la cabane aux arômes essential oils online shop).

Black-winged Stilt chicks. Photo by Pescalune

Black-winged Stilt chicks (c) Pescalune Photo

* London Fashion Week review by Sabina

* Elodie Bouchez Saint Laurent trapeze dress at 2014 Venice Film Festival

Elodie Bouchez Saint Laurent black and gold trapeze dress at 2014 Venice Film Festival

Photo Tony Gentile for l’Express Style

* 7 Strategies for Facing Your Internet/TV/social media Addiction on Zen Habits blog

* Some Fifties day outfits

* A blue jumper and an orange top from Marks & Spencer’s ‘Best of British’ collection (that is made in Britain)

A blue jumper from Marks & Spencer's Best of British collection

An orange top from Marks & Spencer's Best of British collection

* Some pictures of magnificent colorful hummingbirds

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Fifties day outfits

I have drawn several fifties outfits at the 50s Fashion exhibition in palais Galliera in Paris. This article gathers my drawings of day outfits. There will be an article with evening dresses illustrations later.

In the fifties, cinched waist and calf-length were fashionable. This ‘New Look’ began with Christian Dior first fashion show in 1947. At the show, models were wearing full skirts but at that time women also used to wear pencil skirts such as the ones I have drawn.

illustration of a black day suit by Balenciage. 1950 Spring-Summer collection

On the first drawing, a woman is wearing a 1950 black day suit by Balenciaga with a calf-length pencil skirt. The jacket has a small waist and round hips.

illustration of a fifties lime green coat by Madeleine Vramant

This lime green coat by Madeleine Vramant widens from waist like a full skirt.

illustration af a black afternoon dress by Jacques Fath. 1954 Fall-Winter collection

This is a 1954 black afternoon dress by Jacques Fath with a pleated top front. I’m still wondering what could be the difference between a morning dress and an afternoon dress ^^

coloring picture of a woman wearing a New Look coat

I have also drawn a coloring picture of the New Look coat by Madeleine Vramant. Click on the picture to enlarge and print it.

Finally, my review of the 50s exhibition in palais Galliera in Paris :

(The exhibition runs until November 2, 2014)

I liked the exhibition. The Haute Couture outfits are magnificent, in good condition and classified by theme: day outfits, beach outfits, evening wear, cocktail dresses… Some period videos show women wearing fifties outfits and there are drawings by designers or Fashion illustrators such as René Gruau.

It’s good to know that the exhibition is not big. I recommend it to you if you are interested in Fashion or History.

Fore more information, visit Palais Galliera Fashion Museum website

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August 2014 favorites

A new article to share what I have liked in August:

* Jill Biden’s custom-designed dress from Kinshasa at United States–Africa Leaders Summit

Jill Biden's custom-designed dress from Kinshasa at United States–Africa Leaders Summit

Official White House Photo by David Lienemann

I like her outfit because it has a nice story and also because the wife of the U.S. vice president is radiant in this colorful and original dress.

* Sabina shares her best addresses in London

* A new shopping bag

I received it when I bought some Une Beauty products. I like it (well… especially the plain side ^^) because it’s more elegant than my usual shopping bags.

Une Beauty tote bag

* Some beautiful trees

* Paris in August

I like to visit Paris in August, when Parisians are on holidays and everything slows down. This summer was very rainy but between showers, people appreciate outdoor cafés and parks.

jardin du Luxembourg in Paris in Summer

So now I’m preparing some articles about Paris.

* An article about motivation on Zen Habits blog

Jusk ask yourself: How will I feel about this when today is over?

* Gisele Bündchen green Prophetik dress at Rainforest Alliance gala

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Gisele Bündchen green Prophetik dress at Rainforest Alliance gala

As a Rainforest Alliance board member, model Gisele Bündchen was invited to the Rainforest Alliance gala in May 2014. Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization whose goal is the protection of biodiversity and forests (you may have noticed their certified seal, a green frog, on some products).

For this occasion, Gisele Bündchen wore a magic mint strapless gown by Prophetik.

drawing of Gisele Bündchen wearing a hemp green Prophetik strapless gown at 2014 Rainforest Alliance gala

Surprisingly this satiny dress is made of hemp. It’s the first time I see a hemp evening gown. I already knew that hemp is ecological because it needs little water, no pesticides and it absorbs carbon dioxide. Now I can add that hemp is chic.

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July 2014 favorites

I launch a new series of articles to share my favorite links, pictures, articles… of the month. So for a start here is what I have liked in July:

My Clarks sandals

a pair of Clarks Unstructured sandals

On the picture, they look like any pair of sandals but I have rarely had such comfortable sandals. They have adjustable and fleece-lined straps so you can walk kilometres without suffering. Since I bough those sandals in the Clarks Unstructured range, I have not had any blister. The only drawback is that Clarks is not an ethical brand.

A Quickstart Guide to a Decluttered Home on Zen Habits blog

A coral silk dress

The patchwork of this Maison Martin Margiela Couture dress

a patchwork dress at Maison Martin Margiela 2014-2015 Fall-Winter Couture Fashion Show

photo : Kim Weston Arnold for Vogue (Click here to see all the Fashion Show’s outfits)

Livia Firth Instagram account

The green fashionista and wife of actor Colin Firth tells the stories of her outfits under the hashtag #clotheswithstories .

Sliema Street Art Festival in Malta

Sliema Street Art Festival in Malta

A beautiful ethical fashion photo shoot with actress Mélanie Laurent in Madame Figaro

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Sliema Street Art Festival in Malta

I have taken a few pictures at Sliema Street Art Festival that took place this weekend at the seaside. There were some bands playing next to the artists. The place was fun and lively.

I like to see artists at work. You can see them using sprays as if they were using paint brushes.

Sliema Street Art Festival in Malta: graffiti on a small truck

(click on the pictures to enlarge them)

Sliema Street Art Festival in Malta: graffiti

Sliema Street Art Festival in Malta: greater flamingo graffiti

Sliema Street Art Festival in Malta: graffiti in progress

Sliema Street Art Festival in Malta : yarn bombing on a palm tree by Julia Rio

yarn bombing on a palm tree by Julia Rio

Sliema Street Art Festival in Malta: graffiti on a car

Sliema Street Art Festival in Malta

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Coral silk dress

I have spotted many nice dresses in Franch brand Ekyog summer collection. Those short dresses seem comfortable and chic enough for a party or a wedding.

I’m adding this coral silk dress with a black belt to my virtual wardrobe.

illustration of a woman wearing a coral silk dress with a black belt

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Sabina in white lace dress

When I discovered Consciously Sartorial, Sabina’s blog, I fell in love with its aesthetics. This blog, written both in English and in Spanish, is an eye candy. Sabina has a gift for finding pictures, objects and clothes that are super-stylish and that are sustainable too.

Sabina has agreed to answer my questions and to pose in her favorite outfit, a white lace dress whose boho style I love.

drawing of Sabina wearing a white lace dress

Who are you?

I’m a 35-year-old language teacher, and part-time sustainable fashion aficionado. Born and bred in little Heidiland, I soon became curious about the big wide world out there. My first stop was a small island in the south of England. From there I regularly escaped to the capital, as well as to work in Holland and Italy for a while. Four years ago, my better half asked me to move back to his native Spain with him, I said “SI” and so here I am, ready for new adventures!

Could you tell me the story of your outfit?

I bought the dress in Gran Canaria, it was a last-minute buy for a local carnival night called “Eel carneval de los indianos”. The local custom demands that everyone wears white, preferably colonial-style costumes in keeping with what their people wore in South America at the time. It was possibly one of the most magical nights in my life! Everyone throws talcum powder at each other, and by the end of the night it feels like being surrounded by ghosts!

The necklace was a present from my dear cousin-in-law, friend and blog-life-saver Anita. She brought it all the way from sunny Bahia de Salvador in Brasil, one of my all-time bucket list destinations!

The straw bag comes from a small artisan workshop in Altea, a town on a hill near Alicante (Spain). Unfortunately, I’ve forgotten its name. It was a present from my husband, and holds lots of good memories (literally and non-literally).

The shoes, I have to admit, are from Topshop… They we’re the very first purchase from my first proper wage in England. I tend to wear them as little as possible, so they’ll hopefully last me for some time to come…

What are your favorite fashion shops/brands?

I live in a midsize city with little variety when it comes to shops, so I really enjoy shopping when we’re on holiday. Recently, I’ve come back to one of my old favourites, vintage clothing, I love Lotta Vintage in Madrid (, and Rokit in London (they also sell online:

I’m a huge fan of upcycling, one of the brands that has most impressed me in this field is Wintervachtjas from Holland. They’ve just released an amazing collection made from old curtains, which may sound a little bizarre, but it totally works! Sustainable leather bag brand O My Bag is also pretty high up on my wish list – I hope my husband is reading this…!

If I lived in the US, I’d wear pretty much everything by ethical super brand the Reformation – they’re just too good to be true!

I also adore Pachacuti’s fair trade Panama hats and I’m still incapable of deciding which latest Birkenstock’s model to choose for this summer – they’re all just so great!

Your blog is specialized in Sustainable Fashion. What would you advise to someone who is interested in dressing more ethically but doesn’t know where to start?

Inform yourself about all the different aspects of ethical shopping through websites such as Treehugger, Ecouterre, or
Clean Clothes, or books, like “The Sustainable Fashion Handbook” by Sandy Black and Hilary Alexander (available on Amazon).

Twitter is also a great place to find websites and blogs dedicated to ethical fashion, some of which might tell you a bit more about what’s happening in your local area.

I also think shopping more systematically is important, if you’re in need of a wardrobe edit, you might like Project 333 and Into Mind.

Once you’re in the know, you probably want to decide on a shopping strategy according to your budget. As a student with little financial resources for example, you’re best off going down the “vintage lane” ( Rokit, Asos Marketplace etc.), start customizing your clothes (check out I Spy DIY), or organizing a clothes swap with friends (see Swapaholics UK).

However, there are many great labels out there that are quite reasonably priced and they can usually be found in big cities or online. Take for example Nudie Jeans, with their repair-system they’re a pretty good buy!

Thank you Sabina!

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It rains in my heart

Following on from my series of illustrated poems, I have drawn a melancholic woman whom the poem ‘It rains in my heart’ by French poet Paul Verlaine evokes for me.

Drawing of a melancholic woman to illustrate the poem 'It rains in my heart' by Verlaine

Drawing inspired by a picture by Brent

It rains in my heart
As it rains on the town,
What languor so dark
That soaks to my heart?

Oh sweet sound of the rain
On the earth and the roofs!
For the dull heart again,
Oh the song of the rain!

It rains for no reason
In this heart lacking heart.
What? And no treason?
It’s grief without reason.

By far the worst pain,
Without hatred, or love,
Yet no way to explain
Why my heart feels such pain!

Paul Verlaine, Il pleure dans mon coeur (translation by A. S. Kline)