Here are my January 2016 favorites:
* A dress at Armani Privé Couture Spring 2016 Fashion Show
This rule si very simple: if you can do a task in less than two minutes, do it straight away.
illustration by Pierre Brissaud from July 1920 ‘la gazette du bon ton’
* A woman wearing a nice beanie
Polyethylene microbeads (that you find in scrubs for example) are polluting the oceans. They are not yet banned in Europe but you can avoid them in your cosmetics by checking that the ingredients’ list doesn’t include polyethylene.
Here are my December 2015 favorites:
* Christmas palm trees
In Malta during the Christmas Season, you can see illuminated palm trees in some gardens.
* Judith by August Riedel
I’m fascinated by the determination shown by the portrait of this murderous heroine.
Here are my November 2015 favorites:
* Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, the portrait-painter of Queen Marie-Antoinette
I’d love to see Vigée Le Brun exhibition in Paris. French painter Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun painted celebrities of her time such as Queen Marie-Antoinette or Lady Hamilton and also touching family portraits.
Madame Vigée Le Brun and her daughter, Julie, circa 1789 (self-portrait)
Fashion Revolution France team is organising a colloquium on Fashion’s environmental impact. The colloquium takes place on December 7 in Paris and will be translated into English. Entrance is free but registration is required.
* A picture of Diana Rigg wearing a pantsuit in the Sixties
The New Yorker is wondering whether divestment such as fossil-fuel companies divestment is efficient. According to the article, divestment doesn’t decrease share prices so it doesn’t hurt financially the targeted companies. It mainly harms the companies’ image.
Here are my October 2015 favorites:
* Clémence Poésy wearing trousers and embroidered pull-over
I like the contrast between the sobriety of the shoes and the trousers and the teal sweater with embroidered bird and snake.
* Denim patchwork at Saint Laurent 2016 Spring-Summer Fashion Show
This denim patchwork jacket gives me recycling ideas for old jeans.
Here are my September 2015 favorites:
Charity Fashion Live team recreates London Fashion Week looks using charity shop clothes. Those creative stylists show that you can be stylish on a budget with a little imagination. You can also check Charity Fashion Live video.
* Emma Watson wearing an Edun black dress
Emma Watson in Edun. Photo : Sarah Slutsky
* A belt
I found it in a charity shop for a small price. It will prevent my jeans from sliding down!
The girl on the drawing is wearing my jeans, my belt and a bird print People Tree top
* A tip for a lighter wallet
You can use a photocopy of your loyalty cards that work thanks to a bar code. It will lighten your wallet, you will avoid losing your cards or having your card eaten by a checkout belt (as it happened to me this summer).
Another idea: photographing the bar code of the card with your smartphone and showing the picture to the cashier.
Some reflexions by David who tried Marie Kondo decluttering method
Often we feel like we lack time but isn’t it a convenient excuse? Next time you feel like saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority” instead. It’s an interesting experiment.
In August, everything slows down so I have more time to go shopping, start reading again and discover new favorites:
* Some Muji notebooks
I have found the ideal notebook! It’s without lines and with a rigid cover (it’s important if you want to draw in it). It’s made in Japon and it costs 2.5€ at Muji. I bought three notebooks but I will buy more of them next time (in case Muji stops selling them).
* Wild cats print by Stella McCartney
Liv Tyler wearing Stella McCartney wild cats print shirt and pants. photo: Kevin Mazur for Getty images
I like this colorful print, only I would wear separately the shirt and the pants in town because together they look like a pyjama (a very nice pyjama though).
* Maus by Art Spiegelman
Maus is a comic that tells the war and deportation memories of cartoonist Art Spiegleman’s father. It’s a difficult subject but the book is full of humanity. I couldn’t stop reading until the end.
Back cover of Maus
And their intelligence works like a complex network, comparable to the Internet
Blogger Jenny Rushmore tells how sewing clothes that fit her well helped her to stop hating her body.
Here are my July 2015 favorites:
with its palaces, its parcs, its 19th century buildings…
Schönbrunn palace in Vienna
I like her reinterpretation of the striped shirt. photo : Garance Doré
* The siesta
because it’s especially enjoyable during heatwaves
Here are my June 2015 favorites:
* A picturesque marine themed house facade in Gozo, Malta
Its door knockers and plates are decorated with fishes
* Multicoloured drawing paper
I don’t know yet how I will use it but meantime all those colors put me in a good mood.
* A fly swatter
I bought a fly swatter. I know it’s not glamorous but it’s very efficient against mosquitoes and it’s not toxic unlike insecticides so it’s one of my favorites this month.
When I pursue mosquitoes
a conversation with Matthieu Ricard and Pico Iyer on stillness
Here are my May 2015 favorites:
* A prehistoric beauty
the sleeping lady (c. 3000 B.C.). National Museum of Archaeology, Malta
Lilly has a radar to spot beautiful things and her blog Another Happy Day is an eye candy that you can enjoy even if you don’t speak French, with her streetstyle inspirations, designers or luxury cosmetics’ discoveries and inspiring pictures.
* Cate Blanchett print gown by Giles at Cannes Film Festival
photo : Pascal Le Segretain
De L’éthique sur l’étiquette is the French counterpart of Clean Clothes Campaign. For their latest campaign, they invite people to put labels in shops to ask brands to pay a living wage to all garment workers. I find it’s a fun way to support them.
Here are my April 2015 favorites:
* Walking along the cliffs in the south of Malta
* Feeling like wearing pale trousers
sketch inspired by a picture of Jackie Kennedy Onassis wearing white trousers in the seventies
* The mobilisation against spring hunting in Malta
Unfortunately hunters narrowly won spring hunting referendum. Nevertheless more and more people realize that we need to protect migratory birds otherwise they will disappear.
* #Haulternative videos
Maybe you have seen people in haul videos proudly showing their shopping finds. The drawback of haul videos is that they make you want to buy stuff, which is not good for your budget. The concept of haulternative has been imagined to give an positive alternative to hauling. Haulternative videos are videos showing how to reuse your wardrobe instead of buying new clothes for example by customizing, repairing, sewing or swapping clothes. Here are some examples of #Haulternative videos on vintage fashion, renting clothes or customization.