by Lauren

summer lovin’

July 18, 2011 in admin by Lauren

I’m currently travelling around Europe, exploring new towns and lying in awkward poses on beaches (as per my inspiration photo – right) so please excuse my infrequent posts over the next few weeks.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer too (or keeping cozy if you’re in the southern hemisphere) and I look forward to catching up with you again soon. Hasta luego! L xo

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friday film: parisian chic

July 15, 2011 in fashion by Lauren

Yesterday was Bastille Day so let’s get into the French spirit with today’s Friday film.

Inès de la Fressange was a supermodel in the 80s, muse to Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel and was voted Parisian woman of the year, despite initially hailing from the south of France!

Check out the video below for a few tips and then pick up her new book, Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange. Très chic!

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the anthropologist features etsuko ichikawa

July 14, 2011 in entertainment by Lauren

I really enjoy checking out the creative new commissions each month on The Anthropologist (Anthropologie’s art blog) and the latest addition, which goes live today, doesn’t disappoint.

Etsuko Ichikawa is a Japanese-American artist, who creates amazing pyrographs made from the fire and smoke of hot, molten glass. The Anthropologist commissioned filmmaker Alistair Banks Griffin to capture the process that takes place in Etsuko’s New Jersey studio.

His film is mesmerising and the art Etsuko creates is dramatic and seems to have a life of its own. This commission definitely satisfies both my inner artist and my inner pyromaniac!

Watch 2100°/451° and find out more about Etsuko on The Anthropologist.

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at the movies: harry potter and the deathly hallows part two

July 13, 2011 in movies by Lauren

After ten years and eight films retelling the story of seven books, we’ve finally reached the end of the Harry Potter film journey. It feels like just yesterday that I sat down in the Kensington Odeon cinema to watch the first of the films the day after I graduated from high school.

Enough reminiscing, there’s plenty of that in the trailer/featurette below. The real question is… how was the final film? Was it the epic conclusion we’ve been promised for months through the global advertising campaign?

In a word – yes. As a fan of the books, I felt the magic (pardon the pun) was translated well onto the big screen. There were spectacular effects, a satisfying tying together of loose ends and a few good one liners thrown in to ease the tension.

I can’t imagine you would want to see this film if you hadn’t seen the previous seven but really, there’s no point. If you are familiar with the back story, it doesn’t disappoint.

I should also mention that this is the first film of the series I’ve seen in 3D and while I normally prefer Harry to be the only person wearing glasses in cinema, I was very impressed with the effects. One scene towards the end is particularly powerful, though 3D is used subtly to great effect throughout the entire film.

The boy has been teasing me for bursting into tears about half way through and not stopping until the credits, but I cried just as much in the book so I guess that’s a positive for the film, right? The take home message here is don’t forget the tissues!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two is a powerful and well-executed conclusion to one of the most successful film franchises of all time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Rating: ****

by Lauren

(almost) at the movies: the iron lady

July 12, 2011 in movies by Lauren

It looks like Meryl Streep is about to add another role to her already very impressive resume and I’m willing to put it out there now and say I think this role will earn her yet another Oscar nomination.

The Iron Lady tells the story of Margaret Thatcher’s rise to become Britain’s only female Prime Minister and the price she paid to get to the top. Check out the teaser trailer below for the first look.

The film is due to be released on 16 December in the US, 26 December in Australia and 6 January in the UK.

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