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Thursday
Apr122012

It's Back: J.Crew Catalog Theater

Now that the FashFilmFest is over (but will return in 2013!) I'm back to blogging! What better way to get back into the routine than with a favorite? By request and popular demand, I've got a new edition of J.Crew Catalog Theater, from the April catalog... The models are sad, sassy, confused, and wearing things we've seen before. But don't hold that against them! They're models, they can't do any better...

Sunday
Jan292012

J.Crew Spring Catalog Theatre!

It's been a very long time since the last episode of J.Crew catalog theatre and the only reason I can give you is that the stylists at J.Crew have seriously upped their game of late. I'm not going to lie - they've done a great job at making their pages both appealing and shoppable. That is, until now... (I hope my sister and her New York crew enjoy... I hear they love it when I get sacriligious.)

I was so happy to find this issue in my mailbox full of odd, ackward poses, models who are both pale and hungry, and very very strange styling choices.

There's a lot of ground to cover here, so indulge me. And yes, I edited out a few pages too - there was just too much good stuff...

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Jan192012

Influences: Last Year at Marienbad

 Two posters for Last Year at Marienbad, 1961

As we approach the final list of films for the FashFilmFest, I’ve been screening and re-screening a number of different films to hopefully narrow some selections. One film I’ve always had in mind is Alain Resnais’ 1961 film, Last Year at Marienbad. It’s under consideration, but I’m hesitant. Certain films you love without question; this is a film I’m always forced to question. What is happening here? Do I understand anything that’s happening? What is this place? Why am I so uncomfortable? Do I even like it? When it comes to Last Year at Marienbad, at any given time the answer could be either yes or no. Even when considering writing about this film (which I have many times in the past) I've also hesitated. Is there anything new to say that hasn't already been said? Perhaps not, but I can still state the facts of this film as a significant influencer of style, film, and fashion.

Delphine Seyrig in Chanel in Last Year at Marienbad

One of the more obscure French New Wave films of the early 1960s, Last Year at Marienbad has none of the color or humor of a Godard film, nor the youthful angst of a Truffaut, but it’s a film that designers and cinemaphiles come back to again and again for its style and unconventional narrative. It’s lengthy hallway shots, endless interiors, strange landscapes, and languorous story line have influenced everyone from Stanly Kubrick (especially in The Shining) to David Lynch (especially in Inland Empire). Peter Greenaway cites Marienbad as the film that had the most important influence on his body of work. In the fashion world, everyone from Marc Jacobs to Diane von Furstenberg have expressed their love of film, and as recently as Spring 2011, Karl Lagerfeld used the film as the theme for his collection for Chanel.

For his Spring 2011 show, Karl Lagerfeld re-created the black & white gardens of Last Year at Marienbad in the Grand Palais, Paris.

Stella Tennant in Chanel, Spring 2011. Inspired by Last Year at Marienbad. (Image from Style.com)

Of course this is fitting because it was Mademoiselle Chanel who dressed Delphine Seyrig in the character of the woman, apart from two feathered gowns by production designer Bernard Evein. The clothing is impeccable. Alternating between light and dark, the dresses are either ephemeral or funereal. Resnais looked to the style of Louise Brooks in G.W. Pabst’s 1929 film Pandora’s Box for the woman, and even sought a special “silent film” film stock from Kodak in order to enchance the look of 1920s silent cinema. The look of the 1920s mixes well with the contemporary 1960s (both heydays of Chanel), or the 1960s looks are suited to the 1920s – either way, the seamless transition between eras creates some of the disorientation.

The famous mirror shot from Last Year at Marienbad.

Louise Brooks in Pandora's Box.

When re-watching this film, I gave myself over to the uneasiness that begins almost immediately. The whining organ music, empty hallways, sonorous voice-overs that fade in and out – the effect is like being drawn into someone nightmare from moment one, and in moment two you’re already looking for a way to wake up. The setting is elaborate and labyrinthine and the people posed here and there make them seem like bas relief figures on the side of a temple. People are silent or intensely focused, gossiping or watching. There seems to be a love triangle, but no one's actually very loving. There has always been a lot of discussion about a "rape" scene, and possibly a murder, but it's still difficult to tell what's really happening between the three main characters. Everyone else is socializing but no one’s really interacting. Drinks are imbibed, games are played, but it all has a menacing quality to it. There seems to be a lot of money around, but no one is happy and everyone is bored. Indeed, Last Year at Marienbad has been called one of the “most boring films ever made”, even as others hail it as a masterpiece for those very same reasons.

Seyrig in the white feather gown by Bernard Evein.

Carmen Kass in a blush-colored feathered dress from Chanel, Spring 2011. (Image from Style.com)

Beyond the time-warp-surrealist narrative and down-the-rabbit-hole-and-into-Hotel-California feel, this is a beautiful film to simply look at. Every frame is considered and composed, almost like paintings in their stillness and precision. A recent editorial spread by Outumuro in Spanish Marie Claire magazine capitalized on the look of Last Year at Marienbad in a gorgeous homage to the film. It's no stretch to see how the famous "broken shoe" scene translates to our modern love of footwear...

 

The famous "broken shoe" scene from Last Year at Marienbad, and...

...recreated in Spanish Marie Claire by Outumuro.

Outumuro images from Spanish Marie Claire from The Terrier and Lobster

I think it is this visual appeal that keeps drawing designers, photographers, art directors, and yes, film directors, back to Last Year at Marienbad. Strange and misunderstood, it’s confusing mix of narratives keep generations of people conjuring their own opinions, while its eternal Gothic style provides its own frisson that’s difficult to ignore…no matter how much you may want to.

So will it be showing at the San Francisco Fashion Film Festival? I'm still unsure. As much as it's influential and intriguing, my vote is still undecided.

Friday
Dec302011

Goodbye Eleven, Hello Twelve!

Just like everyone else, this week has been about looking back at the past year and giving it some thought. In my case, I was reminded once again of what a banner year 2011 has been for me and Poetic & Chic. I am still amazed at all of the wonderful opportunities and people that came my way this year, and which have developed into more good things to come in the next year! I'm filled with gratitude for all of it.

In 2011, I continued my intermittent series of Bang Envy posts, P&C Questionnaires, and of course the Postcard of the Week. Of all of them, I was surprised to learn that the postcards mean the most to my readers. At a recent gathering, I was told time and again about how much people look forward to the postcards and the little stories I dig up about them. Nothing could have been more enlightening! The postcards rarely seem to get comments, but I was told this was because they go "too deep" and bring up so many things that it's difficult to put together a response. To me, they are a little bit of ephemera - a little journey to take at mid-week. It's always interesting where they lead me, which I suppose makes them equally interesting to all of you. I'm so happy to learn that they are appreciated.

The year began with a bang for me, as I interviewed two very famous people on THE SAME DAY. What are the chances? The first was Vogue Magazine's European Editor at Large, Hamish Bowles, about his exhibit, Balenciaga & Spain at the de Young Museum. This was a privilege that I will cherish and remember forever. I sincerely hope our paths cross again some day.

My second interview that day was with the very talented Darren Criss, who plays Blaine on Glee. Darren and I are alumni of the same high school, so the interview was ostensibly for our alumni magazine but premiered on my blog. All I can say is this: if you ever want an explosion of blog traffic, write about a teen idol. Suddenly my interview was copied and posted all over the internet (without permission), and now I'm even one of the links on Darren Criss' Wikipedia page. Oh my.

Riding the momentum form these two wonderful interviews, I ended up getting nominated, and even reaching the top 3 fashion blogs on the SF Weekly Web Awards. This honor was totally unexpected and I still feel undeserving, but it was so nice to be recognized in this way! Because of this, I was invited to host a little Fashion's Night Out gathering at Jonathan Adler, which was such fun for the gang of bloggers and stylists I have come to know and love this year. Likewise, I was equally honored to have my first feature story in Matchbook Magazine this December, as a lead-in for the San Francisco Fashion Film Festival which will happen next Spring. All of these things were more than I ever expected this year.

Of course, the main even of the year for me was the 5th anniversary of Poetic & Chic. When I launched this site in 2006 I had no idea I'd still be here this many years later. I cannot even believe it myself! So, when some friends suggested that I throw a party for this milestone, I could only agree. What a wonderful night! I'm so happy so many people came out to celebrate, and honored that so many of my creative friends sent me their "fives" for the blog... The whole occasion is something I will treasure.

Here are some of my other favorite posts of the year...

The Best of 2011:

Coachella Style: Does Anyone Care?

Speculation: Miss Middleton's Wedding Dress

Life Lessons From Working Girl

Picasso, The Steins, and Modern Art in San Francisco

Cheetah Chic

On the Make: Glitter Reduxed

Influences: The Winged Messenger

Fashion's Night Out at Jonathan Adler

Influences: Cleopatra

Here's to an equally fulfilling 2012 with more challenges and opportunities, new work, creativity, fun, and friendship! Once again, I feel that this quote bears repeating, especially at the top of a new year! Sending lots of love and best wishes to everyone for the New Year!

Wednesday
Sep072011

The Elizabethan Fashion Moment?

Taylor & Burton in a relaxed moment, 1960s.

I know that everyone has been thinking of Elizabeth Taylor since her death last spring, so I suppose an expectation for Taylor-flavored styles this fashion week isn’t too surprising. The fashion world loves an icon, and a recently-deceased icon surely needs her homage. But having just finished reading Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger’s biography of the Taylor-Burton romance, Furious Love, I find the rumors of a Taylor-flavored influence a little interesting.

It began with Vanessa Friedman’s piece for the FT two weeks ago entitled "Liz Taylor's Gift of Glamour", calling out the particular brand of Elizabeth Taylor’s style & glamour as a likely fashion influence for this Fall. Even V Magazine is sending out its September issue (on newsstands this coming Thursday,) with an homage to Taylor in over 70 pages of images styled by Carine Roitfeld. It seems the Elizabethan moment is verified, so I wonder if the predictions for this week’s runways will be true. I also wonder if these fashion insiders will get it right.

Cathy Horyn’s piece "An Alluring Beauty Exempt from Fashion’s Rules", from the New York Times last March 23rd - the day Taylor died, is the best (and truest) summation of Taylor’s relationship to fashion.

"Because of Ms. Taylor’s physical effect, which audiences surely registered in “Butterfield 8” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” when she appeared at her most dangerous, in a slip or a stolen fur coat or an unchaste white sheath dress, you tended not to notice the particulars of her wardrobe.

Instead you noticed the heavily penciled brows, the lipsticked mouth, the riot of hair crowned with fresh flowers or jewels (typically the work of Alexandre of Paris) or the head scarf when she was on a beach or relaxing with her family, oblivious of the chaos her star presence was causing."

Given this, I found it odd that while discussing the V Magazine spread, Carine Roitfeld is quoted as saying “She [Taylor] had the kind of elegance that went far beyond clothes.” Elegance? I don’t think that’s correct. That is so like the French to call everyone "elegant", even when they don't deserve it.

Elegance is a “refined quality of gracefulness and good taste” whereas glamour is “an attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people seem appealing.” I don’t know that anyone has ever described Elizabeth Taylor as having good taste in anything but jewelry.

Elizabeth Taylor wears the 69.42 carat Taylor-Burton diamond (Krupp diamond) with Richard Burton at the 1970 Academy Awards.

While Taylor truly enjoyed the finer things, excess, food, drink, and a general fun frolic, she didn’t put much in mind for clothing. She did take a lot of chances (for better or worse), but between the furs and jewelry and extravagant hairstyles, the end result was mostly loud, distracting frivolity. It is almost as though she pursued a vulgarity in her look so that people would no longer see her ever-present beauty. This was certainly the case in her private language and manner. According to Furious Love, Taylor loved to swig beer, belch, and swear with the best of them, thereby downplaying her beauty and femininity by pointedly not acting like a lady.

Taylor (with Burton) challenges the notion of "good taste" with white hot pants and go-go boots. 1971

She was consciously vulgar; she tried to be, and succeeded. She knew that flaunting millions of dollars in jewelry was a bit outré, but she appreciated their beauty for themselves and wanted to share it with the world. According to Furious Love, she wrote: "One day somebody else will have them...and I hope that new person will love the jewelry and respect it as much as I do...I've never, never thought of my jewelry as trophies. I'm here to take care of them and to love them."

As Vanessa Friedman said in her article:

“…She was the id unleashed, with an unapologetic joy in consumption that those tired of today’s hair-shirted mea culpas may find truly thrilling…Her sense that fashion and sparkles are for fun, and that there is value in that fun, helped make her so compelling as a style icon, then and now. She didn’t ask for anyone’s approval and she wore her diamonds with great joy, even in her hair.”

This earthiness contributed to her allure, because instead of being ephemeral and untouchable (and elegant) like her contemporary Grace Kelly, Taylor was firmly planted on solid ground; it was just the looks that were goddess-like. (According to Furious Love, Burton “usually felt awkward around Princess Grace, whom he described as rather dull and in the class of people who are ‘in a somewhat false position and know it…’”)

The taste of Taylor: In the world's most expensive fur coat & a bikini, with Burton, Look Magazine, 1970.

Taylor’s fiery glamour and passion is what is more appropriate than any “elegance” she may have shown. Her love of jewelry far outweighed any love for fashion. In fact, I would go so far as to say that fashion maybe made her feel a bit insecure. Taylor always reverted to classic designers such as Halston, but for her red-carpet events she usually asked Edith Head to design something for her. Other than a designer, she chose a costume designer – she was dressing to fit the part of a movie star and went right to the top. But a costume is not fashion.

Vanessa Friedman asserts that the Taylor influence will translate into jewel tones, belts, metallics, and touches of tweed and fur. To me, this doesn’t sound too far away from what's normal, but we’ll see what happens. Aren't we already expecting an emerald-green trend for Fall?

An Elizabeth Taylor trend in beauty, makeup, and styling is one thing, but fashion? Beyond an increase in furs and bosomy-necklines (which we’ve already seen swelling, ahem, in the past few seasons,) I’m not sure that a true style influence that translates to the runway is entirely apt. If it can be done creatively and with Taylor's own brand of shock and humor (and even a touch of vulgarity?) then perhaps it will be correct. But designers are so very conscious of what's in good taste that I think it will be stretch for them to let loose and take a cue from La Taylor.

Cathy Horyn said it best at the conclusion of her piece on Taylor, saying “this kind of style had nothing to do with luxury or imprisoning taste, but it had a great deal to do with living.”

Images: 1) from Movie Morlocks, 2) Vanity Fair, 3) Shoe Blogs, 4) Internet

Sunday
Aug282011

Vote for P&C in the SF Weekly Web Awards 2011!

Guess what everyone? I've been nominated for an AWARD! A legit one too - an SF Weekly Web Award!

I know, it was a complete surprise to me too, but there I am on the list under Category 14 -  "Best Fashion Blogger"! I'm in amazing company too, so the nomination alone is so very exciting!

There's only TWO MORE DAYS of voting to do (polls close on August 30th), so get there and vote for me! Also check out the other categories where you can vote for fun people like MuniDiaries, Broke-Ass Stuart, Necessary Conversation, The Creme Brulee Cart, and With Style Grace, among many others!

HERE'S THE BEST PART: you can vote more than once! So, refresh those screens and keep clicking!

Thank you all so much for your support. This is a thrill!

Sunday
Jun262011

P&C Questionnaire: Sterling Style

Taylor Sterling always likes to tell me that it was a post on Poetic & Chic that inspired her to start her Sterling Style blog. This is indeed one of the most flattering notions in all of blogging history. The idea that my little commentary on a 30 second Miss Dior Cherie commercial would lead to the Sterling Style-Glitter Guide empire is absolutely incredible to me!

So, it is only fitting that I finally get Taylor in the P&C Questionnaire hot-seat! Without further ado, I give you Ms. Taylor "Sterling"...

 

What is your occupation and how did you arrive at it?

I'm a full-time blogger running my own fashion blog Sterling Style (www.sterlingstyle.net) and I'm about to launch a new lifestyle website Glitter Guide (www.theglitterguide.com). I've been in love with fashion and lifestyle magazines since I was young. I was a fashion intern at Women's Wear Daily in Los Angeles in college. After college I tried other careers but I always felt a pull towards working in this industry and I'm happy to now be working on my own business. It's very rewarding.

Name three things that inspired you this week.

1. Watching my boyfriend gear up for his CrossFit regional competition. I've never met anyone with as much drive and dedication. He inspires me everyday.

2. The movie "Midnight in Paris" by Woody Allen. It was so charming and really portrayed the beauty of Paris.

3. The Glitter Guide Tumblr (www.theglitterguide.tumblr.com). Are fans submit pictures of how they sparkle and they are always so in inspiring.

What is your personal style "uniform"?


A cargo jacket, striped top, dark skinny jeans, and flats. I wear this all the time.

Name one type of clothing, shoes, or accessory that always makes you stop and stare, and explain why.

A vintage rhinestone necklace. I'm obsessed. Every time I see one I want to buy it.

Do you buy vintage? If so, what piece in your collection is your favorite?

Yes! Currently, it's my vintage brown envelope clutch. I got it on Etsy and it complements my modern pieces perfectly.

 

Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong time? If so, what era would you like to have lived in and why?

Not really. However, I'm fond of 60s fashion.

 

What current trend do you like the most?

 

I love the bold color trend. I always wear color but right now I'm really playing with it and it's so fun.

 

What current trend (in your opinion) cannot disappear fast enough?

I'm not fond of those trendy Jeffrey Campbell "Lita" shoes. They're just not my style.

What film could you watch over and over and still find something inspiring? Why?

"Amelie" was one of those movies that had me transfixed and mesmerized. I still feel that way every time I watch it. It's so beautiful and creative and a sweet love story.

 

If blogging didn't exist, how would you fill your extra time?

I'd probably still be clipping out magazines and pasting them in inspiration folders. I've been doing that since I was 17.

All images from Sterling Style, except image #2 - a film still from Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen, 2011.

Sunday
Jun262011

Show Me Your Fives!

"The Figure 5 in Gold" by Charles Demuth, 1928

I think that July 16th of 2006 was a Saturday. Was it? I'm not sure. I just remember being on my sofa with my laptop, trying to make my utterly pedestrian photo of a bookshelf look like a stylish blog header. Yes, it's been FIVE YEARS since I first started this blog (well, it will be in about 3 weeks) and I think that's something to celebrate, don't you? 

I always joke that Poetic & Chic is my longest relationship. As any blogger knows, keeping up with this project/hobby/journal/art form takes serious devotion. There are always days when you don't want to be bothered, when you get a nasty comment, or simply cannot muster the muse to put forth even the merest bit of witty drivel. But, you do. So here I am five years later and feeling rather proud of the whole thing.

Let's face it, I'm not one of the usual bloggers with self-protraiture, Polyvore collages, and photos of perfectly styled stacks of vintage books and over-bloomed flowers. No, that's not my thing. I'm never going to win the contests of the mosts: most commenters, most readers, most followers, etc, but I never wanted to be one of those bloggers. I could have done things differently of course, but I did what I always thought was true to me: quality content; a mix of old world and new; thoughts on luxury, style, trends, history, art, culture, and what-not; and a bit of humor on the side.

Every time I've even considered hanging up my keyboard I'm drawn right back into the fray. My strong and stalwart group of fans raise a ruckus and I reconsider. Hence we arrive at the 5th Anniversary of Poetic & Chic.

Now it comes to you. Won't you help me celebrate this momentous blog birthday? I'm compiling a celebration of FIVES... Send me your fives in any shape, image, or photo before July 16th and I'll put them together in a birthday post that day. What's a five? Anything you want. Five of anything: big rings, birds, kids, fingers, red shoes, clouds, cracks in the sidewalk...what ever you can conjure! Send it to me poeticandchic [at] gmail.com, and I'll round them up for a celebratory post. I thought this was a fun, artsy way to get everyone involved and make the blog a living work of art in honor of the 5th anniversary!!!

I cannot wait to see what your fives are!

Monday
Jun202011

Cheetah Chic

Phyllis Gordon with her cheetah, shopping in London, 1939

I came across this image of actress Phyllis Gordon out shopping with her pet cheetah a number of months ago, but it's been on my mind ever since. I'm enchanted by the inherent insouciance of it all. Imagine trotting out to do a few errands in the neighborhood and bringing along your favorite big cat just for kicks! This is the essence of luxury and chic.

I'm not at all what one would term a "cat person". I'm cool with cats, but wouldn't choose to have one over a feisty and funny terrier. I've been known to cat-sit here and there which isn't altogether unpleasant, although I'd prefer a cold wet nose over a sandpaper-tongue. So it is interesting that I find myself completely jealous of those eternally-stylish women who through history have sported cats as an accessory. Not just any cat, but a full-grown cheetah or leopard. Hands down, this is beyond stylish and everyone knows it - no Yorkie in a Louis Vuitton bag could compete.

As Jessica Kerwin Jenkins writes in Encyclopedia of the Exquisite, "by the twentieth century the cat's sexy, slinky reputation was appreciated by bohemians, intellectuals, and some extremely glamorous women, who upped the ante by taking in leopards as pets...As they proved, no animal makes a more stunning sidekick than a glowering great cat."

Women casually strolling with a cheetah on a leash sounds like something out of an old Hollywood urban legend. You know the scene: fur coat to the floor with a sharp cloche hat and five big cats on a chain, preferably while walking briskly down a train platform with the steam rising and a porter trailing with a mountain of trunks. My whole life I've longed to be this woman.

Marchesa Casati with her leopards, by Paget-Fredericks ca. 1920s

When I first started reading about the Marchesa Casati, I became enchanted with her pet cheetahs. According to legend, the Marchesa would take her private gondola across the Grand Canal late at night just to walk her pets through the Piazza San Marco. True to form, she would perform this ritual while completely naked but for a fur coat. Imagine running into that after too many Bellinis at Harry's Bar!

Marchesa Casati with her pet cheetah, 1912

Josephine Baker was also known to sport a leopard named Chiquita around Paris in the 1920s when she was the most flamboyant act in town. Diana Vreeland saw the pair out at the movies once and loved how Chiquita pulled Baker into her white Rolls Royce in a single bound: "Ah! What a gesture!...I've never seen anything like it. It was speed at its best, and style."

Josephine Baker & Chiquita

Gloria Swanson also seems like the type who would have had cheetahs close at hand. In Sunset Boulevard, Norma Desmond seems to be surrounded by leopard skins in one way or another. Even the seats of her Isota-Fraschini are upholstered in leopard skins. This detail in the production lends itself to the once-glorious past of Norma Desmond, recalling glamorous days of dancing the tango with Valentino.

Desmond's character probably had some basis on one of the original movie starlets, the great Pola Negri. Although she made her mark in early silent film in Europe, Negri signed a contract with Paramount and came to Hollywood in 1922. (It was she, not the fictional Norma Desmond, who met Valentino at a classic Davies-Hearst costume party at San Simeon a few years later. The two became lovers until Valentino's death in 1926.) Like the Marchesa Casati, Negri also had a weakness for cheetahs and walked hers frequently down the real Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood's heyday.

Negri's love of cheetahs came full circle much later on when in 1964, Negri starred with Hayley Mills in Disney's The Moon Spinners as Mrs. Habib, a character with a pet cheetah named Shalimar. While filming this teenage caper flick in London, it is said that Negri caused a sensation walking the cheetah nonchalantly through a hotel lobby. It sounds as though Negri not only knew the essence of glamour, but that she also had a true sense of humor too.

Hayley Mills & Pola Negri in The Moon Spinners, with a cheetah in the background.

To seal Hollywood's fascination with the luxury of keeping a big cat, there's also Bringing Up Baby - an entire screwball comedy devoted to the antics surrounding a rich woman's pet cheetah.

Film stars with cheetahs seems to be a classic combination. If they didn't keep them as pets they were certainly photographed with the cats as props; I would guess it is because of the wild, exotic, and animalistic connotations. You can't really argue with that. Indeed, the earliest Hollywood stars seem to have been photographed with cheetahs time and again in their ultra-glamorous, fantasy-driven publicity stills.

Bebe Daniels and a cheetah.

Joan Blondell and a cheetah.

I suppose that it isn't entirely practical to aspire to keeping a cheetah in this day and age. But was it ever practical? No. It's their impracticality that makes them so very stylish. All of these women seem to have been a bit "unleashed" while accompanied by a big cat on a leash. The sexy, outrageous, glamorous, diva-ish behaviour just seems to go hand in hand with this type of indulgence. Anything that's so truly luxurious as a pet cheetah could only be utterly, exuberantly beautiful in itself.

For more images of starlets & cheetahs, be sure to visit this post from the Pictures blog.

All images from internet searches.

Wednesday
Jun152011

P&C Questionnaire - Reverie Daydream

Yes, it's Wednesday not Monday, but yes this is a P&C Questionnaire! These past few weeks have been so busy that I can't seem to keep my deadlines organized. I'm doing postcards on Fridays and "Bon Weekends" on Sundays...one of these days I'll get back to normal, I promise!

In the meantime, the lovely Melissa McArdle of Reverie Daydream has joined the ranks of P&C Questionees with this transporting submission. Melissa has a beautiful online boutique filled with artisan gifts of every variety, and her blog of the same name celebrates this aesthetic. I love this glimpse into her world - a reverie indeed!

What is your occupation and how did you arrive at it?

 

For as long as I can recall, I've always been a perfect gift finder for others, and throughout our travels, I have met talented artisans along the way.  Supporting these creative souls as well as finding great joy in offering gifts that have a story, led me to open an online boutique filled with well designed goods from artisans all over the world. 

Name three things that inspired you this week.

Clouds so magnificent that I felt I was walking through a beautiful landscape painting.

Fresh blueberries from the farmers market which were the stars of Friday morning muffins.
 
The lush green leaves of the vineyards.

What is your personal style "uniform"?

Most days you will find me in black ~ a simple dress, jeans with long fitted t-shirts/tanks, and/or long skirt with layers of thin shirts.  For the most part, I'm very casual and dress up my daily style with beaded jewelry, large rings, and lots of bangles.

Name one type of clothing, shoes, or accessory that always makes you stop and stare, and explain why.

I always admire any woman who dresses beautifully from head-to-toe, walks with confidence, and wears an effortless smile.

Do you buy vintage? If so, what piece in your collection is your favorite?

I'm not an avid vintage shopper, but I do have an incredible faux leopard coat I picked up 10 years ago at a Nob Hill Estate sale.

Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong time? If so, what era would you like to have lived in and why?

Perhaps the late 1800's-early 1900’s in Paris should have been my era, for I constantly dream of living in the city of light with so many artistic bohemian greats during this time period.

What current trend do you like the most?

The focus of farm to table food...I hope it is just not a trend but becomes a lifestyle for everyone.

What current trend (in your opinion) cannot disappear fast enough?

Honestly, I'm so "not with it" when it comes to trends, but I would definitely say Uggs.

What film could you watch over and over and still find something inspiring? Why?

The Rape of Europa never becomes tiresome.  I admire and highly respect all the war-inflicted individuals who went above and beyond to protect art and history.

If blogging didn't exist, how would you fill your extra time?

I would read more, cook non-stop, and practice yoga longer. { Hmmm?  Perhaps, I sense a re-evaluation of priorities.}

Images: 1, 3, & 5 - Reverie Daydream's Pinterest; 2 - "Dans les Nuages" by IreneSuchocki on Etsy; 4 - "Le French Can-Can" by Jean Gabriel Domergue; 7 - Reverie Daydream's Tumblr