If modeling means staying in an old house with funky wallpapers playing with all the cats, then sign me up! This editorial features all of the above, and it’s been photographed by Ellen von Unwerth for the April 2016 issue of Vogue Russia. Model Hollie May Saker plays the crazy cat lady, one that’s arguably more glam than any other. The opulent background pairs wonderfully with the boudoir-chic clothes and the cats are acting nicer than any cats I’ve met in real life.
Just looking at the water in this picture makes me feel a little cooler. The refreshing pool photograph was taken by Toni Frissell (that’s short for Antoinette), who started up as a writer for Vogue. Her bad spelling recommended her for another job, and that’s how she started taking pictures. It’s a weird route, but it paid off: her photography is beautiful. This particular photo is from a 1949 Harper’s Bazaar and it’s the epitome of summer tranquility.
Wearing: Pepaloves dress (c/o) | Sun Jellies sandals | borrowed hat
Have you seen Magic in the Moonlight? I didn’t really like the movie, but it must have subconsciously stuck with me. As I saw myself in a shop window wearing this outfit, I realized it was very much the style of Emma Stone in that particular movie. I wish I had a luscious garden to photograph it with – I did spot the perfect place for that, but it was off-limits and fenced up. I went to a lot of silly places for outfit pictures over the years, but big fences are where I draw the line. So the cityscape of Zalau will have to do for now.
This super-comfortable dress is from Pepa Loves, the lovely Spanish brand I’ve admired for years. It’s lightweight and casual, but the embroidery on the skirt makes it unique. I can picture it with a pair of heels and a belt for a completely different look, although I can’t say I don’t adore this vacation-worthy combination either! Do you have any other ideas for styling this dress? I’d love to read them in the comments!
Who even needs clothes in summer, anyway? Let’s just pretend we’re on permanent vacation, get on a roof and get tanned under the morning sun like the gals in this Lazzari campaign. Isn’t it dreamy? Between the flamingos, pineapple drinks and pastel colors, the fabulous prints and cuts of the swimsuits look refreshing and fun. Mind you, they’re also on sale at the moment. Mind you, they’re so pretty, you might want them all.
P.S. Do not try to dive from a chair into the pavement at home.
How great are summer evenings? They’re great. But how great are summer evenings with friends, food and drinks? So. Much. Better. In today’s installment, I invite you to gather and celebrate for no reason at all, other than it’s summer, it’s nice, and the longer days suddenly give you more time in the day.
Now this is some great lingerie! British label Isosceles makes rad tulle pieces in the best colors I’ve seen. Whoever said bras and panties have to be limited to black, white, nude, and the occasional red? Why are neon shades so underrated? Questions. These colors look stunning against tanned skin, and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t mind having one of those orange straps popping from under a shirt. I also like the angular waist on the briefs, which makes them look like they’re just wrapped around the hips. I can’t wait to see more of their designs in the upcoming seasons!
Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the Designers for Tomorrow event at Berlin Fashion Week. The project, which reached its tenth edition this year, encourages and supports young talents in the fashion industry. The winner receives a one-year sponsorship program that launches their career in the business. This year’s host, role model, and advisor was Alber Elbaz of Lanvin. The five finalists were Edda Gimnes, Ancuta Sarca (whom you might remember from last year’s Gala UAD and from this interview), David Kälbe, Marc Morris Mok and Elisa Key. Check out the slideshow below for a few snaps from the show, and the official pictures from the runway here.
Oh. My. God. I freaked out when I discovered Putri Febriana last evening. Have you seen her work? The Indonesian graphic designer/illustrator makes the most wonderful, detailed, colorful, joyful illustrations I’ve seen in a while. Just look at those ice cream girls by the ice cream truck! All the stylish ones on the beach! The couple in front of Ladurée! The umbrellas on that Shibuya-like crossing! If you love all of these, you’ll be happy to hear she also sells them as silk scarves (so impressively chic!) or other merchandise on Society6. I’m dying for one of those scarves!
I grew up eating berry mousse on a regular (summer) basis. For those of you not familiar with the concept, it’s berries mixed with an equal amount of sugar and some egg white. It tastes absolutely delicious, but just imagine how much sugar goes into that 1 to 1 proportion! It’s insane. This recipe is nothing like that. Because there’s zero sugar. No dairy, no eggs, no gluten etc. And not only does it taste just as good, but it’s also ICE CREAM. And being ice cream is one of the best things one can be.
I’ve tried making banana-based ice cream before, and it’s a treat. Mix in some cacao powder and you’ve got chocolate ice cream. Throw in walnuts and – you got it! – walnut ice cream. But this raspberry version is my absolute favorite. Bananas are naturally sweet, so there’s no need to add anything else. Raspberries are just a little sour, which makes the combination easy on the taste buds. Oops, I just gave away all of the ingredients…
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 handfuls raspberry
- Cut the banana in slices. Wash the raspberries and remove greens. Freeze fruit for 3-4 hours.
- Add the frozen banana in a food processor and mix until it becomes creamy, scraping off the walls as necessary.
- Add the raspberries and continue mixing until the fruits blend together perfectly and have a soft serve consistency.
- Serve immediately.
- This recipe makes 2 small portions. Use the same proportions to make more ice cream at once, depending on the size of your food processor.
We’ve had some extreme heat the past couple of days, but you know what? I’m not even complaining. After such a long and grey winter, I’m happy with every bit of summer I can get. Be warned: if you ever visit Berlin, it should be in summer. That’s when the city reaches its full potential of events, picnics, flowers, lakes, produce, and everything else that makes for an easy living. These photos are just partial evidence.