My lovely friend


bought these beauties for me for my birthday last weekend. While I was setting up the flat plan of all my gorgeous gifts, I noticed the way the light was falling against the white board and decided to do a little ranunculus photo study. These flowers are exquisitely beautiful - not only how the petals fan out in small layers from the centre so delicately and precisely, but also the way in which the pink colour concentrates at their edge, like they've been dipped in pink ink. I hope you enjoy the photos! 

Birthday Wish List

I'm turning 30 tomorrow and I still don't feel in the slightest prepared, especially as I haven't been feeling too well this week. So I thought I'd cheer myself up by compiling a little birthday wish list of the top favourite things I'd love to get my mitts on:

1. Giardino di Fiori Italian lace bra from Deborah Marquit
2. Geranium & Orange handwash from Neal's Yard 
3. Canon EOS 600D
4. Lines pillow case from Fine Little Day
5. Freunde Von Fruenden Book
6. 'Chiara 5' sandal from Swear
7. Cortina silver-plated necklace from Giles & Brother

Cereal Magazine Issue II

Bath-based Cereal is quite possibly the most beautifully put together magazine out there on the market. I wrote about the launch issue back in February [here], so nothing could stop me posting some of the images from issue two. It encompasses everything I love about magazines - great photography, gorgeous styling, good typography, and it even smells good - it's the whole package and what's more, it's calming to look at. Just look at the front cover - who wouldn't want to curl up on a sofa with it and sail off to sea? This issue looks at the history of pepper, Korean condiment, the fiery red paste Gochujang and the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

You can buy a copy [here]

Petit Paris: Exhibitions

There are some brilliant exhibitions on in Paris at the moment, so here are my top three, which are good if you're here for Paris Fashion Week and want to look at something other than fashion, yet doesn't steer too far from the path.

I went to a private view at the Jeu de Paume on Monday night to celebrate the launch of their new photography shows: Adrian Paci and Laure Albin Guillot. Laure Albin Guillot's work was particularly interesting as she was ahead of her time. She was a successful female photographer working in the early 20th century, who made a name for herself in the 20s with her classical nudes. But it was her studies of micrography or 'Micrographie decorative' that brought her international recognition. Inspired by Japonism she photographed microscopic preparations and framed many of them in lacquered wood to create decorative art. A series of these are lit up in the gallery and look more like beautiful paintings or even small stained-glass windows than photographs.

As her career developed she moved into a more commercial realm, began working with fashion photography, was appointed director of both the photographic archives of the national Beaux-Arts authority and the Cinematique Nationale, and she published a book on photography in advertising, one of the only books of its kind produced by a French photographer at the time - no mean feat considering she was a woman working in a male-dominated profession.

British artist, Linder Sterling, who began making art in the 70s inspired by punk music, was wearing meat dresses long before Lady Gaga as a feminist protest against men. The Musee d'Art Moderne is hosting her first retrospective, 'Femme/Object' - a collection of 200 of her collages that she made by tearing images from pornographic and women's housekeeping and beauty magazines. Her work got her noticed by the fashion industry and couple of years ago she collaborated with Richard Nicoll on a performance art that was captured on film by Linder's friend, acclaimed fashion photographer, Tim Walker.

The last one I wanted to mention is Mannequin: Le Corp de la Mode at Les Docks - an exhibition suitably (for PFW) all about models, the history of their profession and their role in fashion. It brings together nearly 120 images dating back to the beginning of the 19th century up until modern day. Amongst the photos are famous images shot by Helmut Newton, Juergen Teller and Guy Bourdin.

Kate Moss by Corinne Day, 1990

MEP: Joel Meyerowitz

I visited the Maison Europeeane de la Photographie in the Marais for the first time on Wednesday evening (it's free on Wednesday nights from 5-7:30pm). I went with a French friend, Philippine, who runs the So Cute So Culture blog (a good girl to know), to see a new exhibition by award-winning American photographer, Joel Meyerowitz that's on until 7th April. His photos are mesmerising - from his early black and white work on the streets of New York to his vivid portraits from the 60s onwards - he managed to beautifully document the quirks of city life. And then there are the harrowing shots of the 9/11 carnage. I was surprised to learn that he was the only photographer to be granted unrestricted access - because the firemen, workers and police insisted - to photograph 'Ground Zero' post 9/11. He spent days immersed in the aftermath and building personal relationships with the men and women involved in cleanup - the results are a sensitively captured archive of the event.

As we walked around Philippine explained that Parisians are going a little crazy for all things American - like London there are burger joints springing up all over the place (I'll do an edit of the best burgers soon), and now Paris even has its first food truck - the Cantine California, which apparently serves the best burgers in Paris, but I've yet to sample them. So the trend is obviously leaking into Paris' culture - a big Edward Hopper exhibition just finished at the Grand Palais and now there's Meyerowitz. Either way, this is one to check out - and make sure you go on a Wednesday evening if you can, to avoid paying.

Cereal Magazine

A very special package popped into my post last week. Cereal magazine - the gorgeous Bath-produced lifestyle tome - explores food and travel (two of my favourite things) and not unlike Oregan-based Kinfolk magazine, it promotes the good life. Filled with interesting articles on well, food and travel, it's packed with simple, but beautiful styling and almost edible photography.

The first issue looks at the history of cereal (of course), different types of carrots (they aren't all orange you know), visits the Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen - a boat-based research project that investigates Nordic cuisine, and travels to the Amalfi Coast to see the exotic Mediterranean,Villa Rufulo, home to the yearly Ravello Music Festival.

It's a gorgeous magazine, made to be kept - with articles you'll keep wanting to go back to for future reference, or when you're planning your next travels. I can't wait to sample the coffee at Copenhagen's Central Hotel & Cafe (Copenhagen has been on my city break-list for ages) or bake the Matcha Cake.

Cereal is available from Colette, OFR, System Paris and Yvon Lambert in Paris, and online from Milk & Paper.

The home of James F.Goldstein

I posted these on Art Wednesday yesterday, but love the images so much, I thought I'd give them a little mention here too. They were taken by my Italian friend, Milan-based stylist Silvia Bergomi. She'd met James F. Goldstein (multi-millionaire and NBA superfan) a few times at various fashion weeks and he invited her to his amazing Beverly Hills home. The house was designed by John Lautner, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, in 1963 and has featured in various films including the Big Lebowski and Bond.