I’ve just been to see Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man. And what a beautiful film it was. The sets were lush, the cinematography carefully composed and every scene a delight to the eye.
What I loved most was the use of light and saturation in the film. It reminded me of Sofia Coppola’s films, especially The Virgin Suicides which was all sunbleached and hazy. I’d quite like to watch this again
Orla Kiely‘s SS10 campaign is out and photographed by Catherine Servel who is known for her use of light and tone. I especially like the golden hues and the play with light and shadow in her photos.
I am feeling like the time is right for getting lost in films and books. I went to watch She, A Chinese this week and was introduced to Xiaolu Guo. I have since picked up one of her books and found that seeing as winter is feeling so permanent, I am going to lose myself in her words and world.
With the help of these films, images and words I am going to ride out the cold and emerge when the days are longer and the sun’s warmth can be felt again.
I have a confession to make. I am an apple snob. Always have been, always will be. I remember the horrid little apples that were always in the Children’s Day goodie bag. I used to give them away and I am thankful that I am never to see those awful Washington apples again.
The problem with apples that don’t quite make the mark is the powder-like texture. Crunchiness is crucial to deliciousness in apples.
Pink Lady apples were a favourite for awhile but are now in second place to the snazzily named Jazz apples. Initially only sold in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s now offer them with a 1/3 off promotion, which means these crunchy, juicy apples are now available at a friendly-to-the-pocket price. Both Jazz and Pink Lady varieties not only taste great but look very rosy.
With the temperatures rising and dropping, I have been eating quite a lot of apples. I’ve enjoyed biting into a Jazz apple when it’s sunny and finding a pot of Zuivelhoeve yoghurt with apple and cinnamon compote very heartwarming and soothing with temperatures have dropped. This yoghurt is so delicious that upon discovering it, I have appointed myself as an apple and cinnamon yoghurt evangelist.
When I think of quite ordinary fruits like apples and pears, I think of how simple and inspiring these fruits are in design. From the yellow apples on my black patent shoes to my Orla Kiely grey pear print duvet cover. I remember obsessing over a pear pendant that was sold on day-lab but they’ve stopped shipping internationally, I was unable to buy it. I looked at the site today again and found some other lovely apple and pear necklaces.
As a fan of wearing fruity jewellery, I admit that fruits as inspiration work best as kitchen products. I love Yoyo Ceramics‘ kitchen tidy. Sold as a pair of an apple and a pear, they are available in four colours and will brighten anyone’s kitchen or even dressing table.
Luckily for me, working for Orla Kiely means being surrounded by print. The pear print is a favourite and I often reach out for the green apples and pears mug to have my coffee in and it pleases me ever so much, each time.
My love for neon comes and goes. No, what I want to say is my love for neon washes over me like a big wave and it simmers down. And then it comes back again.
My love for neon has been reignited by a recent trip to Primark and finding this neon plimsolls. Perhaps it was the recent post about jelly that reminded me of the joy in seeing neon colours on things.
Designers have dabbled with neon here and there. Influenced and inspired by highlighter pens there has been plenty of bright offerings over the seasons, usually around Spring/Summer seasons. One of my favourite rings is a neon pink acrylic diamond by AMT.
My favourite neon item is a folded purse from Orla Kiely which is completely sold out from a few seasons ago. I managed to get hold of the flat purse in the sample sale but will not rest until I find the oversized patent yellow leather folded purse with a kisslock coin section. Marc Jacobs seems to introduce neon bags on and off again.
Susie Bubble had a few months ago experimented with some neon pompom balls under a sheer dress. It looks amazing and a nice way to introduce some fluoro to jazz up (or should I say electro-fy) an outfit.
The choices are endless with neon. Whether you want a full on neon outfit (I have in my wardrobe an excellent neon yellow Hoss tank top and an asymmetrical neon pink top) or you just wanted to inject a little fluoro-power (accessories are great), there’s something out there. I quite like simple black dresses brightened up with neon tights.
My Spring/Summer 09 Orla Kiely bag has arrived and I had the weekend to carry it around happily for I love the shape and the size. The texture of this quilted leather with the buttons are great for those who are tactile.
This Smarties-inspired quilted handbag comes in bright yellow and coral. I have gone for the more subtle mushroom with the colourful buttons that resemble the sugar-coated candy that will help brighten up my wardrobe.
I love big bags and this is a fantastic size- it actually fits a big bottle of water and your whole life, which is generally how I like to roll. Nothing like a good rummage in the bag to come up with goodies- it’s kinda like having your own lucky dip. And does it make me crave for chocolate or candy? Not really because sometimes all you need in life is some eye candy and I have mine on my arm.
Happy Station is a Fun Fun track but this post is about stationery. One of the highlights of having a permanent job is having access to all the stationery in the stationery cupboard.
I remember as a kid, my mum buying me the cutest stationery for school. She bought my sister and I Japanese pencil cases which I used to fill with the coolest mechanical pencils. I used to think mechanical pencils were the most grown-up thing to own and use.
Well, that was only true until I started using pens. I quickly disposed of mechanical pencils and found love in my favourite type of pen. The Pilot Extra Fine Hi-Tec V5. I have since bonded with fellow V5 fans over the beautiful script produced by using this pen. It pleases me that there are bigger fans of pens out there!
I recently discovered this website and I love their paper goods. There is a really tastesful selection of old and new stationery and I am itching to get my hands on some. Orla Kiely, who I work for has also started producing stationery. Her designs are perfect on paper.
Keisuke Serizawa was a textile designer who made stencil-dyed calendars that were particularly popular with officers’ wives in US Forces. The calendars are still being produced and available to buy, but with his old designs following his death.
With Christmas just around the corner, I am feeling very inspired by things that I have seen and am thinking of card designs. At present, I am feeling very fond of plain brown paper and am thinking of using it as a blank canvas for ideas.