Friday, September 30, 2011

Book Du Jour - part une

I suppose the love for books it's like any other kind - passionate, seductive and everlasting.
Here's some of my best choices:

My name is Red (Turkish: Benim Adım Kırmızı)  - by Orhan Pamuk
Part murder mystery, part love story-set amid the perils of religious repression in sixteenth-century Istanbul.
Maybe it's not a commercial crowd-pleaser, but I believe it could please the most exquisite literary taste.

Of Love and Other Demons (Spanish: Del amor y otros demonios) - by Gabriel García Márquez
Marquez, yet again, has created a world entirely of his own. This is a tale of robust power, lust, love, sickness, madness, faith, frailty, flesh and loss.

The Borgia Bride - bu Jeanne Kalogridis
One thing is for sure - it's a quick read despite it's 500 plus pages. 
The Borgia bride is a sumptuous historical novel of passion, betrayal, scheming and incest, set in the Vatican during the 15th century, one of the most exciting, violent and also sensual times of European history. The plot and characters are based on actual historical personages and events.

The Gardener - by Rabindranath Tagore 
An enchanting book of beautiful love poems. Makes you wanna cry, smile and make love. Beautifully and emotionally complicated, but effortless. That's the kind of a book this is. 

One of my favorit poems:

Come as you are; do not loiter over your toilet.
If your braided hair has loosened, 
if the parting of your hair be not straight, 
if the ribbons of your bodice be not fastened, 
do not mind.
Come as you are; do not loiter over your toilet.
Come, with quick steps over the grass.
If the raddle come from your feet because of the dew, 
if the rings of bells upon your feet slacken, 
if pearls drop out of your chain, do not mind.
Come with quick steps over the grass.Do you see the clouds wrapping the sky?
Flocks of cranes fly up from the further river-bank and fitful gusts of wind rush over the heath.
The anxious cattle run to their stalls in the village.
Do you see the clouds wrapping the sky?In vain you light your toilet lamp-it flickers and goes out in the wind.
Who can know that your eyelids have not been touched with lamp-black?  
For your eyes are darker than rain-clouds.
In vain you light your toilet lamp--it goes out.Come as you are; do not loiter over your toilet.
If the wreath is not woven, who cares; 
if the wrist-chain has not been linked, 
let it be.
The sky is overcast with clouds--it is late.
Come as you are; do not loiter over your toilet.

Love Lasts Three Years (French: L'Amour dure trois ans) - by Frédéric Beigbeder
Cynical and tragi-comic about one night in a hip and new club in Paris amongst all the "it" people, as describing for today as for the 90s, when it was written. 
As one said: Fast and crazy ride and writing, easy to love and easy to hate.
For me - witty, charming and so real.

Seducing the Demon: writing for my life - by Erica Jong.
This one is actually Jong's autobiography. In four discursive essays and an introduction, the author ruminates on the elements of her writer's life. Chatty, gossipy and charmingly entertaining, I found this book being so human, real and raw at the same time.
I was and still am - fascinated.

Read a book now and then.

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. 
Or, as the famous Oscar Wilde said:
 There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Schoolgirl Uniform - The Holy Grail of Sexiness

No, this is not one of those things when you type Schoolgirl Uniforms on Google and end up with lots of XXX adult web sites. 

Schoolgirl uniforms - HOT or NOT?
You decide.

Wild child - Poppy Moore (Emma Roberts) with her possy.

St. Trinian's School and their leading lady Kelly (Gemma Arterton)

Gossip Girl hotties - Blair, Serena and Jenny 
(Leighton Meester, Blake Lively, Taylor Momsen)

Harry Potter's Hermione Granger (Emma Watson)

Jennifer's Body with Jennifer Check (Megan Fox)

The Craft girls starring Neve Campbell as Bonnie

and finally, my favorite
Gogo Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama) - A pitbull in a schoolgirl uniform in Tarantino's Kill Bill Volume 1

Have you ever worn a school uniform?
And just to be precise - at school, on Halloween, 1st of April or any other special occasion? 

Let me know on your favorites and help yourself with a few ideas . . . for any kind of an occasion.

Check out the Pros & Cons on the School Uniforms if you are interested.

In some other blog post, it's gonna be all about the school uniform skirts . . . 

Jewelry trends 2012

Chunky & Large Metals

Antique/Vintage/Retro & New Combinations

Dramatic, Special and “Restructured” Necklaces

Ornamented & Bold Bracelets

Eclectic /All-natural Ethnic /Tribal

Fake & Genuine Pearls

Huge Hoops and Chandelier Earrings

I haven't went on a wild shopping spree yet, but here's some of my pieces, kinda adequate for the upcoming fashion jewelry trends. :)

Are you ready for this season?

These beautiful, dramatic and statement necklaces featuring a fascinating mix of different materials such as beads, bows, ribbons, metal, vintage-style brooches and string are made by
 montreal jewellery designer Charlotte Hosten.