Britney Friday! The best of Britney

Hey guys!! Well the weekend is almost here and today I've been watching new Britney videos, it reminded me of High School. I remember when I was 17, on Friday evenings before I got ready to meet my friends, I would watch my Britney music videos on VHS to feel great and happy! It worked every time, I would also try and do my makeup just like hers and crimp my hair in random pieces... haha. It taught me so much about applying makeup, it's so funny to look back on the things that had such a huge influence on me and see it reflected in my current lifestyle! Since Britney inspired me so much I thought it appropriate to dedicate a post to her today. Who made or makes you feel empowered/inspired?

Enjoy your weekend!

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The best of Britney's videos, according to me! Have fun, and get ready tonight listenin and watching this in order!!

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My home, 2013, Kimberley Gordon, Wildfox

You may remember my post from 3 years ago of my old place, but I've moved since and thought I'd post pics of my new place! I love my new house, it's right in the middle of Silverlake (like my last house but even closer to the junction now) and it has a big back yard for Stella to run around in... Kelsey does flower arrangements in the studio in the back and I love seeing her pregnant belly all the time. I wanted my house to feel a little bit like I was at the beach even though I was in the middle of the ity, lots of baskets and glass and little rustic things. It really helps me to do get lots of inspiration when my home feels a bit seperated from my actual life! Here are some special things in my home, welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinfolk

I just ordered a subscription to Kinfolk, the most beautiful magazine ever. You are so gonna order it also... it's available HERE

ABOUT KINFOLK

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Each issue combines lyrical essays, recipes, interviews, personal stories and practical tips with a keen attention to design and details.

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Sunday inspiration (I'm back, sorry for the break!!)

Watching:

Before Midnight

I'm probably going to have a heart attack and die when I see this since Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are the best movies I've ever seen in my life. I heard this one is the best of the trio, which is easy to believe as the second one was better than the first. I love these movies so much I want to claim them, I want to say they are MINE! Ha! It's still in theatre, maybe I will actually go to the movies for this one.

 

Behind the Candelabra

My Girlfriends are raving about this, so I'm going to watch it tonight. The costumes look spectacular!

 

Eating:

Summer BBQ! Back in LA and def gonna be making ribs this week.

Here is a recipe from NPR

For the ribs and spice paste

4 racks true baby back ribs (each 3/4 to 1 pound), or 2 racks American baby back ribs (each 2 to 2 1/2 pounds)
6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 piece (2 inches) fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon coarse salt (kosher or sea)
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce or more soy sauce

For the dipping sauce

4 teaspoons coarse salt (kosher or sea)
4 teaspoons white pepper 4 juicy limes, cut in half
Advance preparation
1 to 4 hours for marinating the ribs

1. Prepare the ribs and spice paste: If necessary, remove the thin, papery membrane from the back of each rack of ribs (see photo number 1, page 235) — some stores sell baby backs with the membrane removed. If you are using the larger racks of ribs, cut each rack in half. Place the ribs in a nonreactive baking dish just large enough to hold them in a single layer.

2. Place the garlic, ginger, sugar, 1 tablespoon of salt, and the black pepper in a mortar and pound to a paste with a pestle. If you do not have a mortar and pestle, puree these ingredients in a food processor. Work in the honey, soy sauce, and fish sauce. Spread the spice paste over the baby back ribs on both sides. Let the ribs marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for 1 to 4 hours; the longer the ribs marinate, the richer the flavor will be.

3. Prepare the ingredients for the dipping sauce: Place 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of white pepper in neat mounds side by side in each of 4 tiny bowls for the dipping sauce. Place 2 lime halves next to each bowl.

4. Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat it to medium.

5. When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Place the ribs, bone side down, on the hot grate and grill until golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes per side, a little longer for full-size ribs. Watch for flare-ups. Should they occur, move the ribs to another section of the grill. When the ribs are done, the meat will have shrunk back from the ends of the bones by about 1/4 inch.

6. Transfer the racks of ribs to a cutting board and cut them into individual ribs, then arrange them on a platter or plates for serving. Just before eating, instruct your guests to squeeze 1 to 2 tablespoons of lime juice into their bowls of salt and white pepper and stir them with chopsticks until mixed. Dip the ribs in the sauce before eating.

The Scoop:

Where: Siem Reap, Cambodia
What: Baby back ribs spiced with garlic and ginger and served with lime dipping sauce
How: Direct grilling
Just the facts: There once was a time when baby back ribs really were "baby." They came from Denmark, and the racks were so tender and small (three quarters to one pound), you could grill them directly, like pork chops. This is the sort of baby backs you find in Cambodia. You can also grill full-size American baby backs this way, but cut each rack in half before grilling.

Excerpted from Planet Barbecue!: 309 Recipes, 60 Countries by Steven Raichlen. Copyright 2010. Reprinted by permission of Workman Publishing Company.

 Reading:

 

Going to start reading the Greengage Summer this week, reccomended by Sophie Dahl. I just finished "The Hillside Stranglers" Which was extremely dark but very interesting... need something light and a break from that intense book. Th Greengage sounds so beautiful and great. I cant wait!

"The faded elegance of Les Oeillets, with its bullet-scarred staircase and serene garden bounded by high walls; Eliot, the charming Englishman who became the children's guardian while their mother lay ill in hospital; sophisticated Mademoiselle Zizi, hotel patronne, and Eliot's devoted lover; 16 year old Joss, the oldest Grey girl, suddenly, achingly beautiful. And the Marne river flowing silent and slow beyond them all . . .

They would merge together in a gold-green summer of discovery, until the fruit rotted on the trees and cold seeped into their bones . . .

"The Greengage Summer" is Rumer Godden's tense, evocative portrait of love and deceit in the Champagne country of the Marne - which became a memorable film starring Kenneth More and Susannah York. In the preface, Rumer Godden explains how it came to be written.

'An exciting tale, this novel has both charm and atmosphere, and Miss Godden recaptures with an easy unsentimental naturalness the unfocused vision of adolescence' "Evening Standard"

 

It was also turned into a movie, here are some pictures:

 

Wearing:

Ripped up jeans and collared shirts!

Into the Wild (Fox) Pre-Fall 2013

Get inspired to get into nature this summer, this Pre fall collection will be released in June, unfortunately the chiffon dresses and slips will not be out until December :(

This collection is very personal for me and was ignited by a moment under the stars with my friends last summer. We all drank whiskey and stripped down to little dresses and bathing suits, it was a warm windy night in Joshua Tree and we had nothing but blankets and an i-phone speaker blaring music from the inside of a cup (a trick I learned on that trip!) It made me think of my summers camping in High School, my inseparable group of friends and I used to climb the water tower in the mountains of Santa Barbara, toss up our sleeping bags and play truth or dare while gazing out at the twinkling city far below. It's a magical experience and one I attribute to California. I don't think the magic will ever leave me...

We had dreamy Lauren Ward shoot this for a more subtle, quiet feeling (a little different than our other campaigns) and cast muse, Daria Pleggenkuhle, to play the ultimate, High school flashback Tomboy. her cropped hair, lanky body, and bushy eyebrows conjured the feeling of self discovery, hot summers, and dreaming of what the future held.

Another girl who was a major inspiration for me was teen photographer, Nirrimi. Please check out her blog for incredible inspiration!! One of the shirts "Alba" is named after her baby. Please enjoy!! I hope you can find your own magic this summer.

As designer Kimberley Gordon describes the inspiration behind the unique pieces, “When I was 11 and moved to California, we started going on camping trips and I haven’t stopped since. From Yosemite, Joshua Tree, tents, ghost stories, campfires, and bug spray, to first kisses, swimming, fishing, home made burritos, and bucket hats! Camping always makes for the most wonderful memories.” Gordon adds, “The open road through the desert with the windows down and heat rushing in or laying under the stars with your friends drinking whiskey and playing spin the bottle; the collection is inspired by all of these feelings and memories.  The last three weeks before school begins, the urgency of cramming in all the fun, and that feeling that you know it’s all going to end soon which makes it all the more magical.”

The Daydream group features a selection of unique photorealistic images sublimated onto signature Wildfox bodies. The “Kissing Under The Stars” Cassidy tank is covered in an allover galaxy print featuring a vibrant graphic of luscious red lips on the front. Other styles include images of desert highways, Los Angeles horizons, and swimming pools with phrases such as “The Road is Home” and “Dream On Dreamer”. The “Motel Mirrors” jumper features a lifelike image of a hotel room across the entire body as if the garment had been cut out of a photo.

The Besties group is a pairing of favorite Spring 13 graphics with signature Wildfox tees, tanks, and White Label sweaters, creating an ultimate must-have collection for summer. In addition to popular t shirt graphics like ‘Rainbow Pony’, ‘Meow!’ and ‘Grey Wolf’, signature bodies included are both Desert and Hippy crew necks and Classic v neck tees offered in a palette of soft pinks, teals and yellows. Highlights from the White Label sweater knits are the allover floral print ‘Little Edie’ on a classic Lennon body and ‘Hampton Tennis Club’ on the School Girl V.

Photos: Lauren Ward

Make up: Carlene K

 

Hair: Anna Lee Fiorino

Styling: Kimberley Gordon, Meredith Leyerzaph

Wildfox production team: Emily Siegel, Casey Wisdon, Aurora Rivera, Alexandra Green, Kevin Ramirez

Photo Edit: Kimberley Gordon 

Inspiration for Monday: Sophie Dahl

 

 

Take one former supermodel, mix with a successful career in cookery writing and add a large dollop of domestic bliss for the perfect result, says Sophie Dahl.

By Sali Hughes
05 October 2011

Sophie Dahl has requested we meet in a salvage yard coffee shop off the M40. I’m browsing some vintage doorknobs when she bounds in. And, even after 13 years of interviewing some of the world’s most beautiful women, I am unprepared. She is insanely pretty – like, Sistine Chapel pretty. In a simple ‘mum shirt’ and boyfriend jeans, an enormous black Chanel tote is the only clue to her former life as one of the world’s most successful fashion models. Skin like double cream – the kind that only British girls possess – poured over the most exquisite, aristocratic bones and the body of a vintage Playboy bunny. Her lips are so pouty, and her curly-lashed eyes so enormous, she looks like a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Tweetie Pie.

As she sits down and politely orders a pot of builder’s tea, I wonder aloud if, when Sophie’s career turned to writing, her extraordinary looks got in the way? She did, after all, spend her twenties as a supermodel with an agenda of ‘real woman curves’ forced upon her. No smart and impressionable young woman wants her appearance to be debated ad nauseum in the national press.

She nods, more shyly than you might expect. ‘I’d been a fantastically plain child, so it felt super weird when my appearance became a talking point in the press, and this politicised thing,’ she says. ‘To begin with, I was bouncing down the catwalk like a Labrador puppy, having just had an enormous baguette for lunch. It was only when it became really public that I started feeling quite embarrassed and shy, and that was what prompted my move to New York. I just wanted to disappear.’

Sophie left New York and, with it modelling, in 2007.‘I didn’t like being a model,’ she says now. ‘It feels weird to stand in your knickers in front of people you aren’t married to.’ Now 34, it’s remarkable and refreshing that she devoted her post-fashion life to food – Kryptonite to most models. For someone who claims greed is her biggest vice (she gave up cigarettes when she quit modelling, despite still missing them dreadfully), cookery writing seemed like a logical next career step. ‘I’d known I wanted to write since I was little, and food was always very important to me, and my family. I like routine, and cooking became a ritual when I was modelling in New York. My life was nomadic, so making supper felt like an announcement that I was home.’

I wonder if those New York loft model meals were quite the same as the nursery food in her new book, From Season To Season (I doubt the ‘Heartbreak Carbonara’ – though delicious – is catwalk-friendly). ‘Things were more disciplined when I was modelling,’ she admits. ‘I ate less bread. I’m naturally greedy and would end up the size of a house if I ate all I wanted all of the time. Nowadays, I arm myself with Spanx and I’m ready to go. I’m happy with myself, though. Women fetishise thinness but men don’t give a ****. I always had boyfriends, whether I was skinnier or rounder.’ At this exact moment, a waiter comes to offer us pudding. She orders a huge slab of strawberry cheesecake and two spoons.

This abundant appetite and love of food has served her well. After a novella and novel, her debut food book, The Delicious Miss Dahl was an instant bestseller, and the accompanying BBC series pulled in over two-million viewers in the UK (it has since been syndicated worldwide). Now married to musician Jamie Cullum and mother of seven-month-old Lyra, Sophie’s latest book, From Season To Season, feels even more intimate and nostalgic than the first. It draws heavily on her childhood, combining family anecdotes with comforting recipes (the apple cider omelette is a triumph) from the repertoire of Jamie’s family, and of her beloved grandmother, the late actress Patricia Neal (wife of her grandfather, Roald Dahl).

These affectionate stories appear alongside often uncomfortable memories of Sophie’s unconventional childhood with her actress mother, Tessa Dahl, who was just 19 when Sophie was born (her siblings, Clover, Ned and Luke, came much later).

The young Sophie lived a transient life, changing houses, schools – even countries – occasionally with dread and unhappiness, on her young mother’s whim. ‘My mum liked to move house,’ says Sophie matter-of-factly, ‘she loved adventure, and didn’t like being tied down. If she was fed up somewhere, she would move.’ As a mother myself, this makes me feel sad, but Sophie’s philosophical. ‘It’s not until you’re in your thirties with the benefit of hindsight that you can say, “that was wrong”. As a child, that was my reality so it didn’t feel weird. Looking back, I can see that it was. But we forget our parents were so young. Think about people you know who are in their early twenties and it’s not fathomable for them to be having babies and making choices for them. You develop a softness and an appreciation towards your parents.’

I ask if all the old wounds have healed and she smiles. ‘I don’t remember who said it, but the moment you reach adulthood is when you forgive your parents, and I’ve definitely found that to be true. You get on with it because you accept they did the best they could.’

The adult Sophie – all cosy family pottering and countryside idyll – comes as a direct result of such an unsettled past. Significantly, she’s had the same best friend, Emily (a primary-school teacher), since birth and has chosen to settle in the only childhood base she knew – rural Oxfordshire – with Jamie and Lyra. ‘Oddly, my childhood gave me a grounding or, at least, a sense of wanting to create my own family unit that was consistent and rooted. So I am immensely grateful for my background, as it means I could come into my marriage and motherhood in a way that I feel like I’ve done all my partying and this, for me, is a massive luxury.’

She had made the tentative steps towards this new life before she met Jamie at a charity function in 2007. ‘Leaving New York and London, quitting that life and moving home, was quite a step. All of that time was transitional and frightening, but brilliant.’

The man she has chosen to share this new life with is suitably solid, and from a close family that has welcomed in Sophie as their own. It’s easy to see from the book that she adores her in-laws. ‘I thought he was great before I knew his background,’ she says, ‘but when you see where someone comes from, it gives you a stronger sense of them and what they are shaped by. The closeness of his family is, and was, very appealing. It feels very natural and easy, like it was always meant to be.’ She admits that meeting Jamie was a turning point. ‘I knew very early on that I had met my person,’ she says. ‘I think we both did. Life just felt fuller. I hate it when people say, “I felt completed”, but it felt like it was always meant to be in that way. He felt familiar to me. It felt like coming home, which I suppose is the mark of something great.’

In January of last year, the couple married in an intimate ceremony in the New Forest. The bride wore a simple dress by Alice Temperley and their first dance was to Steve Miller Band’s The Joker. Now, they are largely together while Jamie scales back his touring to be at home, for which she is grateful. ‘I feel very lucky,’ she says. ‘As a new mother, I have friends whose husbands went back to work within a week and, for me, having Jamie at home was invaluable. We really got to figure Lyra out and she got to figure us out. It’s been lovely.’

Is Jamie a good dad? She grins: ‘He’s divine, but I knew he would be. He’s a terrific father, tremendously patient and fun. You definitely look for that in a partner, albeit unconsciously.’

Life at the Cullums’ consists of hanging out with Lyra, while Jamie works in his home studio, rejoining the family for lunch. ‘I have somebody help me in the afternoon which is when I do my writing and emails and then we liaise again later for bath and bedtime.’

I wonder whether becoming a mother to a baby girl has caused her to revisit the issue of body image and whether she’d discourage her daughter from placing herself under the same scrutiny? ‘I don’t want to pre-empt that too much, because she may want to be a scientist,’ Sophie smiles. ‘But I do notice that people talk to beautiful little girls in a different way, and I think that’s terribly dangerous. I have a brother with an incredibly beautiful daughter and you see how self-aware she is already at a very young age. It’s no-one’s fault, it’s just the way that society is conditioned to tell little girls they look like princesses. It should also be that she’s incredibly clever, funny, kind and loyal and she’s such a great friend. You have to continue to reinforce other attributes which are more important than beauty.’

One senses that Sophie herself decided there was more to her life than beauty, and never really looked back. She is currently on something of a roll. Her next project is a BBC documentary on home-economics guru Mrs Beeton, with whom she’s long been fascinated, then it’s on to writing her new novel about a group of close girlfriends in New York. And then, possibly, more children – once she’s emerged from ‘the fug of early motherhood’. But, for now, a trip to John Lewis for new curtains is the priority. Sophie fishes around for her purse to pay the bill and gives me an enormous hug and promises to tweet me, despite feeling a constant low-level anxiety about ‘being boring’ on Twitter. As she sweeps out, with a nearby lunch group of old ladies gawping at her lovely face, I look down to the table and see that she has left me the last mouthful of strawberry cheesecake. Greed and good manners. Some things about Sophie Dahl have always remained the same.

Sophie Dahl's Best Things In Life

Best book: The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden (Pan, £6.99). It’s the most gorgeous coming of age story about a teenager’s transition into womanhood.
Best film: Annie Hall. I want to be Diane Keaton when I grow up. She’s the kind of woman you could drink red wine with and then she’d probably sneak off to buy a packet of fags.
Best stress relief: Cooking. I cook every day, even if it’s just eggs on toast.
Best TV Show: Californication. Though I spent the early days of motherhood glued to reruns of Come Dine With Me and Friends. I love Jennifer Aniston.
Best Designer: I love what Francisco Costa’s done at Calvin Klein.
Best Music: Hip hop like Jay-Z for going out, Joni Mitchell and a bit of Jamie for home.
Best Beauty Product: I love Crème de la Mer as a treat, and Ren Rose Otto Bath Oil.
Best memory: My brother’s 21st birthday in Martha’s Vineyard. My granny was still alive and we all ate fresh lobster and coleslaw.
Best thing in life: Love and family. People overcomplicate things. That’s really all it’s about.