Movies to dream about // New releases I love!

Per a request I thought it about time to update my movie list, especially since it's Sunday! Get ready for a major marathon because these are all such dreamy films. I'm also including a list of movies on my watch list that I haven't seen yet, so if you watch them before or have seen them, please review them in the comments!! I'd love to hear your thoughts on some of these recommendations, I find them all gripping, romantic and beautifully filmed.

  The Clouds of Sils Maria Dramatic, poignant, funny and feminine. Perfect to watch with anyone in your life! This movie made me fall in love with Kristen Stewart, who almost outshines the incredible Juliette Binoche. The interviews with Kristen about this movie are amazing also, I highly recommend a read!
  The Clouds of Sils Maria Dramatic, poignant, funny and feminine. Perfect to watch with anyone in your life! This movie made me fall in love with Kristen Stewart, who almost outshines the incredible Juliette Binoche. The interviews with Kristen about this movie are amazing also, I highly recommend a read!
  The overnight Weird, hilarious, engaging and romantic, this movie is incredibly unpredictable and will have you wishing you were friends with this hipster couple in Silverlake (Jason Schwartzman really delivers) my boyfriend and I watched this with mouths agape, unprepared for the almost shocking story line. It's a super feel good film perfect for a night in with someone you are dating or your friends.
  The overnight Weird, hilarious, engaging and romantic, this movie is incredibly unpredictable and will have you wishing you were friends with this hipster couple in Silverlake (Jason Schwartzman really delivers) my boyfriend and I watched this with mouths agape, unprepared for the almost shocking story line. It's a super feel good film perfect for a night in with someone you are dating or your friends.
  Wild Tales Action packed revenge fantasy shorts that will have you smiling and gripping your seat. My Dad made me watch this when he was in town, he's obsessed with it. It's quite violent and very funny, like Kill Bill but more realistically fantastical. Needless to say I loved it... watch this with a guy, your Dad, or maybe a date you want to impress, he will love it.
  Wild Tales Action packed revenge fantasy shorts that will have you smiling and gripping your seat. My Dad made me watch this when he was in town, he's obsessed with it. It's quite violent and very funny, like Kill Bill but more realistically fantastical. Needless to say I loved it... watch this with a guy, your Dad, or maybe a date you want to impress, he will love it.
  Happy Christmas This movie is hard to describe, it's funny, dramatic and appeals to the victim in all of us. It's the days of being broke and jobless, couch crashing, hooking up with too many guys, drinking too much and pissing off your family, all around the christmas holiday. Watch this with your sister, friends or alone. It's awesome!
  Happy Christmas This movie is hard to describe, it's funny, dramatic and appeals to the victim in all of us. It's the days of being broke and jobless, couch crashing, hooking up with too many guys, drinking too much and pissing off your family, all around the christmas holiday. Watch this with your sister, friends or alone. It's awesome!
  Ida This movie is harrowing, dramatic, beautiful and disturbing. It's so incredibly written, filmed and cast, you will never forget Ida. "Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation."
  Ida This movie is harrowing, dramatic, beautiful and disturbing. It's so incredibly written, filmed and cast, you will never forget Ida. "Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation."
Je Suis Femen I was waiting for the release of this documentary for so long that I pretty much cried the whole way through it. Oxana Shachko is the heroine of your dreams, and this movie will touch your soul. Watch this with EVERYONE. It is very powerful and will enlighten you about the horrors of being a woman living in Ukraine.
Je Suis Femen I was waiting for the release of this documentary for so long that I pretty much cried the whole way through it. Oxana Shachko is the heroine of your dreams, and this movie will touch your soul. Watch this with EVERYONE. It is very powerful and will enlighten you about the horrors of being a woman living in Ukraine.
  Adult Beginners Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, need I say more? Hilarious and amazing. "A young, narcissistic entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister, brother-in-law and 3-year-old nephew in the suburbs - only to become their nanny."
  Adult Beginners Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, need I say more? Hilarious and amazing. "A young, narcissistic entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister, brother-in-law and 3-year-old nephew in the suburbs - only to become their nanny."
Beloved Sisters This sexy period drama about 2 sisters and a man they fall in love with is gripping and dreamy. Watch this with girlfriends or alone, or with a really sensitive man.
Beloved Sisters This sexy period drama about 2 sisters and a man they fall in love with is gripping and dreamy. Watch this with girlfriends or alone, or with a really sensitive man.
Chef The ultimate feel good, foodie family film. Honestly I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this movie, this is a great one to watch with kids and family!! "A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family."
Chef The ultimate feel good, foodie family film. Honestly I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this movie, this is a great one to watch with kids and family!! "A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family."
Belle If you haven't seen this movie yet I am jealous of you. It is SO good. This is the ultimate period drama to watch with your girlfriends, I cant even describe how beautiful Gugu Mbatha-Raw is to watch, you want to kiss her the entire time. "BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England."
Belle If you haven't seen this movie yet I am jealous of you. It is SO good. This is the ultimate period drama to watch with your girlfriends, I cant even describe how beautiful Gugu Mbatha-Raw is to watch, you want to kiss her the entire time. "BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England."
Fort Tilden Funny and frustrating, Fort Tilden will have you squirming in your seat, it will also make you question yourself and your bad habbits. These girls are charming and funny but absolutely horrible New York hipsters, spoiled rich college kids down on their luck one summer. Do not watch this if you get annoyed by hipsters easily! "New York City's secluded seaside nirvana where, like flies to honey, Brooklyn's hip millennial set flocks on sweltering weekend afternoons for unbridled summertime indulgence. Amidst the vexing stagnation of quarter-life crises, Allie (Clare McNulty) struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper (Bridey Elliot) awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day when a pair of good-looking guys invites them along for a carefree Fort Tilden afternoon."
Fort Tilden Funny and frustrating, Fort Tilden will have you squirming in your seat, it will also make you question yourself and your bad habbits. These girls are charming and funny but absolutely horrible New York hipsters, spoiled rich college kids down on their luck one summer. Do not watch this if you get annoyed by hipsters easily! "New York City's secluded seaside nirvana where, like flies to honey, Brooklyn's hip millennial set flocks on sweltering weekend afternoons for unbridled summertime indulgence. Amidst the vexing stagnation of quarter-life crises, Allie (Clare McNulty) struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper (Bridey Elliot) awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day when a pair of good-looking guys invites them along for a carefree Fort Tilden afternoon."
Obvious Child This movie made me laugh out loud the whole way through. Watch it. "For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna winds up unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, she is forced to face the uncomfortable realities of independent womanhood for the first time. Donna's drunken hookup - and epic lapse in prophylactic judgment - turns out to be the beginning of an unplanned journey of self-discovery and empowerment."
Obvious Child This movie made me laugh out loud the whole way through. Watch it. "For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna winds up unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, she is forced to face the uncomfortable realities of independent womanhood for the first time. Donna's drunken hookup - and epic lapse in prophylactic judgment - turns out to be the beginning of an unplanned journey of self-discovery and empowerment."
Love and Mercy Undeniably one of the most wonderful movies of the year, I'm sure Love and Mercy will win so many awards. It's worth watching for the incredible story, unreal acting and perfect directing. I found the movie so captivating I was pausing and googling it as I watched it. The Beach Boys will win you over again and again! It's dark and sad, yet an enlightening and feel good biopic. "In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy."  
Love and Mercy Undeniably one of the most wonderful movies of the year, I'm sure Love and Mercy will win so many awards. It's worth watching for the incredible story, unreal acting and perfect directing. I found the movie so captivating I was pausing and googling it as I watched it. The Beach Boys will win you over again and again! It's dark and sad, yet an enlightening and feel good biopic. "In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy."  
Magic in the Moonlight This has been out for a little while but I wanted to put a newer Woody Allen film on this list! Emma stone is fantastic, the costumes are super inspiring (I am just obsessed with this era) and I found this movie made me wanna be creative. Something about mystics always gets my imagination going!! It's a great one to watch for Halloween also!!  "Stanley is a magician who has dedicated his life to revealing fraudulent spiritualists. He plans to quickly uncover the truth behind celebrated spiritualist Sophie and her scheming mother. However, the more time he spends with her, he starts thinking that she might actually be able to communicate with the other world, but even worse, he might be falling in love with her."
Magic in the Moonlight This has been out for a little while but I wanted to put a newer Woody Allen film on this list! Emma stone is fantastic, the costumes are super inspiring (I am just obsessed with this era) and I found this movie made me wanna be creative. Something about mystics always gets my imagination going!! It's a great one to watch for Halloween also!!  "Stanley is a magician who has dedicated his life to revealing fraudulent spiritualists. He plans to quickly uncover the truth behind celebrated spiritualist Sophie and her scheming mother. However, the more time he spends with her, he starts thinking that she might actually be able to communicate with the other world, but even worse, he might be falling in love with her."
McFarland, USA It's cheesy, it's romantic, it's inspiring and compelling- it's Disney at it's best. Honestly I watched this movie on the plane without realizing how touching it would be, I had to try so hard not to cry from happiness during the 5 million touching scenes. Not only that but it's based on a pretty incredible true story. For anyone out there that wants to feel GREAT, watch this movie. It's like Mighty Ducks meets the Blindside meets Kevin Costner. Faves! "Jim White moves his family after losing his last job as a football coach. He sees that some of the students are worth starting a cross country team and turns 7 students with no hope into one of the best cross country teams."
McFarland, USA It's cheesy, it's romantic, it's inspiring and compelling- it's Disney at it's best. Honestly I watched this movie on the plane without realizing how touching it would be, I had to try so hard not to cry from happiness during the 5 million touching scenes. Not only that but it's based on a pretty incredible true story. For anyone out there that wants to feel GREAT, watch this movie. It's like Mighty Ducks meets the Blindside meets Kevin Costner. Faves! "Jim White moves his family after losing his last job as a football coach. He sees that some of the students are worth starting a cross country team and turns 7 students with no hope into one of the best cross country teams."
Begin Again As a massive fan of keira Knightley I will watch anything she is in, but this was one seriously touching film. I loved the movie "Once" by the same director so I was excited to see another movie about music starring some of my favorite actors. This movie is delightful and touching, great one to watch with mom or with a friend going through a breakup. "Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City."
Begin Again As a massive fan of keira Knightley I will watch anything she is in, but this was one seriously touching film. I loved the movie "Once" by the same director so I was excited to see another movie about music starring some of my favorite actors. This movie is delightful and touching, great one to watch with mom or with a friend going through a breakup. "Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City."
The One I Love This movie is WEIRD, creepy, romantic and amazing. It's sci fi meets rom com, dreamy madness. Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss are magic, once again. Highly recommend it... I wont say anymore because I don't want to ruin the surprise. "Struggling with a marriage on the brink of falling apart, a couple escapes for a weekend in pursuit of their better selves, only to discover an unusual dilemma that awaits them."  
The One I Love This movie is WEIRD, creepy, romantic and amazing. It's sci fi meets rom com, dreamy madness. Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss are magic, once again. Highly recommend it... I wont say anymore because I don't want to ruin the surprise. "Struggling with a marriage on the brink of falling apart, a couple escapes for a weekend in pursuit of their better selves, only to discover an unusual dilemma that awaits them."  
People Places Things Hilarious, touching, amazing. This story about a teacher/graphic novelist and his little girls growing up in NYC is truly lovely. It made me laugh again and again... it's an amazing film to watch with just about anyone. "PEOPLE PLACES THINGS tells the story of Will Henry (Jemaine Clement), a newly single graphic novelist father balancing single-parenting his young twin daughters, writers block, a classroom full students, all the while exploring and navigating the rich complexities of new love and letting go of the woman who left him."
People Places Things Hilarious, touching, amazing. This story about a teacher/graphic novelist and his little girls growing up in NYC is truly lovely. It made me laugh again and again... it's an amazing film to watch with just about anyone. "PEOPLE PLACES THINGS tells the story of Will Henry (Jemaine Clement), a newly single graphic novelist father balancing single-parenting his young twin daughters, writers block, a classroom full students, all the while exploring and navigating the rich complexities of new love and letting go of the woman who left him."
The Duff Easy, feel good, funny Highschool movie. I never get sick of these, and this one is definitely a good one. Perfect to watch with your long time friends, this comedy addresses body image, crushes and mean girls really well. "Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as 'The DUFF' (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby, and enlists Wesley, a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school's ruthless label maker Madison and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone's DUFF."
The Duff Easy, feel good, funny Highschool movie. I never get sick of these, and this one is definitely a good one. Perfect to watch with your long time friends, this comedy addresses body image, crushes and mean girls really well. "Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as 'The DUFF' (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby, and enlists Wesley, a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school's ruthless label maker Madison and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone's DUFF."

My Watch List

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TV BINGE

These are all the shows I seriously LOVE and binge watch. Haha, some are amazingly embarrassing but I love them all the same.

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Movie night host snacks

Bruschetta Bar!
Bruschetta Bar!
Mini Chicken and Waffles
Mini Chicken and Waffles
Doughnuts and espresso shots  
Doughnuts and espresso shots  
Salted Caramel Popcorn
Salted Caramel Popcorn

Drinks worthy of Oscar night parties

Candied Grapefruit Cocktail from http://prettyplainjanes.com/

 

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • 2 candied grapefruit peels
  • dash of cayenne, depending on how spicy you like it (optional*)
  • grapefruit wedge and sugar for rimming (optional*)

Instructions

  1. *Mix cayenne and sugar, rim glass with a grapefruit piece then dip in sugar mixture before filling with ice. The touch of cayenne compliments the gin nicely.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, grapefruit juice, agave and gin. Shake several times. Pour over a 4oz glass filled with ice. Slide two candied grapefruit peels onto a wooden skewer (cut in half) and place on the rim of the glass. Now be prepared to taste one of the best drinks you have ever had!

LEMON LAVENDER COCKTAIL from Bake Noir

This fabulous summer cocktail is adapted from Saveur.com. I tweaked the amounts just slightly. For this cocktail, you’ll first have to make a simple lavender syrup. The recipe is included and it yields approximately 200ml of syrup. This is enough for 5 drinks. If you have leftovers, keep it in the refrigerator and use to flavor other drinks or desserts.

Lemon Lavender Cocktail

Ingredients

60ml gin
40ml lemon juice
40ml lavender syrup (recipe follows)
splash of club soda
some ice
one lemon slice, for garnish

Directions

Pour gin, lemon juice and lavender syrup into a glass and stir. Top with club soda, add some ice and garnish with a lemon slice.

For the lavender syrup:

Ingredients

200ml water
200ml sugar
1 tablespoon dried lavender buds

Directions

Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Add lavender and cook on low heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and cook for 2-3 minutes, just until it starts to thicken a bit. Then set to the side to cool. Strain out the lavender and refrigerate. Yields 200ml of syrup.

 

Author: Monika Topolko

Elderflower Champagne Cocktail by http://www.thekitchn.com/

Try pairing the above with these beautiful Riccotta Crostinis from Honestly Yum

Or simply Pour some Pink champagne into vintage style glasses!!


"She's a Gypsy" WILDFOX Spring 2015

I'm so happy and proud to announce our Spring look book!

Photos: Mark Hunter with Kimberley Gordon

Models: Jena Goldsack, Alyssah Ali, Clare Settje

Hair: Ryan Taniguchi

Makeup: Carlene K

Styling: Kimberley Gordon & Toree Arntz, jewelry by FAUXTALE

Production team: Kimberley Gordon, Toree Arntz, Stephanie lavaggi , Jessie Kybartas

Set production: Justine Mcfee and Matthew Heinrich with Catherine Macfee design

Haven't had enough? Here's more! Flip through the slideshow for lots of outtakes!!

 

 

 

 

Here is my inspiration behind it all

What is the inspiration of this new collection? 

What is the inspiration of this new collection? 

 

This past year was quite a turbulent one for me, and it seems maybe for the world also! I think I had this overall feeling of wanting to escape and live off the land, I visualized a group of girls with a whole lot of passion and fearlessness and absolutely nothing to lose. They would beg, borrow, steal their way through countries, hypnotizing boys and working odd jobs to make a little money. Their lives were only for each other and themselves, there was a freedom in the collection, a way for me to feel it along with them even though I worked harder than ever to bring it to life!

 

 

Who are your ideal muses for this collection (from any era)?

 

When I was 23 I would go to tons of festivals, really hippy ones, and I made these fleeting friendships that were fast but have been so important to me in my lifetime. These girls were so free, one was a nudist and she had beautiful long blonde hair and we did lots of body painting on people together, one was this fantastic artist who wore just thrown together scraps of printed clothing she'd collected along her life path, she had natural dreadlocks that formed under her hair and she wore them in a bun. Another was an Indian belly dancer at Burning Man, a dancer by night but an engineer by day… she was bold and beautiful without a touch of makeup, but she wore great coal liner when she danced, two opposite identities at peace with each other. 

 

What made you identify with and/or choose this concept? 

 

There is something so carefree about your early 20s, and I just missed this feeling of electricity, about being able to run off at the last minute, quit your job and not look back… or just take a risk with something big, your 30's you carry evidence of your 20s… like beautiful, luxurious baggage, I love my baggage and I wanted to give a nod to it with this collection.

 

 

If you could sum up the Spring 15 collection in one word, song, or destination what would it be?  

 

Honestly Shakira's "I'm a gypsy" while I was driving on a road trip was what sparked the whole thing, which is silly but I friggin love that song.

 

 

Provide three adjectives that best describe Spring 15: 

 

Free, spiritual, bold

 

Name three staple styles from this collection you would recommend to the Wildfox customer:  

 

I love the friendship tees (Like the eat, pray, love ones) and the mismatched prints the most! I also love the white label pieces, they are so traveling girl!

 

What is your personal favorite piece in this collection and why?  

 

The White label poncho, because I would have worn that to every festival ever. These girls are the new Coachella… the new glastonbury… this is definitely a festival collection.

This past year was quite a turbulent one for me, and it seems maybe for the world also! I think I had this overall feeling of wanting to escape and live off the land, I visualized a group of girls with a whole lot of passion and fearlessness and absolutely nothing to lose. They would beg, borrow, steal their way through countries, hypnotizing boys and working odd jobs to make a little money. Their lives were only for each other and themselves, there was a freedom in the collection, a way for me to feel it along with them even though I worked harder than ever to bring it to life!

Who are your ideal muses for this collection (from any era)?

 

When I was 23 I would go to tons of festivals, really hippy ones, and I made these fleeting friendships that were fast but have been so important to me in my lifetime. These girls were so free, one was a nudist and she had beautiful long blonde hair and we did lots of body painting on people together, one was this fantastic artist who wore just thrown together scraps of printed clothing she'd collected along her life path, she had natural dreadlocks that formed under her hair and she wore them in a bun. Another was an Indian belly dancer at Burning Man, a dancer by night but an engineer by day… she was bold and beautiful without a touch of makeup, but she wore great coal liner when she danced, two opposite identities at peace with each other. 

 

What made you identify with and/or choose this concept? 

 

There is something so carefree about your early 20s, and I just missed this feeling of electricity, about being able to run off at the last minute, quit your job and not look back… or just take a risk with something big, your 30's you carry evidence of your 20s… like beautiful, luxurious baggage, I love my baggage and I wanted to give a nod to it with this collection.

If you could sum up the Spring 15 collection in one word, song, or destination what would it be?  

 

Honestly Shakira's "I'm a gypsy" while I was driving on a road trip was what sparked the whole thing, which is silly but I friggin love that song.

 

Provide three adjectives that best describe Spring 15: 

 

Free, spiritual, bold

 

Name three staple styles from this collection you would recommend to the Wildfox customer:  

 

I love the friendship tees (Like the eat, pray, love ones) and the mismatched prints the most! I also love the white label pieces, they are so traveling girl!

 

What is your personal favorite piece in this collection and why?  

 

The White label poncho, because I would have worn that to every festival ever. These girls are the new Coachella… the new glastonbury… this is definitely a festival collection.

 

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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Natasha Remarchuk, porcelain new comer

I'm so excited for this fresh new girl, Natasha. I see Gemma Ward/Sasha P. potential in her. I would love to have a new icy blonde to follow!! Go Natasha!!

 

It's hard to believe that Belarus native Natasha Remarchuk was scouted in the Minsk subway about six months ago, scooped up by Elite, and then walked as an exclusive for Calvin Klein in New York. (It's hard for Remarchuk to believe, anyway.) She also booked eight other spring 2013 shows, including Prada, McQueen, Givenchy, and Dior — and the opening spot at Jil Sander. For pre-fall, the 17-year-old took another turn for Calvin Klein and stars in Donna Karan's look book. But, when it comes down to it, she's a girl after the Cut's heart, having admitted to sitting online all night long while eating candy in her model apartment. Remarchuk also told us about studying abstract painting, wanting to meet Albert Einstein, and listening to her favorite band, 30 Seconds to Mars.

Tell me about growing up in Belarus.
I grew up in a small family — not so rich, but not so poor — with my mom, and my dad, and I have a little brother. A little monster, really. He's 8. In school, I studied art. I love painting, drawing, and before I started modeling, I couldn't imagine doing it. I was just trying to be a good daughter and a good student ... I like abstract painting. You can't see real things — you can only think about it and imagine your world in your mind.

How were you discovered?
A scout found me in a subway station in Belarus and I decided to try it. It was half a year ago. I had already finished school, which is really important because I think you must have some education. Then the scout sent my picture to Elite, and that was that.

Was Calvin Klein your first show?
Yes, and I was an exclusive. I went to a casting and then to a callback. I met the designer, the stylist, and the producer, and I guess they liked me, so I got it. Before the show started, I was thinking, Oh my God. I will be so scared. I will be so nervous. But when it was my time to walk, I didn't feel scared or nervous.

Then you opened for Jil Sander in Milan.
Opening is a little nerve-wracking, but it was so important for me to do it. I walked first, and when I came back, I noticed that [Jil Sander] was crying, I think because she was so happy — I think it's really important for her to be a designer, to make clothes. And really, it was her comeback.

What was Dior like?
I really love Raf Simons. He's always smiling — some designers are always serious, and he's always smiling and always nice. But, in terms of the show, it was such a long runway. It was two big rooms with so many ways to walk. It was hard, but it looked amazing ... I really liked the eye makeup for Dior with the crystals. Each girl had different crystals, different colors, and different shapes. I think the makeup took three hours, maybe longer, and just two hours for the eyes because it was so hard for the makeup artists to put on the crystals.

You walked for some pretty big names.
Yes, but before I started fashion week, I wanted to do McQueen. I like this sort of crazy collection. Did you hear the music during the finale? It's funny. It's always interesting to see differences in the collections, because for some designers like Jil Sander or like Calvin Klein, it's always a serious, strong collection. It's always simple form and simple color. And with McQueen, you never know. For me, I love painting and drawing and it's an inspiration to see something like McQueen.

Let's talk about your spare time. What types of books do you like to read?
I find interesting Jonathan Safran Foer. I read two of his books — Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. He's simple to read, but you also can think about it. I also like books by Chuck Palahniuk, like Fight Club.

And are you into music at all?
I love music. I like indie rock, pop rock, rock. My favorite band is 30 Seconds to Mars, [Jared Leto's group]. I like them and I like their music. I went to three concerts, in Minsk, St. Petersburg, and Kiev. Ah! I really like them.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Eating sweets at night! And also, all models need to sleep a lot — eight hours or more. But I'm always sitting on the Internet. Then, I'm like, Oh my, it's three o'clock in the morning! And I don't sleep at all.

If you could meet one person, dead or alive, from any time, who would it be?
The first thing that I was thinking now was Albert Einstein. I don’t know why, but ... he's a genius, really. It would be super cool to just talk with this really, really smart guy. And I was thinking about Shakespeare.

What would you tell someone else, like you, who's interested in modeling?
I think it shouldn't be a girl who's, you know, 16 or 15 — I think she needs to be older. Like 18. I don't know why. It's good for me — I'm 17. But I see some girls who are 15 and 16, and I think it’s not for them. You must be really strong inside. When you're 15, you don't really think about it. And when you're older, you see when people are telling the truth or when people are fake. And it's hard to always be in form, to keep doing some exercise, keep eating healthy, keep practicing your walk. It's hard to do ten, eleven, or twelve castings in one day. But it's not so hard, because you travel, you meet some really good, different people. You grow up inside. It helps you become an independent person.

 

Nordstrom Loves Wildfox

We recently did some specialty T shirts for Nordstrom and they asked for me to shoot and style a little promotional campaign for them based on the love of NYC. I instantly booked Amanda and we set sail for a Hamptons style shoot. It's very sweet, a little commercial, and it includes some trends I'm really loving for summer

- All white outfits

- White backpacks

- Sandals with socks

- Bright, coral lipstick

- White jeans

- Simple sneakers

Photos by: Kimberley Gordon

Modeled by: Amanda Booth

Hair by: Anna Lee Fiorino

Makeup by: Carlene K

Styling by Kimberley Gordon

 

 

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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.

My Time Travel music, 90s - 2000's

A few songs to take you back, some are hilarious. This was mostly my junior and senior year of High School. Enjoy!!

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Is the girl in Puddle Of Mudd video Minka Kelly?? I used to love that video... lol

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Wildfox Summer styles are available!

Yay guys, our Charlotte Free inspired Summer collection for April is available to buy now in our store!! May is coming out within the next week, I will let you know when!

These are my persoanl favorites now available HERE

 

Also I'm really excited to announce that we are completely re-doing our website so it will be much more functional and pretty, I cant wait!