1. Why did you create the blog?
For fun and my own personal pleasure. I love writing, photography and fashion and wanted to create an online visual diary to explore all three. I was reading a lot of blogs and they inspired me to give it a shot myself. I was feeling for some time that I needed a creative outlet for these interests as I have usually worked in number crunching, suit wearing environments.
I wanted a catalogue of my wardrobe and once I finished a paper version I thought it would be fun to do it in the form of a blog. I also did it to challenge myself to wear more of the clothes I have as there are too many unworn items!
2. What kind of blogs do you follow?
Whatever takes my fancy and inspires me. It ranges from the fashion forward, the quirky, the photography focused, the well written and the informative. I like variety!
I follow some famous bloggers because I like the outfits, the blogger's sense of style or the photography is impressive.
I also find bloggers with either a unique or very disciplined sense of style or a strict shopping ethos interesting - like those who only buy and wear vintage, budget shoppers, those committed to wearing colour or equally all black, or those who adhere to a rigorous code of dress honed through years of disciplined styling. I'm sure this fascination is due to to my own lack of direction and discipline in all these areas!
3. Favorite makeup brand?
MAC! I use it almost exclusively. Though I have bought a couple of items from Shu Umeura and I buy my mascara from Lancome. I always bring too much makeup with me when I travel. Below was my travelling kit to Australia!
|Coffee by my Dad, who makes the best flat white in Perth!|
4. Favourite clothing brand?
Hard to say as I'm an eclectic shopper that pursues all avenues available! I do enjoy what the British High Street has to offer. I get enthused about different brands for different reasons but I rely on trusting my own eye, the quality and how it fits rather than the label. Based on volume occupying my closet Topshop, Mango and Cos are front runners in that order.
5. Your indispensable makeup product?
By far it has to be lipstick or lip gloss. If I skip all other make-up I will treat my lips to something, even if it is lip salve. I love strong lipstick colours and am a big fan of red lipstick!
6. Your favorite color?
I don't really have one. I am drawn to different colours at different times depending on my mood. Every year or so I get one or two new flamenco costumes made and whatever colours I am into at the time tends to be charted by the colours I choose for them. In the past it has been red, chocolate brown, black, lilac, cream, blue and fuchsia. This year it was maroon and dark purple.
|The latest addition to the costume wardrobe. Photo by Mr Veshoevius.|
7. Your perfume?
I choose my perfumes like I choose my wine. If the label says there are hints of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, tea, spices, flowers or citrus I'll try it. I avoid anything too overpowering. Scent can be powerfully evocative so I think getting a perfume that suits you is important. Perfumes are like clothes, you should feel like you are wearing them and not like they are wearing you.
A male friend of mine who hails from Paris once told me that you have made a scent yours when someone else sees your face on smelling it. On a joint perfume hunting trip to Sephora he wanted to know which was my regular perfume. I spritzed some Angel for him and he declared "Oh yes! You can see the face!" Frenchmen - you've gotta love 'em!
I've been wearing Angel and Angel Innocent by Thierry Mugler for the last fifteen years as I love its chocolate and vanilla notes. I bought my first bottle of Angel on a visit to Paris and it has became a perfume that people I have known for a long time associate with me. Funnily enough some years ago I discovered it was also the perfume of one of my favourite flamenco dancers, Eva Yerbabuena.
In the last couple of years I've branched out a bit and will alternate to some lighter scents such as Victor and Rolf's Flowerbomb and Origin's Ginger Essence. I also loved L'Occitane's White Tea but they discontinued it!
8. Your favorite film?
Difficult to choose. I have a soft spot for period films with sumptuous costumes and loved all those Merchant Ivory productions of E.M. Forster's novels like A Room With A View, Howard's End etc... I also loved Orlando which provided a visual feast of costumes spanning several centuries.
And I never tire of watching Carlos Saura's Flamenco. The opening segment, of which a snippet is provided below, is filmed in the train station of the town I lived in for a couple of years and features the talents of members the local flamenco community, many of whom I have been privileged enough to meet in person.
The clothes are important here! I love that the film showed flamenco's roots where people just get up in whatever they happen to be wearing and just dance. No costumes, no big frilly dresses or specialist shoes. Just themselves and their art.
9. What country would you like to visit and why?
Visiting Cuba has been a age old dream of mine. I would love to see the decaying splendour of Havana and I love Cuban music.
|Image from TravelViVi|
I would also like to visit the United States. My sister just visited Chicago and really enjoyed it. I've only ever been to Houston Texas and I don't think it is representative of the country. Funnily enough my curiosity has been stoked by the amount of US based bloggers I've come across via the blogosphere.
10. To be chosen by the blogger.
What are your favourite novels?
E.M. Forster's novels Maurice, A Passage to India, Maurice, A Room With a View, Howard's End and Where Angels Fear to Tread; Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre and all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels. Currently trying to finish An English Patient which is wonderful.
I've noticed quite a few bloggers have been tagged with the same questions recently. The idea is to tag ten others so I've tried to tag some new people I don't think have been tagged already. If you are game to respond and you appear below I'd love to see your answers: