Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Fashion Tag Tripled

I have been tagged recently by three lovely ladies: Sarah of Cloud of Secrets, Ginta of Hunting and Gathering and Devillishly Pleasurable!  So without further ado here are my responses:

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:

15 comments:

  1. Fabulous post, which I enjoyed so much! I'm the same dragging lots of make-up bits and pieces on my travels! I'm a major Sherlock Holmes fan too. Might I add, Angel is one of the most exquisite scents ever and I think its gorgeous punchiness makes it a natural flamenco choice!
    xxx Comtesse xxx

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  2. Ooh I was just reading through all your answers with interet and then I saw my name - thank you! I'll enjoy doing this one.

    I am a big fan of Merchant Ivory too, A Room with a View is one of my favourite films and books. We sometimes see Simon Callow as he lives in the neighbourhood, and I always think of that nude bathing scene in the film!

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  3. What fabulous answers! I'm blown away with your makeup, your travelling bag contains more than my entire collection, I'd love to try out all those lippies and eyeshadows.
    The purple flamenco dress is astounding and I love A Passage To India, I must reread it once a year. xxx

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  4. Wonderful to know a little more about you.
    Eres una diosa, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  5. Nice to read more about you, doll! Whenever you decide to hit the States, let me know. Maybe you need to think about coming to our Style Nation blogger meetup in Vegas, March 11-13, 2011!

    ♥ V
    http://www.gritandglamour.com
    twitter: @gritandglamour

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  6. That photo is killing me!!! Pleasurably of course :) It's actually making my chest tight... which makes me sound a) dramatic b) overly emotional and c) ridiculous but honest!

    I LOVE that photo. It's sensual and powerful. Hope you've got that enlarged and framed and hung up somewhere in your house... ! [but I think you're far too modest to do that]

    Eva Yerbabuena is simply magic!!!!! I have seen her perform twice and I have to remember to breathe!!!
    I also very much enjoy Sara Baras... I do like contemporary interpretations.

    ahhh... my 'best friend' (I prefer soul sister :) wears Angel and I absolutely love it on her!

    I love your answers, love the way you have answered each question so 'visually' and in depth... you are such an intriguing woman...

    I don't usually do these things but your answers have inspired me... and I do like these questions, so thank you for tagging me hon.

    Hope you're enjoying your time in Perth. Have enjoyed your wedding posts!

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  7. Imagino que sabrás que EL FLAMENCO" ha sido declarado oficialmente PATRIMONIO CULTURAL DE LA HUMANIDAD... About time!!!
    Un abrazo guapa.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  8. @Comtesse de ferveur - oh thank you for that and for sharing your make up travelling habits too - glad I'm not the only one!

    @sacramento - pues diosa no se! Si he enterrado del flamenco ha llegado declarado por fin patrimonio cultural de la humanidad - que alegria para los flamencos y andalucia verdad?

    @Grit and Glamour - Vegas! Now there is an idea!! Will keep it in mind for sure!

    @Penny Dreadful - oh that scene! How funny you live near Simon Callow - I'd be thinking the same too if I saw him - look forward to your answers!

    @Dusk - Thanks hon, looking forward to your answers! Actually I had to go back and credit my man for taking that amazing photograph after reading your comment - he's great at picking out great moments.
    Sara Baras is great too! I got a pair of my flamenco shoes autographed by her (she thought it was hilarious I wanted my shoes signed by her!)

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  9. The flamenco photo is so beautiful, so amazing, so expressive and so serene!
    Reading your answers reminded me that I need to reread Sherlock Holmes! Thank you for the reminder! ;)

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  10. I much enjoyed the video clip!

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  11. Thank you for your delightful answers! I love the photo of your traveling makeup array with the morning coffee. Will your dad make me one, too, while I play with all your makeup?

    And goodness, you appear to really understand the importance of makeup brushes! I know they're important, but something in me tries to keep my daily makeup drawer (or travel pouch) as minimal as possible, so I have at most: 1 blush brush, 1 powder brush, 1 dark eyeshadow brush, 1 light eyeshadow brush, eyebrow brush/lash comb, maybe a retracting lip brush. Sometimes I just use the same brush for blush then powder.

    I love the Frenchman's face and perfume idea. I think this is true when I smell Miss Dior Cherie -- I always think of my past boss and see her face, and hear her voice. Charming lady, hard worker, welcoming hostess and lover of dirty martinis....but we worked in a small office together for a couple of years, and although I like Miss Dior Cherie on myself, that scent is now too distinctly my former boss's for me to even think of making it a signature!

    I tried to read A Passage to India once, but I was too young -- just at the beginning of my India fascination. I should really try it again.

    It's hard to say what locale would be representative of our USA. Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, NYC, other big names -- they're all so different, and all so city. Whatever you do, you should make time to visit me in Wisconsin for a typical middle class middle American day. We'll go to the mall, eat at Outback Steakhouse for lunch so you can laugh at the Aussie-isms, mow the lawn and gossip with the neighbors, watch some American football, eat Wisconsin cheese and bratwursts for dinner, and drink beer. :-b Although, I'd love to meet you in Chicago, too!

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  12. i have similar with 3 & 5 ;)
    practically the only must-makeup would be lipgloss or lipstick ;)

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  13. @Ginta - all credit for the photo goes to my boyfriend! Who I bought a copy of Sherlock Holmes by the way and he can't put it down.

    @Terri - glad you liked it, I highly recommend the film!

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  14. @Cloud of Secrets - thank you for the invite! Sounds like a lot of fun!! I must plan a US blog hop tour...
    Re: the make up brushes - I'm still learning all the time but a period of constantly going through airports mean I had ample opportunity to pick up good ones a bit cheaper so I took advantage.
    I read a Passage to India when I was much younger and would like to re-read it since both visiting India and having lived in England. I think I would get much more out of it now!

    @The Divinitus - just checked out your post on your MAC items today! A lipstick was the first thing I bought from MAC and I was hooked ever after.

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  15. Ooo, hello to a fellow mac junkie. No one does it like mac! I also love angel but I bought his next fragrance Alien and couldn't wear it, the smell was over-powering!
    If you go to the states, San Fran is the best city ever! I hope to move there someday....

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