Prettier Things #1

Why I Don't Care about the VS Fashion Show

The annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show is fun and entertaining to watch. But when you stop and think about it for a second, you realize that it's the visual equivalent of junk food.  It tastes good for a minute but it gives you heartburn all night.   And it doesn't help that the medias are shoving this event down our throats with the same bullshit backstage coverage, beauty tips, models interviews, diet tips, training routine, after-party, etc.  Urgh!  Enough already, I'm going to barf!

I have watched the show every year and I was always deeply disappointed by it. The VS show is about rounding up the most beautiful models of the world (called the VS Angels), dressing them up in sexy lingerie and making them walk down a runway and pose seductively at the end .  It’s like watching your childhood Barbie dolls come to life…and I loooooved my Barbie dolls.  But as an adult woman, I wonder how a bunch of bronzed babes wearing lingerie that is not even for sale is supposed to be appealing to me.  Yes, you read well: the lingerie featured in the show is not for sale.  Isn't the point of a fashion show supposed to be the presentation of a new collection?  This extravagant event is nothing more than a 60-minute commercial wonderfully disguised under the pretense of a "fashion show" to feature half-naked supermodels on network TV and  the brand Victoria's Secret attached to it.  By the way, I am not offended by the nudity of the models or by how skinny they are.  I would simply prefer an event that is more representative of what lingerie is to women instead of a male fantasy version of it.  And does it have to be so stereotypical? I am a potential customer and I don't event feel like this event was designed with women in mind.  Way to bond with your customers Victoria's Secret!

The other thing about the show that annoys me is that they are going after a much younger demographic now.  Have you noticed that the singers who perform on the show each year get younger and younger?  It guarantees a maximum of tweens and teens to tune in.  By doing so, the executive makes sure that the new generation wants to be a Victoria's Secret Angel when they grow up.  Unfortunately for young women everywhere, with all the media coverage this event gets, this stereotypical image of women is here to stay.

Stylish iPhones: Always Use Protection

Your iPhone says a lot about your personality and has become a fashion statement of its own.  There are so many stylish and functional iPhone cases available it is hard to pick only one...but who said you had to?  Even if I am too cool (yeah, right!) and old school to own a cell phone, I always wonder about the case I would have if I ever had one. Here are some of my favorites!

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A Home Marie Antoinette Would Die For

Resting beneath a mirror is a gilt-wood canapé that belonged to the 18th-century hostess Madame Geoffrin;
the antique Sèvres statuettes depict literary figures.
The north dining room is furnished with an 18th-century Italian chandelier,
a Francis Barlow painting of a cassowary, and Louis XVI chairs.

Today, I am showing you the stunning Château Digoine, a Burgundy Château filled with 18th-century treasures where Marie Antoinette would have felt right at home.  I have always had a soft spot for pastel interiors.  There is something incredibly delightful about them, don't you think? With the cold and gloomy weather we have had lately (is it as bad where you are as it is here?), we deserve to daydream about having tea in the middle of the afternoon, lounging in a bed à la polonaise while wearing one of Marie Antoinette's dresses!  
The Château is currently the home of a French filmmaker.  It is hard to imagine that this Château - worthy of the French court - is not a museum but a private property.  Some of us come home to a tiny apartment while other come home to a Château! Lucky bastard!

Don't forget to read the captions under each photos to unlock the secrets behind each room.
Happy daydreaming!

#WomenWhoInspire: Quentin Jones

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You may not necessarily know her face (feline-green eyes, cheekbones you could ski down, a smattering of freckles), but you’ll certainly recognize Jones’ work: she specializes in short fashion films with clients including Chanel, Kenzo and Victoria Beckham. While fashion imagery is typically sleek and glossy, Jones gives her work a lo-fi feel using stop-motion photography, roughly hewn collage gifs that are ripped apart as quickly as they appear, grungy illustrations and a monochromatic palette. Cats, eyes and lips are recurring motifs. It’s surreal, playful and a little bit naughty, and that subversive streak stems back to Jones’ childhood in London. “I was always getting into trouble at school. I had a lot of spirit and I was a nuisance,” she smiles.

The daughter of two architects (her father is Edward Jones of British firm Dixon Jones), she grew up in a visual milieu, spending her time painting and running around galleries while her parents viewed the artwork. At 15, Jones was scouted at her school’s parent-teacher evening by parent and Storm Model Management founder Sarah Doukas, aka the woman who discovered Kate Moss. Jones did editorial and commercial catalogue modeling for several years, using the money she earned to pursue her creative passions. After studying philosophy at Cambridge University, where she indulged her artistic side working as a fashion editor for the university  newspaper, Varsity, Jones went on to study illustration at Central Saint Martins in London. Her big break came in 2010, when she created a video for AnOther magazine. The short featured animated dancing fingers, inspired by Chanel nail polish. Chanel commissioned her to make films for the brand and, fast-forward five years, she is now the go-to girl for quirky viral fashion films.