What Women are missing these days… and don’t even know

Talking strictly Fashion and Glamour here!

Suddenly I feel nostalgic of a bygone era of elegance and romance, perhaps it is because lately lmy friends and I have been talking  about our parents …   .Well,  we are always talking about our parents actually, reminiscing moments forever engraved inside of us, just a little dusty and hidden in the deep folds of the mind …  missing and longing,  even for the ones that are still with us, the memories of them, young and strong, stars of their own lives, not yet relegated to the corners by debilitating illnesses or by the darkness of games played by their minds that make them forget everything they once loved, created and dreamed of…

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A time when it was ok to be feminine and delicate at the same time of being strong and smart… Vintage Dior, 1963
A time of hats... Vogue 1960
A time of hats… Vogue 1960
Cary Grant
A Time of gentlemen opening doors and bringing flowers… at least in the movies !
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A Time when it was beautiful to have curves and charm…
A Cinderella time! Dior 1950s
A Cinderella time! Dior 1950s
Fred and Rita
A time of dancing….    The magic of Fred and Rita!
Glamour!
A time of glamour and more glamour!
Christian Dior 1950
A time of seduction and mistery !  Christian Dior 1950
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in “To catch a Thief”
A time of beauty and femininity
A time of beauty and femininity! Christian Dior 1950s by Philippe Poitier
Grace
A time of Grace!
Roger Moore
A time for The Saint!   Roger Moore
Christian Dior, Harper's Bazaar 1951
Christian Dior, Harper’s Bazaar 1951
Photography by Gordon Parks
Exquisite times!   Photography by Gordon Parks
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Yves St. Laurent, 1958.
A time of perfect Grace!
A time of perfect Grace!
Rock Hudson
Franco Nero
Elegant and timeless. 1960s
Elegant and timeless. 1960s
Lanvin, 1952
Lanvin, 1952
Dior 1954
Dior 1954.  Perfection!
Rita Hayworth
Rita!
Rock Hudson
Rock Hudson
Grace Kelly
A time of class!
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Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
Gilda! Rita Hayworth
Gilda! Rita Hayworth
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
Vintage Dior
A time of Hats!  Vintage Dior
Baroness Schraeder
Baroness Schraeder
The name is Bond, James Bond.
The name is Bond, James Bond.
Christian Dior, 1956
A time of gloves!  Christian Dior, 1956  Anybody could wear this right now, without alterations, it is perfection, from color to design.  The only thing we wouldn’t see is that horrible linoleum floor!!
Dior 1950
Dior 1950
Chanel 1950
Chanel 1950
Sean Connery, Mr. James Bond
A time when men didn’t shave their chest hair! Thank you.
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Vogue 1950s
Vogue 1950s
The 50s
The 50s
Vogue 1945
Vogue 1945
Vogue 1950
Vogue 1950
Jean Patou
Jean Patou
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Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Christian Dior 1958
Christian Dior 1958
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Yves St. Laurent
Suzy Parker. Dior 1952
Suzy Parker. Dior 1952
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Givenchy, 1954
Givenchy, 1954
Jean Patou 1969
Jean Patou 1969
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Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Parker
Jackie
Jackie
Grace
Grace
Rod Hudson
Rod Hudson
Lanvin, Spring 1969
Lanvin, Spring 1969
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Christopher, my Captain Von Trapp
Christopher, my Captain Von Trapp
A wonderful time!
A wonderful time!

I know all past times were not necessarily better, but children have a way sometimes to rescue the best of their past in order to continue dreaming… Or in order to survive.

I had to add a few days after sharing that I hope everybody understood that I am talking strictly about Fashion, Style and Glamour!  The illusion, the perception, the memories through the eyes of a child.  And every time we catch a glimpse of an old movie on reruns, it brings us back to that moment, glancing through our mother’s magazine pages and being in awe of the beautiful ladies in hats and gloves, cladded in fabulous designers’ dresses, dreaming of the time we could wear something as feminine and as glamorous as that! (and only for that reason I’ll add a couple of pictures more… like I need an excuse to use more pictures!)

More of the 50s
More of the 50s
Renee Breton in Christian Dior.
Renee Breton in Christian Dior.

Fifty Shades of What?!

MARSALA

Gorgeous
Gorgeous

Marsala is the color of the year… Well, even though I like this shade very much, to me it gets too close to Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s 2014 seleccion.  Too close but not enough to be able to reuse the accessories of last year with the new shades or tints of the new one. To me last years Radiant Orchid was more in the cooler side, with blue undertones, this years Marsala is more in the warmer side, with earthy undertones like the wine from which it takes it’s name that comes from the surroundings of the Sicilian city of Marsala in Italy . (By the way,  I don’t think there is anything in the colder side in Italy! Everything seems to be warm and intense!)

I love this, I've been a fan of lacquered walls and rich tones for ever and that light fixture is awesome
I love this, I’ve been a fan of lacquered walls and rich tones forever and that light fixture is awesome
Pretty Woman memories
Pretty Woman memories

I don’t follow fashion or trends at all, I enjoy them but they don’t dictate anything in my world, unless I happen to fall in love with one of them.  What I don’t understand is that they pick the colors too close to each other, in the same intensity…. I would rather have them pick something complementary or a tint or shade of the color, so regular people who follow these things can have a better opportunity to play with what they already have just adding the “new” color, creating richer environments with more layers and personality and cooler wardrobes . Well, I’m not color expert or anything close to that but for what is worth, this is my fifty cents in this matter 😉

Some hues are gorgeous like this one
Some hues are gorgeous like this Ives Saint Lauren clutch
Carnival
Carnival
The colors of 2015
The colors of 2015
I'm a little afraid.... it's still Marsala, right?
I’m a little afraid…. It’s still Marsala, right?

I’ve had many people asking me along the years why a particular color, even white, didn’t work with what they had at home or in their closet, when it seemed perfect at the store… Undertones!  I won’t get into that, there are too many blogs and too many experts that already do that brilliantly, just trying to give one more reason why the experts at Pantone should pick something complementary or analogous, with the same or compatible undertones, that will work together and in that way make life simpler for people that don’t know much about the intricacies of color but they do know something is not working and they don’t know why!   Probably I’m wrong but it’s just my humble opinion… Still, I think they should do that at least two years in a row…

These are gorgeous! They would make any woman feel like a queen.
These are gorgeous! They would make any woman feel like a queen.
Marsala, how much I love thee!  Seriously, I absolutely adore this colours here!
Marsala, how much I love thee! Seriously, I absolutely adore these colours here!

The title in this post is Fifty shades of … because I wrote another one called  “The color Purple and it’s fifty shades” talking about last year’s pick.  I’d like to put a link here but I have no idea how… it seems to me that I could reuse some of the images I used there… confusing!

How sweet is this?!
How sweet is this?!
Soft and intense at the same time
Soft and intense at the same time
Vera Wang
Vera Wang
Marsala shoes
Marsala shoes
Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko
Mark Rothco
Mark Rothko
Lacquered walls!
Lacquered walls!
Very rich
Very rich
Accent
Accent
Without the shadow of a doubt..
Without the shadow of a doubt..
Burberry love
Burberry love
Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs
Just like drops of wine in the snow...
Just like drops of wine in the snow…
Lovelies !
Lovelies !
You prepare a table before me...
You prepare a table before me…
Silence is golden! this is perfect.
Silence is golden and this is perfect!
More Marsala with gold
More Marsala with gold
Starting with wine, ending in rose powder..
Starting with wine, ending in rose powder..
O.P.
O.P.
The new palette
The new palette
A vase full of colour
A vase full of colour
So many dreams and hopes in a bundle...
So many dreams and hopes in a bundle… (Let’s assume the flowers are in some marsala shades and tones 😉 … we just can’t see!)
Definitely warm undertones
Definitely warm undertones
Olivia
Olivia …  must be so fun to dress like her!  Not particularly this one….
More like this one!
More like this one!
There will be cake!
There will be cake!
Scheherazade!
Scheherazade!
One thousand and One nights!
One thousand and One nights!
Rich wines tones
Rich wines tones,Valentino.  I love the booties.
There is something special about winter weddings... I think
There is something special about winter weddings… I think
And there will be more cake !!!!
And there will be more cake !!!!
Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko
Nothing can compete with nature. It's perfect!
Nothing can compete with nature. It’s perfect!
Talking about warmth!
Talking about warmth!
Delicioso!
Delicioso!
Say YES! to this dress!!!
Say YES! to this dress!!!
A magic carpet
A magic carpet
Pinch me to know I'm not dreaming!
Pinch me to know I’m not dreaming!
Candlelight, the best light after the sun!
Candlelight, the best light after the sun!
Very pretty
Very pretty
Shoes.... No woman is immune to that!
Shoes…. No woman is immune to that!
There is a time for everything
There is a time for everything, Marc Jacobs
Elegance
Elegance, Lucy in the sky, with diamonds…Thinking about

Emma… Thinking about “The Help” one of my favorite books!

Too much of a good thing is still too much! I needed a break of solid Marsala!
Too much of a good thing is still too much! I needed a break of solid Marsala!
I needed a glass of wine!
… and I needed a glass of Marsala wine!
I love this photo, I needed the change so bad!
In love with this photo, my eyes were looking for a change..
There is not arguing with this one, beautiful! Is this cheating?  If we combine the red of the roses with the brown of the branches we get MARSALA!  Right?
There is not arguing with this one, beautiful!  Would this be cheating? If we combine the red of the roses with the brown of the branches we get MARSALA! Right?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Mercedes Marsala!....  sounds like a good name for an italian heiress !
Mercedes Marsala!…. Humm …sounds like a good name for an italian heiress!    Update 3-6-16  The author of this photo just contacted me and asked me to include the credit due to his work. It is my pleasure and I am grateful to be able to use his beautiful work.  Photographie 230SL ©Boris VOLCK   Website:  http://photo.borisvolck.fr  

http://photo.borisvolck.fr

Wheels or wings? I pick wings..
Wheels or wings? I pick wings..
I love nature, makes everything feel obtainable!
Nature, makes everything feel obtainable!
Burberry, I love you!
Burberry, I love you!
Another one of my favorites! Hunter boots love.
Another one of my favorites! Hunter boots love.
Loving this dress
Loving this dress so much, I would only change the shoes
More about Marsala, it should come with wine samples!
More about Marsala, it should come with wine samples!
Gorgeous!
Gorgeous Peonies!
Now in the softer side
Weddings
What a great combination, the softness of the skirt with the structured jacket..
What a great combination, the softness of the skirt with the structured leather jacket..Perfect!
Shoe Confidential
Shoe Confidential… the power they hold…
Olivia Palermo, I love her closet ...
Olivia Palermo, in love with her closet …
Wine Dreams...
Wine Dreams…
Chains of life...
Chains of life…
Burberry
Burberry again
Sofas are the best
Sofas are the best, so inviting..
Très chic
Très chic
Green with marsala
With green?
Accents
Accents make a big difference! she is so beautiful..
 I find swimsuits and bigger bikinis more attractive than   tiny ones
I find swimsuits and two pieces sexier and more attractive than tiny bikinis

More Burberry

Subtle
Subtle and classy
more shoes!
Cinderella shoes
So fun!
So fun!
Marsala is the new black
Marsala is the new black
Sweet Carolyne (Roehm)
Sweet Carolyne (Roehm)
Like a romance novel
Like a romance novel
Marsala in a glance
Marsala in a glance
Warm palette
Warm palette in velvet and gold
Flower guide
Flower guide

Downton Abbey Inspiration, Holiday table and a little help for my friend

LE ROUGE ET LE NOIR…. red and black

Downton Abbey influence
Downton Abbey influence
Rouge
Mixed patterns, gold and silver working together in this tablescape I created for a friend

Yesterday I was playing around with  tablescape designs, preparing ideas for a friend who asked me for help with a Christmas dinner party she was having at home.  She was a little nervous, it was going to be a semi-formal event and she couldn’t afford the time or the expenses to go shopping just for that. Even though I had to put together something with the few things I had, it shows once again that we can do a lot with what we have at hand, an example of that is the throw I brought from the livingroom to use as a tablecloth, at the moment I had red apples and that is what I used in addition to a leaf pulled from the mantel wreath. I know it’s not perfect or ideal, but I was trying to show her how to put together something pretty with a little imagination. The napkin was actually a hand towel….

Gold, red and silver, and the living room throw!
Gold, red and silver, and the living room throw!

It is amazing the way we can communicate with each other nowadays, instantaneously, with images and sound that rival those of cinema! We can even add enhancements or erase blemishes if we choose to do so, all this in the comfort of our homes and in our pajamas!

My friend was really happy with the results. We “toured”, or to use the interior design lingo, we “shopped” her house and put things together in a way she never had imagine possible, now I am sure, next time she’ll be able to do it by herself.

It is hard to know if all is good about this mind blowing technology but it sure has some unbelievable advantages. I don’t want to go into that now and talk about the problems associated with it either… Overall I believe it is like a dream come true, it brings us all together, makes the world even smaller, show us how alike we are, broaden our markets without limits, keep us connected to our families, helps us create new ones and rediscover old friends.   To me it is like if the Harry Potter’s books I used to read to my children at bedtime, had come to life, it appears that magic has sipped through the books’ pages and became one with reality…  just fascinating…

As always I talk and talk about everything!   Ok then! I was only going to share the first tablescape inspiration I made for my friend and I did. Tomorrow I might have another one if necessary. In the mean time I’ll include some gorgeous images that always inspire me and I hope they inspire you to have some fun and create one of your own.   Have a great friday night!

We can do the same thing in different scale, still keeping the beauty of it
We can do the same thing in different scale while keeping the beauty of it
How beautiful can this be? I almost never wear read anymore but I can appreciate it in other people
How beautiful can this be? I almost never wear red anymore but I can appreciate it in other people
I wish I had all this beautiful stuff to work with...
I wish I had all this beautiful stuff to work with…
Or this ...
My love for candles….
Baccarat
Baccarat
More inspiration..
More inspiration..
Le Rouge
Le Rouge
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… Exquisite!
scrumptious!
Scrumptious!
Napoleon's Dining Room, Le Louvre
Napoleon’s Dining Room, Le Louvre
Sinful temptation
Sinful temptation, liquid inspiration
Valentino, beyond beautiful
Valentino, beyond beautiful
Wow...
Wow…
So elegant..
A little Downton Abbey to put us in the mood!  So elegant..
reception
Le Rouge et le Noir
THE VICTORIAN TABLE! THEY NEEDED ALL THAT...
THE VICTORIAN TABLE! THEY ACTUALLY NEEDED ALL THAT INDEED.
A princess dress
Lady in red, a princess dress
I wonder if one day we'll be able to travel in time...
I wonder if one day we’ll be able to travel in time…
HISTORY... WHAT CAN I SAY! IT ALWAYS SHOWS US WHERE WE CAME FROM AND HOW FAR WE HAVE GONE.... OR NOT
HISTORY… WHAT CAN I SAY! IT ALWAYS SHOWS US WHERE WE CAME FROM AND HOW FAR WE HAVE GONE…. OR NOT
THIS COLORS ARE SO RICH THAT MAKE THE TABLESCAPE FEEL REALLY WARM AND WELCOMING
THE COLORS ARE SO RICH THAT MAKE THE TABLESCAPE FEEL WARM AND WELCOMING
HOW ROMANTIC!
HOW ROMANTIC! 1904  NOW WE KNOW WHY THEY ALWAYS PUT THAT WEIRD LOOKING FISH FORK! THEY NEEDED ALL THOSE FORKS AND KNIVES FOR ALL THE COURSES THEY SERVED, OF COURSE THAT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE ARMY OF MAIDS AND BUTLERS THEY USE TO HAVE…
Cristal Room, Baccarat. Paris
Cristal Room, Baccarat. Paris
Remarcable
The Butlers… the wizards of all ! (That was good!)
What a table!
What a table! Cristal Room, Baccarat, Paris
The table
The table
The ladies
The ladies
more Downton Abbey
More Downton Abbey! Majestic..
R.M.S MAJESTIC MENU
R.M.S MAJESTIC MENU – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH 1890.   Broiled Kidney?!!!! Calves Liver?!!!! Somebody help me please! Disgusting.
The contrasts inevitably...
The contrasts inevitably…

Winthrop House 1852

I FEEL SICK JUST READING THE MENU… I’M SO GLAD I WASN’T BORN DURING THE VICTORIAN ERA…

And with that I say good bye!  xx

The Color Purple and It’s Fifty shades

Pantone’s Color of the year, RADIANT ORCHID is finally on it’s way out and I’ve put some pictures together to remember it’s kindom, even though most of  these photographs are older than 2014! … What brings me to the reason I am writing this post, classic Design is Timeless, either in Fashion, Architecture or Interior Design. Classic lines, impeccable taste and quality materials can make some pieces last almost forever or at least a really long time.

Pablo Paniagua
Pablo Paniagua

Accessories are the key to update a look. Use accent pieces to refresh your decor and wardrobe and to bring color and a little bit of an edge to your spaces and your closet. A few pillows, a throw, some books, flowers and pieces of art will be plenty if you feel the need to follow the “new” fad, the new trends … A belt, a Scarf, a piece of jewelry, a pair of shoes, even your make-up can bring a breath of fresh air to your wardrobe without looking overdone or like everybody else. Always use the new color sparingly, as an accent, never all over. We are talking about colors, not neutrals, a monochromatic color palette and an accent color is always a winning combination.

Elie Saab
Elie Saab, Fall 2014
Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss by Alexi Lubomirski for Vogue Germany
Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo
Wall Street, Purple light
Wall Street in Purple light

Elegance feels effortless and natural and always should have your personal touch!. It’s something you create and develop throughout the years. Start small, add just a few pieces at a time, don’t get something you don’t absolutely love… or at least we should all aim at that!

For the sake of Harmony and Flow, I did not follow my own advice in this post while putting together all the images. You are in for a PURPLE RAIN overdose and hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!   Thanks for stopping by.

– CAROLYNE ROEHM

Carolyne Roehm
Carolyne Roehm
Bottega Venetta
Bottega Veneta
Salvatore Ferragamo
Salvatore Ferragamo
Tory Burch
Tory Burch, Fall 2013
Dolce and Gabbana
Dolce and Gabbana
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Heider Ackermann
Haider Ackermann
Haider Ackermann
Haider Ackermann

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– SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

L'hotel de Paris !
L’hotel de Paris !

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– wedding flowers! what a gorgeous palette!

Lanvin
Lanvin

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– LANVIN JACQUARD

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– CHLOÉ

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– Exquisite and elegant table!  Purple is always such an elegant and sophisticated color.

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– OSCAR DE LA RENTA

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– KAZUO SHIRAGA

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– CHIHULY

PURPLE FLOWERS IN SILVER VASE

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– PORTERS CHAIR

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– NATALIA VODIANOVA FOR CALVIN KLEIN EUPHORIA

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– J MENDEL

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– OSCAR DE LA RENTA EARRINGS, NECKLACE AND CUFF

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Valentino

– VALENTINO

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– EDGAR DEGAS, “LA TOILETTE” I JUST ADORE THE HUES…

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– CHRISTY TURLINGTON

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– LANVIN

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– DIOR

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– DALLAS FLORAL DESIGNER CAROL GARNER

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– MARIE CASSATT

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– HENRI DE TOULOUSE LAUTREC

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– THE IRONER, PABLO PICASSO

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– THE CELLIST, BY AMADEO MODIGLIANI, 1909

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– LA TOILETTE, TOULOUSE LAUTREC

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– FIESTA EN FIGUERES  SALVADOR DALÍ

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– VINCENT VAN GOGH, UNDERGROWTH WITH TWO FIGURES, 1890

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– CATERINA LEMAN

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– ATELIER VERSACE FALL AND WINTER 2013/14

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– CHRISTIAN DIOR

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Purple hearts
PURPLE HEARTS