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Here are some recent purchases I have made:

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, the latest movie from studio Ghibli, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is inspired by The Little Mermaid, but slightly different. 

Only Yesterday, another studio Ghibli movie, but directed by Isao Takahata. This is slightly more grown up than Ponyo.

I discovered studio Ghibli when Spirited Away got released, and I was amazed. Since then, I have been trying to see as many animes from them as possible, and also collecting them. Studio Ghibli creates these wonderful, magical worlds, even in the more realistic movies. They are filled with wonderful details, great stories, lovable characters and pure magic.

The Polaroid Book, from Taschen. This is a book with polaroids from different photographers, like Helmut Newton, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, plus many more. It´s a decent book, not overwhelming, but not bad either. It is fun to have if polaroid photography is an interest, and it´s not expensive.

I love your style, by Amanda Brooks. This book is a tool if one is in search of a style, more exactly to define one´s personal style. The writer gives some useful tips and tricks for that purpose, and also writes about her own style. It is filled with inspiration, and photographs of style icons, such as Françoise  Hardy, Catherine Deneuve, Jackie Onassis, Sofia Coppola, Kate Moss, Carine Roitfeldt, Chloë Sevigny and many others. There are inspirational sections for different styles, and what defines them. I bought this mainly because of the photographs, but also as an inspiration. I like that it´s not focusing on what not to do, but more on experimenting and that a lot of things can work as an inspiration, like art, films, music or whatever one takes fancy in. On the other hand there was a lot of focus on the writer, and she clearly loves fur. And by that I mean she really loves it. I don´t know if this will help anyone finding their own style, but it is a fun read, and the photos are a huge plus.

Vogue Paris. I don´t buy as much magazines as I used to, but sometimes I just have to.

Also, while I was at this consignment shop, I spotted something in their window. It was a chocolate Mulberry Baby Roxanne. I asked about the price, which was very good. I also asked if it was authentic, which they said it was. For five minutes I was trying to decide on if I should buy it, but after a while I took a closer look at it and started to think that it might be fake. So, I finally decided on not to buy it. When I got home, I did a little research and it turns out I might have been wrong, and that the bag actually may have been the real deal. Now I am thinking that I should have bought it. Which is weird, since I would have chosen something else If I could pick whichever bag I wanted.  Not that I don´t like the Baby Roxanne, I do, but it´s not on my wishlist and I would prefer something else. I guess it is probably better that I save my money, and spend it on something that I really do want.

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All images: William Eggleston

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I absolutely adore the work of Slim Aarons. I find his images very intriguing.

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I can´t help but wonder, what the conversations are about. It looks like something really interesting, even though it might as well be something really dull and mundane. That´s the beauty of it though, one can only guess, and that way the mind can create all sorts of scenarios.

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The colours are absolutely wonderful. They are vibrant, and yet faded, and even a bit unreal. It looks like a life of leasure and luxury, free of anything remotely pedestrian or average. His subjects seem so carefree, like the only worries they have, is what to wear on the cocktailparty later that evening. It is such a dreamy scenery, and it is completed by that everyone looks so casual. Everything is ofcourse really tasteful  and perfectly groomed, but there is such an atmosphere of relaxation that never makes the moment look strained or like the subjects are flaunting their privilege.

I can just look at Slim Aarons photographs for hours and dream away. Imagine what it would be like to live a life of leisure and poolside gossips, and cocktails in the afternoon. Winters in Megève, and summervacation in Côte d`Azur, shopping in Paris and New York, while always being fabulous. To be perfectly groomed every day, even those days when one is just staying in, just always look perfectly put together but yet relaxed. This is why I love dreams. They give you a taste of something different, that maybe is out of reach or not yet experienced. Dreams are for everyone, no matter who you are, or what you might dream of. And isn´t it amazing that something like a photograph can do so much for the imagination, that it can create a whole new universe of exciting things? The best part though, is that it doesn´t cost a thing.

 

Images: Slim Aarons, Photographersgallery.com

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