I keep a selection of popular songs that I hear on trips abroad or summer holidays on a mix labeled travel on my iPod. I play these songs to take me back to where I was when I first heard them. Songs include Shaggy - It Wasn't Me (Paris), Robbie Williams - Rock DJ (London), Timbaland - Apologize (Moscow) and, for this recent Ireland trip, Mystery Jets - Two Doors Down (above).
MyIrish-catholic relatives who hail from the north will disagree - but I found a silver lining to the British occupation in this part of the world - Boots, Cadbury and Topshop. Today I indulged in all three. My sister and I traveled an hour from Newcastle to Belfast on the Ulster Rural Rover to visit the flagship Topshop store in Victoria Square. Opened in March, Victoria Square is reportedly the most expensive shopping center ever to be built in Ireland and is expected to draw 17 million shoppers each year making it one of the UK's top shopping destinations. Stores include House of Fraser, Edun, All Saints and Urban Outfitters. The Urban Outfitters was nothing like the U.S. and was filled with designers like Vanessa Bruno, Paul & Joe Sister, Manoush and APC. We hit Boots first where I picked up this cute travel bag by London illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve and a Boots No.7 lip liner in Nude (the perfect shade of nude). Next stop was Topshop. Sadly, the Victoria Square store is not yet open but we found another location down the street. My sister picked up the cute pansy print ruffle-front wrap dress by Kate Moss featured in all the ads. I bought a pair of black stovepipe jeans - I love Topshop jeans - you can't beat the fit, the styles and the prices. Finally, I picked up four giant Cadbury Dairy Milk and Fruit & Nuts bars to take home. A great day!
Fashion die-hards will need to conserve those precious minutes - or maybe not. This product was created for the type of woman who views price as no object. Dior unveiled the Diorphone in Paris this evening. There is a standard and mini option. The miniature phone is matchbook size and has a mirrored display screen than can double as a
compact. The main phone will retail from 3,500 euros, or about $5,100 at current
exchange, in Dior boutiques starting next month. A deluxe model studded
with 640 diamonds, which comes with an alligator sheath, runs up to
18,000 euros, or $27,000. Dior expects to sell between 30,000 and 60,000 units over the next year. Dior says it expects mobile phones, a cheap, functional device, to move upscale, just like watches and handbags, for which fashionable women think nothing of shelling out thousands. Source: WWD.
I just love Carla Bruni-Sarkozy-with all her former scandalous rocker affairs, her supermodel beauty, her musical talent, her family-inherited and independently-acquired money and her role as first lady of France. She even won over the Brits - I mean seriously, you go Carla! Vogue UK reports that her third, as-yet untitled album will come out in July. The new album will have songs about drugs and romance - you know, all the stuff not associated with first ladies. I am sure she will support her husband and perform her first lady duties in demure style but what I admire about her is that she does not stand in the president's or anyone's shadow.
Italian leather goods house Tod's announced on Monday that Gwyneth Paltrow will be the new face of the company and will play the starring role in its upcoming print advertising campaign. She is a far better fit then her predecessor, Sienna Miller. I was not convinced for a moment that Sienna would carry a Tod's bag. Gwyneth embodies the whole Tod's preppy look. Or at least the old Gwyneth did. The new Gwynnie is far chicer and wears excellent shoes. As it should be. I still can't bring myself to buy a Tod's anything because of the brand's former all money-with-no-taste preppy factor - but I do admit I am tempted to. The company's trademark look has evolved from driving shoes into a more fashion forward, urban look. On another note - we sure are seeing Gwyneth a lot lately. It seems like only yesterday she was telling the media even she was "sick of seeing herself". So she disappeared. Now she is back and I have way to much information about her exercise habits and how she feels about her children. I like her - but I think she should pull back a bit. No one wants to hear about how smart, talented and gifted ones children are. I have two of my own (who incidentally share the same characteristics) and the comments even nauseate me.