Style Inspirations – Christine Centenera

Christina Centenera is the Fashion Editor of Harper’s Bazaar Australia and has been a bit of a style crush of mine for a few months now. Christine is has her finger on the pulse and wears a mix of designers, from up and coming Australians like Lui Hon and Josh Goot, to fashion institutions like Gucci and Celine. However, unlike a lot of fashionistas, Christine often re-wears her clothing, creating different looks every time; a trait of the truly stylish. The twenty seven year old has great legs, gorgeous hair and possibly the best shoe collection I’ve seen for a long time! She favours strong jackets, minimal accessories, minis and tight trousers, and lots of platforms.


(Pics from Team Peter Stitger, Wayne Tippetts Photography, Garance Dore, Vanessa Jackman, trendycrew.com, stockholmstreetstyle & stylescrapbook.com)

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Woody Allen at the IFI

The Irish Film Institute is kicking off a three month retrospective of film genius Woody Allen on May 1st.  With Woody’s 40th feature film being premiered at Cannes this is certainly a landmark year in his career.  The May installment of the season features films from 1971-1986 and includes Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask, Annie Hall, Sleeper and Manhattan.

I adore Allen’s films and his very New York sense of humour.  Check out some very early stand-up from Allen here.

RE:RAW

You may remember I blogged before about Irish DJ and producer Adam Barry, otherwise known as RE:RAW.  He’s one of my best mates and I think probably the best DJ I know, and I know A LOT of good DJs!  Adam has uploaded a mix to Mixcloud which is an amazing old school hip hop mix.  It’s definitely party music and is bound to put you in a good mood, so give it a listen.

On a side note, the picture that Adam has put up to accompany this mix, while horrifically reminiscent of Edward Norton in American History X, is actually a joke pic taken by me. (Adam needs to work on his brand image methinks.) In fact this is what Adam looks like:

See?  Much better.  I like the ironic t-shirt too.

Ann Sofie Back for Cheap Monday

Having bought a dress by Ann Sofie Back a few months ago, I have come to really like some of her clothing.  When I heard she was appointed as Creative Director of jeans brand Cheap Monday in summer of 2009, I was interested to see what influence she would have on the label.  Back assumed control of all areas of product design with the exception of Cheap Monday’s denim range, which remained the responsibility of Orjan Andersson.

Fast forward to now and you can see her designs for Cheap Monday online at ASOS.  I like the use of duct tape for its punk/industrial feel.  It reminds me of that Margiela jacket but without the ridiculous price tag.

Rather hilariously ASOS have insisted on calling it Duck Tape!  Now unless I’m missing the joke, that’s a typo and they need to realise that it’s actually spelled Duct Tape.  If there is a joke that I’m missing can someone somewhere please explain it to me?!

The most beautiful ring in the world…

Ever since I watched Lagerfeld Confidential and saw Karl rummaging amongst his collection of hundreds of silver rings to choose a few for that day, I have been scouring the internet looking for unusual silver rings to add to my collection.  Blame Karl! My acquisitiveness is his fault!

Whilst browsing on etsy I found this incredible silver drusy quartz ring designed by Dollybird Design.  I adore the enormous size of the ring – what a statement! – and love the sparkly quality of the drusy quartz too. 

The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls

A friend of mine gave me The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls a couple of weeks ago as a present. Rob has excellent taste in books and is usually one of the few people I can count on to introduce me to books I’ve never heard of, and to give me books I haven’t read. 

The Glass Castle is Jeannette Walls’ memoir of growing up with her brother and two sisters in the 70s in America under the care of her parents, Rex, an electrician, and Rose Mary, a painter. Jeannette’s parents were chaotic, at times irresponsible, and very unconventional. Rex was an alcoholic, an extremely intelligent man who believed in educating his children, and teaching them that society’s rules were not for them. Rose was a selfish childlike woman, ill suited to the task of being a mother. She believed in giving her children absolute freedom, which was convenient for a woman who had no interest in parenting, and thought that mistakes and accidents were how one learned to grow up.

Rex pursued harebrained money making schemes, which were usually derailed by his binge drainking, and Rose Mary often refused to work even when the family were destitute.  Jeannette and her siblings constantly faced poverty, neglect and hunger, and at one point the children were sleeping under a tarp in their bedroom due to the roof leaking and scavenging through trash cans for leftover food so they wouldn’t starve. Uprooted countless times, they attended school sporadically and found it hard to make friends. 

Although it would be easy to be embittered, easy to hate one’s parents after such a traumatic childhood, Jeannette tells the stories of her childhood with humour, understanding and empathy for her parents and this is what gives the book its heart.

The Glass Castle spent 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List and has been translated into many different languages. I really enjoyed the book; it’s an easy read and the characters make it compelling. Have a look at this video of Jeannette recounting the events of the first chapter in the book and talking about “The Glass Castle” with her mother.