Sunday, July 31, 2011

16. En Plein Air

Found the Mecca of Impressionism today at Monet's house & gardens in Giverny :D! I was on a pastel cloud nine the entire trip and can definitely see why this location inspired so many paintings. Too tired to find any more words to say, so here are pics!


Saturday, July 30, 2011

15. The Point of No Return

Today, my worst nightmare happened. 
Twenty minutes into exploring the Paris Opera House... 
my camera... 
ran out of batteries.


So what to do? The only thing there was to do: took the 30-minute metro ride home, charged my camera for 30 minutes, got back on the metro, bought another ticket, and properly explored the Opera House with my cam in hand for the last hour before it closed. So excessive, but so. worth. it. I had a brief Phantom of the Opera phase way back when (and still now sometimes...) so I had to do the Opera House justice. I also charged my iPod when I was back so I could listen to the POTO soundtrack while I was inside...EVEN MORE WORTH IT. Totally helped me get my Christine Daae on.
The pictures inside turned out a little eerier than I expected. But I like that. It's the haunting side of POTO! O_o

It was nice and sunny outside, though!

P.S. - Dedicating this post to Kelly & Elizabeth...long live poto!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

14. Katie Fogz Goes Vogue

Katie on the COVER of the SEPTEMBER ISSUE of VOGUE Australia!

I think this definitely calls for more karaoke celebrations and NYC photoshoots ASAP!
(Wait, why isn't this the cover? #confusion)

Congrats Katie!!!!

13. How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Lolita?

Tonight we went to a screening of Stanley Kurbrick's 1962 "Lolita" in the Latin Quarter. Those who know me can just imagine my excitement--Lolita is one of my (two) FAVORITE BOOKS EVA. I really prefer Adrian Lyne's 1997 adaptation with Dominique Swain and Jeremy Irons, but seeing Kubrick's version on the big screen was such a fun experience. I will definitely devote an entire later post to Adrian Lyne's film though because it is the most beautiful movie I've ever seen. SEE IT IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY!!!!!!

(I obviously went to the theater dressed in a Lolita outfit...duh)

My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta!

12. Jean-Luc Godard

All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.
All you need to write a paper on said movie, however, is a computer and a cafe.

Spent the day "writing my paper" at a cafe in St. Michel, which basically means I ate yummy food, drank tea, and people-watched for the afternoon. Jean-Luc Godard's "Bande a Part" is a such a playful French New Wave film, so when I actually do have to be productive and crank out 10 pages on it hopefully it won't be too bad.

Also, I am obsessed with Anna Karina now. OBSESSED

Thursday, July 28, 2011

11. Gallery Piece

Walking around Galeries Lafayette is a religious experience. Not to mention picture HEAVEN.

10. Angelina Ballerina

While I love me some chocolate macaroons, I think my favorite chocolate treat in Paris is Angelina Cafe's deliciously rich hot chocolate. The first time I tried it I couldn't finish it because it was so thick, but coming back a few years later I finished both mine and my friend's cup. 

It tastes like a million melted chocolate bars poured into a tea cup. SO GOOD.

This clip very accurately sums up my feelings towards Angelina's hot chocolate.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

9. Wildfox Couture Fall 2011

It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like it!)
Every time the new Wildfox Couture campaign pictures come out, I get legitimately distressed over which one to set as my desktop background. For Fall 2011, the "Wildfox girl" was inspired by 1970s rock band groupies and Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous." This isn't my favorite season of pictures from Wildfox, but I do love the concept and the Penny Lane attitude.

"They follow the music with only a suitcase and their best friends, they die over giant platforms and velvet bell bottoms, they eat Twinkies for breakfast, wear the same T shirt for days, they dance barefoot on stage after everyone's gone home, and never cry over boys. They go where the night takes them, they cram into motel beds and cover their rooms with feather boas, silk scarves and fur hats. They play old guitars, sing along to Joni Mitchell, tell love stories in lamp lit parking lots, dream of traveling to far off places and even when it's all over they never go home."
(As described by Kimberly Gordon of Wildfox on her blog,

Here are some shots from the campaign. More at the Wildfox Couture's official blog post:

(Also, I REALLY like the stars under Valeria Efanova's eyes...have to find some bizarre, acceptable occasion to wear that to...)