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31 August 2015

DESIGN DOSSIER // APPARTEMENT 3, PARIS



When I think about Parisian apartments, period charm immediately comes to mind. A kind of grandeur so foreign to that of which I am accustomed to. Exteriors boasting importance and abundance and ostentatious prowess. Interiors full of character and cloaked with palatial constructions. So dissimilar to the suburban brick veneers of the 1960's and 70's that trail Australian streets. Not that I don't have an appreciation for those retro clad abodes, but there's something utterly enthralling about such contrasting bewitchment. 

The apartment of interior designers Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay, is tantamount to my Parisian dreaming. Parquetry flooring, elongated mullion windows and doors and white walls adorned in aged moulding and cornices. Not to forget the enviable accessory collection consisting of desirable titled books and framed photography. A triumphant mix of fluid and denseness, wood and hardware, mature and bygone.

BE FASHION WITH STYLISH EVENING GOWNS


Getting a luxury evening dress for the important nights can be a big burden for some girls.
Generally speaking, the expense of a common evening dress will take a significant percentage of women’s total budget. But most common girls, are not famous stars, all they need for evening gowns is probably only to impress their friends. Yet even in this case, it is still costly for those with limited budget. For such buying such a dress, the following point you should keep in mind.

Firstly, it is of great importance to choose a right style evening dress. 
A right evening dress style is essential for an enjoyable evening party. People in the 20th century have numerous accesses to select their ideal dresses from a variety of either expensive or cheap night dress styles. But no matter what you choose, the dress should meet the basic requirements, that is, to fit your body shape, skin tone and figure.

Secondly, learn the newest fashion for your evening dresses.
Speaking of evening dress fashion, it is quite different from our common apparels and accessories. It changes with time and tide, but not much.
It is easy for you to notice a number of stunning advert or magazines stylish with latest fashion evening dresses. If you're still confused concerning the stylish evening apparels available for sale, it is wise to read some online articles and blogs. If it is still not enough for you to make decisions, you can get more practical advises from your friends, colleagues and family members.


To sum up, a great preparation is required before buying your perfect evening gowns. If you want to have plus size evening dresses, why not get it from online stores? They may be a great source for you to take some reference and helpful tips. Yet it is still a challenge to buy online if you do not know your sizes and styles for sure.

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27 August 2015

FOOD PORN THURSDAY // PEAR TARTE TATIN


I don't know about you guys but there's something about a tarte tatin that has had me secretly longing to perfect one day. That said I was also terrified to bring myself towards finally making this, somewhat from scratch, as the French do. Truthfully I was inexplicably and utterly terrified about making this and thus decided upon taking some small shortcuts. Overall it's the creation of making puff pastry from scratch that has me reeling. I mean, have you ever actually seen a recipe for it?

Holy cow!

All that kneading and folding and chilling, perpetually repeated for all eternity. I can't get pastry to do it's thing even on a good day let alone when chucking all ingredients into a food processor, so can you imagine what horrors would emerge from me trying to do so? That my friends would be a strong contender for the basis of another new Saw movie. Plus, ain't nobody got time for that.


So lets talk about shortcuts. Seemingly this isn't a proper, traditional tarte tatin. In fact most French would most probably turn their noses up to this "abomination". Especially since it features pears and not apples as the recipe calls for. But what some people don't know, won't hurt them either. I will one day attempt the real deal; apples and all. But maybe not the pastry. Maybe.

Seriously t recipe is utterly idiot proof, guaranteed. It's effortless and takes minutes to prepare. Then once it's out of the oven all you have to do is turn it onto a plate, maybe top with some vanilla bean ice cream then just devour it.


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Ingredients
30g butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
825g canned pears, sliced
1 sheet puff pastry, partially thawed.

Preheat oven to 200°C / 390°F and line a 20cm round tray with baking paper.
Combine butter and sugar in a heatproof bowl and microwave at 350W for 30 seconds. Remove and stir then microwave for a further 30 seconds or until mixture has come together and is smooth then pour over the base of the tray.
Arrange pears onto the base of the tray, overlapping slightly.
Place the puff pastry atop the pears and trim the side around the cake tray, leaving a slight border so you can tuck it into the sides.
Bake for around 15-20 minutes or until the pastry has puffed and turned golden.
Turn onto a plate and serve immediately.

[ Recipe via Super Food Ideas magazine ]

Et voila.



25 August 2015

HALCYON DAYS




Charlotte Carey photographed by Stefano Galuzzi for the December 2014 issue of L'officiel Italia.

images via visual optimism 

There's something enticing about a nomadic life. The liberation from conformity and the celebration of a carefree spirit. Much like the halcyon days of the seventies. Freedom, peace and love baby. Woodstock too. It's no surprise that this era in time is my favorite. Not for the fashions but for what a good few souls cherished and believed. I'm overly smitten with this editorial. I feel like were I born in the 1950's and had my twenties to revel in the magic that was that era it would transpire exactly as depicted above. Decadently luxe faux furs, leather, legs and androgynous styles booties. Living out the back of an estate car, switching it up between a motorcycle and guitar. Possible nudity too.

Romanticism at its finest.

SECRETS OF THE BEST FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS


Are you an aspiring fashion photographer who wants to work with a variety of clients and models in an exciting and ever-changing industry? Then continue reading for a few of the most helpful secrets that are used by the world's best fashion photographers.

Be Prepared for Every Photo Shoot

The best thing that you can do as a professional fashion photographer is simply be prepared for an upcoming shoot. Never walk onto a set without a solid idea of what you need to achieve, whether you have total freedom to be as creative as you want or you need to follow specific requirements set forth by the client.
Have books with tear sheets available so that you can be inspired with makeup, styling, posing, lighting, etc. This will help prevent burnout and will give you ideas for every shoot if your creativity is drying up.

It's All About the Lighting

The best and most accurate lighting can be achieved in a pro photography studio, so make sure that you invest in a space that has plenty of space for backdrops and the most valuable pieces of lighting equipment available. You can even opt for a space that has a lot of large windows if you want to take advantage of natural light as well.

Know How to Dress and Pose Models

If you're planning on offering fashion photographer services, you will need to know how to direct and pose models to get the best results and show off the best that the clothing and accessories have to offer. Regardless of how beautiful your model is, if the poses are not flattering, the photos will come out poorly. So whenever you are shooting fashion photography, strive to elongate the model's body and give your pictures an edgier look by using poses that create shapes and angles.
On top of posing your models, you also need to know how to dress them as well. This involves telling the models how they should be flaunting the clothing and accessories. You may also need to direct the hair and makeup team in order to find the right styles that complement the fashion best.

Don't Be Afraid to Break the Rules

Rules are meant to be broken, especially when it comes to the dynamic world of fashion photography. While there are certainly standard, correct methods that you can use for things like lighting your models, there is also a level of freedom in photography, and the only way to find your own unique style is by experimenting. For example, you can try to achieve your own dramatic lighting effects using high contrast in your photos. Though this may not follow standard lighting protocols, it could lead to some incredible and unforgettable images.
With these strategies in mind, you can have a successful fashion photo shoot every time. Remember to do your research and look through fashion magazines and websites to see what the best fashion photographers are doing. Then follow suit and watch your photography business grow.


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