Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Sunday, 1 August 2010
Hells yes. So if you need help from drowning just gimme a shout, I am quite the pro now and will be even more so when I get a job at the local pool.
Lotsa love Beth Ruby xoxo
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
I know that fashion designers, journalists and magazines claim that the new designer "must haves" are "so wearable" all the time (usually when referring to something that my Dad would incessantly take the piss out of me wearing- always a bad sign with clothing) but the resort collections really are just that.
So I always eagerly await my Style.com resort fix to see the gorgeous clothes that mere mortals (aka not supermodels, socialites or any kind of supposed super human celebrity) can actually wear. Hurrah for clothes that normal people can wear down the high street and not the catwalk!
1. In at first place- Marc by Marc Jacobs. Inspired by dancers in rehearsals this collection was utter pared down perfection. If I had the money to buy the whole collection (or who am I kidding? Just one piece from the collection would make me so happy) I would. And I'd wear it non-stop all summer long. My favourite collection by miles.
Monday, 19 July 2010
My favourite adverts on television are the Miss Dior Cherie ones. The flowers, the Eiffel tower, the bicycle and the balloons all contribute to give 3 minutes of pure unashamedly girly fantasy and the ultimate dreamy escapism.
When I found out that Sofia Coppola directed this- a name I had heard many times- I knew I had to find out more about her. With her dad being the famous directer Francis Ford Coppola and her mum being Eleanor Coppola, a set designer, film really is in her family’s blood as a quick Wikipedia search revealed.
So I invited my film loving friend around and we rented out the DVDs for Marie Antoinette and Lost in Translation to see why people admire her so much.
Having seen countless beautiful stills from Marie Antoinette (I would be prepared to say that 99% of teenage girls' Tumblr blogs contain at least one from it) I had high expectations.
Gowns! Puppies! Cake (especially Macaroons) Champagne! Shoes! French Interiors! Literally all of my favourite things!
But that is all that it turned out to be.
Superficiality with no depth.
There are only so many establishing shots of Versailles and scenes of the 'Skins' parties of the 16th century I can see before I long for a more complex narrative, complete with actual dialogue- it felt like the characters hardly spoke.
The audience gets no real sense of Marie Antoinette as a person. We all know how the film is going to end so we want to feel some kind of sympathy for her; being sent away from home to get married at 14 and then getting executed at 38. But it's hard to feel sympathy for a lady who spent ludicrous amounts of money lavish parties whilst the French people were starving (not that the film was that critical of the Dauphine)
So when the inevitable ending came, with the symbolic last shot being the Queen's private room in ruins, complete with chandelier on the floor and curtains in tatters, me and my friend were disappointed that we felt no sympathy for her.
What I loved however was the soundtrack which featured The Strokes (one of my favourite bands) At first it was odd to have a period drama with this type of music for the backing track but it actually went perfectly with Marie Antoinette's Rock'n'Roll lifestyle.
The mix of modern and classical music was just right but what didn't work so well was one shot with a pair of lilac converse amongst all her other satin heels. Now I'm no historian but I reckon I’m correct in thinking that Chuck All Stars were not around in the 1750's. Very odd.
A classic example of style over substance I grew desperate for the storyline to push on and *GASP* less puppies, macaroons, gowns and shoes. Nope I never thought I'd ever say that in my life either.
Visually stunning and every single frame worthy of a teenage girls Tumblr "reblog" it was beautiful to watch but I expected more from this celebrated film about one of the most famous Queens in history.
Lost in Translation
In comparison to Marie Antoinette you can actually empathise with the relatable ‘lost souls’ in ‘Lost in Translation.’ Bill Murray plays Bob, an aging actor unwillingly agreeing to star in a commercial in Tokyo and its here where he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) who is here because of her photographer husband.
This chance meeting of two strangers out of their depth in this huge city sparks a friendship between the pair.
Sofia Coppola wrote the screen play as well as directed it and it is obvious how she won Best Original Screenplay for it with amazing lines such as:
"I tried taking pictures, but they were so mediocre. I guess every girl goes through a photography phase. You know, horses... taking pictures of your feet."
I mean hasn't everyone done that cliché? I know I have and that's just one example of how you can really engage with the characters and enter their mindsets of loneliness which link to the smart tag line of the film which is "Everyone wants to be found."
This is a funny and sweet film with touching performances from Murray and Johansson who really put life and soul into Sofia's script.
So now I need to see Sofia Coppola's first film called ‘Virgin Suicides’ which on IMDB has the user recommendation "Sopfia Coppola is a genius" and then her new film ‘Somewhere’ which is out later this year and from the looks of the trailer is going to be a good one (and it has The Strokes again! What a bonus)
Just looking at these two trailers shows her versatility and talent as she can switch between different genres, whilst always giving them her own unique spin.
She is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Beth Ruby xoxo
ps) I have just got home from seeing Inception. MY MIND IS BLOWN. If you haven't already then go and see it now!
Saturday, 17 July 2010
After last week’s trip to London I am even more in love with my country's capital city than ever.
The shopping trip was a late birthday/end of exams treat and me and my friends loved it. We shopped till we dropped.
Starbucks breakfast on the train there. Lunch at Westfields shopping centre. Tube to Oxford Street to check out Urban Outfitters and the 4 storey beast of a Topshop. Then a red double decker bus to dinner at Carluccio's Italian restaurant in St Pancras station before getting the train from Kings Cross (unfortunately there was no Platform 9 and ¾ though because it was under construction and being the Harry Potter nerd that I am I was devastated) back to Newcastle which seemed so drab and quiet when we got back at 1am in comparison to the vibrancy of London.
So as you can see from our cheesey grins, we had an incredible trip.
I can't wait to go back later on in the summer holidays (fingers crossed!) and do my usual touristy photos down the Southbank and get my lovely cousins who live there to take me to my ever growing list of galleries and exhibitions.
Hope you are all having a lovely summer like me, dearies!
Lotsa blogging love,
Beth Ruby xoxo
Friday, 16 July 2010
Before you find out the outcome of the meal I want to state for the record that I put alot of time and effort into this meal for my family.
I had this on my Summer Challenge list because I hardly never cook (my Dad is amazing at it so I don't even bother when he can rustle something up twice as fabulous in half the time.)
So I spent ALL day in the kitchen trying to create a masterpiece.
I pored over recipe books from Jamie, Nigella, Gordon, Delia, you name it and decided on ciabatta topped with goats cheese, rocket and tomato for starter, a slow roast lemon and thyme chicken for mains and "molten chocolate babycakes" for dessert.
But it did not turn out the way I planned.
The starter was average (a 5/10 rating if it was Come Dine With Me) the chicken for the main course was dryer than the Sahara desert (which would have gained 1/10) and the rice I made to serve for it went ballistic. Who knew that rice could be inedible from being burned and undercooked simultaneously? And that it would fill the whole kitchen with it's evil uncooperative fumes?
However the pudding (slightly) made up for the untouched mains. They were gorgeous. And as I am a firm believer that every cloud has a silver lining, the fact that the main course was inedible meant that people could finish these AMAZING Nigella Lawson Molten Chocolate Babycakes- with a name like that how could they taste like anything other than pure chocolate perfection?
Here is a photo of my creation:
(I won't bother showing you photos of weird bread, burned rice and freaky chicken)
But I had a go and that's the main thing and all that jazz etc etc etc.
Wish me luck on my other challenges (hopefully they will be more successful than this one...)Many virtual hugs and kisses,
Beth Ruby xoxo
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Mario Testino's 'Kate Moss' book which contains over 100 images of my absolute favourite model shot by Vogue's favourite photographer is being published this month.
The reason for the huge price tag is that it's limited edition (there were only 1500 copies made and each one is signed by the world famous photographer) and it includes never before seen photos of the pair as well as an actual essay from Mossy herself.
(Although I'd still feel really guilty for spending that much money on one book...)
So to mark the publication of the book here are some of my favourite shots of Kate Moss taken by Mario Testino, both undeniable fashion legends: