Friday, December 26

First of, Happy Christmas, Chrismukkah and Boxing Day everyone! Hope you're all having fun playing with your toy planes, Barbie dolls and Manolos.
On this lazy and happy day I have decided to post a little about everything and nothing. I figured there is nothing better than some entertaining to kill some free time and forget about stomachaches.

With too much of this free time on my hands I started to have a look at the Pre-Fall 2009 collections even though I had promised myself (yet again) I would not. The traditional disappointment was substituted by some kind of odd surprise. Diane Von Furstemberg and Donna Karan provided a certain excitement, de la Renta some yawns, and Versace, Alexander Wang and Cavalli a bunch of smiles. If, like me, you have nothing better to do than filling your brain with a bit of harmless fashion click here.

I realized I rarely post about music, when it is in fact a big part of my life and inspiration. Today I was happy to find the first ever Dead Man's Bones (Ryan Gosling's band) video ever. Gosling (piano and vocals) and his mate Zach Shields (drums) have come up with an indie mixture of gospel and gothic. I do not know if it is good or bad music but it certainly is enjoyable. Go here to watch their video. Also, look for Gosling's "Put me in the car" —a song he recorded ages ago that is part of my list of favourite tunes.
For some more music, I would recommend Britney's Circus, Beyoncé's CD2 Sasha Fierce (plus her performance on the World Music Awards), and any Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and John Mayer.

Paper-wise, I have been trying to think a bit out of the box and avoid buying another version of Vogue. Instead, I bought a seasonal magazine called View of the Times. As far as I know it is Spanish, but I have just discovered it so correct me if I am wrong. It reaches a good common-ground between alternative and mainstream fashion. The layout follows the same logic and it is both affordable and long enough to fill a couple of afternoons or even three when keeping your laptop by your side.
I recently finished reading Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger —the author of The Devil Wears Prada. Change the magazine for a PR company and add some upper-East-side drugs and parties and what you get is a book you cannot let go of your grasp. I am currently reading Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh —I loved the TV show and will like the film about the decadent lives of a British noble family. I usually like having one or two extra books to read in between the main one. They have to be short stories or something that is easy to follow if not read in a while. These two books are The Diamond as big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Return of the Timewaster Letters by Robin Cooper, both of which I would also recommend so far.

In the fashion department I would encourage all of you Londoners out there not to stop visiting Beyond Retro, Rokit and all those fabulous vintage shops in the surroundings of Brick Lane. If you are looking for some chic relax go to Harvey Nichols and have one of their delicious Mojitos. Being home in Madrid has also provided some new shopping experiences such as the brand-new Marc by Marc Jacobs shop (with wicked accessories for the holidays) and the Oscar de la Renta boutique (a type of fashionable sightseeing). If in Barcelona, pay a visit to el Born with its cool shops full of Isabel Marant, Danielle Alessandrini and Vanesa Bruno.

[Pictures credit: Style.com, Amazon.co.uk]

I hope I killed enough of your time. I surely killed mine.
I'm off.

19 comments:

Mrs. Westwick said...

Oh I bet u spr stylish sexy person showed u the Marc by Marc Jacobs store....

Couture Carrie said...

Love that Cavalli dress!

Happy holidays!

xoxox,
CC

Fashion Addict said...

I love Britney's new album and I keep catching myself singing Circus out loud! I hope you have the best holidays ever!

simplysteph said...

totally into brits new album. and i'm not too sure how i feel about goslings music, interesting.

Coco's Tea Party said...

I got given Britney's new album for Christmas (by the way hope you had a great one) and the only track I'm that into is circus, the rest is a bit blah.
I love Beyonce's album though - single ladies is fab!

Anna said...

I take it you bored.

Myriam said...

I need to learn the Single Ladies dance, wooaaapa! Happy New Year soon!
xxx

Aisha said...

I haven't listeded Circus yet. Maybe I should. Great picks from pre-fall 09.

I also wanted to let you know that my blog Coloured bleu has moved to http://nerdy-trendy.blogspot.com, hope you give me a visit someday soon and don't forget to update your links with the new url (;

Happy 2009!

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I'd love it if you could add me to your blog list!

xxx

Coco's Tea Party said...

Ha ha, yes you should move away from Vogue - I read it in the hairdressers today and was so bored by it. Although I still by Grazia even though I kind of hate it now.
There is a great article about how US Vogue is in a rut, you should read it
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/01/fashion/01ANNA.html?_r=3&pagewanted=1&ref=style

Also happy new year!

Secretista said...

B. Spears will always hold a place in my heart. I was 10 when I first heard Baby One More Time...

Theresa said...

Isn't the new Britney album great? When I hear Womanizer I always start dancing :)

nice blog...

Ray TETAUIRA said...

happy holidays too !!

Pau said...

Happy New Year !!!
XXX

Char Ruiz Manjarrez said...

Happy holidays too mate!

also I'm adoring sasha fierce.

C.

Jen (MahaloFashion) said...

I love alexanders collection is amazing.
Not sure about britney's new cd it only had a few good songs. Blackout was much better and pure crazy!

Frida Maria Eriksson said...

You can just give them to me the next time we meet. ;) You're a star Iñaki. x

julie mcclain said...

i just finished reading brideshead revisited. fantastic. i've got the movie on my netflix queue. we'll see how it stacks up

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