Some days ago I wrote about Romy Schneider, after that I got stuck on her story, in particular the relationship between her and Alain Delon. After spending hours trying to find a source or proof to understand the love Alain had for Romy, I finally found something which brought me to tears. When Romy and Alain first met in their early 20’s both fell in love with each other immediately and so Romy, against the will of her mother, moved to France to live with Alain. But after almost 5 years of being together Alain decided to leave Romy for another woman and with that broke Romy. Still they remained lifelong friends.
This week I will be in Florence, one of my favorite cities. Last month in my previous blog, I had several posts on the city and its most famous family – The Medici: The Birthplace of the Renaissance, What Makes Florence So Special and Virtual Tour of The Renaissance
Before Florence became a renaissance museum, it was the fashion capital of Italy. Unfortunately, Milan took over the title as Florence didn’t have an international airport. So it turns out that Florence is not only the birthplace of the renaissance but also the place of origin for many famous luxury brands.
Today I watched a documentary about Romy Schneider, who I always admired. You most likely know Romy if you ever heard of Alain Delon or the German/Austrian Sissi movies. Romy was an actress with many insecurities and an extremely sensitive personality, but her entire life even now so many admire her. Unfortunately, her life behind the scene wasn’t too gentile. She grew up in a private school and often lacked attention and love from her parents. Later in life she tried to find that affection in men, Alain Delon became the love of her life. With no happy ending, after almost 5 years of being together, Delon left her for another woman. Briefly after that she decided to get married, yet her husband was a controlling and depressed man who years later committed suicide. It doesn’t end with that, some years afterwards her 14 year old son died in an accident when he tried to climb a fence. All this broke her fragile soul when she died from heard failure at the age of 43, only 11 months after her son passed away.
“I am nothing in life, but everything on the screen” Romy
Yesterday after reading an article that for the first time in history a person has become a Trillionaire, it’s Bill Gates of course, I felt inspired and heard my inner entrepreneur telling me to start making bracelets. Usually that kind of phase lasts for about 24hours and so I jumped on my bike to get quickly some supply in order to start immediately working on it.
To be honest it’s not only Bill Gates who inspired me, I also found some very cute bracelets on Etsy that looked so adorable and somewhat easy to make that I thought to myself, I can do this. Well turns out I can’t so I wanted to show you these cute brands I found.
To be honest I can’t remember the last time I had a deja vu, but today when I browsed through Becksöndergaard ‘s website I experienced one. It’s a funny sensation, a feeling of familiarity, and I am not sure whether it was a real deja vu or just my bad memory and I actually have been there before. Becksöndergaard is a Danish fashion brand founded in 2003 by Anna Sondergaard and Lis Beck. I love the brand for their Scandinavian simplicity and playful colors. You can check out their website here: Becksöndergaard
Ok, never say never, maybe we’ll wear metallic space suits in the future. The style I am speaking about comes from a term used to describe people with an unconventional lifestyle who have few permanent ties to any place and therefore often are wanderers and adventurers. I am thinking of Bohemians. There is no exact definition on how to define a Bohemian person, usually it’s someone who is part of an artistic or academic community, but not necessarily. Lauren Stover in her book, Bohemian Manifesto, describes 5 types of Bohemians:
- Nouveau: bohemians with money who attempt to join traditional bohemianism with contemporary culture
- Gypsy: the expatriate types, they create their own Gypsy ideal of nirvana wherever they go
- Beat: also drifters, but non-materialist and art-focused
- Zen: “post-beat,” focus on spirituality rather than art
- Dandy: no money, but try to appear as if they have it by buying and displaying expensive or rare items – such as brands of alcohol
Do you know someone who is one of the Bohemian type? I think I may know a Dandy.
The style inspired by these people is called Boho-Chic, it’s one of my favorite. The most famous Boho-Chic ladies are: Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Mary-Kate Olsen (btw, have you seen her engagement ring? It weighs more than her) and Nicole Richie. Less famous but my favorite Boho-Chic lady is Tatiana Santo Domingo (the wife of Andrea Casiraghi,…who is the eldest son of Carolina from Monaco….who is the daughter of Grace Kelly). She is famous for her beautiful hippie style and even has her own store called Muzungu, which translated from Swahili means wanderer or traveller. You can check out the online store here Muzungu Sisters
What makes the online store so special special, is that it promotes fair labour practices in order to support artisan-crafted goods from around the world.