Archive | March, 2012

Garden Stroll

9 Mar

This breezy, ethereal photo shoot is making me long for warm days when only the most minimal of clothing could possibly be comfortable.I love the frilly, floral and utterly feminine mood; if you are bold enough for wearing lingerie as outer-wear, this is a perfect bit of inspiration for pulling that off.

Let’s go cherry picking and stain our fingers purple!

xoxo,

Mlle. Remi

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Photographer: Sergio de Luz
Stylist: Blanca Puebla
Make up & Hair:  Cesar Fernandez @ Talents
Photo Assistant: Javier del Olmo
Model: Eva Alvarez @ Delphoss

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Gothic Romance

7 Mar

I don’t usually go in for fetish wear, but parts of this photo shoot are stunning and dark. Natalie Shau & Hideo (caution, link is NSFW and contains some graphic fetish imagery in case that’s not your thing) have captured a romantic, dark mood with frothy black lace and giant black roses. This is like something out of a Gothic fairy tale, conjuring thoughts of tangled, deep-black forests and brambles that reach out to pull you into a thorny embrace.

Natalie Shau & Hideo Portraits

Natalie Shau & Hideo Portraits

Natalie Shau & Hideo Portraits

Stunning. The last image is a bit freak-show, but I love it the line it straddles between art and erotica. What do you think, dear reader?

xoxo,

Mlle. Remi

Photography by Natalie Shau & Hideo. Please Credit Responsibly!
Art direction, styling and post process Natalie Shau

Summertime Fever

6 Mar

Dear Summertime,

I peeked outside my window just now, and it’s dreary, cold, and grey. I long to see green grass and flowering tree branches; to taste fresh peaches from a tree. To get my fingers dirty in garden soil and take slow strolls around the neighborhood. I want to have picnics and take drives to far-off places with the windows rolled down. Fresh air! WARM air! Please hurry up and get here already, sunshine! In the meantime, I’ll just keep myself busy by gathering wardrobe inspiration.

My summer-style inspiration this year is candy-colors, polka-dots, towering platform espadrilles, and pin-up gals of the 50’s. I want to spend a lot of time out in the garden this year, so rompers and petal pushers are just the ticket for me! This photo shoot was featured in Elle Bulgaria’s August 2011 issue, but it’s so much fun, I couldn’t resist sharing.

What about you, butter-cup? What’s your inspiration for warmer weather?

xoxo,
Mlle. Remi

Please Credit Responsibly.
Fashion story for ELLE Bulgaria, The August issue

Antonia Yordanova, styling
Aleko Osenski, photography
Ventsislava Koycheva, make-up
Katerina Nguen @ Stephan Iztok, hair stylist
Elizabeth@ Ivet Fashion MA, model

Diliana Florentin, retouching

Erotique Cirque

5 Mar

This photo shoot featured in XO Magazine is tickling my circus-bone. I love the black-and-white stripes, the tulle skirt, the shiny black basque. Wonderful inspiration for a steampunk outing, a Victorian-inspired boudoir session, or for playing ringmaster of the bedroom. All that’s missing is a top hat, a chair, and a lion in need of taming! Mrrrow!

Tiffany S. ~ Wednesday's Child

Tiffany S. ~ Wednesday's Child

Tiffany S. ~ Wednesday's Child

Tiffany S. ~ Wednesday's Child

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up and don’t be shy! It’s only a bit of fun, oh my!

xoxo,

Mlle. Remi

‘Wednesday’s Child’ Images Courtesy of Tiffany S.

Makeup: Raisy Kazi

Hair: Irina Lavrega
Styling: Nalinie Budhu
Model: Krystal Reeve (NEXT Toronto)
Assisted by Brittany Alyse

Amuse-Bouche Wedding Garters

4 Mar

Amuse-Bouche has launched a new collection of dainty wedding garters, and I am in love with them!

Amuse-Bouche Wedding Garters

Art Nouveau  ♥  Nude and Ivory  ♥  Venice  ♥  Floral Lace  ♥

They are handmade to order from materials sourced in the UK, and are thus quite limited edition and very unique. I love the intricately hand-cut lace and pretty bows.

Amuse-Bouche Wedding Garters

♥  Tea Rose  ♥  Antique Lace

The collection is available exclusively at Rosebud & Slave. May your leg be so beautifully adorned on any special day (and night)!

xoxo,

Mlle. Remi

Images Courtesy of Amuse-Bouche. Please Credit Responsibly.

Sunday Sweets

4 Mar

Happy Sunday, kittens!

I’m relaxing in my apartment today, sorting through my belongings, packing, and cleaning. I move out of my single-gal apartment in just three short weeks, and then it’s the start of a new chapter in my life (wherein I consolidate my belongings, place them into storage, and live as minimally as possible in my in-law’s home). I’m excited for a change of scenery, and the opportunity to save some money so me & my honey can start a business, find a home for ourselves, and walk forward into a future together. “Times, they are a-changing”.

The past week has been full of ups-and-downs, but I’m determined to only think of the positive and stay above the fray. There were so many monumental moments that I would be remiss to not mention; for one, my business-to-be now has a beautiful logo, designed by the lovely and talented Heather “Violette”, proprietress of Viva La Violette.

Mairose Boutique

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© Mairose Boutique |  Design by Viva La Violette

I’m so happy with the way the logo turned out; despite my being a very finicky client, Heather patiently endured my long emails and produced a beautiful and fitting logo. I cannot wait to have business cards printed! I’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time (too long to openly admit)!

I also set-up a twitter exclusively for Mairose, and received a very surprising welcome from so many people. I’m just glad to have separated it from my personal twitter; now all of you lovelies won’t have to see so many photos of my cat, ha!

Some of you may be wondering, “where is this boutique?”. So far, the boutique exists only in my head; it is my life-dream to open a lingerie boutique and while I know it will happen one day, today is not that day. And I’m okay with that. In the meantime I plan, I dream, I make four hundred thousand lists of projects and goals, and I make as much progress as I can every day.

Soon, I will be opening an etsy shop featuring vintage lingerie, nightgowns and loungewear. I have already found so many amazing pieces that I cannot wait to share with you! Stay tuned!!

I’d like to thank everyone for joining me on this journey, and I hope you will stick around to see where the road leads!

xoxo,

Mlle, Remi

 

The Return of Loose Buttons

3 Mar

Hello Kittens!

How has your week been? Can you believe it’s March already?! I’ve got big plans coming up this month, and as I look back on the past two months, I can only shake my head at how quickly they were here and then gone. I celebrated my 34th birthday (I don’t mind stating my age; I certainly don’t feel or look my age), the third anniversary of the first date with my fiance, the first anniversary of this blog (!!!), and a rush of excitement at the prospect of making this space a bit more special.

All in all, a great start so far to 2012!

Speaking of “special” things, I’ve decided to bring back the weekly “Loose Buttons” feature, where I share with you some tidbits that kept me humming all week long. I hope you find it enjoyable!

♥ OMG Ponies!!  NO, really! PONIES! Wild In The Pryors is a delightful blog documenting the adventures of various bands of wild horses that roam the Pryor Mountains in Wyoming. I lost a few hours catching up on the archives this week! ; )

♥ The artwork of Liza Bliss Corbett has kept me enthralled and going back for more. I got lost in her gallery sets a few days ago, and can’t stop thinking about these paintings. Haunting. Stunning.  She has just opened a shop to sell her prints and I may have had serious heart palpitations looking at her shop. I want EVERYTHING!  She even has a few iPhone cases!!!  I bought ‘St Bride’ and cannot wait for it to arrive!

LIza Corbett The White Snake

The White Snake by Liza Corbett

Liza Corbett Ars Moriendi

Ars Moriendi by Liza Corbett

Liza Corbett A Lamentation

A Lamenation by Liza Corbett

♥ While we are on the subject of Society6, there is so much wonderful artwork there, and much of it is extremely affordable. I love ‘It’s There! Beneath the water, under the bridge.”, ‘The Lights’, ‘Nothing More’, ‘Unusual Suspects’ (aaaahhh, Fantastic Mr. Fox characters as the Unusual Suspects, brilliant!), and lastly, ‘Everyone Gets Cold. DO click that last one if nothing else. It’s awesome.

♥  I am so excited for the upcoming Tu Fawning album, A Monument, in May. They’ve released the “flagship” song, ‘Bones’, for streaming (and you can listen at the link). It’s become an addiction for me already. Don’t judge me if I play this song five hundred more times next week.

Tu Fawning is a super-group in my opinion, mostly because I adore Corrina Repp (major lady crush; she’s a drummer!), and I’m obsessed with Joe Hague, 31Knots, and his solo effort, Vin Blanc.  ‘A Felt Sense’ from Tu Fawning’s debut album, Hearts On Hold, perfectly captures the strange harmonies and echoing vocals of Corrina and Joe, laid down over a jilting and almost tribal drum beat. I’m so drawn to this sound, I go days not being able to get it out of my head.

 

Viva La Violette has been publishing a set of extremely helpful articles about “building a solid SEO foundation” on your blog. It’s free, packed full of easy-to-understand information and visual examples. It’s a series that is definitely worth a look! SEO Bootcamp

♥ If you are a fan of historical novels and fancy a great read, I recommend checking out Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran. The novel chronicles the life of of Cleopatra & Mark Antony’s children, Selene and Alexander after the death of their parents and “adoption” into the family of Octavian Augustus I. The Roman Emperor was essentially the enemy of Egypt and responsible for pushing Cleopatra and Antony to desperate measures including the taking of their own lives. Rich in detail and written from the perspective of Selene, the story unfolds to tell of her observations about living in the house of her parent’s mortal enemies, and adapting to a new Roman culture that is vastly different from her own Hellenic-Egyptian upbringing. I won’t spoil the ending, but history tells us that Selene became a co-ruler of Maurtania, a reign that brought peace and prosperity to the region. It’s a wonderful novel that pieces together the events of her early life.

♥ These 1939 shoe designs by French designer Steven Arpad are incredible. Does anyone agree that a lot of these styles are being re-created today? Especially the platform shoes. I want the gold-and-black fan pumps!

A recent article in Intelligent Life features a conversation with Cate Blanchett about running a theater in Sydney with her husband. I love reading about pretty much anyone who runs a business as a couple, and it’s no less fascinating to read about celebrities doing just that. Blanchett seems very down to earth and humble; she is one of my all-time-favorite actresses and it’s great to read about her doing something she’s so passionate about, outside of the Hollywood machine.

♥ For the fella in your life, or any fella’s reading, here is a visual guide of “The Hierarchy Of Beards”. My favorites are the ‘Patchy McGee, ‘Lose Yer Keys’, and the ‘Bunny Down’. Ha!

Ranunculus Market is a pretty cute Etsy shop; I’m rather fond of her crepe-paper flowers.

That’s it for now! Stay cool, be merry and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

xoxo,

Mlle Remi

Liza Bliss Artwork Courtesy of Liza Corbett. Please Credit Responsibly!

 

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