Thursday, 23 May 2013

Roger Vadim "Bardot, Deneuve, Fonda. My life with the three most beautiful women in the world"

Remember the post about Brigiet Jones of the sixties?

Today I would like to talk again about the sixties when a  film-maker, Roger Vadim,  met a girl called also Brigitte, the one who while walking in Nice met Winston Churchill and told him:

"`When I was eight years old and heard you on the radio, you frightened me,' said Brigitte, `But now you seem rather cute, considering you're a legend.'

Cute' was not a word people normally used to describe Churchill to his face! The great orator remained speechless..."

Divorce is not always a bad thing. Otherwise Roger Vadim would not have discovered Katherine Deneuve who at the time they met was only seventeen years old.  Roger Vadim says modestly he played a role of a catalyst in the lives of Brigitte and Katherine. Both women became later national symbols of France and had a great influence on the world, you may find full description of their regalia and activities in Wikipedia.

Jane Fonda, with whom Roger Vadim shared  several happy years, brought, like Bardot and Deneuve, a lot of  new things to the world. However Roger Vadim did not love her for what made her famous.

I must say the story of Roger Vadim "Bardot, Deneuve, Fonda, my life with the three most beautiful women in the world" is imbued by the mood of the sixties, this wonderful period of paradise that people permitted themselves.

More interesting things about beauty in my blog
Notes about styling :)

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Barbara De Angelis "Secrets About Life Every Woman Should Know: Ten Principles for Total Emotional and Spiritual Fulfillment "

If you find Kastaneda too dramatic and you think the methods he offers are not applicable to your busy life, you may try Barbara de Angelis "Secrets About Life Every Woman Should Know". 

It is Kastaneda or Hawaiian shamans packed and explained to modern women who do not want to be bothered with extravagances such as Daoism, I mean those many women who have usual life problems like a broken heart, children, job etc.

The book is a bit long - Barbara belongs to a "chewing" type. Maybe being long and sentimental is something typical for an American. I can't judge, but I have this impression. Elizabeth Gilbert is also a "chewing" type. Sometimes I think American editors ask their authors to bring bricks with no less than 500 000 words, so the authors have to chew. Why shorter novels are not in fashion? Why not to announce, just like in Vogue - "This year is the year of short stories, mini is back again"! Have you noticed how heavy children books became?

Back to Barbara. In fact, being a "chewing" type is being analytical. I, unfortunately, also belong to this type. Instead of writing something creative like "Brigitte Jones" and make people smile, a "chewing" type would rather chew and provide people with an "understanding".

Did you know that love can be explained? Barbara gives one of THE BEST explanations of love, no sarcasm here. In fact if you have no money and time to fly to India's ashrams or you do not want to pay psychologist's fees, the cheapest and, in my opinion, the best solution, is Barbara's book. She walks you through her life, she is very sincere and very helpful.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Diana Vreeland "DV"

Many books about fashion history are boring.
They are dead statements of facts like old encyclopedias.  Do not you think so?

To learn about 20th century's fashion history in the least boring way is to read Diana Vreeland's autobiography. 

What an inspiring life!

It is an autobiography above all. However her life was connected so closely to style and beauty that you also learn a lot about fashion and style. She starts with Diyagilev, she speaks a little bit about Queen Mary and the royal family, few paragraphs about Coco Chanel, few pages on Japan, one chapter about colors and a lot about France and US. She met a lot of interesting people and she makes you look at them from a different angle. 

She shares her passion for beauty and teaches  you not to be afraid of being different.

Here are few quotes from the book.

"Conde Nast was a very extraordinary man, of such a standard. He had a vision. He decided to raise the commercial standards of the American woman. Why, he decided, shouldn't they have the best-looking clothes? He gave them Vogue. The best looking houses? House & Garden. And don't forget Vanity Fair! Why, Conde decided shouldn't American women know about writers, entertainers, painters - that Picasso was painting extraordinary paintings, that a man named Proust was writing an extraordinary book? Why shouldn't they know... about Josephine Baker?"


"Most people haven't got a point of view; they need to have it given to them - and what's more, they expect it from you. I had this most curious thing happen - it must have been about 1966 or'67. I published this big fashion slogan: THIS IS THE YEAR OF DO-IT-YOURSELF.