Tomas Maier Resort 2015. I’ll take it all, please.
I loathe when I’m wrong, but I feel that all my whining about Resort and Pre Fall Collections may have been slightly unreasonable. I came to realize this when my company, The Sleep Shirt, started getting our Resort 2015 orders in, and they were looking quite good. I also read this quote from Anna Wintour, and I have to now say that I agree.
“The basic truth of the matter is that 80% of what sells in the stores are the mid-season collections: resort and pre-fall. So when you’re ready, don’t ignore it, because it’s going to be something that will help you pay the bills.” (Anna Wintour, Dazed and Confused.)
WHY I’M EATING MY WORDS ON RESORT
I’m on holiday this week, so here are a few good things to read. Part 2 of my summer reading list is focusing on more “productive” books – not necessarily what you want to be reading while you are on the beach but certainly worth picking up if you are looking to make some changes in your life. Maybe you want to have a cleaner house? Maybe you want to get rid of stuff? Or maybe you want to slow down your hectic family life. Here are a few great books that will help you do that.
1. My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag… and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr. When we moved into our new house in Sweden, I decided I was going to attempt cleaning it myself. I’ve been working at home and not making tons of money (having a start-up actually costs you money…) so I couldn’t justify hiring a cleaner. Problem is, I’ve had one for ten years and had no idea where to start. So I googled “how to clean a house” and came across this book, which has been an amazing guide. First of all, it starts with the absolute basics like how to wash a floor which was necessary since I realized I had never properly cleaned a house, but it also has tons of more unusual tips like cleaning makeup brushes and vomit in your handbag (never had to consult this section, luckily.) Using this book and marthastewart.com, I’ve managed to keep quite a clean house. And the bizarre thing is, I don’t hate cleaning. Terrifying, but true. Canadians can buy it here, Americans can buy it here.
MORE BOOKS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE
I’ve decided to take two weeks off the blog. I’d love to say, I’ve decided to take two weeks off, but that would be a lie as I’m still running The Sleep Shirt and doing countless other things. This is the problem with having your own business, you can never just disappear.
Anyway, in my absence, I thought I’d give you some ideas for summer reading. This week I’ll focus on novels and next week it will be more “productive” reading. I should warn you all that I am very lazy when it comes to reading, I go onto Amazon and click “Man Booker Prize” or “Pulitzer Prize” and just buy whatever is on that list. I know the three books below are quite popular and one is already being made into a film, but I truly enjoyed reading these stories and they make excellent holiday books.
1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green. You’ve probably heard of this one because it is already being made into a “major motion picture.” (Doesn’t that kind of ruin it for you? It does for me. But trust me, this is a lovely book.) It’s the story of two teenage cancer survivors who fall in love. Be prepared to feel a bit verklempt, but it’s worth it. Canadians can buy it here, Americans can buy it here.
MORE GREAT BOOKS
Another winning show by Valentino, this brand really has nailed it recently. Is it just me, or does it feel like Valentino is better now than it has been in the past twenty years? This is not meant as an insult to the founder, he was a genius in his early days but Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli seem to have figured out the perfect way to embrace the Valentino legacy and make it contemporary and relevant to the twenty first century.
MORE PERFECT VALENTINO
these beautiful patterns and the wrap around belt.
I am at the country house and have just had a nice long lunch and was dreading writing a catwalk report, especially since I knew it was time to review Armani Privé. But then I looked at the show, and it actually cheered me up because it was really, really nice. I haven’t ever liked an Armani show this much. Rather than theorize about how a brand who seldom impresses has managed to put on a stunning couture show, I’ll just show you my loves, and then I am off to the lake.
MORE AMAZING ARMANI
this knit fur top. The material looks incredible.