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Archive for August, 2011

(Another) Disclaimer (or, possibly, just an anecdote)

So, Hanna and myself were innocently walking the streets of Trondheim the other day, when a man came running after us. This being election time in Norway, we naturally assumed that he was going to try and talk us into voting for some party or other, but lo and behold, he wanted us to model. Oh yeah. And not in a sleazy way either.

Turned out that Mercur, a local shopping centre, was shooting a commercial in the street. They had advertised for models, but apparently attendance was low (or, more likely, visually disappointing. So much beige!). We, being our usual colourful and stylish selves, caught the guy’s eye, and were subsequently headhunted to pose in our fabulous outfits.

What were we wearing, you ask? Well, Hanna looked green and gorgeous in her own design:

while yours truly wore a colourful and snazzy vintage dress:

If you’re in Trondheim, look out for these lovely ladies in a cinema near you, as the advertisement is to be shown in theatres this autumn and winter (or possibly later..).

Love, Mari the model

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Soulless

“I believe the defining moment was when certain persons, who shall remain nameless, objected to my fuchsia silk striped waistcoat. I loved that waistcoat. I put my foot down, right then and there; I do not mind telling you!” To punctuate his deeply offended feelings, he stamped one silver-and-pearl-decorated high heel firmly. “No one tells me what I can and cannot wear!” He snapped up a lace fan from where it lay on a hall table and fanned himself vigorously with it for emphasis.

At the time being, all three of us Vili Flik girls are reading the same series, The Parasol Protectorate, by Gail Carriger. This is all Elin’s doing of course. She started and then the rest of us followed, desperately wanting to be like her (and you can’t blame us, can you?). And it is quite entertaining – sort of steampunk Jane Austen meets Wodehouse. There’s sarcasm, there’s food and there’s brilliant clothes – seriously, what more could you wish for in a novel (or in life for that matter) ?

Soulless  (2009) is the first book in the series and I promise you will be entertained – have a look at this:

“Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.”

Enjoy your weekend and your reading!

Love, Hanna


Michael Kors

Hello dear Flik’ers! To some of you, Michael Kors (1959 – ) may first and vanmost be associated with watches. However, this excellent American designer has so much more to offer, so prepare to feast your eyes on some beauties.

Mr. Kors began designing clothes when he was 19, and went on to study fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. It’s been thirty years since he launched his first stupendous collection, and I personally hope for at least thirty more!

From 1997 to 2003, Kors was also the creative director for French fashion house Celine.

According to the Michael Kors official website, their mission is to: “bring our vision of a jet-set, luxury lifestyle to women and men around the globe. Our products, emblematic of the highest standard of quality, include apparel, accessories and beauty. Our lifestyle-driven company embraces the highest standards of creativity, quality, technology and human resources.”

Love, Hanna


Yves Saint Laurent

No, I’m not mixing up days, giving you a second dose of fashion this week. Nor am I unaware that Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008) has already been given a post of his own at Vili Flik. That’s why I’m not going tell you lots of stuff about him – if you need to freshen up on the artistic smash that was Saint Laurent, read this. That also explains why he is a well-deserved Vili Flik Hottie.

Today I simply want to show you some brilliant photos of him.

 

A well-deserved Hottie indeed.

Love, Hanna


Diane von Fürstenberg

We tend to ignore royalty here at Vili Flik, but today we’ll try to mend that, by choosing an ex-Princess to be our designer.

Diane Von Fürstenberg (1946 – )  is a fabulous Belgian-American designer, who introduced the world to the wrap-dress. (Personally, not really a favorite of mine (the dress, that is), but hey, who am I to judge, it’s not like I’ve invented a new piece of clothing. Yet.) Luckily, she has introduced the world to a lot of other great clothing as well, just take a look.

Von Fürstenberg actually studied economics – it wasn’t until she was about to marry Prince Egon of Fürstenberg that she decided to become a designer: “The minute I knew I was about to be Egon’s wife, I decided to have a career. I wanted to be someone of my own, and not just a plain little girl who got married beyond her desserts.” And aren’t we glad she did?

Love, Hanna


The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman is a fascinating author, and his 2008 novel The Graveyard Book is no exception. A modern, Gothic retelling of Kipling’s The Jungle Book (1894), the story centres around orphan Nobody Owens who, after his family is brutally murdered by “the man Jack”, is raised by ghosts in the local graveyard.

“Bod” is adopted by a family of ghosts, has a very peculiar and fairly scary (though strangely attractive) guardian, and befriends a witch – but the land of the living is something of a mystery for him. He is safe as long as he stays in the graveyard, but outside lurks danger – the man Jack is still out there, and his work is not yet done.

Enthralling, exciting and funny, The Graveyard Book is another example of Gaiman’s wonderful literature for children. Again, he reminds us that children’s books don’t need to be “safe” and “wholesome” – there can be real danger and the children might be able to handle it anyway…

I recommend this book to adults as well though – it’s an easy but thoroughly enjoyable read.

Love, Mari


I’m with the Band

Summer is sadly almost gone, but for those of you who want to cling to it a little longer, I recommend the crazy, funny and oh-so-not-mentally-challenging memoir I’m with the Band (1987) by Pamela Des Barres.

“As soon as she graduated from high school, Pamela Des Barres headed for the Sunset Strip, where she knocked on rock stars’ backstage doors and immersed herself in the drugs, danger, and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. Over the next 10 years she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa. As a member of the GTO’s, a girl group masterminded by Frank Zappa, she was in the thick of the most revolutionary renaissance in the history of modern popular music. Warm, witty, and sexy, this kiss-and-tell–all stands out as the perfect chronicle of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most thrilling eras.” (quote from Goodreads)

Enjoy!

Love, Hanna