7 Beautiful Interiors from the 70s

The 70s interiors have been having a strong comeback lately… I think most people picture those interiors to be crazy and lack sophistication…. however many of those interiors were actually very sophisticated and classy!

Here are 7 interiors from the 70s that I hope will inspire you to add a sophisticated yet an eclectic touch to your home xxx

enhanced-buzz-27282-1375484112-10

c08aa3d0fad5dca95693f8251866532d

tumblr_lracmfUzpD1qzyj4zo1_r1_1280

4856e1696ae592af7aee3bacfee5b1e1

6c998ae8bf4a3918c48248c7470f1c9f

2cd4117c86e8b69c8ab4d342be087612

faa7bdf237d228a5bd64a322040d7f9e

 

Best Dressed Met Gala 2017

Those are my favorite looks at the Met Gala in no particular order:

The Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA - 01 May 2017

The Cartier jewelry Sofia Coppola wore was perfect with that shimmery gold Marc Jacobs gown.

Alexa Chung wore a classic polka-dot dress by Diane von Furstenberg

The Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA - 01 May 2017

 That beaded Stella McCartney dress looked stunning on Gisele Bündchen

The Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA - 01 May 2017

 Emmy Rossum wore my absolute favorite jewelry design!… I think that Art deco jewelry designs are the most beautiful designs.  The diamond earrings were by Ashoka ,  the watch and bracelet were by Fred Leighton… She wore a custom Carolina Herrera outfit and Christian Louboutin heels.

Style Icon: Katherine Hepbern

katharine-hepburn-pants-hollywood.jpg

Katharine Hepburn’s sense of fashion raised more than a few eyebrows in the 1930’s !. In those days, women’s fashion had not yet been liberated by the practicalities of World War II, (when women had to get out and take positions in the workplace in order to provide a living for their families while the men were at war). Women in the 1930s were actually arrested if they were seen in public wearing pants!. In those days clothing was still perceived as a manifestation of one’s gender, and “mannish” trousers were feared to reflect a perversity within women. But Katharine Hepburn stuck to her guns when it came to fashion and insisted on wearing those practical and comfortable pants that looked just perfect on her!

Katharine had her jeans custom made on Savile Row of all places!. I just love how she wore her wide legged, high waisted jeans with the beautiful long coats in the pictures above.

1409598921740

I truly love her style and always have her wide high waisted pants look in mind when I’m shopping for pants or when I’m putting a looking together ….. And I love finding hints of how much her style and especially her pantsuits still influences luxury brands till today ….. I always find her influences in brands like Céline and Max Mara to name a few!

Burrata and Tomato Zoodles Recipe

Summer has almost started in Oman and nothing says summer dinners to me like Burrata … and pasta! But since pasta is a bit heavy on the calories side we have replaced it with zoodles (my new obsession)…  I found this recipe via this blog and have made different versions of it but feel that if you are trying zoodles for the first time this recipe would be a good start. It takes about 20 minutes and is one of my favorite comfort food, minus the carbs. Before you start make sure you buy a good spiralizer. Trust me you won’t be able to live without it 😉

DSC_0621DSC_0624DSC_0628

2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
4 medium tomatoes
1-pint cherry tomatoes
1 large zucchini or 2 small zucchini, spiralized
1 large handful fresh basil
1 ball burrata
salt and pepper to taste
extra virgin olive oil to taste, if desired

Heat up the olive oil over medium heat and add the garlic. Cook, stirring often, until lightly golden. Add the medium tomatoes, cover, turn on medium high and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and carefully, using the back of a wooden spoon, crush the tomatoes into a sauce. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook until the sauce is bubbling and has reduced slightly.

Add the zoodles, tossing, until cooked through and tender, 2-3 minutes. Turn the heat off and garnish with torn basil and burrata. Season with salt and pepper and finish with extra virgin olive oil, if desired. Enjoy!

The recipe and pictures via Iamfoodblog

Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman

BY MAYA ANGELOU
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY TO ALL YOU PHENOMENAL WOMEN OUT THERE

Nocturnal Animals: Part 2 The Movie Set

nocturnal-animals-004

kurt-rappaport_02

Set designer Shane Valentino along with the movie director Tom Ford chose a stunning Malibu house designed by Scott Mitchell. The house was used as the home of Susan and her husband, Hutton. “One of the directives we had in terms of Susan’s world was that it wanted to feel very hard and cold,” he says. “A good way to do that is to look for lots of glass, concrete, or hard materials.”

Art was also a major component to the design of Susan’s home. Valentino used a mix of modern and contemporary art throughout the house.

nocturnal-animals-002

nocturnal-animals-003

Valentino reworked the interior design of the house to include darker furnishings which you can see in the 2 pictures above.“A lot of it is almost a mirror of some sort of Tom’s life and his world that he lives in,” he says. “The chaise lounge, the settees, and the armchairs that are there are part of his aesthetic. We went to a lot of high-end design places like JF Chen to find particular pieces.” Below I’ve put 2 pictures of the original house before the changes were temporarily made for the movie! It has the complete opposite ambiance of the dark and mysterious movie set… here the house is light and airy which is beautiful but somehow I’m in love with the changes made by Valentino!

kurt-rappaport_06

kurt-rappaport_09

Anyways back to the set design

nocturnal-animals-005

I love this photograph from Richard Misrach’s Desert Cantos series that was hung in the entryway. It’s  from Tom Ford’s private collection. Not sure if I would use or put this photograph in a home, but  I think that this particular movie it was a brilliant choice by Valentino, especially with Susan’s hair colour against it! And most importantly I feel that landscape was the perfect hint for us of what was expected to come in the movie….  and sort of set the mood for us!

nocturnal-animals-film-tom-ford-habituallychic-009-0

Another art piece that caught my eye was that beautiful painting by Mark Bradford that hangs above Susan’s bed. I haven’t seen his work in person before but after I saw this I put him on my lists of artists to check out!… I just love it… In fact, I love everything in this room… Everything chosen complements each other without feeling matchy …like how the black marble table top complements the painting…. I love how all the wood walls complement the black and white in the room… I could go on and on about this room but I’ll stop and instead share a picture of the original bedroom just in case you were wondering about it!.

kurt-rappaport_04

So what do you think?  Which house do you prefer?  The dark and mysterious one? Or the bright and airy one?

Vintage Photos Of The Academy Awards From the Golden Age of Hollywood

39336196717010255_R7TdzibD_c

 Humphrey Bogart and his wife Lauren Bacall arrive at the 27th annual Academy Awards at the RKO Pantages Theater in 1955.

39336196717010257_hSjb7E4I_c

 Presenters Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly wait backstage at the RKO Pantages Theatre during the 1956 Academy Awards.

39336196717010263_UuNkuice_c

Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed hold their Oscars as Best Supporting Actor and Actress in From Here to Eternity — a film that won eight statuettes in 1954, including Best Picture.

39336196717010256_gHJWWnZy_c

Natalie Wood, Best Actress nominee for her role as Deanie Loomis in Splendor in the Grass, gets her hair done prior to the 1962 Academy Awards.

39336196717010248_g0CppsxR_c

 Grace Kelly and Clark Gable arrive at the 26th annual Academy Awards at the RKO Pantages Theatre in 1954

39336196717010262_J13DEIwe_c

Marlon Brando (right, with French singer and actress Line Renaud) casually holds his Best Actor Oscar for On The Waterfront at the 1955 Academy Awards at the RKO Pantages Theatre.

39336196717010274_4GTmwldS_c

Elizabeth Taylor walks through a crowd of admirers at the Oscars in 1961 — the year she won her first Academy Award, for her role in Butterfield 8.

39336196717010260_VdatPTNt_c

Last but not least…..The great, inimitable Charlie Chaplin — who had been living in self-imposed exile in Switzerland for two decades — blows a kiss to the crowd while accepting an honorary Oscar in 1972 for “the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century.” When he was introduced to the audience, Chaplin received a twelve-minute standing ovation.

 Pictures Via LIFE Magazine

Best Beauty Looks From the 2017 Oscars

I tried really hard to love the dresses at the Oscars this year and although there were many beautiful and glamorous gowns none stood out to me! What did stand out to me though were Emma Stone and Emma Roberts’ Earrings, hair and makeup!

Both stars opted to do a modern version of Old Hollywood glamour at the event, keeping their dyed red hair simple and parted to the side in beautiful loose curls. I loved Emma stone’s Tiffany diamond drop earrings they looked very Art Deco to me…her twinkling golden lids and Dark lips were perfect. Her longtime makeup artist Rachel Goodwin shaded the lids with NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia.

Emma Roberts earrings were exclusively created by Atelier Swarovski’s new fine jewelry line, which incorporates Swarovski-created diamonds into the sparkling crystal styles they’re known for!… Her lip color was just perfect for the red carpet. Her makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury said that she exaggerated Roberts’ natural lip line with her Kiss ’N’ Tell Lip Cheat lip liner then topped it with Matte Revolution lipstick in Red Carpet Red for “the ultimate blue-red matte lip.” As a complement, Tilbury used her Bronzed Garnet eye pencil to create a softer take on Roberts.