Monday, 27 September 2010

A home away from home....Israel

Israel is a place very close to my heart. I first visited when i was 6 weeks old and have made countless visits with family, friends, school, and tour groups since then. It is a complex country to say the least - with a complicated history, a difficult political situation, and a melting pot of people from different religions and backgrounds. Now, i am not here to get into a political discussion or even state my viewpoint on Israel. The point of my post is simply to show a side to Israel many of you may not have seen before...For most people who haven't ever been there i assume their image of Israel is largely based on news reports etc. It's easy from this perspective to view Israel as a volatile battlefield of some sorts where there is always some kind of unrest. But there is so much beauty in this country and this is what i want to share with you all now...

The Israel i have experienced and know is a beautiful and diverse place. The north - the Golan and Galilee are lush and green. I have completed several beautiful hikes through the rolling hills and waterfalls, climbed mountains to watch the sunrise over the Sea of Galilee, picked fruit, camped in forests (where i slept next to a cow), among so many other wonderful experiences.

Then there is the ever changing metropolis of Tel Aviv - i cannot describe how vibrant this city is - at every street corner you find more gorgeous bars, restaurants, clubs, an amazing seaside - you can never be bored - and every place you find is quirky and original in its own way. The weather is generally warm and the streets are filled day and night with people sitting outside sipping, eating, laughing. The extent of gastronomic delights in this city are endless - probably some of the best sushi, meat, and humous ive ever had (see the third picture below for the best humous in Jaffa - a great place called Abu Hassan!). To sum up this city is thriving and i challenge you not to have a good time there!

Jerusalem - the capital city; I personally find Jerusalem enchanting - firstly much of the city is built with white Jerusalem stone making it so unique looking. As well as increasingly beautiful places to go out my favorite place is the old city - religious sites, cobbled streets, old buildings, breathtaking artwork, amazingggg markets where you can haggle anything down i just love all of it! Some of the most beautiful religious experiences i've had have been in this city and there will always be a place in my heart for Jerusalem!

Further South there are places like the dead sea - the lowest point on earth - you can float around (the sea is so salty you always stay afloat) and beautify yourself with mud which you literally just take off the ground around the sea.

Even further South - the Negev is mostly desert and is blessedly peaceful and beautiful - i have never seen so many stars in the night sky it looked like a Disney movie.

So this is just a little snippet of my Israel - there is so much more to discover! I just want people to remember Israel is also a regular country with regular people going on with there regular lives - and i hate to see all the beautiful things Israel has to offer submerged in their political situation.
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Monday, 20 September 2010

"Fashion becomes unfashionable, style never"

Coco Chanel

I read this quote today and loved it. A woman who truly has style is confident in her individuality and masters fashion, rather than letting fashion fads master her.

Bisous x

Friday, 17 September 2010

European Travels

Here are some photos from some of my travels this summer:


I spent two days at a friend's cottage in the countryside. It was beautiful, peaceful and a great escape from the noise of London.


I love this picture because the ground was wet and slippery with rain and this little kid started sprinting up amid all the colourful buildings.


This is the Spanish Steps in Rome, forever full of people. I have a love for all things Italian; the food is indescribable, the people warm, the cities and towns just gorgeous! La bella Italia <3

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Grace Kelly: Style Icon

Today i visited the Grace Kelly exhibition at the V & A in London. The exhibition charts her wardrobe from Hollywood starlet, to royal bride, to fairytale princess.

I have been meaning to visit this exhibition since it began a few months ago and i made it with 10 days to go till it ends. It did not fail to impress; i have a fascination with old Hollywood glamour, the 50's and 60's to be specific. The women from that era (Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn my two favorites) possess this je ne sais quoi, especially when it comes to their style.

Being a hopeless romantic i am captivated by Grace Kelly's story; she was the darling of Hollywood. She met Prince Rainier of Monaco by chance when she was visiting France for the Cannes Film Festival, they were married a year later and she became the much loved Princess Grace. She epitomizes "the glamour of Hollywood and the allure of European royalty".

Her clothes were a huge part of her public identity, and in the exhibition one can formulate the changes in her life, through her changes in style. 40 outfits were designed for her in the period leading up to and after her wedding. Her intricate lace wedding dress is the stuff of dreams, though unfortunately not on display. My friend and I oood and aaahd as we went from piece to piece. Some of her clothes are simple and beautifully cut - effortless chic. Others breathtaking in their intricate details. Every piece was striking in its own way and simultaneously womanly, timeless and elegant. I would definitely wear some of those outfits!

She was something special and so is this exhibition. Now i know this is cutting it kind of close BUT if any of you live in London or are visiting in the next 10 days go see it!