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Hello, my Upper East Siders! Mr.StrictlyIntimate here.
I guess you have all seen, or heard it? How do you feel now that the best kept secret of television history is out? Are you shocked? Dazzled? Confused? Or simply speechless by the turn of events and this tremendous revelation? Let me tell you I was just angry with myself that I did not get it the first minute because I was totally hoping Lily (played by Kelly Rutherford, a mundane, elegant and gracious woman!) would turn out to be the Tell-All-Bitch helping her daughter Serena (played by sparkling Blake Lively) to stay in public to never being able turning her back on being a van der Woodsen but hey, sometimes even Mr.StrictlyIntimate can get things wrong. Hard to believe, isn’t it?
“What’s the difference between gossip and scandal? So glad you asked. Anyone can commit a minor indiscretion and generate a day’s worth of buzz, but in order for gossip to birth a true scandal it requires the right person to be in the wrong place. Take one ‘it’ girl on a pedestal, add a crowd eager to see her fall, and give them the means to knock her down.”
It’s out there, now. Dan Humphrey, or as we all love to call him (as well as he himself obviously did) Lonely Boy, is Gossip Girl. Who would have thought? After 5 Years, 6 Seasons and 121 Episodes Kristen Bell got kicked to the curve by being offered a guest appearance while her voice has been the cornerstone of our personal Gossip Girls ups and downs, just to make some space for Penn Badgley alias Lonely Boy to take the spotlight away from her. Poor K — they say, ‘There are no small parts, just small actors.”
“And some masks we wear because we hope to stay hidden. But that’s the problem with wearing masks. They can be ripped off at any moment.”
After seeing Monday’s final episode of my most beloved series I was feeling bittersweet. Not particularly sad because, you know “sad” is just not what I do. I have not outfit that goes with “sad” and “pitiful.” But still, I felt a little heartbroken that I can never again be in pure amazement about Blair Waldorf’s (played by amazingly wonderful Leighton Meester) hilarious wit, cruel intentions and fabulous fashion! At least, in the end Blair got to marry of her life Mister Chuck Bass (played by handsomely sexy Ed Westwick) in one of the most beautiful gowns by Elie Saab, a designer I cherish for his classic and elegant approach on the fashion of a modern woman who is aware and conscious of her body and wants to feel beautiful at any given point of time.
Other happenings in Questions:
Wasn’t it hilarious how Ivy for the first time realized that good old William was playing her to get to Lily?
Isn’t Blair’s and Chuck’s son simply adorable?
Doesn’t Georgina Sparks look as striking and evil as never before?
Doesn’t Dan Humphrey somehow look like he should seriously consider taking on showering again?
Wouldn’t it have been awesome if Lily van der Woodsen was Gossip Girl?
Wouldn’t it have been awesome if charmingly funny Dorota was Gossip Girl?
Didn’t we all think “well, that was kind of predictable” as Serena and Dan were about to get married at the end of the episode?
Wasn’t it pretty nice and neat how they managed to include every once important cast member in the story’s arch for this final bashing 40 minutes?
“In Manhattan, some parties are VIP only. Others are strictly private. But some parties are political, and those lines are drawn by the most established of the establishment. And once those lines are drawn, they can never be crossed.”
Don’t we all now feel like, “Damn, it’s really over, isn’t it?”
Well, my dear Upper East Siders, it really is. It was such a wonderful time watching those characters grow and develop, some more, some less, some almost not at all. Still, my Gossip Girl years were, besides Sex and the City and now Pretty Little Liars (the only thing I can still keep on holding on to) and Revenge, one of the best of my few hours spent in front of the television. This is all gone now, but hey, I got all the season on DVD and I can’t wait to get the sixth as well. This is a bittersweet farewell so I thought to ease the heartache here are some of Gossip Girl’s (or Dan’s) best quotes:
“Sometimes you need to step outside, clear your head and remind yourself of who you are. And where you wanna be. And sometimes you have to venture outside your world in order to find yourself.”
“But the worst thing the truth can do? Is when you finally tell it, it doesn’t set you free… but locks you away, forever.”
“In life, as in art, some endings are bittersweet. Especially when it comes to love. Sometimes fate throws two lovers together only to rip them apart. Sometimes the hero finally makes the right choice but the timing is all wrong. And, as they say, timing is everything.”
“One thing about being on the top of the world.. it gives you a long, long way to fall.”
“We make our own fortunes, and call them fate. And what better excuse to choose a path than to insist it’s our destiny? But at the end of the day, we all have to live with our choices … no matter who’s looking over our shoulder.”
“When you do finally get what you want, the problem is there’s always someone that’s trying to take it away. And all that wanting makes us blind to the fact that things aren’t exactly what we think they are. Maybe it’s better sometimes to just get what you need.”
“Sticks and stones may just break bones, but the wounds from words never heal. Especially when they’re words we hoped we’d never read.”
“They say every road comes to an end, but sometimes the end feels just like the beginning. Even when you think you’ve come a long way, you can suddenly find yourself right back where you started. Because every journey is fraught with twists and turns.”
What a ride those 5 years, 6 seasons and 121 episode were. Joyful. Tearful. Wonderful. Playful. Full of incredible fashion moments.
They say, “everything must come to an end” and they are quite right. This is the end of an era. This was the final episode, THE END, of Gossip Girl. This is Good-Bye to the most fashionable gang in television history.
Now it is all about guessing who the hell A is because Gossip Girl was revealed.
If there is one thing to mark your life every single day in every possible phase of living and breathing it is music. Music makes the heart go crazy – it makes the hard go wild. Music gives me all the love I need, all the support I could ask for. When I am down it either puts me back onto my feet or it helps me to carry on with my sadness because I just need to. Music is what unites the world. Music is here and there. Music breathes with me and sleeps with me. It carries me into the sweetest of dreams but also can be the best companion through the loudest of nights. It is the blanket when I am cold and it is the water when I am hot. It makes me fierce. It makes me strut my stuff. It makes me walk down the streets like walking on a runway.
And here I go and sing and dance and smile because it is what keeps me alive besides fashion! MUSIC.
A song that should be played when you enter a room
‘…I am, I’m so fabulous. I’m so, fierce that it’s so nuts…’
A song that should be played when you are in the mood to dance all night long
‘…hotter than the A-List. Next one on my Hit List. Baby let me blow your mind tonight…’
A song that should be played when you face the coldest of times after someone broke your heart
‘…It was the longest winter without you. I didn’t know where to turn to…’
A song that should be played when you embrace the night to sleep
‘…it feels like home to me. It feels like I’m all the way back where I come from…’
A song that should be played when you want to get it on
‘…soft lips are open. Knuckles are pale. Feels like you’re dying…’
A song that should be played when you are flirting with a cute woman / man
‘…a kiss can last all night. You’ll have to seduce me…’
I guess this is it with the first six songs of my music saga – so part one is done but you should stay tuned for part two. Never forget: Music unites the world, Music makes love go around, Music oh beautiful, sweet, gentle, tough, hard, sexy, vulnerable, fierce, perfect Music… I know you’ll never leave me.
Recently I had the chance to think about Sex and the City a little bit more since I sometimes find myself taking forty minutes for a break from work every day to watch an episode and to get inspired by it. And since I went for a little walk yesterday at 10 pm and met up with a very very nice man I got to talk about Carrie and her messages and certain Sex and the City moments that still remain in our memory. Deciding that we both love the moment where Carrie and Aidan face each other and she begs him dearly to forgive him: ‘you have to forgive me. you have to forgive me. your have to forgive me. You – have – to – forgive – me!’ and seriously Aidan you simply had to because that moment was so real, so heartbreakingly honest and just so touching that one automatically remembers a moment where he had to beg, had to cry so dearly… you suddenly are being taken back to that certain moment where it all comes to an end with someone you truly fell in love with and even though there may have not been so much time spent together (for some reason people only seem to ask about the amount of time being in a relationship and not about the intensity of the love that holds the two of you together) you just feel the necessity of begging either for forgiveness or for not being left alone or for simply not walking away.
And so here I face myself and my inner demons and my heart and my mind and they finally decided to work together for a higher cause – preventing my heart from finally breaking and splitting and falling apart into thousands and millions of pieces that just can’t be mend by a weekend of liquor and months of draining your sorrows in writing or drinking or working or partying with your friends (or all at the same time) just to get over that vulnerable moment. Is there really a chance of being happily in love without feeling like losing something and then, what if you lose that special something (or someone) you had – it is breaking down, crying, falling apart all over again. Is that how life and love are supposed to live together? In my opinion that is not even the slightest bit close to a healthy symbiosis but to a way to ruin your inner piece by simply allowing someone else to touch you, to hurt you by presenting the most vulnerable of all parts of yourself – your heart. The thing that beats in your chest trying to keep you alive every single day – the one organ that tries to make you happy. And then you walk around breaking it just because you feel the need of falling in love in order to not being alone anymore? Does that makes sense to you?
To me it actually doesn’t and yet I face thousands of people still believing in love because they ask themselves – if love is not out there, if the one (THE ONE) is not out there, then what to live for? What to struggle for? What to aim for? What to look forward to? Settling down for something over an agreement – is that commitment. Real commitment in a sense Carrie and Mr. Big faced it or Charlotte and her Harry faced it or Miranda and her Steve faced it or even Samantha and her healthy libido faced it? Is something like that – the romantic, over produced, overrated love available in real life? Off screen and off screenplay?
Since yesterday and today have been two completely rainy and misty days I have come to terms with myself to think about what it actually is that makes me so cool, calm and relaxed every time the rain is pouring down on me. There are obviously many signs telling people around me that I truly love rain. Above all I believe everyone should see the fashionable sides of a rainy day or a rainy day wardrobe – you can put it either way:
Reason One: Of course, number one is Fashion (with a capital F!) – it will always be FASHION!
There is nothing as fashionable (though actually a completely basic thing in everyone’s wardrobe) as a classic trench coat (whether it is beige or black colored doesn’t actually matter though I believe that a beige is something like an absolute necessity) on a rainy day. Men wearing their daily black suits to work (well the men I would wish to know, at least) and adding to this quite one dimensional but absolutely understandable working outfit, a classic beige trench coat. Most men obviously don’t do this for fashion reasons though there are definitely some hidden motives of looking good and preppy and impressive in every men wearing a suit (actually that is a reason why suits are so sexy – the dominance, the success, the power – everything they radiate makes us want to take it off their bodies so they can dedicate their everything to us…) and a coat like this.
For me: I wore a classic light blue button down Diesel Shirt; a red tie; a green, blue and red checked Sweater with a v-neck; classic blue 519 Levi’s slim fit Jeans; a black Armani belt; black Dominici shoes and a classic but absolutely radiant and beautiful beige trench coat (designed and made by myself – I have to some clapping on my own shoulder here for this piece of fashion is truly something I am absolutely proud of!). The whole outfit was finished with a big croc leather bag (not a real croc but a real H&M) and my MacBook case. Ta-da. Preppy, elegant and petty (literally a petty sweater!).
Reason Two: the Atmosphere just makes me want to embrace this world!
There is nothing more beautiful than the atmosphere and the environment, when it is raining, either heavily or just in a drizzling way. Just like I told a really nice someone today… it has something magical when it is raining. I was sitting at the office on the 17th floor looking over the beautify 22nd district of Vienna (though I am more the city type of guy it is quite cool here sometimes – all the water, the green and the green and the green… oh gosh I am so happy there are no cows here. Cows really freak me out.) listening to ‘The Scientist’ by Coldplay observing the rainy environment and the rainy air. If you would have taken one look out of the window you would have seen what I love so much – people running around with their umbrellas in different sizes, colors and shapes; cars making their ‘woooosh’ sound as they drive through the many puddles on the street; the mist that surround all the skyscrapers making them appear far far away even they are usually as close as two people before they are leaning in to give each other a kiss of love and adoration, the water in its restless character melting with the raindrops incorporating them into its system; the calm silent wind that forces some raindrops to break out of their massive army dropping on windows and building fronts and cars and metros. There is so much romanticism in what is happening as one single rain drop falls down from a cloud until it finds its bitter sweet end in the infinity of the streets, of life, as we all know it.
Reason Three: Just look out of your window and see the beauty of this world!
It doesn’t matter if the sun is shining or the rain falling down on us or if the winter sugars the world a little bit with a beauty and fashionable white… it is what it is. Life. And damn isn’t it beautiful how the weather changes, how people change, how a new day is coming every day after the night fades and how every night can be the best of our lives if we let it?! Do you know what I mean? Rain is life, like rays of sun, like the falling of snow, like the silence of the night or the noise of the day! And that is what I simply love!
It is great to be alive and to try doing everything to make your dreams come true and I know one day I will be a writer working for Vogue. I just know. I just have to. What do you dream of?
P.S. I still hate couples always touching and kissing and holding everywhere they are – I can’t even drink my fucking Starbucks without 16 (I counted!) couples walking in without any self control almost fucking on the floor. Come on! Life is not a porn show until you have reached your flat where you can do whatever you want to! Just don’t do it in front of my poor sensitive eyes.
Last weekend was, besides being absolutely full of appointments and schedules, a beautiful one – the weather was perfectly fine in its variety from hot to rainy… it was the perfect mixture of heat and water without the necessity of jumping into a bright pool full of bacteria and children’s pee.
While I was either playing Basketball with my dear K or shopping and figuratively burning my sister’s horrible dress (I swear I have never seen something as hideous as this dress on her and promise me, I made sure no one has to in the future – ever!) or sitting enjoying the sun and reading at the Danube with wonderful B on Friday and Saturday (after I have been at the office to work a little bit, of course… what would I be without work?!) I attended a wonderful picnic with beautiful, talented and fashion interested ladies who run their own beauty, fashion or lifestyle blogs (just like I do) and another guy with the same adjuncts (you may know him by now because I have mentioned him sometimes in my articles) – the two of us had to defend the male sex in a pool full of female eroticism and beauty… well two and a quarter of us adding beautiful baby boy Jake to my calculation.
As we sat and dined and looked as fashionable as no one else in the beautiful Burggarten in Vienna’s first district I came across a lot of thoughts and ideas and perceptions and mind-games… all the ladies haven’t just been an inspiration but a wonderful way to spend a perfect summer Sunday with.
Thoughts/Perceptions on a Summer Sunday:
1) I want a baby boy – yeah, shocking to those who know me up close and personal but playing with little Jacob opened my eyes. Despite all my previous doubts I believe that I would be a great father figure. Not only would my child win the first price on a baby fashion competition at every playground – it would be loved with all my heart and soul! (and no I do not support baby pageant competitions – these competitions are irresponsible from the parents, noxious for the children and only a catalyst for those parents’ that did not make it in the world of beauty and fame themselves… sorry but why blaming or torturing your child for your lack of talent?!)
2) a man ain’t nothing compared to a true friend – something every single should sign. Friendship is something that survives the hardest of times; that strengthens the heart, the mind and the soul. It is the one thing that builds you up when you are down – that gives you love at a constant rate without feeling the need to compromise, to playing pretend or to alter your personality in order to fit into some kind of commitment.
3) Vienna has its fashion moments – my dear, beloved, bold and beautiful blogger colleagues are the best proof that Vienna changes (slowly but yet discernible) into the right direction of dealing with media in a witty way; dressing in fashion that underlines the personality and sets a statement of ‘YES! I do care about the way I look, because I love fashion!’ and develops even further when it comes to young people taking over the business world and ruling it in their own pair of shoes – with their own bright personalities. As I look into the round of the picnic I have to realize – this is the elite and this is your, our, my future and it shines bright and beautifully!
After the picnic found its end for me I dedicated the rest of yesterday’s Sundays to my dear, dear, dear K and decided to hit the BBall for some time before heading to dinner to an Italian restaurant ordering the biggest Pizza I have ever seen… believe me – the plate was half the size of my Pizza Pollo!
In the end, all that is left to say is thanks to all for the wonderful weekend – the Sunny Summer Sunday that I completely enjoyed and that made me realize that relaxing has something good sometimes.
Here is a list of all the wonderful colleagues of mine. Visit their blogs and enjoy more pictures and insightful material on the picnic and a lot of other great substances.
Well, well, well…a lot of time went by since I have written my last post. Actually it seems like I haven’t written in ages, but to be completely honest, on one side I have been so busy that the only keys I have been hitting have been those of my beloved BlackBerry (did not even touch a man – swear to God!) to answer my Emails, missed calls and be updated with my Meeting schedule and on the other side I was in some kind of crisis – some emotional crap going on inside of me until I have finally decided to keep emotions out of my range concentrating on fashion, fashion and oh yeah…almost forgot… FASHION! Yes everybody, I am definitely a damn hard working business man – but always dressed absolutely fabulous, that one thing is for sure, as you all will know, when you really know me.
Some things have been up the last past days such as people hooking up with others they shouldn’t have (na-ah not talkin’ about myself, I am as innocent as a newborn child); an asshole kind of a colleague being threatend by M, S, C and R (damn u untalented fucker – who the hell do u think u r?…got it right…me talking slang isn’t the best thing to do so I am going to stop it); R cleaning up the mess he created himself and looking slightly surprised by the view of a cool, calm, clear environment; endings, beginnings and total failures came up when R takes a step into the new flat of his baby sister (oh gosh they grow up so fast!) and gets reminded of old days when singles where his worst enemies…well, until he turned to get back to the darker, peccant side of life…full of sex, sins and lust.
So far so good. On Saturday a lot of events will take place: Blogger Lunch, CD Release and a collection presentation of a brand new label – but more of that once Saturday night turns into Sunday morning. A until that day arrives, here comes a little inspiration and mood enhancer for you, my dear readers.
All my fucking love
P.S. Fuck hard but Party even harder!