Amy For Ever / 14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011

Today is a really really sad day. I have not words. Amy Whinehouse, my inspiration for the last issue of Paper Planes, has been found dead at her home in London. My question is WHY?! She was great, charismatic, super talented and an ICON. She represented the new era of SOUL with her own revisited style and her amazing voice. OMG, she just had 27 years old. This remind me other music genius who died at the same age as Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. Valerie Steel said · “Amy takes up the legend of the powerful and the vulnerable at the same time. She appeals to the dramatic, the tragedy, creativity… she represents the outsider.” And she was right, AMY is a LEGEND. She will be in my heart and I´m sure too much people will miss her. RIP dearest Amy.

Frances Bean Cobain / Hedi Slimane Diary

L.A. June 2011 / Coming Soon

Pirate Party {annual family reunion}

As many of you know, my family goes all out when it comes to parties. Every July 4th we have a family reunion. This years was a pirate theme. It was fantastical! Everyone dressed up in pirate garb and we did various pirate things such as: having a pirate sing-a-long, painting tattoos, cannon wars, swimming, photo booth and much more. Before the day of the party many of us went to see the Real Pirates Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where we got to touch the only real pirate treasure discovered in U.S. waters, and learn about really real pirates. It got people in the mood for the party. I though it was interesting when we learned that many became pirates to have freedom from slavery or dictatorship. We all feel so blessed to be living in the land of the free where we can have the freedom to worship God as we please, and where we are able to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, free from oppression or fear! (In other words, we have no need to become real pirates at this time, but it's fun to pretend)! :)

For the party my parents transformed their patio deck into a ships' deck. The jolly roger was hoisted up on the mast and the below deck area was designated for the grand kids to play as the ships' cook, making all kinds of fun creations with Grandma's collection of food toys.
In the Muppet Treasure Island movie (a family favorite) a silly half-whit character (played by Fozzie the Bear) refers to the ocean as the big blue wet thing. Therefore we thought it both hilarious and appropriate to put a sign by the pool that said "big blue wet thing". Swimming and playing on the slip 'n' slide are always things we look forward to when visiting grandma and grandpas house!

My Brother and Sister-in-law set up an awesome pirate trading post. They brought a collection of inexpensive or thrifted pirate-y treasures for the kids to take by trading rocks and other found objects. This was a huge hit with the kids. They were so enamored with the fact that they could really keep the fantastical treasures they traded for. So fun!

There was a  pirate ship water table for the youngest buccaneers to play at (which they loved), and each grandchild received a bucket of booty to take home. Our inflatable pirate dummy joined in all the fun and his pirate-y presence was just what the party needed. Probably the best thing of all was that my dad built working cannons from black PVC and fire extinguishers! The extinguishers created realistic looking smoke as they propelled Styrofoam balls all the way across the the yard! We had such fun battling it out in cannon wars!

Dead Man's Tree was so much fun. Branches were cut and cleared out under a huge pine tree creating a magical hollow where the kids played with pirate action figures. I remember crawling under that tree as a little girl pretending it was my secret hiding place. It was really great seeing my kids play under there, too-- pure magic! Now that it is trimmed and cleared out, adults can go in and even stand up! From the outside you would never guess there was so much room.

Dinner was served at a long table under three white tents. Pirate lanterns and seashells decorated the table, and candelabras were hung under each tent. We had a yummy variety of toppings to put on our hot dogs.  I never thought peaches would be good on a hot dog but I was surprised to find that, combined with the right toppings, it was my favorite. It was delicious!

For dessert we ate red white and blue dipped strawberries. I loved these! Just looking a the pictures makes my mouth water. (My friend, Liberty, created an amazingly fun pirate cake--complete with chocolate cake ship with sails, and swedish fish swimming in the "ocean", but I neglected to get a good picture of it).

I took it upon myself to make sure everyone was tattooed. It was really a fun little quest of sorts. I went around with a paint brush and a bottle of black craft paint and asked if anyone needed a tattoo. My brother-in-law Jon got really into it and came back more than once for more tattoos.

I manned the photo booth where people dressed as pirates to pose for the camera. Many of us just wore the costumes we came in and that made it even better! Everyone got really creative. Some came in hand-sewn, cute matching outfits and others came in thrift store finds that looked super authentic. The photo booth was pretty popular and by the end of the day my feet hurt from standing behind the camera almost the whole time. 
Then Jon (my brother in law who happens to be a superb actor) took all the kids on a treasure hunt! He spoke like a pirate and was in character the entire was pretty hilarious! I didn't get any photos of it because it was at the point where my feet hurt and I didn't want to stand any more.
I think this is the best reunion party we have had so far! We all got really into it and had a great time! I can't wait 'til next year!

Celebrating: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

 I you have read my blog for more than six months you'll know that my family is obsessed with Harry Potter.  I threw my daughter a Harry Potter birthday and made her doll Harry Potter accessories and clothes. Today part two of the 7th movie came out and we are celebrating! The kids are dressed up and we have Harry Potter themed snacks like, licorice wands and gummy frogs ( I couldn't find chocolate ones). Hope all you Wizards and Muggles have a magical day!

Pirate party preview

I just wanted to give you a little peek at our family reunion pirate party.
There were cannon wars, a photo booth, yummy food, burried treasure, and lots of fun fun fun! Be sure and come back, there are many more pictures to come!

Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2011-12

Amazing show from Chanel. This time Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into the famous Place Vendôme, using neon lights, recreating the famous parisian square. The music was from Aaron Jerome, aka SBTRKT or Subtractone. The show started late cause Lagerfeld wanted the show were flooded with moonlight. Again the Kaiser surprised us with this huge spectacle.

Eley Kishimoto Soldes

Rad Hourani / Mykro Book Launch

Although mostly known for his work as a designer, rad hourani is Primarily interested in conveying a vision, he uses design as a tool, as much as photography, film, and now a book collaboration with Mykromag.

With this book, rad hourani and mykromag attempts to offer the reader a quite intimate look into rad hourani's world through former model Viviane Fauny. Fauny, a top model of the 70s, has been Working with avedon, penn and newton. Ageless, distinguished and connected, her convictions reflect those of the rad hourani movement. She is the centerpiece of a generation spanning journey, cross -interviewing family and friends, portraying them through rad's lense.

All portraits are shot by Rad Hourani between new york and paris, All clothing by Rad Hourani.

500 limted edition printed issues – available from 1st of july