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Inspiration of the Week: Emma Thompson

After last week’s post in regards to Emma Watson’s amazing first speech as a Goodwill ambassador, I decided that this will be a new little tid-bit feature of this blog, because, you know, I’m not all about photography projects and aimless wanderings around London sans camera and stylised OOTDs and runway favourites. I have always been an ‘idol connoisseur’, and from that a ‘quotation connoisseur'; I have numerous little Moleskine cahier journals lying around filled to the brim with quotes from everything from political debates to feature films, literature to theatre to overheard snippets of bus-stop conversation. My ‘idols’ are equally as varied, but all generally follow a leading thread; wisdom, ambition, and quite often a dizzying level of intellect. I think it’s important to have idols to inspire us, to envy enough that it motivates us to not just want what they have, but to go ahead and get it. I also think it’s important not to simply what the materialistic perks, and the inflated bank balance to make it so, but rather, I find myself watching a show or reading an autobiography of my idols, and envying their minds, their wisdom, their knowledge and experiences, enough to seek my own personal growth with an even greater degree of hunger than usual.

So, it felt only natural that once a week I give a little nod to the people who inspire me.

And where to begin… Emma Thompson.

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Isn’t she just amazing? She’s the gem who introduced Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, two equally-valued idols of mine, she’s has been awarded two Oscar’s as both an actress and a screenwriter, not to mention Baftas, Golden Globes, Emmy’s… she is a comedy treasure, a brilliant actress, a talented screenwriter, and author, and yet she still finds the time to support about a dozen charities, including being an ambassador for ActionAid. Not to mention that her husband is so, so gorgeous. And she’s also a really smart cookie. There’s just something about her quirky sense of humour… she’s in equal parts embarrassing mother and hilariously fun aunt. Or that’s how she strikes me, anyway.

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That’s the dream, right? To spread our talent across multiple platforms, to become just as celebrated in each medium that we fancy dipping our toes in, and to help the world with our influence.

A few great Emma Thompson quotes:

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It is remarkable how many misconceptions there are here about life in the developing world, and I think that that knowledge gap has done a lot to contribute to the imbalance quite frankly.

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I think our hearts are very chemical and we change the way we see people according to how we feel about them. That’s what love is, in a way.

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Children are much more understanding of the suddenness and arbitrariness of death than we are. The old fairy tales contain a lot of that, and we’ve stolen from them, just as they stole from Greek myth, which has that same mixture of pre-Christian chaos.

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If you don’t want women to do whatever they need to do, then you must provide them with food, you must provide them with shelter and their basic human rights.

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I’ve realized that in all the great stories, even if there’s a happily-ever-after ending, there’s something sad.

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It’s unfortunate–and I really wish I wouldn’t have to say this–but I really like human beings who have suffered. They’re kinder.

It’s fair to say, I love her.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 46#

I’m a few years behind everyone else, I know, but today I came across the ‘No More Page Three‘ campaign. For those of you who are unaware, Page Three is a controversial daily feature in The Sun newspaper, each day printing a photograph of a topless glamour model across the entire page. It’s something that I have never understood, especially in this day and age. Surely we should have moved forwards by now? Though I think such a campaign should be weary not to inadvertently rouse the pro-page3 squad into action to save their beloved daily… well, it’s basically soft porn, really, isn’t it? Let’s face it, there is no other reason to pose topless shots in a newspaper than for men to gawp at and teenage boys to… hide in their bed sheets. They are not artistically shot, and so cannot be described as art, naked models means that they cannot be classed as fashion, there is not cultural positive to them… I see no place for them within any newspaper.

I’m getting carried away… my point is, what better way to wear a campaign t-shirt than with a leather skirt and chunky shoes? Yes, that was my point, honest.

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1. Zero+MariaCornejo Nebi Leather Skirt. £1,285. Available here.

2. No More Page Three T-Shirt. £15. Available here.

3. Topshop Graphic Print Faux Fur Trim Cardigan. £60. Available here.

4. River Island Black Peep Toe Sling Back Platforms. £60 £35. Available here.

5. Elizabeth and James Cynnie Mini Leather Shoulder Bag. £385. Available here.

6. Valentino Printed Silk-Chiffon Scarf. £305. Available here.

7. Finds Ela Sone Liad Gold-Plated Amethyst Cuff. £65. Available here.

8. Rosantica Gold-Dipped Agate Bracelet. £60. Available here.

9. Aurélie Bidermann Rosebud Gold-Plated Ring. £175. Available here.

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Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Yes, I know that I have been all about London since I moved here, London, London, London, London this and London that, but today, I spotted a news article that really struck me in a way that I would not have expected; today, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, the last Mitford sister, Deborah Cavendish, passed away.

This isn’t a grand obituary, or any such thing, it just felt right to whip up a quick post for someone who always seemed to feature somehow in my consciousness, be it a day trip to Chatsworth, a Nancy Mitford novel or a documentary on the Mitford clan. Not to mention, someone who I’ve always envied for their style. Go to Chatsworth, and you will find countless paintings and photographs of the glamorous Duchess, and, later, Dowager Duchess.

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Having spent just under four years living in Derbyshire, and before that, eighteen years just one county away in Staffordshire, Chatsworth house – the Cavendish estate – has always struck me as being the most magnificent house in the whole world. I have visted Blenheim and Versailles, and I still prefer Chatsworth. I think that preference is in part down to having spent my childhood reading and re-reading Pride and Prejudice, only to then pick up the remote and watch the BBC series (and later, Joe Wright’s beautiful 2005 version), on repeat. After all, rumour has it that Pemberley was based on Chatsworth, which was visited by Austen. I also think that it’s partly down to a consistent fascination with the famous Mitford sisters.

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Can you blame me for having sat up straight and taken notice of them? It’s not every day that you come across a family of sisters as varied as the Mitfords: a novelist, a duchess, a naxi, a fascist, a communist and… Pamela, the one with the quiet life. I have lost count as to how many Mitford books I have read (both those written by Nancy and the numerous biographies and autobiographies, and so it just seems obvious that I would love visiting Chatsworth even more, it being the home of one of the fascinating six sisters, a home which is also one of the most beautiful houses in the country.

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Like most of us, I never met the Dowager Duchess, but I saw what she and her husband, and later, her son have done to the estate over the years; the farm shops, the twee little cafes and the produce that lines the shelves of independent shops across the county, all to stop Chatsworth from becoming another National Trust property – not to mention the constantly updated art collection that lines the old walls in a more modernly styled wing of the grand house.

And then of course, as I said before… she was just.. so glamorous!

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 45#

While this look started with the skirt, it’s fair to say that it really ended up revolving around the beautiful amethyst necklace. I’m such a sucker for gemstone jewellery, in all honesty… apparently to the extent that I will happily colour match an entire outfit to suit.

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1. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Bonded Wool and Chiffon Skirt. £360. Available here.

2. Donna Karen Turtleneck Top. £455. Available here.

3. Adam Lippes Reversible Wool and Cashmere-Blend Cape. £1515. Available here.

4. Isabel Marant Andrew Suede and Leather Ankle Boots. £565. Available here.

5. Michael Michael Kors Hamilton Tote. £310. Available here.

6. Chan Lu Ombre Chashmere and Silk-Blend Scarf. £175. Available here.

7. Decadorn Gold Amethyst Necklace. £38. Available here.

8. Michael Kors Gold Coloured Blue Padlock Bracelet. £115. Available here.

9. Marc by Marc Jacobs Standard Supply Bracelet. £75. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 44#

 As the weather becomes increasingly erratic, I find myself really getting into the flow of layering my outfits, both in these stylised outfits and my day-to-day outfits. While the pinning of sagging sleeves would prove a pest after a while, I am sure, I am really into layering silk kimonos beneath warmer knitwear, blazers and outerwear. It’s just so comfy.

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1. River Island Mono Print Kimono. £40. Available here.

2. Acne Studios Blazer. £490. Available here.

3. I.D. Sarrieri La Belle Chantilly Lace Bodysuit. £675. Available here.

4. Stella McCartney Costanza Crepe Wide-Leg Pants. £495. Available here.

5. Chloé Lauren Suede Ballet Pumps. £340. Available here.

6. Topshop Mini Tara Holdall. £38. Available here.

7. ASOS Volcano Cut Stone Necklace. £15. Available here.

8. ASOS Rock ‘n’ Rose Cuff. £24. Available here.

9. Topshop Opulent Floral iPhone 5. £8. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 43#

 Th weather is driving me insane right now (see, there’s my compulsory weather-related moan of the day). Glorious sunshine one moment, blustering winds that I swear must come direct from the iciest depths of the North Pole the next. It’s time to start layering, and I really love matching motifs and patterns to the under layer.. or the bottoms.. so if I can match all three, that’s just best of all! I’m so ready for autumn now!

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1. ASOS Longline Satin Culotte. £45. Available here.

2. Oasis Bird and Floral April Jumper. £40. Available here.

3. Oasis Trim Lace Cami in Cream. £30. Available here.

4. Jigsaw Sophia Pointed Flat. £89. Available here.

5. Whistles Crescent Foldover Tote Bag in Black. £275. Available here.

6. Whistles Stacker Mixed Seed Bead Bracelets. £20. Available here.

7. Warehouse Curb Chain and Stone Necklace. £18. Available here.

8. ASOS Rose Gold-Plated Ring. £20. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 42#

Like the rest of us, I can’t enough of the poncho, cape and ‘bigger is better’ trend that has taken the season by storm, and I’m suddenly finding myself spoilt for choice in every high street store as everyone clamours to make their mark on the trend, but personally, one of my newly discovered trend (once again, all thanks to my flatmate), is this bargain Zara scarf for just £26 (with a whole penny to spare!) Just look at it! Perfect for suddenly chills or spontaneous sunny picnics on these awkward in-between-season days when we just don’t quite know what will happen either way. I’m in love…

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1. Free People Seamless Cut-Out Top. £48. Available here.

2. Topshop Slouchy Satin Stripe Trousers. £45. Available here.

3. Kurt Geiger Carvela Flats in Tan. £85. Available here.

4. Cambridge Satchel Company 13″ Classic in Vintage. £108. Available here.

5. Zara Jacquard Scarf. £25.99. Available here.

6. Pamela Love Gold Lapis Titan Medallion. £215. Available here.

7. Topshop Charm Skinny Leather Belt. £18. Available here.

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