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Saturday, 23 October 2010

{think pink}

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
I come from a family that is overdosed with estrogen. My mother was the 5th daughter of five girls, & I'm the 5th daughter of five girls. With all the great things that a strong family of women entails, comes the not-so-great things like breast cancer. Many family members have had cancer, not all breast cancer, but cancer all the same. Some incurable-I've lost a couple of aunts to the disease--and some who have overcome it-I have aunts & a sister who are survivors.

Around the globe people are doing a variety of things for breast cancer awareness.
You'll have noticed an increase in pink. My artist friends here at Alfred have put their creative powers to use and have decorated breast cancer awareness bags, displayed & on sale at the Cohen Centre. Some women are trekking all the way to Machu Pichu; others are cycling from London to Paris
So, I thought I'd make my nod to breast cancer awareness by blogging on pink.
Whenever I think pink, I think of the classic 1957 movie Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

We are introduced to the latest season's trend of pink early on in the movie through Maggie Prescott, the head of a leading fashion magazine, Quality. She serenades the viewer with her Think Pink song.

{Maggie Prescott during her 'think pink' song. Images from Glass of Fashion}

{this outfit starts off great: looks like a pink stole}

{turns into a ruffle, fur overskirt. just gives it that quel que chose!}

Think pink! think pink! when you shop for summer clothes.
Think pink! think pink! if you want that quel-que chose.
Red is dead, blue is through,
Green's obscene, brown's taboo.
And there is not the slightest excuse for plum or puce
or chartreuse.
Think pink! forget that Dior says black and rust.
Think pink! who cares if the new look has no bust.
Now, I wouldn't presume to tell a woman
what a woman oughtta think,
But tell her if she's gotta think: think pink!

pink for bags! pink for shoes!
Razzle, dazzle and spread the news!
And pink's for the lady with joie de vive!
Pinks for all the family.
Try pink shampoo.
Pink toothpaste too.

Play in pink, all day in pink,
Pretty gay in pink.
Drive in pink, come alive in pink,
Have a dive in pink.
Go out dancing but just remember one thing:
You can get a little wink
If you got a little pink
In your swing.

Think pink! think pink, it's the latest word, you know.
Think pink! think pink and you're Michelangelo.

Feels so gay, feels so bright.
Makes you day, makes you night.
Pink is now the colour to which
you gotta switch!

Think pink! think pink on the long, long road ahead.

On the road, think pink!
...think pink and the world is rosey-red
Everything on the great horizon,
Everything that you can think
and that includes the kitchen sink,
Think pink!
Think pink, think pink
Think pink, think pink
Think pink, think pink!

So how does Audrey fit into it all? Well, she's Jo Stockton, an unsuspecting intellectual, who works in a bookstore in Greenwich Village, NYC, and is drawn to philosophical inquiries. Quality  magazine decides they are going to feature the season's newest idea--the smart woman--and the photographer, Charles Avery (Fred Astaire) is in search of an intellectual backdrop to make up for the stupidity of the model. So Quality descends, unsuspectingly, on Jo's bookstore.

{Avery, of course, sees potential in the bookish Audrey}

{as a philosopher, modelling strictly goes against all Jo's beliefs, but Quality arranges for her to drop off a 'delivery' of books and they try to transform her}
{Audrey flees from the scissors, and escapes into the darkroom, only to find Fred Astaire there (who she has already found herself falling in love with)}

{He realises that Audrey's face really does have potential and he convinces her to agree to the modelling, since he guarantees a trip to Paris (side note: love the desk!)}

 Audrey is willing to put her scruples of modelling aside, if it means she gets to go to Paris. She has always dreamed of going to Paris because she longs to attend the famous lectures on empathicalism by the well-known Dr. Emile Flostre.
The rest of the movie follows Jo-as-model through Paris, while Jo-the-philosopher tries to fit in time with Dr. Flostre & the empathicalists.
The result is fantastic shots in fantastic Paris in fantastic givenchy!

& her stunning wedding dress:

inspirations from Polyvore:

think pink kitchen inspirations:

{how about this lovely old fridge?}

{or this modern version from HiSpek for £1059.99}

{Sid Dickens' tiles recently featured on design*sponge (Silk Road collection)}

{wouldn't these look great in a 'think pink' inspired bathroom or even funky kitchen? also Sid Dickens }

Some potential options:

{these are taken from Honey&Fizz with no credits on the designers, unfortunately}

{from annie schlechter photography}

{how about some fabulous pink doors?}

{or this pink Cadillac?!}

Tucked away in the back streets around Saint German you can find some great little restaurants and caffes similar to the ones Audrey visits in Funny Face. Sit down & have some moules frites, enjoy the people-watching, and sip a glass of wine.

{Passage St. Andre from le best of paris}

{I took this photo a few years ago when I went to Paris to join my middle sister who was on a business trip in Africa (but she had a stopover & some meetings in Paris). I was living in Italy, conducting doctoral research at the time, so made a weekend trip out of it}

& to end...here are some more pink ideas inspired by funny face. enjoy!
{a library inspired by the philosopher Jo's bookstore in the movie & most importantly in pink! from nami*&Chitaki}

{think bohemian pink. photo & the 5 photos below from la maison boheme}

{think pink at christmas}

{think pink for sipping tea. from wedding bee}

{think pink while entertaining}

{think pink in the loo & in the bubble bath}

& one last thing. think pink when decorating girly cupcakes for one's niece. You can read all about this fantastic Alice in Wonderland party on baker hill homes' blog.
{getting help from the birthday girl on decorating}


  1. Andrew and I had dinner at Peres et Filles in Paris in June when we were there - at Sara N's recommendation. Small world! Love this post and all the pink.

    xx Sarah T

  2. That's hilarious! small world is right. love to all in Van.

  3. where can I find size and price of pink teacup and saucer set?
    my email is becarpntr@yahoo.com

  4. Where can I purchase the pink teacup and saucer set. Thank you. KelliLutz@yahoo.com Sweet & Sassy Treats/Facebook ♥

  5. I'm not sure where you can purchase them: I got the photo off of this website that is reporting she is selling them: http://classifieds.weddingbee.com/topic/adorable-heart-shapted-tea-cups-200
    they're gorgeous--I want them too!

  6. I love the pink heart tea set. Where did you get it?

    1. For all of those wondering where to get these teacups, I just saw some for sale on Ruche: http://shopruche.com/tea-lover-cup-saucer-set.html

  7. Beautiful blog! It could have been done by me :)
    I was lookinf for Jo Stockton´s photo to put them in my post. Can i use these?