Books ~ I have been a bit rubbish in September about keeping to my challenge of reading one book a month. The nearest I have come to a completed read is dipping into Pamela Keogh’s self help guide What Would Audrey Do? Published in 2008, this is a modern day Self help book inspired by non other than the elegant and talented film Icon ‘Audrey Hepburn’ of course. If you want to live your life according to Audrey just peer into this pretty pink guide full of darling illustrations and think ‘Now what would Audrey do?’. According to the book Audrey loved the colour white, took an hour to dress for a date, let her dogs sit on the sofa ( Yay we have similarities ! ) , tried to swim without getting her hair wet,regularly travelled with 52 suitcases and knew how to rock an LBD. I shall keep on reading. 🙂
On the Box and Box sets ~ I can tell the evenings are drawing in by the amount of telly that i’m now watching! Thursday nights are becoming a fave as I drool over a-hem George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. The guy is building a floating Beach Hut! Also I love the Beebs comedy hour on BBC2 on Thursdays 9-10pm. Cradle to Grave ( the ups and downs of a family in the 70s) and Boy Meets Girl ( the even more ups and downs of an age gap/transgender romance) are both gently and lol funny. Love them both. And of course Sunday nights wouldn’t be the same without a healthy dose of Downton. I will be sad when it finishes forever. Sob.
I even found another box set to get hooked on.Black Sails is a rip roaring Pirates adventure ( with lots of guts, gore and raunch) and is set in the Golden Age of pirating.The show is a prequel to Treasure Island and features a certain John Silver as well as characters based on real life pirates such as Blackbeard and female Pirate Anne Bonney.Can’t wait for Season Three!
Wellies ~ A day out at Bolton Abbey with friends and kids in leaky wellies ( Booo-hoo) made me realise I needed some new Rain boots pronto.I was Inspired to make a Wellie Wish List that helped me decide which ones to buy. So blogging does help with shopping decisions! If your interested I purchased the Sail boat boots from Brakeburn.
The Tour Came to Town ~ Back at the beginning of September ( seems such a long time ago now) the Tour Of britain cycle race sped through my local town…..twice! Just as exciting as spying Sir Wiggins and co was glimpsing white bicycles on Pendle and having the Castle Keep adorned with even more bicycles. 🙂
All the fun of the Festival ~ And in September I enjoyed the sun , the sea and a Punch and Judy show at Vintage By The Sea in Morecambe and a bit of Yarn bombing at Yarndale wool Festival in the Dales. Here’s a few pictures below.
It might be just about now that your thinking about booking a foreign holiday, somewhere you can laze in the sun maybe,or take in the sights. Recently I watched one of my fave films ~ Under The Tuscan Sun , which never fails to make me long to explore the rolling hills and vinyards of Tuscany in Italy. Here are a few movies that inspire me to journey to these places for real. Or just enjoy a spot of armchair travel. 🙂
Lost In Translation ( 2003 ) ~ A tired actor ( Bill Murray) and a photographer’s young wife ( Scarlett Johanssen) both find themselves in Tokyo and form a close friendship, whilst getting to grips with Japanese culture and figuring out what they want out of life. Love this movie.
Amelie ( 2001) Charming romantic comedy set in Paris about a young waitress ‘Amelie’ who dishes out good deeds along with her creme brulee.A magical film.English Subtitles.
The Way (2010) ~Tom an American doctor ( Martin Sheen) travels to France to collect the remains of his estranged son who was killed in an accident in the Pyrenees. He had died walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as ‘The Way of St James’. Tom decides to complete the pilgrimage for him and embarks on the 800Km trek across the top of Spain, meeting other troubled souls along the way. A road movie where the characters walk…..and the journey is also one of self discovery.
Roman Holiday ( 1953) ~ Why not discover Rome through the eyes of a Royal princess playing truant. Audrey Hepburn plays the princess longing to do normal everyday things in the city….and Gregory Peck is the undercover reporter showing her the sights, looking for a good story and finding himself falling in love. A fairytale romance. 🙂
Only You ( 1991) ~ To Italy again and Marissa Tomei plays Faith, who travels to Europe in a quest to find her one true love and destiny. A sweet rom com about mistaken identity and dreams coming true , with scenes shot in Venice and Positano and Rome.
In Bruges ( 2008) ~ Irish hitmen and dwarves in Bruges.This black comedy stars Collin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as assasins waiting on instruction in the historic Belgium city one Christmas, after a job goes wrong. Darkly funny.
Midnight in Paris (2011) ~ Discover the Paris of today and the Paris of the 1920s in this time travel romance directed by Woody Allen. A nostalgic writer ( Owen Wilson) finds himself mysteriously going back in time to the days of Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali everyday at Midnight. A homage to the citys artistic history with a love story thrown in too.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) ~ Based on the journals of ‘Che Guevara’ this is the tale of two medical students who travel through South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s. Enjoy the stunning scenery and find out how the Cuban revolutionary got his calling. English subtitles.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) ~ New York is the setting for this iconic Audrey Hepburn movie.She plays madcap socialite ‘ Holly Golightly’ who lives in a Manhatten appartment with her cat with no name. George Peppard is the unknown writer who falls for her charms.One of my favorite films ever!
Under The Tuscan Sun (2003) ~ Diane Lane plays a writer who whilst holidaying in Tuscany after her marriage breaks down, impulsively buys a crumbling villa. Life changes for her in many unexpected ways.A fabulous little film. 🙂
Here I list five things I have enjoyed / appreciated over the last seven days. My Thursday Favourites. 🙂
It was my nephew’s sixth birthday at the wknd. I can’t believe he is 6 already ! Adore my niece and nephew. 🙂 He has totally impressed me by giving up sweets for lent too……and sticking to it. Way to go Roman!
My facebook feed is always full of pics of our friends Irish Terrier Digger. He must be the most photographed and photogenic dog in the world. Here he is all dressed up for st Paddys day on Monday. Very Cute!
Did my first Craft Fair of the year at the wknd , taking my teacups and other bits and bobs to the Artisan Market in Clitheroe. Really enjoyed it and got to buy lots of prezzies for upcoming birthdays, Mothers day etc. Fairs are fab places for purchasing unique gifts I always find. 🙂
Loving loving Audrey Hepburn on Pinterest and i’m delighted that i finally managed to post her Filmography on my little blog. 🙂
Which leads me neatly on to this Eurostar advert for Paris ( Audrey made lots of movies in The City of Light ) that apparently is five months old now, but I’ve only just clocked it. Showing the Quirky side to the French Capital, I find myself slightly in love with the taxidermy museum featured at the end.
Cataloging the movies of the captivating Miss Hepburn I have done mostly for myself ~ as well, who wouldn’t desire a list of them all in one place. 🙂 I’ve decided to concentrate on the period between 1953 and 1968 as this is within the time-span in which she made the bulk of her films. Before 1953 there were small parts in a handful of British films and by 1968 she had all but retired , rarely tempted to return to the limelight. So may I present the fabulous films of Audrey Hepburn.
Roman Holiday 1953.
Story of a fairytale princess torn between love and duty. Filmed in Rome and also starring Gregory Peck, this romantic comedy was box office gold….and Audrey won an Oscar!
Romantic Comedy about a cinderella like character ( Audrey as chauffeurs daughter ‘Sabrina’) who returns from Paris and captures the attentions of two dashing brothers. And an Oscar nomination. 🙂
War and Peace 1955.
Sprawling epic of Tolstoy’s classic documenting the tangled lives of two aristocratic families against a back drop of Napolean’s Russian Invasion. Audrey plays the beautiful Natasha.
Funny Face 1957.
Charming musical concerning a shy waif like book seller ( Hepburn) who is discovered by a photographer ( Astaire) and whisked away to Paris to become a top model. Here Audrey gets to dance with legend Astaire, wear beautiful Givenchy gowns and be photographed in front of every Parisienne landmark. Heavenly.:)
Love In The Afternoon 1957
Audrey stayed in Paris to film another romantic comedy, this time with Gary Cooper. He plays a philandering playboy ‘Frank Flannigan’ and she is ‘Ariane’ , the daughter of a private detective employed by one of his lovers husbands. After hearing her fathers client threatening to kill Frank she decides to warn him and ends up falling head over heals in love herself. Can she keep his interest by pretending to be worldly wise and sophisticated ?
The Nun’s story 1959.
A total change of scenery here as Audrey is ‘sister Luke’, a nun whose faith is tested by assignments in a mental hospital, nursing in the Congo and the Nazi occupation. An oscar nominated role.
Green Mansions 1959.
Mel Ferrer ( Audrey’s then husband) directs her in this romantic jungle adventure. Audrey plays ‘Rima’ who lives in the forests of Venezuela. And Anthony Perkins ( Psycho) plays her love interest. Loving the fawn. 🙂
The Unforgiven 1960.
Who knew that Audrey appeared in a Western ! In this not to well recieved John Huston directed western she plays the adopted sister of Burt Lancaster, whose family come to claim her back when it is revealed she is actually the daughter of Indians.
Breakfast at Tiffanys 1961
A return to form ( and an Oscar nomination) for Audrey in personally my favourite of her movies. Based on Truman Capote’s screenplay the story revolves around a ditsy New York socialite ‘Holly Golightly’ and her quest to bag a rich man without getting emotionally attached along the way. The only time she feels truely happy is when she is staring into the window of the New York jewellers ‘Tiffanys’. But maybe an Orange Cat and George Peppard will make a difference to her life. 😀
The Children’s Hour 1961.
This drama about rumour and reputation centres on two former classmates ( Hepburn and Maclaine) who start up a boarding school for girls. A troublemaking student who is punished for telling a lie spreads false accusations that the teachers are lesbians and the fallout is devestating. A darker film for Audrey and a sign of the times back then.
Often referred to as the ‘Best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made’ , Audrey was finally paired with Cary Grant in this romantic comedy/mystery, filmed on location in Paris. 🙂
Paris When It Sizzles 1964.
Also filmed in Paris ( Yes I think Miss Hepburn must have loved the city!) is this romantic comedy starring William Holden ( previously seen with her in Sabrina) as a play-write suffering from writers block. Audrey’s role is of a secretary assigned to him to help him overcome it.
My Fair Lady1964.
An iconic role for our fair lady in this well loved musical. Rex Harrison plays the snobbish Professor Higgins who wagers he can transform a common flower girl ( Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle) into a lady of high society.
How To Steal A Million 1966.
Romantic comedy caper filmed wherelse but Audrey’s beloved Paris. Audrey plays the daughter of an old art forger. Worried that her father’s fakery is about to be discovered she persuades a high-society thief ( O’Toole) to help her steal one of his paintings from a gallery.
Two For The Road 1967.
A total change of scenery for Audrey here. No more Givenchy gowns. This film chronicles the ups and downs of a ten year marriage and Albert Finney plays her husband.
Wait until Dark 1967.
This thriller about a blind woman terrorised by violent drug smugglers would be Audrey’s last film for nearly a decade. The movie would earn her an Oscar nomination.
After Wait Until Dark Audrey’s first marriage to Mel Ferrer would break down. She married again (and divorced) and devoted her energies to raising her two sons, briefly returning to Hollywood occasionally to make films such as Robin and Marian with Sean Connery. Her last role would be that of an Angel in Stephen Speilberg’s Always in 1990.
How many of Audrey’s movies have you watched ? There are quite a few on the list I have yet to see !
Sabrina Fairchild ( the lovely Audrey Hepburn) is the daughter of a chauffer working for the rich and successful Larrebee ( love that name! )family. She lives with her father in an apartment above the garage in the grounds of the Larrabee’s sprawling Long Island estate. Ever since she was a little girl she has had a huge crush on the younger of the two Larrabee sons ‘David’ played in the film by William Holden. He is a charming three times married playboy when we meet Sabrina staring longingly from the cover of a tree at him dancing at a party in the family mansion. He has never really noticed the sweet chauffeur’s daughter.
Sabrina is sent away to Paris to a cooking school by her father and her letters back home about soggy soufles entertain the staff at the Larrabee mansion. Her father hopes on her return she will have forgotten her dreams about David. On the day of her return it is indeed David who picks her up from the train station ~ though seeing a sophisticated woman of the world he does not recognise her as the chauffeur’s daughter at all.
So Sabrina is back from Paris with presents for her father and the staff, a french poodle ( tellingly called David 🙂 ) and a chic transformation. The younger Larrabee is immediately smitten and invites her to a party at the mansion that night ~ despite being newly engaged to a wealthy plastic tycoons daughter ‘ Elisabeth’. Sabrina has just the dress for such an occasion.
Worried about his brothers sudden infatuation with Sabrina so close to the wedding to Elisabeth/ business merger with her fathers plastics company , Linus Larrabee ( Humphrey Bogart) makes it his mission to get this new love interest out of the picture. As the driving force behind the Larrabee Business Empire Linus is considered stuffy and married to his job. He never the less decides to spend some time with Sabrina himself whilst David is indisposed ( A painful squashed wine glass incident!), make her fall in love with him and put her on a boat to Paris…..without showing up himself.ooooh the cad !
Things seem to be going to plan for Linus. Sabrina finds herself falling in love with the workaholic brother and enjoys their time together. What doesn’t go to plan though are the feelings that Linus develops for her. But can he ever admit them, even to himself? Will Sabrina find true love with a Larrabee or does her heart belong in Paris?
This is a really sweet romantic film and earned Audrey Hepburn another Oscar nomination after her success in her previous movie Roman Holiday. Billy Wilder directed this 1954 classic and Sabrina’s outfits were designed by Edith Head and Givinchy. The only slight niggle I have is the quite Huge age differences between Audrey and her leading men. But I guess the established actors back in the fifties were more mature! Another Hepburn film I adore though. Who are your favourite leading ladies and leading men from the 1950s?
We are hoping to visit Paris this year. We haven’t booked anything and it may not even happen. This has not stopped me from inventing itinaries and planning Paris inspired Pinterest boards though! Maybe ( if we go), When we have finished gazing up in awe at the Eiffel Tower and admiring the Arc De Triumph ,maybe we can explore a little bit more………:)
1)Vintage Carousels are seemingly popular in Paris.Several are dotted round the city including this one near the Eiffel Tower. How lovely to photograph the famous landmark from the vantage point of a vintage merry go round.
There are others in various parcs and gardens including the jardin du luxembourg and forum les halles.For many grouped together visit le musee de art forain~ a museum of all things carnival related. I’m surely not to old to take a ride on a beautiful carousel horse am I……..
2)Outdoor Swimming is not something one associates with the River Seine but maybe that is because I didn’t know about le piscine Josephine Baker a large barge moored on the banks near the Bastille containing an impressive pool. Named for the American born entertainer/resistance heroine Josephine Baker who found love and acceptance in Paris, it has a magnificent glass roof that opens up in the summer to reveal spacious sun decks.Make sure to take your speedo’s if your a boy and swim cap if your a girl ~ the general rules in french swimming baths.
3) Pavement cafe’s in Paris are there to entice you to sit and watch the world go by I presume. Relax with a cafe au lait, a copy of Cherie by Colette and a sumptious french pastry.:-)
4) Hunt out the miniature Statues of Liberty of which there are two in Paris. The original was of course a gift to New York from Paris so it is only fitting that the city has its own. The tallest is situated on a small island in the Seine (le Ill aux Cygnes) and at 37ft is tiny in comparision to its legendary counterpart.
I love the fact that the Eiffel tower rises majestically in the distance. An even smaller replica can be found in the jardin du luxembourg.
5) In the film Sabrina , Audrey Hepburn’s character says ‘paris is always a good idea’. She must have thought so herself as Audrey made several films in the city. I have only seen Funny Face where she danced with Fred Astaire and Charade in which she starred with Cary Grant. There are several more including Sabrina and Paris When It Sizzles.
To trace Audrey’s film locations saunter over to this charming blog My French Life for inspiration. 🙂
6) Two bridges over the Seine River in Paris are covered in ‘love locks’. Pont de Arts and Pont de l’Archeveche. Buy a padlock from rue de Rivoli , write your names on the padlock, lock it onto one of the bridges and throw away the key. Your love is now eternal! The river bed must be carpeted with keys.
7) Browse the fabulous antiques, art and flea markets for that perfect book, print or trinket.
8) If you are feeling brave why not delve into the shadowy world of vampires. Le Musee des Vampires is a small private museum on the outskirts of Paris dedicated to Vampires and the undead. I myself may just be to scared. By private appointment only.
9) I would quite like to wander round the Pere Lachaise Cemetery however ~ a vast acreage of ornate statues and elaborate mausoleums dedicated to many famous names. Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Sarah Bernart and the french novelist Colette to name but a few. The most visited grave is that of The Doors frontman Jim Morrison apparently.
The cemetery is home to a multitude of cats ( they are fed by people who live near by ) and it is said that the flowers on the grave of Colette ( a noted cat lover) are replaced regularly by her feline admirers ,come night fall……
10) And of course in Paris it would be wonderful to stay in a chic Parisienne apartment. I have noticed that a few bloggers I read have used Airbnb which is a website where people advertise rooms and also whole apartments relatively inexpensively. I may have to try them out !
I hope you have enjoyed my bucket list. Have you been to any of the places featured ? Where do you love to go in Paris?
* note ~ none of the beautiful pictures in this post are my own. They are pinned off pins off pins on Pinterest and it was hard to find all there sources.
I thought I would continue with my Classic Chick Flick series with a charming romantic comedy from the 1950’s. Audrey Hepburn won an academy award for Best Actress. She plays alongside a rather handsome Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday ( 1953 ).
Audrey Hepburn stars as Princess Ann, European Royalty on a public relations tour of the continent. Feeling tired and bored of endless social engagements she longs to experience Rome, where she is currently staying,as just an ordinary tourist. One night her doctor and advisers give her an injection to help her sleep but it is very slow at kicking in. The princess escapes the royal palace in the back of a delivery truck and is thrown into the hustle and bustle of late night Rome. Unfortunately she is soon feeling extremely sleepy and starts snoozing away on a park bench.
Luckily she is found by Gregory Peck’s journalist ‘Joe Bradley’ who thinking she has had to much wine, lets her sleep in his apartment. Waking late the next day he rushes to work knowing that he has missed his morning appointment ~ attending a press conference to interview a certain Royal visitor to Rome, Princess Ann. Unaware that the stranger he left snoring away is in fact the princess herself ! That is until he sees her picture on the front of the morning papers, along with a cover up story about the princess suddenly falling ill. Joe realizes he may have the chance of a big scoop …..if only he can keep his identity hidden from the hooky playing Royal. He hotfoots it back home.
Ann confesses to Joe that she is in fact a princess and he offers to show her the sights of the city. He also discreetly requests the help of a photographer pal who has an extraordinary amount of cameras hidden up his sleeve including one hidden in a cigarette lighter. Together they hope to get a story on what the princess likes to get up to in her spare time.
Of course they find the princess absolutely delightful. Who could not? What follows are japes and scrapes and fun and laughter in the beautiful Italian Capital. And Joe and Ann discover they have feelings for each other. But will Joe get his scoop?, will Ann run away with him ? or will she decide that her royal duties come before true love…….?
I loved the film but that is no surprise as I am a Audrey Hepburn fan. I loved seeing the sights of Rome too. I wonder if they are all still there? Does the Mouth of Truth really exist? I shall have to visit one day. 🙂
One of my fave all time films is the fabulous Breakfast at Tiffanys. But I have never seen it before at the cinema. So I was super excited when some girl friends invited me to a Ladies Night film screening of this wonderful Audrey Hepburn classic at our local cinema ‘The Grand’ in clitheroe. The Ladies Nights are on the first Tuesday eve of every month and they include a yummy two course meal and a movie for the very reasonable price of £12.50 per head.
Amazingly Some of the girls had never seen Breakfast at Tiffanys before. Incase you haven’t, the film is a 1961 romantic comedy concerning a kooky naive New York socialite Holly Golightly ( Hepburn ) and a struggling writer ( George Peppard-Remember him from the A-Team!) who live in the same apartment block. Here are some fab images from the movie: )
I love so many of the fabulous accessories Holly uses in the film. I am quite inspired to purchase a lovely blue eye mask , some big shades, a little black dress and er maybe even a young George Peppard. : )
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