August 2010


It was Jackie Kennedy who glamorized the White House State dinners and made Washington the most sought-after invitation in the world. With her charismatic husband, the President of the United States, she dazzled the whole world with her exotic looks and widely-copied wardrobe. And it all began, on the eve of the Inauguration.

I know the ribbon is supposed to symbolize the cockades worn by the French in battle (or a blue ribbon awarded to horses) but I found the detail rather nondescript. The three-fourth sleeves also do no appeal to me and I guess ivory is a ceremonial color.

The inaugural ball gown that forever assured that all First Ladies’ inaugural gowns would now become fair game for Norman Blackwell and just about everyone who takes an interest in women’s clothing. I love the detail of Jackie’s cape and how it billows just right around the ankles.

Without the cape, the dress shows a sheer overblouse and a diamante studded bodice. It was regal and refined. Everything was absolutely right, sartorial wise for Jackie: her hair curled daintily, the diamond earrings and the prescription formal-length gloves.

Jack and Jackie during their State Visit to France. I love Jackie’s coat here and frankly, I like how her hair is style in a topknot. It really enhanced her prominent cheekbones. However, I think she should have just kept the coat because the dress does not impress me:

It was created by Givenchy on cream-colored silk and flowery patterns on the bodice. This was the dress that supposedly launched her into the world’s consciousness as the style icon, the glamour-mama. I much prefer her pink-and-white dinner ensemble, one made by Oleg Cassini:

This dress, for me, reflects the essence of Jackie’s style – how she preferred to keep a tight rein on her clothing, adjusting and making changes to her gowns. I love how the stole here completes her look.

With de Gaulle. Frankly, am not too impressed by de Gaulle and with France then, in general. Apart from his World War II exploits, the General seemed too snooty, too self-important. And Jackie, for all her elegance, strikes me on occasion as being too full of it herself.

With the Queen and Prince Philip. Jackie’s dress here is a beautiful silk gown with a bow to the waist. She loves the severe collar which sets off her square jaw. Queen Elizabeth’s own tulle confection of a dress looks like a frou-frou nonsense.

Their first State Dinner with the Trumans. Jackie wears the basic silhouette of most of her evening gowns and she accessorizes it with her signature three-strand pearl necklace, the diamond bracelet from the Ambassador and a dainty clutch bag (literally envelope-size).

Jackie shimmers in this white creation, overlaid in gold detail. I really like those envelope-style clutches. Her pink lipstick accentuates her healthy tan.

One of my favorite of Jackie’s evening gowns – pink with a beaded layered hem. She should have worn those earrings more often.

Jackie wore this celadon green jersey dress for a state dinner for American Nobel laureates. It is one of the more memorable and more modern pieces she wore during her reign as First Lady. A closer look at the detail of the dress:

I am not a fan of Jackie’s clip (at the side of her head, it looks too little girl for a grown woman) but her dress is exquisitely detailed here.

This is an iconic moment – Jacqueline shimmers in a pink silk dress, which sets off her tan beautifully, with French Minister of Culture, Malraux and President Kennedy gazing up at her. I love Jackie’s sunburst headpiece (which doubles as a brooch). She never wore the sunburst in her hair after her White House days. It is one of her signature pieces as First Lady, as observed in the next two pictures:

Jackie wearing an off-the-shoulder gown – a style which was considered daring back then. The brooch on the lone strap provides much needed balance to the overall look.

The skirt’s cloth was actually a gift from an Arab Sheik. This dress received negative reviews but there is something rather quaint about the design and I like it.

This is one of my favorite Jackie gowns – she wore it for the waist detail to camouflage her pregnancy (she was then pregnant with Patrick). The starburst hairpiece and three-strand pearls make another tandem appearance.

Another one of my favorite gowns – the brilliant yellow and the big waist bow are excellent touches. Senora Prado’s gown, though, nearly gave Jackie’s ensemble a run for its money. Jackie owns this since she opted for a pared down, more youthful-looking skirt.

This is one look which I did not appreciate. Jackie seems overembellished here with a beaded gown and her jewels all flashing. Plus, her hair here is one of the worst Kenneth has done for her.

Jackie had two Christmas ensembles, two pink/red cocktail dresses. The first one features a wrap-around collar which is still popular until today:

But I love her Yuletide 1962 dress, which features a unique “gift-wrap” detail:

Jackie dazzled the world with her choice of evening wear and to this day, she remains the icon of such elegance. The dresses she wore nearly fifty years ago remain timeless and can still be worn today.

Jacqueline Kennedy was only thirty-one years old when she became America’s First Lady. In about a thousand days of the Kennedy presidency, she dazzled the world with her elegant carriage, exotic looks and beautiful clothes.

I’ve categorized her clothes accordingly: Daytime Functions, Evening Functions, Family and Vacation. There has never been another First Lady like Jackie – not even Michelle Obama comes close. Jackie was the quintessential fashionista; Mrs. Obama, the recessionista.

Daytime Functions:

Jackie selected a wool coat, trimmed in sable for Inauguration day. The oversize buttons are a great detail to it. It was a – politically safe choice: what first-term First Lady wears luxurious mink on Inauguration day? (Remember how Laura Bush chose a Texan designer to do her 2001 Inaugural ballgown then opted for Oscar dela Renta for her 2005 dress?) Jackie had a reason to don a warmer coat – a blizzard had blanketed Washington in snow only the night before and in fact, several women on the Inaugural platform wore fur. I always thought that even at that age, Jackie knew how to stand out. Her slim coat definitely made her easily identifiable and it accentuated her youthful looks. She also must have realized that other women had better mink coats and did not want to draw up unfavorable comparisons. Jackie topped the look with a rather big pillbox hat (which Oleg Cassini and Halston argued artistic rights to). I absolutely love the touch of the sable muff – it definitely had an air of romantic, hopeful youth. It was not Jackie who thought of holding a muff, aparently: it was fashion doyenne and editor, Diana Vreeland who suggested it.

A full-length shot of the outfit. The boots complete the sable-trimmed look. JFK’s top hat is a joke here, sorry.

I am still a fan of oversize collars (this is a heavy, personal bias) and I love how it wraps around her neck beautifully. Her pearl earrings here are lovely accessories though she looks like she’s on an amphetamine high in this picture.

Jackie, pictured here with Dorothy McMillan after tea in April 1961. I think Jackie forgot to remove the tea towel from her collar! The scalloped edge of her blouse would have been an interesting detail enough but that unnecessary piece of cloth is distracting and downright unattractive. She also looks very tired here, despite her smile.

Jackie’s mink coat here adds a luxurious touch but am afraid her sister Lee trumped her here with a exquisitely detailed silk dress and fur stole. Even the little sister’s handbag is more interesting. And what is wrong with Jackie’s hair?

Jackie’s shift is rather plain vanilla here but she touched it up with her signature pearl necklace and Schlumberger bracelets. I love those bracelets but even in the 1960’s those go for a hefty thousand or two thousand dollars each. I absolutely hate Grace Kelly’s hairpiece here – it looks like she’s channeling Medusa. The Grimaldis pale in comparison to the Kennedys. Rainier just looks ill at ease and Grace looks like a flirt.

Jackie is more in her element when she is abroad. This is one of my favorite Jackie looks – the beret and the mountie-style collars. I suppose she did enough research to know that Canadians just might turn up in their pillbox-style military caps. I like the touch of the brooch on her lapel. She looks very refined and relaxed here.

This jonquil yellow suit and pillbox hat is probably one of her most recognizable day suits. Jackie chose this silk ensemble for a State Visit to France. Her hair is arranged impeccably, her pearls tucked in place. But there is an uptight feel to this scenario, sort of like a hard-edged look has come over Jackie. She has become a world-renowned figure – and she is aware of it.

Jackie, with her sister Lee, in London, 1961. Once again Mrs. Kennedy looks rather self-conscious and her clothes pale in comparison to Princess Radziwill’s relaxed elegance.

In June that year, Lee and Jackie go on a Greek vacation. Once again, Lee does Jackie better with a cool green sheath. Jackie’s plain vanilla dress is quite blah and those bangs! She ought to have followed her little sister’s lead and just pulled her hair back. Both sisters opted for a bow tie but Lee’s came off as daintier.

Jackie in Acropolis. Now, this blue dress shimmers and gave her a sleek overall look with the usual accessories – pearls and a brooch. But I am tiring of her look at this point.

Jackie dons a scarf here but it merely emphasizes her huge head. Once again, those bangs should be outlawed.

Jackie in a silk suit. Interesting material and pattern for a handbag and it does add some pizzazz to an otherwise safe silk choice.

Little Caroline tags along with her mother as Jackie heads for a morning reception. I am a huge fan of those cute pillbox hats and I think it is one of Jackie’s main contribution to the fashion of the sixties.

I like the lace mantilla and the little handbag here. Jackie’s church attire varied little and she usually used kid gloves to complement the solemn look.

Jackie in Easter, 1963. The A-line sheath, lace mantilla, gloves and pumps look really good on her but it hardly signaled originality, in my opinion. After all, the Kennedy sisters also sported the same look but Jackie just pulled it off better.

Jackie christens a ship. She does have an eye for color and was not afraid to wear bold hues such as this. She really has that aura where she still looks elegant despite wine drops spattering in front of her.

Jackie in India. The green trim really blares out color here in a beautiful way. The next photo is also of Jackie in India:

With Nehru. Am not a fan of her hat as it flattens her head like a pancake but I like the shimmery blue color of her dress. In a colorful garden such as this, Jackie blends and stands out at the same time.

Still in India. The dress leaves me cold; the lei was certainly given by her host and… those white shoes? She could have chosen a more interesting printed dress.

Now this features Jackie’s sense of culture. I love the print of the dress and the headband she chose. This makes her look radiant.

Jackie in the Taj Mahal. The green printed dress offset in white accessories with the marble monument rising behind her – one of the more underrated iconic Jackie images.

Jackie in an apricot silk dress in India. This is one of my favorite looks as apart from the elegance of the dress and accessories, Jackie looks radiant. Her sister Lee can be seen, seated, in pink dress and scarf.

The official White House portrait of the First Lady. Whenever people requested for a picture of Jackie, this was the one usually distributed. This is one of Jackie’s best haircuts but the dress is rather bland and the pose is more Hollywood than White House. It is such a corny pose, the hand-under-chin, the chintz sofa, the come-hither gaze. Jackie has other candid shots that are more dignified, most notably:

Now, this is the Jackie elegance personified.

Jackie’s 1962 White House tour. I love the touch of the bangles and the red hue of the dress but the collar seems to make her look puffy. This is one of the iconic images of Jackie as First Lady.

Jackie with LBJ in San Antonio Texas, November 21, 1963. This was to be her last full day as First Lady. I think this boucle suit is one of the underrated ensembles of Jackie, probably because the pink suit she wore the next day would be of staggeringly historical proportions. The cream color, trimmed in black, looks really fresh and pretty, with her pink lipstick providing a touch of color.

The pink wool suit Jackie wore on the day of her husband’s assassination was actually a tried-and-tested piece of clothing. It was one of the few pieces Jackie actually used at least three times:

With Jack in 1961

With Lee in London, 1962. Lee’s suit and hair are also notables in this picture. Her profile alone looks ravishing!

Jackie looking at plans for Lafayette Square in 1962.

With John, Jr. in 1963.

And she wore it for the final time here:

Jackie Kennedy’s daytime suits reinvented the role of the First Lady. She was not just the spouse of the President but a personality in her own right. It also meant that after Jackie, the clothes of succeeding First Ladies would be scrutinized and analyzed. To Jackie’s credit, she started her role as First Lady in an elegant coat and when it all came to an end, she was still impeccably dressed. And this final pink suit became her most famous daytime ensemble of all.

UP NEXT: Jackie Style (Volume IV – the Kennedy Years – Evening Wear)

The sixties kicked off with such high hopes for the Kennedy family and Jackie Kennedy was right at the center of it. The euphoric hustle-and-bustle was such none of them could have imagined that the decade was going to end in tragedy and scandal.

The American public’s antennae picked up on Jackie because of her sense of style and self. She was quiet, reserved with a touch of wit and glamor.

Jackie wore this red coat when Jack announced his candidacy on January 2, 1960. It’s a bit matronly looking on her and she was not even pregnant here. She definitely went for a safe, warm look – perhaps to not antagonize middle-class America?

In July, the Kennedys attend the Democratic National Convention but Jackie did not stay for the final victory. This is one of my favorite Jackie Looks of the ’60’s (and I must have about ten of those because the ’60’s was really the Jackie decade). It’s an alpaca coat which she matched with kid gloves. It’s warm and luxe.

Every time I see this picture, it’s always in color and justifiably so. Jackie pairs an orange turtleneck with pink capris (a veritable prismatic look). This picture was taken after Jack secured the Democratic Presidential Nomination and right before campaign started. I do note Jackie’s pink lips and Jack’s obviously new hair cut. The couple already have that patina of celebrity.

Jackie looks through campaign mail. I’m a sucker for oversized collars, which Mrs. Kennedy used to balance out her head size and bouffant.

Jackie types up her weekly column “Campaign Wife”, which is really such a dull title it leaves nothing to the imagination. Once again, the oversize collars take center stage and this time, with a brooch. Actually, this is a pretty good take on Jackie’s hair – it’s not as crazy pouffy as it would become later on. The bangle on her arms looks too small and tight though.

Jackie with Lady Bird Johnson. I do not like the cream, buttoned-up dress any better than her too-dark lipstick (unless, this is merely the lighting). I’d poke at Jackie’s hair which looks like it’s on pre-fizz stage but Lady Bird looks like she’s had her hair set for dreadlocks.

Jackie wears a chic cape and her hair appears to be behaving itself. I like this photo as it shows her standing next to her mother and one can compare the mother-and-daughter style file. Mrs. Auchincloss looks very tasteful and refined: the prints work even with the mid-section bow. Maybe it’s the background of trees and the French poodle sitting between them but this really came off as an elegant picture.

Jackie played up – played down- her pregnancy beautifully here, with the soft cloth, the brooch and empire-cut waist. I wish she had maintained this hairstyle as First Lady.

Election Day, 1960. Jackie wears a comfortably chic (oxymoronic as it sounds) cowl-neck coat. It’s very understated and unfussy – her basic signature look.

For victory day, Jackie chose a cloth coat similar to the one she wore when Jack announced his candidacy over ten months ago. I like how she paired it with leather gloves. JFK’s memorable statement that day, “So my wife and I prepare for a new administration… and a new baby.” That baby, of course, was John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Later that day, photographers descended on the Kennedy compound and took pictures of the family. I opted for this Jack-and-Jackie snap as it offers a closer look on Jackie’s dress and accessories. It looks like wool and sets off the flower brooch and triple strand of pearls she’s wearing. Three weeks later, she gives birth to young John and then he is baptized two weeks later.

This is the first time Jackie wore the closest rendering of a pillbox hat; usually, she works with berets that are perched at the back of her head. Apparently, the pillbox hat has its roots in military headgear and was used by the Royal Military College of Canada:

The material of Jackie’s pillbox hat here appears to be trimmed with wool and looks really snappy. Afterwards, she was given a tour of the White House by Mamie Eisenhower (and she supposedly hated the place, according to sources). Jackie seemed to be more talkative as First-Lady elect; only later, did she realize that she had to be more careful with what she said and to whom she said it to). Following the rather miserable White House tour, she flew to Palm Beach to rest and recuperate from the C-section. And to pose for this January 1960 pictorial with the baby:

In her 1974 autobiography, Rose Kennedy revealed that the dress Jackie is wearing here was apparently unfinished; her daughter-in-law, who was only weeks short of becoming First Lady at the tender age of 31), seems quite serene here in her fringed dress and with her son snuggled up to her.

In January 18, 1960, Jackie returned to Washington (seen here with her press secretary Pamela Turnure, also rumored to be a lover of JFK). Jackie looks ready to take on her upcoming role – with a beret, a tweed twinset and a healthy wave for the reporters. Barbara Leaming’s “Mrs. Kennedy” biography notes that Jackie was weary and depressed at this point. If that were to be taken as a kind of gospel truth but Jackie is a trouper and a strong one at that. Such strength and bravado would come in handy as she assumes the role of John F. Kennedy’s First Lady.

UP NEXT: Jackie Style Volume III (The 1960’s – the Kennedy Years)

I am a frustrated Jackie Kennedy Onassis biographer. The problem is, all the Jackie biographies have become a rehash of her life and times. For the next few posts, I’m going to study Jackie through the evolution of her clothing choices – and come up with my own thesis as to whether she is a fashion muse or a mere celebrity who carries the clothes better.

In the late 1940’s, Jackie Bouvier was already a budding legend. The academic star of Miss Porter’s as well as a champion equestrienne had become Queen Debutante of the Year. For some reason, I cannot find a picture of Jackie as a debutante in that off-the-shoulder gown.

She already had a marked preference for clean lines as seen here in a photograph with her father in 1947 (most probably in her high school graduation from Ms. Porter’s):

I like how the belt pulls everything together and while there is so much one can do with such thick, curly hair, I like Jackie’s hair here. Most obviously, you can see where Jackie got those incredible cheek bones, snub nose and full lips. Father and daughter are just freakishly two peas in a pod when it comes to looks.

I stumbled upon this picture of Jackie, hot off the 1940’s. The flamenco dress complements her dark hair and brows:

The story continues in the 1950’s, with Jackie Bouvier as a career girl-turned-Kennedy-wife:

Jackie is a few weeks short of her twenty-fourth birthday here but she looks rather old. Her hair is a frightful mess and not just because of the wind-blown effect. Later on, in the succeeding years (and pictures), she would opt for sleeker looks. The two scenarios I have here is, a) Jackie Bouvier is in the middle of growing her hair out of a bad cut or b) Jackie Bouvier did not have the money for the salon. She may have all these wealthy relatives and came from exclusive schools but it is common knowledge now that she only had her salary as the Inquiring Photographer at her disposal.

(Digression: It is rather heartening to consider that there is a bit of Jackie in us at some point in her life: that we all live on a budget.)

In 1953, this was the dress suit of the day:

Jackie’s suit dress seems better put together and is more similar to the 1955 version of the suit dress:

I suppose, even then, Jackie had a fashion-forward sense.

Now I have never been a fan of Jackie’s 1953 wedding dress; her cocktail dress of a nuptial gown in 1968 was far nicer. But this picture captures more than the tragedy of the dress but features the sorrow Jackie had to hide (her father was too drunk to give her away so that’s her step-dad):

Jackie’s wedding ‘do is pretty bad as she used that rose point veil (which is actually quite pretty except it emphasizes how disproportionate her head size is to the rest of her body). Objectively speaking, it could be the disappointment of Black Jack’s absence, but Jackie was not a beautiful bride. Her face already has the features which would make her face appealing and distinctive but at this point, she’s not pretty.

I really like how Jackie (here with Jack in 1954) handles texture here – leather gloves, a (cotton?) cardigan and fur stole with the silk dress as the canvas. The bag, brooch and pearls are picture-perfect accessories. Maybe those shoes were fashionable then but I find them too heavy, too clunky.

Jackie, seen here with Michael Canfield, her sister Lee’s first husband, in 1955. Her hair just drives me nuts – it looks like a bird’s nest after the eggs have hatched. Her accessories are of interest here as they have an ethnic feel in its beaded glory. Even the pattern of her sunglasses complements the theme. Jackie struck me as rather uptight for the most part but here she appears completely relaxed.

Jackie with her sister Lee in 1954. The gowns are quite 1950’s in terms of style but where Lee opted for the full skirt, Jackie opted for the straight cut (which speaks of the sisters’ physiques, Jackie was leaner and Lee more voluptuous).  I am not a fan of Lee’s printed dress and while Jackie’s lace dress  looks better, her necklace looks rather heavy, it’s distracting. Jackie also sports a pixie cut here, which is way better than her nuptial hairstyle.

Another sister act – this time, the Bouvier sisters posed for Vogue in 1955, modeling sweaters. One can see just how doe-eyed Jackie (left) is and while Lee is conventionally more attractive, there is something appealing about Mrs. Kennedy. Jackie plays with stripes and this time Lee pulls the clean look.

Jackie, seen here with Jack in the 1956 engagement party for Jean Kennedy, sports a nicer hairstyle (she must have started with the stylist Kenneth Batelle). Her pearls are more refined but I have never been a fan of brocade so am not feeling her dress here.

I love the pattern of Jackie’s lace-and-velvet top or dress. It looks so sleek and elegant (with the candlelit dinner as the background). Her coiffure adds to the polished look – but then, this is after all a dinner party. And even back then… was there a flicker of attraction between Jackie and Bobby?

Jackie and Ethel in early 1957. While Ethel looks like an average American marm here (complete with her dinner napkin still safely tucked onto her blouse), Jackie’s Mediterranean looks complement that Mountie tie of her top. This is one of her best haircuts as well.

This is my favorite Jackie look of the 1950’s – the sleek hair, triple strand of pearls, dainty drop pearl earrings, the studded clutch and strapless dress with the cute bow detail. This was in April 1957, during the April Paris Ball at the Waldorf. (I must say, Eunice is rocking serious ear and brooch bling here). The shawl Jackie carries is a rich pink shade, which I discerned from this picture:

One of the joys of being flat-chested – the dress looks absolutely fabulous on her. I also like how Jackie stayed away from red, mature-looking lipstick and opted for pinks. Almost four years after marrying JFK, I think this is the point where Jackie enters a whole new plane. And she’s already about three months pregnant with Caroline here.

With baby Caroline in April 1958. Jackie scores an interesting look here – clean lines in a vibrant color, actually a green shade, lined with gold (and well and good as the Kennedys landed a LIFE cover). I like the detail of the dress – though am not sure if those are flowered patterns.

She looks a little bit like Geena Davis in this picture. Odd that this family has already been singled out for a LIFE cover but I must say that early on, the attractive wife and adorable baby formula (not a pun) has worked for JFK.

In 1959, Jackie Kennedy landed another LIFE cover – as the front-runner’s wife.

The previous year, JFK had just been re-elected to the Senate by a landslide victory and by now they were planning to campaign for the U.S. Presidency.

The road seemed paved for victory – politically and sartorially.

UP NEXT: The Evolution of Jackie Style : Volume II (1960’s)

The Hermes label is supposed to represent timeless quality and classy sleekness. Before Victoria Beckham started toting them – Kellys, Birkins, 30’s, 40’s, HACS, leather, alligator – and therefore thrusting the brand into the global advertising world (and every woman’s wish list), the bag was reserved for the more understated wealth:

Athina Onassis in 1958, seen here in what seems to be a silhouette of an Hermes Kelly:

I like how the lady – the daughter of the wealthiest Greek shipping owner (at that time) Livanos and the wife of (in the span of two and a half decades) a) Aristotle Onassis, b) Marquess of Blandford and c) Stavros Niarchos (the last one, being her sister’s widower and suspected murderer) – plays it up with a full-length fur coat.

Now I am not saying that Tina was some angel, quietly residing at the Mediterranean. She was not the most attentive mother and she had messy divorces and drug dependencies. But people like her seem to have this collective sheen of relative dignity – that they were not pawns of the press, as modern-day Paris, Lindsay seem to be.

Another classic Hermes shot – with Grace Kelly:

Now, we have Britney and Paris rocking those lovely Hermes bags, which I think ruin the market for me:

Britney just looks so sad and Lindsay perhaps not half as bad but her reputation as unreliable and irresponsible just wrecks the image.

Hermes thinks they are being selective by upping the prices of their bags (price ranges from $5,000 TO $100,000 US). I have seen a short documentary on how those bags are made – the rare crocodile skin, the hand-stitching, how only five or so bags are made in a week – and it could justify the price tag (while driving environmentalists mad with how consumerism has wreaked havoc on nature). Someone in the same documentary also mentioned how the bag itself is a work of art. I can still handle that.

But when trashy celebs tote those bags, the value depreciates. For me, anyway. Now, China is not exactly helping by imitating Hermes (and practically every other luxury label). I took this from replica-china.net:

You might saw, it’s still not of the same quality, blah, blah. Of course. But I know I’ll still feel bad, paying top dollar and then going around those cool night markets to see a bag like mine – only it’s 1/36th of the cost!

I feel that only a decade ago, the world was not as flashy or as materialistic and label-conscious. Now suddenly, there’s the need to tote these bags as if they can define you. I’d rather one bought these bags and actually worked them for a career, like Christine Lagarde, Minister of Economic Affairs, Industry, and Employment of France.

In this case, Madame Lagarde actually uses the bag for work; her Hermes looks well-worn because of the papers stuffed into it, not thrown around some starlet’s room.Obviously, Lagarde opted for this bag as Hermes is known to be rather sturdy.

Chic expensive pieces look trashy when sported in glitz and in bad behavior but when used for convenience , then the appeal to me is greater.

Actually, I am on a diet in the sense that I’ve limited my intake of food (am not subscribing to any fad diet). But I do crave so I decided that if I cannot satisfy my tummy, might as well please the eye:

Sushi! I love drowning them in wasabi for that burn-in-your-nose sensation.

Kebabs! For that healthy, delicious taste.

Pasta is another winner and I prefer it doused in red sauce. With salmon, too.

Now, where would this list be without chocolate? I epsecially love truffles but it is absolutely lethal on the waistline.

I am a sucker for cheese and pizza is one of my favorite choices. Actually, I could pretty much devour some blue cheese with freshly baked baguettes. Another waistline hitter.


Blinis with smoked caviar and sour cream. A Russian appetizer which I love – a blend of sweet, salty and sour.

I’ve always wanted to try steak, cooked to a medium rare but my mother insists I eat only well done. Ugh. Someday, someday.

And I would finish these off with:

Coke with whiskey.

I feel like I just gained ten pounds writing this but it’s all worth it.

I am thrilled to hear that two fascinating personalities have come together in the making of a film: model-turned-artist-turned First Lady of France, Carla Bruni and writer-director-actor Woody Allen.

They are shooting “Midnight in Paris” (also starring Marion Cotillard) in well, Paris. I am so excited for this film… even if, there’s a chance it may not be widely released.

Some pictures from the shoot from trusty corbis.com:

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