Monday, 5 July 2010

What's new pussycat 05.07.10

Dress: New Look
Sandals: Borrowed from my mum
Hoops: Claires
Ring: Street seller, Rome

Hello my lovelies,

Sorry about the rather delayed post today - the day just got away from me! This is one of the dresses I got for my holiday. It's so comfy I could wear it all the time. It's like being in posh PJs! I borrowed these sandals from my mum, aren't they gorge? She wouldn't let me keep them unfortunately, but i'll work on that. The great thing about this dress is that it doesn't need a lot of accessories - simple earings/necklace work best to allow the dress to do it's own thing. It's weird, for some reason I haven't been wearing rings at all of late, but I found this one in a drawer the other day. I bought it on one of my visits to see my dad in Rome (he lived there for a while) - it only cost 2 euros or something but I always get a lot of comments on it. Cheap and cheerful, but like me really!

Big thanks goes to mum for taking these shots - isn't she good? I especially love the first shot with the rose in focus and me all blurry. When I first saw this photo I was like, "mum, you've got it all wrong" blah, blah, until she said she'd meant it to be like that. More fool me, she totally knew what she was doing, ha ha!

So how was everyone's weekend?

I spent the whole weekend with my mum and family which was lovely.
On Saturday my mum and I went to visit the cinema in St. Albans which was closed down 15 years ago. It was amazing wondering round and seeing everything has been left exactly as it was (you had to look past the flaking wallpaper and dust in the air). Over 1000 people turned up to see the cinema and show their support for the pending opening (due 2012 if things go to plan). I was sat next to two lovely old ladies who used to go to the cinema in the 1950s, how amazing is that?!

For those interested...the Odean, who owned the cinema, closed down the St. Albans cinema in 1995 to force people to go to their other multiplex cinemas. Since then the building has been left to fall apart, dispite protests from locals that it should be re-opened as a cinema again. Anyway, long story but this developer guy, James Hannaway is going to restore the cinema back to it's former Art Deco glory, as long as he can raise enough money from local residents. The site had actually been bought by a developer who was going to knock down the building and turn it into flats but he gave James 6 weeks to come up with £1 million to buy the cinema back.
Well, we did that bit, but now the cinema needs another £2 million for the restoration. It's a really worthwhile cause and James has already completed another project like this - The Rex in Berkhampstead. It's beutiful and a great testament to the work James has done. It would be so wonderful not only to have a cinema in St. Albans again (even though I don't live here anymore) but it would be something different to your usual mulitplex, American corporate experience. This would be like whisking yourself back to the original days of cinema. I'm thinking a nostalgic dress up trip is in order when the work is complete!

You can find out all the information about the project here and if you fancy donating any money, or know someone you think will be intested, please do get in touch. A great way of contributing actually is to sponsor a chair in the cinema for £1000. We are thinking of doing this in memory of my dad who passed away last year. I have such a great memory of dad taking me to see The Little Mermaid at this cinema when I was little and I think it would be a great way to remember him.

I've rambled on for far too long for a Monday. I hope your first days back haven't been too painful. Enjoy the rest of your week lovelies xo

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