The Rose Note

Jan 12, 2014 | 12:02 AM

How to Look Chic During a Downpour

It’s been raining steadily all day long which means I’m not that motivated to wear anything but my sweats and a cozy sweater. But it’s time to go out to dinner, so I’ve turned to my favorite movies for inspiration. The characters in these classics sure know how to dress with a little panache despite the torrents coming at them. Please let me know who inspires YOU!

Fred Astair and Audrey Hepburn made the most of the rain in FUNNY FACE
Fred AstairE and Audrey Hepburn  in FUNNY FACE
Leisl and Rolfe in The Sound of Music
Leisl rocking a frock in The Sound of Music
Catherine Deneuve looking chic in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Catherine Deneuve looking chic in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca
Humphrey Bogart in a fedora and trench in Casablanca
Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Conner and Gene Kelly show us it's all about the hat
Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Conner and Gene Kelly SHOW US IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HAT
Audrey BATIFFAudrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s– note the kitten heels!!

Jan 09, 2014 | 6:52 PM

How to Stay Warm During an Arctic Vortex

There may be better ways of staying warm, but none of them are quite this glamorous!

 

1. Veruschka keeps warm this season by wrapping herself up in stuffed animals and throw rugs.

Veruschka keeps warm this season by wrapping herself up in stuffed animals and throw rugs.

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Shirley-Bassey-White-Fur-Gogo-BootsShirley Bassey goes winter white with terrific go-go boots.

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False lashes? Check. Glamour-Tip nails? Check. Roadkill? Check.

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What warms one best apres ski? Mulled wine and a terrific pair of shares.

What warms one best apres ski? Mulled wine and a woolen bathing cap.

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Love means never having to say you're freezing to death. It's all about the hat, Pretty.

Love means never having to say you’re freezing to death. (It’s all about the hat, Preppy.)

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This may surprise you, but this is warmer than it looks.

This may surprise you, but this is a bit warmer than it looks.

 

Aug 04, 2013 | 1:21 PM

How I Managed To Catch Some of Ziggy’s Stardust, Part 6

I was working happily away on my novel early one Sunday morning in July when Suzi  –who was visiting me for the weekend– came running into my kitchen shrieking, “Bob bloody Rock is going to listen to your album!!!”

IBob at the consolet wasn’t even seven yet: my first cup of coffee was still hot in my hand. I looked up wearily from my laptop and said, “Who?”

“Bob Rock!” Suzi shouted. “Do you know how big that is?”

It wasn’t even seven yet: my first cup of coffee was still hot in my hand. I looked up wearily frm my laptop and said, “Who?”

“Bob Rock!” Suzi shouted. “Do you know how big that is?”

I wracked my brains, unable to locate anyone in my mental Rolodex with that name. “Is he related to Mick Rock?” I ventured.

“You bloody imbecile.” Suzi’s face was a rhapsody of disbelief. “He’s only one of the biggest music producers in history.” (more…)

Jun 27, 2013 | 9:24 PM

How I Managed To Catch Some of Ziggy’s Stardust, Part 5

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Suzi drilling me on patter before I performed at Lincoln Center

I liked Suzi’s English accent and her straight –forward, confidant manner immediately. She also seemed to know a lot about the music business though, at the time, I had no idea who her husband had been or what kind of life she had once lead. “I love red hair,” I recall her saying. I’m sure I was polite enough to say, “thank you,” but I was too clueless to grasp the reference. (more…)

May 22, 2013 | 7:00 AM

How I Managed To Catch Some of Ziggy’s Stardust, Part 4

Mick got along so well with The Payola’s, he ended up touring with them. In between dates, he taught Bob Rock about production.

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Bob (center) with Mick (right)

Bob was an enthusiastic and talented student, and while The Payolas only put out a few more albums together with many years between each release, Bob’s engineering and producing talents launched him into the stratosphere of musical fame: Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, David Lee Roth, Cher, The Cult— Bob worked with everyone.

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May 06, 2013 | 10:53 AM

HOW I MANAGED TO CATCH SOME OF ZIGGY’S STARDUST (PART 2)

 

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David on the steps of his flat, 1972

Suzi arrived at the Bowie’s flat– grandly called Haddon Hall– late in the afternoon, and was greeted by a completely surprised Angie. Many long moments passed while Angie starred into Suzi’s eyes without any apparent recognition.

“I’ve come to do your perm,” Suzi finally prompted.

“Ah, yes,” Angie replied, still clearly confused.

Suzi followed her confused hostess into a palatial parlor, featuring a silver painted ceiling, royal blue walls and royal blue carpeting. Tea promptly arrived.

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David with long hair

“Be right back!” Angie said brightly.

She returned an hour later with David. (more…)

Apr 29, 2013 | 2:40 PM

How I Managed to Catch Some of Ziggy’s Stardust (Part 1)

This story doesn’t begin with me at all. It really begins with David Bowie. Actually, it begins with David’s mom.

Mrs. Jones

The year was 1971, when I was still in pampers, and one Margaret Mary Jones had a standing appointment at Evelyn Paget salon in Beckenham,  North West London, every Thursday at a quarter to five for a wash and set.

 

Her stylist was a tall, ambitious, twenty year old blonde named Suzi Fussey who had just come back from a year in America and was up on all the latest trends. (more…)

Mar 14, 2013 | 9:33 AM

Happy Head

Blame it on Billie Holiday. Blame it on Carmen Miranda. Blame it on my genetic code or my sun sign. Whatever the reason, I’ve never seen a hat or a flower or a feather headdress or even a bathing cap I haven’t wanted to slap on my head.

I just feel uplifted with something on my head, like a party is at hand. Or else, depending on the style of the hat (or flower or feather), I feel sophisticated, or like a spy, or like a Vegas showgirl with a super naughty past and a super exciting future ahead. Occasionally, I admit, I even feel like a princess.

If you’ve never put something on your head, I truly suggest you try it.

Let me know how it goes!

 

 

Feb 28, 2013 | 5:13 PM

Shiny New Website!

My darlings!

I’m beyond thrilled to announce the launch of my new website! I love my Facebook community so much, now we all have yet another place where we can hang out! I’ll be posting expanded stories, and sharing extra photos on my blog, and you should also check out the PHOTO and VIDEO pages for regular updates. Also, on the SHOWS page, you can find out where I’ll be performing next and get your tickets.

Have fun exploring and, please, as always, let me know what you think!

xo,
Isabel