the mendles

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I must say I find that girl utterly delightful. Flat as a board, enormous birthmark in the shape of Mexico over half her face, sweating for hours on end in that sweltering kitchen while Mendl (genius though he is) looms over her like a hulking gorilla - yet without question, without fail, always, and invariably: she’s exceedingly lovely. Why? Because of her purity.

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“I must say, I find that girl utterly delightful. Flat as a board, enormous birthmark the shape of Mexico over half her face, sweating for hours on end in that sweltering kitchen, while Mendl, genius though he is, looms over her like a hulking gorilla. Yet without question, without fail, always and invariably, she’s exceedingly lovely.”

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) dir. Wes Anderson

“I must say, I find that girl utterly delightful. Flat as a board, enormous birthmark the shape of Mexico over half her face, sweating for hours on end in that sweltering kitchen, while Mendl, genius though he is, looms over her like a hulking gorilla. Yet without question, without fail, always and invariably, she’s exceedingly lovely.”

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How to make the pastries from The Grand Budapest Hotel. The video was released by the movie studio so it must be accurate!

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   “You don’t smell like roses anymore,” he said, then wanted to kick himself. He shouldn’t be noticing her scent.
   “I probably smell like boat.”
   No, she smelled sweet, perfect like … “Toffee?”
   Her eyes slid away guiltily. “Kaz said to pack what we needed for the journey. A girl has to eat.” She reached into her pocket and drew out a bag of toffees. “Want one?”

   Yes. “No.”
   She shrugged and popped one in her mouth. Her eyes rolled back, and she sighed happily. “So good.”

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A rare and important Elsa Schiaparelli ‘Hall of Mirrors’ jacket, 'Zodiac’ collection, Autumn-Winter, 1938-39,

Black silk velvet with shirred gathered panels over the shoulders, the front applied with baroque gilt strip cartouches, the strapwork in-filled with sequins in varying sizes, the centres with mirror mosaics held in place with gilt star-shaped glass studs, with four figurative moulded composition buttons, the neo-classical style heads with flowing tresses. 

This is arguably one of the most dazzling of all Schiaparelli’s creations. Her 'Zodiac’ collection, presented in August 1938, drew on two main themes - astrology and the magnificence of the Palace of Versailles. The seventeen massive archways of the Galerie des Glaces, each filled with twenty one mirrors, must have been the inspiration for the jacket decoration. Schiaparelli was a frequent visitor to Versailles where her friend Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), the celebrated American interior designer, had made her home at the Villa Trianon in the grounds.