Month: March 2012

Birthday girl in white heaven…

Today, I’m turning 43 and I have to say that I’m happy…Not that it is my Birthday, I don’t really care (except when my family forgets about it but they didn’t…), no I’m happy because I feel good in my own skin and happy with what I have in my life. I live with the love of my life who not only I think, is good-looking but has great taste and showered me with beautiful gifts this morning from Mont Blanc and COS. I have a wonderful child who is becoming an amazing, funny and witty little person, a business that I’m passionate about. I have friends that I have known for 25 years and others that I only met online but who are very much present in my daily life. I have a first catalogue that received an Award early this week, a great team and people around me I enjoy working with.  I have still fire in my belly and the willingness to try things, take risk and I have decided that I …

Errm…I’ve just be blown away

This week has been incredibly busy (SS/12 catalogue to finish), amazing (yes we got ‘an Oscar’ for our Christmas catalogue) and well a bit stressful but tonight one thing stopped me in my track.One thing literally blew me away and skyrocket my inspiration level and it was, Desiree‘s post for Ikea Family Life.Not only she is the Queen of raviolis – last time I stayed with her, I couldn’t get enough of her cooking – but I’m loving her styling and I’m very much look forward to staying again in her gorgeous home later on this year.And can I just say that I think the clipboards she painted in black are a genius idea!Have a wonderful evening, be blown away by these stunning images and most importantly be inspired….Batgirl art print from BODIE and FOU Cette semaine a été mega busy (le catalogue Printemps Eté a finir), dingue (oui nous avons remporté ‘un Oscar’ pour notre premier catalogue) et bon un peu stress mais ce soir, il y a un truc qui m’a arreté net dans ma lancée.Une truc qui m’a vraiment plu et inspiré …

WE WON THE OSCARS!…

Well…almost. Last night, we won the ECMOD Direct Commerce Awards 2012 for the first BODIE and FOU mail order catalogue which is a bit like The Oscars of direct marketing and I can’t tell you how proud I am!In the run-up to the Awards, I was trying to convince myself that it was not a big deal if we won or not, but having attended a conference all day and feeling sick, I kind of figured out by the time I got home to get changed that it was actually a bigger deal than I wanted to admit it. Unlike the adorable Gwyneth, I didn’t get ready for the Awards with my buddy Cameron but I got some confident-boosting feedback from friends on Facebook (yes I know I look super stressed out…I was a bit nervous and late!) After trying five different dresses, I went for black cropped trousers from Zara, black high-heel from Country Road (gift from my kiwi Papa Noel), a pleated see-through top in cream from Reiss and a gorgeous clutch bag from Clare Vivier – chic …

I could/want to live there

I have been having a strong migraine since Wednesday evening and I could cry…well actually I did a bit this am, it was so painful. I don’t know if it was down to my Pilates session or a bug going around but whatever it is, I’m not a happy bunny. Over 24 hours is a very long time to have your head doing BABOUM BABOUM!Can someone give me a lift to this wonderful place to recover please… Photography by Tomaestudio via Wabisabi http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Self-portrait by F.A.B.

My brother François, who is shooting the BODIE and FOU SS/12 catalogue did these two self-portraits last Summer which I loved because he managed to create two complete different characters.The first one was shot in our Dad’s workshop and reminds me of Tchao Pantin {So Long, Stooge in English} with Coluche but I guess you need to be French to know what movie I’m talking about.The second one was shot in our Mum’s car. Anyway…François has been staying with us recently until he moves into his new pad next week and seeing the slow mail he was getting, I recently realised that cool his initials were…See… as he was the kid brother of the family, we all had a say in his name. Our Dad (Françis) was keen to have a name similar to him because he was the only son, our mum was in love with the name Baptiste and Elodie and I wanted to call him Adrian so in the end, he was called François, Adrien, Baptiste – F.A.B. Pretty cool isn’t it?! (C) Photo: François Kong Mon frère François, qui shoote le catalogue BODIE and FOU SS/12 a fait ces deux …

B&W Styling | ♥ ♥ ♥

I would love to attend this Styling Master Class at Beckmans with Emma and a few other friends. They have all done an amazing jobs in styling still life. They are all beautiful but my favourite are these three from Amanda Rodriguez, Anna Gorecki and Emma’s because of the contrast and the use of typography. I can’t wait to experiment Still Life styling but for the time being, I’m very excited to be working on the BODIE and FOU SS/12 catalogue. Styling for a catalogue is a bit different from styling practice or styling for a magazine as I have to use mostly products from the store to fit the story we are writing but then this gorgeous Only As print, Feathers print and Rabbit lamp look brilliant together, don’t they?!  The SS/12 catalogue will be very different from the first one but it’s going to be really, really nice! Photo: François Kong | Styling: Karine Kong {We have entered the fabulous MyDeco Independent Home Shop Award} Nominate BODIE and FOU as your favourite ever independent Home Shop and you could win £1000* to spend in …

Jamie Oliver’s 30-minute Spinach & Feta filo pie

Last weekend, we went to Bristol to celebrate Mother’s Day with our friends. While Mila was having the time of her life playing with 5-months old Isla, the boys were watching rugby, my friend Mandy fed me with this gorgeous Spinach & Feta filo which frankly was to die for. Apparently it is also really easy to make, still had a WOW factor and the taste was beyond this word…so here is the recipe for you my dear… SPINACH & FETA PIE  100g (3½oz) pinenuts 5 free range or organic eggs 300g (10½oz) feta cheese 50g (1¾oz) Cheddar cheese Dried oregano 1 lemon A knob of butter 400g (14oz) prewashed baby spinach  1 x 270g pack of filo pastry  Cayenne pepper  1 whole nutmeg Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Turn the oven on to 200C/ gas 6. Put a medium (approx 26cm/10½in diameter) ovenproof frying pan on a medium heat. Put the standard blade attachment in the food processor.  SPINACH & FETA PIE:   Put the pinenuts into the dry ovenproof frying pan to toast, tossing …

Do What You Think Is Right….

The launch of our new prints especially this one could not have come at a better time…This morning, we found out that we have been shortlisted for the ECMOD AWARDS with the first mail catalogue we launched last year. The ECMOD Awards are like the Oscars of direct marketing so a very, BIG deal for our little company. We’re going places people!! :-) I’m also totally in love with our new prints… Here is the Do what you think is right print below and I will show you how I styled the Only As print at the end of the week because tomorrow, I’m at a direct mail conference all day, learning how to be clever. Bises Photography: François Kong | Styling: Karine Kong Rabbit lamp | Batgirl print | MT masking tapes | Wooden stool Le lancement de ces nouvelles illustrations surtout celle-ci n’aurait pas pu mieux tomber… Ce matin, nous avons appris que nous avions été shortlisté pour les ECMOD AWARDS avec le premier catalogue que nous avions lancé l’année derniere. Les ECMOD Awards c’est un peu comme les Oscars du marketing direct donc un truc ENORME pour notre petite boite! :-) Et j’adore nos nouvelles illustrations… Voici la Do what you think is right ci-dessus et je …