Sharing the LOVE: Around the World

'Odalisque in Red Jacket'
by Henri Matisse, 1927

I have decided to jump right in and tell you about something new on the blog. I am going to create a series of posts entitled 'Sharing the LOVE'. Within these posts I will be sharing the love for..well...everything. Call it a few of my favourite's that I think you will like too. The timing is right with the holidays just around the corner and I always say there is no time like the present.

Shall we get started?


I think the very first movie that ever moved me to tears in both emotion and beauty was the 1965 movie, Doctor Zhivago. Who can forget the love between Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif) and Lara Guishar (Julie Christie)...and the snow and more snow at the caretakers cottage on the Varykino estate....and the bus scene in Moscow..sigh.

Varykino Estate in Doctor Zhivago via

and then there was the hat and the coat 
and Julie Christie of course...
who I admire as much today as I did back then. 

But let's get back to the hat.. 
the fur hat to be exact. 
You can see it below and in motion here.

Julie Christie in Dr. Zhivago.. via

Fast forward fifty years, from 1965 to 2015 and we have a faux fur hat which I am loving as much as the one that Julie Christie wore all those years ago. Ok..maybe I love Julie's slightly more for nostalgia's sake but I would not say no to Ralph Lauren (faux) Shearling Trapper Hat...all $1500.00 of it.

Ralph Lauren Fall 2015 Campaign
Photographed by Jimmy Nelson 

It's LOVE...
I am also thinking this hat would go the distance, 
through the years, in the city and country, 
for women of all ages.
I think I could even grow 
to love 'hat hair' with this hat. 

The bigger the better...I just LOVE it
and I think Julie would too.

Ralph Lauren Fall 2015 Shearling Trapper hat

If you are sharing the love for the hat
but not the price (like me)...
you can try a few of the following sites.
You just might find one to LOVE. 


My wrap...from Catherine Robinson Cashmere

I discovered Catherine Robinson and her beautiful cashmere products a few years ago, just about the time we moved from England to Vietnam. As you can imagine, cashmere in the tropics isn't exactly the perfect fit..until now. There's a nip in the air at Tahilla Farm and in 14 days I will be feeling it. 

On a recent trip to London, Mr. H managed to work in another surprise and purchased the wrap above for my birthday. Seems the constant stream of emails I sent his way with links to Catherine's website worked. 

It's a beauty, the color is soft navy and the size (286cm x 11cm, 105in  x 39 in) allows you to wrap and wrap again and so much more. The good news is that Catherine ships via Royal Mail, all around the world. If you are feeling the LOVE, see the details below.

Check out Catherine's beautiful
If you are interested in the soft navy wrap above, check it out here. more thing!
 There is some serious LOVE going on for 
Catherine's new CASHMERE ROBE in Grey Pearl.
Hint.. Hint...Mr. H.

Catherine Robinson Cashmere Robe


I should probably stop here...but I won't because the Italian leather bags designed by Sabine Spanjer and Kika Vliegenthart in Brooklyn, New York...are bags to LOVE.  Together, they created, KikaNY, making traditional European artisanal bags (totes, backpacks and weekenders) and small leather goods with a twist. I came across KikiNY in the New York Times, you can read the story behind the brand here

The 48 Hour Bag by KikaNY

Tough decision...

Need I say more...
it's LOVE

Shearling hats, cashmere wraps and Italian Leather bags, 
you might wonder what more this is to LOVE. 

But I do not want to get ahead of myself
and have you overdose on LOVE. 
I will share one more today, 
one that I posted on my Vietnam Blog,
Expat Diary: Viet Nam
where I am sharing the LOVE for
100% buffalo horn jewellery 
made by Pauline Portheine of Aziet Saigon.

Sharing the LOVE...on Expat Diary: Viet Namhere

How did we do? 
We travelled to Russia with Lara and Yuri, 
London to visit Catherine, 
Brooklyn to meet Kika and Sabine
and Vietnam to meet Pauline.

I LOVE introducing people.
I hope you find something here that you like,
if not, stay tuned, maybe next time!

Best wishes for a wonderful week!

Jeanne xx

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