GUEST POST: Alix from Modern Kiddo.
by my illustrious guest blogger comment

8/28/12

Hello friends. This is Alix from Modern Kiddo and I’m so thrilled to be popping in while the lovely Ms Victoria is on a much deserved vacation! As the last week of summer reaches its close, I’ve been thinking wistfully how I haven’t logged NEARLY enough pool hours. I don’t know about you, but I’m still craving ONE last day lounging with a fancy drink in hand. And when I think of the fabulous life in the sun, my mind always goes to Slim Aarons.

Are you familiar with photographer Slim Aarons? If you are, then you already know how he perfectly captured the jet setters of the 50s and 60s! If not, you’re in for a treat. His subjects ranged from Pucci-clad Italian princesses to WASPy American socialites. His photos have this amazing combination of day-in-the-life and other-worldliness. Of course his “day in the life” isn’t anything like my days, let me tell you! As Slim said himself, he photographed “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” His style is often imitated, but he was one of the first photographers who didn’t take stiff, formal portraits opting to photograph people in their natural habitat. Their very fabulous and glamorous natural habitat. Let’s pack our bags, and tag along for a day in the sun!

Two bikini-clad holidaymakers enjoy a glass of wine outside the Carlton Hotel, Cannes.” I like to think of myself as a holidaymaker.

All Photography: Slim Aarons.You can take a little slice of Slim’s sun-drenched days home with you in his books, Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time and Slim Aarons: A Place in the Sun.

I leave you with one last image…because really this is exactly how I envision Victoria taking her breakfast this week—in bed, with her monocle and a slice of melon. FABULOUS!

23 responses to “GUEST POST: Alix from Modern Kiddo.”

    • Love your site…. Thought you might like my book The JM Barrie Ladies Swimming Society…it will be published in US in December, already in UK. Visit my Facebook page the name of title,
      :)Barbara

      I’d love to send you an early copy to read if you!

  1. it’s been a dream of mine to own a photograph of his – there’s just something that defines the time but is also timeless. i’ve also always loved how he wasn’t afraid to showcase women of all different shapes, and women of all different shapes also don’t appear to be afraid of being showcased. i need to remember that more often.

  2. I LOVE Slim Aarons! I’ve been obsessed with vintage fashiony photography these days and loving him, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, and Clifford Coffin. Great photos!

    Maybe Victoria will share her morning melon monocle photo with us when she gets back. :)

  3. Oh The POOOLS. My parents house in the lovely San Fernando Valley, which I THINK was built in 1958, has a wonderful pool. It’s a whopping 10 ft deep, unheard of in modern pools AND it’s shaped like a sock/christmas stocking. Cracks me up daily.

    • Um, Susie…..you can’t just drop a little bomb like that on me without SHOWING ME THIS POOL! It sounds amazing!!!!!!!!! There is a awesome Slim Aarons photo of a woman in her pool and there is a huge xmas tree in the middle of the pool. I think your folks need that! (and i need to see this pool, lady!!)

  4. Oh Slim, you captured poolside glam so fabulously. I’m not sure if he ever photographed it, but the pool at The Raleigh in Miami Beach, made famous by Esther Williams, is my favorite.

    • OOH YES! That pool is TOTALLY amazing! I know he shot Esther Williams but not sure if it was at The Raleigh! Hmm….need to look into that!

  5. Could we talk about the kitty cat pool for a moment? First off, it’s a kitty cat! Secondly–are the eyes two swim up bars? J’adore!

    And I love the monocle for breakfast shot. I have been craving a monocle for ages–just so it could pop out when I am appalled/shocked at something! And this might just push me over the bridge to buying one!

  6. Alix! I missed your name at the top and was scrolling through, loving each photo more than the last and thinking “what an awesome collection!” Of course it was you – I was just thinking about you last night while I watched Candy Apples diss the Abby Lee “dance concert.” In my tap-dancing days, we called them recitals. XO Becky

    • hahaha Candy Apples are two words that never fail to make me crack up these days. So nice to see you! Yes, I was totally thrilled and honored to guest over here. It’s like when your glamorous friend in the cool loft lets you house sit for her!! xoxo

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