Friday, April 30, 2010

A Little Conversation with Dear Jenny Christina Tallberg!

I've known Jenny for about 4 years now. She was designing prints for a Swedish designer and I was styling the fashion show. We met, she showed me her portfolio and I fell in love...!!! She then interned with me in Stockholm which was one of my most wonderful times in Stockholm, to have this Wonderful girl around...Every Day:) We have too created 2 stories together, Tragic Poetry and Alice in Wonderland. Hope you enjoy this interview! I did tremendously.

Dear Jenny:

Lovely to have you here at my Alice place:)

Full Name: Jenny Christina Tallberg

Occupation: Freelance designer/illustrator

Current Location: Como, Italy

1 Please tell us about where you grew up and how your surroundings as a child/ teen was!

I grew up in different places, different spots in Finland, England, Norway and Denmark…we moved around a lot when I was young because of my dads job. I have 2 older sisters and 2 younger brothers so I just remember we used to play a lot! My mom always thought imagination was important and we would never dare say we were bored because she used to say only boring people get bored! So we would always think of something to do. The horror was to be boring!

2 What were your aspirations?

When I was very small I wanted to sell flowers, I loved them so much! Then when I got a bit older I wanted to become an astronomer because I loved stars&planets&the mysteries beyond… I liked to read about the solar system&dark holes…I even bought a telescope! But I was too afraid to go outside in the dark, so I actually never used it& sold it after a while! After that I wanted to be an artist, to create things!

3 What did you spend most of your free time doing (after school and such)?

Playing, daydreaming and drawing.

4 What made you want to be when you were little? And later on, what made you decide wanting to be an Illustrator?

I feel like I never really decided…it just kind of naturally happened. I was studying fashion design in finland but would always focus most on the designing, on the drawings…I feel comfortable there and I always trust to my instincts.

5 Where did you study? Did you study Art/ Illustration?

I studied a whole bunch of things, I am interested in so much! I studied traditional Art with painting, ceramics the whole lot and those days were so happy, I felt so free, there was so much fun! Then I studied a year of new media, which I also liked, programs I learned there included making basic animations and photoshop…that was cool too. I liked to combine my drawings with the computer. I went on to study fashion design and that was actually very hard and demanding. It was physically and emotionally draining. But I am very thankful that I did it because through it I worked really hard and developed the style I have today. There were also fun moments and most definately fun people!

6 How is Italy treating you?

It is different. Sometimes it treats me very well and sometimes it eats me up.

7 What inspires you? What are you passionate about?

This might sound corny, but almost everything inspires me. Anything can be inspirational if you think about it in a different way. I like positivity but then the occasional negativity can really make you laugh! I am passionate about creating, having fun and relaxing. I am passionate about animal welfare, people, life and the planet.

8 As an up and coming artist, what are your visions and dreams?

I just want to make a living out of what I like to do, have a fiat 500 with fake leopard printed seats, great friends who I can laugh with and have a very big garden. I wish there would be more recycled clothes and only organic cotton! and no real fur anywhere!

9 Any fears?

yes. But I try not to think about them! My mom has told me about The Secret and I do not want to attract my fears..

I have read that book, I even own the video. It's Wonderful. So no, don't attract fears:)

10 Who do you most admire? and why?

That’s hard. I admire lots of people in different ways, some for their strength, some for their spirit, some for their talent, some for their ability to stay the same, some for their ability to change, I could go on and on, I cannot say an actual name because there are so many. But I admire kind people.

11 Any guilty pleasures? Secret Talents that I am not aware of (except being Wonderful of course..)?

Hahah! Well, I like to play poker Texas Hold’em&the lottery! Also I am pretty good at guessing how movies will end. And the pride & joy I can sing lots of schnapps songs in Swedish!

ohlalala!!! WHen I see you next time, You Have to teach me the Texas thing.

12 Your Favorites!

Designer: Francesco Scognamiglio

Illustrator: Elsa Beskow

Film: Some like it Hot with Marilyn Monroe and Foul Play with Goldie Hawn/Chevy Chase

Director: Nagi Noda

Color: Candy pink or black

Song: Shine on you crazy diamond by Pink Floyd

Band: Dire straits

City: Helsinki

Stylist (hint hint..)!: Hahah, You, of course!!

Thanks my dear..... I don't think you dared say anything else;)

Photographer: Wendy Bevan and Ellen Rogers

Artist: Vincent Van Gogh and Peter Callesen

Book: “Freedom Is” by Brandon Bays

13 What are your plans for the near future?

Working on new stuff with new people! I usually don’t make plans, I do things impulsively 8-)

14 Where can we see your works?


Love You Too/xxx


My Dear: Thanks So Much for your Time and can't wait for you to move to London!!!

Lindha Marina Portman

Diary 25: Yesterday!

Started with a lovely walk where I stumbled upon these tiny ducks following their mother:) So beautiful. Then off to see Victoria Beckham's beautiful Fall collection at the Savile Club, my Absolute Favorite that I fell in love with was the golden dress. Urban Outfitters had too its press day yesterday so I went to that as well, wonderfully granny eclectic with touches of romance was the pieces I fell for. The outfit(dress with matching coat) with the mushroom print is by my dear Bin Bin of TBA. Afterwards some food at the Beautiful V&A's cafe. I too picked up my first ever prints of my Diana camera..!! I get to that later.

Me in a wonderful Ida Sjostedt dress, Primark denim jacket and flats, and my dear Gucci bag.

(Image 6-7 Victoria Beckham's fall pieces. 8-11 Urban Outfitters clothing.)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I LOVE....Ellen Rogers

She is my Love! Soon she will be All of Our Loves because the Talent of hers is Endless.

Here are some more images created by her.

Here's to you Dear Ellen.

lindha marina jacobsson portman sagum

Hope Atherton

This artist is a style icon in my eyes. I had the pleasure of styling her for Billy Norwich's Style and Entertainment ca 2003. She is wearing a Vivienne Westwood gown. Polaroid taken by me in her wonderful apartment.


The 60's and 70's = LOVE

(images from tfs)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More of my work!

Linda Marina Portman

Some here are never seen before. Old and New work of mine.
1 Emma K at IMG shot by Martina Olsson
2 Josefin at Elite Stockholm shot by Jon Bergman
3 Elsa Sylvan at Mikas shot by Jenny Lexander
4 Siri at Mikas shot by Martina olsson
5 Julia S at mandpmodels shot by Saga Sig
6 Helena S at Stockholmsgruppen shot by Martina Olsson
7 Astrid at FM Agency shot by Jeremy Rice
Linda Marina

Monday, April 26, 2010

Me in Marie Claire Turkey

I am accompanied by some wonderfully talented and interesting people: The Fashion Squad, The Sartorialist, Bryanboy, Garance Dore, Tommy Ton and Susie Bubble.

The dress I am wearing is by PPQ and it's a self portrait. The illustrated version is created by Polina Barsky! Mine and Polina's work together with Linda Portman Sagum can be viewed HERE.

I don't understand one word of what it says, so for you I am including my interview in english.


Marie Claire: How and when did you start to blog?
Alice Saga: I started my blog in June of 2006. I had just moved home to Sweden after 8 years in New York. A new era of my life was taking place and I felt a need for an outlet to document it. It was all so exciting to be back in Europe. I wanted to share all the inspirations I found basically everywhere.

I've always loved Alice in Wonderland and the world of hers. My former supervisor actually used to call me Alice since I reminded her of this girl in Wonderland. A bit of nostalgia for what I had left behind and what was to come was my reason to name my blog Alice in Wonderland. I was ready for Adventures.

Can you tell us about yourself? How old are you, your education, your interests?
I grew up in a small town in Sweden called Uddevalla. For as long as I can remember I felt that I needed to be someplace else.

In 2006 I moved to New York to go to school. I studied Fashion Marketing Merchandising and while in my 3rd year, I started to Intern at a very well known newspaper and in its fashion department as a Fashion Associate. I stayed in this fashion department for 6 years before moving back to Sweden to start freelance as a fashion stylist.

Since May of 2009 I live in London which is Wonderful.

I love (in no particular order): Reading books and magazines, going to museums and galleries, movies, photography, fashion..., taking long walks while listening to music, dance, exploring, working with other creatives, having a glass of wine with friends having discussions, painting, romance, fairytales and unicorns, magic, coffee, New York, being in love...!

Do you think that the blogs will affect (or may destroy) the sales of the fashion magazines?
I think that the two mediums will complement each other.. A magazine is something that one can touch, smell and treasure, and the blog is in the moment. We need both. Personally I am a fashion magazine addict, I just Love to touch a page, flip the page, sit at a cafe and read them, tear out inspirations from them..!

When movies came about people did not stop going to the theater.

What kind of people follow your blog? To whom do you appeal to?
The ones who searches for magic and beauty in everyday life. Too the ones who are interested in behind the scenes of someone working in the fashion industry.

Which blogs and web sites do you follow?
The Fashion Spot is the main site I go into every day. I subscribe to a lot of models, photographers and magazine threads there for inspiration.
Nio till Fem:
Lula's Scrapbook:
Purple Diary:
Business of Fashion:
I follow various bloggers on Tumblr! Mine is:
Herald Tribune:
The New Yorker:

How do you keep up with updating your own blog? What kind of things give you ideas and inspiration?
I update as I find ideas/ inspiration.
Inspirations are given to my when I prepp for shoots, when I read magazines/ newspapers, when pr's email me news about events, prodcuts etc. Showroom appointments and fashion shows is wonderful. My creative friends fills me with inspiration and aspirations.

Which fashion designers do you like? Who influence you most?
My number 1 is Marc Jacobs. It has to do with the way he works with his teams (they all stay for a very long time) and the teams he chooses to work with; together with a talent that is beyond me. His collections are not egotistical, they are not self serving. It's to give us, the audience and ultimately the buyers, what we want. We all want to look pretty.

Alexander McQueen, Chanel, John Galliano and Miu Miu are the shows I long for each season.

I to adore: Charles Anastase, Comme des Garcons, Lanvin, Louise Goldin, Oscar de la Renta and TAO.

What is your first impression about the new collections? (ss 2010)
Pastels. Print on Print. Geisha-circus-mermaid-pajamas-ballet class. Girly yet Granny!

If you have to define fashion in one word, what would you say?

Sketchbook Issue 2

My sister's story, Eloise, is published as second time around:) To view the complete story of Eloise, go HERE.

The complete issue is Wonderful! To buy it, go HERE.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I LOVE...Mr. Newton's Street Style Blog

Mr. Newton!


Inspiration Now: Mademoiselle

as illustrated by Helen Jameson Hall.
(source: Condenast)

Saturday, April 24, 2010