This week’s frock is all 90s – which is where I think much of fashion is focusing on lately. This is Winona Ryder as Leilana Pierce in the always cool 90s indie flick Reality Bites (1994) directed by Ben Stiller. I fell in love with Ethan Hawke in this movie (who didn’t?) and although I was already a fan of Winona, her personal vintage inspired style shone through in this movie and has forever been an influence on many by showing us that a wardrobe filled with finds from ‘thrifting’ or ‘op-shopping’ was cool. Janeane Garofalo’s character Vicki was also deeply influence by the 70s and her wardrobe and her taste in music reflects that as part of her quirky character’s charm. I must also mention the soundtrack – it was on constant rotation in my home at the time and is still a firm fav.
Remember last month when I wrote about how full life was? Well, the fullness continues as we are in the middle of moving house and while we pack and clear out, deciding on what to keep, store and throw out, I am reminded of the yoga Yama of non-attachment – ‘aparigraha’. Aparigraha is the last of the five yamas (part of the Eight Limbs of Yoga), written down by Patanjali, author of the Yoga Sutras. Aparigraha also relates to ‘non-greed’ and ‘non-possessiveness’. These are very much in my awareness as we go through this move. The yamas (and niyamas) are essential yogic guidelines in which to live your life. This particular yama is about taking only what we need, keeping only what serves us right now and letting go when the time is right. I love this last part because letting go of our ‘stuff’ isn’t always easy and sometimes we find it easier to release it bit by bit, and not all at once. It is a fantastic feeling when you do decide to remove the attachment. With this move I have finally realised just how much stuff I have carried around with me since my early twenties as I’ve moved across the country and across oceans. I am astonished at my need to hold on to some things. As I have grown though, I now find it easier to remove the attachment and this time I have let go of more and more because every time I do, I know that it is a positive step to moving on to better and brighter things.
This is what happens when I haven’t blogged for ages and suddenly I have a heap I want to write about!
Have a wonderful weekend,
love & light,
Swimming in the ocean at sunset (or sunrise) is bliss…
for when the occasion calls for no sneakers…
for when it does…
just be yourself …
in love with this dreamy bedroom
This last pic of the thunderstorm and lightening is perfect because there’s a storm going on right now – serendipity!
love & light xo
Anna Cleveland in Elie Saab couture for Madame Figaro March 2015
I haven’t posted a frock for a while, but when I saw this earlier, it’s so beautiful, like Cinderella at the ball.
Tomorrow I am hanging out upside down at a yoga handstand workshop. After the week that’s been, I can’t wait to look at the world from a different perspective! You should try it some time
Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.
love & light xo
Everything was going so well – till it wasn’t. I was really beginning to find my groove as a yoga teacher. I was getting regular students to my classes and I was really starting to let my guard down and be myself, which felt rewarding and I was grateful. But in life, as we know, things change without warning and the past two weeks my teaching has been completely off. I felt like I was back a square one, I felt I had no idea what I was saying and to top it off, a fellow yogi from my teacher training course came along to class and it couldn’t have gone worse (except it always can, believe me). We had a good talk and laugh about it afterwards, she knows all too well how teaching can change from one class to the next, how one moment you’re feeling as if: “Yes! I am a yoga teacher!” and the next minute you’re all, “What the f*#% was that? I am the worst teacher ever!”
For a few days I let my thoughts wallow in self-pity. Which I knew was the worst thing I could do, so I was beating myself up about that too. I just couldn’t help myself. I felt very much like I was drowning in my own negative thoughts and I was beginning to question everything about my life – (insert verbal dribble here about my life – not going to actually do that because I don’t want to bore you!)
Then the full moon happened, I got sick, and serendipitously I got to spend an hour in deep conversation with a yoga and dance teacher who is also a single mum. Result? Boom! Clarity! Oh I love how the universe works! The answer of course is surrender, in yoga we know it as the fifth niyama – Ishvara Pranidhana. “Surrendering ourselves to something bigger than us – whether we call it God, nature, or the universe – is at the heart of ishvara pranidhana. We spend so much of the day in our own heads, listening to the endless chatter of our thoughts, and flitting from one worry the next. This pattern is so ingrained in us, but it’s almost always in an effort to control our circumstances and gauge how we’re doing. But relinquishing this control (or, as some would say, our false sense of control) to something bigger than ourselves is the goal.” Alice G. Walton, PhD (source).
Of course, I knew what I had to do all along – I just refused to see it. How easy it is to allow the drama of life to take control of our thoughts. Let that shit go Heidi! Isn’t that the mantra I’m always banging on about? Why yes it is!! Nothing stays the same forever, life is in a constant state of flux is it not? The key is to notice when we’re holding on too tight, to let go and breathe through it.
love & light xo
(images from Pinterest)
When I woke up this morning to the sound of torrential rain, I felt grateful! I used to get annoyed by the rain, especially when it rains for days on end, which it can do here where I live during the wet season. These days, I’m not so bothered by the rain. Since we moved into a house that has water tanks, my attitude has changed and I am now much more grateful for the rain as I am much more aware of how precious water is. This type of weather makes us slow down, in fact, it can even make us stop all together, which is something very rare today. Life is so full (I’m determined to not use the word busy here) that we move from one day to the next, one task to another without giving much notice to, or appreciating each task as it gets ticked off our list. So how do we go about crossing tasks off our lists mindfully? It’s days like today when we are forced to stop that I think, can go a long way to helping us be more mindful about our everyday activities, and as a yogini, it always begins with the breath! Take a deep breath in and long breath out – this simple act brings us directly to the present moment.
When do we ever have one of those days where get to do absolutely nothing? As adults (and especially us mothers), those days are usually reserved only for when we are too sick to get out of bed. However, today is one of those rare days when it is ok to do absolutely nothing! There is a cyclone currently hitting the Capricorn coast off Queensland, and the fallout of torrential rain and lots of it, means that we are all house bound. Even if we wanted to go out, we’ve been advised to stay inside. The road we live along floods, and so we are unable to go anywhere. In fact, it floods on many roads around my little town, I know that my best friend Kirsty is stuck at home because of flooded roads, and my parents are flooded in at their place also. Both of which live at least ten minutes drive in opposite directions from me. To say that it is wet here is an understatement! This type of rain in a humid, tropical environment makes everything in the house damp and mouldy. Paper is swelling with dampness, the wooden floors have a layer of moisture on them and there are little puddles here and there through out the house, the source of which is inexplicable. We have the air conditioners on the dry setting to help remove the humidity from the air and I’ve got my oil burner on so the house smells like lavender and rosemary instead of the damp. Days like these don’t come along too often and so I don’t feel guilty that it took me till 9am to get out of my pjs. I don’t feel guilty that I’ve read a book, played on my iPad, helped Annabel make lip balm and watched a movie with my girls all before lunch and I don’t feel guilty that when I’ve finished writing this blog, I’m going to make myself a cup of tea, a big pile of popcorn and watch another movie because when in the world will I get this chance again? I’ve got the whole rest of the weekend to do housework and whatever else so today is a day of play and I love it! I may even be inspired to do get on my mat later for some yoga! Gratitude helps me to stay mindful and being mindful helps me to be grateful. I love that.
To anyone caught in a storm right now, stay safe and warm and remember, this too shall pass.
love & light,
Sofia Coppola has long since been a reference of style for me. Her subtle, elegant and effortless ease with how she dresses has always drawn my eye. I’ve been collecting images of her from way back, focusing on her style in one of my first Stylish Girl blogs back in 2009. I have been a fan of hers since her roles in her Dad Francis’s films Peggy Sue Got Married and The Godfather III. When she began to direct her own movies, my favourite being Lost in Translation, I’ve always felt she takes a delicate approach to her direction, which is distinctively Sofia. Some people have a way of allowing their style to infiltrate all that they do and Sofia is one of those people. Everything she turns her hand to is distinctively Sofia. The way she builds a character, to the way the camera pans the scene, to the music choices of the soundtrack, for me, there is always a reflection on her personal style – reflected in the cut of her clothes, the choice of colour or prints she wears, to the leather goods she designs for Louis Vuitton. All Sofia. Don’t you just love her?
So of course, this week’s frock Friday is dedicated to the one and only Sofia Coppola. Enjoy!
love & light,
The spring Haute Couture shows are on in Paris right now. These collections are always something I take an interest in because I’m always in awe of the artistry that goes in to a couture collection. From the minds of great designers, and expertly articulated through the fingertips of the highly skilled artisans who put the finished gown together, so it can be sashayed, ever so beautifully down the runway. In my mind, the Haute Couture collections are the most important shows because they are the yard stick to which everything else in fashion that season is measured. Their influence is far reaching, from the ready-to-wear collections, the high street stores, down to the mass produced chain stores like Target, etc. Trends are constantly changing and it’s so easy to fall into the trap of buying what’s considered hot and happening every time you walk into a store. It is no longer seasonal, even though it is still defined as such by the designers designated seasonal collections. Trends outlive seasons because they are a constant movement, an ever changing, living and breathing part of what makes up style, the other side of fashion. Thankfully, the influence of the haute couture is not fast moving, but long and slow and if you pay any attention to street style, you will notice the effects of the couture shows, long after the next collection has hit the runway.
Valentino is always one of my favourites and looking at these frocks, how can you not appreciate their beauty? Moving art, wearable art, oh how divine would it be to actually get to wear one of these exquisite gowns? Dream, dream, dream Heidi… I’ve just notice the shoes on the blue gown above, the one which looks like it has a kite on the bodice. I’d like to see more of those shoes, wouldn’t you? Notice how many of the shoes on the audience are sneakers? I just thought it was interesting to point out, gave me a giggle anyway.
Here’s to a wonderful day, or sweet dreams to you – depending on which part of the world you’re reading this.
love & light, Heidi xo
Lily Aldridge in a frock by Gucci, photographed by Derek Kettela for Glamour France, July 2014.
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.”… I wonder if Shakespeare would have compared his love to a summer’s day had he ever lived through an Australian summer? No, I’m not going to complain about the weather, but I will say this – dressing for humid temperatures in business attire is giving me loads of opportunity to put my past styling skills to the test. I’m loving spending more time scouring the op-shops (aka thrift shops) for work clothes. It’s been so much fun, I’ve even made a game of it – I use the last 5 minutes of my lunch break to find something for $5 – I call it speed-shopping! Last weekend I went through every wardrobe in the house and I found a fab Marc Jacobs frock in a garment bag at the back of my wardrobe. As it was pouring rain today, I spent this afternoon watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Annabel and putting new buttons on it, and it’s now ready to go! Don’t you just love making something old look new again?
Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!
love & light
Glamour France, July 2014
Photographed by Derek Kettela
Styled by Norah Bordjah
Hair by Andre Gunn
Make-up by Valery Gherman
Gisele Bundchen lounges seductively for the camera in this meadow-flower adorned Louis Vuitton frock. The floor-length silk-chiffon empire line frock designed by Marc Jacobs goes so well with the Martin Margiela graffiti trainers – you know how I love it when stylists pair couture with runners! This image is from “The Long Story” shot by Corinne Day for Vogue UK, June 2002 and was styled by the irrepressible Kate Phelan.
As we settle into the New Year with ease and grace, have you kept to your intentions or resolutions so far? I have committed to 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene to get me back in the swing of my practice. I didn’t really let go of my daily practice over the Christmas break, but I felt it was a good opportunity to encourage myself (and others I hope!) to focus on a daily session with someone else guiding me to keep me headed in the right direction… I am working on keeping my authentic self at the forefront and I believe that showing up on the mat every single day for 30 days will contribute to achieving this goal. I’ll keep you posted!
love & light xo
The New Year is a fantastic time for setting an intent to make change or to set goals. True, you could do this at any time of the year, but there is something to be said for the power of a fresh start from January 1st. For the last few years, my husband and I have made a short list of mutual goals, made up simply of things we hope to achieve as a family throughout the year. On top of that we have both set our own personal goal for the year and it turns out they are very similar. Which is kind of nice, because if one of us is struggling, hopefully the other person will pick up on it and be there to offer support. We can learn from each other and offer advice too.
I know what your thinking though. You’re thinking, hmm, these goals sound a lot like “resolutions”, but I believe there is a difference! While a “resolution” may have been made with the best of intentions at the time, they usually end up failing due to the fact that it was probably unrealistic to begin with. Seriously! You know what I’m talk about! Setting an intention for change has a naturally positive connotation. I think the key to success with any change or goal is to be unwavering in your pursuit, to openly talk about your goal, to examine your fear, break it down and push through it and most importantly, to not give up on yourself if you have a set back. Be kind and loving to yourself. Brush yourself off and get back on that horse! You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.
Wishing you a happy New Year and thank you for stopping by, for reading and for your comments and support over the last year. It’s why I keep doing what I do. May your year be filled with lots of love, joy, abundance, fantastic opportunities, hope, good health and prosperity.
love & light xo