Long live Haute Couture!

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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.

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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

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Give a frock Friday

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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

Heidi xo

 

Photo Credits:

Glamour France, July 2014

Photographed by Derek Kettela

Styled by Norah Bordjah

Hair by Andre Gunn

Make-up by Valery Gherman

Give a frock Friday

6f698f40795314ab3c089995fc6fe575Gisele 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

Good Intent

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

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Give a frock Friday

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Kate Moss in a polka dot frock by Oscar de la Renta, photographed by Bruce Weber for Vogue, November 2006.

There’s so much to do these next two weeks as we prepare for our family road-trip south to Adelaide. We decided that it would be more fun to drive across three states to visit family for Christmas than to fly there. As the girls get more fractious as the end of the school year draws closer, I’m beginning to doubt our decision! I’ve been online looking for helpful road trip tips because I have vivid memories of my own road trips as a child, and while fun, there was also a lot of time spent fighting with my brother, hitting, pinching, picking on each other and doing our best to ignore each other while being stuck in the same car together less than a metre apart for hours on end! We had our headphones that we shared so we could listen to music, and eventually I even got my own ‘Walkman’. These days of course it’s a challenge to keep the kids from watching endless DVDs and playing games on their iPads. I have a plan though, which is to stop every two hours, get out of the car, do some yoga, throw a ball around with each other and get the blood moving about the body. That’s the plan anyway. I also plan to do a heap of baking so we have healthy snacks and don’t fill up on petrol station stodgy food and sugary treats. Again, this is my plan. Being on the road though, things are subject to change without notice!

Tonight it’s my first book club meeting since I quit while studying yoga teacher training, I’m so excited I get to be apart of book club again! I love this time of the year. It’s always crazy busy, but I think the Christmas carols in the stores and the twinkle lights everywhere help me get through it.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you  are.

love & light xo

 

Interiors: a dreamy Brooklyn townhouse

The interior of this Brooklyn townhouse is so beautiful, my eyes can’t seem to settle on any one thing in particular, it’s filled with so many interesting details.

brooklyn_townhouse_living_roomI have always adored fireplaces, even when not being put to use, they make great storage for dried flowers or books, and mantlepieces make such great places for highlighting favourite trinkets and huge mirrors like this one above. The decoration is simple, erring on the masculine, with a touch of french country, and maybe a hint of gothic. The standing lamp in the right corner is heaven. I have one similar in my living room, I’ve dragged with around for years as I’ve moved interstate and overseas and back again. It’s so easy to update with a fab new shade. Have I mentioned the leather chairs yet?

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The same room from a different angle gives us a view of the sideboard along the wall. Side boards are great for storing all that hardly ever used stuff like platters and heirlooms such as your grandmother’s crystal champagne glasses and much like mantle pieces, they also make great places to display collected wares and favourite things.

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Case in point – the owner of this townhouse obviously has a thing for candlesticks, and it’s a pretty impressive collection. Lovely lilacs in the vase balance the candlesticks nicely.

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How amazing is this room? The twig and floral theme is prevalent throughout the townhouse. We can see more candlesticks on the little table here too. I think I could sleep quite soundly here yes.

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Now, this is a room made for sleeping, yes indeed. Four-poster bed with extra soft pillows, dark painted walls for long, deep sleeps, oh yes, definitely made for snoozing. Love the chest of drawers and the set of botanical prints on the wall.

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This bathroom leads of the first bedroom with the stunning wallpaper. I think it would be just like sleeping in a woodland. There’s nothing like a classic claw-foot bath is there? The exposed pipes just add to the old-world charm. When can I move in?

love & light xo

Credits: interior design, photos

Give a frock Friday

Heather-Elle-Russia-December-2014-2This beautifully flowing frock is from a stunning editorial for Elle Russia’s December 2014 issue. Canadian model Heather Marks was photographed in winter inspired fashions by Xavi Gordo. Click through the image for more.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.

love & light xo

 

model: heather marks (women)
photographer: xavi gordo
stylist: anna artamonova
hair and make-up: paco garrigues (talents)

Source: Visual Optimism

Heels versus Comfort

Since starting my new day job last week, I’ve quickly had to adjust from years of wearing my beloved Birkenstocks to more business oriented heels. Ok, yes they look good, but my feet were simply not born to wear heels. I have broad feet, a small bunion, which is a hangover from my ballet days, and since all this yoga, I now walk much more grounded, and so my feet have broadened. I do own heels, and they are carefully and lovingly wrapped in tissue paper and stored in the boxes in which they were purchased. Only the chosen few have been worn at all for some time, that is, until last week.  Since then, my feet have, bless them, begun to slowly adjust to the daily torture, and I now no longer need all the bandaids and sticky aids to prevent my feet from rubbing. Only the bunion protector remains, which I feel will stay for some time. Frankly I just don’t care if it looks funny, comfort is key. I do sometimes think of winter when I can wear my boots – way more comfortable! Summer is just beginning here however…

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My most favourite heels from my wardrobe. Shocked that they’re seeing the light of day.

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What I would like to be wearing to work these days.

Carrie Bradshaw of Sex & the City, my I Ching, she often refers to her love of wearing heels, in fact, she is often seen running down the street in a pair. How does she do it? Is it because she’s petite and her centre of gravity is lower to the ground? And so I put this question to you dear readers because I sincerely want to know, are there women out there that truly find heels comfortable? Because if so, I want to know what you are wearing, what is your go-to comfortable heel? I’ve done some research and it is my theory that I should be buying and wearing anything with a kitten heel because it is my mission is to find a pair of heels that pass for office stylish but have the fit and comfort of either a Birkenstock, sneaker or my slippers. Too hard to achieve? Maybe so, but I will say this, Stella McCartney, bless her, has indeed designed a heel that looks very much like a Birkenstock. Picture for you below.

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Stella McCartney heels, these look very influence by the Birkenstock, yes?

Even though I live on the coast where dress standards are shall we say, relaxed, I don’t think I would get away with this in my new office. Just saying.

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Emmanuelle Alt. I love that she doesn’t give a stuff and wears her stock-standard black kitten heels everywhere. The woman obviously values comfort above all. She certainly can rock a pair of jeans and a blazer though.

So please let me know the answer to my question, please leave a comment and let me know if you feel the same way as I do about heels, or even better, if you have a solution to my problem. Or even simply if you have any advice on what style of shoe I should buy. I await your replies!

love & light xo

 

Give a frock Friday

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In memory of Oscar de la Renta, who sadly passed away late last month. He was the frock master, the go-to couturier for a fabulous event frock. Think Carrie in Sex & the City, the pretty pink frock The Russian gifted her for their date to the Met. In stead, I’ve chosen this flamenco inspired frock for today’s post, worn here by model Angela Lindvall and photographed by Arthur Elgort. Oscar was influential in dressing many of Hollywood’s leading ladies, and also the odd White House first lady. “My job as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best.” He will be missed.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo

Badda bing badda boom

Where do I begin? Since graduating from yoga teacher training earlier this month, so much has happened!

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I’ve been teaching a class at a local studio once a week, which is going great. I started teaching a friend in the park on Friday mornings before work too. It gives me the opportunity to work on my alignment cues and my friend gets a yoga class in that she wouldn’t otherwise have time to go to. We meet at our local park at 6am and an hour later we part and get ready to go to work. This week though hubby and I are off to Byron Bay for a long weekend! It’s been too many years to count between romantic weekends for us, and to say I’m excited is an understatement. We checked the weather this morning and decided it didn’t matter what the weather decided to do – we are on holiday, who cares?!

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So other news is I’ve found a fabulous new job and so I finally (FINALLY!) have quit the day job I’ve been slogging my ass off at for the past couple of years and I now get to sit in air conditioned comfort, I get a lunch break (what the ** is a lunch break?) and it’s only ten short minutes from home – woot! The universe works quickly, it all happened so fast, when change happens, it doesn’t mess about. I’ve got six delicious days off until I begin my new day job and until then, I get to hang out on one of the world’s best beaches in Byron Bay, potter about local farmer’s markets in and around the area, sleep-in, go to yoga classes and laze around with my man and all with absolutely no feelings of guilt whatsoever!

In the mean time I’ve been working on a business name and logo for my yoga business, getting registered with Yoga Australia, insured and all the other paper work that goes along with teaching yoga. Phew! Next is a website and who know’s what will happen. It’s a matter of trust. Let go, and see what happens!

love & light xo

 

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