Give a frock Friday

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This beautiful embroidered tulle and lace Valentino frock worn by Alana Zimmer was photographed by Liz Collins for Harper’s Bazaar March 2014 issue. The editorial looks like it could have been shot on a private farm maybe in England or maybe South Africa? South Africa is the obvious choice, but the house in one of the images looks very English, so your guess is as good as mine. I love the idea of a pet Giraffe though, don’t you? Click through the image to view more from this delightful editorial.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.

love & light xo

 

 

 

model: alana zimmer (elite)
photographer: liz collins (dandv)
stylist: leith clark (dandv)
hair: seb bascle (artlist)
make-up: polly osmond (dandv)

From the mat… Yoga Rejuvenates

tumblr_narysxhHQ71rz5ibwo1_500If you practice yoga regularly then you will already know the powerful rejuvenating effect yoga has on your body, mind and spirit. Even now I am still astounded by its power. Most of us come home after work feeling physically and mentally drained. We go through the motions of making dinner (or ordering in), crashing on the couch and zoning out to the tv. My day job often leaves me feeling utterly exhausted, after which I get to be Mama to my girls and do what most Mamas do, and if I’m lucky, once a week I get to drive 30 minutes into the sunset to the yoga temple to attend class with my amazing teacher Adam. It is also where I am currently doing my yoga teacher training. You know when you’ve had a huge day, week, whatever and you know you really want to go to yoga but you’re so tired, you just want to curl up on the couch because it will feel so good… I know, I’ve been there. So you tell yourself some lame excuse, let’s face it, it’s pretty easy to talk ourselves out of doing what’s good for us, we are only human after all. But if you can just visualise how amazing you will feel if you actually go to yoga, remember how you feel inside and out during and most especially after class, you will make the effort. Because when you roll up your mat at the end of those 90 minutes, you will feel completely transformed. The effects of the prana radiating through your body is why you make the journey every week. It’s why you roll your mat out at home when you can’t get to the class, it’s why you practice at home when ever you can because it feels so freaking good! One minute you’re so tired you can’t think straight, your muscles and bones are aching and your head is full of thoughts of work and the week that was or is going to be. But, step onto that mat and you know you will be transformed back into your whole self again. You will come away with more energy, your mind will be clearer, you will feel calmer, centred and more present. Total bliss!

b06bd3acab0dc5993fac3a301e85d204So don’t give me that I’m too tired crap because you know if you want to feel good, feel better, feel awake and ready, then step onto the mat and let the healing begin!

Happy hump-day!

love & light xo

 

Give a frock Friday

tumblr_m16p7qBQun1qg8cu6o1_500Magdalena Frackowiak in a flowing frock by Kenzo. Photographed by Claudia Knoepful and Stefan Indlekofer for Vogue Russia, April 2012. I was flicking through Tumblr one night when I came across this image. It’s the candid nature of it that caught my eye, I like the way the photographer has captured Magdalena as she is walking past the camera, almost if by chance, she glances our way. Those are some long legs! Gorgeous shot.

Its seems as if August is determined to squeeze out as much winter as it possibly can before Spring arrives in just over a week. I love the rain though, especially when we need it as much as we do right now. Only just over a month and a half before graduation from yoga teacher training! I can’t believe how quickly a year has gone by. More yoga posts to come soon.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are in this world.

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

e3bd6d37aaeea5118089f41eaf98a676Jessica Stam in Dior by John Galliano, photographed at the Met Gala in 2007. I love the detail in the dress, it reminds me of a Jean-Paul Gaultier frock worn by Cate Blanchett to the Oscars in 2000. Click on the link to see Cate’s JPG frock. The gold and jewelled detailing with the backs on both these frocks were definitely the making of them.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, wherever you are. It’s raining here, finally!

love & light xo

From the mat… restorative yoga

5afff377bc5887639c5d51f955125e52Lately I’ve been struggling with my at-home yoga practice. It’s winter here, and while I’m famous in my house for not being that fabulous in the morning, my daily yoga and meditation practice had helped me to be much brighter in the mornings. We can all relate to waking up when it’s still dark, it isn’t easy, and even though the sun has been rising earlier as the days get longer, all I want to do is roll over and sleep some more. This has been going on for about two weeks now and I was beginning to worry. I asked myself, “What’s going on with you girl? You were doing so well with your practice Heidi, what’s happened to you?” I thought, well, my day job has been been kicking my ass lately and I know this has a lot to do with how tired I am, so it’s not just the winter. There has been an upside to all this though and it’s that I’ve been spending more time on my meditation cushion in place of my time on the mat. Even through all this I have still made it to evening classes with my teacher once or twice a week, but at home, still my body only wants to do relaxing and restorative poses like supine twists, inversions and lots and lots of savasana.

restoreI decided to seek help, and so after class on Tuesday night I spoke to my teacher and asked his advice. His answer was gloriously simple. He said I should listen to my body and go with the restorative poses, and that our practice moves in cycles and if this is what my body needs, then I should let go and give in to it. Of course, so obvious right?!  As a result I’ve kicked those pesky negative thought patterns to the curb and decided to listen to my body’s needs and those feelings of guilt have completely gone!

So my friends, if you’re feeling run-down or in need of a little self-nurturing, you might like to try some restorative poses. Some of the poses I have been enjoying are viparita kirani, supported child’s pose (using a bolster), supta baddha konasana, supta padangusthasana, upavishta konasana, setu bandasana and of course, savasana. Do you have any other restorative poses you like to practice, I’d love to know if you do, please share them with me.

love & light xo

Meditation and Mantra

a819ceb12db31c8fd1b43991aebc83b1When I use a mantra in meditation, I find it helps me to stay focused, especially if my thoughts are really distracting. I noticed the other day that I was rushing my mantra. I think subconsciously I thought that I if repeated the mantra quickly, it would stop my thoughts from taking over. The truth of it was it was actually making my thoughts come faster. There I was sitting on my cushion, all comfortable ready to meditate, yet there was so much noise in my head! So I took some more conscious deep breaths and simply began again, this time repeating my mantra slowly. The difference to my meditation was instantaneous. The thoughts went silent and I went deep. Amazing!

I wonder, what is it about the mind and focus? What is it that causes our mind to kick into high thought rotation the moment we try to find silence?

Did any of you join in the Global Meditation for Peace last Saturday? Meditating with Deepak Chopra, Gabrielle Bernstein and 100, 000 people from around the world was pretty incredible. Well worth the 2am wake up call my husband and I had to make to join everyone online who was getting their meditation on!

Have a wonderful week!

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

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The very talented Rachel McAdams is simply lovely in this shot. She is sporting pink tint in her hair, which I love and I think it works well with the black chiffon overlay on this Givenchy Haute Couture frock. The editorial for Elle magazine from April 2007 featured McAdams in lots of gorgeous couture was photographed by Gilles Bensimon and styled by Isabel Duprè.

It’s been a busy week and I almost forgot that it was my birthday this week. It’s a little difficult celebrating birthdays midweek and so we’ve saved it for Saturday. I love surprises so I have no clue as to what my family has in store for me, at this stage I hope it starts off nice and slow with a good lazy lie-in tomorrow morning!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are and happy birthday to anyone celebrating their birthday this week!

love & light xo

 

Dreaming of… The Little Paris Kitchen

b01dy7yt_640_360Rachel Khoo creates sumptuous culinary delights in her petit Parisian kitchen and to say I am in love with this programme would be an understatement. She’s a delight to watch and listen to as she mixes her clipped British accent with little French sayings, which if course you would expect, because she is in Paris after all. Rachel makes cooking traditional French food a breeze and her talent is obvious, I just wish there was more than six episodes.

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Watching this tv series always makes me wish I was eighteen again so I could ditch university and move to Paris to study cooking at Le Cordon Bleu!  Click here to visit her website for more.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend, maybe you’ve been cooking up a storm in your own little kitchen at home?
love & light xo

 

 

 

Give a frock Friday

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Victoria Beckham features on the cover and in the pages of August UK Vogue, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier of course. Here she is wearing a beautiful frock (can I call couture a frock?) from Schiaparelli Haute Couture. Keeping her warm is a wool coat by Maison Martin Margiela and leather boots by Christian Louboutin – who else? What a dream photo shoot, such lovely clothes she gets to model for the camera. Beautifully styled by Lucinda Chambers, the shoot centres around Victoria in the garden, the aim was to see her doing something no one’s seen her do before, at least not in the pages of a magazine.

In Victoria’s own words: “I looked at it [turning 40] and said to myself, I have four incredible children, an incredible husband, a business that’s doing very well. I’ve worked hard and achieved a lot. I don’t think I could have achieved much more,” she told Vogue’s Emily Sheffield, adding: “I wouldn’t be where I am without David. He gives me the security and encouragement to do what I do. I do the same for him.”

For no particular reason, other than being inspired by the lovely Mrs Beckham’s words above, I would like to give my own husband a shout-out just quietly here while I have the chance. Thank you, my love, for all that you do, for all that you are, and for the support you provide, the encouragement you offer me when needed, and for making me breakfast. I may not always show it, or say so, but it is always, always appreciated. Xo

Whether you’re just waking up on the other side of the planet, or if you’re getting ready to settle in, or having your first after work drink, I wish you all a wonderful Friday and fabulous weekend!

love & light x0

La Dolce Vita – Dolce & Gabbana Couture by the Sea

The show was on the Italian resort isle of Capri in high summer.  The couture was true Dolce & Gabbana, with hand-painted ball gowns featuring the yellows and blues of the local majolica ceramics, along with luscious citrus fruits, the curved handles of ancient amphorae and juxtaposed with the regatta stripes of the sea. The models wore their hair in typical centre parts and were decorated with jewel encrusted gold crowns, it definitely looks as if their intention was to take you to another time and place.

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Pure extravagance, but isn’t that the very nature of haute couture? I love it!

love & light xo

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