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

Give a frock Friday

fashion_scans_remastered-cara_delevingne-numero_tokyo-jan_feb_2014-scanned_by_vampirehorde-hq-3So English model Cara Delevingne looks very dreamy in this shot and I do like this picture for it’s relaxed setting and especially for the print in the fabric of this lovely frock from Louis Vuitton Resort 2014.

Well it seems as if we’ve all turned a corner in our confidence and creativity with our flows at yoga teacher training, it’s fantastic to be a part of it all. Gosh I have had an amazing week! There’s not one particular thing I can say has been the cause of such joy, it’s just been good all around, basically all I can tell you is that the Universe works in mysterious and wonderful ways and this week has just ticked all the boxes for life being beautiful! Thank you Universe!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo

Moody Monday

I’m procrastinating. This blog is me, procrastinating. How long has it been since I’ve posted a blog? Yeah, I know, too long.
It’s winter, it’s cold, and my wardrobe is bare. Denim is really my saving grace during this time of the year, why? Well, because it’s mostly warm, and you don’t get too hot in it like some winter fabrics. Especially here where I live where the mornings are brisk, but the the sun can still get quite hot. Denim is versatile too, that is, it goes with just about everything in my wardrobe. You can dress it up or dress it down and it always, always looks good with my boots. What more could a girl want? I’m particularly loving double denim right now. Here’s some inspiration for your Monday.

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Denim paired with chambray. Loving the leather accessories and the worn straw hat too.

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Nice big pockets on these jeans, an absolute necessity!

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Boyfriend denim jeans again worn with chambray and her wooly overcoat. Winter inspiration indeed.

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This shot was the inspiration for this post. I love the pairing of the white tailored jacket with the double denim and the jewelled necklace.

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Perfect market day attire. Casual chic at its best. Is that an obi she’s wearing as a belt?

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Double denim – mwah!

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Boho denim. No words. Just love.

Now, enough procrastinating, back to practicing my yoga teaching assignment! This week it’s fire-in-the-belly flow and bridge pose. Lots of talking, plus I’m thinking of throwing in a variation of Eka Pada setu Bandhasana, one-legged bridge pose. It’s gonna be fun!

Have a wonderful week.
love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

d8b59badccfdI’ve been holding onto this image of Natalia Vodianova for over a year because I’ve been trying to source the designer of the frock she is wearing. The editorial, “Fable Attraction” was photographed by Carter Smith for W magazine’s May 2002 issue. Nevertheless, I’ve decided to post it anyway, without a shout-out to the designer.  At least I can give the photographer credit, which is probably more important, but it doesn’t relate to the whole frock Friday theme I’m going for…

Click on the image to see the entire editorial, it’s divine!

I’ve been working hard on part 1 of my final yoga exam. It’s open book, which I thank the gods for because there is soooo much to know, it would be impossible to remember it in a sit-down written exam. I’ve got to practice learning all the sanskrit names of the poses too because we get tested on that at some point, and I think we have to write an 8-week beginner’s course too. All this and more before the end of October! OMG! It’s lucky I’ve got yoga to keep me sane, right? ;)

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are xo

 

 

 

Title: Fable Attraction
Magazine: W May 2002
Model: Natalia Vodianova
Photographer: Carter Smith

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