I Like These Cute Looks Right Now

I’m really in to this cute little dress by ParkVogel.

Another opportunity to show you some gorgeously ridiculous heels, such as these works of art from Galliano’s 09/10 Winter collection.

Even though this is an old shot of Kate Moss (from a Pirelli Calendar), I think am liking the idea of a beret this Autumn.

I can’t go past a pair of Converse and cargo pants, one of my all time favourite things to wear.

Another summer dress, I know, sorry!  But I saw this cute frock and just had to post it.  It could be made a little winter wearble by adding some tights, some boots and a cute little cardigan or even a cropped leather jacket.
Another gorgeous pair of red shoes, simply to die for!

I like this photo for mostly the look in her eyes.  I am curious now about what she is thinking.
The wedge seems to be sticking around a bit this time, yes?

Thank you to The Sartorialist and to Bliss blog for some of these images.

I Heart Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard (1908-1942) was the highest paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930’s.

Sadly Lombard’s life was cut short when she was killed in a plane crash at the age of 33.

She was married to Clark Gable at the time of her death.

To those who knew Gable, she was the love of his life and some say he never recovered from her death.

On screen Lombard was known for her comedic performances and off screen for her unpretentious personality, she was easy-going and down-to-earth.

Lombard received an nomination for Best Actress in 1936 for My Man Godfrey.

Her final movie “To Be Or Not To Be” was released after her death in 1942.

I Wish (I Want) to Visit Paris Right Now.

Ah, Paris. Where else can you find a store that sells vintage Hermes handbags?

Whenever I visit The Paris Apartment blog, I get carried away and transported to another place and time.

I don’t know why Paris is so meaningful to me.  I get so easily distracted when I come across anything relating to Paris (or France in general) because I am immediately enthralled.

Here are some more gorgeous images from The Paris Apartment.  They make me feel tres ooh la la!

The turquoise detail in the picture is pure delight! I feel like I want to grab a paintbrush and add some colour to the house.

 Then again, the honey floor boards and the white washed walls and ceiling of this apartment are clean and pure perfection.

I think of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet when I look at this balcony.

Isn’t this picture quintessential Paris? I have tried and failed many times to get that shade of grey-green just right.

I adore the parquetry floor in this apartment.  It’s also clever how they have made a large room more functional by using furniture to create separate sitting areas.

A beautiful view.

I Heart Dior Joaillerie

It’s like having a little garden growing on your finger, so divine!There really isn’t much more I can say about these wonderful creations. I think that these pictures speak for themselves.

It is pure whimsy don’t you agree? The flowers, the cute insects and the gorgeous colours! The designs are just so incredibly original and delicious.

Snow White Lives Here

I like this portrait of Snow White by Annie Leibovitz. I think that if Snow White the movie was being cast today, then they need look no further than Rachel Weisz.

I have two little girls and they adore playing dress-ups. It is not unusual for me to be seen at our local shops with a little Snow White or Sleeping Beauty in tow. Annabel in particular is fond of turning up to Kindy dressed in full costume. Sometimes I catch her acting out Snow White’s death scene. She bites into an apple, her eyes roll back in her head, she swoons and then collapses onto the ground in mock death. Then after Prince Charming (played by her big sister Chloe) gives her the kiss of life, she hops up and takes a bow. This is home theatre that I am privileged to be privy to.

While they are currently obsessed with all things “Disney Princess” I am discovering that this can be a blessing and a curse. Whenever we see anything related to a Disney princess, their faces light up, they sigh and ooh and ahh! Then it’s “Mummy look at this!” and “Mummy can I have that one?” And then there’s “Today I am going be Belle/Cinderella/Snow White/Ariel/Sleeping Beauty.” Followed by the inevitable argument over who is going to be which princess – oh the drama!

Lately they have taken to coercing me into surfing the internet to look for pictures of princesses. It was while surfing that we came across these images of Annie Leibovitz’ Dream Portrait series for Disney. While it is all very commercial, they are nonetheless beautiful interpretations of classic Disney characters. After Snow White, we had to of course continue our search for their other favourite princesses, Cinderella (Scarlett Johansson) and Ariel (Julianne Moore). Alas we were left wondering whatever happened to Sleeping Beauty and Belle?

Images from smh.com.au

I Heart Working Girl

If you haven’t seen Mike Nichol’s Working Girl (1988) then you are missing out on a glorious look back at style in the mid-1980’s.

I heart this movie because it takes me back to the time when I first started watching the Academy Awards. Working Girl was nominated for numerous awards, most notable was Melanie Griffith for Actress in a Leading Role. She lost to Jodie Foster (in The Accused) but it did win Best Original Song by Carly Simon (for Let the River Run). The Academy Awards were fun back then, they took themselves a lot less seriously. The gowns were a lot less serious too and the awards also featured proper singing and dancing as part of the entertainment! Ah those were the days.

But I digress. Working Girl is the story of Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith in her best role ever) a working class secretary trying to make it in the world of mergers and acquisitions. When her boss (played by the always brilliant Sigourney Weaver) breaks her leg while skiing, Tess has to help her out and take over for her. In turn Tess finds out that Katherine is not the mentor she thought she was and decides to take matters into her own hands. By taking on Katherine’s role as her own in the company she meets Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford) and while working on a deal together, they also fall in love. Ah l’amour. Jack has no idea that Tess is actually Katherine’s secretary and when the cat is let out of the bag, he is left wondering if he was just part of her master plan too.

This film is one of those classics that gets better with age. There are some wonderful actors in Working Girl. Joan Cusack plays Cyn, Tess’s loyal and protective best friend. Alec Baldwin plays Tess’s Staten Island boyfriend Mick. If you look carefully you’ll also see Kevin Spacey, Oliver Platt, Olympia Dukakis and even a very young David Duchovney. It’s worth watching for the hair styles and makeup alone! Tess and Cyn’s Staten Island secretary look is both scary and hilarious.

I think the reason why I heart this movie so much is really because of a combination of things. It’s the excellent writing by Kevin Wade, it’s Tess’s ultimately successful struggle out of the typing pool, it’s the romance between Tess and Jack and it’s the perfect timing with which Sigourney delivers her lines as Katherine. It is so good, I cannot believe she didn’t get a nomination from the Academy for it!

I Wish I Could Wear the Highest of Heels.

I wish I could wear these high heels. Aren’t they to die for? Azzedine Alaia is a master craftsman.

These YSL heels are sculptural and almost ethereal here in this shadowy shot.
I just had to post them here for you because nothing is as sexy and gorgeous as a beautifully constructed pair of the highest of heels, non? Well almost nothing else. You know what I mean…

Gorgeous Miu Miu heels with Louis Vuitton bag. I just love the colour and the sparkle, don’t you?

Alexander McQueen is a genius. I wish, I wish, Oh I wish!

Thank you to jakandjil.com/blog for images.

I Heart Papaw

I heart Lucas’s Papaw Ointment.
Have you ever discovered something wonderful that totally changed your life? Well, I have finally discovered something that heals my rough elbow skin. For so long I have tried and tested so many different types of creams, scrubs, lotions and potions. Most of them haven’t worked well, and those that did, well the effects did not last. Today I can tell you that the long-loved and lauded Lucas’ Papaw Ointment, made proudly in Australia, is pure gold! It works, it lasts and it is so useful as a remedy for so many things. It is also a wonderful lip balm. Most Aussie girls carry a tube of this wonder salve in their handbags. I have gone a bit crazy and now have a tube in my handbag, on my bedside table, bathroom cabinet, kitchen junk drawer, car glove box and medicine cabinet. I don’t every want to run out.

I Like, I Wish, I Heart

I like visiting my favourite blogs when I have some time to spare because it feeds inspiration. I usually find that even for a few minutes I can be transported away from any of my worries or stresses of the day. But sadly yesterday while exploring I was not inspired, nor was I transported a way. I was disappointed because I discovered that my favourite interiors magazine Domino has folded. I am so miserable about this, I feel that it is a degradation! There are plenty of other magazines in the Conde Nast cache that could have closed instead. It is such a shame.

Well.. the show must go on, so c’est la vie! I shall continue to enjoy the vast references left on the Internet and so, from the archives of Domino, I give you I like, I wish, I heart. Enjoy!

I like this wall of vintage Vogue covers. I don’t think I could ever tire of it.

I wish I had a stair well like this one, isn’t it divine? I love the Spanish inspired hand rail and the way the pictures have been displayed on the curved wall. Perfection!

I heart this window seat. It evokes such lovely feelings when I see it. It makes me want to curl up in it and read a book and do nothing else for the rest of the day, sigh…

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