Stella is Stellar!

Perfection.



“Stella McCartney said for pre-fall 2010 she wanted to create a complete wardrobe “with the simplicity I need as a woman.” Focusing on camel, metallics, black, and white, McCartney indeed kept it simple without forgetting that fashion should be fun. Glittery mohair dicso knits, sequin animal print minis, and a Biana Jagger-style suit with matching fedora mixed with cozy country staples like camel capes, rolled denim, and oversized sweaters in this all-in-one collection of modern day essentials.” Quoted from Coutorture.com


They say it perfectly, so succinctly, what could I possibly add to this?



Hx



Source: http://www.coutorture.com/Stella-McCartney-Shows-Pre-Fall-Paris-British-Ambassadors-Residence-7205073

I’m Craazy About Tiffany’s



My introduction to Tiffany’s was of course through the cinematic brilliance of Blake Edward’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961).  I think I was about 10 years old when I first saw it.  It just happened to be on the telly one night and I was transfixed and by the end of it, in love with Audrey Hepburn!  I mean, who wouldn’t be?



I went to the library (as one did in those days) to find out all I could about who she was.  I couldn’t get enough of the light that was Audrey.  I still can’t today and on the weekend I got to see my friend Amanda experience Audrey’s talent and beauty by watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday with her for her first time.  I could not believe that after knowing Amanda for almost my whole life, she had never told me that she hadn’t seen any of Audrey’s movies before – I was shocked!  But boy was it was fun too!



My first piece of Tiffany’s jewellery was given to me by my hubby on our 6th wedding anniversary.  I was pregnant with our second daughter and not feeling the best (thank you morning sickness).  I was overwhelmed and just so happy that the the Elsa Peretti pendant I had coveted for so long was actually mine!  



Since then he has bestowed upon me two other Tiffany’s gifts, earrings and a bracelet.  I just love them (and him for giving them to me of course!)  

I went with my friend Amanda into Tiffany’s Brisbane store just before Christmas.  Just to window shop, you know.  It was bustling with activity and it was difficult to find room amongst the shoppers to see the gorgeous jewels.  But we politely pushed our way through and were rewarded with what else?  Beauty.  It was just lovely.



My first visit to a Tiffany’s store was in Chifley Place in Sydney.  It was brilliant!  I felt like Holly Golightly!  There were no purchases that day, but what a thrill, just to experience Tiffany’s!  I cannot wait to go to New York and visit the very store that Holly Golightly felt so safe in:  Holly: “Don’t you see how nothing bad can ever happen to you in a place like this?”


Can’t wait!



Hx



Sources: Tiffanys.com, Google.com

Mad Hatters

Kathleen Kelly: Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one.  It got on at 42nd, and off at 59th, where, I assume it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake – as almost all hats are.” – quoted from You’ve Got Mail (1998).


I love this movie and I love that line because I always disagreed with it.  Sounds strange that I would like something that I disagree with, I know.  But Meg Ryan’s character Kathleen Kelly wasn’t half wrong when she says that almost all hats turn out to be a mistake because often people buy the wrong hat for their face shape, and often they don’t know how to wear it right either. So in a sense, I think almost all hats have the potential to be a mistake.

Some people look just great in the right hat, don’t they?



Fedoras, Trilbys, flat caps and beanies.  These looks are timeless and the hats are functional as head-warmers and protectors from the sun.  


One style of hat that I absolutely love is the distressed cowboy hat.  A look which unfortunately does not suit me, and I can wear just about any type of hat.  It just looks ridiculous on me, but I bought one anyway, and I wear it in the garden when I’m pulling weeds.  That way I cannot offend anyone with my ridiculous looking hat!

David Beckham show’s us how its done.  Très cute.



Growing up, my Grandmother always told my brother that the correct etiquette was to remove his hat at the dinner table and when indoors.  Women did not have to follow suit because it is fine for women to wear a hat indoors and while dining.  I guess in days gone by, a lady’s bonnet was such a part of her ensemble that to have to remove her hat would have meant having to have her hair redone each time she removed it!   

Can you imagine Marie Antoinette having to remove her hat every five minutes?



Panama hats are a wise choice when considering buying a hat as it is one style that goes a long way because it suits just about any shape of face.

Lily Cole looks lovely in her Panama.



Hats make the perfect accessory because they can hide a bad hair day and it’s a great way to hide from the world when you’ve got the blues.  You can just blend in to the crowd.  A hat is also good at helping you stand out when you want to be noticed, think Carrie in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994):  Charles: “Great hat”, Carrie: “Thanks, I bought it ‘specially.”

Chloe Sevigny looking impossibly chic in her straw boater. 

Coco Chanel epitomised her effortless French style with a decorated beret here in 1938.

Jennifer Lopez strikes a pose with her wide-brimmed hat, a perfect style for her. 

Kirsten Dunst looks great in her trilby.


Cameron, Kate and Kiera show us how easy it is to look good in a hat.

This winter, try giving your look a classic edge with a trench and wide-brimmed felt hat.  Just beautiful.

Victoria Beckham uses the brim of her cloche to hide from the paparazzi.



“A Hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity.  A hat is the difference between wearing clothing and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best.  A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and make all men feel masculine about.  A piece of magic is a hat.” – Martha Sliter


I hope you enjoy your new hat Amanda, it looks good on you.  Thanks for the inspiration babe!  Happy Australia Day everyone too!





Hx





Sources: ELLE.co.uk, The Sartorialist, Garance Dorè, People.com

Lazy summer days – oh I wish!

With hubby and our girls away down south visiting their Nana and Pa, I have the house to myself.  I should despatch our dog Jet to the other grandparents as she is not letting me have any sleeps-ins!  Sure enough, before the clock strikes 7 am, she’s making little grunting sounds and doing circles around the bedroom to get me to wake up.  She is of course demanding that I take her for her morning constitutional – her chance to frolic in the long dew-laden grass.  I cannot believe that she is not in holiday mode with me! It’s so unfair!


Hx

Summer Dressing Workshop

Kate looks fab in her little white dress.

Dressing for Summer is hard work.  As I am fast becoming aware, it takes a lot more thought and your personal body upkeep is constant and unrelenting.    Shaving, waxing, moisturising, self-tanning, pedicures and nail polish, OMG!

Hats are a necessity in summer.

I have very quickly become aware of what an easy life I had living in the cooler climates.  If I forgot to shave my legs, well I would simply wear tights.  If I couldn’t be bothered to moisturise, again, don some jeans or tights.  Black was my uniform and boots my best friend.  Even though I lived at the beach, our beach was not frequented by beach bunnies and bikini clad babes.  It was a place to exercise your dog and to collect shells and sea glass.  Period!

Bar Rafaeli in her denim cut-offs, blouse and heels, very chic.  This long skirt and white tee is favourite summer look for me, I too like to add a light-weight scarf when needed.

Since moving back to the coast, I have had to evolve rapidly into a much more high-maintenance woman and let me tell you, it is not all fun and games!  It is true however, that once I am in a routine, it’s not really that difficult to keep up with the waxing, shaving, self-tanning, etc, but if you let it slide for just a few days, boy there is so much to catch up on!


I am making my own version of the little summer dress below for my girls Annabel and Chloe.  They are going to look so cute!

Kate in one of her little summer dresses.  A wardrobe staple I think!  

When I was a kid my skin was used to being in the sun, I was tanned from spending endless days at the beach and my skin never burned.  But as I grew older and moved away from the coast, my skin became paler from the lack of exposure to the sun and I became quite obsessed with sun protection.  I have worn an SPF on my face every day for over 10 years now (and the proof is that I have no lines on my face as a result of my vigilance) and I wear sunglasses and hats at all times, even in the winter.  I can see sun damage on my arms from years of sun exposure, but all I can do about that is exfoliate and continue to cover up.  As we all should be doing.


Layering isn’t just for cooler weather.  Cropped light-knits and flowing, belted dresses look classy and chic.  I’m loving this look.

Colourful Gucci and the ubiquitous summer trilby.

Some stylish strangers in their summer attire. 

Summer dressing is not easy for some women.  Some of us don’t like to bare our skin and not because they don’t want skin damage either – we can’t all look like Gisele, so in order to make the most of our own looks in the summer time.  You don’t have to wear white or pale colours either.  Black is still viable and very wearable, but colour is key and jeweled colours on our clothes or accessories always look gorgeous in the summer sun, don’t you think?  Shades of nude and the palest of pinks and grey look classy too.

Give it your best shot, you know you won’t regret it!



Hx



Sources: The Sartorialist, People.com, Stockholm Streetstyle, Style.com

Out with the old and in with the New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  We have been moving into our new house this past week and so I have been away from the world of blogging, email and all that other stuff.  It felt good to be disconnected for a while, but after a week I was beginning to get a little “antsy in my pantsy” – so to speak!


I have just returned from taking my dog Jet for her morning frolic and it is quite a different experience to what we were used to when living in NZ.  The first major difference is that we are not living right at the beach here, but that doesn’t stop her from getting her water fix because she has no problem finding the closest creek and plunging straight in!  


Another difference is that it is humid and hot and it is tropical and lush and the air is heavy with the scent of mango!  I grew up here and yet I had forgotten how the air becomes intoxicated with the scent of pure fruit.  I love it!


This year is full of promise… I have goals to reach and dreams to live out… I wish you all the best with your hopes and dreams for 2010 and what it brings you.


Hx

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