A special mention must go to the following…
p.s. Happy Birthday Mummy, love you xxxx
A special mention must go to the following…
Legend tells us that Hedy Lamarr was the most beautiful woman ever to grace the silver screen.
It is a fairly bold statement because when you look back, beautiful goddess were never something lacking on the silver screen.
Beauties such as Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner and Veronica Lake. These ladies have gone down in Hollywood history for their extraordinary beauty.
But, Hedy was different…
Austrian born Hedy Lamarr’s career was dominated by male movie moguls from the beginning and she never stood a chance. She is most famous for the first nude scene in a movie (Ecstasy,1932). But she was so much more than this. In Hollywood, she was usually cast as glamorous and seductive. Her American debut was in Algiers (1938).
Her many films include Boom Town (1940), White Cargo(1942), and Tortilla Flat (1942), based on the novel by John Steinbeck. White Cargo and in 1941, she was cast alongside two other Hollywood beauties, Lana Turner and Judy Garland in the musical extravaganza Ziegfeld Girl.
The more I ponder, the more I see that her struggle was not very different from many starlets and their same drive for cinematic glory today. Much like fashion today; it is constantly changing, not always understood and we are hard-pressed to keep up with it.
I have written in the past of our home in the Blue Mountains, telling you tales of its renovation and the hard slog we put into the vast cottage garden.
Well the the exciting news is that all of our hard work has paid off!
Our home and our beautiful friends Zoe and Chi (and current tenants of the house) have been written about and photographed in Australian Country Home Ideas magazine (Vol 9 No 2).
The story and styling is by Zoe’s gorgeous and most gracious friend Emily Rickard, and we cannot thank her enough as it is most fortuitous as we are currently in the process of putting our beloved home on the market. It is something that breaks my heart to have to do, but life is such that we have no choice.
I am so proud of our mountains cottage that I just had to share with you my fellow readers the gorgeous pictorial that features in the magazine.
Florist Zoe Ivory-Phan and her hubby, award winning sculptor Chi Ivory-Phan taking tea. The story features about their life in the mountains.
Wish us luck that someone out there finds our 104 year-old historical beauty just as wonderful as we do so that it may be enjoyed by a new family very soon… fingers crossed!
Source: Australian Country Home Ideas Magazine.
… seen a picture of someone and it has made you just stop?
Her hair just made me stop. The colour, the waves, the middle-part. I just wish that I had hair like hers…
And to add injury to insult, can I just mention her brows as well?
Sources: I wish I could remember where I found this pic or who took it, maybe Garance Dorè … if you know, please let me know too.
Tributes flow for Lee “Alexander” McQueen…
So a while back I wrote a blog about stripes. My friend Sarah then suggested to me that I should write about polka dots. To tell you the truth, I was a little dubious at first because to me, polka dots, spots (whatever you want to call them) are just so 80s. I am still struggling with designers reinventions of the 80s – especially if we wore it the first time around, (did I really just admit that?).
Of course the ironic thing is that spots have now popped up everywhere on the fashion scene and are currently quite the trend with designers like Dolce & Gabanna, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Sonia Rykiel sending them down their spring/summer runways.
Polka dots have always represented a sense of fun and frivolity to me, and not something to be worn if you want to be taken seriously. The good news is that designers are taking spots in a different direction, mixing them with colours not seen before and the result is they are more than sophisticated, and very grown-up indeed. Hooray!
Be wise about your choice of spots. Don’t over-do it, subtlety is key. And if you’re feeling less than daring, why not start out with a scarf or hosiery?
I have been a fan of Anya Hindmarch’s Be A Bag for a long time.
I have wanted one ever since I first saw them in VOGUE.
The problem I have is two-fold.
a) It’s expensive
and, b) I know that after getting one, I’ll want another.
So what’s a girl to do?
Just thought I would put it out there…
I had an existential crisis this morning. I realised (finally) that my wardrobe was not geared toward living the life of a coastal lady. My wardrobe was all about cooler climes – jeans, boots, sweaters, polo-necks, tights, leggings and scarves. I have left that life behind now. Any clothes that I had were worn out and not in keeping with coastal lifestyle.
The hardest part was trying to figure out what my style was in this climate. I didn’t really know where to start, so I decided to treat myself like a styling client. I asked myself the questions I ask clients, and then I went through my wardrobe with no holds barred. Then I thought about what I like, what suits me and what draws me in when I am out there amongst the stores. It helped a great deal because in amongst it all, I realised that what I needed was to unearth my old-faithful denim jacket! I tend to archive quite a lot of my wardrobe (because I try not to get rid of any of it) and I ended up with a short list of new items that I needed to add to my new wardrobe.
And so, off we went to the local shopping mecca, which on the coast is limited, but with an eye like mine, it’s not to hard to find what I need. I had an arm-full of many items and then tried them all on. It was easy to edit out what I didn’t need, and so I came away with a half-dozen new items. Most of them tops, one dress and two pairs of pants. I am satisfied that I have added to my wardrobe sufficiently until Autumn dawns in less than a month – eek!
I spend so much of my time looking at what’s out there that I had forgotten to keep an eye on my own wardrobe. I knew that it was getting tough, it was getting harder and harder to find looks that I wanted to wear. There were fewer and fewer things to choose from. Some clothes where falling apart, some were out of date, some where just plain over.
It feels good to have some gorgeous new clothes to supplement my wardrobe. Everything that I chose to buy fits within my current wardrobe so that I can mix and match with it all. Most important, nèst-ce pas?
I thought I might share some of my influences with you, just because it’s fun to do so.
Stripes are everywhere this season, as I’ve told you before. I am addicted and loving designer’s play on this classic.
I loved Anne Heche’s wardrobe in Six Days Seven Nights (1998). It suited her character perfectly, it was stylish, in-keeping with her fashion editor character, and as she was in the tropics, it was perfectly suited to the location.
Denim is going to be huge this spring and summer. Shirts, jackets, jeans, pants, you name it. Dig up your old jacket, you know there was a reason why you didn’t ditch it!
It’s always fun shopping for a new look. This one took me by surprise, because I just hadn’t counted on needing to look for a warmer weather wardrobe for some time. C’èst la vie!
Sources: style.com, garancedore.com, thesartorialist.blogspot.com.
I have just finished reading Robert Wagner’s biography “Pieces of My Heart” and I don’t think I have ever read a more touching story of love and devotion. Natalie and RJ (as he is affectionately known) had a bond that even divorce couldn’t break. First married in 1957 for almost 4 years, and then again in 1972 until Natalie’s tragic and untimely death at 43 in 1981.
RJ never stopped loving her, even when they were apart, he was consumed by his love for her.
I love this comment he makes about their enduring love:
“Over the years, we would run into each other a number of times… These moments were always intense – it was as if everybody else in the room froze and the sound died away and we were the only two people still moving, talking and breathing.”
Natalie was a child star, making her screen debut at age 4 and soon starring in 1947 at age 9 in Miracle on 34th Street. Her mother was probably one of the worst stage mothers I’ve ever heard of, even trying to impart her paranoia onto her grandchildren any chance she had.
Some of my favourite films of Natalie’s are: Rebel Without A Cause(1955), Splendor in the Grass (1961), Gypsy (1962), West Side Story (1961), Love With the Proper Stranger (1963), Inside Daisy Clover (1965), The Great Race (1965), Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice (1969).
Natalie’s favourite role was motherhood. She had two daughters, Natasha, born in 1970 (with her second husband Richard Gregson) and Courtney, who was born in 1974 after Natalie and Robert Wagner remarried.
Natalie gave up her career for many years to allow herself to be a mother to her girls. She reveled in motherhood, giving her girls a normal upbringing because she had missed out on of her own.
I’m off now to rent Gypsy, I just love her in that film and the costumes, boy oh boy!