I really want to blog, but…

Oh woe is me.  I am so, so, very tired.  

I have been fighting a very tenacious bug for 2 weeks now and it is doing its worst to get a hold on me, but I have been taking so many herbal concoctions to help me beat it that I realise now that had I just given in, I would be on the mend now and not still fighting!  Oh the irony…

So this is how I am feeling right now.  I just wish to be left alone to sleep off this, this… whatever you want to call it.  And instead of a cat I have a big black labrador to keep me company!


A Woman We Can Learn Something From


Happy 2nd Birthday to my Blog!

So I celebrate 2 years of my blog today along with the instatement of Australia’s first female Prime Minister! 

Celebrations all round for girl power I say!  It matters not what party she represents, what matters right now, right this minute is that a woman is in power, and thus we are all empowered – yippeeee!


More Sand than Sex, or the City

Garance Dorè was spot on with her review of Sex and the City 2 – not much sex and even less city”.

So what I have to say about the movie is probably gonna hurt some of you hard-core fans out there (and believe me, I’m one of them), because I do so love the Sex & the City series, and I loved the first movie too, but…  

Michael Patrick King should have relinquished some of his control and allowed the story and the screenplay to have been written by someone else this time around.  A fresh take is what the girls needed and unfortunately what we were given was not what we all imagined or indeed hoped for.

Yes, it was funny, even funnier than the first, and yes there was fashion but frankly, I was left wanting more of the old and what we got was a bunch of women complaining about their perfect lives with their perfect wardrobes and even though they had been flown 6500 miles across the world to a dream destination with royalty extras, it still wasn’t enough.  I mean, how much do these girls need to be fully satisfied?  

 Who goes shopping in a souk in this get up?  I mean, seriously?

My favourite thing in the movie was Carrie’s necklace of a crescent moon and falling star.  Unfortunately if I want one of my own I will have to have it made of make my way over to Turkey as it was a piece picked up by Patricia Field when she was there.  Sigh…

I did love Carrie’s flowing dresses, but as my best girlfriend Kirsty said, now that SJP is in partnership with Halston, there is no real Carrie outfits in this movie.  Most of them were Halston.

I just felt that the fashion took over the film ( which was not that difficult a thing to do as the plot was weak to begin with).  And that ridiculous Yohji Yamamoto hat that Carrie wears on the plane – oh lordy, fashion victim!  It looked like she was wearing a crab pot on her head and who would wear such a huge hat onto a plane in the first place?  Surely customs would confiscate it from you before you even made the first class lounge? Mind you, it wasn’t the only silly hat worn in the movie.

The real star of the movie for me was Carrie and Big’s apartment.  I loved it, especially their coffee table and their bed-head.  Oh and the walk-in closet was a-maazing!

Another peccadillo was (and yes I am nit-picking here), but if Miranda is such a busy working mother, how in the world would she find the time to go shopping for her wardrobe? 

Cue the Casablanca influence here on Miranda.  

I did love Miranda and Charlotte’s Cosmo-fueled heart-to-heart about motherhood.  I was able to relate only too well and laughed out loud.

Was it just me or does anyone else feel like Samantha’s character is the only one of the girls still the same?  I’m beginning to think of Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as boring old fuddy-duddies now which sadly makes Samantha look way too over the top.

One last thing, the flashbacks – why did they even bother with them?  Such little time on screen, I think it would have been better to actually show them meeting each other, it would have been much more fun, don’t you think?

Oh, and Carrie’s Chanel dance mask sunglasses – a bit much perhaps?  

As always, Carrie’s (and SJP’s) hair is perfect and very enviable, as is her gorgeous headband.

And what was up with Samantha’s hair and makeup at Stamford and Anthony’s wedding?  

(The lady doth protest too much, methinks.)


Happy Birthday Lizzie

It’s the Queen’s Birthday holiday here today.

Well, officially it’s tomorrow (Monday), but I’m writing this post on Sunday night while I have time.

We are going to spend the day together, playing in the garden – I am going to do some weeding, and the girls are going to help.

What else is there to do on a public holiday but spend time together? 

The sun is shining, the weather is warm (a balmy 20 degrees celsius) what more could a girl ask for?

I will leave you today with just a gorgeous pic of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Doesn’t she look perfect? 


This is what I love about Winter!

There is a nice group of winter trends/styles happening now, and it’s only the first month of winter down here in the South.  But, after keeping a close eye on what happened in the fashion scene in the North over their winter, I have collected a number of interesting pictures to help you with your winter wardrobe.

Tailored jacket paired with rolled jeans and sandals worn with tights.

Military style coat worn with a gorgeous wool hat in stunning teal. 

Shearling lined boots and cargos.

Tweed began to show itself nearing the end of the season, and of course, the ubiquitous boot, well one simply cannot go through winter without them.

Relaxed pants (aka the tracky-dack in Oz), stripes and a Trench.   

 One does want a hint of colour.

Love the fedora, love the whole outfit.

Hats, beanies, scarves and gloves are the essential winter items that when teamed with just about anything can bring an outfit to life.

Coloured tights and woolen skirts, yes! 

I love this look, especially the gorgeous tights!  Her belt is killer, and so are the acid green heels! 

Grey is so one of my favourites to wear year ’round, and it’s everywhere right now, so team it with some colour and some gorgeous stripes!

I love these boots, do you think my toes would feel the cold too much?   

 Faux fur, plaid jacket and khaki.  I love her urban lumberjack look.
Rolled denim cuffs – how else are you going to show off those gorgeous heels?

Trench coats, double-breasted, capes, cashmere, and vintage – coats are always on the winter radar.

I’m loving this cape on The Cherry Blossom Girl.
 Belted coat, tights and socks worn with chunky sandals.
 The camel coat with boots and hat – a favourite look for me (reminds me a little of Annie Hall)
 I love this A-line trench, and the colour is so pretty with the burgundy beanie.
Roll up your sleeves and leave your coat open (weather permitting) for relaxed winter chic.

 Relaxed winter chic worn with tweed blazer and men’s trousers, and there’s that gorgeous  teal colour, this time in a scarf.
 Military scarf, skinny jeans and beanie.  She looks like a beatnik crossed with a merchant marine, I love it!
 Parisienne chic (check the lining of the trench, c’est magnifique!)

Slouch pants with a wide leg, extra long scarf all in grey and black.  I like, I wish, I heart!

I’m off to town now to fill in the gaps in my winter wardrobe, wanna join me?


Sources: garancedorè.com, thesartorialist, jakandjil.

Marion Cotillard: Stylish Girl

She dresses up when she’s working and when she’s hitting the red carpet, but when Marion Cotillard is off camera and doing things on her own time, she likes to wear her favourites.  Denim, knits, tweed and scarves and her favourite hats.  

The first time I saw Marion Cotillard was in Ridley Scott’s A Good Year (2006) along side Russell Crowe.  I loved the film of course (what’s not to love? Set in Provence and starring a trim and very funny Russell Crowe, need I say more?) Marion played Fanny Chanel a great name for a gorgeous and sassy character.

Later I saw her as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007) for which she won many awards, an Oscar being one of them.  Her performance was uncanny, I hardly recognised her as the Little Sparrow.

Since then I have seen her in Public Enemies (2009) and of course Nine (2010) – in which I do believe she stole the show.

 Marion in Jean-Paul Gaultier at the Oscars
Marion in fuschia Dior.

She is also the face of the Lady Dior handbag, not a bad gig if you can get it!

I love that she doesn’t have a problem with wearing her favourite things over and over. I do that too, but it’s mostly because I don’t have anything else to choose from.  For Marion, my guess is that she just loves to wear what she loves to wear.  Whether it is her multi-coloured Ray-Ban’s or her favourite hat.

Love these sunglasses!

I loved the jumpsuit she wore at the Cannes Film Festival too, it was daring and different and she looked gorgeous in it.

She’s naturally pretty; she doesn’t need all that make up – but hey… show me a French actress that does need all that?  It must be something in the water over there.


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Jewellery, Baubles, Rings and things

Not long ago I received an email from Sarah at LuShae Jewelry asking me to review her website on my blog.  I hadn’t ever thought about doing that kind of thing before, and the only catch was that in return for mentioning her website, I would receive a complimentary piece of jewellery from her site (of my choice no less).

I kind of felt a bit weird about that, especially as there has been a lot of hullabaloo lately about bloggers receiving gifts from designers, etc.  But you know what?  Beauty and Fashion editors get the best perks working for magazines, so why shouldn’t bloggers? 

So here we go…

Buying jewellery online, is it safe?  Well, if you’re an online shopper, chances are you have already weighed up the pros and cons of this and it isn’t a problem for you.  But if you’re a novice, there are some helpful hints that LuShae Jewelry offer on their very comprehensive website that may offer piece of mind.  They also offer and extensive guide to jewellery which left no doubt in mind as to how valuable this information could be for an inexperienced shopper, such as buying jewellery for men, to knowing how to tell the difference between a great piece of jewellery and a poorly made piece.

LuShae Jewelry offer unique designs made from authentic sterling silver with a wide range of precious and semi precious gemstones.

After browsing the many designs, I decided on a gorgeous Topaz ring.  It wasn’t an easy decision because there are so many styles to choose from, so I suggest that you take your time, because the more you look, the more you will discover.

Sarah told me that she designs half of the pieces and that the other half is decided upon by the customers (by reviewing the popularity of pieces by how many times they are purchased and viewed online).

“I have been into fashion, design and art for as long as I can remember.” Sarah said, “I believe all artists develop their eye and inspiration by seeing diversity in art… Just like a wine taster develops their palette.”

I also asked her a few questions about her business and how she got started.

“I started because of my passion for the industry and a need to challenge myself.  I never felt my potential was being utilized…  I was always going to be my own boss eventually.  It’s so exciting and challenging for me, I couldn’t imagine living another way now.”

Sarah is committed to her business giving the whole buying experience, whether you are a  just browsing or a dedicated shopper.

“Honest reviews from prominent bloggers helps my customers feel assured they’re dealing with someone committed to their buying experience.”

Thank you Sarah for introducing me to your gorgeous jewellery line.  I love the ring I chose because not only is it very well made, but it looks exactly like it did in the pictures on the web and your customer service was very impressive.  

I am sure that I will have no trouble finding plenty more excuses to purchase more of your unique and stunning designs!


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