Beck, Turquoise and the Beach!

Meet Louise:

Where do you live? Brisbane
What do you do?  Mum, wife, domestic goddess and business owner

Do you have a pet? Cat
What is your favourite restaurant?  Malabar Indian in Kings Cross, Sydney… the best ever!
Your favourite cocktail? Anything fruity
Favourite food? Indian!
Coffee or tea? Both… but can’t function without a couple of cups of tea in the morning.
Favourite snack? Roasted Almonds
Your favourite gadget? The garlic twist… an amazing product for crushing garlic.
Summer, Winter, Spring or Autumn? Not fussed… but am a bit partial to Summer… beach, beach, beach!

Which moisturiser do you use? Sukin Day and Night creams.
Your favourite grooming product/item is? Tweezers… I’m pedantic about my eyebrows!
Which cleanser do you sear by? Sukin Daily Facewash.

Lipstick, gloss or lipstain? Lip balm.
Do you wax or shave – if so, which razor do you prefer? Shave… Bic Lady will do.
Favourite hair products? Sukin and The Body Shop’s Coconut Hair Shine.
Favourite perfume? Issey Miyake
Average time to get ready in the morning before leaving the house is? 5-10 minutes.

Tell me about the denim in your wardrobe, what jeans can you simply not live without? I’m still looking for them… hopefully one of the 2 pairs I have waiting for me to alter.
Heels or flats? Sneakers

Favourite bag? The one my Aunty made for my son that I promptly ‘borrowed’ off him!
Do you wear a watch, if so, tell me about it. Have plenty but don’t wear them anymore.  A Citizen, 2 Guess, a Pierre Cardin and my Nana’s Antique Rose Gold one.
Who is your favourite designer? Haven’t a clue… I’m definitely not the right person to answer this question.  It’s one of the reasons I read your blog!
Pants or Skirts? Shorts.
The dominant colour in your wardrobe is? Black
Favourite item in your wardrobe? My Calvin Klein denim skirt.
Who or what inspires you? My family
Necessary extravagance? Perfume

Favourite place in the world? The beach
Favourite colour? Turquoise


Favourite shop? The supermarket
Favourite movie? Journey to the Centre of the Earth / 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Favourite song? I can’t possibly answer this question… your blog isn’t big enough to hold them all.
Favourite flower? Lavender

Favourite blog/website? Your blog and my website! lol
Who is your secret crush? Beck and obviously any of the strange random men that I sometimes dream about! So odd.

Aside from the fabulous person you are now, if you could be anyone, do anything, what would that be? Do anything: Be successful and for my brand to be internationally recognised. 

Thanks Louise!  Please make sure you visit Louise’s website, Woolgrub Australia – quality Australian made products for Bubs and Kids in 100% Certified Organic Cotton and 100% Pure Australian Wool.


Short Stories

A man-style shirt and heels gives shorts a rather relaxed but grown-up appeal.

So unless you’ve been living under a rock this past winter, all signs are pointing toward shorts being a must-wear trend this Spring and Summer.  This is great news for me because I love to wear shorts.  I’m a little afraid to admit this, but I tend to get a little over attached to my shorts – so much so that in the past I have had to force myself to throw the worn-out ones away because they are so badly beyond repair!  By then they are covered in holes, the seams have come apart and every time I wash them I am afraid they won’t survive the ordeal.    

Summer dressing perfection in denim or leather.
The most popular trends in shorts are the denim cut-off and tailored, especially in leather.  
Ashley Greene in her very short leather pants.

And if your legs have been covered up all winter then now is the time to start preparing them for the great unveiling of spring and summer!  Shaving, waxing, or whatever is your hair removal method of choice should be first on your list because I know that there are plenty of you out there that use the months of covering up as an excuse to omit this little task – myself included.

Emmy Rossum in her dark army green and red tee looks so gorgeous teamed with the little light-weight cardie (the puppy’s cute too of course!)

Leather shorts are not all about dressing up either, Alexa Chung pairs her leather here with chambray and little ballet flats.

Exfoliation and rough skin removal are next, so are pedicures and self-tan.  Of course we all know how good tanned legs look in shorts, but as I’ve said before you’ll be amazed at how gorgeous your lily white legs can look in the right shorts.  It’s all about smooth skin with lashings of moisturiser – it’s worth it I promise you! 

Sienna Miller’s bohemian edge resurfaces in this shot, I love her style.
Denim dressed up.
 Nicole Richie working her bohemian vibe with cut-offs and plaits.
Denim dressed down.

Shorts are such a versatile addition to your wardrobe because there are so many options when dressing in them.  Try a tailored shirt or jacket, (or steal one from your boyfriend or hubby).

Or mix your shorts with tailored separates like a jacket, a waistcoat or vest with tights and gorgeous heels for evening.
Denim dressed up Alexa-style.
During the day, pair wedges, espadrilles or chunky heels and a light-weight blouse with your shorts.
Tailored dressed up.
Leather dressed down.

For my money the hero of my wardrobe this summer is definitely going to be the denim cut-off.  So why don’t you have a look in your wardrobe and give new life to an old forgotten pair of jeans today – you won’t regret it!



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Movida, Mojitos and Jo Malone…

Hooray!  We have our first response here to my Q & A post about getting to know you.

Meet Kirsty…

Where do you live?

What do you do? Domestic Engineer
Do you have a pet? two lovely doggies
What is your favourite restaurant? Hard to narrow down but Movida in Melbourne is up there

Your favourite cocktail? Mojitos

Favourite food? Oh the hardest question ever. Chocolate, haloumi, fried rice, strawberries, curries, toast and vegemite, sweet potato soup, mashed potato and gravy, mango, macadamia nuts…could go on forever. Food in general?

Coffee or tea? tea
Favourite snack? salted pistachios
Your favourite gadget? laptop
Summer, Winter, Spring or Autumn? summer, summer, summer!!!

Which moisturiser do you use? rosehip oil and ProX
Your favourite grooming product/item is? my razor
Which cleanser do you swear by? SIMPLE age resisting cleanser
Lipstick, gloss or lipstain? paw paw ointment
Do you wax or shave – if so, which razor do you prefer? Gillette Venus
Favourite hair products? Dry Shampoo
Favourite perfume?
Anything by Jo Malone 

Average time to get ready in the morning before leaving the house is? Er 10 minutes (approx 8 of that is deciding what to wear)Tell me about the denim in your wardrobe, what jeans can you simply not live without? This season it’s been my Sportsgirl boyfriend jeans with elasticed hems.
Heels or flats? Flats
Favourite bag? My Lucky Brand patchwork bag
Do you wear a watch, if so, tell me about it. No
Who is your favourite designer? Don’t wear much designer obviously but have some Sass and Bide. Find their stuff edgy but very wearable. Camilla and Marc, Prada, Chanel.

Camilla and Marc Cadero gold blazer with the sculpted shoulder detail.

Pants or skirts? Skirts in summer, pants in winter
The dominant colour in your wardrobe is? khaki’s quite prevalent
Favourite item in your wardrobe?
my sass and bide silk cargo pants

Who or what inspires you?
my girls
Necessary extravagance? magazines and getting my eyebrows ‘done’
Favourite place in the world?
Rome, Italy (and my bedroom)

Favourite colour? changes – at the moment purple…again
Favourite shop? T2 and Kikki K
Favourite movie? Impossible to answer, there’s just too many
Favourite song? Again too many, but been listening to Fleetwood Mac recently and geez they wrote some nice melodies
Favourite flower?

Favourite blog/website? Why i like, i wish, i heart of course!

Who is your secret crush?
Alex Skarsgard from True Blood – not really a secret

Aside from the fabulous person you are now, if you could be anyone, do anything, what would that be? I just want to be me but more motivated and maybe more money savvy. Oh and a few cup sizes bigger

This was so much fun, and If I’m totally honest with you, Kirsty is my BFF, so it wasn’t so hard to get a response to my questions after all!  

Ciao for now,


Getting to Know You

A little while ago I did a post called “Little Black Blog“.  This was inspired by ELLE UK magazine where I answered 10 questions about myself, mostly pertaining to fashion and blogging.  And so now I have decided that I want to get to know my readers more.  So I have put together a little Q & A for any of you who would like to participate.  It’ll be fun, I promise!  I think it will be a fabulous way to share information on products that we love, but basically it’s  just get to know each other a little more.  

So if you are interested in responding to my little questionnaire, please email me at with your answers to the following questions.

Where do you live?
What do you do?
Do you have a pet?
What is your favourite restaurant?
Your favourite cocktail?
Favourite food?
Coffee or tea?
Favourite snack?
Your favourite gadget?
Summer, Winter, Spring or Autumn?

Which moisturiser do you use?
Your favourite grooming product/item is?
Which cleanser do you swear by?
Lipstick, gloss or lipstain?

Do you wax or shave – if so, which razor do you prefer?
Favourite hair products?
Favourite perfume?
Average time to get ready in the morning before leaving the house is?

Tell me about the denim in your wardrobe, what jeans can you simply not live without?
Heels or flats?
Favourite bag?
Do you wear a watch, if so, tell me about it.
Who is your favourite designer?
Pants or skirts?
The dominant colour in your wardrobe is?
Favourite item in your wardrobe?

Who or what inspires you?
Necessary extravagance?
Favourite place in the world?
Favourite colour?
Favourite shop?
Favourite movie?
Favourite song?
Favourite flower?
Favourite blog/website?

Who is your secret crush?
Aside from the fabulous person you are now, if you could be anyone, do anything, what would that be?

This is so exciting!  I can’t wait to read your replies!

Ciao for now,


"These were Italian."

Romancing the Stone (1984, directed by Robert Zemeckis), is one of my all time favourite movies.  I love it because of the memory of seeing it at the movies when I was 11 or 12 with my friend Ondine (we were with her big sister, who’s name was also Heidi – she was on a date and was supposed to be keeping an eye on us, but, well, as I said, she was on a date), so her little sister and I, well we were left to our own devices and when the movie got a bit scary for us we kept running out into the foyer and buying more popcorn and waiting for the scary part to be over so we could go back in.  These are fun memories for me, and after the movie came out on video (yes, good old VHS), my friend Ondine and I watched it over and over and over until we knew all the dialogue to death.  Later we began using my Dad’s video camera to film each other acting out lines from the movie.  Our favourite was of course, the classic:

Jack: “My minimum price for taking a stranded woman to a telephone is $400.”

Joan: “Will you take 375 in travellers cheques?”

Jack: “American Express?”

Joan: “Of course”

Jack: “You’ve got a deal.”

Over the years I have spent more time watching this movie (we’re into the hundreds of times here) and as I’ve matured I’ve learned more about the characters and of course began to understand nuances in the story that as a naive young girl used to fly right over my head.

The main character, Joan Wilder (played by Kathleen Turner) is a romance novelist, and from the opening scene we discover that she is obviously a dreamer and lives her life through the protagonist of her books, Angelina.  Angelina is everything that Joan isn’t.  Powerful, confident, sexy and she always gets the guy.  The film opens in her apartment and when Joan is completing her latest novel.  She is single, lives with her cat (called Romeo) and after she’s finished, we discover there has been nothing else going on in her world, she is essentially chained to her desk, she most likely hasn’t left her apartment for days.

Romancing the Stone was written by Diane Thomas, a waitress who was paid (if memory serves) $200,000 for her manuscript but sadly, Diane was killed in a car crash just after the film’s release.  This has always reminded me a little of Margaret Mitchell who wrote Gone With the Wind.  She was hit by a car and killed while crossing the street and never knew the impact her book would have on audiences.

Joan Wilder and her editor Gloria, played by Holland Taylor.

Joan in her apartment on hearing her sister has been kidnapped and held for ransom for a treasure map that was posted to her by her sister’s husband before he was murdered.

The biggest influence this movie had on me is that it made me want to be a writer. Kathleen Turner’s character Joan Wilder was for me, the ultimate transformation from bookish type who never gets out of her apartment, who lives vicarously through her the characters she creates for her books to a self-assured, confident and stunning goddess.  Of course I always dreamed that I would live through a similar experience, but to date this hasn’t happened.

Another favourite scene is after they’ve gone down the mudslide, Joan is recovering from the shock of the slide (and Jack landing face-first between her legs), she is trying to pull herself together while her clothes are falling apart.  Jack chops the heels of her shoes with his machete:

Joan: “These were Italian”
Jack: “Now they’re practical.”
Joan: “Is nothing I own sacred to you?”
Jack: “Only your $375 dollars.”

This was the first movie I saw with Michael Douglas (that I can recall anyway) and he is funny, a little irreverent and yes, even a little bit sexy.  This movie was made in 1984, so come on, he was a lot younger then!  I certainly never wanted to marry the guy, but he plays the swashbuckling-anti-hero pretty well I think.

Michael Douglas’s character Jack Colton is a cad, and he plays it to perfection.  In the shot above, Joan has just made an agreement with Jack for his help in taking her to a telephone – of course she expects him to carry her bags for her but he has no intention of doing anything for her except what they agreed upon.  A little bit further along he ends up tossing her suitcase over the edge of a cliff to save time.

Joan is such a great character because she starts out as this little mouse and ends up being the lion that roared.  In the beginning she’s afraid of living life outside her apartment but ends up fighting for her life, falling in love and over a waterfall, navigating the jungles of Colombia and fighting off a war-lord (and very nasty piece-of-work).

Joan and her sister Ellen are confronted by scary Zolo.

The end scene of the film when Joan is walking down the street to her apartment is such a complete change from when we first see her on screen. Her hair is flowing, she is wearing make up, her clothes are more womanly and she is so relaxed, not concerned about the attention she is receiving from the men on the street.  At the beginning of the movie, she is so matronly, we the viewer have no idea there is a beautiful and confident woman hiding behind the bun, glasses and boring beige clothing.

Joan at the end of the film, after all her adventure – what a difference a few days away in Colombia can make?

I read somewhere that a remake of the film is scheduled to be released in 2011.  I just hope it is nothing like the original, because you can’t remake the chemistry between Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.

I hope I have inspired you to either watch Romancing the Stone whether for the first time or for the 100th time.  I love movies that are about writers, especially if it gets them out of their comfort zone, which is exactly what happens to Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone.

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In Vogue: Fifties Fever

I  have just finished reading the Australian September issue of VOGUE Australia and boy, what a triumph this issue is!  It reminds me of the shoot Peter Lindbergh did for American VOGUE in 1990 with Linda Evangelista channelling a young Ava Gardner and her bullfighter lover.  This shoot for me, is one of the most memorable and beautiful in the history of VOGUE.

The VOGUE Australia cover shot by Max Doyle featuring a very beautiful and sexy Catherine McNeil is in my opinion, one of Australian VOGUE’s best ever.  Catherine is looking absolutely perfect emulating high fifties influenced style in her Dolce & Gabbana gown.  Editor Kirstie Clements and the VOGUE team have outdone themselves.

Photos by Max Doyle.

This is Catherine’s fourth cover for VOGUE Australia and she features in two spreads, one where she channels a young Sophia Loren, photographed by Nicole Bentley and the other by Max Doyle (who also shot the cover).

Photo by Nicole Bentley.

I do recommend that you purchase a copy for yourselves, as it has to be seen in the flesh, because this September issue is definitely a keeper.

I know that I have been slack in my blogging recently, but the truth is that my youngest daughter Annabel broke her arm last week on what used to be known as my birthday.  That day is now, and forever will be known as, “The Day Annabel Broke Her Arm.”  Poor little angel, she was so brave.  We spent the night together in the hospital and the next day she had to go under general anesthetic so they could put pins in her little funny bone so that it heals right.  Next week she will be getting a hot pink fiber glass cast on her arm and in six weeks she’ll be all better – and the pins will come out then too.  So Annabel, my tough little nugget, Mama loves you and is so proud of my brave little one.

Ciao for now,


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