More about the girl talk…

The weekend was fantastic!  There was oodles of girl talk, copious amounts of Shiraz and Pinot Gris were consumed and yes, hangovers where nursed – but what better company to nurse a hangover in – and what better surroundings?  

The tree house was exceptional – the most comfortable beds ever (if I could have packed it in my suit case I would have), the environment was eco-friendly, birds every where, and on dusk a family of Kookaburras would descend upon the house in expectation of whatever food we decided to give them.  In our case it was bacon.  Such beautiful birds, so friendly and so tame.

This was all happening of course while we were enjoying the outdoor jacuzzi.  The mountain air was incredible – the silence, so welcoming, and the gorgeous private boardwalk so easily helped your mind wander.  It invited dreams of which we all discussed fervently into the night.  

The winding private boardwalk through the bush was lit up at dusk by mushroom lights.  It felt like we were in fairy land!

The playlist I mixed especially for the weekend went down a treat (it has become a thing that I do whenever us girls get together for a special night), the food was amazing – especially Kirsty’s Beef Bourguigon, so succulent and delicious!  And her cupcakes – don’t even ask!

Sadly we didn’t get to the canoeing.In truth, we didn’t get to do anything outside the cabin, save for a quick trip into Montville for phone reception so we could ring our loved-ones.  It was however, perfect.  

Thanks girls, I am so delighted to have been included on what is a traditional birthday weekend away.  I thank the universe that I live close enough to you the first time in forever so that I could spend it with you.   


Thank you Deb for the Kookaburra photo and the picture of the house, hope you don’t mind! xx

The Importance of Girl Talk

I’ve had a lot going on these past few weeks and this week has been no exception.  It’s crazy how time just flies by and before you know it it’s been a week since I last blogged!  Although I never stop writing and thinking of ideas and collecting images, so it really is a 24/7 thing this blogging – but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  

It was my eldest daughter Chloe’s 7th birthday this week and so we had a beautiful girlie afternoon tea for her and her friends, plus my other daughter Annabel got her cast off and had the pins removed from her broken (now healed) arm, which meant day surgery, and now I am frantically packing for two whole glorious days away with my best girlfriends – sans children!  It is perfect timing because the school holidays  are upon us and so I will be recharged and ready to go when I return home on Sunday.

If you have ever wanted to live like the Swiss Family Robinson – living in a tree house that is, not the ship-wrecked part, then let me tell you about where we are staying this weekend.   

Secrets on the Lake in Montville is where we are staying, we discovered it while having a picnic at Lake Baroon, which is the lake that the resort is situated on.

The view down to lake Baroon from one of the tree houses.

There is going to be lots of giggling or course, many bottles of Pinot Gris will be consumed, canoeing on the Lake (if Mand has her way) and lots of laying about reading and most important, catching up on the girl talk.

I can’t wait to tell you all about it, so stay tuned!



Crystal Renn: Beauty Plus Curves

While doing my best to read Paris VOGUE today, I was inspired by the story of American model Crystal Renn.   Aside from her obvious beauty and the gorgeous photographs by Steven Meisel, I was curious to learn more about her because try as I might, I couldn’t quite get the gist of the VOGUE article (I guess it would be easier if I were fluent?) so I decided to Google Crystal and I discovered quite a lot about her.

Crystal grew up in Mississippi and has been modeling since the age of 14.   She has appeared in (among others) American, Italian and Paris VOGUE, GLAMOUR, V and ELLE. But what makes Crystal different from Giselle, Daria and Kate is that she is categorised as plus-size.  I really don’t like that term – “Plus-Sized” – what does it mean really?  Is it that anyone size 10 or above is considered to be out of the regular sizing chart, because if that is the case, then that’s a load of crap.  We size 10 and above women are “the norm”, are we not?  We are the most popular sizes because our sizes are the first to go in stores.  I don’t know what our sizes should be called (if anything) I just wish that the term plus-size didn’t exist because it is a farce.

“I’m known for my body and I’m proud of my body.”

On the catwalk for Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Renn was not always a plus-size model. When she was first discovered at 13 she was told to drop so much weight that she eventually became anorexic.  A size zero (I still cannot comprehend that such a size exists) on a 5’9″ woman must have been terribly difficult to maintain and as a result Crystal decided to give up on the starvation and extreme exercise and embrace her curves.  She is now hired extensively because of them, featuring in the pages of many high-end fashion magazines and in advertisements for Dolce and Gabbana and Chanel. Not an easy feat for most models, let alone one who is not the standard size zero.

On the catwalk for Chanel for the cruise collection in April.

Recently Renn admitted that she has started to lose weight, but insists it is through healthy exercise as opposed to the desperate desire to be skinny that once plagued her.
“I started an exercise routine after seven years,” she said. “I thought it was a great time to take care of myself and start exercise again.  It used to be that eight hours a day of hard, gruelling exercise a day was the norm.”

“I’m at a place now where I feel I can do it in a healthy way.”

I think Crystal has a fantastic attitude.  We are seeing curvier models and actors in magazines, advertising and television, I hope it is not just a trend but a movement toward truth and what is a positive reflection on real women because let’s face it, aren’t we the ones buying the clothes? 


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