Dries Van Noten: Colour Me Happy

Yesterday I took a leap and dyed my white cargos orange.  They didn’t turn out the bright orange I had expected, they are more like the colour of mango, so I might have to do it again to get a brighter hit of orange. But for now, they are truly the happiest pants in my wardrobe because they are such a cheery colour and they have gone from being hidden at the back to being worn today.  

On my way to get my morning latte I was accosted by a very cranky fox terrier who I think took offence to my bright pants because he decided to attack them!  A shriek of “bloody hell” was all I managed to get out as I ran for the safety of Milk & Honey.  Not long after, lattè in hand, I returned to the safety of my car and continued on my way.

It got me thinking about colour though and how I think it brings out your personality.  

One of the best users of colour in the business is Monsieur Dries Van Noten.

DVN S/S 2010

Blue: Soft, soothing, compassionate and caring, Blue is the color of deliberation and introspection, conservatism and duty. Patient, persevering, conscientious, sensitive and self-controlled, Blues like to be admired for their steady character and wisdom. They are faithful, but are often worriers with somewhat inflexible beliefs and can be too cautious, and suspicious of flamboyant behaviour.

DVN S/S 2008

Pink: This color embodies the gentler qualities of Red, symbolizing love and affection without passion. Women who prefer Pink tend to be maternal. Pink desires protection, special treatment and a sheltered life. Pink people require affection and like to feel loved and secure, perhaps wanting to appear delicate and fragile. Pink people tend to be charming and gentle, if a trifle indefinite.

DVN S/S 2010

Purple: Purples are highly individual, fastidious, witty and sensitive, with a strong desire to be unique and different. Temperamental, expansive and artistic, a Purple person may become aloof and sarcastic when misunderstood. If you chose Purple, you tend to be unconventional, tolerant and dignified, likely to achieve positions of authority.

DVN S/S 2010

Yellow: The color of happiness, wisdom and imagination, Yellow is chosen by the mentally adventurous, searching for novelty and self-fulfillment. Yellow usually goes with a sunny and shrewd personality, with a good business head and a strong sense of humor. It is the color of intellectuality and all things to do with the mind. Yellow folks are usually clear and precise thinkers who have a good opinion of their own mental capacities and who have lofty ideals. They may at times tend to shun responsibility, preferring freedom of thought and action.

DVN F/W 2009

Orange: This color of luxury and pleasure appeals to the flamboyant and fun-loving person who likes a lively social round. Orange people may be inclined to dramatize a bit, and people notice them, but they are generally good-natured and popular. They can be a little fickle and vacillating, but on the whole they try hard to be agreeable. Orange is the color of youth, strength, fearlessness, curiosity and restlessness.

DVN S/S 2010

Green: The color of harmony and balance, Green symbolizes hope, renewal and peace, and is usually liked by the gentle and sincere. Greens are generally frank, community-minded people, fairly sociable but preferring peace at any price. Green people can be too self-effacing, modest and patient, so they may get exploited by others. They are usually refined, civilized and reputable.

DVN S/S 2009

Dries Van Noten is known for his use of original prints, bold colour and layering.  His designs are all pret-a-porter and the company does not use advertising nor does he use any one particular muse: “I think it would really limit my creativity.  It’s not that I want to dress everybody in the world, but I want to dress different generations and different body types.  That’s one of the reasons why we don’t create publicity, because you have to choose one ideal Dries Van Noten man and woman, and this I don’t want to do.”  I commend Van Noten’s ability to not give in to the lucrative nature of fashion branding. He is the exception rather than the rule. 

I wonder if he is ever tempted by it?  Who do you think would make a good company face for Dries Van Noten?  

He once dressed Cate Blanchett for the Oscars and both Nicole Kidman and Maggie G have all been down the red carpet in his designs.  My choice? I pick Maggie G, I think she embodies the Dries woman perfectly. 

Anyway, kisses!


Sources: Style.com, Australian VOGUE, JustJared.com.  
Colour meaning interpretations adapted from The Healing Power of Color by Betty Wood (Inner Traditions, 1998) via here.

Skirts are the new pants

Long skirts, pleated skirts, maxi skirts, they are probably my favourite item in my wardrobe right now.   One of my favourites is a dress which I made into a skirt, by cutting off the bodice and making a waist band and adding a zip.  I wear it constantly and because the print is mostly red, it is quite bright and colourful and just about any colour top goes with it.  Don’t misunderstand me though, I really and truly do love my pants, especially my cargos, but to be honest, I get a little thrill from wearing a skirt, it’s just so much more ladylike, isn’t it?  I mean, you put on a skirt and instantly I feel more feminine and sexy.  Which is always nice, right?

Here are some of images of skirts I have collected recently.  Which do you prefer, long or short? Maxi or tailored? Print or monochromatic?

Such a great trans-seasonal look this one, long skirts keep your legs warm of course, in case a cool breeze picks up unexpectedly, which it tends to do in early Spring.

Sunshine yellow – gorgeous!
 More yellow but with a twist.
 Below the knee denim paired with gorgeous stripes.  

I like the mix of the ballet flats and the blazer with this maxi.  I guess it helps that she’s at least 6 feet tall!

 This is how I wear mine, with a cute t-shirt.
 Asymmetrical hem line – very nice with the boots.
Lovely pleats.  Very feminine.
 Sheer daring.
 Relaxed and pretty.
 Warm in the cool breeze, still ultra feminine. 

Forgive me if I’m wrong here, but this looks like she has made her dress into a skirt and cinched it with a belt – it looks great, not a bad idea if you’re over wearing a dress in your wardrobe but don’t want to part with it.  It gives something a new lease on life – like when you cut off your old denim jeans into shorts.

I really like the print on this skirt – her hair is such a great style too.

I love the tied shirt and the pockets.  

I think this is the same girl second from the top? At least same skirt and shoes anyway – I love the bright knit sweater with her sunny yellow skirt.

So this is my favourite skirt. I got it from Topshop and it was a dress, but I made it into a skirt and I wear it about ten times more now.  I don’t have a remote for my camera, nor was there anyone about to help me, so I apologise for the angle, but you get the idea.  What do you think?



sources: all images from the Sartorialist and Garance Dorè.

Interiors: The art of the Entryway

(The Design Files)

Most homes have one, some are purpose built, others are just a wall to the side as you enter a home.  Whatever your space, it’s nice to have somewhere to put your keys, your umbrella, your shoes, and hang your coat.  For me, it’s a place to drop my stuff as I stumble in and the place to pick up what I need as I head out the door.

I love this entry way because it has so much light!  The blue door is so pretty and the blue glassware on the entry table are cute too.  And the persian rug, well, I can never say anything bad about a persian rug because they are always perfect, anywhere, anyway, anyhow.  

Although this entryway is not a designated space, the whole space is on show as you enter through the doorway you are invited into a personal art gallery.  

Love the table, love the basket, love the red wall, love the bits and bobs on the table.  

Elegant and funky themes are brought together with the use of the striped pouf and the clean lines of the side table and portrait casually leant against the wall.

This quintessential coat and hat stand looks perfect against this lavender painted wall.  I used to have a hat stand, it was useful, then it wasn’t.  Of course I regret giving it away because now that I don’t have one – I could really use one!    

I’m currently on the look-out for an umbrella stand.  I have more umbrellas than the average person and no where to keep them.  At the moment they are keeping spiders from nesting in my wellington boots!  

A simple place to put your keys.  
The Eames Hang-It-All rack is a modern classic designed by Ray and Charles Eames in 1953 – its on my wish-list.
(Domino magazine)

I just love the way this table has been placed with the lamp, the vase of flowers, the Indian goddess statue on the top and then underneath it stores other items that may have no other sensible place to be otherwise. The mixture of items are all placed in an aesthetically pleasing way.  So simple.

The higgledy-piggledy placement of framed pictures, prints, etc. sets a homely scene.  The space is small but now useful too.  Another Eame’s Hang-It-All too.  Just lovely.

This mirror reminds me of a peacock displaying all his feathers and I just love the green of the sideboard.
 Isn’t this selection of hanging plates delightful?  
(Domino magazine)
This simple entryway is uncluttered and so inviting, even this cow looks compelled to enter!
This is my own entryway and I am constantly tweaking it.  I hung the pictures on the existing hooks and I have shoved my collection of Australian VOGUE magazines underneath the kauri pine hall table because after twelve years (and counting)of collecting, they weigh down the bookshelves too much and frankly I don’t know where else to put them!  It’s a perfect place for my children to store their school bags and a green Dinosaur Designs resin bowl holds keys, mobile phones and loose change.  Like most of my home it is a work in progress and I cannot imagine it ever being any other way.  
It’s just how I like it.

Sources: Pinterest

A short video about the evolution of style

This is way cool, love it!


Up the garden path

An old bicycle being overgrown by a vine in the garden at  “Shambles”.

This post is a little unusual in that I haven’t written a post about gardening since I first started this blog, but yesterday my Mum took me to see an open garden called “Shambles”.  It was filled with heritage roses, orchids, salvias of every kind, blossoming macadamia trees, azaleas, wisteria, black-eyed susan vines, miniature camellias, so many gorgeous blossoms.  Roses are not easy to grow here in the humid climate but up on the mountain range where the humidity is less roses are more likely to thrive and even the wisteria will blossom!

 A selection of rose blossoms from the extensive garden at “Shambles”.
A garden nymph.

The most beautiful part of roses for me is their scent.  They could be the most beautiful coloured blossom, but without a scent, I just don’t care!  The garden at “Shambles” reminded me so much of my old garden at our cottage in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.  My roses there were the sweetest smelling, and they were complimented by the dozens of lavender growing amongst them.  I did feel a touch of longing for my old garden I am afraid to say.  I kept expecting my old friend Mary Cat to jump out at any moment like she used to.   Sigh…
At the back of the garden was an old shed, filled with old bottles, a typewriter, Singer sewing machine and other vintage wares.  

More of the wonderful heritage roses.
 One of the many beautiful (and flowering!) orchids in the garden.
 An old lamp in the back garden shed.
I love this quote, “Procrastination is the thief of time” because I am one of the great procrastinators and I am always complaining that I don’t have enough time.  I am my own worst enemy of course!


Espadrilles are the new black

These gorgeous numbers are my new espadrilles.  What do you think?  I am in love, love, love with them!

Espadrilles are a style of shoe that has always piqued my interest and so when I came across this pair last week, not only was it love at first sight, but they were half price too!  Happy days. 

Can I just tell you a little thing I have discovered since I started wearing my espadrilles, (which was immediately after purchase) not only are they oh so very comfortable, but curiously enough, they go with just about everything in my wardrobe.  What more could a girl ask for?  I do like to live in my Birkenstocks during the summer because I spend so much time outside, but now I can also mix it up with my espy’s (as I have nick-named them – it’s a very Australian thing to do to add a ‘y’ to the end of a word, like ‘sunnies’ (sunglasses), ‘chewy’ (gum), footy (football).  Did you know that espy’s have been around since the 14th century?  I guess that’s so because they are so comfy and wearable, right? 

Of course espadrilles were originally worn by peasants, but these days you can find all the high-end designers flogging their own version of the espadrille.

Stella McCartney.
I don’t know if these are designer espy’s, but they sure are cute.
 I love the embroidered Zebra on these.
 Lauren Bacall’s character wore espadrilles in the 1948 film ‘Key Largo’.
Tory Burch.
Elizabeth and James.
Grace Kelly (with Cary Grant) wearing her espadrilles on the French Riviera.
The penultimate and ultimate espadrille by none other than Christian Louboutin of course.

I do believe that I am going to have to go back and buy another pair because I think that I will probably wear these out before the end of Summer.  I love how comfortable they are, and the cotton canvas upper and jute rope sole lets my feet breath, just so perfect.


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I’d rather be…

Reading, relaxing, taking time-out.

Alas, instead I am busy as a bee, with too much to do and not enough time to do it.  I am off now to volunteer at my girls’ school fete – and dragging my feet every step of the way…

Have a lovely weekend – oh, and yay – Spring is here!


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