Tick or Treat?

When I was a kid, Halloween was not something we celebrated.  In fact, I didn’t really get what it was about, the dressing up and the purposeful scaring of little ones, it just didn’t make sense.  

These days it’s a different story thanks to television, movies and marketing.  Halloween has invaded us down here and I even have children knocking on my door for treats.  They certainly don’t care for the trick thing though because I’ve often been caught short with no treats to offer and these kids are not even interested in a trick, sadly.  That said however, I do feel I would be caught short there too, as I really don’t know any tricks except for “Got your nose”.  

My girls have convinced me to let them go out “Trick or Treating” this afternoon after school.  I do hope that the neighbours are prepared for two little girls dressed up as witches, they will be so disappointed if they come back with their treat bags empty.

Anyway, I’m off now to stock up on treats – just in case.

Happy Halloween!


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Give a frock Friday

It’s Friday and that means it’s time to rock a gorgeous frock and so here it is…

Karlie Kloss wearing Zac Posen’s romantic ruffled duchesse-satin dress, photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue US July 2009.  

Dream a little dream…

Have a great weekend.


This is Vintage

Christy Turlington photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for Harper’s Bazaar September issue, 1992.  In this first shot Christy is wearing Isaac Mizrahi and looking nothing less than perfect.  

 Christy wears Donna Karan
Geoffrey Beene
 Ralph Lauren Collection
Giorgio Armani

These images, and the designs, take me back to my early days of exploring fashion, understanding design and getting to know the who’s who of designers.  I just love the memories.



Sources: Thank you to Devodotcom blog for these stunning images.  An excellent blog devoted to vintage magazines, magazine editorials and advertising.  Please visit, you won’t be disappointed.  

Art meets Rodarte

For me, to see fashion and a favourite artist’s work come together in one show, well, it’s a little piece of heaven.  It’s totally inspired fashion.  I really enjoyed watching the latest Rodarte collection on Style.com because designers Leah and Kate Mulleavy have fused their love of Vincent Van Gogh’s works Sunflowers and The Starry Night with brocades, silk-floss embroideries and tulle ruffled fabrics for their Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection.

Vase with Twelve Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh, painted in August 1888.

The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, painted in June 1889.

I was very inspired by the colour spectrum used in this collection, aqua and yellow, lilac and green, black, purple and blue.  

Poetry in motion.  



Sources: Style.com

Interiors: Dining In

We are in the process of buying new chairs for our dining table and I have my heart set on Ray and Charles Eames Eiffel DSW dining chairs.  The chairs we have now are a mixture of Bentwood and ladder back, and all are in need of some time off to be repaired and repainted.  We have a lot of family coming to spend Christmas dinner with us and if we don’t get new chairs now, I fear we will all be sitting on the floor having a carpet picnic!

These blue Eames dining chairs around the iconic Saarinen tulip table look very retro against the 70s fleur de lis style wallpaper.  Not sure about the wilted tulips however…

These chairs are what I grew up with – I guess the height of 80s style?

These copper lights look fantastic with the wooden table and wooden legged Eames dining chairs.  This kitchen is a real mix of periods.

Until I saw this picture from Australian Vogue Living, I had no idea that my favourite chairs also came in my favourite colour green!  Originally our intention was to buy the chairs in white, but now we are deciding on colours.  Green of course and possibly black, yellow and pink.  

This image shows how well modern design mixes with classic architecture, possibly my favourite look.

Gorgeous mix of tangerine painted wall with hot pink chairs!

I love this image because it reminds me of my own table, especially because of the Stokke Tripp Trapp at the end.  We bought one of these for our first child with the intention of getting another when our second child came along but unfortunately the cost of a second… we just never got around to spending the money.  It’s a shame really because I like the idea of the girls’ being able to use their Tripp Trapp at their desk as they grow older.  I love that they fit under the table just like any other chair, I hated the idea of some horrible monstrosity of a high-chair and the Tripp-Trapp is the perfect designer high chair!

The Saarinen tulip chairs above are a delightful addition to this library / dining room.  I love the idea of a dining room being more than just a dining room.  Books lining the walls make for a very interesting and ever-changing art installation, don’t you think?

I really like the layout of this kitchen, dining room and the zebra floor rug gives just the right amount of glamour.



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Happy (60th) Birthday STING!

My life-long crush.  The world is a better place when Sting’s music is playing.

Too many songs to choose from, these are just a few of my favourites.

Sources: here.

The Talented Mrs Prada

Never before has Miranda Priestly’s words in The Devil Wears Prada been more true than in the current Spring Summer 2011 season.  One of my favourite scenes is when Miranda lectures Andy on the origin of the colour of her sweater.

Season after season Miuccia sends inventive and beautiful collections down the runway and her influence is everywhere right now.  Simply take a walk through your local shopping mall and you will be overwhelmed with stripes, colour blocking, impossibly high stacked wedges, hot pink clutches, and colour combinations like blue and green and pink and orange, pink and navy (which I adore by the way).  Her Spring Summer 2011 collection is blazing a trail through chain stores, magazines, on the mannequins in store windows, cushion covers and accessories. 

Miuccia’s collections are a complete expression of herself, she makes her own rules.  I read somewhere that Miuccia will choose a colour that she despises, because of the rush it gives her when she can make something beautiful with it.  If you haven’t seen the Prada Spring Summer 2011 runway show, you can watch it below. 

I must also mention her latest collection of shoes from the Spring/Summer 2012.  I want to know, what must they be like to wear?  I wonder, do they make you want to fly?

Because I sure would love to fly…


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