NYE: Out with the Old & In with the New

Goodbye, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodnight…
(and quite frankly, good riddance 2011!)

Whichever way you choose to see the New Year in…

May 2012 bring all of us all good fortune, abundance, prosperity and joy. I hope it’s your best year yet.  

My most heartfelt best wishes for 2012 to all of my readers and especially to all of my friends and family!



Sources: Pinterest

Give a frock Friday

Vionnet silk dress modelled by Katie Fogerty and photographed by Max Doyle for Australian Vogue, December 2011.

Australian Vogue went all out with their African theme for their December 2011 issue, their best issue in my eyes in a long time.  Edited to perfection, I couldn’t put it down, even their choice of advertising seemed geared to a tribal theme.  Max Doyle’s photographs for the two editorials shot in Botswana  were perfection.  Beautiful, colourful, elegant, timeless and Naomi Smith’s styling was on the mark, it must have been so much fun editing such gorgeous dresses for each shot.  I found it difficult to choose which dress to put here on today’s Frock Friday and so you may very well see others from the issue further down the track.  

Have a great weekend and Happy New Year!

Source: Vogue Australia December 2011

In-between days

How was your Christmas?  We had such a wonderful day here.  Both my girls Chloè and Annabel were up at half five in the morning checking for evidence of Santa’s visit.  As you can see by the shot below, Santa’s reindeer ate their carrots, obviously hungry from their long journey south.  

The day ended around 10 o’clock that night, I fell into bed after what was a hot, humid and gloriously sunny day with family.  
I love to cook and so I spent a fair amount of the day in the kitchen cooking up a storm of roast duck, lamb and Nigella’s coca cola ham, which was then followed swiftly by traditional Christmas pudding and my mum’s frozen raspberry cheesecake – mmm so good!

The girls waited so patiently for Mummy and Daddy to get out of bed before they got stuck into their presents.

 Elf Annabel 
Elf Chloè
Jet the Rein-dog, clearly exhausted from the day’s events.  

And as for New Year’s Eve this year, what are your plans?  I think this year is going to be a quiet family celebration, which is just what I need after a very hectic and unpredictable year that we have had.  I am very much looking ahead to the new year.  There is great anticipation for 2012 to be a most amazing, wonderful, prosperous and joyous year we have had for a long time.  Expectations are high to say the least!  

Until then,



Merry Christmas 2011

May your day be merry and bright. 

And if you’re in the North, I hope it’s white, and if you’re in the South like me, I hope it’s hot and sunny!

It has been raining non-stop here for the last two days, but it is supposed to clear up for the big day tomorrow, but I honestly don’t care what the weather is like.  For I have my whole family together and together we will celebrate!

I wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and I hope you have a wonderful day, whether you are on your own, with your family, en route travelling or already in the midst of your holiday.  Thanks for visiting throughout the year, I love all of your comments and I thank you for them.  I simply love that you like to visit and read my blog, it means the world to me.

Merry Christmas! 


Give a frock Friday

Katy Perry in a gown by Christian Dior Haute Couture, on the Carrousel de Paris in the Jardins du Trocadéro, Paris.  Photographed for Vanity Fair by Annie Leibovitz, June 2011.

We are all very excited about the lead up to Christmas here. My girls are getting ready for Santa, counting down the sleeps till his arrival. 

We will be 17 strong for our Christmas day feast and I have no clue as to where everyone is going to sit, much less if I have enough plates, knives and forks and I know I certainly don’t have enough wine glasses…  Oh well, we could always do two sittings I suppose!

Have a great weekend and Merry Christmas!


Christmas Day-Dreams

Image via The Glamourai.

Oh to wake up on Christmas morning and find all these gorgeous goodies from Tiffany’s underneath!  Maybe one day, but until then… only in my dreams.

Merry Christmas! 


Prints – breaking all the rules

Photo by Lee Oliveira

Ok, so I like to look at prints and I like to see them on other people, but on me, I’m not so sure.  I am still finding it very difficult moving beyond stripes.  But, it is hard to deny the impact prints are having on me lately.  

Photo by Lee Oliveira 

Prints were all over the Spring 2011 runways, so it’s no surprise that they are being worn everywhere now.  

Image via Fashionnews.com

What I have noticed most about the prints being worn now is how there are simply no rules anymore.  Wear your prints anyway you like to because everyone else is and guess what?  It seems to be working!  Abstract, tribal or  animal, plaid, tartan, gingham and Liberty are all being worn with block colours, stripes, paisley, florals, polka dots, chevron, you name it.  

 Photo by Streetfsn

 Photo by Lee Oliveira

It’s all about mixing it up, which I think is great because let’s face it, most of the rules we follow in fashion came about in the days when there was no personal style per se.  Strict etiquette ruled when and where we wore what we wore.  Rules such as when to wear hats and gloves, is it black tie or white tie, green and blue should never be seen, always match your handbag with your shoes and only black should be worn to a funeral. 

Image from the Prada Spring 2012 campaign via Fashionista.com

Watching street style from my favourite cafè or via the lens of the many wonderful street style photographers such as Lee Oliveira and Scott Schuman or Vanessa Jackman, has taught me much, but there is one thing I have learned that I see over and over again and that is that finding your personal style is all about being true to yourself.  I’ve said it before and I will keep on saying it because it is so true!  What you wear is an extension of yourself, it says so much about who you are, and no, I’m not talking about wearing labels. I’m talking about dressing for yourself, how you want to be seen and using your wardrobe to project an image that says “here I am!” 

For those of us out there who are willing to take that risk you will discover a sense of freedom and individuality that will spur you on each day to keep at it.  Take solace in the knowledge that the rules no longer apply, that you have the freedom to wear your clothes however you like and you will feel an amazing sense of self when you do.



Give a frock Friday

Daria Werbowy in Dolce & Gabbana, photographed by lnez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Paris Vogue, April 2008 and style by Emmanuelle Alt.

The ultimate maxi dress, yes?  Definitely the prettiest of Friday’s frocks so far too.

I am super excited about this weekend because today I am driving down to the twinkly lights of Brisbane for a weekend with my gorgeous friend Amanda.  I am so looking forward to the break!

Have a great weekend.


Image: Scan from Paris Vogue, April 2008.

Meanwhile, more twinkle lights!

Twinkle lights, or rather, Christmas lights at this time of year are so wonderful!  They really add to the festive feeling, don’t you agree?

I think Meg Ryan’s character Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail said it perfectly when she said:

“Meanwhile, I’m putting up more twinkle lights.”  

Translation, forget about your troubles, let’s make the room look pretty!

Merry Christmas! 


Amber Le Bon, fashion’s new muse

Already a fan of her mother Yasmin, I am fast becoming a fan of her stylish daughter, Amber Le Bon.

Amber began modelling after finishing school and last week she walked for Karl Largerfeld in the Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 in Paris.

This was not her first time walking the runway for Karl Largerfeld. Amber’s first time down the runway was with her Mother when she was barely a toddler.

Now 22, Amber lives with her parents and two sisters in London.  While currently focusing on her modelling, she likes to spend time learning to play new instruments and drawing.

I like Amber’s take on her personal style and where she draws inspiration from, citing different genres of music to old black and white movies.

“Anything I see in life that catches my eye, makes me think, and inspires me.” (Source: Style.com)
I think Amber has been nicely influenced by her mother’s own passion for collecting fashion.  She is so young but already she holds sentimental interest in the things she owns.
“I collect jewelry. I’m a magpie, and jewelry is something that hopefully you’ll keep forever and be able to pass on someday and tell some great stories about the fun times you had wearing each thing, or what it meant to you.” (Source: Style.com)
Amber’s go-to attire is all about “comfort, layering and soft fabrics like bamboo and cashmere.” (Source: Tales of Endearment)


Amber is also passionate about music, obviously influenced by her musical dad, Simon Le Bon.

“I love learning new instruments,” she says. “I started playing ukulele about two years ago, then started playing guitar in January, and I’ve been playing piano since I was little. Music makes me happy.” (Source: Style.com)

“Hmmm, what have I learnt [about style] from Daddy? Well, I steal all his shirts and jumpers! I think that because I’ve seen all of the stage outfits he wore at gigs that as a child I developed a love for sequins and sparkles, which I still have now. I’m a sucker for a little embellishment!”

Words of wisdom from someone so young:

“It doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks of what you’re wearing as long as you like it and you feel happy, comfortable, and confident in it”.

The very words I live by Amber.



Image sources: Tales of Endearment, Google, Style.com, Vogue.co.uk.

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