Rainy Days

It has been raining a lot here. A lot. There is no exaggerating the fact that it hasn’t stopped precipitating for well over a week. Now the weather mocks me by pretending to clear up. I’ll look out the window and suddenly it’s “Look, there’s some blue sky over there!” The sun even shows itself – if for a few moments. Then it’s all over, the clouds gather, the sun retreats. No. I was wrong, the weather is not clearing up, it’s simply redoubling its efforts! Ok, so I’m whining, yes I know. But…


Everything is water-logged, the floors are damp, horrible mould spores are starting to populate. I can see cities of mould are growing everywhere, on the outside furniture and the cushions on my daybed, nothing is dry anymore. 

This morning I sent my girls off to school in their rubber boots because I didn’t wish to see their brand new school shoes ruined by puddles and mud.  They don’t care of course, they are only too happy to splash around in puddles and mud!  I guess that’s the difference between being a kid and being a grown up. I hate puddles and mud now. Maybe I should look at it like they do and splash about in a few puddles, remember what it was like as a child. Maybe then I’ll not be bothered so much by the rain!



P. S.

Just after I published this post, I looked out my window and the sky is almost entirely blue! Hooray!

Images from Flickr via The Digital Photography School.

Give a frock Friday

Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture, Spring 2012, modelled by Frida Gustavasson.

The Haute Couture shows are on in Paris right now and this playful pink frock went down the runway just 2 days ago. Paris’s enfant terrible of fashion, always celebrating pop culture and never afraid to push boundaries, Gaultier’s collection was a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse. Lots of beehives, corsets, heavy eyeliner and hourglass shapes and her music was the soundtrack. Every gown is so pretty, I really could have posted them all, so much colour, so much frivolity! 

Check out my Facebook page for more images from the collection and short video of the runway show. So if you haven’t already “Liked” me, please click on the link and check out the rest of Jean-Paul’s gorgeous and glam couture collection – you won’t regret it!

Have a great weekend.


Source: Reuters.com

Everybody’s doin’ it.

Is it just me, or does it seem like everyone is getting inked? People everywhere are using indelible ink to express themselves. Humans have always loved to express themselves through art and now, more than ever they are using the ancient art of tattooing to say something permanent about who they are, or what they believe in.

Model Lily Donaldson.

When I was growing up, I swear the only people with tattoos where sailors, bikers and well, pirates. At least, that was how it seemed to me. So what’s all the fuss about? Is the  increasing popularity for tattoos been brought on by reality shows like Miami Ink? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I have a problem with tattoos, quite the opposite in fact. It’s just that it’s like people are suddenly obsessed with tattooing their bodies. Or have I just been living under a rock? 

Model Freja Beha.

Then there is screen goddess Angelina Jolie, arguably one of the most beautiful women on the planet and she is covered in tattoos, which seem only to make her even more attractive.

Women of all ages are joining this party and as such, the style of tattoos women are putting on their bodies has evolved into something far removed from the original classics such as an anchor or a dragon. The tattoos women are going for are more characterised by their own distinct personality and artistic integrity. Cute even.

I have two tattoos. They aren’t very obvious and yet they are not hidden either. I wanted mine to be small and meaningful. I first started thinking about getting a tattoo in my early 20s. But I did have any idea of what I wanted. By the time I did and drew a design, I knew it would happen. 
My first, a little black cat on my inside left ankle, is my good luck charm. It didn’t hurt as much as I had expected it to, but when the tattooist started colouring in the body of my design I found yogic breathing helped me cope!  Afterward I felt the adrenalin kick in, I was elated and I knew I wanted to do this again!  

There is no limit to wearing your art on your sleeve, décolletage, neck, thigh, ankle or your whole back. I wonder, are tattoos becoming the most wearable form of self expression outside of clothing and jewellery? Maybe so. What is intriguing, is the diversity of tattoo wearing fashionistas I see on street style blogs, and they’re all wearing Prada and Armani while toting some serious ink. But you know what? It is the way of the tattoo. Design and placement is key. I am often amazed by the full sleeves I see on young women, to me they seem fearless about their choice of permanence at such a young age.  

Image from Aje Summer 2010 collection.

My second tattoo I had done in secret. I was alone, no bestie or hubby by my side. After deciding on a sanskrit word that basically means spiritual seeker, this tattoo was very important to me. It was spur-of-the moment because I hadn’t really planned on getting it done that day, but the design came to me a few days before and once I had decided on the design, I couldn’t wait any longer. The tattoo is on the inside of my right wrist and when it was done I was so thrilled. I also knew that it was not to be my last.  

My wrist tattoo.

If permanent inking is not your thing, then in the words of Captain Jack Sparrow, “what’s say you” get your car inked instead? I recently put a very cute Cupid decal from Motortatts on the rear window of my car and not only has it given my car some personality, but I have had so many lovely comments from people too.

For some very cool car tattoo decal designs for your car, head over to my hubby’s side business Motortatts and check them out.

In a generation, tattoos have become de rigueur, and there really are no boundaries or limits to a design. I’ve seen tattoos on people from all walks of life and one thing that remains true is how very personal your tattoo is to you. Go with your instincts. 



Sources: cartatts.tumblr.com, pinterest, cartatts.com, google.com and my own.

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Isabel Marant, effortlessly hip and not ladylike

Isabel Marant photographed by Terry Richardson.

I’m just loving the edgy, bohemian cool designs of Parisienne designer Isabel Marant. No, that’s not quite right. I am loving the whole idea of the Isabel Marant woman and what she represents with her design aesthetic. She never follows trends, she sets them. She designs for a customer that seeks out comfort, but not what everybody else is wearing. Maybe she is the best kept secret of the fashion world?

Isabel Marant Fall/Winter 2010/2011

Her designs have been described as laid-back, mis-matched, paired-down Parisiane cool.  Boyish, hip, sleek by nature, chic.  “Tough, dirty, a bit rough and ready” according to style blogger Susie Bubble.

Isabel Marant Spring Summer 2001 on the runway.

Her designs are cosmopolitan without being too contrived because Marant designs for herself. 
“When I design I think about what I don’t have in my closet yet and what should really be there. I try to determine in which direction I feel like going, what I am looking for in a piece of clothing and why I still want new things. It is always a rather intuitive but philosophical approach.”

Marant grew up in Paris and was a keen hand at the sewing machine knocking up clothes for herself and friends as a teen.  She went on to study fashion at Studio Bercot fashion school in Paris and launched her eponymous accessories line in 1989, followed up by a womenswear line in 1994.  

Marant mostly uses fabrics woven exclusively for her label, which lends her clothes their one-of-a-kind appeal but of course this means her clothes don’t come cheap.  However her lower priced diffusion label Etoile might just give us mere mortals the opportunity to purchase an Isabel Marant design – yippee! And of course there is always Marant’s accessories line, and her fabulous high-top sneakers!

Miranda Kerr and Julianne Moore working their Isabel Marant Bekket high-top suede sneakers.
Isabel Marant The Who brass earrings and Arapho brass and turquoise ring, available from net-a-porter.com, of course!
Isabel Marant Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2012.
 Sienna Miller in Isabel Marant denim dress.
 Kate Moss wearing Isabel Marant striped pants.
Rosie Huntington-Whitely wears Isabel Marant Jacket and boots.

Well… my brand has a real identity. Of course it’s always similar, it’s my personality. It’s a perpetual reinterpretation of my style, of who I am and what I love. I have always loved mixing feminine, masculine, chic and sporty codes, so that particular taste comes up every season and goes further. It would be strange if my collections totally changed from one season to another. I think they have a continuity. They look alike but are never the same. That’s what ensures the authenticity of my clothes.”

She knows what her customer wants and she sticks to her design aesthetic every season.  And hey, if ain’t broke…



sources: elle.com, l’Officiel, whotwhatwear.com, streetfsn.blogspot.com, russhmagazine.com  

Scenes from a marriage

A scene from my wedding day.

Are there secrets to a lasting and happy marriage? What makes one marriage last and others end? 

Fifteen years ago my flat mate and I held an impromptu party in our flat to celebrate Australia Day. At that party we both invited a someone that we thought the other might like or at least find interesting. Luckily for me, I found her guy interesting, and he felt the same way because we connected immediately and spent most of the night in deep conversation! We were engaged within six months, and married two years to the day we met.

I don’t know if there is one definitive secret to fit all marriages because every marriage is unique, but in my experience, there has definitely been some things that have contributed to our longevity.

Support each other’s dreams. Both of us are creative people, and both of us at one time or another have quit good jobs in order to follow our dreams. The excitement of the pursuit far outweighs the worry and what ifs? Eventually.
Remember that you can't always get what you want - everything is a negotiation.  Compromise is part of the deal. Take turns if you have to, but come to an agreement as best you can.

Try, really try to never go to bed angry with each other.  I have not always lived up to this because it can sometimes be really difficult to forget your anger and apologise so that you can go to bed together happily.  But it's worth it.

Laughter is a great healer. Laugh often and as much as you can together. Our kids are a great help with this one, we often find ourselves laughing at something the girls have said or done. I love that.

Don't forget to say "I love you".  It's ok to fight, to get angry, communication is key, but sometimes it's really nice to hear that you're doing a great job too.  I like that one too. It really helps.

So today I am dedicating this post to my husband in honour of our thirteenth wedding anniversary.  Happy Anniversary my lion man, I am very proud of you. Life has tested us over and over and yet I wouldn't want to have gone through it with anyone else. I know that things are only going to get better for us and I cannot wait to make more memories with you my love.



Images: Top image my own. Bottom image of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward from Pinterest.

Give a frock Friday

Lovely Kate Moss and her even lovelier daughter Lila Grace, photographed by Mario Testino for the special wedding issue of Vogue featuring Kate on the cover and pictures of her big day with hubby Jamie Hince.  

Kate wears Nina Ricci linen top and skirt and Lila wears a frock coat and slip dress from cool New York vintage haven Melet Mercantile.

I thought I would post a picture of a mother and daughter today because it is the last day of summer holidays here and so it’s back to school for my girls on Monday.  I am quite sad abut it too, which is to say, normally I am full of excitement to have my freedom back for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.  But not this time. This time I am truly going to miss my girls.  

I hope you have a great weekend, I’m going to spend it hanging out with my girls!


Image source: fashion69.com

Sitting Pretty: living room inspiration

A living room is a place to sit, to read, relax, cuddle, to play on your iPad, hangout, whatever.  Sometimes, when I get the chance, I love to just sit all day (or for as long as my children will let me) and read.  Having a special place to do so is even nicer, yes?

The idea of hanging a hammock indoors is just so appealing.  I feel instant relaxation whenever I get into a hammock. It’s like meditating.

I just love this love seat.  The mirror reflects the tv on the opposite wall. It also shows pictures arranged around the tv, which is a nice way to incorporate your television into a room.  I also like the symmetry with the balance of side tables and lamps on each side of the couch.  

I just love the mixing of the Louis style sofa and chairs with the modern coffee table and rug. 

Alternatively you can always make your living room wherever you lay your hat.  This airstream looks pretty homey to me.

This room is probably a little on the posh side for me, but I am so into that chandelier!

I don’t know exactly why, but I like this room a lot.  Maybe it’s the colourful cushions, the display of picture frames, the flagstone floor, the midcentury chairs…  

Tear sheets, photographs, and a collection of favourite images makes for an interesting wallpaper that personalises this lovely room.

This Moroccan style living room uses a mix of prints with soft furnishings and wall tiles and this simple, plain lamp shade. 

Now this room speaks to me on a heart level!  I’ve already got the bookcase, now I just need the old leather chair and we’re done.  I love the colour-coordinated books too.  For me though, I have tried this look but I need to have my books and magazines stored by genre and in sequential order, call me particular – or pedantic, whichever! 

An outdoor room, perfect for warmer climates.  Reminds me of home.

Furnished simply or jam-packed with road-side finds or luxurious designer pieces, a living room is often furnished with a sofa, chairs, a coffee table, bookshelves, lamps and rugs and traditionally often features a fireplace.

According to experts, these things all go into making your living room look good, but in order to make it really work, you have to stamp it with your personality.  Just like your wardrobe, right?  



Sources: Elledecor.com, Pinterest.

She Wears it Well

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.  

Gorgeous red clutch and red lips – I’m so glad she went with an understated heel and simply red toe nails. 

Who was your favourite?



Source: People.com

Before there was Pinterest

If you’re not familiar with Pinterest and the fabulousness of it all, then may I suggest you get yourself acquainted?  

This digital pin board is mecca for collectors of all things and a place where time-suckage is a major side-effect, and, well let’s just say that if I am having a bad day, there is nothing that a little bit of time spent pinning on Pinterest can’t cure.  

I even have boards for my daughters.  We sit together on our iMac or with my iPad, pinning away our favourite things.  Horses for Chloè of course, and for Annabel it’s all things dance, Disney and animals.  

Before the invention of Pinterest, I did my image collecting the old fashioned way.  I cut them from magazines and pasted them in books.  I didn’t use just any old scrap book though, no way.  I bought blank hardcover books from Borders.  

That way my images would stand up to the test of time, which they have because my oldest book is going on ten years old and is still in perfect condition.  

I still use these books for inspiration and I occasionally paste images in them from old magazines and newspapers.  But I don’t think this will be happening for much longer because now with my iPad I can take my digital boards with me wherever I go, out shopping, visiting friends, travelling, wherever.  It’s a lot easier, less cumbersome and there’s no more ruining my magazines or shards of papers from one end of the house to the other.  

To start pinning, click here and request an invitation to join Pinterest.  But be warned, it’s addictive!



All images my own, except for top image found on Pinterest.

Give a frock Friday

Karlie Kloss wears a French Connection dress, Steven Alan hat, Marc Jacobs gold block bracelet and Marc by Marc Jacobs boots.

Photographed in New York’s Central Park by Arthur Elgort for Teen Vogue August, 2007.  This was Karlie’s first Teen Vogue shoot.

A simple shift with those boots and the cutest of red beanies, don’t you just love it! 

Have a great weekend.


Source: here.

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