Best in Show at the Oscars

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Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence at the Vanity Fair Oscar party wearing Calvin Klein Collection.

I first started watching the Academy Awards when I was about 14 years old. Back then the awards were aired quite late and I was allowed to stay up an hour past my bedtime so I could watch the first few awards. The red carpet wasn’t such a big deal then and so the awards would begin straight away. They would run for over four hours and I would have to record the rest of the show and watch it the next day. It’s a long-standing joke that the awards go on for too long and over the years producers have tried many ways to shorten them, fabulous movie montages and musical numbers were cut so it kind of made the show boring. It’s all about the host of course, and for me, Billy Crystal will always be the best. Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, Ellen and Whoopi weren’t bad either and of course there’s been some shockers too. I think that any host has a lot to live up to and the pressure must be unbelievable, I though Seth McFarlane was an unusual choice for the Academy. He did ok, a little sexist, but ok. I didn’t know he could sing and dance though and I liked his tongue-in-cheek attitude towards his critics. I think he knew he was doomed from the start.

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A beaming Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway backstage after winning her award.

Every year I usually go out of my way to avoid finding out who won what award – I like to play a little game with myself and try to guess the winner. This used to be fairly easy to do because my family and friends – under strict instructions would keep their mouths shut and I would simply avoid any news. But these days it’s a minefield with all the social media and constant barrage of news breaks! I basically had to keep myself in a bubble till 9:30 last night before I could finally relax and watch the show!

In the end, I didn’t even make it to the end of the show – too tired! I made it just after midnight before I caved and googled the best actors, picture and director winners. I felt that my dedication had stretched far enough and my pillow needed me more.

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Best Picture winner Ben Affleck backstage getting his Oscar engraved.

I loved that Ben Affleck’s movie Argo won best film, but I always wonder how the Academy can be so divided in opinion between a film and it’s director, shouldn’t they go hand in hand? Glad Anne’s campaign won her the award, now we can all relax, and Jennifer Lawrence, so fabulous and self-deprecating after tripping up the stairs on the way to collect her award. I mean, we’re all human, right? Daniel Day-Lewis, oh Daniel. So well-deserved. So humble. Love him!

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Best Actor (for the 3rd time!) Daniel Day-Lewis.

I’m beginning to think that the gowns at the parties are far better choices than those worn to the actual awards (with the exception of Naomi Watts this year – her Armani was ultra fabulous). The actors seem particularly more themselves compared to on the red carpet. Of course this make sense as all the statues now have owners, the pressure is off and they can let their hair down and relax. This surely must have something to do with their party frock choice, yes? What do you think?

Naomi Watts on the red carpet in Armani Privè.

Naomi Watts on the red carpet in Armani Privè.

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Naomi Watts in Emilio Pucci party frock at the Vanity Fair party.

Hope your having a wonderful week!

love & light xx

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Give a frock Friday

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I have to admit the internet is so amazing somedays because earlier today I was feeling so uninspired with today’s Frock Friday post that I was actually thinking of taking a break from blogging – truly! I guess it’s because lately I’ve been feeling that I’m not hitting the mark, but then I came across this image of Lily Cole in this 2005 Vogue UK editorial “Lily Takes a Trip” and suddenly, I stopped. I was blown away by the beauty and  Tim Walker‘s genius. I have been exploring his work lately and I’m liking his photography more and more. The glow from the sun and the way it bounces off the wall Lily is leaning on, plus the pink bougainvillea flowers strewn on the ground and tumbling down the wall behind her. Then we have the subject of the photograph, Lily Cole with her butterfly net and in a very cute Chloè frock – the combination of all these elements make this picture so memorable. Do you have a favourite fashion image? If you do, I’d love to hear from you. Just leave a reply. xx

Have a lovely weekend!

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Cool People #2

 

Keith Richards and Patti HansenPatti Hansen and Keith Richards on their wedding day December 18, 1983, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

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Give a frock Friday

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Oscar de la Renta takes a bow at the end of his Fall Winter 2013 show at New York Fashion Week. I’m so in love with these frocks, how pretty are they? The bright colours and the embroidery, just gorgeous!

On a different note, I saw Silver Linings Playbook over the weekend and I cannot get it out of my head, it was fantastic! Exceptional casting with Bradley Cooper (who knew he could be so good?), Robert De Niro, our own lovely Jackie Weaver, Chris Tucker and Jennifer Lawrence. All were so watchable, and now I’m listening to the soundtrack on heavy rotation. The dance scene was such a favourite, highly recommend you see it if you haven’t, it’s a definite Oscar contender!

Have a lovely weekend!

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Fashion Week: New York

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall Winter 2013

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall Winter 2013

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Reem Acra Fall Winter 2013

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Oscar de la Renta Fall Winter 2013

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Oscar de la Renta Fall Winter 2013

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Oscar de la Renta Fall Winter 2013

These are so getting me into the mood for cooler weather! The feminine form is beautifully enhanced and the shoes! Did you see the shoes? Red lips, jewel tones and gorgeous embellishment from head to toe. New York fashion week is fast being a favourite! So much colour and fun, gosh how amazing would it be to attend even just one of these shows? Maybe next year? 😉

 love & light! xx

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Creative Spaces

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I’m in love with this gold kitchen from the Paris apartment belonging to French architect & interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot. Clearly only someone completely in touch with their design aesthetic could live here because on first viewing the palette of grey, silver and gold is unexpected and the pieces and textures seem overly combined and mismatched. However time spent exploring each image conveys the opposite of what I first felt.  But hey, I loved the idea of disco-ball tiles too, so maybe a kitchen with gold cabinetry isn’t too much of a stretch? Click on the image to see more of this incredible apartment – believe me, it’s worth it.

Hope your week is going well.

love & light! xx

Give a frock Friday

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I love this image, the hair colour echoing the pink in the Balenciaga frock. Photographer  shoots dutch model  for the February issue of Australian Vogue magazine. Elza wears designs from Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Burberry, Prada, Christian Dior and others. Style by , hair by Didier Malige, make-up by Maki Ryoke and nails by Rica Romain. Click the image for more.

Even though it’s Friday, for me, today is my Monday – the first day of my working week. Feeling a bit flat today, work had a weird vibe about it today, everyone was a bit off. Not sure why. Crazy Capricorn moon perhaps? Thoughts?

No matter, have a lovely weekend!

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Rachel Weisz – Stylish Girl

British born Rachel Weisz came to fame as the gorgeous but slightly troublesome Evelyn in The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001) movies. But I fell in love with her as Miranda in Bernado Bertolucci’s 1996 film Stealing Beauty. I was fascinated with her exotic and edgy beauty – those eyebrows! An Oscar winning actress who happens to be married to the current James Bond, Daniel Craig (lucky girl) and mother to son Henry, Rachel is definitely a stylish girl.

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Rachel Weisz, 1999 black and white portrait.

Weisz won an amateur modelling competition at age thirteen for the London-based Harpers & Queen, which as it turns out was judged by Hamish Bowels, Vogue’s European Editor at Large, “She was an absolute tearing beauty,” Bowles recalls. “A dash of Brooke Shields in Pretty Baby, with strong brows and a perfect Edwardian face.” – Vogue, Oct 2008.

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Versace cocktail frock, 2000.

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At the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in olive green Christian Dior.

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In Roland Mouret at the London premiere of The Constant Gardener, 2005.

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In purple at the BAFTA’s, February 2006.

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In Valentino red at the New York premiere of The Whistleblower in 2011.

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In Alexander McQueen and with handsome hubby Daniel Craig at the Madrid premiere of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Rachel has made her mark in movies from action blockbusters, to romantic comedies and indie dramas. Mesmerising to watch on screen, and she’s had some pretty good company with drop-dead handsome costars like Keanu Reeves, Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds – she makes it pretty hard to take your eyes off her though. Oh and she has this deep, throaty voice too which just compels you to keep your eyes on her. I think that she would make a great voice for an animated movie or a talking book.

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Rachel in my favourite frock of the moment from Bottega Veneta spring 2013 at the Deep Blue Sea New York screening.

Simple elegance. Rachel shows off her curves, looks younger than her 42 years by a long-shot (not that 42 is by any means over the hill you understand) and when off duty, sticks to the classics. Denim jeans and leather jacket with a fabulous scarf and very dark shades to hide from the paparazzi.

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Creative Spaces

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How clever is my BFF? Well, actually how clever is her hubby because he made this fabulous headboard for their bedroom from salvaged timber on their property. Kirsty lacquered it with a matt finish and it came up looking vintage-y cool. I instantly had to Instagram this of course and then Kirsty told me she has enough timber left over if I want one as well. How can I refuse? I know what my hubby is doing this Sunday!

Hope your week is going well 🙂

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Give a frock Friday

 

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I love long and flowing frocks like this Tommy Hilfiger one Daria Werbowy is wearing in the kitchen of her New York loft. This image is from a shoot by photographer Cass Bird for the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of Dossier magazine.

How’s your week been? This time last week we were being inundated with rain and wind from a tropical cyclone. This week we are simply recovering from said effects. I feel blessed that we escaped virtually unscathed when so many of my friends were without power for almost a week and of course there are hundreds of families reeling from the devastation caused by flooding, some of which are still waiting for their homes to reappear from under the murky waters. It’s all so random. Nature doesn’t play favourites.

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