Give a frock Friday

This week’s post is based on a request I made last week when I asked for some suggestions for Frock Friday from you. Thanks goes to my hubby for this suggestion which I love because I haven’t yet posted a picture of Audrey for Frock Friday.

Do you know the story of when Audrey met Hubert de Givenchy in his studio in Paris? Legend tells he was expecting to meet with the other Hepburn, you know, Katharine, because he hadn’t heard of Audrey Hepburn! Nevertheless, it was meant to be, because Audrey was to became his muse and after the success of his costumes for Sabrina, he went on to design Audrey’s wardrobe for seven more films, and their friendship endured for 40 years. Cute story hey?

I’m not kidding when I tell you it has taken me all week to find and decide on the frock for this post. This is because I didn’t want to choose the same image that we see of Audrey everywhere, you know, the gorgeous black gown from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But which one? There are so many images of Audrey wearing Givenchy that it became a mammoth task to settle on even one of them. Initially I thought I was going to post the pink Givenchy from Breakfast, I do love that frock so but, then I thought about the one from Sabrina (1954), the one she wears to the Larabee’s party, it’s stunning, a real show stopper. But in the end, I decided on my favourite, the never-fail little black dress. The much-copied but never forgotten LBD Sabrina wears when she meets Linus at his office in New York. It’s classic Givenchy and classic Audrey. Please keep those suggestions coming through on my Facebook page!

Have a lovely weekend. xx

Appealing Things

Audrey and Cat in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961.

Photo by Irving Penn, 1949.

Sleep is highest on my agenda these days. I am quite disciplined when it comes to sleep because if I don’t get enough, I am the proverbial bear with a sore head. My family tell me I am not pleasant to be around. At least, not for the first hour upon waking… I wasn’t always this way, so there is hope! I go to sleep with my iPod, listening to soothing sounds of waves breaking on the beach with subliminal anti-anxiety hypnotherapy to keep me calm (I know, the irony), I wear an eye mask in the manner of Holly Golightly (mine is not as pretty as hers, mine is one swiped from Qantas business class, but it works) and lately I’ve been wearing ear plugs because there is a colony of fruit bats that make ridiculously way too much noise at dawn, and then there is some random dog that barks intermittently but continually too… I’m exhausted already!

I hope your week is going well. xx

Happy Mother’s Day

Meryl Streep with daughter Louisa in 1991 by Brigitte Lacombe.

Princess Grace of Monaco holds her 5 day old son Prince Albert, 1958.

Elizabeth Taylor with her daughter Maria Burton, by Jim McHugh for September 1967 issue of Vogue.

Cate Blanchett with her son with her son Dashiell John in 2005.

Barbra Streisand with her son, Jason Gould, in 1968. Picture by David Bailey.

Audrey Hepburn with her son Luca by Henry Clarke, 1971.

Gwyneth Paltrow with daughter Apple, 2005.

Angelina Jolie with son Maddox photographed by Annie Leibovitz at the Ritz, 2005.

My girls and me.

Here’s to breakfast in bed, no chores for the entire day, lots of extra cuddles and maybe even a foot rub, if I’m really lucky!

Happy Mother’s Day.

Why do French Women Have Such Fabulous Hair?

I have done much reading on the subject of French women and their hair and I have discovered that less is definitely more.  The cut is far more important than colour and sans brushing is as much a part of their secret as is long layers and celebrating grey hair.
To my delight, I realise that I have been following this relaxed approach to hair care for some years now without even knowing it.  Perhaps my French great-grandfather’s blood runs through my veins more than I realised?  
Audrey Tautou’s pixie cut is a definitive look for her.  It suits her so well, much like Audrey Hepburn’s pixie in Roman Holiday and also in Sabrina.  A hair-cut can literally change your life!
Audrey Tautou


Juliette Binoche 


Marion Cotillard


Anna Mouglalis


Vanessa Paradis


Brigitte Bardot


Francoise Hardy


Èlodie Bouchez


Charlotte Gainsbourg


Astrid Bergès-Frisbey


Mèlanie Laurent


Carole Bouquet


Laetitia Casta


Clèmence Posèy
I may be lax in self care from time to time, but hair care is the one thing that means more to me than shoes, (shocking, I know) because your hair is your mane and in the words of Vicki Archer on her blog French Essence:
“For the French hair is about the individual woman not about her age and the care and maintenance of hair is routine – not a cure to be taken once or twice a year. I have learned this from French women – look after the hair and the rest will follow.”

I think that says it all, don’t you?


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