Give a frock Friday

ChristyTurlington-WarriorOne-StevenKlein-VogueUS2002Oct-b-zob_jpgChristy Turlington wears an orange satin crepe Prada slip frock while practicing Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana also known as one-legged Chakrasana or Wheel pose. This intense yoga backbend stretches the whole body. This particular variation has an additional challenge by including a balance to the pose. You have to have strong thigh muscles and shoulders to practice this pose. I’ve been recovering from a trapped nerve recently so this pose is one I’ve not practiced lately. I love this entire editorial, photographer Steven Klein is a genius, but I guess it helps when your subject is Christy! This editorial is from American Vogue, October 2002.

Christy on yoga: “Yoga is about compassion and generosity towards others. It means being mindful of the world around us.”

I can’t believe that I’m halfway through yoga teacher training. I’ve so much work to do over our break, so it’s not really going to be a break at all! I’m teaching Sky Warrior next week, very excited! Lots of talking in this one, lots of alignment cues to remember. I must remember to take it slow and to breathe!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

alai_christy_paolo roversiI think I’m going through a 90s phase. I love finding websites which have picture after picture of classic editorials that someone has lovingly scanned from magazines from the 90s, just like this one. Christy, the most talented and most beautiful, and the one with the most longevity out of all the Supermodels (don’t argue with me on this one, you won’t win) photographed by the great Italian Paolo Roversi, master of the long exposure, for Paris Vogue in 1992. Christy’s frock is by the Tunisian-born Parisian-based couturier and great interpreter of the female form, Azzedine Alaia. All of these elements make up what is the quintessential 90s fashion image for me. Don’t you just love it!?

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

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Christy Turlington having fun in this beautiful Azzedine Alaia white cotton pique sun dress shot by Hans Feurer for Vogue, May 1990.

Today will be my last post for a while. After much thought, I’ve decided to take a well-deserved break from the world of blogging. Five solid years of blogging has left me feeling a little starved for something different. This has not been an easy decision. It’s taken me more than a month to accept that this is something I truly need to do. I don’t expect it’s going to be easy for me, that is, to just stop blogging. It won’t be easy for me to stop seeing everything as a potential subject to write about. The hardest part is going to be letting go. I am a little scared that I’ll lose my creative drive. But how will I know, if I don’t give in to my instincts and give it a go?

I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but that’s the fun part! I may post on my Facebook page from time-to-time, but I won’t be posting here until further notice. My plan is to disconnect and to come back restored and with a fresh approach.

Thank you to those of you who are regular readers of my blog and a very big thank you also to those of you who’ve taken the time to leave comments on posts. I’ll always be grateful.

love & light,

Heidi xx

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Give a frock Friday




While searching for images for my Frock Friday posts, sometimes I find pictures of frocks that are just perfect for the season. The giant train on this strapless Dior Haute Couture frock worn here by Christy Turlington reminds me of a Christmas bonbon. Photograph from 1990 by Arthur Elgort.

Today is, according to the Mayan calendar, the end of the world as we know it. It’s funny listening to some people’s take on what this means to them. I am hoping that the world won’t end of course, as I’d like to see my girls grow up! But I do hope it means the end of the dark and the beginning of the light. The past few years have been so very tough, so very challenging, so very dark and I wouldn’t wish them on anyone (well, maybe…) anyway, I know I’m not the only one doing it tough, and so if it is the end of the world as we know it, then I hope that from tomorrow onward, the world is a kinder, happier, more considerate, more gentle and understanding, compassionate and patient place to be.

Enjoy your weekend. xx

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I Heart…

Christy Turlington has always been my favourite of the original Supermodels.

Christy Turlington by Arthur Elgort for Interview magazine, 1987.

In honour of Christy’s fortieth birthday in 2009, W magazine put together a collection of iconic images from her career, some of which I’ve posted here, but you can view the slideshow here.

Christy for Vogue Italia, March 1994 by Steven Meisel.

Those doe eyes, perfect lips and button nose. That look she has when she’s looking right into the camera. No one does it like she can. Her face, which has been the face of many campaigns throughout her career, was once used by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the face of 120 mannequins!

Christy by Richard Avedon in an ad for Gianni Versace FW 1987.

Christy by Ellen von Unwerth for Vogue Italia, 1990.

Christy by Herb Ritts.

Christy always could work a great fringe.

And don’t get me started on her hair! Perfection. She can wear it long, short, curly or straight, fringe or pulled back off her flawless face. She is a chameleon. Yep. I guess by now you can tell she’s been a long-time girl crush of mine.

Christy on the runway for Dolce and Gabbana, 1992.

Christy models Atelier Versace, Fall/Winter 1990/1991.

I love her sophisticated but casual style. Here she is in a simple LBD and sandals with her daughter Grace in 2006.

Model, mother, wife, yogi, women’s health advocate and anti-smoking activist, designer and natural beauty. I guess some women are just born lucky? Sigh…

How’s your week going? xx

P.S. Bonus Christy video from the 90s for you – just a little something for you to look back on, but you know something funny? I watched this and there are guys in the video – I only remember the girls being in it 🙂

Here’s Christy and Naomi, Linda, Tatjana and Cindy in George Michael’s Freedom! 90 video – enjoy!

Give a frock Friday

Christy Turlington wearing Yves Saint Laurent shot by Irving Penn for Vogue, 1990.

“A show-stopping slip of a dress that simply ties on the side.” Only a model, actress or someone very daring would and could get away with it, but isn’t the lace and the pink bows so 90s pretty? 

Have a great weekend.


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Yoga and Me

Christy Turlington photographed by Steven Klein for Vogue October 2002

The truth is I have been trying to find an angle to work in a post about yoga for a while now. I’ve not written about yoga before and as it quite an important part of my life I have wanted to write about it over and over but I have struggled with how it would fit in with the whole ethos of my blog. I write about personal style, fashion and lifestyle, yoga seems so far removed from all of that to be honest. But, when I look at these pictures of Christy Turlington taken for Vogue in 2002 I kind of think… oh well, I’m just going to jump right in!

I guess you could say I have a deep and meaningful relationship with yoga. I find that my life is so much more chilled when I have a regular practice. I love the feeling I get when I am in what I like to call the “yoga zone”, which is me in yoga class practicing my asanas with my eyes closed, while all the while listening to the guidance of my amazing yoga teacher Angela. I love that certain poses challenge me from week to week, and how each time I practice, I get more accomplished with other poses.  

Yoga can offer up unexpected challenges too depending on what’s going on inside my head or with my body.  Sometimes this might be as simple as not being able to fully extend into pigeon if one of my hips is particularly tight, or if my shoulder is playing a game of “no, you’re not gonna get there tonight Heidi”.  Each class offers up the same wonderfully fulfilling mind, body and spirit benefits of yoga but it also allows me to be open to receiving and accessing insights that being in tune with my mind, body and soul offers.

I always feel like I’m really living in the moment when I practice yoga, do feel that way too?  

Here are a few perspectives from other yoga enthusiasts on the practice of yoga.

“I was interested in cleaning my body on a deeper level. Yoga really purifies your organs and blood. You feel that. You feel that circulation of energy. But the real lesson yoga gives you is learning how to be present.” – Christy Turlington
“Yoga is a metaphor for life. You have to take it really slowly. You can’t rush. You can’t skip to the next position. You find yourself in very humiliating situations, but you can’t judge yourself. You just have to breathe, and let go. It is a workout for your mind, your body and your soul.” – Madonna
“Like music, yoga is a journey — one that is long enough so you keep developing, and keep learning. I don’t see an end to it.” – Sting

“Yoga is for everyone. I do an hour-and-a-half a day. It restores you. […] People say: ‘Oh no, it’s all right for you, but I haven’t got time.” It’s a false notion. We can all make time. There’s only one you – you’re only given one body, not a load of bodies.” – Trudie Styler
“Yoga gave me relief like nothing else; it made me a better person and a better mother.” – Michelle Williams
I just love this one from Gwyneth Paltrow: “Ashtanga yoga has completely changed me. I try to do it every day, and the effect is amazing. It’s not just during the hours that I’m practicing. It’s about how it filters through into the rest of my life. It makes all the other bullshit dissipate. Who I am has emerged, and everything else has gone by the wayside.” 

What’s my favourite pose?  Child pose, for it’s restorative qualities.  I love how you can be holding a pose, sweating, breathing, really feeling it and then you get to go into child pose afterward.  You don’t get to do that in a gym work out, right?



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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.  

Happy Birthday Lizzie

It’s the Queen’s Birthday holiday here today.

Well, officially it’s tomorrow (Monday), but I’m writing this post on Sunday night while I have time.

We are going to spend the day together, playing in the garden – I am going to do some weeding, and the girls are going to help.

What else is there to do on a public holiday but spend time together? 

The sun is shining, the weather is warm (a balmy 20 degrees celsius) what more could a girl ask for?

I will leave you today with just a gorgeous pic of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Doesn’t she look perfect? 


Peter Lindbergh: a Poet of Glamour

Peter Lindbergh’s photography has been published by every major international fashion magazine and he has been commissioned for the campaigns of the worlds’ leading fashion designers, from Giorgio Armani, Dior and Prada to Donna Karan and Calvin Klein.

Peter Lindbergh’s instinct for photography is that of someone who could have been born with a camera in his hand, but the truth is that he didn’t pick up a camera until he was 27 years old, after which he was under the tutelage of advertising photographer Hans Lux.  ‘I got into fashion photography by accident,’ Lindbergh elaborates, ‘I did advertising photography for five years. Then one day a magazine editor called me and said that my advertising didn’t look like advertising. He gave me a fashion story. I did it, then Stern saw it and gave me fourteen pages.’  Then it was on to Marie Claire, Vogue and when Liz Tilberis began editing Harper’s Bazaar, she brought in Lindbergh and Patrick Demarchelier for a small fortune, which in turn starting a bidding war that has benefited even those who stayed with Condé Nast, like Steven Meisel.

Describing his work, American Photo has said: “The most important quality in Peter Lindbergh’s fashion photography is a forthright, almost shocking honesty. His models seem to open themselves emotionally to his camera. Amid the artifice, they seem real.”

He is considered to be one of the world’s preeminent fashion photographers and is credited with helping create the supermodel phenomenon of the 1990s.

He made a major contribution to the optical creation of this worldwide myth with his book Ten Women.  Published in 1996, Lindbergh devoted one chapter each to ten of the most beautiful and most celebrated models of the time: Naomi Campbell, Helen Christensen, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Kristen McMenamy, Kate Moss, Tatjana Patitz, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington and Amber Valetta.

Lindbergh is also a distinguished television commercial director. Many of his commercials have involved such fragrances as Guerlain “Champs-Elysées” with Sophie Marceau, Calvin Klein,” Eternity” with Christy Turlington, Jil Sander “No.4,” with Linda Evangelista, Giorgio Armani “Gio,” Lancome “Tresor,” Coty “Manifesto” with Isabella Rossellini, and Karl Lagerfeld’s “Sun Moon Stars” with Daryl Hannah. He directed his first documentary-length film in 1991. “Models-The Film,” was shot in New York with Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz and Stephanie Seymour. 

He photographed the 1996 Pirelli Calendar with Nastassja Kinski, Tatjana Patitz, Carré Otis, Eva Herzigova, Kristen McMenamy and Navia, and the 2002 Pirelli Calendar with among others Brittany Murphy, Mena Suvari, Kiera Chaplin and Selma Blair.

Among the many personalities he has photographed are Hilary Swank, Sharon Stone, Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Deneuve, Brad Pitt, Ashley Judd, Uma Thurman, John Malkovich, Charlotte Rampling, Samuel Jackson, Joaquin Cortès, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Gena Rowland, John Travolta, Pamela Anderson, Antonio Banderas, Milla Jovovich, Cate Blanchett, Connie Nielsen, Adrien Brody, Asia Argento, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diane Lane, Jennifer Lopez, Jeanne Moreau, Vincent Perez, Penelope Cruz, Chiara Mastroianni, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Scarlett Johanssen, Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, James Coburn, Salma Hayek and Pedro Almodovar.

In 1997, he was presented the International Fashion Awards prize for Best Photographer, conferred in Paris by a jury of over 400 of the most important names in the fashion industry. His collaborators, Make-Up Artist Stephane Marais and Hair Stylist Odile Gilbert were also awarded the top distinction in their fields. 

Lindbergh was honored with the same award in 1995, when he also became an Honorary Member that year of the highly exclusive German Art Directors Club. In October, 1996, in Berlin, he was conferred the Raymond Loewy Foundation’s Award, Europe’s most important design honor.

Peter Lindbergh seems to be quite taken with this no-makeup, minimal-to-no retouching concept: In April, he captured Eva Herzigova, Ines de la Fressange, and a slew of European actresses without makeup or retouching for French Elle. A month after, he told the New York Times that he was tired of subjects in fashion magazines looking like overly-Photoshopped “objects from Mars”: My feeling is that for years now it has taken a much too big part in how women are being visually defined today. Heartless retouching should not be the chosen tool to represent women in the beginning of this century.

Lindbergh continues to lead the charge against excessive retouching, this time by capturing supermodels Amber Valletta, Nadja Auermann, Helena Christensen, Shalom Harlow, Claudia Schiffer, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, and Kristen McMenamy without makeup or excessive retouching for Harper’s Bazaar‘s September 2009 issue.

Considered one of the great masters of black and white photography, Peter Lindbergh is acclaimed for his cinematic images, which have redefined the world of fashion photography with their compelling realism, lack of pretension and ineffable depth of emotion.

My favourite is the one of the girls on the beach in their white shirts, having fun and looking carefree, enjoying themselves.

Ciao for now,


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