Give a frock Friday


The very talented Rachel McAdams is simply lovely in this shot. She is sporting pink tint in her hair, which I love and I think it works well with the black chiffon overlay on this Givenchy Haute Couture frock. The editorial for Elle magazine from April 2007 featured McAdams in lots of gorgeous couture was photographed by Gilles Bensimon and styled by Isabel Duprè.

It’s been a busy week and I almost forgot that it was my birthday this week. It’s a little difficult celebrating birthdays midweek and so we’ve saved it for Saturday. I love surprises so I have no clue as to what my family has in store for me, at this stage I hope it starts off nice and slow with a good lazy lie-in tomorrow morning!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are and happy birthday to anyone celebrating their birthday this week!

love & light xo


Give a frock Friday


Russian model, Mama and fundraiser extraordinaire, Natalia Vodianova wears cotton and silk frock and feather bolero from Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci seen here in the September 2009 UK Harper’s Bazaar, photographed by Paola Kudaki. I admire this woman, her rags to riches story is the stuff of legend, I mean it’s so Disney-esque, I’m surprised a movie hasn’t been made of her story yet – oh wait, it has – it’s called Cinderella!

Seriously though, this woman is one dedicated philanthropist, which is lovely of course, her FB page  has a photos of her and her beautiful brood doing wonderful things with her charity for children in Russia.

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

Kate Moss in Givenchy Haute Couture, photographed by Bruce Weber for “Good Morning Vietnam” editorial in Vogue US June 1996.  This dress actually has an incredibly long train which stretches across a two-page spread in the magazine.

I love going back in time with these images. I know it’s only 1996, but sometimes it feels like it was so long ago with the way fashion changes so rapidly these days. Things seemed so much simpler back then, which is of course because they were!

Have a lovely weekend. x

They wore it well – Oscars 2012

My favourite quote of the night was early in the proceedings, when Billy Crystal said: “So tonight enjoy yourselves, because nothing can take the sting out of the world’s economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with golden statues.” Brilliant Billy, I love your work.

Is it crazy that the red carpet arrivals is almost more important than the awards themselves? What a person wears to the Oscars goes down in history, good or bad. And it stays there. Forever. The only thing you can do to redeem yourself is to get back out there the following year and this time, hire a stylist!

So in keeping with this new tradition, my favourite dressed of the evening starts with a dapper Englishman, and no, it’s not Colin Firth.  

Gary Oldman in his bespoke three-piece Paul Smith tuxedo and his wife Alexandra Edenborough in her black Roberto Cavalli gown. It took me a week, but I finally found the name of her gown’s designer. I can move on now. 

Not everyone will agree, but I like this J. Mendel dress on Kristen. The colour of the dress compliments her skin tone and hair colour and the shape is just right for her.  

Tina Fey doesn’t always hit the mark, at least not in a fashion and style sense, but this time she scored a bullseye with her choice of Carolina Herrera.  Elegant and perfectly shaped for her figure.

Michelle William’s burnt orange Louis Vuitton gown has grown on me. I wasn’t sure if it was the right choice for her at first, but the more I see it, the more I like it. I like how she paired it with a small pink clutch too. Pretty and feminine.

Meryl Streep was the lady of the evening, winning her third Oscar and channeling the golden statue with her gold Lanvin gown.

The evening stand-out was far and away, Rooney Mara in white Givenchy. She just nailed the brief, don’t you think? Everyone’s going to be cutting their fringe this next season, I can see it now. 

I have kept it simple, but really the plain truth is that there were way more boring dresses than outstanding ones, so it was pretty easy to pick a favourite. I’d love to hear from you, what was your favourite? Leave me a comment here or pop over to my Facebook page and post a comment and a picture if you like.



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Bags: A Mere Bagatelle?

Hermès Birkin bag, in red.

I probably have put this post off for so many reasons.  I think the main reason being is that as much as I love a good handbag, it’s just not something I have a real passion for because in truth, I wish that I could buy any bag I wanted, whenever I wanted and without question or concern of finance.  But for most of us, this dream will always be just that – a dream, yes?  

bag unknown but photograph from

I remember spending many lunch breaks in the handbag section of David Jones.  I would amble from the wallets to the clutches, to the handbags, and then I would spend the rest of my time at the designer section, looking for any markdowns.  And while markdowns did occasionally pop up, alas they were very rarely attached to any bags I liked, and so I would leave empty handed, clutching my Joan Weisz black kid leather bag (which I had bought with my first pay cheque).

bag by Chloè, photo by Tommy Ton.

A lot of people are huge fans of Louis Vuitton and I am afraid to say that I am not one of them.  While I admit that I like some of their designs, their label has become so copied that if I see another track-suit-wearing-diet-coke-slugging-loser carrying one around I shall go mad!  These knock-offs have truly de-valued the label’s bags for me.  I’ve never been one to be into “It bags” – you know, those popular-beyond-belief bags that seem to make ordinary women spend ridiculous amounts of money on – whether they can afford it or not.  Designers are making a fortune from these bags and as a result, so are those manufacturing knock-offs.  

bag by Louis Vuitton – this one I like!

If money were no object, I think that I would like to own an Hermès Birkin, in black.  Pretty simple colour I know, but when you’re looking at US$5000 starting price for a bag, you probably want to buy one in a colour and size that is most useful, wouldn’t you say?  The price of these bags can reach up to 6-digits because they of how they are finished – exotic animal skins, etc and the waiting list is over two years for a Birkin but if you were just the average person on the street, I think that you would have to wait a smidgen longer.  If you want to know why these bags cost so much, well it is most likely due to their being hand-made by experienced craftsmen, with each bag taking from 48 hours to weeks to finish.

Katie Holmes and her Hermès Birkin bag – the oversized version.  Beautiful, even if it is just a tad excessive.

I guess you could call Hermès the manufactures of haute couture handbags to the world, and while I think that in some ways, the Birkin has become like the bags of Louis Vuitton, in that they have prostituted themselves to celebrities and lost their true uniqueness because any try-hard celebrity can obtain one, I still think that they are the best and the most beautiful.

le dix motorcycle bag by Balenciaga
The next on my wish list would be the one above – a Balenciaga Le Dix Motorcycle bag – again in black.  The beauty of this bag is it starts at only around US$2500 and comes in a myriad of gorgeous bright colours and leather finishes too.  Kate Moss, Sienna and Nicole Richie are huge fans apparently (lucky girls).
clutch by Alexander McQueen, photo by Garance Dorè
For an evening clutch, I would call upon Prada (of which I do own one – thank you hubby) or Alexander McQueen.  They just have the right stuff I think.  I like my clutch to be edgy and to standout because I see it as a crucial part of my whole outfit. Just like a piece of jewellery is because it can totally make or break your ensemble.
bag by Chanel, photo by Vanessa Jackman
For the all-time classic of classics, there is no going past the Chanel 2.55 – it is quilted and the chain is the same chain that goes in the lining along the  bottom of the famous jackets – (the weight keeps it sitting properly).
Mid Priscilla by Corto Moltedo
Garance Dorè and her Sophia Coppola for Louis Vuitton bag

bag by Chanel
Angelina and her Fendi
In the end, we all make do with what we love to carry around with us on a daily basis, don’t we?  Our bag becomes a symbol of ourselves, a utility bag carrying all that makes up who we are in case we are stranded, pulled-over by the cops, stuck in a lift, or just going to and from work or school.  I couldn’t do without it, as much as I’ve tried, I am very attached to my handbag, whichever one I choose to drag out of the back of my wardrobe – I know that they represent a part of me and I love it.
Ciao for now,

Sources: GaranceDorè.com,,, TheSartorialist, Vogue Australia,
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