Random Inspiration

So this week is no different to any other – it’s crazy busy and hot! So darn hot and horribly humid and well, can someone please press the freeze-frame button??


I’d love a day to just do this. Sip tea and read a book.


I love her pants and her loafers. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m seeing loafers in lots of street style pics so I’m guessing I’ll be wearing them this autumn and winter.


I love a beautiful hat and this one is no exception.


Always elegantly stylish Sofia Coppola. Such a fan of her effortless style. Note the loafers. Told ya.


It’s so hot and humid here, it never ends. WIth no rain in sight to cool things off, I’m enjoying images of snow so I can trick my body into imagining how nice it must be to feel a temperature other than 30 degrees celsius!


Mia Wasikowska on the cover of Australian Vogue. How gorgeous is this cover? It’s like a jewel in itself! Photographed by Emma Summerton for the March 2014 issue.


Looking forward to some time on my day off to enjoy coffee with girlfriends and practice my photography.

I’ve finished everything that I need to do – at least for now – so I decided to put together some random inspiration for you and for me too! Hope you’re week is going well and that these images help to keep the momentum going for you.

love & light xo

Wednesday Tumblr Delight

What a view! My current desktop wallpaper.

Winter style is in vogue right now down here. I'm loving this silhouette.

Winter is almost here, but it's still sunny enough to enjoy an outdoor lunch.

I'm currently writing a post on winter hat style. Stay tuned...

Still in love with the New Girl. Cute, infections humour, can't help but adore Schmidt!

Jessica Stam in Christian Dior Haute Couture at the 2007 Met Ball. I love the back detail, the gown comes with built-in jewellery.

My favourite movie of 2011, Midnight in Paris. Woody Allen's love letter to Paris.

Sundays are for baking cookies with my beautiful girls.

Hope your week is going well, happy Wednesday ūüôā

Mad Hatters

Kathleen Kelly: Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one.  It got on at 42nd, and off at 59th, where, I assume it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake – as almost all hats are.” – quoted from You’ve Got Mail (1998).

I love this movie and I love that line because I always disagreed with it.  Sounds strange that I would like something that I disagree with, I know.  But Meg Ryan’s character Kathleen Kelly wasn’t half wrong when she says that almost all hats turn out to be a mistake because often people buy the wrong hat for their face shape, and often they don’t know how to wear it right either. So in a sense, I think almost all hats have the potential to be a mistake.

Some people look just great in the right hat, don’t they?

Fedoras, Trilbys, flat caps and beanies.  These looks are timeless and the hats are functional as head-warmers and protectors from the sun.  

One style of hat that I absolutely love is the distressed cowboy hat.  A look which unfortunately does not suit me, and I can wear just about any type of hat.  It just looks ridiculous on me, but I bought one anyway, and I wear it in the garden when I’m pulling weeds.  That way I cannot offend anyone with my ridiculous looking hat!

David Beckham show’s us how its done.  Tr√®s cute.

Growing up, my Grandmother always told my brother that the correct etiquette was to remove his hat at the dinner table and when indoors.  Women did not have to follow suit because it is fine for women to wear a hat indoors and while dining.  I guess in days gone by, a lady’s bonnet was such a part of her ensemble that to have to remove her hat would have meant having to have her hair redone each time she removed it!   

Can you imagine Marie Antoinette having to remove her hat every five minutes?

Panama hats are a wise choice when considering buying a hat as it is one style that goes a long way because it suits just about any shape of face.

Lily Cole looks lovely in her Panama.

Hats make the perfect accessory because they can hide a bad hair day and it’s a great way to hide from the world when you’ve got the blues.  You can just blend in to the crowd.  A hat is also good at helping you stand out when you want to be noticed, think Carrie in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994):  Charles: “Great hat”, Carrie: “Thanks, I bought it ‘specially.”

Chloe Sevigny looking impossibly chic in her straw boater. 

Coco Chanel epitomised her effortless French style with a decorated beret here in 1938.

Jennifer Lopez strikes a pose with her wide-brimmed hat, a perfect style for her. 

Kirsten Dunst looks great in her trilby.

Cameron, Kate and Kiera show us how easy it is to look good in a hat.

This winter, try giving your look a classic edge with a trench and wide-brimmed felt hat.  Just beautiful.

Victoria Beckham uses the brim of her cloche to hide from the paparazzi.

“A Hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity.  A hat is the difference between wearing clothing and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best.  A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and make all men feel masculine about.  A piece of magic is a hat.” – Martha Sliter

I hope you enjoy your new hat Amanda, it looks good on you.  Thanks for the inspiration babe!  Happy Australia Day everyone too!


Sources: ELLE.co.uk, The Sartorialist, Garance Dorè, People.com

Summer Dressing Workshop

Kate looks fab in her little white dress.

Dressing for Summer is hard work.  As I am fast becoming aware, it takes a lot more thought and your personal body upkeep is constant and unrelenting.    Shaving, waxing, moisturising, self-tanning, pedicures and nail polish, OMG!

Hats are a necessity in summer.

I have very quickly become aware of what an easy life I had living in the cooler climates.  If I forgot to shave my legs, well I would simply wear tights.  If I couldn’t be bothered to moisturise, again, don some jeans or tights.  Black was my uniform and boots my best friend.  Even though I lived at the beach, our beach was not frequented by beach bunnies and bikini clad babes.  It was a place to exercise your dog and to collect shells and sea glass.  Period!

Bar Rafaeli in her denim cut-offs, blouse and heels, very chic.  This long skirt and white tee is favourite summer look for me, I too like to add a light-weight scarf when needed.

Since moving back to the coast, I have had to evolve rapidly into a much more high-maintenance woman and let me tell you, it is not all fun and games!  It is true however, that once I am in a routine, it’s not really that difficult to keep up with the waxing, shaving, self-tanning, etc, but if you let it slide for just a few days, boy there is so much to catch up on!

I am making my own version of the little summer dress below for my girls Annabel and Chloe.  They are going to look so cute!

Kate in one of her little summer dresses.  A wardrobe staple I think!  

When I was a kid my skin was used to being in the sun, I was tanned from spending endless days at the beach and my skin never burned.  But as I grew older and moved away from the coast, my skin became paler from the lack of exposure to the sun and I became quite obsessed with sun protection.  I have worn an SPF on my face every day for over 10 years now (and the proof is that I have no lines on my face as a result of my vigilance) and I wear sunglasses and hats at all times, even in the winter.  I can see sun damage on my arms from years of sun exposure, but all I can do about that is exfoliate and continue to cover up.  As we all should be doing.

Layering isn’t just for cooler weather.  Cropped light-knits and flowing, belted dresses look classy and chic.  I’m loving this look.

Colourful Gucci and the ubiquitous summer trilby.

Some stylish strangers in their summer attire. 

Summer dressing is not easy for some women.  Some of us don’t like to bare our skin and not because they don’t want skin damage either – we can’t all look like Gisele, so in order to make the most of our own looks in the summer time.  You don’t have to wear white or pale colours either.  Black is still viable and very wearable, but colour is key and jeweled colours on our clothes or accessories always look gorgeous in the summer sun, don’t you think?  Shades of nude and the palest of pinks and grey look classy too.

Give it your best shot, you know you won’t regret it!


Sources: The Sartorialist, People.com, Stockholm Streetstyle, Style.com

Look Book Part Deux

I know it has been a week since my last blog, but it is all because it has been way too hot and humid to sit at my computer.  Plus I have been sewing like a woman possessed too, and exploring Brisbane with my friend and basically just lying about as it is too hot to do anything!

So here are some more looks from the street to keep you inspired!

Gorgeous eyes, gorgeous hair…

Loving this belt action, belts just change an otherwise ordinary outfit so easily.  I have developed a bit of a fascination with belts and now I find myself spending too much time in front of the mirror deciding on which belt to wear!

Black and a Birkin, what more could a girl need?  Great hair.

Bling pants take any outfit up a notch.

Blazer, denim and brogues.  Our next Autumn/Winter uniform ladies.

Short trench rocks this look.

Blazer, Jacket, call it what you like, yes?  Those animal print loafers are fab too.

Gorgeous looks that people in the street rock so effortlessly this northern hemisphere season.

Jen is so naturally stylish – leather jacket, trilby, striped shirt and distressed denim… perfection!

Simple, elegant, gorgeous leather skirt too!  Notice the spotted hosiery?

I have noticed recently that I have quite a lot of grey in my wardrobe.  I is such a fantastic shade because you can add colour to add a subtle highlight which compliments so easily.

I just love these shoes of Anna Dello Russo’s, they look between a cross between a gladiator sandal, and a ballerina slipper.
This mother and daughter compliment each other so well.

Rachel McAdams doesn’t have a clue as to how cute she looks here.  I think she is just one of the best young actresses.  She’s going to be huge.

Those are some long boots!

Parisienne chic.  The print on her dress looks like a starry night.  Her ballet slippers are to die for!
Leather and stripes!
Navy perfection.  

We are having a great time here in Brisbane but oh the humidity, it’s a killer!  The girls keep asking if it is going to snow before Santa comes which is hilarious.  It’s hard for them to understand because they watch Christmas movies that are set in the northern hemisphere where it generally snows at Christmas time.  Here in Australia, well we spend our Christmas day at the beach eating seafood and ice cream! 


Sources: Garance Dorè, The Sartorialist, Vanessa Jackman, JakandJil, People, Stockholm Streetstyle.

I Heart A Philip Treacy Hat

When I lived in Sydney, not so long ago, one of my favourite things to do was to pop into the David Jones Jones millinery department and spend as much time as I had up my sleeve trying on all the hats.  This was especially helpful if I was having a bad day as I felt transported just being there.  My worries disappeared, my stress fell away, it was bliss.

Philip Treacy, the artist at work.

This was how I discovered the world’s greatest milliner, Philip Treacy.¬† In my opinion, there is no finer milliner.¬† No one has his daring¬† and creative approach to design, he is fearless.

Linda Evangelista on the cover of Vogue Italia June 2008 wearing a hat designed by Philip Treacy.

Treacy’s talent was evident from the very beginning.¬† Discovered by the late Isabella Blow in 1989, she knew he was going to change the face of millinery.¬† At the time Isabella was style editor for Tatler magazine and after meeting him she commissioned Philip to make her a hat for her wedding and as luck would have it (the luck of the Irish perhaps?) he was blessed with having a client that sought out the unusual and the unconventional.

 Isabella wearing her elaborate head-dress designed by Philip Treacy for her wedding to Detmar Blow.

After graduating from the Royal College of Art with first class honours, Philip moved into Isabella and Detmar Blow’s basement where he set up his workshop.¬† Isabella the benefactor became the artist’s muse and they talked of nothing but hats, hats, hats!

In 1991 Treacy was to meet chief designer at Chanel Karl Largerfeld and became their chief milliner for the next 10 years.  Not a bad job straight out of university.  He was just 23 years old.  Wow!

Treacy and models at a haute couture show.

The real change for him happened after his first catwalk show.¬† Supermodel’s Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Yasmin Le Bon all agreed to model his hats, (an all black collection) and were paid not in money, but in hats.¬† The media went crazy when the girls did his show and this changed how hats were seen in fashion from then on.

 Isabella Blow wearing a Philip Treacy creation.

By 1999 Treacy was designing for Alexander McQueen for Givenchy in Paris while while still designing for Chanel.

Some of Treacy’s designs for Alexander McQueen and Givenchy.

This led to the first ever Haute Couture show devoted purely to hats which was held in Paris by the chambar syndical de la haute couture and of course Treacy was invited to contribute.

Treacy has now taken his design esthetic into other mediums, designing accessories, glass wear and furniture.  Treacy was awarded an OBE by her majesty the Queen in 2007 in recognition of his services to the British Fashion industry.

“Glamour is a world-wide currency” – Philip Treacy

“I believe in beauty and elegance and communicating thoughts and dreams in a visual way. I started designing hats 15 years ago while I was a student at the Royal College of Art.¬† It was at a time when hats were perceived publicly as something worn by ladies of a certain age and something from a bygone era.¬† I thought this was totally ridiculous and simply believed “we all have a head, so everybody has the possibility to wear a hat.” – Philip Treacy

A design sketch by Philip Treacy.

“I have had the greatest pleasure of having the opportunity to challenge people’s perception of what a hat should look like in the 21st Century.”

This butterfly hat is truly my favourite.  I imagine the wearer must feel like they are in a butterfly enclosure, it is pure whimsy, sigh.  If I was lucky enough to own this piece of millinery genius, I would have it on display in my home for all to see.

This post is dedicated to my friend Trudi Francis.

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