Give a frock Friday

Le Breton, the famous blue and white stripe made famous by Coco Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier‘s inspiration for this haute Spring Summer 2000 haute couture gown.  This image was photographed by Stefano Pandini as part of  Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Pain Couture” installation at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain.  For me, this image evokes a feeling of the haute life in Paris – “but of course I wear my couture when I visit une boulangerie!”

Jean Paul Gaultier himself is hardly ever photographed without his signature le breton, his name and brand are synonymous with the classic blue and white stripe. With his debut installation, “Pain Couture” – Gaultier “aligns his own art with a craft France celebrates daily”.  Cynthia Rose of Crafts magazine adds that “Gaultier cleverly gives weight to his industry’s firm contention that the haute couture is a national need, every bit as vital to French identity as the baguette.”

Enjoy your weekend. xx


Wednesday Tumblr Delight

Le Breton. Always a favourite, you can never have too many!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if bears were not ferocious, if we could cuddle them like this?

It’s strawberry season here. Did you know that strawberries are the only fruit with their seeds on the outside?

I love this whole look, inspired dressing for the summer?

Walls of flowers at Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2012/13 Haute Couture show.

Fashionable ladies and favourite stylish girls, Taylor Tomasi-Hill and Yasmin Sewell at Sydney Fashion Week earlier this year.

Vintage inspiration from Katharine Hepburn, 1934 photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene.

Hunting down the ultimate blue shirt.

Spending time with my girls.

Taking full advantage of my time off today. Work comes around so quickly, but it’s not so bad… the time spent with my family when I’m home is all the more sweeter these days. Hope your week is going well. xx

Cute Accents

As the weather gets cooler here, I’ve been looking for wardrobe inspiration for the colder months.

I love the purple accents, tights worn under jeans that show through the holes. Her striped jumper and her purple gloves in the side pocket of her handbag worn over her shoulder – my favourite way to wear my bag also.

I’m not sure about the shoes, I’m not a big fan of those stacked heels. I wore my brogues yesterday for the first time this season – so glad I bought them last winter, I forgot how much I love them!

Wednesday Delight

Following on from last week’s post about my weekend Tumblr-ing (is that even a word?), I have put together an eclectic mix of this and that for you. I have decided to call these posts Wednesday Delight in the hope that they delight you, perhaps evoke a memory or inspire an idea, or maybe release any mid-week funk you may be feeling. Anyway, I hope you like them.

Stripes via
Venice via
Marilyn via
Vivienne Westwood via
Red patent heels via
Yoga handstand via
Erdem via
Kate Moss via
Burberry Prorsum via
JCrew via

Hope your week has been going well, happy hump-day everyone!



Source: here

Give a frock Friday

Jil Sander maxi dress and hat by Stetson as seen in Marie Claire France, June 2011. 

It’s bright and sunny here and so I cannot possibly resist classic nautical stripes when the weather is this gorgeous! 

Ok, so if you’re wondering, last weekend’s photo shoot went very well! I did manage to relax a bit but my fabulously talented photographer Daniel Lewin was a consummate pro and put up with my constant fidgeting – thank you Dan, from the bottom of my heart! 

I am working on the new blog header this weekend and I have posted a few bits about the shoot on my Facebook page, so head over and check it.

The results of the shoot will be up here on the blog very soon!

Have a great weekend,


Image Source: Marie Claire France – photographer unknown. 

Chair Tales

I love this chair, and like most of my chairs, it has a bit of a story attached to it.

This chair was given to me when I was 12, I think?  A beautiful Canadian artist friend of my parents thought I might like it and of course, I loved it.  It didn’t look like it does now, it was painted white and the seat was covered with a plain pale blue fabric.  But I saw potential and it sparked in me a life-long love of old chairs.

Over the years I painted the chair different colours such as bright yellow and then dark green – whatever paint I could find in my Dad’s shed.  Eventually I new the day would come when I had to strip the paint back so the true beauty of this chair could be revealed.  It was time for my chair to grow up!

The job of stripping the many layers of paint went to a furniture restorer in Sydney.  I had a feeling that this chair was too important to be done by my amateur hand, and so I found an expert who told me when I went to collect my newly revealed chair that the timber it was made from was none other than Australian Silky Oak.  I had the timber waxed instead of using varnish because it has such a nicer finish and it feels more gentle to the touch.  

Yesterday I put a new cover on the seat and it looks perfect. I used a piece of French cotton canvas I bought from Ici èt la.  I love this shop and their fabrics which are imported from France direct from the manufacturer, Les Toiles du Soleil. It is the only place you can buy this fabric in Australia.  In America, you can buy it online from their New York boutique, Les Toiles du Soleil NYC

I have other chair tales to share with you later.  In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you.  
Do you have any chair tales you would like to share with me?   



I Went Shopping Today

I had an existential crisis this morning.  I realised (finally) that my wardrobe was not geared toward living the life of a coastal lady.  My wardrobe was all about cooler climes – jeans, boots, sweaters, polo-necks, tights, leggings and scarves.  I have left that life behind now.  Any clothes that I had were worn out and not in keeping with coastal lifestyle.

The hardest part was trying to figure out what my style was in this climate.  I didn’t really know where to start, so I decided to treat myself like a styling client.  I asked myself the questions I ask clients, and then I went through my wardrobe with no holds barred.  Then I thought about what I like, what suits me and what draws me in when I am out there amongst the stores.  It helped a great deal because in amongst it all, I realised that what I needed was to unearth my old-faithful denim jacket!  I tend to archive quite a lot of my  wardrobe (because I try not to get rid of any of it) and I ended up with a short list of new items that I needed to add to my new wardrobe.

And so, off we went to the local shopping mecca, which on the coast is limited, but with an eye like mine, it’s not to hard to find what I need.  I had an arm-full of many items and then tried them all on.  It was easy to edit out what I didn’t need, and so I came away with a half-dozen new items.  Most of them tops, one dress and two pairs of pants.  I am satisfied that I have added to my wardrobe sufficiently until Autumn dawns in less than a month – eek!

I spend so much of my time looking at what’s out there that I had forgotten to keep an eye on my own wardrobe.  I knew that it was getting tough, it was getting harder and harder to find looks that I wanted to wear.  There were fewer and fewer things to choose from.  Some clothes where falling apart, some were out of date, some where just plain over.

It feels good to have some gorgeous new clothes to supplement my wardrobe.  Everything that I chose to buy fits within my current wardrobe so that I can mix and match with it all.  Most important, nèst-ce pas?

I thought I might share some of my influences with you, just because it’s fun to do so.

Stripes are everywhere this season, as I’ve told you before.  I am addicted and loving designer’s play on this classic. 

Khaki, khaki, khaki.  I’ve always loved it. The hard part is finding the right shade.  It has to be the right shade for me or there’s no point.

I loved Anne Heche’s wardrobe in Six Days Seven Nights (1998).  It suited her character perfectly, it was stylish, in-keeping with her fashion editor character, and as she was in the tropics, it was perfectly suited to the location.

Denim is going to be huge this spring and summer.  Shirts, jackets, jeans, pants, you name it.  Dig up your old jacket, you know there was a reason why you didn’t ditch it!

It’s always fun shopping for a new look.  This one took me by surprise, because I just hadn’t counted on needing to look for a warmer weather wardrobe for some time.  C’èst la vie!



Seeing Stripes!

These stripy tights remind me of Pippy Longstocking, a childhood literary hero.

Everywhere I look lately I am seeing stripes.  I just love stripes, they feel très Française oui?

Nautical and nice.  From a simple t-shirt dress to a long comforting coverall, like what Naomi was sporting during her last pregnancy.  

Of course, Kate Moss knows how to wear stripes.  They look good with just about anything, don’t they?  Effortlessly looking chic without even trying.

Stripes are fresh, no matter how old the t-shirt, the dress, they always appear to liven up another wise dull ensemble.

Jessica Alba loves her stripes.

Stripes in cardie and jumper form.  Oh, and in Balmain form here on Kate Moss.  

Stripes in Hollywood.  Cameron actually looks classy in this black and red number and Michelle looks considerably demure in her stripes too.

Whether it is the main item to your ensemble, or just a hint of blouse, shorts or scarf, stripes are so easy to wear.

Ok it’s true.  Not everyone can get away with wearing stripes, particularly stripes from head to toe.  But everyone can wear a striped scarf, yes?  I have a striped scarf and I love it.  If you don’t have one, get one!

When I think of stripes, of course most people immediately think of the nautical blue and white.  But of course, red and white stripes are just as gorgeous.  As are black and grey, blue and grey, grey and white, yellow and black, red and black, green and black, blue and black…

In 1995 upon the cinema release of French Kiss, many stores also got on the french theme of the film and put french-striped tops in store à la the one Meg Ryan’s character Kate wears throughout the film.  I remember going into Witchery in Sydney and having a terrible time deciding whether to buy the red and white or the blue and white striped long sleeve shirt.  In the end I bought the red and white because I rationalised that more people would buy the blue and white.  But of course I went back later and bought the blue and white as well, because, well… you know why!

Stripes appear regularly on the ready-to-wear catwalk.  Most designers love to work with them.  There are some wonderful examples of how easy it is to mix stripes into your wardrobe.  Vertical, horizontal, diagonal, wow!

What about vertical stripes I hear you ask?  

Vertical stripes are admittedly a risk for anyone to wear.  I believe it takes height, a slim figure and the right design of both fabric and print (and attitude) to carry it off.  I think the girl in the picture above is a great example of how it can be done.  Note the attitude, the skinny stripes on the fabric (lordy, no wide vertical stripes please!) the ankle boots and well, her slim figure does wonders to make this look good. 

Alexa Chung favours the blue and white stripes and it works well with a monochromatic jean or jacket.  I love how she mixes it up with her jeans and accessories.  Her tan satchel looks lovely against the striped backdrop and black coat.  I think it also is testament to her fabulously laid-back style that she does so well.  

Dress them up and add a feminine twist.  This red and black 80s style dress is so cute in striped fabric.  I don’t think it would be anywhere near as appealing in floral or even black, do you?

Striped tops, striped tights or three-quarter pants or just a whole ensemble.  No matter your age, stripes always appeal.  I love this picture of the little girl and her big yellow t-shirt with the striped leggings.  Of course Gwyneth knows how to do Parisian chic and this lovely ensemble above just blows me away!  Her hair, the bolero-style jacket, the striped scarf worn with the striped mini and those thigh-high boots – whoa!  She is totally confident and carries it off so well because of her confidence (I think those boots help a little though, don’t you?).

Well I’m totally inspired now and I can’t keep thinking of all the striped clothes I’ve parted with over the years.  I’m off now to shop for some more stripes!  Join me?

Ciao for now,


Sources: GaranceDorè.com, Vanessa Jackman,,, FashionTimes, 

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