Thursday, 21 August 2014


Let's get rid of all the nonsense and focus on simplicity... and while were at it, let's add 'luxe' to the mix.

Love the images from the Valentino new Fall campaign photographed by David Bailey below.

Just stunning.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Keeping up with simplicity

Just a quick stop in the middle of the day with this gorgeous picture of Vanessa Axente by DanielJackson for Vogue Germany.

Only because I love the simplicity of everything here; the clean lines of the cape, the elegance of the wide leg pants and the subtlety of that lovely soft shirt (okay, so buttoned up might be more suitable for me!).

What's not to like about midweek!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Home Style, Minimal and Rustic, Sweden

How you can pass up a Scandi home with a particularly minimal and rustic slant.

White walls, natural light, and light flooring as you would expect in any picturesque cottage somewhere in Sweden.  Not an overly large looking home but it does look spacious and homely with the inclusion of light coloured furnishings and bold accessories leaning against the walls.  And a great version of attic storage to boot!

It's just that little bit of soothing that I need after a day spent driving around on errands.

Photos by Anna Kern for Bolig Magazine.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Monday Classic

Yesterday I spent the afternoon outdoors with layers of knitwear only as my barrier against the breeze (I didn't think it was going to be so chilly); but what I really needed was a fabulous camel coat like the one in the first image.

Hip length, to the ankle or mid calf, either way a topper in a luxe wool is something that is needed in every woman's wardrobe and that will carry through numerous winters.  This is called a 'Classic'!

It looks equally chic with a spot of leopard, an all over black, cool denim or white leather sneakers.  There you have it, I've just covered evening looks, for the office and weekend.  This is called 'Versatile'!

I've taken to cinching the waist with a belt over a blazer or coat also.

Step aside chilly winds... I'm ready for the freeze.

Photography Joachim Mueller Ruchholtz
Harpers Bazaar UK, Sept 2014

Friday, 15 August 2014

In The Schedule

With the sun shining outside, I'm looking forward to a quiet day running errands, catching up with a friend for a coffee, and re-scheduling the weekend (it seems I have double booked myself!).

Aside from that, it's been a busy last few days (I will be posting about a fabulous Spring Racing event I attended earlier this week so stay tuned) and I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend (well, seeing as the weather on Sunday will be quite questionable, it'll mean finding shelter from the rain).  But hey, you know what they say about Melbourne, '... four seasons in one day!'.

Here are some great links I found for some great reads too...

+ The gorgeous clean lines featured in this editorial in S Moda; just keeping it simple against the lovely canvas of Hilary Rhoda's complexion.

+ A great interview with designer Simone Rocha in Interview Magazine here.

+ An amazing behind the scenes look on the making of Marc Jacobs' new It bag.  What an intricate process.  Via TMagazine.

+  Take a peak inside the studio of Petite Grand jewellery... Via Broadsheet.

"There's a time for a sweater and Levi's and a time for the full-dress jazz"- Ginger Rogers.
+ Is Elegance still around today?  Hmmm, it's debatable.  Another magazine gives us 10 codes of Elegance. 

+  From Vogue Australia, a great bit of advice on how to complement your skincare routine with a complexion clearing diet.. you are what you eat right? I'm getting out the yoghurt and bluberries right away!

+  Okay so I'm a hotcake right?  My delicious Ricotta and Bluberry hotcakes that were snaffled up in record time last week.  (Well they're not really mine, I tore the recipe out of the newspaper years ago!  I think it might be Bill Granger recipe.)

180g plain flour
2tsp baking powder
2 pinches cinnamon
2tbsp caster sugar
325ml milk
150g ricotta
2 eggs
2 punnets blueberries (I have used chopped up bits of strawberries too)
melted butter for cooking

Sift dry ingredients into bowl.  Whisk together the milk, ricotta and eggs in a separate bowl until smooth.  Add milk mix to dry ingredients and stir.  Throw in your blueberries.   At this stage, I place the mixture in the fridge for about 20 mins to chill.  Heat a non stick pan over medium heat add a little melted butter and dollop in ladle size scoop of batter.  Cook until edges bubble and then flip (I'm getting good this part!).  Cook for a further minute and then serve straight away with vanilla ice cream and icing sugar or jam.   Oh, so good!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Dark walls

I'm a fan of light coloured walls but once in a while, the dark edge just draws me in.

I do like this living room set up with the inclusion of a light marble tiled floor as a contrast, the light coloured sofa and that gorgeous walnut stool it's instantly, cool and chic.

Would you dare is the question?

Photo Prue Ruscoe for Est Magazine.

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