Tuesday, 26 February 2013

oscar fever - come on everyone loves it!

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the live Oscars show today! It felt naughty to be watching TV for hours during the day knowing most people are out working. A rare treat. And I can't miss American Horror Story Asylum tonight! I'm totally addicted to this sick but slick show (I love it!).

Anyway. The award winners were predictable. Very disappointed that Naomi Watts missed out for Best Actress. But so pleased that Quentin Tarantino won Best Original Screenplay and the brilliant Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor. I loved Django Unchained!

All in all it was okay. Watchable. The highlight? The boobs ditty, and the Les Mis sing-song. Charleze dancing was cringable though and I didn't think Catherine Zeta Jones was up to much.

Anyway, waffle aside, what about the frocks?! Well here is my top dressed.

Overall favourite? It has to be Amy Adams and Naomi Watts!

Naomi Watts sparkles in Armarni Prive. Stacy Keibler is stunning in Naeem Khan 

Samantha Barks in classy black Valentino. Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille . 

Jessica Chastain nude Armarni Prive. Zooey Deschanel in retro Valentino.

Amy Adams dreamy in Oscar de la Renta.  Jen lookin hot in classic red Valentino.

Monday, 25 February 2013

beau in woods

It's not every day you discover a new boutique full of gorgeous pieces, created in luxurious fabrics, all designed by a local designer. This happened to me on Friday when strolling around James Street, New Farm (Brisbane). I honestly could of bought up half the shop (if I only had a big enough bank balance). Racks full of lovely, wafty, silky, beaded and printed pretty things. 

Check out Beau in the Woods when you are next in town chaps (or using the link for online shopping), at 8/65 James Street.  And while you are there, pop in to Happy Little Dumplings for delicious dumplings (obvioulsy!) and green tea! Yum.

I must have one of these skirts or dresses!  I want the navy skirt, to wear with a simple tight vest and pair of high heels - love it!

Beaded circle cut out back frock $550
Skyscraper sequin skirt in navy $329
Skyscraper sequin skirt in silver/grey $329

Stagazer leather shift in soft suede $399

Sunday, 24 February 2013

nice shoes Jen

Jennifer Lawrence attended the Spirit Awards last night wearing a rockin pair of strappy heels! Just like mine! Actually I prefer my tan ones. You can buy both colours at Tony Bianco, $179, just ask for the Alamo. Such a hot shoe!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

today I am wearing...

Most Sunday afternoons I head to Coles to do the weekly food shop (ugh). I always go dragging my feet and clutching my bundle of enviro bags, but with good intentions of buying new things, expanding my repertoire, finding exciting (easy) inspiration to cook up something healthy and nutritious, but I never do. Same old same old. I end up buying the same stuff.  Oh to have a personal chef, who can be bothered and loves to cook... 

Anyway, the Sunday food shop is sightly more enjoyable now as I always finish off with a browse around the Mix Apparel section, specifically the clearance rack. I normally pop something into my trolley, and this week I succumbed to this loose black tie-belted shift dress. It's been on the rack for a few weeks, so it was marked down to $8 (!!!), how could I resist?!  It's actually really good quality and completely lined. I quite like it. 

I'm quite impressed with the Mix stuff so far. I hope they keep it going.

Mix Apparel dress with Witchery slingbacks

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

pre autumn blues

I know it's silly, but I'm dreading winter.  After two days of cooler, rainy weather, and seeing all the autumnal clothes in the shops, it's made me realise again how much I hate cold weather. 

I know it's not as bad when the sun shines, and yes, yes, I know it doesn't get really cold here (in sunny Queensland), but it's cold enough for me! So, in a month or two it'll be back to jeans and cardigans, scarves and boots (to keep my icy feet warm). Ugh. 

I don't know how people cope living in a crap climate.  I could never live back in the UK again, that's for sure.  All those cold dark mornings, the grey skies, the biting winds and glum faces.  Don't get me wrong, I loved living in London.  I still occasionally miss living in such a diverse, vibrant, culturally rich city. But nowadays I just couldn't do the weather.

Once again I will have to say 'so long' to my simple, easy dress wardrobe and bring out the layers. Maybe I'd be more excited about it if I have an long, lean athletic body, the 'apple' shape, that looked effortlessly glam in just a black v-neck and pair of skinny slacks.  Unfortunately that same outfit on my 'pear' shape just looks boring and frumpy. And I'm not really a tights person either.  I can't stand feeling so 'enclosed' in the undercarriage department. 

Anyway, enough with the moaning!  This is what I wish I looked good in...

(source net-a-porter.com)

Gucci cigerette trousers
(sorry I jusy can not says 'pants'!)
Stella McCartney flares

Theyskens' Theory leather Jadra' jacket
Marni v neck jumper
Saint Laurent ankle boots
Jimmy Choo 'Anouk' patent heels

Monday, 18 February 2013

today I am wearing...

I wear this dress all time in summer. It's such a light, easy, throw on style that can be dressed up or worn casually, by a change of shoes and a necklace (or two). I bought it in Hong Kong a few years ago when Mr S and I had a kid free visit (utter bliss!). Sightseeing, eating, shopping and sipping cocktails in trendy skyscraper bars, ahhhh.

I had to pop out to the mall this morning, kids things to buy (boring), but afterwards I did have a rather lengthy browse round the more interesting shops too. And guess what? I came home empty handed! I was totally under whelmed by the change in season, summer-autumn fashion. Blah.  I didn't see anyting I really liked. I had a big slab of cake with icing instead (sugar haters - it as finger licking good!).

Going casual. 

Sunday, 17 February 2013

the birkin

I'm not really a handbag girl, but as my loyal readers will know, I do have a thing for the Hermes Birkin. Mr S and my sister think it looks like a granny bag, but this particular handbag actually makes my heart skip a beat (like when I spot a pair of Louboutins).

So you can imagine my delight when I got my beautiful orange Birkin (GF) mini. Perfect for daily use (my gorgeous full size red Birkin is just too heavy and big for everyday) and in such an ace colour. It smells of leather and

My Birkin before I added the lock and key

Me and my Birkin about to go on our first shopping trip together

time for a new pair

Thank you Rachel at Redcliffe Style for posting a pic of your lovely birthday heels!

I fell in love with them and got into quite a fluster, rambling to anyone who'd listen about needing to get to Myer quick quick, to grab a pair of these cool retro Pink Inc sandals for myself! Phew! I made it! It was meant to be. Fate. My size. $189 down to $29!

It's a rainy weekend, so I'm wearing them round the house. Happy me!

Lovely black satin and pink soles with a cute little diamante buckle

Friday, 15 February 2013

today I am wearing...

This is an old Supre dress that I've had for years (and hardly worn). Black broderie anglaise  cotton with low v-neck and a-line skirt. Has to be worn with lots of beads or a low necklace, to distract from the bra-less boobs.But I like it.

The occasion?  Gossip and a catch up with a very good friend.

Supre dress, Nine West slingbacks, glass beads and Mulberry clutch (genuine fake!)

Monday, 11 February 2013

Friday, 8 February 2013

under pressure

My baby has started high school. Grade 7. Blimey. It makes me feel old. I mean I remember high school so well. It doesn't seem like it was that long ago. I had fun at school, that's what school was for, right?.  Learning?  Pfft.  After I hit 13 that aspect of school life took a back seat.  But that was me. I don't want my son to be like me.  I want him to go to school to learn and do well and succeed in life.  I don't want him to live a mediocre life of wishing he'd worked harder.  I want him to find things easy, not to have to try too hard, that combination of popular, passionate, hard working, interesting and motivated. Basically I want my son to be perfect. Poor baby. I put too much pressure on him, I know I do.  Last night, after a rant, I blurted out, "It's because I love you, because I care. I want the best for you!" But I know I'm going about it all the wrong way.  He didn't deserve the ear bashing, it was me feeling the pressure and just trying to 'encourage' him, but it all came out wrong, and I had to walk away and go and write in my diary to calm down. 

God knows what my kids will remember about me, when they are all grown up. My parents just wanted me to be happy.  I want my kids to be rich and happy in all aspects of their lives, to travel the world and to do something worth while.

Sometimes I think I'm not cut out for this parenting lark. I should have just worked in a shoe shop and had cats...