Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I have a few dilemmas though - where to go and what to get made? The first dilemma is easily solved with the help of some good friends who will help guide me through the maze of spas, tailors and shops filled with designer copies, dvds, handbags and fabrics to help me find that must-have item for the week.
The second dilemma was half resolved when I jumped onto one of my favourite sites to find some inspiration. This is what I found..
Hmm I think I may have a fascination with black, bows and ruffles!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I have been busily planning a trip to Europe with my boy and have been undertaking the fun but frustrating task of finding decent accommodation that doesn't cost a fortune and that isn't grimey and gross, particularly in cities such as Paris and Barcelona.
The challenge was proving difficult - many a time I would think that I found a great place but then it would not pass the tripadvisor test (I have since become skeptical of tripadvisor - I wonder if all those bad reviews claiming bed bugs and dodgy and dirty bathrooms and linen are really true? Or are they just reviews posted by jealous competitors?)
However, after extensive research (and perhaps being a little sucked in by the pictures), accommodation challenge was completed with these two boutique hotels in Paris and Barcelona.
I just hope they are as nice as the photos!
Monday, July 14, 2008
I walked the streets of Soho on Saturday and found my way into a couple of vintage stores...But this wasn't like walking into Endo's or St Vinnies in Brisbane, these stores had designer vintage - Pucci, Diana Von Furstenberg, Miu Miu and the list goes on... But why were there only a few vintage stores in an area known for its restaurants and fashionable boutiques? It seems there are heaps of antique furniture places in Hong Kong but not antique clothing..
Maybe it has something to do with high rents and demand for space in Hong Kong and the lower returns on vintage clothing or is it just that Hong Kong fashionistas don't like wearing old clothes?
- A summer's day lasts from March until October, but it doesn't get warm - people are still rugged up at the height of summer;
- In winter, the darkness lasts for months - children attempt to brighten up their world by sticking yellow paper to windows to create artificial sunlight (good to see the imagination is alive and kicking);
- The local physio clinic specialises in stretching courses to ensure all the muscles are being used as a result of the thick winter clothing residents need to wear restricting their movements (dear Lord...);
- The kindergarten teacher carries a gun - not because she's gone postal from the shiteous weather, but because of polar bears circling the kindy (the polar bears clearly haven't gotten the memo about the "no-death" policy);
- Every student attending the local university spends their first day learning how to shoot polar bear. Fun. For hell.
Things to remember about a polar bear:
- If you happen to be armed, aim for the chest not the smaller target of the head;
- If you are unarmed when you encounter a bear, toss your mittens on the snow to distract it (personally, I don't see this one working);
- If Mr Polar Bear snaps its teeth with a smacking sound, you're a goner. Put up a fight, but don't expect to win;
- If you happen to beat Mr Polar Bear to a pulp - or shoot him in the chest - you must inform the governor (I'm imagining an evil Sunnydale mayor here...) as it is strictly forbidden to hunt polar bears. Even though it's ok for polar bears to hunt children at kindergarten. Go figure.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
It was hard to find as there is no signage (this is what it looks like from the front during the day) - all you need do is find the right door and pull back the curtains. The bar is set inside a former antique store so it is filled with lots of beautiful and eclectic antique furniture, chandeliers and fresh flowers.
The signature drink is a chocolate strawberry daquiri - frozen strawberry daquiri served in a chocolate coated glass! Hard to explain but absolutely divine and a bargain at about AUD$10.
The tip is to go early to avoid the crowds as apparently it gets really busy with bargoers milling around outside drinking.
Feather Boa is definitely a must-see when visiting Hong Kong.
Friday, July 11, 2008
- Bucket of water
- Bright light
- Electric node thingy
- No food
- Mean, physically intimidating person (dobermans optional)
- Bee Gees CD
David Gray (irritating warbler - I'm not surprised) has recently complained about his music being used in interrogations of terrorist suspects.
Top of the pops in "Guantanamo's Greatest Hits" are the theme to Sesame Street, White America - Eminem; Enter Sandman - Metallica; Stayin' Alive- The Bee Gees; American Pie - Don McLean; and the all-time favourite Dirrty - Christina Aguilera. Apart from being incredibly annoying - particularly when played on continuous loop, apparently these songs are sufficiently abhorrent to the culturally pious terrorist inmates, that they are enough to extract a confession.
This is some rather serious torture when you consider what else they're combining this with: sleep deprivation, continuous blinding light, isolation. Add in some physical battering, and you have to wonder how reliable a confession would be when given in these circumstances. Irrespective of the song - as an ageing hag, I can understand the feeling of your head about to explode when music is played loud enough for long enough. I'm pretty sure I would happily say that I had undertaken pilot training courses in Afghanistan for some relief from XXXtina.
This gorgeous creature, Dorian Leigh recently passed away aged 91 (good innings, sweetie!). Obviously, she didn't look like that when she died. According to another model of her time, Dorian had bucketloads of oestrogen - the way some men have too much testosterone (I believe we call them bastards). And in perfect testament to all that woman - she needed 5 husbands to satisfy her. Mmm... delightful!
Like all gorgeous NY girls-about-town of that era, Dorian was friends with Truman Capote, and there are suggestions that she was more than just a little like Holly Golightly - our favourite prostitute from Breakfast At Tiffany's. But Ms Leigh was not just a gorgeous face, intoxicating sensuality and a body to covet - she was super smart too, studying calculus at New York University and going on to use her maths skills as an aircraft wing designer. As an engineer, she earned 65c per hour. As a model, she earned $1 per hour. I'm no calculus student, but I know which I would prefer.
Clearly seeing those dividends, Dorian worked her tuckass off: she apparently graced seven Vogue covers in 1946 (more than two thirds of the year's Vogues! - I wonder if readers got bored with that?), and in the next six years appeared on at least 50 more magazine covers. Dorian started modelling at the ripe old age of 27 - although she did manage to convince Harpers Bazaar that she was just 19 (and these are the days before botox).
After modeling, Dorian opened one of the first modeling agencies in Paris, ran gourmet restaurants in France and had successful catering operations in the United States, among other endeavors. She wrote several books about food, including one about pancakes and another featuring fritters. Wow. She was one busy lady. No wonder it took her so long to think about issues of mortality.In other celebrity news - quote of the day: 'I can sing better than she can. If Madonna gets it [the lead role in 'Evita'] I'll rip her throat out!" said Meryl Streep back in 1996.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Yes - that's spots, stripes and checks all at once.
- "Now is it time to have a talk about the facts of life? ... You know, 'cause that whole stork thing is a smoke screen" - Xander
- "... you could ask him for coffee some night. It's the non-relationship drink of choice. ... Okay, sure, it's hot and bitter, like a relationship that way, but..." -- Willow
- "Being called an idiot tends to take people out of the dating mood."; "It actually kind of turns me on."; "I fear you." - Buffy & Xander
- "People underestimate the value of a good ramble." -- Buffy
- "Oh, he's a vampire. But the cuddly kind. Like a care bear, with fangs." - Cordelia
- "Cordelia, your mouth is open, sound is coming from it. This is never good." - Buffy
- "I laugh in the face of danger! Then I hide until it goes away." - Xander
- "I told one lie. I had one drink."; "Yes, and you were very nearly devoured by a giant demon snake. The words, "let that be a lesson" are a tad redundant at this juncture." - Buffy & Giles
- "I have all these thoughts, and I'm pretty sure they all contradict each other." -- Cordelia
- "Being this popular is not just my right, but my responsibility." -- Cordelia
Now I acknowledge that although I love to look at it, I really have no use for any of the kate spade paper items... thank you cards, save the date cards, note cards, personalised stationery....(the only exception being the new kate spade diary I purchased to replace my much loved but much used filofax) but as I was saying who needs note cards when you have facebook, emails and blogging?
Anyway. She can blog-hog all she likes. She just better be as Divine as Miss Piggy while she does it.
A British teenwas "shaking head to toe" when she discovered a baby bat curled up in her bra after investigating "vibrations" she believed to have come from her mobile phone.
Abbie Hawkins, 19, of Norwich, south-east England, said she was quietly doing her job as a hotel receptionist when she decided to examine the "strange movements" in her underwear. "I put my hand down my bra and pulled out a cuddly little bat. It looked cosy and comfortable and I was sorry for disturbing it," she said according to press reports. She went on to say that "it looked quite cosy and comfortable in there so it was quite rude of me to take it out. I felt quite sorry for it. Perhaps I should have left it there and given it a good home." [Where, darling? Your underwear drawer?]
Hawkins explained that she had not noticed anything when putting it on. "When I was driving to work, I felt a slight vibration but I thought it was just my mobile phone in my jacket pocket."
Unless you look like Mossy, I remain unconvinced
I can only assume that the obsession with them is mainly because skin-tight pants are pretty clear when a boy imagines you naked. In the eyes of a lecherous male, if your pants are tight enough, you're basically naked - the cloth is merely a second skin. They know where your hips start (if your pants even reach that high). They know the width of your thighs (ok, some muscle tone is missing, but candle light can be just as deceptive), they know where your crotch ends - i.e. the height of your hip, and they can get a pretty good idea of the curve of the bottom. In some particularly tragic cases, they are also well-informed about your nether regions by the presence of the infamous, and yet increasingly prevalent, camel toe [if you're fat, it's a moose knuckle]. The only thing they don't know, in boy talk, is whether "the carpet matches the curtains". **I am suddenly hating men.**
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Catch me if you can...
With all the breathy gushiness of Carrie in Sex and the City I say: "Me likey!".
Look how fun they are! Imagine going for a run along the river with one of these strapped to your arm! And this is just the fluoro range - they have crystal (think clear, chunky straps - but beautiful faces from mother of pearl with crystal spots to mark the hours) and super old school (me no likey, but each to their own) and ceramic. I just adore ceramic watches, and they also have plastoramic (guess what elements are combined there?). I remember when Chanel introduced its ceramic watch range - I was in Harrods, London when I saw them and in a burst of enthusiasm almost bought one. I was stopped in my tracks when the (Australian) sales assistant said "it's hot, but have you converted that into Aussie dollars?". Aah the perils of travel. Thinking the price tag in pounds is actually AUD. *sigh*
But Toy Watches are known for the cheapness! Unfortunately, they're not available in Australia. Why so surprised? Looks like a little trip to Hong Kong may be in order...
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
When you are self-conscious about something, it's always the thing you notice most about other people. So as well as being a keen shoe-observer today, I couldn't help but notice the walks moving all these shoes along. Shockingly, some of the prettiest shoes are driven into the footpath by the most masculine of walks. Delicate shoes are being stomped around - legs slightly apart, toes splayed and even some slight bending of the knee. It's the legs apart thing that makes them look like men - feet splayed like a duck perhaps can be forgiven when it's pouring with rain and you're dodging puddles. Perhaps.
I've always noticed when a woman stands with her legs apart, and while I undertand the need to create light between the legs so we don't look like we have a solid tree trunk as legs, it's rather ridiculous when you're in constant flight. Clearly these women in the lovely shoes think about their image as they get dressed - why don't they realise how they ruin it when they walk like men? Not to mention the cost of getting the shoes reheeled. And seriously. Where do these people learn to walk like that? I thought women moved like women unconsciously. Maybe it's all this rubbish about needing to be a part of the boys club to get ahead. But you don't have bows on your shoes if you're trying to do that, do you?
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Observe these stunning shots from Vogue Italia. These shots evoke that post-War era of intrigue captured so beautifully by Agatha Christie. Murder on the Orient Express, luxurious cruises down the Nile, and that impenetrable, mysterious world of the aristrocracy.