Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On the 7th Day of Christmas

My true love teased me for having a Twitter account, Instagram feed, blogspot, Tumblr and Facebook account.

I like to connect, what can I say?

Shoesday: A Slight Progression from Blue

Into purple!

The higher the better. That is all.

Monday, December 19, 2011

On the 6th Day of Christmas

My true love reminded me of what Christmas is really all about...

Ridiculous exercises in consumerism such as my 12 Days of Christmas list sometimes make us forget what Christmas is all about. It's not just an excuse for a public holiday, excessive amounts of food and drink and the receiving of gifts.

Christmas to me signals new life, generosity of spirit, charity, humility, hope and the simplicity of love. As we run around the shops at midnight worried about last minute gifts, and stress about certain family interactions we think we'd rather avoid, it's nice to keep in mind that we have the luxury of such stresses. What to buy? A first world problem indeed.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Friday: Cleopatra

Happy Friday folks!! This weekend I have another Christmas party - themed of course! With a theme of religion I am going as Cleopatra (Egyptian pharoahs were Gods y'all!). Given we lost the stunning Liz Taylor this year, I thought it timely to do a retrospective of how drop-dead gorgeous she was in Cleopatra (I doubt I'll be a patch on her, but it's great inspiration).

Have a great weekend guys! One of the last for 2011!!

On the 5th Day of Christmas

My true gave me the gift of warmth... And MUSIC!

As those who know me will attest, unless it's 30 degrees+, I'm cold. I need a jumper/scarf/cardigan/leg-warmers/all-of-the-above. I am also emotionally attached to my iPod - an item that divides my friends. Sometimes it's running hot (in my opinion it's always running hot), others there's a little too much Britney/Angus & Julia Stone/techno/whatever for whoever's in my radius. But it's because I love pretty much everything (except angry teen music) that I have so much. And I can't part with any of it!

So this gift here, is pretty rad in my opinion!

Juicy Couture faux fur earmuffs with a little spot for your earphones! Brilliant!

On the 4th Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me...

Ever more pink lipstick! Why stop a good thing?

Pink lipstick has brought me UBELIEVABLE good luck this year.

On the 3rd Day of Christmas

My true love chose to indulge my champagne (or in this case, vodka) tastes...

With none other than a Louis Vuitton hip-flask!

They really do think of everything, don't they?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

On the Second Day of Christmas

My true love sent to me...

I know we women are meant to throw our arms up in horror when we are gifted some type of kitchen utensil or other cleaning/pressing device, however how could you possibly not adore this raspberry mix-master sitting in your kitchen?

Fucking awesome. Excuse my French, but this is amaze-balls! Of course it has all the bells and whistles - pasta maker, ice cream maker, sausage maker, vegetable slicer etc...

And if you can't cook, I think it would make a most artistic fruit bowl.

Leaky Boat

Some pictures from Baz Luhrmann's sure-to-be-epic Great Gatsby have been leaked, and my God they look sumptious! I don't care if it is awful (and how could it be, with Leo Di Caprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire involved) - the costumes are sure to be enough for me.

You know you're a superficial grown-up when you're more excited by leaked Gatsby pictures than the prospect of Santa Claus and his bag of presents.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Shoesday: The Glitter Edition

Ready or not, it is the party season! What better way to party the night away than with a pair of glittery Christian Louboutins? I mean really?? What. Better. Way. ??

Didn't think so.

Take your pick, obviously... But being a blue shoe addict, I think we all know which pair I'd choose.

Size 40, if you were wondering.

News Round Up: GOSSIP!

Oh Lordy... Wherever have I been?? At work. Boo.

In the last 2 weeks, there have been some MOMENTOUS changes here in Oz. They are as follows:

* We have another bushranger! Apparently some nutbag has been living in the outback for the past 6 years, evading police who want to have a little chat with him re some trifling matters such as murders and sexual assaults. Police closed in on him last week, but sniper-Ned Kelly shot and wounded an officer. Not cool.

* Queensland legalised gay civil unions (although disappointingly, 40 members of Parliament voted against the passing of the laws). Premier of Queensland Anna Bligh noted on its passing that "This bill is fundamentally about the human rights of Queensland's citizens, but it is much more than that, it is about the joyful business of love." Awwww....

* Topshop opened in Melbourne last Thursday! (As a follow up to the opening of Zara in Sydney earlier this year.. Which I must admit I visited with considerable pleasure on the weekend).

Dontcha just love finding an entire outfit in one store... On the cheap!

* Miranda Kerr got slammed by New York mag for being vacuous, fake and having the personality of an aquarium. Any thoughts on this? It's a fine line between a celeb being annoying for talking too much about politics (yes, you George Clooney!) and not giving any opinions on anything at all whatsoever. A tough line to toe indeed! I thought models were just meant to be seen and not heard anyway? Are we asking a little much of this gorgeous woman? And would we want her to be insanely smart anyway?? We already envy her so much as it is!!

Nothing to say here, folks!

There's your news... In a snapshot! xo

Monday, December 12, 2011

On the First Day of Christmas

Hooray! It's Christmas!!! My favourite time of year - summer, summer fruits, delectable salads, seafood, BBQs with friends, Christmas dinners, Christmas cocktails and invariably a costume party thrown in for good measure (costume party this weekend in fact... I'm going as a terrorist - with Christmas crackers tied around my chest. I'm out of inspiration!).

Christmas also means a time to daydream about the endless possibilities of gifts. Receiving, giving - it doesn't really matter. It's fun to pick the perfect thing for a much cared for person (even if it is yourself!).

So without further ado...

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

A glamour holiday (only small suitcases need apply as we will buy on arrival) to the back of beyond. Trekking, sunning, supping and sipping... Who cares where, as long as it's fun!*

* Note: the Boy and I are actually planning a few holidays... Japan skiing if finances permit, but the real doozy will be a tour of Europe - primarily France for Tour de France, with a bit of sailing in Croatia, riding bikes in Turkey and lounging in Barcelona. Possibly sight-seeing in Italy. Anyone want to join in? There will be groups! There will definitely be fun!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Yeah.. It was yesterday. But can anyone keep track of days at the moment??

Still obsessed with blue shoes... And this is Montana who won Australia's Next Top Model this year - I watched a few episodes and she's pretty rad!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wu Wu

Jason Wu (a favourite in these parts) has released his pre-Fall 2012 collection.

I am confused. There is a season before Fall? Pre-Fall? I mustn't complain... It means we can see beautiful clothes more of the year!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

1 December

1 December is not just the first day of summer. It's also World Aids day.

After the terrifying advertising campaigns of the late 80s/early 90s (10 pin bowling has just never appealed), and as the statistics gradually slowed, AIDS kind of fell off the awareness register. Australian youths are among the worst at regularly using condoms, and rates of STDs are sky rocketing. It's really just a matter of time before AIDS becomes a scary reality again.

The theme of Australia's World Aids Day was HIV is still here. And I suppose sometimes you need to know what can be lost before you take things seriously. The thought of losing health, precious time and treasured moments, inability to conceive a healthy child.

Freddie Mercury.

Love is grand. Just make it safe!

Thought for Today

Summer Wardrobe

If I could wear just a bikini and a flow-y top for the rest of summer, I would do it in a heartbeat. I would also rather happily strut around in the Suboo summer range - floating catans, little pom-pom detail and fresh sorbet colours. Yes please.

And of course I'd wear a hat. And sunscreen.

Beach Babies

The first day of December is the first day of summer here in the Southern half of the world. As the temperatures soar past 27 degrees, my cold-blooded little heart sings. Warmth, at last! I swear I have some reptile in me. Which is odd really, because I'm awful in the ocean. As a country kid who lived hours from a beach, I never grew up in that great Aussie tradition of being at the beach every weekend. Two weeks at Christmas, but that was about it. And I pretty much always just hung about in the shallows with my dad (when I was little) and sunbaking when I got older (silly girl).

So it was with morbid fascination that I watched a recent science experiment here in Oz which, through the injecting of harmless purple dye into a rip, showed the path and lifecycle of a rip in the ocean.

Check this out:

This is the water being filled up with purple dye.

Anyone who has been caught in a rip knows that it doesn't take long before you're much further from shore than you realise (you move at a rate of about 1 metre/second) and that's when you realise you're in a rip and, if you're me, panic sets in. Which is when we swim parallel to shore (the best method out of a rip). As you can see from the rip, it doesn't just move in a straight line.

The boomerang effect of this other rip shows that even if you can't swim parallel to shore, all is not lost... 80% of rips return back to shore, so if you just lie there and take it easy (i.e. don't panic) you might be transported back to shore safe and sound.

Provided a shark doesn't snap you up!