16 Feb 2015
Skincare: Getting Back To Basics #1

Skincare: Getting Back To Basics #1



Sometimes the whole skincare conversation can have me completely flummoxed. Know what I mean?



Those emotive words such as anti-aging, free radicals, collagen boost, hyaluronic acid, vitamin c and retin a can leave me confused and uncertain.

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14 Feb 2015
Not A Traditional Romance For Valentine’s Day

Not A Traditional Romance For Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day and all over the world I am seeing red.

Red is the colour of all things emotional and the gauge of romance.


We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, not because we don’t believe in romance but because Valentine’s was never really our thing.

When I woke up this morning and talked about the significance of the day and the surprises that we didn’t have in store I started thinking about our love story.

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13 Feb 2015
Lightening Up, Whitening Up And Winter White

Lightening Up, Whitening Up And Winter White

Right about now everything winter starts to feel a little bleak. Do you know what I mean?

Feeling drab is usually a January/February sensation in the northern hemisphere.
I open my wardrobe doors every morning, drag out yet another black sweater and think to myself, I need to re-work this.


I need something lighter, I need a neutral to enhance my overall look and demeanour.

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12 Feb 2015
Investment Dressing… The Strategy #2… And Coco Chanel

Investment Dressing… The Strategy #2… And Coco Chanel

Investment dressing and the strategy behind it is something that I try and work towards.


Is it an age thing or have I simply wised up?

As a rule I would say that I pay more for each major piece but I buy less.


My strategy is to mix and match the price points of fashion. I invest in the long term, like a blue chip.

Each season, to stay with trends, I will add garments to my wardrobe that are relatively inexpensive knowing that they will probably not see more than a few seasons wear. I won’t invest heavily in these.


Fashion that is easy come, easy go.

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11 Feb 2015
To Use An Interior Designer Or Not?

To Use An Interior Designer Or Not?

Do you use an interior designer to create your home or is the interior a pleasure that you keep all to yourself?


In Provence our story, travels and adventures fashioned our interior. We moved to Europe from Australia with a houseload of memories and those stayed with us. The interiors were never designed, they evolved.

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9 Feb 2015
The Best Kept Beauty Secrets #9

The Best Kept Beauty Secrets #9

One of the best kept beauty secrets is engagement.


I’m not talking military manouevers or diamond sparklers, but engagement of the mental and emotional kind.

Engagement is all about listening, being interested, participating and actively sharing in what our friends, colleagues and families think and feel.

When someone is captured by what you have to say it is the most flattering of feelings.


For in a way engagement is an art.

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8 Feb 2015
Weekend Vignette #5

Weekend Vignette #5

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, with sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.” William Shakespeare


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6 Feb 2015
Remember Wedges? Only Too Well

Remember Wedges? Only Too Well

Remember wedges? Please tell me I am not the only one.


I am half way between wincing and laughing as I reflect back on my days as a fashionista.

I can still see myself balancing precariously in a pair of wedges, cork to be exact, that took every ounce of balance and athletic skill I possessed to keep upright.

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3 Feb 2015
Paris Checklist, Count To Five

Paris Checklist, Count To Five

When I am in Paris, I count to five.

Five things that I always do, five ways to spend a day, a week or a month in Paris. Whether there is 24 hours on the clock or a lifetime, these simple pleasures are to me what Paris is all about.


Yesterday, I had one of those “missing Paris moments” and as I let my Francophilia take flight the same five words kept racing through my mind.

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30 Jan 2015
Haute Couture And Paris, Made For Each Other #2

Haute Couture And Paris, Made For Each Other #2

This season I think we all agree that Paris and haute couture are seriously a match made in heaven.


We talked of the inspiration, the ideas and the creativity that we can draw from haute couture.

The runway is not only a literal vision but also an environment to orchestrate moods and evoke an emotional response.

Couture is not so much about shopping but more a theatrical interpretation of fashion and its future.


Chanel, Dior and Elie Saab were not the only shows spreading their magic in Paris this week. Giambattista Valli took my breath away and Valentino certainly elicited a few sighs.

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30 Jan 2015
Haute Couture And Paris, Made For Each Other

Haute Couture And Paris, Made For Each Other

Haute Couture and Paris, two deliciously wonderful ideas that are a match made in heaven.

Couture, a lavish spectacle and a creative extravaganza is a dream for the majority of the population.


Who can watch, let alone afford these individual and 5 figure prices?

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28 Jan 2015
The Best New Retinol Creams

The Best New Retinol Creams

Retinol creams, what’s your take on them?

I have periodically tried them over the years but never been as committed as I think I should have been. I rather regret that now as they do seem to make all the difference to the quality and texture of the skin.

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