Lace Ups, The Midi And Now Add This Into The Mix
11 October 2019 | VA Notes Fashion

Lace Ups, The Midi And Now Add This Into The Mix

What to wear on top of the midi skirt and lace-up boots?

Diane Keaton has a fabulous sense of style; it’s quirky and entirely her own.

She might not be wearing exactly the outfit I am putting together but I feel she would approve.

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Those Lace-Ups: This Is One Way To Wear Them
10 October 2019 | VA Notes Uncategorized

Those Lace-Ups: This Is One Way To Wear Them

What to wear with the lace-ups?

I’m starting with a black midi skirt because it is an easy win.

Style the skirt with an oversized sweater, a tee or a classic man shirt tucked in if your waist is forgiving.
The midi skirt is one of those wardrobe pieces without hanger appeal; it is one to forget.

The midi gets pushed to the back of the closet and neglected more often than not. I know I do. I see it, slide it along, pull it back and then push it further because I forget how great it can really look.

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Top 10 French Movies On Netflix
8 October 2019 | VA Notes Paris

Top 10 French Movies On Netflix

Netflix has a feast of French movies.

I do love a French movie and I am so happy Netflix is obliging my cinema passion.


They have English subtitles but if I’m feeling extra virtuous and find the concentration I will leave the French subtitles on and give my language skills a boost.

Here’s ten to start with.

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Helen Mirren: We Are On The Same Page
2 October 2019 | VA Notes Beauty

Helen Mirren: We Are On The Same Page


Who better to agree with us but Dame Helen Mirren?

She is a catwalk sensation.

Dame Helen Mirren shows time and again that beauty has no age limit.
Yes, she is gorgeous, glamorous and imbued with an infectious personality; she also makes great sense.

“Try to find joy in your life, wherever you can, and be optimistic as far as is possible,” she says is her personal philosophy. “Because I think this weird thing called ‘beauty’ (which I’m not too sure I altogether agree with that word), has many different forms, and only one form is the outward form of your physicality. There are many other ways of being and feeling beautiful.”

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Don’t Over Think, Oversize
26 September 2019 | VA Notes Fashion

Don’t Over Think, Oversize

All I want to wear is an oversized sweater.

Dress, that is.


Today I’ve yoga stretched and bent until all I want to do is be cosy, comfortable and relaxed.

The delicious feeling of a well-worked over body means I can’t stand the thought of any buttons, zips or tight waistbands.

Feeling lazy? You got it.

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The Ten Best ‘House Is The Hero’ Movies On Netflix
19 September 2019 | VA Notes Lifestyle

The Ten Best ‘House Is The Hero’ Movies On Netflix

It was hard to stop at 10.

If you are a lover of all things decor, then you will appreciate just how precious an immaculately crafted interior can be. Bright white and spacious in the London suburbs, traditional oak with a warming fire in Canada, or maybe an art nouveau inspired loft conversion situated in the heart of New York City.


There is no cause to stop at one; I would take them all.

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