Friday, May 25, 2012

Smelly but sweet

We have a nice little veggie and herb garden going at the side of our house - it is truly surprising how much stuff you can grow in a relatively little space.

Hubby loves to grow tomatoes, but hates the fight with the fruit flies that has to happen every year. I also love to reap the benefits of lots of lovely tomatoes, but the thing I love to grow the most is a very humble and often overlooked vegetable - the spring onion.

For real, you cannot kill a spring onion plant. It will grow and grow and give you a free spring onion whenever you need it.l You don't have to love them or care for them much at all - it's all giving and no taking with the spring onion.

I also love the way they look in a cool pot - like some sort of smelly, but architectural, grass.

They are so sweet straight out of the pot that my girls pick them and eat them sometimes when they are outside. I know this because I smell the tell-tale odour of onions on their breath!

They don't love to graze on them as much as they love to graze on the parsley or the strawberries, but they do have a pretty healthy appetite for them when really all they are is just baby onions.

I currently have about six pots of lovely spring onions so I am finding many creative ways to use them - I haven't yet managed to weave them into a pair of wedges but there's still time!

I use them instead of leeks or normal onions in most recipes, and often make these Green Onion Pancakes from Delicious Days. Try them, you won't be sorry.


I do love a nice big flower sprucing up my chest. I have looked all over etsy for just the right flower pin but so far nothing has seemed quite right. So I thought I'd try my hand at making one myself with a piece of felt from the girl's craft box.
It's probably not the colour I would have choosen if I had a choice of all colours, but I think it will look pretty punchy with a grey jumper or jacket. I'm not going to show you the back because I need to figure out a way to make it look nice back there, but I'll keep that hidden.
German VJ Anastasia Zampounidis adds some interest to her dress with this huge pink flower. I like this look - it's something unexpected.
Actress Carolina Crescentini wears are rather fetching floral arrangement with this beautiful dress.

 ... and if it's good enough for the Queen and Lily Allen it's alright by me.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Game of Thrones - beauty among the beasts

Well, I have officially joined the rest of the tv watching world and am completely obsessed with The Game of Thrones.

The acting, the sets, the scenery, the sex, the costumes, the dragons! Argh - it's all so lush and divine that my eyes barely know where to look.

Hubby and I have taped the first season and most of the second season and we are trying really hard to pace ourselves so that we don't run out of episodes too soon .... making our life meaningless and empty.

The ladies of Game of Thrones are all so beautiful, even when they are bitchy, conniving and completely unlikable. Even when they are covered in brusies and blood they are beautiful.

So I had to find out more about them, and lo and behold they are also stylish! Bonus!

Of all the female characters on GoT the one I like the least - by a thousand miles - is Cersei Lannister played by Lena Headey. But Lena is so cool and funky that I am actually starting to warm a little to Cersei... but she does need to back off and stop being such a 100% dangerous cow!

My favourite character is played by Emilia Clarke - she's the blood of the dragon queen, Daenerys Targaryen. She's beautiful and ethereal in the show so I knew she'd be gorgeous out of character.

Bringing the GoT inspiration into my daily fashion life is a hard ask because most of the time the girls are naked, wearing armour, or swanning around in huge robes that ummm, don't really suit my lifestyle.

A GoT girls would need some hard-core gladiator sandals as well ... but you need to be able to run from knights, wolves, and who knows what else, so better make them flats!

This tank from Suede is like soft gorgeous chainmail. Its the armour a girl can put on to go to war at work!
Suede alslo sells this amaaaazing neck-piece which looks like it would stop a spear or two.

This fabulous bag by Valentino (don't look at the price tag!)is like a panelled leadlight window in a forboding castle - just the right amount of Medieval for a GoT look.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Feeling like a pumpkin

Pumpkin soup for dinner last night. It's the soup we have that heralds that staying home and staying warm thing that happens to everyone during winter. We also lit the living room fire for the first time this year - so it's officially cold in the evenings around here!

Look at the beautiful pumpkin colour. I have found myself feeling more and more affection towards the yellow/orange end of the colour spectrum.

I have a yellow cardigan that everyone comments on every time I wear it. It's a lovely cardi but it's the colour that gets people's attention. Yellow is such a bold statement but it's beautiful. I don't have anything orange in my wardrobe - apart from some orange jeans from Country Road that I haven't been brave enough to wear. They looked a lot less orange in the shop! I think I might have to change my fear of orange.

There was something fruity going on at the Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala in New York this month because both Ginnifer Goodwin and Kristin Bell wore beautiful orange dresses.

My online shopping mission to get some orange into my life unearthed these little treasures....

 The dress I dream about from Anthropologie.

A definite pop of colour from Piperlime.

Fabulous wedges from Anthropologie.

Orange for your fingers from Ruche.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Birdy love

This is Maggie - the magpie that has adopted us as her family. We think we was knocked out of her nest during some windy weather a couple of months ago because she adopted us when she was fluffy and grey. Now that she is a young adolescent she's decided that all of the food and love we gave her back in her younger days is still worth hanging around for.

And, she's so smart and so funny that we let her!!

Whenever we go outside the house she's there on the hedge singing us a beautiful magpie carol. She sometimes swoops down and lands right on top of my head. She then slides down my hair and tries to find a perching spot on my back - never on my shoulder because that is strictly for pirate parrots only.

When I am weeding the garden and digging in the soil she is there, practically sitting on my garden trowel, with her beading eye looking out for worms and beetles to eat.

She likes to flip over on her back and let the sun shine onto her tummy - or get a tummy rub if she's very lucky. My girls would rub her tummy until she has no feathers left if she let them ... and I think she would.

We don't feed her and we don't know where she goes to every night, but we are always happy that she is back to sing to us every morning.

She's my fashion inspiration today - black and white is alright! Well, this is mostly white, but that's alright too.

In theory I like this look from Nelly Furtado at the Billboard Awards - but the dress is too long, the necklace to big and the hair too severe. I do love Nelly's music though so I'm going to let her have the comfort of knowing that I think the dress is beautiful.

But Lisa Marie Presley took the dress-like-a-magpie theme waaay too far! Her lower half is horrible.

Wow! Kelly Brook in Cannes!

This is exactly what I would wear to the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival (if anyone ever asked me to attend) but Jessica Chastain wore it instead.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Breakfast of champions

My 10 year old daughter has the dreaded NAPLAN tests all this week so I am sending her off to school with a full belly ... it helps the brain instruct the hand to get all the questions right, you know!

Yesterday is was porridge with frozen berries mixed in and a sprinkling of brown sugar. Today is is french toast with honey bananas and hot chocolate. Not only does this combo give the brain the jolt it needs, it warms the cockles on these decidedly chilly mornings. We love to watch the steam rising off the back gate as the sun heats up the morning dew .... it makes up feel like we are watching the fog roll in on a Scottish isle. Then a kookaburra will land, dangling a dead skink, and shatter that fantasy.

Miss 10 years old is all fired up to blitz the tests as she just heard she has been accepted into her preferred high school for 2014. Very exciting for us all. I have three girls and they will all be going to this high school so I will be reading notes and attending special days for the next 10 years.

And, am I the last person in the world to fall in love with Game of Thrones? Heck it's good. I feel inspired to do go off and stalk Emilia Clarke online now. I hope she dresses well because I'm going to feature her tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Inspired by ... Kate Bush

I have loved Kate Bush for ever! As soon as I saw her wailing and doing her sexy, weird dance on the English moors I have loved her.

When I was a teenager she appealed to the Anglophile in me - the part of this Queensland country girl that longed for green fields and artistic companions with ruddy cheeks and windswept hair. A far cry from the smelly boys I grew up with that never got off their horses long enough to be in anyway interesting.

I thought Kate Bush was the most beautiful and intriguing creature I had ever seen ... and I may have even bullied my best friend into calling me Kate for a week or two. It didn't stick because Kate and I are streets apart. And when I say 'Kate' I mean the Kate of my imagination. The girl that is always winsome and distant, strong and alluring. That Kate, not the real Kate that is probably caught up in the same day-to-day working mother treadmill that I am on.

Anyway, the imaginary Kate had real street cred back in the day and could wear a leotard like no-one else before or since. But her style went beyond that 80s hippy crossed with a white witch aerobics instructor. I present to you the evidence....

In 1982 she signed copies of her album "The Dreaming" for fans in London wearing what look like red and white motorcycle pants. Awesome! And a t-shirt that I think says 'I'm a Madonna and you?'

In 1980-something she wore this completely lust-worthy kimono jacket with red tights. Not very witchy at all.

She suited up like a man for a photoshoot in 1985 and managed to look 100% woman.

Looking beautiful in black and white - I feel the need for some B & W dressing now.

So hot!

Biker Kate - also not witchy and weird.

Doe eyes, red lips, pale face = my idea of 80s beauty.

I don't know if I will be able to dress like Kate but I do want to get my fringe cut now! I know it won't make me look like her but every little bit helps. Maybe I can still capture the teenage dream, and all without even the hint of lycra :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tartan times

Breakfast in Manly this morning with a good friend. This is why people pay so much to live in Sydney - the water, the sunshine, the food. What a beautiful way to start the day. These pelicans would have waddled right up and taken my croissant if I hadn't kept it closely guarded - look at them whispering about their plan to seize it! 

Remember a couple of years ago when flannel shirts and bogan couture was all the rage? I couldn't quite bring myself to embrace the faded tight jeans, ugg boots and flannel shirt look so I compromised and bought this scarf to add just the right amount of tartan.  It has served me well and carries out it's neck-warming duties nicely.

I also lust after some tartan jeans - I had a pair I bought at a market in Milan back in 1997 and they were very retro punk. I wore them all the time when I returned from my travels back to Melbourne, but somehow I lost track of them when I moved to the US several years later. And they really didn't have a California vibe so I didn't miss them. I do now though! I'm trying to convince myself that I'm not too old to wear tartan pants but I flip back and forwards on that. I suppose it all depends on what you wear with them.

There is always the danger that a tartan pants wearing person could veer into this unwanted territory ....

Hmmm ... no thanks. I think was going for a bit more of this ...

The beautiful Russian socialite Dasha Zhukova doesn't look like she's going to the golf course at all! I really love this look with the orange jumper and pops of white.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


I have recently found my inner leopard and want to dress like one of those sleek dangerous cats ALL THE TIME.
Yes, I know everyone else has been wearing leopard print for ever, but for some reason the versatile print has flown under my radar. Well, it's in my sights now and I give all my thanks to these shoes from Chinese Laundry for showing me the light!

Hopefully they are on there way to me as I type. I ordered them yesterday and have already imagined a dozen outfits to wear them with - jeans, black tights and black pencil skirt, black pants, black wrap dress and endlessly on.

I think I also need a leopard print scarf to tie it all together but maybe that will be too much cat on one person. How about a leopard print bag?

Check out some other leopard looks that are fabulous (just like my imaginary looks).

Princess Caroline in Monaco at the 45th International "Concours de Bouquets". Sexy shoes with a sensible dress.

Mena Suvari attended the Neff Headwear & The Seventh Letter Sesame Street Art Exhibition wearing Joe Jeans Wild Skinny Jeans in Leopard. Leather + leopard!

Beyonce and Jay-Z out and about with leopard legs in NYC.

Claire Danes at The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in a leopard top and patterned skirt. I like!