put a bow on it

December 22, 2017

If you’re off to any parties this weekend, please be sure to wear a ribbon or two. Nothing says festive like a red velvet bow. Macarons are lovely, but the very best hostess gift is a witty and stylish guest.

face it

December 7, 2017

I think I was about twelve-years-old when I bought my first moisturizer. It was Oil of Ulay, and I remember piling it on like whipped cream on a waffle. One hundred moisturizers later, it’s Joanna Vargas that I’m using. I still wonder what part products plays versus diet, environment, lifestyle etc… But I do know how lovely it feels to smooth softly scented cream into clean skin. Lovely enough to warrant going back for more, again and again.


November 27, 2017

It’s taken all my life, but I’ve finally found a lipstick I love. It’s called Marilyn by Gee, and it’s a gorgeous coral red. I’ve worn it out to dinner, on the school run, to my pottery class, and even in the pool. Amazingly, it stayed on in the water. I felt like the women in my aquafit class who wear red lips, a frilly cap and a diamond ring to take a dip. When you don’t wear makeup, lipstick (especially a bold one) really does give your face a lift. My Mum never leaves home without it. I may now do the same.

Mighty Aphrodite

November 22, 2017

If a Greek goddess, say Artemis or Aphrodite, went to the Oscars, this is what she’d wear.  Lauren Hutton (at the Academy Awards in 1975)  in this rainbow goddess style Halston dress is pretty damn dreamy. The fur stole adds a wham of glamour. Not that this goddess ever needed it.

face time

October 25, 2017

I love seeing family resemblances and I’ve always enjoyed the resemblance between Ingrid Bergman and her daughter, Isabella Rossellini. It’s the same thread that runs through both women. The similarities are uncanny, and yet both faces are utterly unique. “I’m not trying to look like my mother,” Rossellini said in the Telegraph once. “But I’m feeling more Swedish as I grow older. And no matter what I do to my appearance, people say: ‘It’s Ingrid!’ If I wear my hair short, I’m the Ingrid of For Whom the Bell Tolls. If I wear it long, I’m the Ingrid of Casablanca.” I’m sure there’s frustration and pressure in a lifetime of comparison. But there’s also pride. This is my favourite photo of Rossellini, and this is one of my favourites of Ingrid Bergman. It’s the same laughing face, but different.



October 7, 2017

I have a fiery, red spot the size of mars on my cheek. I stuck an ice cube on it in the hopes I might freeze the bugger off. No luck. You’d think with all the fancy face potions on the market, a zit zapper would be easy to find. But most of them don’t work. My husband swears by Polysporin (it’s his Windex). Holler if you have a better idea.


August 8, 2017

The only reason I have long hair is so I can wear it up. I love the idea of a pixie cut, but I’m too tied to my top knot to try it. Besides, I’ve had short hair before and it’s a bugger to grow out. But if I’m going to keep it long, I must resolve to wear it down at least once a week. Hell, I may even start getting a regular blow out. Wouldn’t that be grown up?


August 2, 2017

I’ve never thought about living with dark walls, but here is a Paris apartment painted in seven shades of grey, (from light to dark) and it’s simply gorgeous. Of course, it helps that its owners are knee deep in style. David Chaplain works for Chanel and Alexandre Roussard is the head of architecture and merchandising for Diptyque. Gio Ponti and Jean Michel Frank are big inspirations, and the space is filled with eyepopping pieces the duo have collected together. The kitchen with its dark cabinets and terrazzo flooring is so chic, and I love the lighting throughout. No doubt, the apartment smells divine, and plays host to some fabulous party guests.


July 24, 2017

Pretty, handmilled soaps are generally something I buy as gifts. But every now and then, I’ll buy one for myself, and this Toronto based brand is one of my favourites right now. Santa Maria Novella is always an indulgence and the scents (and packaging) over at Claus Porto are gorgeous. Almost too gorgeous to use, in fact. Savon de Marseilles has been around since 1688. I would hazard that the company’s soap making process and ingredients haven’t changed much over the centuries. It’s always the simplest things that bring the greatest pleasure. A crudely formed bar of soap that smells like olive oil or sea salt is my idea of olfactory bliss.

Portrait of a lady

March 27, 2017

In Gero Von Boehm‘s documentary on Peter Lindbergh, the photographer talks about the richness, depth and beauty of melancholy and how all the wonderful, fine layers in a woman’s face disappear when she laughs. “You can see so much in faces that aren’t laughing. But if they laugh, you see someone who is laughing. It drowns everything else out. It destroys it.” Lindbergh’s serious portraits of Uma Thurman, Kate Moss, Tilda Swinton et. al. are exquisite, but who can resist this photo of Isabella Rossellini?


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