September 19, 2017

Last week, I found some old  snaps I’d taken at a photobooth on The Strand. I was on my way to meet my friend Polly who worked around there, and I must have been early enough to putz around in a photobooth. I am wearing an orange paisley Top Shop dress, Diane von Furstenberg sunnies and a big smile. I loved those glasses. It’s always such a thrill to come across those old strips. A few months earlier, I’d found one of Jason, Iole and I in a photobooth at the supermarché in Bulle. I remember feeling awful that day –– drained by morning sickness and generally nervous about the reality of a second baby. But the pictures are so sweet; three happy faces squashed into one frame. And there’s another strip I love, of Jason and I at 19 and 21, kissing and giggling in a photobooth at Yorkdale. In my old filofax, I still have ones of me and my best friend Amy wearing thick eye liner and too much foundation in the early 90s. And between the pages of a book somewhere, are Stephanie, Polly, Zelmira and I toasting Zel’s upcoming nuptials in a photobooth at The Drake. Thankyou Anatol Josepho, for all the memories.

Prima ballerina

September 18, 2017

If you have a moment today for a touch of frivolous fun, please watch this delightful footage of British ballet dancer, Moira Shearer marrying author, Ludovic Kennedy at Hampton Court in 1950. The lashes on her fellow Sadler’s Wells dancers are divine, as is Shearer’s veil and demure dress. And is that champagne that’s being sipped from ballet slippers? Here she is in The red shoes directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.


September 15, 2017

If there’s a documentary I want to see, it’s Gisele Roman’s portrait of the late, great bauble king, Kenneth Jay Lane. Fabulously Fake: The Real Life of Kenneth Jay Lane is yet to be released, but when it’s out, I’ll be first in line to hear Barbara Bush, Joan Collins, Diane von Furstenberg et. al. dish on faux diamonds, rubies and Tahitian pearls. Jacqueline Kennedy was a client, as was Elizabeth Taylor. Word has it, the Duchess of Windsor was buried in a diamond belt of his. I like this photograph of Lane, taken by Lord Snowdon, and proving that more is always more.

No mean reds

September 14, 2017

Of all the fashion girls, it’s Giovanna Battaglia‘s style that I enjoy most. Her look is playful, colourful and fun. Last year, I posted this fabulous outfit, and a couple of days ago I spotted Battaglia on the streets of New York in that same fabulous candy stripe skirt. This time she embraced the reds, with sunnies, strappies, talons and a bag all in vivid shades of tomato. Clearly, there’s nothing mean about this girl’s mood.

Field of colour

September 13, 2017

I like this photograph of abstract expressionist painter, Helen Frankenthaler –– there’s something about her look, the pose, that draws you in. She has an air of Princess Margaret, doesn’t she? And here, too. The former was taken by Alexander Liberman, in 1964 during her marriage to fellow painter, Robert Motherwell. Frankenthaler invented the “soak-stain” technique, which involved pouring turpentine-thinned paint onto an un-primed canvas and completely soaking through the canvas to create luminous color washes. She was a pioneer among the colour field painters, and has long been acknowledged as one of the great American artists of the 20th Century. According to her New York Times obituary, Helen was interested in art from early childhood, “when she would dribble nail polish into a sink full of water to watch the color flow.” With those beautiful expanses of colour-rich acrylic, it’s her paintings from the early to mid 60s that are my favourites.

scarf face

September 12, 2017

“To wear to the beach or the ballet,” is how Australian textile artist, Lauren Cassar describes her painterly scarves. Personally, I’d frame mine. Just imagine this beauty framed in oak. And here’s another one I could see on my walls. And this moonflower sarong is the perfect alternative to a traditional headboard. Wearable art, how practical.

loo fantasies

September 11, 2017

When I get the guest loo I’ve long dreamed of, I want it to feel like stepping into an English country garden with walls of wild flowers, fruits and vegetables and bright green tiles a foot. This wallpaper at Bakeri in Greenpoint is simply perfect. I don’t expect my guests will want to leave once their pennies have been spent. Good reading will always be on site, I assure you.


September 8, 2017

I stumbled upon the exquisite handcrafted paper sculptures of Zim & Zou today. The French duo, Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmerman, create stunning installations made out of paper, wood and thread.  These magical forest scenes were made for the Hermès store in Dubai, and these prism-like mobiles were designed for another client’s summer barbecue. Just look at the intricate work that went into creating a pink Barcelona. I can barely make a paper snowflake –– this is amazing.


September 7, 2017

Last night’s rebel girl was Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Even in her eighties, Ruth does twenty push-ups every day and has become a style icon, thanks to the extravagant collars she wears in court with her judge’s robes,” reads the last line of her story. There are velvet ones and beaded ones, crocheted ones, and ones made from the finest lace. I love this Eleanor Davis illustration of her. And this image of her in her cupboard of collars is so cool. And here she is with her late husband Martin Ginsburg. Ruth rules!

Autumn whites

September 6, 2017

I love this look — the wide pant, woven belt, the loose fitting top — it’s all so easy and chic. This is how to take post labour day whites well into fall.

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