Friday, October 26, 2012

Sing-A-Long-A-Sound of Music

 Everybody loves the Sound of Music don't they?  If not what they hell is wrong with you??!!  I remember watching this movie every year when it came on tv when I was growing up.  I have such fond memories of certain scenes - dancing in the rotunda, the thunderstorm, hiding in the graveyard, know all of the songs off by heart.  I even learnt how to play Doe a Deer on the piano for heaven's sake!  So if you do like the movie like I do, get yourself along to one of these events.  Beyond brilliant fun!
How do you solve a problem like Maria?
 I knew something was up when we pulled into the carpark at QPAC and there were all of these people in costume.......  Various Von Trapps, Marias, brown paper packages tied up with strings......  I thought I was going to a musical but no - this is a screening of the movie karaoke style - full of die-hard fans in the audience. 

I sat next to this big burly bloke - bald, tattooed, pierced.........and yet here we were swaying our edelweiss together singing along to Christopher Plummer........We'd boo & hiss at the Baroness but whisper to each other about how fabulous her outfits were!

a will-o'-the-wisp
It is just so much fun!

Your invitation to..........
You get all of these wonderful props, and one of the nuns from the Abbey explains when to use them.

curtain fabric ready for your own Von Trapp costume

They have a website - where you can find out all about it.  They do other movies too - Grease, Rocky check it out.

And make sure you go when they come to your town x


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Spring has Sprung

Has Spring sprung in your garden yet?

It has in mine.

When their little faces look at me I know that Spring is here.

I love this time of year in the garden x

Friday, October 5, 2012

Old Hidden Vale

We all need a break every now and then.  Sometimes a weekend getaway is the perfect choice.

Inside our cottage
 For us recently it was a drive into the country with good friends for a trip to Spicers Old Hidden Vale.

Old Hidden Vale is an historic old cattle station in Grandchester, just west of Brisbane.  Perfect for hiking, mountain bike riding (if you are so inclined), horse riding or just doing nothing & relaxing.  I went for a hike but spent most of my time relaxing......

bougainvillea growing out of an old tree stump
 What a brilliant solution for prettying up an old tree stump.  I was so impressed by this idea & would like to try it one day.
massive & magnificent bougainvillea hedge
 This bougainvillea hedge was stunningly beautiful.  It must have been planted years & years ago, judging by the size of its branches.  I had no idea that you could grow it like this.

This is a great spot for a true Australian country experience.

Are your bags packed yet?

cheeky chook

I absolutely love this archway.......

 Sundrenched countryside.

I fell in love with this print of the old wash bucket & soaps.  Of course I cannot remember who the artist is.
umbrella holder
I want this umbrella holder!

Dining with friends Kath & Rick
How do you like to spend a weekend getaway?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sass & Bide in Havana

All right I'll admit it, normally I don't like a lot of their clothes because they are just not me.  They tend to be for very fashion forward, skinny people who want to show a lot of skin.  This collection, however, was stunning, sophisticated, classic and not too weird at all surprisingly.  Here are my top pics:

sass & bide spring/summer 2013

sass & bide Spring/Summer 2013 had soft and floaty sensual touches teamed back with tailored masculine pieces.

sass & bide spring/summer 2013

It was essentially monochrome.

sass & bide spring/summer 2013

Apparently it was inspired by a recent trip to South America.  All you need is a cigar and a supper club.

sass & bide spring/summer 2013

 I love this jacket & pant look.

sass & bide spring/summer 2013

There were varying lengths in many of the looks which added to the sensuality of the collection.

sass & bide spring/summer 2013

Beautiful aren't they?  Could you see yourself in some of these pieces for an evening out?  Try to ignore the shoes though.........they weren't working for me at all x

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A Double Dose of Fabulous

Olivia Palermo & Bobbi Brown backstage at Rachel Roy

I had to share this shot of Bobbi Brown cosmetics,  Oliva Palermo represents the best of personal style and Bobbi represents the best of make up to me, and together they are a double dose of fabulous!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

J Crew hot pics Spring 2013

Getting a taste of J Crew's Spring Collection has whet my appetite for the months ahead here in Australia.  As you know I love colour, so this collection is a delight.  The J Crew Spring 2013 is punctuated with pops of sorbet colour and a preppy tone.  My favourite pieces from the collection are:

J Crew pink & white floral print skirt

 Fresh.  So clever they way they have mixed the prints.

J Crew apricot brocade cigarette pants

This 'darling' top is fun.

A model poses at the J.Crew Presentation during the Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 11, 2012 in New York City.
J Crew black & white daisy top with green floral skirt

A classic black & white daisy top thrown into the mix will never go astray.

J Crew floral clutch

This sorbet collection is well styled with brilliant print clutches, bright heels and a pop of apricot lippy.

J Crew mint heels

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Dior Vernis 677 Rose Flamboyant

Painting my tootsies this afternoon
 For those of you who do not know it already - I LOVE NAILPOLISH!!  Today's discovery at David Jones Carindale has made me very happy.  For me this colour is the perfect pinky red.  Like a raspberry red.

You know that perfect colour when you do not want to wear pink, but are not in the mood for a classic red.  This is very fresh.  Perfect for cool blondes and those with cool colouring.

Loving this colour

Thank you Dior!
Rose Flamboyant