One of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met was a well-dressed centenarian at a nursing home. She was immaculate. With hair neatly combed in curls, the lady had on a knitted cardigan complete with a diamante brooch pinned to the left, and a shift dress that sat just past her knee. She looked decades younger and was as eloquent, mobile and stylish as anyone half her age. She didn’t need any walking device and although I only had a few minutes with her, I could tell that her mind was still super sharp. I can’t believe I didn’t catch her name but I did ask what the secret to her youth was. Her answer shocked me. It wasn’t a squeaky clean diet, a commitment to exercise or anything I had imagined! “My secret, is that I talk to every Tom, Dick and Harry.” Was it just her social skills…Continue Reading
Do you know the difference between a serum and a moisturizer? A very wise make up artist recently answered this question for me with a simple gardening analogy. Serums are like fertilizers and moisturizers like water. In order for the garden (and the face) to thrive, you need both. A moisturizer, as its name suggests, is like water as it deposits moisture and hydrates your skin. Moisturizers are made from molecules of oil and water, bound together by emulsifiers. These are large molecules so it cannot penetrate into the deep layers of the skin. A serum, on the other hand, is like the fertilizer, it adds nutrients to the skin. It is oil-based, hydrophobic (wow I haven’t used this word since high school Chemistry!), contains smaller molecules, so it can penetrate into the deeper layers. Of course, the garden analogy isn’t perfect.  For example, water penetrates soil better than the fertilizer – but hey, it’s still a pretty good analogy.…Continue Reading
Etam Coat // Vintage Dress, Sunglasses & Bag / Maison Martin Margiela Boots As you know, the seventies are back in fashion. Again. Actually, I don’t recall it ever losing its allure on fashion, film or music. Guess it’s difficult not to be attracted to the era’s carefree, youthful and glamorous spirit. And it is equally hard to resist A-line skirts, butter soft suedes, long floral dresses and white peasant blouses! They are all so flattering! I’m chuffed to have a few originals from the ’70s in this ensemble: these oversized shades and the knit dress. I bought the rosey frock from a vintage market in Canberra years ago and was informed that the original owner of the dress had it specially made for her daughter’s wedding. However, on the day, she chose a different dress, so this frock remained unworn as a new vintage original! As much as I want…Continue Reading
For the month of April, I’m working full time as a vet, hence why kittens and puppies are on my mind. We are not allowed to photograph client’s pets but thanks to “Little Dogs: A Love Story” (with a brilliant foreword by Tim Blanks), these photogenic pooches are too cute not star in my #onmydesk #flatlays. Plus, my newly business cards have arrived! They’re thick, sleek and subtle alright! Edenborough Evans Knot Ring // Miss Bibi Rose Gold Stiletto Bracelet // Chanel Mademoiselle Perfume // Dior Diorsnow BB Crem // Edenborough Evans Rose Gold Cuff One of my favourite quotes from the book is this “How beautiful it is to do nothing and then to rest afterwards.” – Spanish proverb Sounds like something I ought to adopt! Vintage Shades // Christian Celle Calypso Marine Perfume // Tilka Neckpiece // Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturizer // Luscious Cosmetics Catwalk Eyeliner //NEO Serum // Vintage…Continue Reading
Vintage Everything // Habbot Pumps (worn with vintage shoe clips) What do vegetables, Jesus and this vintage woolen houndstooth cape have in common? Having just experienced another Easter, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading about the concept of “death into life”.  It can seem like a foreign concept to talk about it that way around, because most people think that life leads into death - but not vice versa.  However, when you think about it, “death into life” happens every day, all around us.  As one article put it, unless the fresh food that we eat dies, it cannot help to sustain our lives.  Even when clothing is made from natural, organic materials, those materials must die to make the fabric, and then we cut up the fabric to give it its new “life” as clothing – which in this case was discarded and then given new life again…Continue Reading
Humility sure is an attractive trait. In this era of selfies, self promotion and self gratification, it’s rare to come across someone so talented and yet so humble. I’ve been in awe of CJ Hendry‘s uber realistic, larger-than-life sketches for some time now. Her story is just as inspiring as her art work. Not satisfied with studying architecture or finance, or working in a Chanel boutique, CJ sold her designer wardrobe on eBay to fund her dream to draw. The proceeds went to the purchase of art supplies. From dressing to drawing. CJ finally found her passion and talent in the niche of ‘photo-realism’. Her art works are larger-than life and require the utmost patience, accuracy and craftsmanship to complete. Masculine motifs such as boxing gloves, R.M.Williams boots, Penfold wine bottles, have attracted a devout class of clients and patrons, including Kanye West who had CJ create a $100 bill…Continue Reading