Tuesday, January 27, 2015

High Humidity.

Because I cannot resist a leopard print velvet cushion with a feather insert, this now lives with me.
I imagine we'll be very happy together.
Because it's non stop Glamour 24/7 round here, I've been decluttering cleaning and and cooking like a demon. And Decluttering appears to be the New Black- there was an actual line up to get to the drop off bay at the Salvation Army Depot on the weekend. Everyone's hopped on the Bandwagon. My friend emailed me to say she's decluttered over half her home and feels lighter and empowered, because she was becoming swamped by stuff. This is the Magic of a Good Declutter People.
This is a really good book:
Lillian lived in post war USA, Munich, London and Paris and recounts her life. She's pretty unlucky in love and hates the word spinster. I loved the chapters about her relationship with her parents.
Joan Collins looked fantastic in sequins at the SAG awards. Look:
 Can you believe this heat? Me either. It's difficult to explain to the uninitiated how challenging it is to have Good Hair in High Humidity and Crazy Heat. 
This visual of Nigella in Thailand sums it up:
Speaking of Nigella, look how attractive her pink kitchen is:
I am addicted to Olive Kitteridge. Who's with me?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Long Time No Blog.

Aren't infinity pools are attractive?
 Don't let my super bright Mac Moxie lipstick throw you. I don't know about the rest of you but I was thrilled when they re-issued it.
 Meanwhile, I finally got around to reading this book and luffed it sick. It's set between Modern day Sydney and Germany and London in the 1930s. There's a lot about the rise of the Nazi party, a shocking betrayal and lots of good descriptions of food and love.
 Family Drinks Sorted
I'd be nothing without one of Maitai's scarf rings. Nothing I tell you!
 Said Yes to a Side Bun. The caftan arrangement practically dictated it.
 Fairy Lights are always nice
 And so are high end fancy pants sand castles
 Celebrated my sister and brother and law's 40th Birthday. She looked really fabulous in black sequins
 I wheeled out this old stalwart gold Philip Lim dress from about 2008
 My pink Valentino rock studs send their love. As always, I live in fear of snagging their spookily thin delicate heels.
And speeches are polarising but they are always my favourite bit of any party.
 And to quote Stephen Andrew (Hairdresser to the Stars), "A Good Base Tease will Never Surrender"
 Damn Straight. 
After a nuclear holocaust you'll find my hair, unmoved. Just as it should be.
In other news I just went for an hour and 20 minute walk where I did some of my best thinking and I want you to know that the super thin black velvet hangers have halved, yes that's right, HALVED my hanging space. Happy Days.
Stay sane.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Great Coat Hanger Debate 0f 2015

Because I am unafraid to address the Big Issues round here, I want you to know that I have ordered some thin velvet coat hangers online. 
I know. 
We're Through the Looking Glass in a coat hanger sense People. 
I've heard horror stories about colour transfer and wonky shoulders but I'm prepared to sacrifice it all for the Holy Grail of More Hanging Space. 
Thanks for all your meaningful contributions.
I appreciate how you all pulled together as a cyber team to share your tales of coat hanger success and regret.
In other wardrobe news, Heidi did a post about auditing her wardrobe and seeing what clothes she'd bought in 2014 and what she needed. I'm a Joiner and immediately did the same. They say you buy clothes for the life you want. It transpires I buy lots of beaded and sequined stuff and lots of resort wear. Sounds about right.
Meanwhile for approximately 1 day a year the FF Garden is perfect- green, blooming, no dead grass, minimal varmints, pruned hedges, hardly any weeds... That day was last week. It's all over now, but for a brief moment in time, the FF Garden covered itself in Glory and Shined Bright.
I know. It made me really happy too.
Nothing says back to the Coalface like a nifty pink Hermes zebra
This label is the perfect shade. Look:
Baked some rolls. Changed the recipe to 2 cups of flour, 1 of water, salt and a sachet of yeast.
So comforting.
Baked a lemon sour cream cake with my little boy.
It was delicious. Get those kids cooking young I say.
It's a cup and a 1/3 of flour, 2 tsp of baking powder, 1 cup of sugar, 3 eggs, 100g sour cream, a zested lemon, the juice of 1/2 a lemon, and a splash of vanilla. I baked mine at 160 degrees (fan forced)  for 40 minutes. Enjoy.
Liberty fabric divides the masses but I kind of luff it.
In Golden Globe news Cindy looked fab. She's 48! Can you believe it?
I too am a fan of that shade of blue.
Helen always looks 11/10
Apparently there's controversy about how this Giuliani is
And Mrs Clooney is also very thin. Loved her Dior frock. Very Jackie Kennedy in Cassini at the White House circa 1961.
Kevin won an award for his great role in House of Cards ("Let the Butchery Begin"). Well Deserved.
And in sad news the recent events n Paris beggar belief.
Vikings is on tonight. Goody.
Audited your clothes? Written a list of what you need? Had a moment of perfection in your garden?

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