“Years ago I asked dad for a boob job and he said it would cheapen my image, and he’s right.” Paris Hilton (but a porn video is fine).
“By the time the film is released, I will be 48 and I wanted to do the nudity in a way that’s quite brazen. I wanted her to be very masculine, and I wanted the audience to have a moment where they realize she’s naked and then realize that she’s a fortysomething woman and naked. Because we’re not used to seeing that in movies. We’re used to seeing Sean Connery and his granddaughter, you know what I mean? Or Mel Gibson and his daughter.” Sharon Stone on Basic Instinct 2 (she is going on her instincts). Scary Movie 2.
“ I’m OK with being topless in front of people, but I’m not sure if I’d want to do it on-screen, If it’s a role that’s going to win me an Oscar, it would be different.” Lindsay Lohan thinks she can go topless in life but not on film. Sharon Stone talk some sense to this girl. You get the oscar after making the film.
“Fake boobs look deformed. All my friends that have them, they look deformed.” Paris Hilton is so kind about her friends.
“ I’m so tired of being part of this sick, twisted Bermuda Triangle. It makes my skin crawl. ” Jennifer Aniston in US Vogue. (Bitter.com. Brad and Angelina are not sick or twisted: they are best friends with George Clooney and adopt orphans).
“I don’t know about Brad Pitt, leaving that beautiful wife to go hold orphans for Angelina,” Micheal Douglas in GQ. “I mean, how long is that going to last?” A very long time, they’re lost in the Bermuda Triangle.
“Marriage is a big deal, but who’s to say I’m not going to pull a ‘Vegas’ and get married just to get married and see what it’s like for a minute? Never say never. The things that you don’t plan are the best. I’m a very spontaneous person.” Lindsay Lohan is already planning to get married spontaneously.
“I’ve failed miserably at all of them. I can say that it was always me. You can’t describe me as a great success.” George Clooney on his relationships (you are not a failure! It’s not you, it’s me).
“I want to be married with six kids by next year - little sextuplets - and just have them all around. And next time I speak to you I want them all sitting around here doing an interview with me.” George Clooney wants sex tuplets.
“We had our first meeting inside a beautiful jet plane and then when we stepped outside the weather was really terrible and very windy. It proved only one thing. That it is actually my hair” Donald Trump answering one burning issue that has puzzled his fans: Is that really his hair? ( A hair piece will cheapen his image) .
“Years ago I asked dad for a boob job and he said it would cheapen my image, and he’s right.” Paris Hilton (but a porn video is fine).
Just because your wardrobe is looking totally black doesn’t mean your home should be as well. So ditch those black sheets, the black plates and towels and head to the sensational Missoni sale at Spence & Lyda. There is 30% off the 2005 Missoni Home bedding, towels & cushions (and 30-50% off other selected sheeting, blankets and outdoor furniture). Plus in “addition to Missoni’s glorious bedding, towels, upholstery fabrics, embroidery and crockery Spence & Lyda will be launching, in July direct from the Milan Furniture Fair, Missoni’s new range of sculptured area rugs and the first taste of the inaugural furniture collection.” The only black in your house should be your black Amex.
Missoni Home at Spence & Lyda
Why is it that your shoe wardrobe can be colour coded, sorted, documented, polaroided and as ordered as Dolly Parton’s makeup drawer but when it comes to your rubbish bin all you have is a complete mess. Probably because it is rubbish and you are throwing it out. (That never happens with shoes). Time to buy the Eco stainless steel pedal bin from Freedom. It’s a cheap but chic version of the Brabantia bin and has 2 snazzy spaces to sort your recycling. So wine Bottles can go one side, chocolate wrapping the other. Perfect. It’s small, in stainless steel and doesn’t take up too much space. Which can only mean one thing: more room for shoes (vintage recycled of course).
$149 Eco stainless steel bin from Freedom http://freedomfurniture.com.au/wis/live/358/p/Homewares_Kitchenware_1.asp
What is it with lip gloss? You pay a fortune, and then it doesn’t stay on when you eat or talk. A waste. You may as well just eat your Amex: it contains zero calories plus you’ll never be able to use it again. You’ll be thin and rich. Brilliant. The other alternative is to just grab a Nivea Lip Care gloss and shine lip gloss. I love it. It’s glossy but not too sticky, seems to stay on for longer than 5 minutes and has ‘Macadamia Nut Oil and wax of Candelilla leaves’ to protect and moisterise your lips. For $3.69 you can eat your words and still look great.
Check out this cool site: http://www.hiphotels.net/index.html
See Kim Bainger in the latest Miu Miu campaign http://www.campaigns.miumiu.com/
The Travel and Leisure Design awards are in the March 06. (Most of the winners have already been reported here at FiFi HQ) And the winner is:
Best small hotel : Basico, Playa del Carmen, Mexico http://www.hotelbasico.com/index2.html
Best Large Hotel: Puerta America, Madrid. signed by a comically long list of all-star architects and designers (one per floor and for each significant public space), The 342-room hotel is “a theme park for design junkies,” said the jury, and it’s “extraordinarily entertaining.” A variety show of the state of the art” http://www.hoteles-silken.com/index.php?lang=en
Best shoes for travel: Adidas to go
Best Restaurant: MIX, Las Vegas.” World-renowned chef Alain Ducasse has teamed up with restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow to bring his flair for the dramatic dining experience to Las Vegas. Wow.. groovy baby http://www.chinagrillmgt.com/mixLV/index.htm
Best Retail Space: Victor & Rolf, Milan. “A blindingly clever idea, executed brilliantly,” was the jury’s verdict on this upside-down flagship store for Viktor & Rolf. In the high-concept, three-dimensional optical illusion, furniture sticks to a parquet ceiling, chandeliers spring from the floor, and inverted Neoclassical arches form padded benches. http://www.viktor-rolf.com/index2.html#
Best Resort: AmanBagh, Rajastan, India by Edward Tuttle. “Tuttle’s dramatic, sensitive building—with domed cupolas and magnificent stonework—is “an extrapolation of traditional Moghul architecture, abstracted and reinterpreted,” http://www.amanresorts.com/bagh/home.htm
Best Spa: Como Shambhala, BALI. “This stunning retreat, set in a jungle environment at Begawan Giri, is designed with many of the spa treatment rooms opening onto the forest. http://cse.comoshambhala.bz/flashintro.asp
Best Travel Accessory: Clothing Allegri coat. The Allegri raincoat weighs next to nothing (it’s polyester) and is beautifully made, waterproof, and functional. http://www.allegri.it/allegri_f4.html
Best Travel Accessory: Gadget : TUMI Adaptor. A compact device that can adapt to electric currents, voltages, and phone lines the world over, the Tumi has inputs and outputs for more than 150 countries, all embedded in two small units. http://www.tumi.com/
Also go to Go to http://www.travelandleisure.com/designawards/
It’s another Brokeback parody! Point Brokeback with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. funny
Listen to Cathy Horyn from The New York Times narrate the looks from the New York winter collections.
Angelina and Brad could marry on the shores of Lake Como this weekend at the villa of George Clooney or the nearby luxury hotel of Villa d’Este. Could.
Josh Hartnett and Helena Christensen were spotted smooching in Hollywood.
‘Pamela Anderson uses breasts as address book!’ Pamela Anderson was spotted leaving a club with Ray J with scribbled writing all over her breast. Can they read or write?
The National Enquirer is reporting that TomKat got married last July in a Scientology ceremony at sea.
Britney Spears had to be rushed to hospital after treading on a hypodermic needle in Hawaii: rushed! ( or maybe she just saw a photo of herself in a bikini).
Nicole Kidman is hiding out in Nashville with Keith Urban. Not married yet.
Nicollette Sheridan and Michael Bolton are engaged.
Concerned about politicizing her favorite charity, Jessica Simpson turned down a invitation to meet with President Bush. Maybe she is not so stupid after all .
Sienna Miller was snapped kissing Hayden Christensen in Toronto.
George Clooney has donated his Oscar gift bag to a hurricane response charity who plan to auction it. Bless.
Jack Black has eloped with girlfriend Tanya Haden. Do people elope anymore?
Madonna reveals that she is related along way back to Camilla Parker Bowles and Celine Dion. oh dear ( that explains those terrible outfits).
Kylie Minogue has made a surprise visit to a Sri Lankan theatre troupe formed in the aftermath of the tsunami. Bless
Paris Hilton was spotted at the Modern Institute of Plastic Surgery. That’s news!
Adam Levine broke up with Jessica Simpson via a text message that said: “Really busy. Need Space.” Better than a post it note.
Laura Linney will star with Scarlett Johansson in the movie of The Nanny Diaries.
Elton John has banned Paris Hilton from his future post-Oscar parties, after she failed to make a compulsory donation to his AIDS charity. (tickets are $2,500). “ When it was suggested to her that she donate the money, Paris just said, ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ and waltzed right in. Hilton’s spokesperson insists the she “instructed her accountant to cut a check for $10,000. They should get their money.” Banned
The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis, A Personal Biography (Hardcover) by Charlotte Chandler
This book is based on a series of extensive interviews conducted shortly before Davis’ death in 1989 and is all in her own words. Read about her ‘financially precarious childhood, her four failed marriages, countless affairs, two abortions and a heartbreaking rift with her daughter after the latter wrote a spiteful tell-all. Eternally boy-crazy, she waxes dreamy—and bawdy—about various leading men including Errol Flynn (”a beautiful thing”), Laurence Olivier (”an Adonis”) and Howard Hughes (”Howard Huge he was not”). Davis is alternately imperious, catty, generous and self-dramatizing and Chandler complicates her version of events with commentary by colleagues, lovers and enemies’. Juicy!
$17 http://www.amazon.com Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 7, 2006)
The Christmas List
Styles: Compendium of Interior (Hardcover) by Francois Baudot
A big glossy book on the history of interior design “Aside from clothes, the most immediate extension of the human body is the decor in which it evolves. From interior architecture to interior life, the distance is often slight.’ See a chronology of styles that follow one another using the most beautiful houses in the world. From the Medieval era to the twentieth century, from the Belle Époque to contemporary aesthetics. Fabulous.
$44 http://www.amazon.com/ Publisher: Editions Assouline (December 30, 2005)
Need to find something fabulous at Westfield Bondi Junction but don’t have the time to search? AskFiFi@WBJ! It’s free. http://www.westfield.com/bondijunction/news/FiFiFashionServices.html
FCUK: Best pieces are the Khaki distressed cotton belted ¾ coat $139; the skinny dark jeans $119; the plain V neck purple sweater with belt $119 and as reported last week I love the cream Aran cardigan $179.There is a handy V neck black fitted sweater with a self thin belt $99; a bronze lurex cap sleeve ruched T $59; a green floral cotton Victoriana shirt , cool $79. There are grey cotton crop cargo $89 and slouchy green wool check pants $139 for a bit of a manstyle look.
Cue: new pieces in this week: it’s great here for the working girl and for the Miu Miu Prada retro lady like looks. Go for the knits; a fitted scoop neck purple rib knit sweater $89; or invest in the fab green velvet blazer with tortoiseshell buttons $199. There is a black chiffon baggy loose T shirt, so chic with its own black velvet ribbon hem belt $189. The tulip skirts here are very good. The black flippy skirt with a grosgrain ribbon belt is great $189. Also check out the bags: a cute dark burgundy clutch with a bow leather trim $259 and the black long bag with brass buckles is subtle $269. The wide belts here with a silver buckles are rather perfect. $69
Veronika Maine: Very Marni in here with off beat colours and very 50’s style prints. Go for the fab dresses in grey and black; the best one is the black and grey dress with an eyelet ribbon details on the high empire waist ; the square neck waisted version is cool too. The tulip skirt with a bow on the side in the brown or grey is rather fab too for that classic look. Some come with their own self belt tie. There is a chic classic grey ¾ sleeve short jacket with bow details, very Marni esque $239 and a grey poloneck knit with a ruched front and short sleeves is good for trans seasonal weather.
Target: Don’t forget the choc brown jackets are reduced to $59 to $37; the ¾ black twill military single breasted coats with brass buttons $89 and the same in a peacoat $79. Barganza! A label snob? Just cut it out!! There is a black cotton bubble skirt with a turned up hem for $29. Outrageous.
Portmans: best pieces are the black/navy pinstripe city shorts with self belt $59; the fab oversized sunglasses $29; the cute black and white tweed cap $19 and the fab white Victoriana shirt $119. Love the silk pintuck purple shirt with full sleeves $99; the stripe grey and black T $59 and a simple white cotton pin tuck shirt, a bit crinkle cut $59. And don’t forget the crinkle, black, short sleeve Victoriana shirt $59 and of course the black velvet fitted blazer is a wardrobe staple $129.
Kookai: Check out the 40’s paisley jersey dress with full sleeves in a green or purple colorways $229, a bit Boho but I think it still works for winter. Also check out the simple baggy T’s $39 in stone or black; the navy and white chiffon print Balenciaga inspired top ( think Chinese plate pattern!) in a caftan style $139 and also the V neck floaty dress $219. It will look so good under a navy coat with boots. And there is a plain but handy cotton jersey, scoop neck empire dress $119 in stone and a chic stone velvet collarless fitted very Victorian style jacket $220. Checkout the brown wool prince of wales city shorts $119.
Esprit: The rib sweaters are cool with press studs on the V neck in lots of colours so you can break up the black you will be wearing $79; and check out the simple white long cuff self stripe shirt $89. There are some handy cotton black jeans here with a slight stripe $79; a cute brown faux fur chubby with crop sleeves, a but of fun and cheap but chic at $149. Will I mention the fabulous trench again here for $149? or the handy basic velvet jackets for $149? I repeat.
MNG: Best new pieces are the black and white floral print ruffle front sleeveless blouse $129; the black flounce Spanish ruffle dress with shoes string straps $389; the ivory satin black trim lace cami $199 and a brown tweed, very fitted blazer with black trim a la Chanel $229
Just Jeans: how good are the choc brown suede blazers for $149? Also in a fab soft soft pink. Also check out the cute sunglasses $34; the B & W tweed poor boy caps $16 and the best black velvet peacoat with silver buttons $129. Also buy the black velvet skinny stretch jeans $79; they are a good cut.
Nine west: if you are after strappy, simple, satin, sling back heels then nick in here : they are in bronze or black $139. Also the flat patent sandals are still and still cool; $129.
A/X Armani Exchange: Best pieces here are the fab brown tweed pants, with a bit of a boot cut but they are a great cut; the short tweed pleated skirt in brown is cute and so is the black leather fur trimmed zip front jacket. Also check out the lightly sequined front, fitted black bomber cardigan. There is a very simple, black, knit zip thro sweater it’s very long! Plus the bronze lurex sweater is cool.
Bettina Liano: best pieces are the lace ruffle Victoriana shirts $325; the divine ruffle organza sleeveless blouses in blush, black or white; a must buy $320. The black ruffle front, cotton, sleeveless deep V neck top $295, the cotton satine crop skinny pants are fab in a cream or black . Also check out the lace back crop skinny pants. Perfect.
Country Road: best pieces are the belted military black jacket $399; the fab black trench coat $399; the casual navy and white herringbone cotton pants $159; the simple black empire jersey dress with bell sleeves is very handy, has a flattering cut $99 and will be perfect will long black boots and a floppy 70’s hat ( you get the picture; so Love Story). Love the dark navy fedora $79; the fab stripe scarves and the bags are good too. Plus check out the Lanvin style beads on ribbon and the flat boots. And the silk oyster print cami is perfect under all the black and brown you are wearing for winter and lightens it up $139; The pintuck white cotton shirt is very nice $99. The plain brown almost bronze silk cami is also very handy for $79. There is a very classic black pencil skirt here but it could be longer $169.
David Lawrence: best pieces here are the knits: love the oatmeal or grey simple wide neck sweaters $129, the brown tweed skirt A line $159; the brown pleat skirt (good for work). The dark grey T -shirt with a tiny bit of sparkle trim on the V neck is cute $89.
Max & Co: the coats! the coats! the coats! It’s all about the coats here even if it is too hot to wear them. Go for black and white tweed fitted princess coat $695;a great price for a stunning coat. Wear it over jeans, wear it over a pencil skirt, toss it over a divine floaty chiffon floral dress (a al Burberry Prorsum) with boots. The black rabbit fur scarf is so gorgeous and glamorous, poor little bunnies $210. The brown felt floppy hat is very 70’s and looks cool $120.
Wayne Cooper: love all the black here; the velvet spot chiffon shirt with bell sleeves is a winner and so is the black organza tulip skirt with a black bow on the waist.
Queenspark: they always have very good bags that are, very shall we say? inspired by Chloe, YSL and Prada. The black slouch bag with brass studs and woven detail on the edges is good for $240.
Zimmerman: the winter stock has been late coming in but the best buy has to be the divine light wool black coat ; it’s double breasted with gorgeous tulip sleeves and you could almost wear it as a dress. The slinky sexy jersey dress with a knot back is gorgeous in red or black or purple $374 and the sunglasses in here are really groovy.
Evelyn Miles: check out the new Luella bags here: the red and blue patch work structured bags is chic $1100 and so is the huge black bag , almost a weekender $2180. The Evelyn Miles own brand, moc croc flat pointy boots $858 are divine! Also in brown and with a cuff so lovely and very Jimmy Choo. Check out the black patent flats with a black grosgrain bow, a must buy $398 but they are just about sold out! The Sergio Rossi gold and black suede sandals with a chunky heel and ankle strap are fab $998 and sp are the Miu Miu choc brown sandals with amazing big blue encrusted stones, very Balenciaga $628 ( in a heel version or flat and also in black with brown stones). Buy the Miu Miu brown/bronze studded heels $828; the flat black riding boots $1298 and the Rossi mini platform ankle straps with gros grain bow in black $948. Buy the Rossi suede navy and green platforms ankle strap sandals- could be the Lanvins - that are still here from before Christmas and begging to be bought $728. There are the fab cream suede pearl encrusted Zanotti flats for $898 which I am begging for.
David Jones on Seven: Checkout the fab Calvin Klein wool black 3/4 coat $1799; the Dolce Gabbana brown tweed, fitted, jacket $1499; the Dolce Gabbana leopard, 50’s chiffon dress $5999; the Dolce Gabbana black chiffon, tie front blouse with pearl buttons $899; and the beautiful tan /beige trouser suit $3999. There is alots of divine Chloe here and you must come in to see it even if just to drool: check out the soft pink V neck tops $1799; the amazing white lace dress with black trim, seen in all the advertising or very similar $6899; the beautiful black satin skirt $2469; and the pretty white blouse $1599. Also there are some pieces from last season on sale; white lace shirts are now half price at $1000; a pretty print shirt is now $1500. There is a fab green diamante trim cami $6999; an ivory blouse with tiny black spots now $2099. Also check out the beautiful wool melton peacoat, collarless, with a belt $4499; and a navy wool peacoat $1799 in military style plus grey wool melton slouch pant $949. At Jil Sander check out the brown belted wool Melton coat $4999;the gorgoeus white cuffed shirt $799; the choc brown leather long jacket $4599 and the black collarless coat, a bit Yohji looking $3499 with patch pockets, and a navy wool peacoat for you at $2999.
The Ralph Lauren here is just too boring to report.
Bally: The handbags are a fantastic buy here: fabulous quality and the prices not as outrageous as the other Italian designer labels: love the choc brown suede structured bag with silver hardware $1450; the black very structured handbag with short handles, very lady like with silver hardware and pockets $1450; the superb black woven leather bag with silver hardware and a shorter handle in a more casual shape is divine. The black pointy boots with a kitten heel are just what you want for a more refined and chic look and are sensational with suiting. The black round flats with white stitching are gorgeous and have a silver buckle, just the thing for lifting all that black about $450. For evening buy the brown satin peep toe heels with a bit of bling diamante on the toe about $550. Delcious.
Deep Fried fish fillet with Sichuan pepper and salt …inspired by Kylie Kwong
I just love Kylie Kwong’s food. It just seems to have a little more depth than the Donna hay/Bills fusion food.
Kylie says to do this with garfish but I just use flake or a white fish fillet. It’s all about frying the fish, then the chillies and sprinkling it with spring onions, chilli, coriander and the Sichuan pepper and salt. Incredibly easy so please buy the Sichuan pepper (then you can make Luke’s Lemon chicken from FiFi Report #45).
* Remember deep frying is less fattening than pan frying. Scientific tests have proved it.
You need for an entrée for 2 or for 4 models
2 fish fillet (one fillet each )
Plain flour for dusting
Couple cups of vegetable oil for deep frying
2 large red chillies (not to hot ones) and bruised !
¼ cup of spring onions julienned
1 tablespoon of Sichuan pepper and salt …
* For Sichuan pepper and salt: dry toast 1 tabs Sichuan pepper corns and grind in mortar and pestle with 3 tabs of seas salt = 4 tabs.
Serve with steamed rice
·Pummel the Sichuan pepper and salt in a mortar and pestle
·Pat dry the fish fillets and lightly toss them in flour. ( Lightly; you don’t want a repeat of the Paris Hilton /PETA episode at London fashion week).
·Put the rice on to cook, it can sit waiting quietly.
·Pour a wine or two.
·Grab the spring onions and try to julienenne them in a snazzy way.
·Bruise the chillies. ( use a knife and fork for a hands free method so you don’t get hot chilli in your mascara; ouch)
·Heat the oil in a wok until it shimmers slightly (think Revlon skinlights foundation)
·Carefully lower the fish into the oil but don’t splash the Prada!
·Cook the fish in batches (if you have more than 2), takes about 4 minutes or until it’s as lightly brown as Nicole Ritchie.
·Let the fish drain on kitchen paper to get of all the oil and naughty calories
·Add the chillies to the same hot oil and swirl round till they are as red as YSL lipstick.
·Drain them too.
·Drain your wine glass
·Toss the fish fillets on a plate, and accessorise with the spring onions, chillies, coriander and lots of Sichuan pepper and salt.
·Squeeze with lemon and serve with steamed rice
Have more Sichuan pepper at hand, it’s addictive.
The History of Violence……… Directed by David Cronenberg
Who: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt, Ed Harris
Genre: thriller with lots of romance. It’s the perfect date movie
The Plot: Evil, mean and wicked types try to rob a small town café. Quiet, easygoing family man shoots and kills them in superb style. Becomes a hero. Baddies with scarred faces in black suits doing blues Brothers impersonations turn up. Gets scary. Hero gets into more shooting. Wife gets snitchy. How can her husband be such a snazzy shot and kill so easily? Why are all these baddies after him? Who is he? ( it’s Aragorn Strider from the Lord of the Kings that’s who and we all know what he can with a sword ).
Acting: “Mortensen proves he can carry a film without the assistance of hobbits, dwarves and elves” . Maria Bello is great ( she was in The Cooler) and William Hurt is oscar nominated sensational.
Photography: Groovy and dark.
Set design: The baddies have tacky,nouveaux riche mansions and the small town good guys are all about vintage 50’s furniture. There is a moral in there somewhere.
Wardrobe: The wife looks far too chic to be in a daggy small town; simple camel sweaters back with clean white T shirts and hip jeans.
Salon de beaute: Viggo is so handsome George Clooney is out of a job. The wife’s hair is too groovy and styled for a small town dag. Ed Harris scarred face is fabulously scary.
Botox? Need a huge jab to get through the suspense, and all the blood and guts.
Waterproof mascara? A little tissue and a little dab is all you need to get to the end.
Tom Cruise/Alien sighting: Like Mission Impossible violence is always lurking
Smooches: yes, yes, yes
Smokin’ smooches; on fire, call the fire brigade!
Car chases; sex and violence; there has to be a car chase in there somewhere.
Blood’n’guts: It’s called the history of violence. Nuf said
Best review: “There’s not a scene wasted in the 97-minute unspooling, not a detour that doesn’t tell, surprise, horrify, delight.” ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Best worst review “Don’t watch any trailers or read any reviews, including mine. You shouldn’t have even read this.” About.com
See it or donate to the Prada bag fund? The Gothic trend is big news this season, it’s all about dark and brooding black. Is that a Prada copy or the real thing on your arm? See it and find out .