“I’m having them reduced because I want them a bit more pert, I’ve had them eight years now. So it’s time for a new pair and I’ll sell this lot on eBay.” Jordan on her shoes? Bags? No her boobs. Who would buy them?
“I think it’s a really bad idea. It accelerates the aging process by making the muscle atrophic.” Dr. Nicholas Perricone on botox and the uncreased, frozen-smiled faces around New York Fashion week. Time to sell your forehead on e bay .
“It’s very strange, it’s OK if you have a gun, but if you smoke, you are considered a murderer.” Dontatella on being New York
“I eat nothing,” Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t smoke —or eat.
“My problem is being overweight, not in myself — in my luggage, I’m always bringing too many books and papers, cameras and music machines and tons of clothes because I never like to wear the same thing twice … My life is a trunk show” Karl in New York
“Sienna has submerged herself in the part of Edie, who was very, very slim. So she’s cut out all fatty foods. She’s got into the habit of eating less and smoking more. She’s not being stupid” Stupid is as stupid does…her life is not a trunk show.
“I’m a little sick of it. I think when you see me in person, you see that I’m, like, five foot one - I’m a small person. I was never a size 12. I’m so little that I could put on 10 or 15 pounds and it just looks like a lot.” Nicole Ritchie is just sick. She thinks her shortness makes her skinny. (She’ll say she had her cellulite reduced and sold on e bay next)
“ I’VE always said, and I mean it, that I find people better looking without clothes than with clothes,” Tom Ford has been around too many models. Bless
“As long as I’m happy and healthy, that’s all that matters. And as long as you have people around you who support you” Lindsay Lohan on her weight loss (Support you so you can stand up?)
“Leave in Butt Crack” Post-it note left by Tom Ford on Angelina Jolie’s photo for the Vanity Fair editor. An eye for detail
“When I think about a girl when I’m designing shoes, I’m thinking about her naked, The best thing is showgirls. They are naked girls with beautiful shoes. Clothes are too distracting.” Shoe designer Christian Louboutin (What is it with gay men?)
“It’s very bizarre. It’s funny how you work your butt off, win an award and it’s all about your dress. I wish it wasn’t the focus of everything. But having children who are sick on your shoes before you head out to an awards ceremony keeps you grounded.” Reese Witherspoon has not yet met Tom Ford. She does not wear Louboutins.
“I’m having them reduced because I want them a bit more pert, I’ve had them eight years now. So it’s time for a new pair and I’ll sell this lot on eBay.” Jordan on her shoes? Bags? No her boobs. Who would buy them?
If anyone ever gives you little red rose buds at any time of year they should be tossed out immediately with those little white Baby’s breath they came with. But there is an exception. The rose tisane from T2. These gorgeous little rose buds are just divine thrown in the T2 green tea with strawberries and served ice cold. The perfect little wet drink (as opposed to alcoholic drink) for a romantic summer picnic. Delicious.
$8 T2 Tea
You’re lying on the couch, bikini clad, wine in hand, laptop on the knee thoroughly enjoying the New York Fashion Week when terror strikes your heart: you’ve forgotten Valentines Day. Relax. Open another window and go to http://grandiflora.net. Click on ‘order flowers online’. Then choose some gorgeous flowers, add a Grandiflora book, a divine Tocca candle, Champagne, Belgian chocolates or chic little organic herbs and teas. Pay online. Voila. Easy, quick and chic, chic, chic. You won’t have to give it another thought until the doorbell rings. Because the best thing about sending flowers to yourself is you know they are from someone with exquisite taste.
I am not one for doing anything natural in the beauty department. So scary. But I have found a great beauty tip from English Vogue. Use a slice of lemon as deodorant. It really works. Leave it in the fridge then just wipe it under your arms and the acidity in the lemon really does so the trick. I road tested it and even in this heat it works. Plus there is no ugly deodorant stains left on the Gucci or Prada. What a joy. Just don’t grab the lemon slice for your gin and tonic. ewww.
Colette, the hip Paris boutique, is opening a Topshop corner later this month in tandem with a British-themed exhibition. Topshop is planning to open a permanent Parisian store within the 18 months, followed by stores in two other European cities and in New York. WWD.
Britain’s new-generation Harper’s Bazaar, formerly Harpers and Queen, hits U.K. newsstands this week. Norman Jean Roy shot Cate Blanchett for the March cover. Manolo Blahnik is the new film columnist, Sarajane Hoare is a contributing fashion editor and writer Justine Picardie will pen a column called Fashion Undressed, wwd.
Many in the tents at New York Fashion week wish they could channel the late Diana Vreeland, but Illeana Douglas actually did. The actress plays the famed fashion editor in “Factory Girl,” a film about Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick that has just wrapped. WWD
Prada’s flagship in New York’s SoHo is still shuttered following the fire in the building next door last month, and magazine editors and others are salivating over the prospects the damaged merchandise will be sold off for a song. Prada Fire sale.
Couture week in July will be sure to open with a bang — of fashion fireworks. The hotly anticipated Balenciaga exhibition at the Museum of Fashion and Textiles at the Louvre will be inaugurated with a gala dinner on July 4, hosted by designer Nicolas Ghesquière, wwd
Check out this chic hotel in London; http://www.sohohotel.com/
Stay here next time you are in France: http://www.chateaudecamon.com/index.htm
Vanity Fair says the Isle Of Elba off Tuscany is the next Hot spot.
Head to The Cowshed Virgin Atlantic Club lounge at London’s Heathrow for facials, massages, manicures, pedicures or get a blow dry from the Bumble and Bumble salon, it’s all ‘designed to leave you feeling Zen’ http://www.virgin-atlantic.com.Travel and Leisure rates these Hotels as the best in France, not modern but very classic http://villagallici.com/uk/navigation.htm and http://www.hoteldelacite.com
Karl Lagerfeld, whose 2002 retrospective book about Grace Coddington’s long career at Vogue was a complete sellout, is planning a double-pronged encore with his 7L publishing imprint. Abook about the long career of Babeth Djian, editor in chief of Numero in Paris, is in the works followed by another on Franca Sozzani of Italian Vogue fame.wwd
hilarious !It’s ‘Brokeback to the Future’
See the outtakes of the nude Vanity Fair photography session of the March Hollywood issue shot by Annie Leibovitz, and Tom Ford as guest artistic director. HOT.
Lindsay Lohan is dating Ryan Adams.
Tommy Kempner has quietly remarried, seven months after his wife, Nan, died. His new wife is Ann Bernhard, who’s in her fifties and was his assistant for about the last 20 years.
Officials don’t plan to press charges against Britney Spears after she was photographed driving with her infant son on her lap.
Mandy Moore and Zach Braff NOT are engaged
Jimmy Choo president Tamara Mellon is dating Kid Rock. What?!
Sheryl Crow and Lance Armstrong are heading for the Tour de Splitsville. Sheryl was excited about the engagement: “Everyday we set a date, then just say, ‘Let’s just run off.’” The couple is now running off from each other.
Kate Moss secretly counselled actor Colin Farrell about his recent rehab hell when the two met up last week in Miami, Florida. (So secret it’s in the news. “Having Kate Moss teach you about sobriety is like having Janet Jackson teach you about dieting).
‘Katie Holmes appears to be pummeling her alleged fetus with massive amounts of caffeinated products these days’pinkisthenewblog
Ralph Fiennes’ 11-year romance with Francesca Annis is over now that a Romanian beauty has claimed she’s been secretly tending to Ralph.
A court issued a restraining order against Paris Hilton, ordering her to stay away from event producer Brian Quintana, who claimed she threatened and harassed him. “ Look, I don’t particularly want to do another story on Paris Hilton. It’s not the high point of my day. But this bitch won’t stay out of the news. You could sit her in a room with a can of beans and the next day it’d be “Paris has sex with beans” or “Paris talks to beans - beans won’t answer” or “Paris eats beans, almost dies - discovers can is ‘not edible’.” The Superficial
“The day would not complete without Paris flashing us with some part of her skinny, skanky body. New breaking headline: “Paris Hilton’s nipple does NOT slip out at (insert event)”. I have seen her tits more than I’ve seen my own. And I see those at least twice a day.” .The Superficial .
‘Courtney Love is clean and sober … which is great … but someone needs to stage an intervention concerning her fashion choices ..pinkisthenewblog
Her Mother’s Daughte : A Memoir of the Mother I Never Knew and of My Daughter, Courtney Love (Hardcover). by Linda Carroll
This is an interesting story: Paula Fox, Courtney Love’s grandmother was put it up for adoption; she then had a daughter as a teen who she put up for adoption. That daughter then had a daughter in her teens who got pregnant too. What a scandal. In 1993, after Courtney Love’s rise to fame and stormy estrangement from her mother Carroll, the author finds her biological mother: Paula Fox. The two are kindred spirits, and it’s a heartwarming twist that the act of writing, on many levels, becomes Carroll’s portal to her past. The promise of dish on Courtney and the emotional reunion with Paula—along with Carroll’ stender wit and poignant honesty (Courtney’s siblings saw her “as glamorous, but with sharp claws and teeth”)—will keep readers soldiering through this often exhaustive history.
$16 http://www.amazon.com Publisher: Doubleday (January 17, 2006)
The Christmas List
Kiss Kiss (Hardcover)by Patrick McMullan
“As a kiss in itself is impartial to celebrity status, so is Kiss Kiss. There are photographs of famous actors, well known New York society figures, a kiss stolen backstage at the height of the frenzy of a fashion show; a meet and greet “air kiss” between two grand dames of society; and wonderful New York characters. Kiss Kiss takes the viewer on an intimate guided tour of all walks of society captured in a way that only Patrick McMullan can—as a welcome friend, not an intruding paparazzo.Lovely.
$55 http://www.amazon.com/Publisher: PMc Publishing LLC (January 15, 2006)
FiFi’s Favourites this week: The cream moleskin fitted trench MNG; the tan Chloe heeled sandals in Myer , the MNG cotton caramel beige tulip skirt is a great, perfect for now with heels and a T shirt , chic with boots, sweater and peacoat in winter for $69! The Esprit black satin single breasted trench with overstitching detail $299; a Witchery brown velvet cord shorts $69 and Midas for the black wedge round toe boots $488
MNG: best pieces this week are: short, short cuffed tweed shorts $119, the black and white tweed narrow pants $149; the black ruffle and chiffon plunge dress with ribbon front $389; the linen oatmeal military jacket $229; and the black round toe velvet flats with a cute pearl diamante brooch on the front is very this season $119. For cheap but chic try the satin round soft pink blush heels $179, and cream nylon peacoat trench $129; a great buy. Check out the black satin skirt full skirt $199.
Just Jeans: check out the B&W stripe tops $39 (long sleeve); the skinny black cotton satine pants are a must buy $109; the cream cotton military jacket - if you are last person to buy one $69 ( don’t spend any more); and a grey and navy stripe tank $24. There are cute little grey crop cardigans in an argyle pattern with slight beading , very preppy $69.
Mollini: best buys are the cuffed round toe boots $249, the very Chanel style lace and ribbon satin peep toe heels in black or brown $128; the frayed satin peep toe heels with a diamente brooch across toe $128; and the Helmut Lang copy fabric jersey sandals are still here flat or heels in black $99. There are some cute platform stud tan sandals $128 ( it’s all $128 here); and buy the black and white snakeskin round toe ballets flats $128.
Cue: Best buys are the Victorian cream chiffon blouse $229; the green jersey cotton loose puff sleeve top $119; the black and grey leaf print 3/4 sleeve dress $199; and the ruffle front little cream s/l blouse with a black ribbon tie $119. Buy the dark green chiffon blouse with short puff sleeves with round neck , and ribbon trim (very last season marc Jacobs) $215; the dark brown moleskin cotton blazer is handy and chic $169. The fab 50’s dress with a tulip skirt in black and scoop neck is back $179.
Nine West: buy the heeled loafers in green $149; the classic suede and satin sling backs in black $129.
Esprit: best buys are the cute little velvet jackets $149 in black or caramel, the V neck stripe knit $79 and the white floaty, cotton, empire cami with overstitching , great to wear now $69. The dark navy and black pinstripe manstyle trousers are fab, great fabric $149
FCUK: best buys are the navy and white stripe loose sweater $79; the short dark navy cotton tie front jacket, almost a crop trench $119 and the pretty light blue print chiffon 40’s blouse $99
Witchery : check out the cute floaty lilac, tie front navy print 40’s dress $169; the choc brown velvet or black long shorts $69; the perfect black belted princess coat in a wool with brass buttons $349; the long chunky cardigan in cotton $109 and the grey and grey cotton knit V sweater $89. There is a cool black, seamed velvet blazer $169 and a silk black print chiffon ruffle shirt $119. Business:
Myer shoe: Robert Robert has done the copy of the Chloe heels (also available in Myer) in tan with a brass buckle toe $189 ; also copy of Mui Miu simple peep toe black sling backs with cone heels in suede $179, perfect shoe for now , not to high not too low, just right.
David Lawrence: I see the Prada esque camel 3 button suit jacket $319, and skirt and trousers, the rib knit in grey or green are a great buy $89; the V neck grey marle sweater is chic $129 and so is the handy black pencil skirt with no splits at the back – slightly A line $199.
Country Road: New in is a long sleeve jersey, drape top in a grey $79; the black saddle bag $198; the pointy toe flats $179; the belts and scarves are good , but where is the wide black patent YSL one that everyone should have copied last season? Buy the short peacoat $299; the black velvet 3 button blazer $299 and the black drape Grecian, empire dress is fab $299.
Midas: check out the Chloe style tan heels with brass buckle toe $248; the fab stud camel bag $179; the peep toesling backs I always mention are now here with a bow toe $198 and the grey python sling backs with a chunky heel are cool $248. Veronika Maine: check out the wide neck marc Jacobs dress as reported last week in a grey and black leaf print with tassle cord drawstring waist and wide neck $279; the dark green chiffon spot off the shoulder YSL artist smock top $175 and the cute cardigan here.
Max and Co: new in is the fab black wedge heels $295, the wedge boots; the steel grey cord blazer $420; the lovely black tweed black and white long peacoat $695; a fab black pencil skirt $250 and a cute Sleeveless LBD $435 . Check out the fab double breasted black tweed wool coat with a big silver buckle $795 and match trousers $295 but don’t wear them together. There is a chic but chic de la chic brown leather blazer $925, small cut and divine. Buy the cute tweed black jacket $590 and the chunky ribbed cream sweater $220.
Zimmerman is still on sale!
Myer shoes: Checkout the fabulous Chloe open toe sandals in gold $800;the Alexander dell’ Aqua black, round toe heels with a feather on the toe – divine- $840, also in a sling back version in brown; the Chloe brown open toe sling back with stacked heel $650; or the round toe tan heels with brass buckle detail $720; There are gorgeous Chloe blue strappy sandles in metallic blue $750, Givenchy lace front round toe heels $800 and Alessandro dell Aqua dark green satin heels with incredible silver sequin toe- e divine, $650. Also in a sling back in blush pink satin $680 and also as a round toe flat $660. Leona Edmiston shoes are cool ; see the black velvet with chunky heel, round toe with a simple black grosgrain bow on the toe $345. Love the Manolos; buy the orange peep toe suede heels with $1459; the teal suede lace front ankle strap heels $1500 ( buy 2) ; the fab pony skin blue lace up heels $1500; and the strappy sandals with brass buckle detail on the toe $1550. Buy the gorgeous gold, strappy sandals with cross over front also in bronze $1400. There are Marc Jacobs metallic peep toe, quilted heels here, also as flats $540 and pewter round flats with ribboon lacing around edge $450.
Ralph Lauren: best pieces for winter are the brown chunky sleeveless knit with brown velvet ribbon tie around the collar $899; the fab plaid green wool scarf $200. Also checkout the bright coloured polo dress ( as in a classic polo top that is now a long dress) $299 in red with a satin ribbon belt; the winter white , sleeveless, racer back dress $499 and the argyle white zip front sweater $299 . The windproof yachting jacket $199 in an aqua is bright but rather nice on the yachet non?. Buy the cuffed white, baggy wool pants $559, so very Ralph, and the chic grey wool halter top $299.
Bally: Lots of divine new pieces in this week; Love the black quilted patent flats with a patent toe in $495;also in caramel ( very Chanel); the gorgeous monogram suede brown bag with silver buckle detail $1250; in a smaller size $895; the beautiful black cloth tall nylon tote with signature stripe $795 and the fabulous black suede wedges are here on sale now $260. There is a divine ‘doctors’ style bag with the Bally coat of arms ( it’s the lucky B collection); the cute little structured black very lady like handbags with silver buckle detail are so chic and so is the fab white leather open top, shopping tote. Always love the signature stripe belts here in fabric $150 and also check out the cute new summer loafers in cream with a signature stripe. There are also some gorgeous dark brown bags with white stitching in more casual shapes from $950.
Chocolate Nut Brownies served with nectarines drizzled in rosewater Syrup ….. from Good Living
Want to serve something romantic for a Valentines Day picnic? These brownies are simply divine ( full of alcohol) served with fruit in rosewater syrup. The syrup is as easy as making a cup of coffee and takes about 3 mins to cook- literally. Then you can just pour it in a screw top jar to throw in the picnic basket to seve over the nectarines or watermelon.
Easy to whip up ahead of time and light enough to pack for a picnic….(it’s just you who will be heavier at the end of the day).
Brownies (to serve 8 as a dessert)
440g caster sugar
225g plain flour
¼ tsp salt
3 tabs of cocoa powder
150g mleted unsalted butter
1 ½ tabs of Cointreau, Tia Maria or what ever else you have tucked away in the cupboard
90g of peanuts or cashews or any other nuts you have tucked away in the cupboard.
·Preheat oven to 160.
·Chop up the nuts.
·Moisturize the cake tin with lashings of butter and greaseproof paper.
·Beat sugar and eggs till thick and pale ( you will be)
·Fold in flour and salt ..gently please.
·Combine the butter with the cocoa and then fold it into the cocoa mix.
·Add the booze – one for you 2 for the mix, 2 for you ..
·Fold in the chopped nuts.
·Pour into the cake tin.
·Bake for about 45 mins until crunchy on the top but gooey in the middle
·Cut into squares, sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with the nectarines drizzled with rosewater syrup ( see below)
Rosewater syrup…drizzle this over watermelon, nectarines or any other summer fruit.
1 cinnamon stick
8 to 10 cardommon seeds
juice of a lime
1 tsp rosewater
·Combine the sugar, water, cinnamon stick and cardommon in a saucepan
·Bring to boil then let it simmer for a few minutes so the flavours infuse.
·Cool completely ( chuck in the fridge)
·Then add the lime juice and rosewater and
·Quickly strain it so you lose the cardommon seeds and of course the cinnamon stick.
Sensational and so easy, talk about falling in love …..
Brokeback Mountain Directed by Ang Lee
Who: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams.
The Plot: quiet, mumbling Aussie bloke/Cowboy meets spunky handsome big, doe eyed, handsome as they come cowboy. They go huntin’, shootin’, fishin’ and, um, campin’ at Brokeback mountain with a hell of alot sheep. But wait , it’s not what you think. They fall for each other not the sheep. It’s lurve. But wait it’s not what you think. It’s the 1960 so ………………. Acting: Oscars all round. Heath for acting, Jake for being so handsome.
Photography: not as fabulous as I expected from Ang lee.
Set design: It almost makes me want to go camping. Almost. Wardrobe: Did I imagine it or did Heath wear a white hat and Jakey a black one? They always do that in westerns. Marlborough man meets Ralph Lauren fall winter 1980.
Salon de Beaute: love the outrageous 70’s makeup.
Botox? Indispensible for the frowning caused by the fact that this film will win the Oscars instead of George Clooney’s Good Night and Good Luck. Outrageous.
Waterproof mascara? reapply lashings of it, in fact just get your eye lased dyed.
Smooches: yes, yes, yes. It’s double jeopardy with two handsome leading men instead of just one.
Smokin’ smooches: Light my camp fire! The earth didn’t move for me but it did for all the gay guys sitting next to me in the Oxford street cinema. (They were laughing in some parts; please explain)
Best review” Brokeback Mountain is at once the gayest and the least gay Hollywood film I’ve seen, which is another way of saying that Lee has a knack for culling universality from the most specific identities.” L.A. WEEKLY
Best worst review “a monotonous and often inadvertently campy romance that rivals The Hours as the most overrated movie of the decade” LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD
Tom Cruise/Alien sighting: Tom! This role could have yours… why, Oh, why didn’t you go for it? Mission impossible.
Rename it : When Harry met Harry See it or donate to the Prada bag fund? Are Prada bags beautifully made? Are Prada bags stylish? Are Prada bag beautiful too to look at? Are some Prada bags overated? Some would say yes. Are some Prada bags boring? Some would say Yes. But Jake is so handsome you would almost sacrifice a Prada bag for the man.