“ I would like to punch her; she is so full of [bleep]. She’s into Kabbalah one minute; she’s a Catholic the next. She’ll be a Hindu soon, no doubt.” Sharon Osbourne on Madonna
“ I have no idea why Sharon Osbourne finds Madonna loathsome because she has found a form of spirituality which she has studied seriously for ten years and that gives her serenity in her life” Madonna’s rep
“I had to be rushed to the hospital [after falling from her horse] and have a thousand X-rays and I was totally in denial. I was screaming at the nurses; they weren’t very happy with me, I just thought: ‘Oh God, the rest of my summer’s ruined, I won’t be able to dance anymore, How long will I be an invalid and incapacitated?’ I just freaked out.” Madonna finds such a calming spirituality and serenity with Kabbalah.
“I find it very strange that it’s (Scientology) so disturbing to people. It’s not hurting anybody. “If it makes Tom Cruise happy, I don’t care if he prays to turtles.” Madonna, Tom does pray to turtles (disturbing).
“Given Tom’s history, if they don’t have a prenup, forget a lawyer, they need psychiatrists.” noted divorce attorney Raoul Felder on TomKat’s prenup.
” “I respect knowledge of the psyche. I would be a therapist if I weren’t an entertainer,” Jessica Simpson, please have a word with Tom. ( knowledge of Psyche?)
“ I could never live there. They are obsessed with youth and beauty even more than us. There is this thing in America where actresses reach 40 and go mad” Monica Bellucci ( Jessica isn’t even 40).
“Sometimes you feel like they just go for fresh breasts, getting old is a good thing, a natural thing, and we should respect it,” Antonio Banderas and why Melanie Griffiths has fresh new breasts (mad).
“We’re all in a cult. The world’s in the cult of celebrity. Everything is so celebrity-obsessed, and I’m a celebrity.” Madonna is mad ….about herself.
“People like Paris Hilton who come into a centre and buy a book or a band and that’s it for them. It doesn’t mean they study it.” Madonna on Kabbalah ands why she wears an orange band.
“My best Halloween costume was last year, when I was Paris Hilton.” Designer Betsey Johnson.
“ I would like to punch her; she is so full of [bleep]. She’s into Kabbalah one minute; she’s a Catholic the next. She’ll be a Hindu soon, no doubt.” Sharon Osbourne on Madonna
Terrible things are happening in the world. People are starving (someone please feed the Olsen twins), Bird flu is coming, TomKat is pregnant, Paris Hilton is about to release an album, and Kevin Federline got declined at the ATM. Then it got worse. I got gunk on my Gucci and paint on my Prada. Disaster. Then I discovered the fabulous Exit soap stain remover. It’s amazing. They say it removes grease, biro, lipstick, blood and boot polish. I applied it to my oil stained top after unsuccessfully trying to wash it out. The stain disappeared. I stopped hyperventilating. It’s a miracle.
$2 Exit Soap Stain Remover from Howard’s Storage World.
Forget where you are sometimes? Need a reminder of what day it is? Or maybe you’re just feeling dazed and confused not knowing what in the world you should do next. Time to invest in the fabulous Smythson 2006 fashion diary. The only diary anyone should carry, the 2006 version comes in Amethyst Patterned Calfskin ( purple is the colour du jour). ‘The diary contains an extensive title section of fashion, shopping, and beauty information for London, Paris, Milan and New York. There are maps of the cities and information on ‘where to have a hat made in Milan, where to buy flowers in New York, the place to go for a Parisian beauty treatment and the London address for Manolo Blahnik.” And they ship to Australia. Hint: It doesn’t come with a compass or credit card.
Smythson 2006 fashion Diary £149.00 available from
I really don’t know why Nars’ new fabulous cream eye shadow is called Savage. A bizarre name for a beauty product unless of course you are Melanie Griffiths or Cher. When I wear this gorgeous eye shadow I don’t look or feel like a savage at all. (Save that title for first thing in the morning with PMT before a coffee). In a stunning shimmery bronze the eye cream glides on and seems to hang in there for hours. I won’t say it stays all day but it does sure try. But who cares about reapplying when you have that gorgeous little black Nars compact - with a handy mirror - tossed in the bottom of the Birkin?
$56 Nars Savage Cream Eyeshadow from Mecca Cosmetica.
To mark the 50th anniversary of Danish designer Arne Jacobsen’s iconic butterfly chair (or the “series seven”), 13 fashion labels, including G-Star, Louis Vuitton, Diesel and Missoni, dreamed up their versions of Jacobsen’s hot seat. With coaching from the chair’s original producer, Allerød and Denmark-based Fritz Hansen, each fashion house was asked to come up with its own modern adaptation. G-Star, for example, molded a sheet of lead into the form of Jacobsen’s chair and engraved “Raw” on its back, while Louis Vuitton put its spin on the design by turning it into a swing. The chairs will be exhibited at London-based contemporary furniture store Aram from Nov. 11 to Nov. 26 before traveling to Milan, New York and Tokyo. wwd
This is the hot fashion/furniture shop everyone is talking about in Paris. http://www.lieucommun.fr/
UK Vogue says everyone is listening to the Moma radio station http://www.wps1.org/
Off to Milan? check out this chocolate shop everyone is raving about www.lulamilano.com
It isn’t Davé—the Chinese eatery frequented by fashion types, where food comes second to looking fabulous—and that’s why Martin Grant and Lee Radziwill like it. After a fitting in his Third Arrondissement boutique, the designer takes his favorite client next door to Si Restaurant, 14 rue Charlot, Paris.’ Style.com
Read ‘Bee season’ by Myla Goldberg before you see the movie, screenplay by Jake Gyllenhaal’s mom http://www2.foxsearchlight.com/beeseason/
Go here to see the trailer for George Clooney’s new award winning film, Good Night and Good Luck … a great site…http://wip.warnerbros.com/goodnightgoodluck/
For Steve Martin’s new movie Shop Girl, based on his novel, go to http://shopgirl.movies.go.com/
In London check out the Rouseau exhibition at the Tate Modern http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/rousseau/
Suzy Menkes, the fashion critic of the International Herald Tribune was elevated by Queen Elizabeth II to the Order of the British Empire, “It was amazing — and quite humbling,” said Menkes after the ceremony at Buckingham Palace. “I was alongside those receiving honors for extreme bravery in the Iraq war.” Wwd.
Head to this cute site to buy gorgeous and fun underwear. Go for the tie dye racer back singlets $30, hipster G string $15, and hipster briefs $20. If you are feeling flirty try the cute diamante trimmed racer back G strings $20…
Here’s a great idea. It’s all about recycling things you don’t want but it doesn’t include buying or selling. What kind of crazy world is that? “When you want to get rid of something — whether it’s a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door — you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of your Freecycle group. Or, maybe you’re trying to find something ( Jimmy Choo not included), simply respond to a member’s offer, and you just might get it. One main rule: Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.’ Click on International and you’ll find there are hundreds in Australia….Brilliant
Kate Moss is on the cover of December Vanity Fair magazine. http://www.vogue.co.uk/vogue_daily/story/story.asp?stid=30208&date=&sid
Kate Moss is escaping to a Caribbean hideaway to continue her battle against drug addiction. Just smoking dope then?
Gisele Bundchen and Leo Dicaprio have called it quits for good. (happens every other week)
ELLE is rumoured to be dating Arsenal footballer Sol Campbell.
Jennifer Lopez is in talks to sing at Athina Onassis Roussel’s December wedding to boyfriend Alvaro Neto,
Paris Hilton’s plaything Stavros Niarchos III and a posse of pals stopped at Burger King. “Stavros offered a homeless man outside $100 to dump a soda on himself,” a source squealed to Us Weekly. The desperate bum took the payout “and everyone laughed,” reports the source. This one’s a keeper, Paris!
Lindsay Lohan and Jared Leto are reportedly about to go public with their romance. .
Scarlett Johansson and Josh Hartnett are still going strong.
Brooke Shields is pregnant with her second child.
“ There is a feud growing between Margherita Missoni and Donatella’s 21-year-old niece, Francesca Versace. Word is that Francesca was dating Ernst August, the son of Prince Ernst of Hanover, last summer when 22-year-old Margherita swiped him away. “It happened once before with another guy too, they really hate each other.” page six
Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams had a daughter in New York City on Friday.
Jude Law and Sienna Miller have reportedly spent the night together (that is news?)
Marilyn Manson and fiancée Dita Von Tesse will reportedly opt out of exchanging vows at their upcoming nuptials - because they want to swap blood instead. Delicious.
Christian Slater fell off the roof of Paris Hilton’s neighbor’s house during a weekend party
And in further earth shattering news Freddie Prinze, Jr. was photographed stepping in doggy doo … stinky…(slow news week, Tom Kat and Lindsay Lohan were obviously deep in therapy or rehab)
740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building by Michael Gross
This is the book everyone is talking about. It’s really just a giant Vanity Fair article. And what could be better than that? “740 Park is a beautifully researched story of the Social, and societal,evolution of the city’s most elegant and desirable apartment building. It is a microcosm of New York’s manners and ambitions over seven decades. Read about anyone who is anybody from Jackie O to Ron Perelman, Henry Kravis, and Steve Ross. The New York Observer says its “The Lolita of shelter porn…740 Park delves into the rarified world of one of the city’s most exclusive co-ops.” Unmissable.
$17 http://www.amazon.com Publisher: Broadway (October 18, 2005)
The Christmas List:
Domesticities: At Home with The New York Times Magazine by Viladas
Another book on ‘shelter porn’? Of course. ‘This book is all about what is happening now at the forefront of the architecture and decorating worlds. There are homes designed by such prominent architects as Le Corbusier, Gio Ponti, and BFive Studio. About half the dwellings shown are designers+ own homes, including those of architect Ron Radziner and artist/designer Jonathan Adler, and two homes of famed designers Diamond Baratta’ Glossy.
$26.40 http://www.amazon.com Publisher: Bulfinch (November 2, 2005)
K Mart: check out the floppy tank tops with wooden beaded straps $19; the millions of cargo pants $30; the cute Pucci style bikinis $29 and the cute cotton cami $19 with a broderie anglaise trim in white or black.. Also how can you not invest in a black nylon pull on carry on cabin travel bag here for just $19? …What the ?? (Featured in cheap but chic years ago).Kookai: Checkout the stone, cotton, military jacket with an attached waist coat under it, $189; the khaki military jacket with double button front $189; a khaki taupe/browns paisley long caftan is fab, $189 and so is the Chloe style little cami in choc bronze satin reduced to $79. Check out the cute light blue, forties, tiny flower print halter dress $189; the new Balenciaga white upright tote $189; the very pretty pink/orange paisley chiffon halter dress $220; and the orange tote beach bag in linen $$. Love the jewellery here; check out the Morrocan necklace and the black jet multi strand beads for evening. Witchery: Checkout the grandpa style T shirts $29 in white and other colours; the grey racer back tank $24; the pretty grey and light blue floral dress with shirred waist $169; the white jeans $79 and the big aviator sunglasses in tortoiseshell $79. Cool. There is the Paddington bag in black or brown $189; jewelled sandals - what a fab Miu Miu copy - a must buy for $99. Check out the choc brown ankle strap heels $129 and the rope sole wedges $129. There is also cute side pocket shorts $69 in black or white and a cool white racer back tank with white wooden beads scattered across the top $99.Zomp Shoes: Love the Paddington esque bag in choc for about $200; the flat square toe Robert Robert loafers a la YSL in green or choc brown $190 and there are some cute little cheapo ballet flats in bronze and silver and all sorts of colours for you $55. Buy the Via Spiga snakeskin T bar with rope straps and a wedge, and the cute T bar flat sandals $100. Cue: Love the chiffon goddess style chiffon dress here now in a green but best in a dark grey or navy $269; the red, ribbed knit tank is great $69; and so the gorgeous little caramel cotton sateen shirt waister safari dress $249; the black tulip skirt $189 and the must buy black chiffon blouse with a drawstring waist and patch pockets $225: is it Chloe or Balenciaga? Who cares it’s rather fabulous and perfect to wear into next winter. Great for those who like to hide arms, will look great with chinos or jeans, divine with a black pencil skirt. Then buy the stone chiffon V neck 40’s style dress $249 and the red and white seersucker stripe dress $189.Esprit: Love the cute little grandpa T on sale $29; the white jeans $79; the side pockets blacks shorts $69 and the sleeveless hoodies $59 and the stone cuffed Chloe style short shorts are cool $59. And buy the simple, and fabulous cream cotton shift/sundress with a black graphic flower print, very narrow and sixties $119.Nine West: check out the YSL style cross front heels, now $99; the Prada style mules with a silver buckles $129 and the best buy are the groovy toe thongs with plaiting and studs $129 in tan, white or black. Cotton On: Please buy the fab lose, tank tops in great colours $15, ever so handy under jackets; the sensational oversized sunglasses $19 and the red and white wide stripe racer back tank $29. Love the cheap little zip sweat tops 2 for $30. Oh and buy the T-shirt that’s says “Guess who’s back in rehab” for $19.Freelance shoes: go here for the best selection of choc brown, tan gold or silver toe things, T bars, flats and roman sandals from cheap but chic to $200.Just Jeans: Love the stripe navy and white tank with an attached white tank stitched under it $39 for that faux layered look and buy the broderie Anglaise white cami tops $29.
Martha and Theodora: check out the new winter Cacherel collection. Best pieces are leather brown peasant top $630; the chiffon painterly print shift dress in faded blues and greens with a tiered skirt $990; the lurex multi stripe cross over top $980; the V neck T shirt with rosette on the side in black $180 and the red silk square neck top with red beading, very Russian peasant $490. There is a pretty floral dress $950; a tiny rose print in navy and blues cami $330 and a black shoes string drop waist dress $750.Saba: check out the pretty, wrap, chiffon, floral short sleeve shirt $535; a white top with crochet inserts and cross over shoestring straps $95; cute white cuffed short shorts $145 . There is a light blue drape gathered T shirt ( very APC/Lanvin) $165; a white chiffon trim cami $145; a white broderie anlgaise cami $145 and a choc brown drape front with gold trim halter top $125. Buy the chiffon muslin cami $195.Bettina Liano: Love the Pucci style print swimsuits and tops $265 with the gold beads on it; the red orange Missoni stripe tops, the crop dark denim capris $220; the stripe zebra poncho in a chiffon yellow $420 and the brown African (or is it Batik?) halter neck dress $395. There is a chic, cotton, white blazer with black over stitching $339; and fab roman sandals with brass studs $$; Queenspark: they have a very chic little T shirt with sheer chiffon sleeves $39 in every colour and also a fab black dress is here in chiffon, 50’s style with a full skirt, cap sleeves and a self belt $180. Buy your copy of the Fendi and Chloe bags here for about $340.Country Road: A few new things just arrived this week. Check out the double later jersey baggy tank with a wrap tie belt in blue $69; the blue (French roadworker blue) cotton, Chloe style dress with a tie back and rope straps $159; the cute little silk cami in great colours is a best buy $69; the short cotton shorts for $85 in faded cotton for those with skinny minnie legs. Midas: love the square toe, purple satin flats reduced to $198; the fab black satin peep toe heels $198 with a bow front, very Chanel and the little plaited roman thongs like a Clergerie Birkenstock style $128. There are snakeskin ankle strap wedges $198; and tan ankle strap heels with amazing huge diamante jewels on the ankle strap $228. Check out the white the cracked white leather T bar sandals with a Mexicn bead on the front $178. Veronika Maine: buy the groovy purple chiffon short sleeve blouse $170 and Miu Miu stripe knit polo top in reds, purples and browns.
Belinda Paddington: Check out the newly arrived winter collection of Juemin Puech bags; the amazing brown velvet crafty beaded embroidered bag $1045; the beautiful beaded and velvet bags with appliqué $1000; and the green velvet bag with appliqué and embroidery $1050. Checkout the Miu Miu patent, orange and brown patent slides $420; the Costume National T bar wedges in green, divine at $675; the Sigerson Morrison slides with buckles on the front $425 and the Sigerson pink lurex pointy toe flats $625. Buy the Helmut Lang sensational white sandals with a rubber front and stacked heel $725; the Alberta Ferretti beaded shoes with embroidery $800 and the Marc white T bar heels $625. Checkout the Sigerson little pink floral sandals $625; the Alberta Feretti jeweled cream satin heels with a sexy blue lining $800; and the jeweled encrusted wedges with gold $800. Also buy the silver and diamante beads that are really long $295 and the sensational feathered collar from Juemin Puech $355.Cosmo Shoes: Shoe heaven has lots of new shoes. Check out the Sergio Rossi T bar with round toe and gold hardware $820; the Rossi choc brown kitten heel T bar $650; the black peep toe heels with bow at the front and cut out sides $675; also in a blush. There is sensational D &G Black patent peep toe with a bow $950; the Dolce bronze, beaded plaited heels $950; and the Dolce diamante front thongs $1000. Buy the shoes of the A/W season: the YSL suede heeled loafers $950 also in purple and in green with the fringed tongue. Divine. Available in a flat too. Check out the YSL black peep toe heels with brass ring on toe $950 (Robert Robert in Zomp copied them); the Jimmy Choo white spectator heels with T bar heels $800 and the Choo heels in black $1100 with cutout sides. There is some fab Accessoire shoes here too, check out the red suede T bar sandals $800. The Alaia shoes are all divine as well. Buy the snakeskin cork wedges $1260 and the red and cream ankle strap heels with a grosgrain ribbon $1200. The Jimmy Choo bags are all gorgeous. Max Mara: have a gorgeous big, boho slouch bag with a choc brown with a huge round studded hardware buckle $900 or buy the Weekend Max Mara choc brown, simple open top tote with cute purple lining, there is no hardware and its very simple and oh so chic $500. Weekend Max Mara also have a sensational black cotton knit zip up hoodie with the clever idea of zip off detachable sleeves. Wear the sleeves are a shrug, wear the hoodie sleeveless $390. Two for the price of one, how clever and sensible.
Mini Lemon Tarts…from Elle Cuisine magazine
Easy to make, the great thing about these little sweeties is that they can be whipped up beforehand. Just the thing for picnics, Sunday lunches or for a glamourous dinner party.
You need for 8 tarts
2 frozen puff pastry sheets
60g unsalted butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 teasp lemon zest
70 ml lemon juice
1 tabs cornflour
1 tabs caster sugar
·Preheat oven to 180
·Zest your lemon.
·And then juice it (juicing before zesting just doesn’t work).
·Cut the pastry sheets into 8 x 12 cm sheets. Hint: Best when the pastry is half unthawed, they are easier to cut. (floppy doesn’t help anyone).
Moisturise a muffin tray and then
·Press the little pastry squares into the muffin tray ever so gently to make cute little pastry cases for the lemon.
·Toss the butter and sugar into a bowl. Beat and beat till it’s as delightfully light, creamy, fluffy and pale as Michael Jackson on a good day.
·Add eggs one at a time and beat it, beat it, beat it, get yourself some eggs and beat it…
·Add the lemon zest, juice and cornflour and keep on beating it till it hurts
·Now time to spoon mixture into the muffin tray and pastry cases
·Fill each one with about 2 tabs of the lemon goo
·Bake in the oven for about 20 mins or until they are a lovely golden tan like Beyonce on the Vanity Fair cover. They should be as set as Joan Rivers face. Actually, no, sorry, that’s a bit too rigid, make it as Madonna’s forehead. Rigid but still a bit of movement.
·Now slice up the lemon into thin slices and if you can be bothered sprinkle it with sugar and pop under the grill for a couple of minutes to caramelise it .
·Then place the lemon slice on each tart and sprinkle with icing sugar before serving
Hint: Make more, they will be begging for a second helping…
The Proposition: written by Nick Cave and directed by John Hillcoat
The Plot: Charlie is a Ned Kelly outlaw in the 1880’s outback Australia who, with his two bad boy brothers, is trying to escape capture from the local English Captain Stanley. Stanley makes Charlie a proposition: bring his psychotic, poetry-spewing older brother Arthur to justice and his brother Mikey will live.
Who: Guy Pearce, Emily Watson, Ray Winstone, John Hurt and Danny Huston.
Acting: Fantastic.Ray Winstone and John Hurt are sensational.
Photography: Incredible. Shots of the tough, harsh, wild Australian dessert are juxtaposed against the pretty, quiet, civilized interiors.
Set design/Interiors: The rich red curtains! The fabulous table settings! The wallpaper! The pages of the books pasted on the wall of the cave!
Smooches: it’s a blokes shoot ‘em up western movie. Not a smooch to be seen.
Bloodnguts: apparently there was exploding skulls, decapitations, torture and rape but I missed it. head in hands movie.
Botox; Yes. Please a double dose: the violence was excruciating.
Salon de Beaute: There is no salon de beaute. The 1880’s has been recreated so well and everyone has disgusting, rotting teeth and filthy hair.Guy Pearce looks shocking. But then he always does. You want to drink crème de la Mer to get through it all.
When Harry met Sally romance Richter scale: the only Harry any where near this movie is Dirty Harry
See it or donate to the Prada bag/save Katie fund? See this movie. Like buying and wearing Prada high heels, it might hurt at first but after a while you become used to it. Oh! the beauty of it all makes it all worth while.