“Really happy,” Katie Holmes at “Batman Begins” L.A. premiere. “
“ I don’t care, I’m so happy,” Katie to People.
“I mean, I’m just so happy,” to W magazine.
“I love celebrating our happiness.I’m very, very happy,” at the “Batman Begins” New York
“I’m very happy. Very, very happy, the happiest I’ve ever been. I’ve never been happier.” Female First
“I can’t restrain myself, I’m really happy.” Tom Cruise to Matt Lauer.
“He’s my man! He’s my man!” Katie to W,
“My woman! My woman!” Cruise to “Oprah.”
“She’s extraordinary!” Cruise, to Oprah.
“How do you say ”extraordinary” in Italian?” Tom in Rome
“ She is an extraordinary woman,” Tom at the David di Donatello 2005 ceremonies in Italy..
“He’s extraordinary. . . amazing,” Katie to the Inquirer News Service, ( no, you are)
“He made me laugh like I’ve never laughed before,” Katie to People.
“He makes me laugh like I’ve never laughed,” to W. Hilarious (me too, )
“He is the most loving, generous man . . . he wants to help people,” To W.
“He’s generous,” she told People
“I help a lot of people,. you know, I’m kind of known for that.” That’s generous of you Tom ( to Oprah)
“It’s that thing where you just - in life, when it just happens, Matt. You know? It just - you meet someone. And it’s - I can’t even describe it.” That’s, er, extraordinary, Tom. Lost for words to Matt Lauer
“ You adore him” Katie’s scientology assistant answers for Katie in W when she is lost for words
“If I were gay, Tom wouldn’t be on the top of my list…It would be Brad Pitt” Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas rubbishing reports he had sex with Tom Cruise ….
* This was an excerpt from NYPost….
“Really happy,” Katie Holmes at “Batman Begins” L.A. premiere. “
Yesterday was Bastille Day and what better excuse to celebrate all things French. Which is why I had a coup de foudre and fell in love with the gorgeous, chic, little striped fabric purses I found at Ici et La. In all sorts of fabulous colours and cute cotton fabrics they are just perfect to throw in your handbag full of your emergency makeup. Because there is nothing worse than finding yourself without lip gloss and then struggling for hours, virtually naked, trying to find your black makeup bag in the black bottom of your black bag. Vive La Couleur! (At least till next winter.)
$20 Stripe Cotton Purse from Ici et La
The wonderful thing about going into the Chanel Boutique is that there is no subtitles. It’s all very understandable and in a language we can all understand: luxury shopping. Funnily enough when I was in there I saw a divine little fur bag that really was talking to me, in fact it was screaming ‘Buy me, Buy me.’ Bless. I so wanted to go home with the fabulous, little, black fur pochette with a snazzy Chanel No 5 jewel of perfume bottle hanging from it. Tres, Tres chic
$929 from The Chanel Boutique cnr of Castlereagh St and King St
If you want to look as chic and French as possible, there is a way to do it without giving up eating and taking up smoking and snarling. It’s called a French polish. Head to YSL for very subtle and very glamorous nail polish called Porcelain Rose, it has just a tiny hint of pink and white and has no calories whatsoever. Chic Alors.
$37 YSL French Nail Polish from David Jones.
Go to the Tate Liverpool to see ‘Summer of love; Art of Psychedelic Era’ A ground-breaking and visually spectacular exhibition exploring psychedelic art from the 1960s and early 1970s.Groovy baby! http://www.tate.org.uk/liverpool/
Elle Macpherson will be in the new Blackglama “Legend” campaign.
Gianfranco Ferré brought a trunk full of fashion to London on Wednesday for a series of runway shows at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The designer took part in the V&A’s “Fashion in Motion” program, and showed a collection of his greatest hits themed around the different continents.
Joshua Reynolds: The Creation of Celebrity,” which runs until Sept. 18 at Tate Britain, takes a look at the social-climbing, self-aggrandizing painter whose portrait fees were the highest in London.
Lenny Kravitz a self-confessed architecture and interior design junkie has launched Kravitz Design,specializing in commercial and residential properties.
In Paris go to a new groovy juice bar, Lood, For thirsty fashionistas, 79 Rue de Richelieu on the Right Bank.( Juicy Couture from WWD)
Go here to check La Tour de France: http://www.letour.fr/
Travel & Leisure says ‘The summer’s hottest spots for bar-hopping are not where you’d expect. Go to PUERTO BANUS where London party girls and billionaire sheikhs flaunt their cash at the Plaza Beach Terrace. In Lisbon chic locals head to the Alcântara Café , in Moscow nouveau riche young Russians and jet-setters alike mingle at Milk & Honey an over-the-top, baroque lounge, then move on to Osen a bar that practices the infamous Moscow door policy of “face control.” In Berlin the hippest clubs are Greenwich and Universum Lounge a former Bauhaus cinema with space-age furnishings. Still dancing at dawn? Dangerous Drums (www.dangerous-drums.de), a roaming tribal-electronica party is a must.
Want to do a yoga holiday in India? Go to http://www.yogamagic.net/
Go here for fabulous hotels in Italy http://www.equinoxe.it/
This is the cute hotel in Ponza, Italy, created by one of the Fendi sisters http://www.ponza.com/limonaia/
In Paris? go to http://www.vintageclothingparis.com/ ( not really a website more like an email address) or http://www.reciproque.fr/ for vintage shopping, or to http://www.annaloweparis.com for 50% off last seasons collections.
Please stay here, a gorgeous one bedroom Bed and breakfast villa full of 20th century furniture run by the ex fashion director of Harpers & Queen , in Citta di Castello in Umbria ( I am moving in ) http://www.villametato.com/home.htm
It had to happen; now we must Save Dakota Fanning! “Our ultimate mission is to save Dakota Fanning from the clutches of Mr. Icky Cruise. To do this, we plan to display Mr. Icky Cruise’s character, as we see it (aka our opinion, do not due), for all who care to look, to see.”
Checkout this site of the new Tim Burton movie ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’. So it’s really for kids but who doesn’t want to linger over shots of Johnny Depp ?
Kirsten Dunst and Jake Gyllenhaal are not “just friends”, it’s back on
Us Weekly issued a correction after their latest issue hit newsstands, claiming Pitt and Jolie had adopted a child together. “Jolie’s new daughter is, in fact, a girl and while Pitt was present when Jolie signed the adoption papers, he himself was not a party to the adoption.” OOPs
Jennifer Aniston collapsed on the set of her new movie ‘The Break Up’ ( good name!)
Britney Spears is reportedly expecting twins. The “Oops… I Did It Again and again
Kate Moss is planning a bohemian-style “commitment ceremony” to Pete Doherty at her country house in Gloucestershire. She wants Mario Testino to take the wedding pictures (don’t we all?).
Tom Cruise gave Dakota Fanning a mobile phone for her 11th birthday against her mother’s wishes … no doubt embedded with a GPS tracking system ( pinkisthenewblog) Save Dakota!
During the couture shows in Paris Kate Moss popped into the Hemingway Bar and ordered a Ritz Side Car, which, at 400 euros, is listed in the Guinness Book as the world’s most expensive cocktail. It’s made of lemon, Cointreau and 150-year-old cognac. (Blind)
See Katie Holmes in W http://www.style.com/w/feat_story/070505
Brad Pitt has checked in to a LA hospital with a mild case of Viral meningitis.
Mariah Carey unwittingly exposed her breasts to a surprised audience in Germany (surprise).
“Some Parisians think that Tom Cruise is a sect symbol. Paris officials have voted “never to welcome the actor Tom Cruise, spokesman for Scientology and self-declared militant for this organization”.
Tom Cruise flew the chefs from his favorite restaurant in Rome to the yacht he chartered in the Dutch Antilles islands to celebrate his 43rd birthday last week. ( Save Rome).
Kylie Minogue is flying to France to be cared for by Olivier Martinez .
Oliver Stone announced his plans for a film on September 11 a day after the London bombings (what a dill) .
Madonna apparently did not write her Kabbalah-inspired children’s books by herself but the stories were mainly written by the Kabbalah Centre’s official ghost-writer. (a Ghost?)
Marianne Faithfull is shocked by reports she recently suffered a heart attack - she insists she is in good health. American gossip website PageSix.com reported the 58-year-old singer pulled out of new movie The Picture Of Dorian Gray after being rushed to hospital with severe chest pains. These horrible rumors are completely untrue
Picasso: Art Can Only Be Erotic by Diana Widmaier Picasso
This book written by Picasso’s granddaughter has had rave reviews in all the magazines and it sounds fascinating if you are interested in art and love ( who isn’t?). ‘Pablo Picasso lived life as he painted it—with sensual energy and abandon. Nearly every woman whom he loved has been immortalized in his work. This book follows Picasso’s artistic development as expressed in more than ninety erotically charged works which are displayed alongside fragments from Picasso’s love letters and his revealing observations about the role of sensuality in his life. Mais Oui .
$37 http://www.amazon.com Publisher: Prestel Publishing (June 28, 2005)
The Christmas List:
Cooking & Travelling In South-West France by Stephanie Alexander
This is an absolutely divine book and if you haven’t already bought it (Zut Alors! ) then Allez vite! and grab a copy now. J’insiste. Full of gorgeous shots by Simon Griffiths and with over 80 fabulous recipes from Stephanie, this book will take you back to France so you can almost smell it as you turn the pages ‘Join Stephanie and walk through the green forests, linger in tiny villages, shop in the markets and experience the sights, smells and flavours of this most beautiful and gentle part of France and discovering the land of farmhouse cheeses, wild mushrooms, confits, walnuts, prunes, black truffles and foie gras. Delicieux.
$65 Publisher: (July 27, 2004) http://www.penguin.com.au
I did a bad, bad thing: I went to Belinda, Gucci and Chanel before I checked out the other shops. Bad news: it all pales in comparison. NB for next summer: If it’s not that Tom Ford dull pink rearing its ugly head again, it’s the colour ‘watermelon’ . No wonder black is black.
K Mart has cheap but chic foldable umbrellas $8, fab black or grey racer black or tops for exercising which are very long so if your track pants are on the hips that other lovely bit above it can be covered and it has a built in bra $14.99. They also have, surprise, pink paisley caftan tops $20 and camel cord peacoats for an outrageous $20…what the? Sportsgirl: Check out the crazy caravan of hippydom in here….there are nice embroidered hippy caftan tops in white $69, a cute tie dye burgundy and navy hippy, print, long, tiered skirts $69 ( For the young),a nice little V neck gathered sleeve T-shirts in all colors, very handy $29, and a black or white, loose, caftan tops with bell sleeves, $69 ( they love the price of $69 in here). A purple cotton drill marc Jacobs military style jacket ( from ’01 or was it season ’02?) is here again $69 ( I think this one also has the puffed sleeves). Ok, it still looks cool if you must There are big oversized, slouch, croissant black bags with wide straps good for a cheap bag $49; funky, oversized plaited bronze or gold Balenciag style bags $39 (buy, wear once, give to your teenage niece. Bless). There is a black chiffon, empire style evening top with shirred waist (looks expensive) $69; some handy black ( or funny green) cotton T shirts tops with a tie neck drawstring neck $29, and cute side pocket, narrow, long shorts $79. There are crinkle crushed racer back tanks in every colour $19. (I like the deep choc brown or white). Watermelon is here too. Witchery: Check out the grey maille beaded butterfly front tops $49; buy the side pocket long shorts in black, a good cut ( wear them for 2 seasons) $89 and the cuffed version too. There is a floral print burgundy and cream top with a drawstring waist $119; a V neck knit in soft blue $79, and a dark grey racer back singlet $29. Plus check out the light grey cotton trackpants have been cut to the knee (very Jessica Simpson: is that good?); $49 and a brown leather, slouch, messenger style bag with brass studs is quite cool $169. I like the open toe 40’s heel on sale $99 and the jeweled encrusted satin heels are now $149. Check out the drape slinky tops for $39; and the very nice brown velvet donkey grey blazer $79. Watermelon is here too. Nine West: has 50% off and buy the YSL esque wedge with a satin ribbon ankle strap now $69;the Prada style strappy black wedge sandals now $99, the round toe stilettos are $69 and the snakeskin platform wedges are very cool for $69, the shoes of summer. Kookai: Dare I say but there is a huge version of the infamous Balenciaga bag here; check out the long black wool scarf with fur tassels $89; the cotton fitted blazer with a ribbon front $199; and the cute khaki dark grey collections is cool. Buy the wrap wool, ballet, cardigans $79; little tops $59, and the silver chiffon leaf print tops are best pieces here. I see watermelon here and hot pink before my eyes again .FCUK: Best pieces are the wrap sleeveless dress in paisley pinks and purples $169; also in tops too $69. Check out the black cotton belted trench with a hidden zip ( similar to the Joseph one seen in Belinda) now on sale $150 and I see watermelon here too….Seduce: have a cute, white, Victoriana high neck ruffle blouse which is quite cool $120 and a chic cotton very YSL safari top $219. Mollini: have some cool orange/ snakeskin sling backs $148. Cue: New season pieces have arrived; there is a cute copy of a DVF brown and cream African print wrap jersey dress $265; a handy, heavy stretch tank with a elastic/cinched in waist $39; a grey Balenciaga style jersey T with a yoke and brass buttons $119;a chic, thin black & white stripe cotton s/s blouse $125, and a sheer chiffon pretty blouse with ruffle edge is $179. Did I see watermelon in here?
David Jones: Check out the new bags by the label Lamarthe; a cute tote in black with black & white stripe fabric handles a la Bally is $295 and the smaller version $250; chic alors. DKNY: there is a cool tan shoulder bag with silver buckles and zips $400.Longchamps: Are having a huge renovation sale: check out their cute espadrilles now $65; a red slouch bag with orange and red leather chain strap now $600; a green and blue nylon tote with tan leather handles is now $179; and a big overnight bag in camel with classic tan leather trim is now $470. Buy the choc brown slouch bag now $550; the camel square shoulder bag $550; and the square, black messenger style black bag now $550 too. Buy the handy black, slouch leather bag with little silver buckles and pockets $550. Plus there are a lot of pink nylon totes on sale (pink? no? how so?) and some cute brown cord casual style bags and some funky oversized white and silver slouch bags for around $400. Armani Exchange: still on sale though a few new pieces have arrived. It looks like something Britney would wear: all pink and lace: (I thought Armani was chic Italian style? Please explain?) I like the beaded champagne singlet $200; the wool melton long peacoat with puff sleeves $399; and the black top with silver beading $119. I like the white/grey scoop neck tank with a silver tinge (very Helmut Lang)so much more interesting than basic white $99 non?. Morrissey: I see hot pink here and a few new pieces in for summer: a lot of snakeskin chiffon in different colours. Best buy is the black chiffon goddess dress $399; and the black satin v neck toe front cami top $ 229. When in doubt go for black instead of pink snakeskin; (whatever will he think of next?).Zimmerman is still on sale. Check out the wrap jersey dressed now $137; the cute, crushed, velvet shift dress with ribbon detail now $215; and the black, sexy mama drop waist dress jersey dress now $148. Buy all the fabulous print tiered strapless dresses: way cool! Especially with a belt, buy one in every colour $200. Max & Co: sale continues, so go for the grey and black knit stripe tops now $80 and the black cord and leather big slouch bag now $150. There are a few new season pieces arrived; Check out the stone belted trench ( yes another one) $595;a candy stripe knit sweater (kind of Cacherel style) $295; and the little black leather jacket with a tie front.
Country Road: The sale still on but check out the new collection. Oh my, is that watermelon I see across a crowded room? Check out the repeated bronze shimmer tank $79; a black and white tweed crop pants $199; the scarves in every colour; a green or white cotton short caftan top with silver thread $119; and a green lurex fitted cardigan $139. Plus the Ursula Beaugeste style crushed leather bags are quite good in red or green with white stitching $199.
Bally Sale: Get in here: it’s all 50% off now and there are some fab bargains. Check out the chic, T Bar, kitten heel choc sandals with signature red and cream stripe now $250; also in black; the black pointy toe loafers with white stitching $185! Wow great price fabulous quality; the round toe heels with white stitching are gorgeous now $295; and there are the groovy boho woven leather bags in tan or black with brass studs now $725. The belts are now $179 for fabric stripes ones and check out the fab distressed leather shoulder bags with long straps in stripe fabric in vintage brown or black $599. And my oh my! What a bargain; buy the white (or black) tanks with a kind of coat of arms (subtle) print on the front now $65. There are great simple totes in black leather and lots more shoes, wallets are on sale too for about $200.
Gucci: The one and only collection from the sacked designer Alessandra Faccinetti is in store. Buy the steel jersey slinky knit $998; the perfectly cut black blazer $2415; the black pencil skirt $980; and the cream silk drape knit $900. Check out the stone belted trench $2530; the choc jersey slinky knit $900 and the burgundy velvet skirt $900. in accessories you want the stamped logo leather slouch bags in the dark burgundy or tan.$1590; the simple brown tote style $1700 and the bigger slouch. The stamped leather logo heels are fabulous too (it’s subtle) with horsebit detail $720; Buy the beige velvet heel $797 or the red or navy ballet flats in stamped leather $700. The sale on the other side of Castelreagh st is still happening and I am sure there will be further reductions at least on the clothes. There are still big black or red slouch bags with the signature stripe strap now $1000, and the purple suede ballet flats with GG buckle are now only $250; and there are more. Please go and check it out, Thank you. Chanel: There are a few pieces of A/W arrived and they are delicious. Buy the black, tweed cardigan jacket $3476; the divine silver lace shell $2271; the dark denim shimmer pleat skirt $2475 and the gorgeous, simple white wide leg baggy pants $2024. Of course you can’t be in Chanel without buying the new tweed 2.55 classic bag in winter burgundies $2414 or the amazing new shoes with a red satin toe and matchstick gold heels (literally in the shape of a match with a red tip; not for walking, only sitting) $907. Also I love the CC patent leather dingles dangle for your handbag $500.
Belinda: The new Lanvin, Martin Grant, Rick Owens, Marni and Ann Demeulemeester and Dries is all here and it’s all heavenly.I can’t describe everything in store but the standout pieces are; Martin Grant black 50’s coat $1775; belted black coat with bell sleeves $1895. At Lanvin: the brown, pleated chiffon dress a la Natalie Portman at the Oscars is for you $4444; the black tank with raw trim $1145; the black beaded trim top $1895; and buy the navy silk trench $4785. Have the Lanvin cream tie front jacket $2994; the silk navy drape shirt $1795; and the amazing bronze pleat dress is an amazing $6295 ( no typos there). I love the Rick Owens, and yes, I see some watermelon: but buy the drape beige tank $425; the black flippy skirt $1125, and the watermelon twisted top $425. At Marni you will love the 50’s vintage print dresses $995 and the lime green and brown empire dress $1255. Plus there are new Jamin Puech bags, Marni sunglasses, Pierre Hardy heels and groovex to the max Linda Farrow vintage sunglasses…Divine
Poulet Sauté aux olives de Provence (from Elizabeth David, French Provincial cooking)
This is a lovely coq au vin style dinner with white wine and olives, tomatoes and basil can be whipped up for dinner after work or is snazzy enough for a dinner party.
For 2 big eaters or 4 small
You need 4 pieces of chicken on the bone
Flour for dusting
1 lemon and juice
Cup of olive oil
4 large ripe tomatoes
2 anchovy fillets
A sprig or 2 each of thyme, marjoram and basil
A small glass of wine
120 g of black olives de Provence or Greek Calamata
Salt et Poivre
Serve with a green salad and small potatoes
·Season each piece of chicken with salt and pepper
·Rub with lemon juice and lemon ,yes get your nails dirty doll.
·And insert a small piece of garlic and a basil leaf under the skin of each piece of chicken
·Time to pop on a pinny or you’ll get flour on your Ferragamos
·Dust the chicken with flour
·Pour a wine for your self and one for the pot
·Find an ordinary frying pan with a lid ( no designer here) then
·heat up the olive oil so it’s quite hot and
·Add the chicken pieces skin side down.
·Toss in the lemon halves to add a bit of flavour.
·Let them become so golden and gorgeous as a camel Prada bag and make sure you turn them to get the look all over.
·Turn them over again, pop on the lid and turn down the heat so they just sit there cooking away for about 20 mins (Turn the chicken from time to time if you so desire).
·Now after 20 mins transfer the whole lot into a baking dish with a lid, and put in a very low oven (on the floor? No, a low temperature) so it keeps warm while you make the sauce
·Hint; Keep the frying pan and juices there to use for the sauce
·Chop up the tomatoes.
·Pound the anchovy with the 3 other garlic cloves (Liz says 2, I say more garlic the better) in a mortar and pestle till it’s a lovely paste.
·Grab the sprig of herbs and take the leaves off
·De stone the olives if you need to
·Now Liz says to make the sauce in the baking dish with the chicken but I say make it in the frying pan and then pour over the chicken.
·So grab the frying pan and pop it on a medium heat and throw in the cup of wine
·Watch it sizzle and bubble toil and trouble and reduce a bit then
·Add the anchovy paste and stir well
·Add the tomatoes and the herbs, so pretty
·Let it simmer till the sauce looks thick …or if you are impatient just wait 5 secs and then
·Throw in the olives and voila!
·Get the chicken out of the oven and pour the sauce over it and let it have a little sit to soak it up for a couple of minutes while you seat every one and get the salad.
·Pour some more wine and rip up some crusty bread
·‘For serving arrange the chicken on a long dish on top of the sauce” says Elizabeth the guru (you’d better do as she says)
The Beat My Heart Skipped…Director Jacques Audiard and screenwriter Tonino Benacquista, who made READ MY LIPS, team up again.
The Plot: It’s a French remake of the 1978 film ‘Fingers’ where Harvey Keitel ‘played a tortured soul trapped between his love of the piano and his involvement with the mob’ In this version a loner, ne-’er-do-well whose abusive father is one of the dodgey Bros, gets in with the wrong crowd in Paris and then rediscovers his passion for playing the piano. Bless
Who: Romain Duris Niels Arestrup and Linh Dan Pham ( who?)
Acting; Superbe, this guy is incredible. Can they really be acting?
Interiors: You will get glimpses of gorgeous French apartments with beautiful floorboards and fabulous windows but it’s basically all grotty and gritty and not the pretty Paris we know and love.
Photography: all handheld camera, with incredible shots and amazing angles
Blood’n’ guts: Mais oui, Trouble is when you hide your head in your hands you can’t read the subtitles. Merde. So you are forced to watch bloodn guts and bashings. Not nice.
Aliens or a Tom Cruise sighting? Not one
Special Effects: Yes, if you call multi dimensional characters and poetic moments special
Smokin’ smooches; Well. they smoke in France EVERYWHERE; all the time; in restaurants, on the street, in bed. Definitely smooches and they’re smoking.
Valium: Forget the botox you need a valium to calm the beating of your heart in this thriller.
Best review: “ Affirms the best cinema has to offer: exciting acting, beautiful music and cinematography, great writing and a lack of condescending to the audience” FILMJERK.COM
When Harry met Sally romance Richter scale: It’s all here, this is a romantic uplifting movie interspersed with moments of extreme violence. Sounds like shopping in the sales.
See it or donate to the Save Katie fund: Film noir at its best there is a depth in film only seen in biggest Prada bag. A fantastic change from all those DingBats and War of the Warped. Formidable!