“If Trump weren’t rich, would you be with him?” student asking Melania Knauss if it’s really true
“If I weren’t beautiful, do you think he’d be with me?” Melania Trump ( as if)
“ I look at people sort of entombing themselves and all you see is their little pin holes of terror… and you think, just live your life, death is not going to be any easier just because your face can’t move.” Cate Blanchett on botox ( yes but you great in the coffin)
“ I’m a lot smarter than most people think. I always got good grades in school, I was all A’s. I’m smart, I just don’t like to show it. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m blonde, and I think it’s cuter and sweet.” Paris Hilton ( if she was smart she wouldn’t tell everyone she plays dumb)
“I realise I’m lucky - and people shouldn’t hate me for that. They should hate me if I’m a bad person and mean to people. But I’m so sweet. I’m too nice.” Parid Hilton on being a sweet dumb blonde porn queen
“I embrace the messiness of life. I find it so beautiful, actually.” Brad Pitt on being rich, handsome, sexy and single ( it’s so very messy but it’s beautiful).
“ I might make it to a year this time” J.Lo on her latest marriage ( messy)
“We don’t have TV dinners but we watch that extreme makeover for the houses show. I love Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and I watch the food network.” J.LO
“What? He’s 28 years old and I have two kids. Now the poor man must be thinking ‘I’m being connected to that old bag.’” Old bag Elle McPherson on reports that she was linked to Colin Farrell
“Pope, I’ve been hanging around with Italians a lot and they’re beautiful people… Well I think Jesus was Italian.’ ‘Jim Caviezel ( who played Jesus Christ) to the Pope.
‘What?’ The Pope
‘Look, he didn’t leave home until he was 30, he always hung out with the same 12 guys and his mother believed he was God, so he had to be Italian.”
“I’m like, ‘Thanks for f**king telling me’. Me walking around thinking I’ve got some drug paralysis.” Ozzy Osbourne on being diagnosed with a motor neurone disease (and not playing dumb)
“If Trump weren’t rich, would you be with him?” student asking Melania Knauss if it’s really true
Need to razz up all the boring black and white in your house but don’t want to spend a fortune on objets? Or perhaps you are having a chic little party and need glamourous lighting. Time you raced over to Newtown to Stacks of Wax for their fabulous wax lanterns. In lots of divine colours, they are actually large round wax bowls which give out a gorgeous glow when they have a little candle burning inside. Buy the 3 sizes in red, pink and orange. We all know we look ten years younger in candle light.
From $10. Stacks of Wax 239 Australia Street Newtown 9557 0306
You’ve had your final fling with bling but are you still craving something groovy to wear around your neck? The coolest accessory this season is the sharks tooth, horn or tigers tooth. What ever they are called you can find one at Karen walker $66, (karenwalker.com) Mimco (on charm bracelets or part of a necklace) or for chic but cheap head to Diva for a one on a leather thong with other dingle dangles for around $14.
The great thing about fashion week, apart from waiting in line for hours, sitting in overheated tents and pushing and shoving people out of your front row seat, is the fabulous goodie bags. Bribery and corruption rocks! Which is why I found myself trying the Schwartzkopf Silhouette gloss crème for hair. They say it’s all about getting intensive shine and gentle control. I say it’s true; my hair was glossy and shiny and it’s great for flyaways but whoa! Don’t use a lot because it’s really strong.
$16 Schwartzkopf Silhouette Gloss Crème from Salons or Price Attack 1800 022 219.
Andy Warhol’s famous portrait of Elizabeth Taylor was sold for over $12.6 million at the Sotheby’s sale in New York to jeweler Laurence Graff.
A painting by American artist Edward Hopper sold for $14 million, a record price for the artist’s work.
Hedi Slimane’s guest-edited issue of France’s newspaper Liberation has hit newstands there. Called “London Calling,” the front (and back) page featured a shot Slimane took of Pete Doherty, boyfriend of Kate Moss. wwd
And while you are in Paris head to the new revamped store of the Musee des Arts Decoratif in Rue de Rivoli where you can buy repro of designs by Karim Rashid, Yohji Yamamoto and 19th century toys.
Lovely, the perfume by Sarah Jessica Parker was launched at the Plaza Athené.
François Pinault is abandoning ambitious plans to build a foundation in Paris for his extensive collection of contemporary and modern art. But the French luxury and retail tycoon of PPR and Gucci Group, said he will buy 80% of Venice’s Palazzo Grassi with the view to organize exhibits of his collection of paintings, sculptures and videos in the 18th-century landmark on the Grand Canal.wwd
Stella McCartney will follow in Karl Lagerfeld’s footsteps and design a collection with the Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz. ( H&M) wwd.
Here is a cool new board game for those winter weekends away; ‘Winerd’ (that’s Wine Nerd,) what a fab idea: You drink, get pissed and play the game with ‘nearly 300 fun and interesting Q&A cards relating to just about every aspect of wine, US$36 http://www.winerdgame.com/tour.html
In Barcelona go to the groovy restaurante Moo http://www.hotelomm.es
Sick of London? head to Hell Bay in the Isles of Scilly ( silly) 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall http://www.tresco.co.uk/holidays/hell_bay_hotel.asp
Here is an ( American) charity doing great things for the Tsunami disaster : Architecture for Humanity ‘is a registered nonprofit organization, founded to seek architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and brings design services to communities in need’. http://www.architectureforhumanity.org
So naughty, so funny, so cheeky…It’s TomKat: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes singing ‘the candy shop’..
oh dear! The new movie ‘Bewitched’ looks absolutely terrible …Nicole oh, why oh why??
Renee Zellweger married country singer Kenny Chesney on Monday on St John wearing a dress by Carolina Herrera, one of his hits includes a song “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” ( how big is your tractor?).
Katie Holmes just scooped the part of Andy Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick in the movie “Factory Girl” from Sienna Miller. Gwen Stefani and her husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale, have key roles. Guy Pearce will play Andy Warhol.
Spain’s Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia are expecting their first child.
Mena Suvari has filed for divorce from Robert Brinkmann after 5 years.
Sharon Stone has adopted another baby (and is currently filming Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction)
Nicole Coste, from Togo, has been seeing Prince Albert of Monaco for five years. And the former Air France stewardess has a DNA test proving his paternity of her son (so there).
Pamela Anderson has ended her romance with Stephen Dorff
Robbie Williams is reportedly dating Jimmy Choo president Tamara Mellon.
Naomi Campbell has rekindled her romance with modeliser Flavio Briatore.
Dermot Mulroney and Catherine Keener have caught the divorce virus from their friends Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.
Seal married Heidi Kum on a Mexican beach.
Elizabeth Jagger and Sean Lennon are in Paris on a holiday with Jerry Hall.
“Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle are turning heads in Sydney as they stroll arm-in-arm with their 18-month-old Charles along the waterfront at Woolloomooloo Bay as if they are the only ones there and the only ones who can spell it.” WWD
Brad Pitt is hunting for a home in Britain while shooting a film there. Angelina Jolie lives full-time in Buckinghamshire, on the outskirts of London.
Justin Timberlake did not marry Cameron Diaz at the weekend
David Beckham will reveal all about Rebecca Loss in a BBC TV interview.
Nasty: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints by Simon Doonan
“Nastiness is rich. Nastiness is fun.” Doonan is the creative director of Barney’s New York, and is the boyfriend of the famous groovy ceramicist Jonathon Adler. ‘Raised in the working class 60’s England, he craved glamour and excitement. What he had instead were two cheeky parents: the fabulous Betty, who sported peroxide-yellow hair and spike heels; and Terry, who embraced amateur wine-making with near-religious fervor. After all, in an “extended family of assorted lodgers and mentally ill relatives,” alcohol helped. So he and his drag performer friend Biddie headed to London in search of the Beautiful People. Armed with a relentless joie de vivre, Doonan takes readers on a breezy joyride through his life, focusing less on his career trajectory than on his kooky formative years.’ Hilarious !
$16.32 Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 2, 2005) http://www.amazon.com
The Christmas List:
Four Inches by Elton John (forward)
Nudity sells, so why not gather all the stars and dress then in nothing but four inch Jimmy Choo spikes and a single piece of Cartier jewelry for a charity? A constellation of celebs bare all in this glossy coffee table book in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation. Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, and Serena Williams to name are shot by some of the world’s best female photographers including Mary McCartney, Sam Taylor-Wood and Ellen von Unwerth. And on the cover is Kate Moss lying on her back naked in a doorway but is that a cigar is her mouth? Perhaps she’ll do a lung cancer charity shoot later…
$40.95 Publisher: Scriptum (May 30, 2005) http://www.amazon.com
Esprit: You want the choc brown, zip through, chunky knit $109, the Prada esque satin pleat skirts in choc brown/green print $119, the dark denim jeans are very ‘seven’ and look good $89.
Witchery: check out the wide neck big collared knit peacoat $129, the Prada
So I was walking along in Hyde Park on a hot sunny winter’s day gearing up for a spot of shopping when I was approached by the guys from Green Peace: “what do I think of climate change and global warming?” What do I think? It’s a disaster. I am sooo over summer, I can’t wear any of my winter clothes. Sign me up, have all my money, please I beg you, let me wear my boots and coats…! But there is a good angle to all this hot weather: it means sales, sales, sales !
QBF: have lots of fab new bags , so cheap and such good rip offs : Marc Jacobs, Coach, Ysl and all for about $69: Also check out the gorgeous red metallic toe thongs sandals, a must buy, and on sale $29. Sportsgirl: A great buy is the marc Jacobs style military jackets with brass buttons in cotton on sale for $59, and also the very cool zip through blouson 80’s style denim jacket $59 (very Chloe Sevigny). Also check out the orange boxy leather jacket, would look so chic with a black pencil skirt and boots $299.And it’s a bit late but everyone has finally caught on with the Balenciaga Lariat bag craze and you can get one here in green if you must for $49. Pitt st Mall out the back is always on sale. Wittners Shoes: Have some cheap but cheap leather ‘sausage’ slouch bags with brass ring detail in cool colours , $119. Dotti: love, love, love the cotton, simple caftan tops with drawstring neck and long enough to cover bottoms, in choc brown, white, black and green $49. Esprit: You want the choc brown, zip through, chunky knit $109, the Prada esque satin pleat skirts in choc brown/green print $119, the dark denim jeans are very ‘seven’ and look good $89. Witchery: check out the wide neck big collared knit peacoat $129, the Prada esque bags with double brass rings $149 in cream, and the dark brown, distressed leather Chloe style bag with tortoise shell ring detail $169. And because I am having a blouse moment (so perfect in transeasonal weather under a jacket and much more modern than a knit) buy the soft cream and pink floral print 40’s chiffon blouse with drawstring $119. Also the Pitt St mall store is always on sale out the back…Nine West: have ripped off the YSL open toe wedge, purple satin Shoes with fabulous ribbon lacing up the leg, also in black satin for you $149 and also a moc croc clutch bag in brown and black $159. And there is 30% off the Mui Mui style moccasins and velvet pointy jewel heels now about $80. FCUK: please invest in the cute black satin pleat full 50’s skirt $180, and the dark grey almost black wool pants $130,David Lawrence: have some black wool wide pants a la Balenciaga with the 2 rows of buttons on the hips (hello sailor!) $179. Cue: Check out the very groovy (for the young) little brown tweed cuffed shorts $85, and the brown baggy cuffed pants $199.Sportscraft: have a very chic, dark grey, wool pencil skirt with groovy side pockets and no hideous slits up the back $149, also trousers in same fabric, $189.
New shop alerts! : Go to Amorica in Glenmore Rd, Paddington for lots of import labels at good prices: check out the Theory long white fine knit cardi $440 (but who wears white?), the ‘Vince’ celadon cashmere sweater $380, the ‘Autumn’ cashmere hoodie in mint $420 and the lovely mint cardigan with gold sequins, very Louis Vuitton $540. There are Development crop cream pants $330, Park Vogel white rib fine knit L/s T $130, and the matching tank $100, plus C & C T shirts. Buy the theory white cuff long shorts $290, the Trina Turk satin cami and panties $145 a set, and the fabulous Vince cashmere poncho in, yes, a soft pink $490. Tsubi in Glenmore Road. Ok, it’s been open for a month but I’ve finally made it there to check it all out. It looks so groovy in here; the fitting room is actually a big, white, fabric curtain ‘tunnel’ or tent ( looks like the orgasmatron) that is let down from the roof via a pulley. Scary if the curtain at accidentally goes up. Best buys are, of course, the jeans, the cool skinny leg cords $179, and the coolest sunglasses by Tsubi from $180 to aviators at $340, plus the Linda Farrow sunglasses are about to be unpacked. There are cool round toe ankle strap heels $606 in black or red, a little crop bolero knit $153, a cute little mini in cord $198, and the black leather and knit jacket $1040. And lots more. Scanlan & Theodore: A few more things are in this week: You want the grey soft, chunky knit sweater with poloneck $300, the little crop pants to the knee in brown tweed $300, the velvet floppy jacket in autumn browns and blues $600, a 40’s wrap dress in a pretty print of tiny flowers $600, and satin ( poly?) shiny pleat skirt with a grosgrain trim belt $350 in a gorgeous taupe, a choc brown cord military jacket, and the divine sheer chiffon Indian top with silver or gold painted flowers $300.( everything is $300) .Jigsaw: have a chic ribbed scooped neck black top $139 and a green velvet blazer if you still haven’t bought one yet. $349. A/X Armani exchange has 15% off these prices: Check out the red or black distressed leather blazer $889 , the black velvet cord pants $179, the dark grey stretchy lyra zip through sport top $139, the red tank $79 with satin straps, and the red gathered top $69. Country Road: Not a lot new in this week but take advantage of the 25% off the knitwear. Check out the cardigans with jewels along the V front in grey $169 (for your last final fling with bling), the grey jersey, floppy top with a neck tie and drawstring sleeves $89 and dark gunmetal grey metallic slouch bag is rather cool $229. CK Jeans: have very Cartier style big chunky rings, very modern in silver or white gold.
Myer: The S/S import collections have just arrived in store. Please buy the Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti white blazer $2199 ( but who wears white?), the orange print empire dress $699 with a sweet little raffia trim in pink, the grey/soft pink floral drapey top $799, and the caramel cotton blazer with sequin pockets $999. There is a fabulous orange chiffon wrap drape top $899. it’s all about volume. Stella McCartney is in here too: buy the little white short dress $1700, the fab chiffon print Victoriana blouse $999, the watermelon racer back top in chiffon $999, (everything is $999), the water melon drapy chiffon shirt $999, the fab floppy cotton belted beige trench $2299. The Valentino Miss V is all very classic and there is too much horrid light blue suiting (eek! Who wears a light blue suit except Princess Mary?), and lots of black but you might like the halter neck print chiffon backless top $800 and the black and white bow print top. Max Mara: It’s so classic and all quite perfectly understated and right for the office. Best pieces are the dark grey satin full skirt with black/blue big flowers print $925, the gorgeous black wool D/B peacoat jacket $1495, the dark, dark grey wool cuffed pants $500, and can we talk about all the coats that we all want to wear but never get the chance (though it could be this weekend) ? Yes, buy the long gorgeous fluffy mohair? coat with the thin leather belt $2500, or the perfect trench coats in black or caramel $1400. And then buy Weekend Max Mara chunky knit sweaters in beige $475, and the Sportsmax grey velvet fitted jacket is divine $1100. Hermes: New in for the people who read are the cute little leather book marks in the shape of animals: Hippos. Whales, Dolphins and a seal $200 ish. Also please buy the new oval handmade leather pendants ( with a metal inside in white and dark brown $360 and the gorgeous horn necklace with leather pendant $1150. Plus you want the too, too divine orange Evelyn bag $2795, the double Evelyn bag with an extra pouch $3000, and the mini Doblisse bag is for you at $3466. Oh and I must have the new Jean Paul Gaultier designwed shoulder Birkin in divine blue $12,480.
Lemon risotto with flaked salmon and asparagus
This is so tangy and delicious. It’s all about making the risotto without parmesan, with lots of lemon and then flaking the salmon and the asparagus over the top …
For 8 to 10
You need 6 to 8 salmon fillets
Fish or chicken stock about 6 cups or more (or add wine)
One whole preserved lemon rinsed (too salty otherwise) and finely chopped
3 cups of Arborio rice
2 lemons zested for the risotto
1 lemon for accessorizing at the end
lemon juice of all the lemons
½ cup of ricotta
2 tabs of verjuice
½ bottle of white wine for cooking
½ bottle white wine for drinking
½ bunch of fresh lemon thyme
A couple of basil leaves
A handful of chopped parsley
2 bunches of asparagus
Salt and pepper
·Put the salmon fillets skin side up on a baking tray, with no added oil or anything else and whack in a hot oven. It will be cooked with the skin can be peeled off easily.
·After about 10 minutes, bring it out and cover with foil and let it cool a bit. You are going to flake it with your fingers just before you serve it with the risotto.
·I am not going to tell you how to cook risotto, you’ve got enough cook books to find that out
·BUT here’s the scoop on how to get a fabulous lemon flavour:
·When you are cooking the rice, add the chopped preserved lemon. Hint: mush up the lemon so it’s all in a paste and dissolves into the risotto
·Zest the lemons and squeeze them and add to the risotto as you cook it
·Add the verjuice, the wine, the ricotta and the most of the lemon thyme as you go along stirring and cooking the risotto
·When the risotto is ready, and cooked al dente, steam the asparagus just so it’s still crunchy,
·Then toss the risotto on a platter, zest more lemon and juice over the top, add the asparagus and flake the salmon over it.
·Sprinkle with lemon thyme and the other herbs and lots of salt and pepper.
·Perfect for an autumn evening…
The Plot: An amusing film about a middle-aged, small time con man in LA who takes on a younger spunkier Mexican partner and hwhat happens when they stumble on a foolproof, and extremely lucrative, scam. Made in 30 days it’s a remake of the 2002 Argentinean film NINE QUEENS.
Who: John C Reilly (”Chicago”), spunky Diego Luna (”Y Tu Mama Tambien”), and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Interiors: what’s there to look at? They’re criminals in LA
Arty angles: sadly no, it’s LA. they’re criminals.
Designer inspiration: Maggie wears the same outfit twice! (fashion crime)
Salon de Beaute: none, they’re criminals (fashion victims?)
Blood’n’ guts: No blood but a few punchups (they’re criminals…)
Car chases: I don’t remember but probably yes (ditto)
Smooches: one tiny one
Smokin’ smooches: no, no, no
When Harry met Sally romance Richter scale: nil rating
Botox to combat laugh lines: Need it to combat the furrowed brow when you are working out what the final twist will be…it’s excruciatingly tricky trying to pick out who is swindling who.
See it or donate to the Prada bag fund? A perfect date movie. He pays, you get to donate to the Prada bag fund: a win win!
US Harpers Bazaar May:
Julia Stiles is on the cover looking serious ( ‘I guess I do photograph pretty seriously but I think surgery should be avoided at all costs but speak to me when I‘m 60 ( or 35?)”. Read about Ellen Barkin (again) and her billionaire husband (again) “ it’s amazing how much he gets done while making millions”. See Karl Lagerfeld shoot Valentino then read about Liz Hurley and her swimsuit range: “ sadly the bikini that makes you look thinner has yet to be invented.” Then check out the fashion story that is all about the buys you will love: “buying basics won’t provide the same bliss that splurging on something extravagant does” Now that is the philosophy I love to hear…
With Penelope Cruz on the cover and a story inside. She is the only celebrity in this magazine who, when presented with old shots of her past outfits, doesn’t talk about herself and comments on the other people: nice. Get the scoop on the top ten beauty trends: Mod eye,shimmer, lush lashes, nude lips, vibrant blush, straight hair and headbands. See the fashion stakeout on Chloe Sevigny then read the insiders guide to going to a bar alone by Amy Saco: ditch the ipod and read a magazine…
Elle Deco May:
Sometimes there is too much chintz in this magazine. But in this month’s issue you’ll find artist David Salle’s groovy apartment in Brooklyn, an amazing and very funky upper east side New York apartment by Jonathon Adler, looks cool who could live in all that pattern? Check out a cute little pied a Terre in Paris, read about what’s hot in Savannah and find out the 12 things Lulu Kwiatkowski can’t live without ( A Mies Van der Rohe day bed).Me too