“I’ve made bad choices and I used to say that if there was a loser in town, I’d find him. But not any more. When I put on that Catwoman suit I’m in touch with my power as a woman.” Halle Berry
“Catwoman, achieves something I would not have thought possible. It made me think back fondly on Garfield.” NYTimes ( Bad choice again Halle)
“Risible yarn about a mousy underachiever rendered superhuman by arcane pussy power plays like a Lifetime movie on estrogen overdose, barely held together by a script that should have been tossed out with the kitty litter” Variety
“I did decline but, hey, the way my love life is I took it as a great compliment. I keep thinking of those photographs of Michael in a shocking wig at Disneyland looking ridiculous “ Nicole Kidman on Micheal Jackson asking her to MTV awards ( yes but have you seen Lenny with his straight hair?)
“I have to stop drinking. That’s funny. I think I can do it.” Courtney Love (me too !)
“throbbing pain, severe headaches, vertigo, nausea, hypertension, scalp tenderness and insomnia”. Daivd Gest on claims that Minnelli beat him (no that’s just what happened when he saw her)
“When my brain exploded, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I have such a better life now. I’m at the point in my life where if you don’t want my peaches, don’t shake my tree. I’m into Happy Town ” Sharon Stone (on meeting Colin Farrel?)( happy Town)
“Gay Channel Coming Out with Cher, Cumming Projects” headline from Reuters Hollywood Reporter (all Reuters)
“But suddenly the guards parted, and a pretty blonde was all over a fully erect Affleck, who rose to standing position quickly.” Fox 11 on Ben Affleck meeting John Kerry’s daughter: (”He’s Got A Boner For Politics” Gawker)
“She was hysterical … hysterical. She was fainting. She could not get any air. She showed all the signs of having a nervous breakdown,” Catherine Zeta Jones on seeing a stalker (Jennifer Aniston on the set of Oceans 12?)
“Designer/model/bling enthusiast Kimora Lee Simmons, who was arrested for pretty much everything you can do wrong in a car — has her mugshot in The Smoking Gun. Best of all? What’s that around her wrist? A retarded piece of red Kabbalah anti-evil-eye string? Yeah, that went well. Please. You know all the Kabbalists will be ripping these red strings off with their teeth the second the Nazis come back in power.” outrageous in Gawker
“I’ve made bad choices and I used to say that if there was a loser in town, I’d find him. But not any more. When I put on that Catwoman suit I’m in touch with my power as a woman.” Halle Berry
The piece of the season is a definitely a trench coat and being a super style sleuth and the international woman of shoppery, I can tell you there are millions around. Of course, if you did as you were told, you would have bought a belted trench months and months ago. So now it’s time to buy a new, colourful version which is why you should slink into Giordano for their very, cute, short car coat in a fabulous orange. It has chic, tortoiseshell buttons, is great length and in a good stiff cotton, all for $130. Perfect for throwing over all that boring black and jeans in your wardrobe.
Giordano Orange Car Coat $130
I know I go on about all the bling around but T’is the season to be shiny, T’is the season to be glittery and T’is the season to be decked out in all sorts of jewels. But if you can’t do the whole sequin thing in the dress separtment, make it happen with accessories. Last week you bought the Prada robots and brooch so this week you need rings: Big, glamorous rings with great, big colorful stones. XSRE in Castlereagh St have some fabulous ones that look very similar to Cartier for a lot less by the designer Phillipe Ferrandis. Gorgeous with Pearl, onyx, Tiger Eye and Amethyst in stirling silver, you want them all!
$350 Phillippe Ferrandis rings XSRE 9230 0555
I have to confess, I have just paid money for air. Well, I have been buying water, so I may as well buy air. But I had to have it. It will make me look fabulous and do great things with my hair. It will, no really it will. It’s called air control. No, not some environmental green House legislation, this is hair spray filled with lots of good organic Aveda things like Flaxseed and nutmug to “create firm, yet workable hair!” It seems to buff it up and give it lots of air to make it bouncy and flouncy. Yes it works. And it says on the can “Do not spray in eyes. No smoking”. (Bad for the air.)
Aveda Air Control Hair Spray $34.
It’s time to keep an eye out for lots of new movies:
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” has Geoffrey Rush playing Peter Sellers and my prediction he will win an Oscar, Charlize Theron plays Britt Ekland.
‘We don’t live here anymore’ with Naomi Watts and Mark Ruffallos is a “sexy and provocative drama about married life and its discontents” won the screen writing award at Sundance
‘Garden State” with Natalie Portman and written, acted and directed by Zach Braff is “about a guy who shuffled through life in a lithium-induced coma until his mother’s death inspired a vacation from the pills to see what might happen”.
“Riding Giants” is the story of ” big wave riders, obsessed with their dreams who are riding 50, 60 and even 70 foot waves”
“Open Water” This is Blair witch meets jaws about a couple left out at sea on a scuba diving trip and was a hit at Sundance too.
“Closer” This has Julia Roberts,Jude Law and Natlaie Portman and Clive Owen and directed by Mike Nicholls and is “An intriguing story of passion, drama, love, and abandonment involving two couples” Bring it on!
A retrospective of Fellini will be at London’s National Film theatre in September.
“A group of female European industrial designers are making a career of a craft that has traditionally been dominated by men — artful products for domestic use. Some of the designers to look out for : Milan-based architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, is one of the most widely produced female industrial designers and worked with Moroso, Bosa, De Vecchi, De Padova and Kartell. Hella Jongerius, of the Netherlands was named Designer of the Year at Paris’ Salon du Meuble in recognition of her whimsical yet pragmatic pieces. Inga Sempé, was awarded first prize for industrial design by the city of Paris in 2002 and has contracts with Cappellini, EDRA and Baccarat. And Florence Doléac, broke with French design team “Radi designers” last year in order to design under her own name. WWD
“The city of Reggio Emilia is about to experience a Renaissance-like artistic renovation, thanks partly to Max Mara. The Maramotti family, of Max Mara and big collectors of contemporary art is working with artist Claudio Parmiggiani to orchestrate a series of permanent works by top artists. Sol LeWitt is painting the ceiling of the city’s public library, evoking the Sistine Chapel, and Robert Morris is creating a bronze statue to be set in the cloisters of the church of San Domenico. Other projects are in the works with Luciano Fabro, Richard Serra and Eliseo Mattiacc” WWD
The Marc by Marc Jacobs shop window in NYC has T-shirts with “Marc Jackass” on them. Now you can buy fashion voting paraphernalia,panties that read “Remove Bush.” ( Haha)
This website was set up by Martha when she was first under investigation (and before she wore her Birken Bag to court) to deal with the 175,000 letters and emails of support. Read Martha’s open letter, send her one, even get trial up dates! Fantastic! But for much more fun go to the longest address in the world:
http://www.worth1000.com/cache/contest/contestcache.asp?contest_id=1214&display=photoshop. To see great ideas for decorating Martha’s cell. Hilarious. The Austin Powers version with the mirror ball is cool.
This is a new online store based in Melbourne where you can buy labels like Zimmerman, Nicola Finetti, English Labels Preen and House of Jazz, and Toni Maticevski. Worth checking out but the design of the site is a bit daggy.
Chanel has signed Kate Moss on for the next Coco Mademoiselle fragrance ads.
Donatella Versace has entered rehab for drug-related issues “It makes her more human in a sick way. Before if she was ever seen as untouchable, now people will see she suffers like the rest of us.” Foxy Brown. ( Kitty Litter?)
Ben Affleck has split from girlfriend Enza Sembataro.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner might be more than just good friends.
Martine McCutcheon will play Monica Lewinsky in a movie about Bill
Jake Gyllenhaal has been left broken-hearted by his split from Kirsten Dunst,
Kirsten Dunst had a fling with an French actor after her split with Jake ( after?).
Matt Damon is set to play Tour de France-winner Lance Armstrong.
Sex and the City star Kristin Davis is the new face of Maybelline cosmetics.
Orlando Bloom will be James Bond in a film about the secret agent’s early years.
Victoria Beckham’s record label went bust ( like her)
Paris Hilton has split from her boyfriend,Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter
Paris Hilton’s parents are leaving their suite at the Waldorf-astoria to go to L.A.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling is pregnant with her third child.
Lance Armstrong has fueled rumors he is engaged to singer girlfriend Sheryl Crow - after allowing hotel staff in Paris to call her his fiancee.( outrageous)
Kirstie Alley will an overweight celebrity in new comedy series, Fat Actress.(original name!)
Justin Timberlake is to sue The News of the world that he “enjoyed” an affair with Lucy Clarkson (he did not enjoy it. it wasn’t fun)
The ex-girlfriend of Britney Spears’ fiance is to launch a reality TV show.
Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta-Jones have got no on-screen chemistry and they have to reshoot scenes for Ocean’s 12 ( Yes I would insist doing them again too)
Princess Caroline’s daughter, Charlotte Casiraghi will celebrate her 18th birthday with 3 days of lavish celebrations in Monte Carlo.
Lady Davina Windsor, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, is set to marry New Zealand-based builder Gary Lewis, the son of a champion sheep shearer and former maid. Known as “Denny and Gazza” to neighbours
Princess Diana took every penny Charles who had to borrow from the Queen to foot the bill.
Princess Stephanie has separated from her husband of ten months, acrobat Adans Peres,
It’s Not About the Bike: by Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins;
Even if you are not in the least bit interested in any sport apart from shopping, this is a fantastic book by Lance Armstrong, on his life as a freak cyclist and how he was struck down with cancer, before winning the Tour de France. Of course, now that he has won it for the sixth time, it is worth reading just to see how he life has changed. (He has separated from his wife and is dating Sheryl Crowe.) You can’t say it is a fantastically written book but it is such an inspiring story about “ life, death, love, illness, family, setbacks, and triumphs,” and let’s face it, he really is a mutation of the species whether he takes drugs or not. And when you finish that, start reading his next one “Every Second Counts:”
The Christmas List:
Scandinavian Style by Bradley Quinn, Alexander Crispin
Ok, Lance Armstrong is a champion cyclist but some of us are champion shoppers. And he here is a lovely book that will inspire you to go onwards, forwards and get out for an early morning shop and credit card training session. “Scandinavian Style is an international sourcebook of the design and interior traditions of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. There are chapters on architecture, furniture and 20th century movements from Functionalism to Danish Modernism ” A gorgeous book
Help! too much black and pink everywhere… especially together. So eighties Chanel (which is why anyone born in that decade likes it). But don’t despair there are heaps of great things to buy now the spring looks are arriving….
Sportsgirl: Check out the chiffon print paisley tops, very Fleetwood Mac $79, the soft pink top with lots of beading $119, the black chiffon beaded top $79, and cute little green floral retro print 50’s skirts $59.There are trouser shorts in black , yes like trousers with a cuff and side pockets, but are on the knee $69 and an orange melon retro print 50’s skirt $79, and a brown chiffon halter top with bronze sequins $79. I like the cropped cotton Blazer in thin seersucker stripe and you might too for $179 and there is yellow rearing it’s ugly head. mmm. You can only wear that if you are Kate Moss. Sorry. Nine West: have a Prada copy sling abck kitten heel with a silver buckle in different colours $129 and they are very good for the cheapest rip off bags around. On sale are some blue paisley print shoppers great for summer $59 and great T bar heels in gold or black satin $69. So cheap and a must have shoe. Witchery: has a cool Black slinky singlet with rows of pearl buttons $89, lots of pink ( feel free to buy if you so desire) the fab trench is still there, cropped in cream or taupe belted, $189 and there is a cool singlet with beading along the neck in black and white $139. There are some very plain but good pointy kitten heels $139, and a great Balenciaga bag in putty $159 and mini stripe shrunken blazer $199. Portmans: have a 50’s retro full skirt in a black and white print $129. Cue: Have a zip front tight little cream bomber jacket $99. Seduce: Have a cute soft blue light wool sweater $99 and have still more drapey tops. Ojay: have a cropped cream or camel DB belted trench, looks good quality $299, and a B&W stripe stretch top $69. Kookai: Have some Scanlan &Theodore/cacherel style chiffon paisley skirts that are great in blue tones or browns and creams $199 and a cool paisley orange scarf you want it $49. There are heaps of great longer T shirts and tops from $29 and a cool kind of Helmut Lang esque grey double layered T shirt $79 and don;t forget the Balenciaga copy tops with double stitching and paneling $80 and faux leather Tod’s bag in blue for you special price $29. Giordano: Also have a great mini belted trench, in fact I think it’s a jacket, in fact I think it’s a safari jacket for $100. Sportscraft is looking so improved with Jodie Boffa on the go; Check out the car coat $299 in black (and mmm yellow) and a handy cotton peacoat in café, and a cute floral skirt in light blue $149 and a silky camel shell top $49 and white zip front cotton knit jumper $149. FCUK: lots of colour! Check out the wide stripe hot pink blue and grey L/S T $69, the over stitched grey singlet $49 and the Indian print hot pink and blue embroidered full skirts $140. There is also short sleeve classic T-shirts in white or grey $49 and Mathew Williamson very bright print silky wrap top $89. Cool
Scanlan & Theodore: are having a sale but, damn, those floral print skirts are not on sale still $650.But there are a few pieces with about 40% off that are the go, like a black drapey slinky top now $175, choc brown singlet could be a mini dress? Now $75. There is a cropped, black leather jacket ( like a bolero) now $595 was $950 and a camel or black mules now $195, purple singlet jersey top now $195, little tweed, chanel jacket style in pink or black now $250 with a leather trim, a sheer black net L/S T $95, a café slinky A line skirt $275 and beautiful, chiffon, drapey, slashed Top $235 in a snazzy print, a divine black tweed coat $850 from $1200 and a frayed edge knee length coat $650. Von Troska; has some cool bags that are actually 3 in one .Yes 3 different sizes and colours of the same nylon bag on a long strap in camel, reds or blues. Quite clever by Karine Dupont $170.Also check out a pink and red stripe jersey singlet $98 and a cool limited edition belted shirt dress in a browny stripe $398. Saba: Check out the cool ‘vintage’ sequin silver cape $235, and the green strapless chiffon dress with a frill and split $695, a sexy jersey drawstring dress in black or white with ‘a down to there’ plunging neckline $395, and a gold lurex T shirt top $145, Morrissey: have a cute black and white stripe jersey, slinky top $129, and some good belts in red or black or white $79 with silver square buckle. Jigsaw: don’t forget their melon red short trench $349 and a navy mohair shrug $169. CK Jeans: have some new things in and I like them. There is a tight zip front black bomber $149 and great V neck T in slinky cotton $120, white wide neck off shoulder L/S T $139 and a black trench coat belted $399 and in camel too and a dark denim round neck zip jacket with yellow stitching $249. Country Road: am thinking those Prada-esque Toe thongs are really the go with a thin, thin sliver of a T bar for $99 ( in brown or black) and there is also the Zig Zag Missoni esque scarf in pastel pinks or blues $79 ( why didn’t I buy that Missoni scarf back on ’94 when I first saw it??) and some cool thin leather belts with white stitching in black, pink, putty and white, $59. Check out the perfect little white T shirts in white or blue $49 and ribbed T’s ones too $39
Ralph Lauren:Still very prairie in here, but there are a few modern pieces and some thing still on sale. If you are getting married, you might need the long cream, satin skirt now $699 from $1600, and there is blue and white stripe shell top now $90. New in is a pretty pink lace trim cotton cami $269 and a pretty pink argyle sweater $699, a cashmere vest with a frill down the V neck, $699, a soft pink cashmere pink sweater with square neck $699, and a Birken style bag in black or cream with white stitching and double handles at $1300 (but I’m thinking Prada is a better buy) and you may want the ‘Golf’ navy singlet with white trim $128.Chic. Hermes: Is on sale till the end of today but don’t worry the bags and belts are never on sale. So relax! They won’t sell out of the Birken so just pop your name on the waiting list. So what can you buy? Well I did try on the black fur, cropped bolero style jacket with divine black leather lining ooh lalal it fell good! Now $8000 from $14000. I looked a million dollars I must say. On the less expensive side there are some divine gloves on sale: camel lace up ones are $1000 and red ones with a buckleon writst now $700 from $1190 and why not have the oatmeal, wool,long gloves now $200? or the cute little handstitched hankerchief $58?. There are espadrilles in black now $216 and for your children, you must buy the new collection of kids pieces including the lilac wool poncho $360 and stripe scarf $200. For your trip to The Hamptons or Cannes I insist you have the canvas beach bags in red and white stripe $760. In the cuff department ,you should buy everything! Check out the new ‘Ever‘ cuff with a quilted metal frame under the leather in black red or ebony $475 or $550 and you want the gorgeous cuff ‘Roulis’ which is reversible with a Gold H clasp $560.Divine.
Christensen Copenhagen is still on sale in Bondi so get in there, the bargains are great…lots of great pieces under $100
Chicken Pot with Olives
This came from the cheats cook book! It is amazingly delicious, so quick and so easy as you can do it blind folded or (hic!) just blind. Everyone will think it took hours to cook and will beg for the recipe. Lie and never reveal the secret…
You need for 6:
Preheat oven to 180
1 chicken or 8 chicken pieces
2 red onions sliced like Paris Hilton,very thin
6 garlics ditto
½ teasp saffron
½ cup black juicy olives; can chop if you are feeling angry.
¼ cup capers
2 tabs olive oil ( good designer one)
¼ cup Balsamic vinegar
2 tabs of fresh rosemary ; chopped very slackly
I glass wine to guzzle on as you chop
2 tabs brown sugar for a caramel taste
1 1/2 cups of chicken stock. Yes, show off and use the one that you have cooked up yourself or just throw in one from Campbells.
Lots of designer salt and pepper.
Now here’s the tricky bit
Throw it all in the oven and cook it for 45 mins to I hour
Now you can spend more time on the wardrobe: the Gucci or the YSL?
Ok need more instructions?
Throw the chicken and the rest of the ingredients into a baking tray. Scatter with more rosemary and throw into the oven uncovered for about 45 mins to an hour…
Might take longer just check that when the chicken is cooked through it has no pink peeking through (You know how we all hate pink this season)
Serve with pototes if you feel like it.
Now is that the most outrageously easy thing you have ever cooked and the most impressive? You bet.
Here’s a tip: make more than you think ( double the recipe) because the crowds will go wild and will be begging for more.
And you can’t let down those adoring fans now can you?
Laws of Attraction
I had been hearing about this movie for long time, a new romantic comedy based on Hepburn and Tracey, so I wasn’t going to be put off by that naughty Margaret Pomerantz saying bad things about it l(ike Julieanne Moore was absolutely terrible.) Outrageous. Anyway we needed something light to watch after Mike Moore Fahrenheit 9/11. Maybe we should have checked out Rotten Tomato’s Tomatometer’ where it gets only 19% of good reviews (Read=rotten). Oh dear. I really wanted to like a movie about two divorce lawyers who are total opposites, who are supposed to hate each other but then fall in love. Such nonsense always makes a great romantic comedy. But I missed one big sign: Pierce Brosman. Should have known after seeing ‘Evelyn’ when he has anything to do with producing and acting, it’s going to be downhill all the way. Downhill ike the slalom in the Olympics. Yes Margaret you are right. This movie makes Pretty Woman look like a fabulous film. In fact Julieanne Moore is so embarrassed to be in this movie, she is cringing as much as we were. And can we talk about the terrible clothes? The stupid story? As one reviewer said” it’s a movie you forget while you are watching it”. Mmm. Which of course is George Bush’s view on life. He forgets what’s happening when he is living it. Yes, Fahrenheit 9/11 is fascinating watching, great movie making, a fantastic propaganda film. And cringe worthy for all the right reasons. God Bless America.
Vanity Fair August: what a great issue! Read how Jessica Simpson (shot by Patrick Demarchelier) ‘ has made a career of sayings idiotic things out loud. Newlyweds presents a slice of life so wholesome and vanilla it could be government propoganda” oh and has an IQ of 160. Read about Valentino and his glamorous life, and laugh at Christopher Hitchens view on Dubya “ Bush has a dysfunction between his eye and ear when it comes to words”
US Elle August: Naomi Watts is on the cover with a story inside on all movies coming out ( king Kong, The Ring 2) there are some cool shots of Lou Doillon, Jane Birken’s daughter (“ daughter of a bag ”) and gorgeous shots of the latest Prada by Manuela Pavesi.
Donna Hay Winter: Drool over the chocolate on the cover, and all the ice skating snow shots inside. Some great ideas on what to do with root vegetables and you want to make all the chocolate recipes like cocnut angel cake.
US Vogue August: has the Presley women on the cover (still waiting for it to arrive)