“Fame is addictive. Money is addictive. Attention is addictive. But golf is second to none,” Marc Antony on maarying J.Lo ( someone club him )
“I’m through with women for awhile. I’m dating football.” Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer, now split from Jessica Bowlin (Becks take notes)
“I told her that I never liked her music, she sucks, and all this stuff like that. She was like, ‘What? I suck?’ I said, ‘Yeah, your music is too commercial, it’s too candy, too bubblegum,’ you know, and stuff like that. And she said, ‘Well, you know, you’re honest.’ I said, ‘Yeah, well, I don’t like it. You know, so, it doesn’t mean I don’t like having sex with you, but I don’t like your music.’ Dennis Rodman to Madonna” (Mmm What a great pick up line! He must pull the chicks) (golf anyone?).
“I’m trying to write a song where the words don’t say, ‘We Are the World,’ or ‘Ebony and Ivory.’” Bjork on her song for the Olympics ( sporty)
“For a severely injured person, Britney Spears is sure spending a lot of time playing on her knees. Err, with her knees” Gawker on Britney getting um engaged.( very fit )
“Roger played too good. I threw the kitchen sink at him, but he went to the bathroom and got the tub.” Andy Roddick at Wimbledon
“Which one’s David?” Geri Halliwell watching England’s Euro 2004 games ( not sporty spice)
“ Naomi Campbell says that in her nineteen years as a model she has never been offered money for sex” UK Vogue (disappointing I know. Take up a sport!)
“If you have not become known for any kind of talent and achievement, if you’re known for other things, then to me it’s fair game to be asking about them” Maureen Orth on Paris Hilton ( fair game)
“Helmut’s world is my idea of heaven. And Helmut’s world is where I would like to go when I die.” Tom Ford (you are gay. stop flirting)
“ Unless you think the American people are evil or rotten, and I don’t. If they’re smart enough and literate enough and moral enough to choose the president of the United States, can’t you trust them to know what paper to buy/” Iain Calder from the National Enquirer ( they voted for Dubya. Obviously can’t read)
“Fame is addictive. Money is addictive. Attention is addictive. But golf is second to none,” Marc Antony on maarying J.Lo ( someone club him )
When you are an international cosmopolitan it’s important to keep track of all your luggage. And there’s nothing worse after a long flight when you are tired and delirious from all those drugs and alcohol than seeing lots of look alike chic black bags circling the arrival lounge and not knowing which is yours. So race into one of my favourite shops, Longchamps for their divine new leather luggage tags in lots of fabulous colours: red, orange, pink, or blue. You’ll recognise your suitcase in any time zone and they’re so chic they’d even look great hanging from your handbag.
Leather Luggage Tags $39 Longchamps
Trans seasonal is the word du jour you should say to yourself whenever you are shopping. Which means you should be repeating it about every ½ hour. An important mantra to chant it will make you invest in pieces you can only wear in summer AND winter. Which is why a floral or print skirt is THE Item du jour. And why a Scanlan & Theodore skirt is the best buy of the season. Prints are huge for next summer but if you are scared of prints it’s a great idea to keep them from your face and just wear a skirt. Plus the great thing is you can wear these gorgeous pretty lady like skirts with boots, a fitted jacket and polo neck right now but when the sun starts shining they will look perfectly chic with flat sandals and a white singlet. Repeat after me….Trans seasonal
Floral or print skirts around $650 Scanlan & Theodore
There is a reason rehab is so fabulous. Not that I would know from personal experience of course but ‘friends’ tell me that it’s great because it’s all about getting down to basics and having a good cleansing crisis. But I say why spend all that money when there is an alternative where you can get cleaned up AND keep drinking! Yes, save that money for a Louis Vuitton bag and instead cleanse your self with Cetaphil skin cleanser. All the models love it (they should know) and it’s recommended by dermatologists (they should know) and it really does cleanse like nothing else, gets the skin sparkling without stripping it (time to give that up anyway) and it’s gentle and perfect for all those types who are sensitive. Best of all it’s cheap but chic.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 500ml $16 from chemists.
The Haute Couture has begun in Paris and there is lots happening: “John Galliano sent up Ancien Régime excess with a theatrical Christian Dior collection that mixed Madame Pompadour and Miss Universe. It was celebrity gridlock at the Christian Dior show that kicked off couture week, with Oprah Winfrey, Diane Kruger, artist Tracey Emin and Elizabeth Hurley among the assorted glitterati. “I wanted a moment of magic,” said French actress Juliette Binoche, who just wrapped up a film in San Francisco with Richard Gere called “Bee Season.” Actress Katie Holmes was making her couture debut, traveling from London where she has been working on her next movie, “Batman Begins.” The 20-year-old daughter of Angela Missoni is hitting couture week for an upcoming feature in the American edition of Elle. Her job description: “I’m going to all the shows, picking the clothes I think are the best and then they shoot it on me.” Melania Knauss, Donald Trump’s fiancée, is attending the couture shows with André Leon Talley at her side. American Vogue is doing a story on her choosing her trousseau. But her first appearance, at Tuesday’s Dior show, got some tongues wagging when Donald’s ex, Ivana, made her way to her seat on the other side of the runway” From WWD
In the International Herald Tribune Suzy Menkes writes” Lunch in the Ritz bar: Valentino entertaining at one table; Liz Hurley pushing her son in a stroller; Alexandra Von Furstenberg doing self-service at the buffet; and jeweler Joel Rosenthal discreetly in the corner. All the couture ladies were in the uniform du jour: blue jeans, high heels, fine jewels, flawless make-up and only the pastel tweed Chanel jacket a little frayed (by design) round the edges”
Or this run down from NYP: John Galliano, the label’s head designer, apparently went overboard with his signature wacky corsets and heavy Turkish curtain-like fabrics. According to our source, “Alek Wek vomited before the show because her corset was too tight. And poor Karolina Kurkova — her dress was so heavy and awkward, when she walked down the runway, she lost her balance and fell off the runway completely. Because her outfit was so heavy it took four men to get her back up and going.” Feeling less weighted down was Naomi Campbell who, the night before, had a “love fest” with Kal Ruttenstein, Pharrell Williams, Eve, Tommy Hilfiger, and her “special” friend, Karim Aga Khan [heir to the late Aga Khan's fortune] at Italian restaurant Dressa.
Harvey Nichols, plans to open a 130,000-square-foot department store in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and an a 60,000-square-foot store in Hong Kong
Sting’s wife, Trudie Styler, has been named National Ambassador to UNICEF UK’s End Child Exploitation Fundraiser Appeal
A painting recently recognised as a work by the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer after being regarded as a fake for decades fetched £16.2 million at an auction in London
“Surf Culture — The Art History of Surf,” will be on view at the Milk Gallery in New York July 7-28, and covers the history of surfing is accompanied by a 240-page color book with essays by writers, surfers and anthropologists
Barneys New York is up for sale. Start saving…
Check out this funny website started by a guy “who started sending emails with the funny news stories to his friends and then started a website full of weird news.” like:
“14-year-old girl under house arrest on charges of murdering her father escaped after cutting an electronic monitoring device off her ankle and gluing it to a cat” .
“Brando’s remains cremated. Due to life of boozing, it took 10 firemen and four hours to put out flames”.
“University expels student for having a unilingual seeing-eye dog”.
“ABC blasted after public catches wind of website encouraging children to make better farts”.
All the magazines have been raving about this website about “extraordinary hotels for global nomads” So I thought I’d check it out and it’s worth looking at just to see the divine all white hotel in Capri called The Capri Palace. Very glamourpussoir. Click on the cheap but chic section ‘Great Deals’ and check out the gorgeous ‘Jakes’ in Jamaica for US $95 a night or check out the groovy Downtown Standard in LA (groovex to the max).” Tablet Hotels are “destination” hotels. Staying there is worth the trip.
“We want to help make sure our fans are healthy like us.” The Olsen twins said when they posed for Milk ads with milk across their top lip. But now that Mary-Kate is being treated for cocaine addiction as well as anorexia (which the family has strongly denied). the image of them with white smears on their upper lips doesn’t look so wholesome and the ads have been pulled.
Britney Spears -not a girl, not yet a pregnant woman.
J.Hurl: Jennifer Lopez used to get out of sex with ex-hubbie Ojani Noa by pretending to puke.
Justin Timberlake has put back the release of his autobiography (what? a one page book? he’s ten)
Kate Moss is said to be getting close to a new man, just weeks after calling time on her relationship with Daniel Craig and has been spotted with Jackass star Johnny Knoxville (Jackass)
Kylie Minogue is the owner of a £180,000 vintage sailing boat, courtesy of Olivier Martinez ( sporty)
Travis from Blink 182 has specially made condoms with his face printed on them. ( blink is the idea)
The Beckhams were due to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno earlier this week, but chose to extend their holiday in Marrakesh instead. The television network were forced to issue a new schedule at the last minute, which saw the couple replaced with a display of performing animals from the Sea World theme park (slippery but not clubbed)( which one’s’David?)
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s new duet Sway, recorded for J-Lo’s new film Shall We Dance, has been axed from the movie’s soundtrack
Paul Bremer enjoyed “an emotional relationship” with a 35-year-old Iraqi woman who used to work for Saddam’s protocol department. His paramour and her family are now in Jordan awaiting passage to the US in Bremer’s hasty wake, with talk of marriage on the cards ( shall we dance?)
Valentino admits that he and his business partner Giancarlo Giammetti. Giammetti were lovers for 12 years. “This is a story about love. There has never been an article about us that was like that, but now I believe it is too late to keep a secret that is not a secret. What was once embarrassing to read about yourself is not now.” But Bruce Hocksema, who has lived with Valentino since 1982, says he and I always have to arrive someplace in separate cars,” UK Vogue ( Embarrassing:)
Jemima Goldsmith and Hugh Grant were again spotted at the same event adding to the rumours that they are a couple.
Gwyneth Paltrow arrived at a movie screening with a bizarre set of markings cross her back. “By the marks on her shoulders, we can see that poor Gwyneth Paltrow has fallen victim to a hot new self-flagellating UFO-enthusiast cult. Well, either that or she has a mean case of tertiary syphilis” Gawker on her cupping marks.
A Cameron Diaz salacious S&M video shot in 1992 has hit the web and is the download du jour. Titled She’s No Angel: Cameron Diaz, the 30-minute film shows the then 19-year-old aspiring model baring her breasts and getting kinky in a softcore photo session. (Sporty spice)
Kill Duck Before Serving: Red Faces at The New York Times : A Collection of the Newspaper’s Most Interesting, Embarrassing and Off-Beat Corrections
This is a very funny “compilation of errors, inaccuracies, and misunderstandings from the pages of The New York Times that encompasses everything from careless oversights and historical goofs to flopped photographs, misidentifications, and whimsical typos (sounds like the FiFi Report). The title comes from an article about decorative cooking described by Michel Fitoussi, a New York chef who insists in the recipe that the duck has been killed before eating!
The Christams List:
Shocking! The Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli by Dilys Blum, Dilys E. Blum
This is a huge fabulous book full of fantastic shots and stories about the kooky and very glamourous Elsa Schiparelli who, they say, invented the colour shocking pink. Her theory was if you weren’t a babe you may as well dress in clothes that would get you the same attention. “She gave women unusual textures, eccentric patterns and surprising shapes influenced by the Surrealist artists in her circle. A frustrated sculptor, Schiaparelli invested many of her garments with an architectural quality, from aerodynamic, back-swept bustles and overskirts dramatically curved back over themselves to stiff, fan-shaped peplums. She created a hat in the shape of an upside-down shoe, made comfy leopard-skin booties, and incorporated such novelties as monkey fur and Rhodophane, a transparent man-made fabric. At her most eccentric, inspired by the artist Man Ray, Schiaparelli produced suede gloves with red snakeskin fingernails” Amazon (I need those gloves)
Rebel Sport have some cool tops for those weekends away or for just those weekends; Everlast red or black zip tops with white stripe $84, Puma plain plain tops even without hoods $109 in white and dark blue, simple Puma track pants grey maille and simple sleeveless tops in fitted tight stretchy fabric in red, black, and navy with a short zip very chic! $69. Check out the Puma classic black zip through tops $89 and Nike have done a cool burgundy red zip top $69. Also there are lots of cute sporty kids clothes from Reebok and Addidas like T shirts and sundresses reduced to clear. Start them early. Sportsgirl; Lots of new things in like a nice blue drawstring chiffon top $79, a mint green cotton canvas blazer $119, a really cool cream cotton canvas trench with brown stitching and belted, very 70’s $249. Crop sidepocket pants with cuff ( to knee) $79, a soft pink chino style pants $79 and cute black cotton pleated skirts ( big news o/s for summer) with a belt $59, and cute singlets with lace trim in lots of colours $24, and check out the short denim skirt $69 and classic beige stretch cotton pants $79 and a pretty cream chiffon dresses,very 50’s with a big black bow and sequin on one boob $199. Kookai: still have lots of grey maille jersey pieces on sale but check out the new Helmut Lang or Balenciaga esque black fitted bustier in jersey with panelling and over stitching $59 also in dark blue with black trim. There are some very handy little lycra singlet tops in lots of colours $24, and looks like a tye dye story in blue and brown top $109 – get ready it will be everywhere for summer after Prada did it – and check out the narrow black pants $189 and nice little knit tops with white stitching $49, a suede bags with leather trim in blue $109 and on sale is a cool fitted denim dress now $99. FCUK: Are still on sale you might like the classic black cords with side pockets $69, and lots of T shirts with all sorts of things on them $19. Puma: don’t forget they have the Nuala yoga bag designed by Marc Jacobs there in light blue for $499 and beautiful white yoga tops with double stitching and in gorgeous fabrics $89 and the pink athletic tops $109. And for those babies who have every thing buy the cool sneakers for $45. The Family Jewels in Oxford St have THE best selection of earrings and diamante jewellery and lots of the item du season: brooches in all sorts of colours around $60. Shoe Box : Have some cute flat ballet shoes $39 on sale and some urban Soul round toe heels for $139. Wittner shoes: Have some Zoe Wittner classic pointy heels in gold or black or red $119. QBF or Quick Brown Fox has some fantastic rip off bags on sale. Sure they are in the delightful pleather (otherwise known as plastic) but what do you want for $19? There are Tod’s style bags with white stitching and a fantastic marc Jacobs style one in red and black $69 but best of all are the red and orange canvas messenger bags for about $60. Also check out the groovy retro print skirts and a green Gucci rip off fake suede jacket $169 with fur trim.
Vendor in Oxford St have some new Birkenstocks which have thin straps and a bif of gold buckle hardware ( an oxymoron?) in red and black $150 and also don’t miss the other styles with a toe thong look for your trip to Tahiti in August. Victoria Springs has some clever chic little tea glass holders that are basicly dining glasses covered in gorgeous Japanese style $22 and there are also some divine smelling soaps $5 and don’t forget the too too divine Limoges gold trimmed tea cups. Sally Smith:is on sale with some pieces that are samples and one offs.You will love the seersucker red and cream strapless dress from last summer at ½ price now $119 or the halter tops now $99, you should have the Italian wool jersey pants $250 and a simple wrap black skirt now $115.There are some chic red and white print skirts now $169 and look out next season for a new line of jewellery in Sally Smith called Missy.
Scanlan & Theodore: Are not on sale yet but (as reported in item du jour) has the best collection and you should only shop there. No really. Apart from the floral skirts you want the divine Juemin Puech bags: an orange and brown cord one is fab $600 and how gorgeous is the dark blue suede one with brown trim and bras studs $600 ? You want the red and cream chiffon tops, the soft paisley sheer chiffon shell tops in pinks $180, the same fabric skirts $650, a divine Missoni style print dress in browns and oranges $550 and a top in the same print.Don’t forget the basic shell tops in two tone $95 and gorgeous stripe, rainbow 70’s style knits in blues and grey $260 and divine black cardigan with a ruffle chiffon edge $300, café au lait knit singlets for $130, and need I go on? Just get in there close your eyes and point! You can’t go wrong! Midas: Have some fab Beltrami loafers ( a la Tods) in great colours with a silver buckle $228. Karen Walker Jewellery will be in Myer stores (Sydney, Bondi, Melbourne, Chadstone) from the first week of August 2004. The collection is crafted using gold, sterling silver, platinum, pearls, diamonds, topaz, garnet and other stones.
Belinda: Lots of the most divine things you will ever see are now in Belinda in MLC. You will die for the Lanvin. You want the black beaded dress with a pink bow $7000!, the bronze sequin dress $7000, the red chiffon ruffle top $2295 and the red cherry dress with huge bow $2000. Or how about the Martin Grant mint belted coat $2500? and divine black dress with belt same price! Check out the new bags by Henry Beguelin in soft pink and mint with big round leather handles $1000 or the new collection of Juemin Puech bags. You want the Allessandro Del’Aqua pretty peach chiffon dress and the knit tops (no prices use your imagination) and the Yohji Yamamoto black cut out dresses. Don’t miss the vintage cashmere pieces by Koi or the jewellery by Marni and Lanvin.Gucci: The sale is still on and there is still a rack of clothes with 70% off last winter and 50% off summer. Groovy red and green belts are now $260 or plain red $220.You want the stud brown or black mules now $650, the ballerina shoes with the signature stripe now $305, the thongs with a GG log now about $100! The toe thongs with logos are now $185 and there are some fab bags with a bamboo handle in blue or green around $1000. Also as reported previously the new A/W season is in and the prices are 20% lower than before with a gorgeous red leather shopping bag $1000 and the leather shoulder bags with the green and red stripe and a Huge G $1200.A pparently they are making the G logo bigger to replace The big T for Tom Ford so the branding is clear: it is a company not a personality….good try. Evelyn Miles: Their huge sale is still happening with long boots by all sorts of designers now $550, Robert Clergerie square toe loafers now $400, gorgeous Sergio Rossi red trim ankle strap heels now $550.You still want the Michel Perry red patchwork suede boots now $750, or the new Michel Perry collection is and you want the round toe heels in suede about $900 and the chocolate brown suede heels with a diamante buckle $998.
FiFi does Luke’s lemon Chicken (As in Luke Mangan)
Quick, spicy, delicious and yes slimming. Impossible? No, not with this little recipe. It has the secret ingredient of Sichuan pepper and please don’t be scared, you can find anywhere. And yes if you are slack you can use daggy old pepper instead. But you are not daggy so you won’t
For 4 you need:
2 tablespoon of Sichuan Pepper
2 tabs of fabulous seas salt
4 chicken pieces or breasts, skin on or skin off
2 cups of chicken stock or a packet of it
2 lemons zested
I cinnamon stick
Bock choy for 4
½ of a preserved lemon (which have done yourself ) all chopped into fabulous chic little pieces
coriander for a bit of accessorizing
·Toast the pepper and the salt on a tray in the oven
·Don’t make a face it’s not difficult, just whack it in the oven for 5 mins until it smells great.
·Throw into a mortar and pestle and give it a good old bashing
·Brush and moisturize the chicken with oil then rub the pepper mix all over them. (they love it) leave a little for later
·In a bowl toss in the chicken stock, a sprinkle of pepper, cinnamon stick, preserved lemon and zest
·Heat some oil and gently (bless them: they don’t like it rough) brown the chicken so they’ve got a nice St Barts tan.
·Throw the chicken on a baking dish and pop the quarterd lemons under them so they are comfortable. (if you have a whole chicken then shove them in the cavity)
·Pour over the chicken stock mix and chuck them in the oven for about 30 minutes
·when they are cooked, let them have a rest ( they’ve been working hard) while you pour the juicy stock into a wok or saucepan, heat a little then toss in the bok choy and cook till it/s cooked ..it will wilt in delight
·Serve the chicken on a bed ( they’re still sleepy) of Bok choy and pour over the delicious sauce with a sprinkle of more pepper and
·Accessorize with great big nonchalant bunch of coriander
·Well look at that! The chicest thing you ever saw and have you tasted it? Divine
Now that Spider-Man 2 is about to be the most successful movie ever made I had to see it. (It’s opening in the US pulled $20m more than Shrek 2 - and it took $40.5m in a single day, beating the past record, held by Spider-Man).Ok so it’s got cute Toby and Kirsten and evil, mean and wicked Alfred Molina and serious action and a bit of a love story so what else do you want? A movie that keeps you awake perhaps. Mmm it’s not so much as boring just nothing really happens until Doc Ock, the scary evil creature with metal tentacles comes on the screen and then all hell breaks loose. But then he leaves and Toby gives up being Spiderman and just starts wandering around and around which is what my mind started to do too. Oh dear. Kirsten Dunst looks like she is asleep too and her mind is obviously wandering (she must be thinking about Jake Gyllenhaal) (good reason). In fact it gets so boring that you are begging for some violence to keep you from adding up all the calories in popcorn. But the good news is that the sets are cool, very old fashioned as you would expect from a comic book and there is one funny scene where Spidey loses his grip literally and has to catch a lift down the building instead. He shares it with a gay guy who admires his snazzy red stretchy clinging lycra suit. If only they’d kept that up and got Carson in from Queer eye it could have been funny. And then just when you think it’s the end and it comes to a final conclusion, oh my god it keeps going. This movie just won’t end. It keeps going with an extra 10 minutes of silliness that should have been left on the floor. Which is where I was begging to for the final credits to roll.