“Her breasts are not open for discussion” Anna Nicole’s lawyer
“Blues have more fun “ Marge Simpson in Allure
“Luxury is not queuing up for a bag you can’t get” Anya Hindmarch on her bags
“A tit a tit “ (Donatella and Mariah chatting together)
“The Bush is back- no not the President but a post Brazilian world” Allure
“I have too many houses and they are all stuffed” Karl Lagerfeld
“Finding the perfect dress is like finding the perfect husband, don’t be distracted by the flashier ones (you’ll end up never wearing them?) UK Vogue
“Disposable presents are good for in laws they should be edible, pourable, burnable or readable “ Rita Konig in UK Vogue
“There’s a reason the little brown dress never caught on” (it’s brown) UK Vogue
“I’m not much for, as they say, long-range planning. I say, any figure you write down that’s more than a week in front of you, you’re just making up, so what’s the point?” the extraordinarily filthy rich mogul Barry Diller to WWD (husband of Diane Von Furstenburg)
“Her breasts are not open for discussion” Anna Nicole’s lawyer
In winter we all decided to get the Home office organized and we all loved those white storage boxes from Ikea didn’t we? But then we got home and we had to put them together and not break a nail. Mmm. Now it’s summer we’ve got better things to do than work out how to screw B into A and C (except if it’s our bank accounts) but we still need those boxes. Relax! Howard’s Storage World have cottoned onto the idea and have fabulous chic white and black boxes already stuck together and (even better) with a lift up lid! Now you’re talking! Sm $3.95 med $6.95 Lge $10.
Tis the season to be jolly and you’ll be much jollier if you are drinking out of a chic glass! Get in early for your Christmas soiree and nick into Freedom to stock up on the groovex to the max (and cheapex) clever copy of the Visla wine and champagne glasses. You know they’re the ones with the modern straight sides as opposed to curvy or round (where’s my camera?) I love them and at $5.95 each they are the item du party! And if you insist on the real thing and quality darling then you shall have it! Orson & Blake have the fabulous iittala essence wine $28 and champagne glasses $36 that are THE dernier cri in chic!
Here’s the inside scoop on the best body moisturiser which all the hair and makeup artists (I have ever worked with) love love love! Invest in the cheap but chic Alpha Keri body lotion $10? It sinks in, makes you glow, shows off the tan (you haven’t got yet) feels sooo soft, gooey, luscious and moist honey moist!! Sure in summer you may like to slather on that coconut butter but you’ll smell like one too (or breakfast) Alpha Keri doesn’t have a strong perfume. Perfect! From Chemists.
Tom Ford’s salary is $4.7 mill plus a bonus of $1.85mill at Gucci and he earned $38 mill and $28 mill exercising his options! (I’m taking up exercising!)
Antonio Citterio has designed some tables in honor of Eileen Grey for B & B Italia
Marc Newsome is designing a range of Kitchenware for Tefal for 2004
Printemps in Paris has just opened the largest beauty department in the world,
The book Enduring Love is being made into a movie with Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill)
U2 are building their own skyscraper in Dublin
Forget hip/hop/rap Cholo style is the new groove (Mexican for gangster)
Candace Bushnell has sold her book Trading Up to TV
The Wolseley is the hot new restaurant in London (in Piccadilly)
Mariel Hemingway will be directing the movie of her grandfather’s novel A Moveable Feast in Paris next year
Louis Vuitton is using lots of supermodels for their next ads (instead of just J.Lo) with Kate, Naomi, Amber and Liya (Mert and Marcus shot them all in Dubai)
A Century of fashion exhibition is on in Rome covering 92 years of dresses from everyone from Jackie O, Grace Kelly to designers such as Chanel and YSL
A fabulous website it’s the online store of the Moma (museum of modern Art in New York) Drool, buy or just browse by designers such as Eileen gray, Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Frank Lloyd Wright or Karim Rashid among others or check out the categories divided into books, kids toys or stationary?you want it all and you can! Seems as if they will ship to Australia (might make it for Christmas) and they have cool E cards: Check out the photography or animated ones to send to your friends! (Albeit happy holidays not Christmas)
Need we say more! Perfect if you are on holidays with your grandmother! 13000 locations of public toilets around Australia?
Brad Pitt wants to play the lead in the US version of The Office (you are kidding!)
Posh and Becks marriage is NOT in trouble (no really)
The sexiest man in Hollywood Christian Bale (Laurel Canyon) is the new Batman
Colin Farrell has been kissing Angelina Jolie
George Clooney’s father is going to run for congress
J.Lo called off the wedding to Ben because of his gambling habits
Drew Barrymore has split from her Boyfriend
Mel B from Spice girls has lesbian lover
Britney sobbed on Diane Sawyer then insinuated on MTV that Justin Timberlake has a little willy! Outrageous! But his granny came to his aid saying “I helped raise him and there is nothing wrong with him physically!!” Bless?
Lauren Hutton was given a 60th birthday party by the artist Julian Schnabel
There was a secret food taster in the kitchen at Buckingham Palace for Dubya
Kate Moss is apparently going out with the singer in Primal Scream?
The Worst case scenario Survival book: Parenting
Has hilarious chapters like how to re-capitate a doll and how to discipline an imaginary friend! (I need it for George Clooney) $29 Borders
A Venetian Affair by Andrea Robilant
A true story of impossible love in Venice in the 18th century! What more do you want?? The writer (who is the great great great great grandson of the hero) decided to write the story after finding the actual love letters mouldering in the attic of his father’s Venetian Palazzo. A great read with history, a bit of travel, glamour and Lurve (that could never be) available Dymocks
The Luxury of space by Oberto Gili.
Oberto Gili is a very fabulous interior photographer who has released a book on his best photos from his 30 years of shooting for Vogue House & Garden…looks fantastic with glamorous people as well as houses
Hollywood: Dolce & Gabbana (soon to be released)
A ‘love in’ from the last 10 years of Hollywood stars wearing the Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana. It looks like a very glamorous coffee table book with scrapbook style shots of personal handwritten notes and lipstick blots on napkins!
New shop Alert!!
Fleur Wood has opened her charming boutique in Oxford St and it has a lovely vintage romantic feel with lots of fabulous home wares and gorgeous camisoles?.
Vendor have a great selection of Birkenstocks which are new (to me!) toe thong style with a silver buckle, ones with thick crossover straps or a double strap version which are really cool with lots of buckles from $117 black white and brown
Spellino: have cool cheap cotton print strapless 50’s dresses and lots of cute retro vintage looking print skirts $59
Wittners shoes have done classic stiletto courts in bronze and red $119
Nine West have simple strappy stilettos in every colour, perfect for summer $119
Quick brown Fox has done a Marc Jacobs copy bag in blue and a brighter green, black and brown $89 and have a fab big faux black leather bag $99,cool slouchy ones $89?and a few pairs of T bar sandals in jelly plastic.cool!
Portmans I looked. I tried and I saw Nothing?Oh my god!
Sportsgirl: Are looking very young and groovy but beware all the 80’s pastels and the scary Madonna look. MMm! But what’s cool? The white cotton bomber jacket $99 a black strapless chiffon top with a scatter of sequins $59,Black leather pleat mini and (I know it’s black) top with amazing silver vintage style beading $99.
Max & Co: lots of new things but some are a bit peasanty! A good denim jacket biker style $290.A denim pencil skirt with panels $240,cute grey shell tops with ring detail on the back $210. Cool denim jeans pants (no pockets on front) $190
Great thick rib cotton zip through cardigan jacket great for après beach $ 295 in white or black, Nylon parkas (summer ones) $575 and if you are after some work clothes they have a chic de la chic camel single breasted jacket in gorgeous cotton sateen $450 and matching side pocket pants $240.If you are going somewhere cold they have winter pieces in the back room ?
Victoria Springs great earring dangle drop diamantes $126 and $19
Wayne Cooper is the place for serious sexy eveningwear dresses and tops from $198 but keep away from all those pastels unless you were born after 85!
David Lawrence have a classic black satin dress with bow cute $299, crop chino stretch $119 a sexy black jersey halter dress $299 which is lined so you are saved from showing lumps! The red version of the white must have bag $149 and don’t forget their trench (good for this weather)
Sonia Hopkins has fantastic knits for summer in great colours and styles, remember the cardigan is back!! Choose a V-neck or round neck $ 220 or silk $396. Also there are great tanks $175 in cotton rib with a cool coloured trim
A/X Armani Exchange: have some cool denim pieces but have also gone a bit hippy peasant! Best pieces are the black or camel Gucci copy tight zip cotton bomber jacket $289, chic rib round neck knit T in red and black and white $149, a funky one shoulder top with vertical panels in red pink and black $179 (for the young!) a classic cotton T but with cute drawstring on the sleeves $99, and lots of fab Armani Exchange logo T shirts in different colours!
Bare Rebecca Davies has done some amazing party dresses in a flesh pink and blush (you will) with sequins and beading about $800.
Christensen Copenhagen have the new range of Mayle (the daughter of the writer Peter Mayle from Provence) but there is not much left: checkout pretty pink vintage tops $675.And pretty red and white pretty floral silk skirt $945.If you
want serious colour and gold and glitter the Mathew Williamson is the go with amazing tops and dresses in amazing prices $1600!
Parlour X has lots of funky English designers who are on the up and up like House of Jazz and Preen and also established designers like Vivienne Westwood (little black dress $620 and a signature tartan mini) There’s Roland Mouret’s fabulous black and patent leather 60’s mini dress $695. Check out Cacharel’s next season stock (winter) a fabulous cute big flower print top $295, and the too too divine Akira shell top T Shirts with buttons, embellishment and embroidery, fab $250. There’s also Pritti Patel chiffon caftan style top with silver beaded trim $350
Paul & Joe (Fiveways): Have gorgeous pink and cream chiffon peasants top (still right with jeans) $540, a divine cream suede slouch bag also in choc brown $695 a chiffon twist top in colours $395.Also a jersey sleeveless shoulder knot top $260 the most gorgeous lace and satin camisoles in lots of delicious colours $295 and some sweet 40’s print dresses $999. Blue Cult narrow jeans look great $350 and don’t forget the petit bateau white T-shirt s in V-neck or round $45
End of season warehouse sample sale of Fleur Wood, Bloom. Kitten, Third Millennium, prices start at $5 only cash and cheque. Where? Elise Garland, level 2, 44 Maclachlan Ave, Rushcutters Bay When: 4 and 5th December 9.30 to 5.
Forget about ice cream makers! You don’t need them with this not so slimming but wow so easy fanteasy delicious ice cream…perfect as the do-ahead-of-time dessert over summer
Homemade ice cream (with coconut and lime)
2 x 375 cans of carnation evaporated milk
6 egg yolks
2/3-cup caster sugar
2 teaps vanilla essence
¾ cup of dried coconut
zest of 3 limes
3 tblesp limejuice
* Toast the dried coconut in oven for about 5 mins till golden
* Zest and squeeze the limes
* Pour the carnation milk into a saucepan over a low heat (Yes time to slave over a hot stove for a cold dessert but you can and you will…)
* Add the coconut and limejuice to the milk and stir…and honey keep stirring. (C’mon it’s not that hard and think of the crowd control when they start to taste this!)
* Beat up those egg yolks, sugar and vanilla until light and creamy (stop it I like it!) with a spoon or beaters
* Add egg mixture to milk and stir for 8 to 10 mins or until the mixture has thickened a bit and sticks to back of spoon.
Voila! Done! Easy!
* Pour into a metal cake tin (a long log one is the go) and freeze for at least 4 hours, but it’s better if it left overnight (it needs its beauty sleep like you!).
To serve you need to have it looking chic de la chic on a platter. To get the ice cream out just run the tin under a bit of hot water (bottom side up for god’s sake! to melt it around the edges and it should pop out easily)
Zest a bit of lime on top and then art direct some lime leaves on top! Superb!
Murder, child abuse, violence, abduction, mmm sounds just like a romantic comedy to me! Help how did I get into this movie? Well I missed half of it anyway with my hands over my eyes. The first 15 minutes are harrowing. Yes I said harrowing. So if you like CSI, FYPD and crime movies with a “who dunnit” then this is your movie. OK it IS great movie making (thank you Clint Eastwood) but the content was not exactly uplifting! Well shot with hard lighting, it feels very sinister but the acting is great: Tim Robbins is amazing and so is Kevin Bacon. But did Sean Penn deserve the Pampered Suffering Artiste award from the New York Times? No he didn’t over act (then again I didn’t see much) Why is it called Mystic River? We bury our sins we wash them clean…Bring back the red Hermes bag from Le Divorce…all is forgiven!
Visionaire: next issue 42 ‘Scent’ has 21exclusive fragrances in numbered vials
Wallpaper: has fascinating article about Roppongi Hills Tower, the 28 acres of apartments and shops in Hong Kong, and the lowdown on the Cool Caribbean
US Harpers: has a fantastic Jean Paul Goude shoot with Linda Evangelista, an interview with Salma Hayek, an amazing shoot of Sting & family directed by Trudie
UK Elle Dec:The party issue an interview with Sarah Jessica “ I haven’t had Botox”
Vogue Entertaining cover looks fab can’t wait to see inside!
Donna Hay: Doesn’t seem to have suffered from the Creative Director leaving! It looks amazing as ever and has some good quick recipes for Christmas
* Fantastex! YAH TO FiFI !
* Where have you been all my life?I am totally addicted and need more!
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* How is it that you’re sitting there in Club Med and so totally on the zeitgeist?
* You were born to do fifi.com.( that wins a lifetime subscription!)
* Where is Bondi Health Emporium? address please ! (263 Bondi Road)
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* In the FiFi recipes where it says ‘chillies chopped like a Manolo’ is that the actual heel? How big is that? (From a man…)