Around 30, I kind of realized that alcohol really does solve your problems. Whoever said drinking doesn’t help lied. You live and you learn." Jewel, Hic ! on discovering the joys of drinking.
“Ask an American guy what his beauty regime is, and he’ll tell you. Ask a Brit, and he’ll say, ‘Er… Guinness?’ Keira Knightlely loves Brits.
" He is the gayest f**king thing on two legs. Anyone who lives with their mama that long and dresses up in that much spangly gold with black lacquer on their eyes has definitely got something going on." Jonathan Rhys Meyers on Elvis Presley. An American guy who had a beauty routine.
"Everyone is made differently, and that’s what makes us beautiful and unique. I want girls to look in the mirror and feel confident." Ashlee Simpson lies ( which is why she got a nose job and her lips done)
“ I am checking into rehab today. I am on my way right now," Brandon David days after he blurted out insults about Lindsay Lohan. ( he is going in for the beauty regime)
"Brandon must have watched that footage a thousand times. He can’t believe those words came out of his mouth and realised it was the drugs and drink talking." All lies.
"Z’s a little jealous because she’s still a little girl." Angelina Jolie about daughter’s reaction to the birth of the new baby. " I can see it now … those girls are gonna be at each other’s throats by age 5. I, for one, am putting my money on Zahara … she looks like she can whip some ass” pinkisthenewblog
"This is a rumor that comes around every month. It has for past year or two. Believe me on this one. She is religious, and that would never do." Nicole Kidman’s publicist on those pregnancy rumours. Stay tuned.
“Stanley, can you please stay away from my tits?’ Actress Ann Hathaway on set of The Devil wears Prada.
“ What do you expect, you’re flinging those melons around like it’s harvest season’” Stanley Tucci reply
"This is a cause that Pamela is passionate about” says Pamela Anderson’s PR on her stripping off naked in the window of Stella McCartney’s London boutique in an anti-fur demonstration. Oh dear. Harvest season. Time for a drink
Around 30, I kind of realized that alcohol really does solve your problems. Whoever said drinking doesn’t help lied. You live and you learn." Jewel, Hic ! on discovering the joys of drinking.
Sometimes life can get scary. For all those girls who need a nerve Cliquot before they go into Prada. Or when they open their Amex bill. Here’s the inside scoop on the 3 best cheap but chics of the week. Head to Portmans for their ever so chic black or stone cotton double breasted trench coat $149, hop over to Sportsgirl for the fabulous red, stacked platform, slingback, peep toe heels a la Lanvin $109 and then stroll (you will have to in those heels) to Hot Dollar (WBJ) for the groovy, oversized, black, round Jackie O sungasses for just only $9. Then sit down, relax, take a deep breath and think about finding the nerve to admit to your accountant about your other purchase: Your Prada black dress. (Well you need something to wear under the trench.)
I love winter. You can finally wera all those fabulous Max Mara winter coats, those Jimmy Choo long boots, those Missoni scarves and that divine Russian fur hat you bought in St Petersburg. Then it gets too cold to go outside. Here’s a solution. The very snazzy designer Hot Box. It’s a groovy looking square Brazier on a funky concrete block that sits on your terrace or balcony and is so much chicer than anything else I have seen. Designed by those groovematics Aludean who design ‘minimalist, meditive pieces with architectural proportions that draw the viewer into quiet comtemplation” . I tried the quiet comtemplation. Didn’t work. But I was warm and groovy. (which equals Cool).
Aludean Hotbox, $545 .see it here www.aludean.com/11.html
Sometimes I daydream of things that can do double duty. Like Men who can cook and clean up. Shoes that look fabulous that you can run in. Food that is creamy but not fattening. Or Ikea instructions that actually put the furniture together. Then there is makeup that only can only do one thing at a time. Except the sensational Bloom Cheeky Lips - one end is Lip Gloss – a new shade of luminous, pearly pink and the other end is Cheek Colour Shy – a feminine pink tint that gives a girly glow. It’s small so you can toss it into your Gucci clutch at night and travel light. The best colour is L’Amour. FiFi L’Amour does double duty.
$25 Bloom Cheeky Lips.
An international crowd gathered in Venice to pay tribute to Guy Bourdin and celebrate the launch of a two-volume book by the late photographer’s muse Nicolle Meyer, "Guy Bourdin, a Message for You." Luxury skin care brand La Mer sponsored the cocktail soiree at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and a candlelit dinner followed on a terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. Alber Elbaz, who wrote the forward of the book, gushed over the late photographer. "He was a great storyteller, poetic and strong," said Elbaz. "Each photo seems like a movie scene." Wwd
Need a holiday ? Head to Costa Rica www.oberoilombok.com
In London check out Tom Stoppard’s hot new play, "Rock’n'Roll," at the Royal Court Theatre.
‘Juicy Couture’s first Manhattan store is all about a sense of humor. There is the seriousness of the dark wood floors and the dark gray and deep purple painted walls, but that’s about all that’s low-key. In true Juicy Couture form, there are plenty of kitschy T-shirts with sayings like “My dog is cuter than your dog” and “Go Couture Yourself.” WWD.
Marni plans to open its first online store in the fall with the help of e-tailer Yoox.
Polo Ralph Lauren is on Wimbledon’s Centre Court as tournament’s first official outfitter.
The fashion world was particularly well represented in the queen’s birthday honors roll call this year. Lulu Guinness and Julien Macdonald were both named OBEs, officers of the Order of the British Empire, while Hussein Chalayan received an MBE, as did the founders of the Red or Dead brand, Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway. Joan Burstein, the founder of London’s Browns boutique, was honored as a Commander of the British Empire. WWD
Set sail and cruise around the Med on a tall ship…starclippers.co.uk/ .. cool
Organising a trip to Italy? Go here to find a villa or hotel; www.magicofitaly.co.uk
Editors and guests attending Paris couture week, July 5-7, should be prepared to pack a couple of rock ‘n’ roll outfits. Chrome Hearts has confirmed perennial rock stars Cher and Lenny Kravitz’ attendance for its store opening on Avenue Montaigne, as well as the opening’s after party at Baccarat’s crystal-bedecked headquarters that night. Sean Lennon may also pop up at a couple of shows in between studio time spent with Canadian model Irina Lazareanu, with whom he’s currently recording an album. The duo’s first single, "Strange Places," will be released in September, with private concerts scheduled for New York and Paris over the coming months.WWD
Natalie Portman and Eric Bana are in negotiations to star in "The Other Boleyn Girl." eirected by Justin Chadwick based on a novel by Philippa Gregory.
The Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth will receive a rare recognition from the Humanitas Prize, which honours screenwriting that helps "liberate, enrich and unify society."
Who is this guy anyway?
can Paris Hilton sing? Go here to see her latest video !!
Britney is still a clueless mother and she has died her hair black.
Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen still look like bag ladies.
Tom Cruise is still crazy ( this time in Tokyo).
Jude and sienna are still on and off each other each week.
Paris Hilton is still selling her soul. Her new single is "Stars Are Blind," ( autobiographical: she can’t see who is she is having sex with).
Victoria Beckham is still vacuum sealed and wore the tiniest shortest of shorts and carried a light blue Birkin to the soccer. It’s not about you it’s about me ( ‘Mrs. Beckham makes Mariah Carey look classy’ says Pinkisthenewblog).
Justin and Cameron Diaz are still together or have they split?
Nicole Richie is still expanding her diet to include more things than oxygen. Angelina and Brad are still adopting children.
Dannii Minogue still has absolutely no taste whatsoever.
Jim Carey and Porn queen Jenny McCarthy are still kissing ( it was a long one).
Prince Albert is still single but may ask his girlfriend to marry him.
Nicole and Keith are still getting married this weekend.
Reese Witherspoon is still not be pregnant but is suing Star magazine who said she is. “ I didn’t know you could sue people for saying you’re pregnant. Punch them in the face at the supermarket when they start patting your stomach because they think you look fat, but not sue” superficial.com
Heidi Klum is always pregnant …she’s due for her third.
And George Clooney is stil handsome, intelligent and a single and bugging me with every day for a date.
Heat : An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany ….by Bill Buford
This book is now 12th on Amazon (The Kite Runner is 11th) and I like this review.” I don’t go to restaurants. I don’t watch FOOD Channel. I don’t even order take-out. So why was I reading this book? My lunch partner was reading this weirdly yellow hardback and slowly choking on his burrito as he chuckled through Page 230 where the author had become a walking grease fire.I was plastered to this book for the next week and a half. Bill Buford started his quest to understand what goes on in the professional kitchen in Mario Batali’s restaurant, Babbo, as an unpaid servant. His world is never the same again. Read this book. Even if you’re not a foodie. Even if your idea of fine dining is a tin of sardines on instant rice.You’ll love every minute of it. 5 Stars Plus Plus Plus!
$15 www.amazon.com/ Publisher: Knopf (May 30, 2006)
The Christmas List
Gucci by Gucci (Hardcover) ….by Sarah Mower
This book is definitely on The Christmas List as it’s not out till November but at FiFi HQ it’s all about being first with the inside scoop. ” Gucci is capitalizing on its red-carpet cachet with “Gucci by Gucci,” a 450-page tome filled with 85 years’ worth of celebrities wearing its iconic accessories and clothes. The book, whose images were culled from Gucci’s private archives, is part of the brand’s commemorative projects for its 85th anniversary. It will be launched in September to coincide with Gucci’s spring show in Milan. From Cinecittà to Hollywood, from Elizabeth Taylor to Madonna, the book is full of celebrities donning all things Gucci. A limited-edition version, wrapped in a “La Pelle Guccissima” slipcase, will be exclusive to Gucci stores.
$150 www.amazon.com/ Publisher: Vendome Press (October 1, 2006)
Sportsgirl: There is a mix of sale and new season pieces in here. Check out chiffon frill oyster blouse with nice cuffs $79; the soft pink frill short sleeve blouse $79; the black Chloe style empire dress (seen everywhere) here with the tie back waist $79; the chic, little light grey or navy rib knit V neck top with buttons on the shoulders $59 and the baggy classic Long sleeve T shirts in grey with a round neck $49. Also check out the jeans; they look great if you don’t want to pay huge amounts for designer jeans $89; the Capri jeans in dark denim look good. There are some cool black and white short sleeve T shirts, some chic grandpa T shirts with pres studs in a classic dark grey, black or white; a pretty black ruffle edge and waist tie ribbon camisole $59 and grey cargo pants $59. Buy the cool, thin, patent belts in black, red and white $19. There are a few sale items here to rummage through such as the grey sequin shrug for $49; good for a season at that price and a cool cropped denim jacket ( just under boobs) $49; plus all the jewellery. Also check out the shoes : cheap but chic. Oh my god. I see watermelon. Again. Will it ever go away? Torture.
Witchery: Still some pieces on sale: check out the choc brown velvet city shorts (I repeat) now $48; the black and white stripe cardigan now $39; and the round neck long sleeve T are $29. Also check out the black camisole in sexy black lace now $59; the dark grey round neck cardigan now $59; the taffeta simple black 50’s wide strap dress with a tie ribbon belt is $239. In the bag department I see too many stud bags on sale ; go for the new ones: a small clutch/shoulder bag with a very Prada black metal eyelets strap for $99 and don’t’ forget the ballet flats are cute in lots of different colour for $99. The jersey Chloe dress with a tie back is on sale in a lot of colours now $99. New in are some stretchy tanks in great colours,
Cue: Now some pieces are 50% off; Check out the very cute empire black and navy print sleeveless dress now $64; the chic, brown velvet, tulip skirt with a black ribbon now $89; the brown velvet top tank top with 6 big pearl buttons and the stone velvet ribbon belt now $87; the stone oversized fine kit cardigans now $64 and the grey, very fitted, sexy 50’s Roland Mouret style dress with cap sleeves now about $132. There are cute empire dress in brown tweed, now $149 and some fab teal velvet blazers now $132. The black dumb shift dress with a grosgrain ribbon belt and cap sleeves is $189.
Target: head here for cord shrunken blazer reduced to $29 and the black faux sheep skin black square jackets now reduced to $69.Also I saw some cool black velvet hoodies but I think they have sold out $39.
Sass and Bide: are on sale: There are some pieces in David Jones that are 60% off. Go for the punk style tank with a Union Jack and a kind of painted pattern now $49. Check out the skinny jeans with brass studs now $189; and the frayed skinny black jeans $180. There are groovy grey cargo pants now $129.
Morrissey: Still on sale and the best buy is the very 50’s almost shirt waister dress in dark denim. It has square neck, orange stitching, wide straps and buttons all the way through a full skirt. Very cute now $129. It has its very own little denim belt. There are some very high waisted, groovy, drawstring pleat front pants now $149. Yes, correct they are back. Pleat front pants. Don’t cry. Also the purple chiffon Chloe dress is cool now $239 with bell sleeves.
Veronika Miane: On sale. I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again. The oversized sweater is a coming back next winter so buy up big here. Buy the V-neck or round fine knits now $79; there is also a black paneled full skirt now $89; and some Roland Mouret style dresses here with a wide neck now $49. Check out the chiffon goddess dresses now $220; the grey/brown twill off the shoulder, fitted dress with a belt and a button detail at the neck now $144. I like the stone and brown print 40’s chiffon dress with short sleeves and a self belt now $134; and the brown tulip skirts now $99. The fine knit long cardigans are now about $52. Chic and very Prada.
Saba: On sale: check out the purple and stone print wrap dress now $239. The city shorts are on sale in black or pinstripe and tweed now $129. Not on sale but a great classic investment is the black velvet blazer $499; the chiffon blouse in black and white V neck print with a knit trim $349 and the cream gathered front cap sleeve T also in navy with a dingle dangle is $89. Check out the satin short sleeve shirt, quite cute in navy $199 or is like a flight attendants uniform? Hope not. I like the brown tweed tulip skirt with side pocket $199 and the black pencil skirt looks good as it has 2 back splits which is so much chicer than one single suburban split. Plus it’s a longer skirt so it covers your boots $195. Buy the baggy slouch bogart pants in black $249. The A line black skirt in twill with panels is chic too $195 - I can see it would be so very flattering for those who are wanting to flatten their hips without starving. Bless.
Zimmerman: Now on sale: check out the groovy skinny jeans in different colors now $120; love the fine knit puff sleeve T with empire neck now $99 in green; the fine knit black drape empire top with ¾ sleeves is now $99 and print black dress in chiffon is now $279. Also I Iove the tulip sleeve short fitted D.B jacket $221 and the sexy slinky dresses about $279. Also go here for fantastic, very groovy sunglasses.
Country Road: still on sale: Check out the black Chloe back tie, bell sleeve dress as seen everywhere but this one is great because it has full sleeves instead of mingy short ¾ sleeves. Flattering cut, it will look great with boots now $99. Also check out the flat boots on sale now $269; the side pocket stone chinos in now $109; the Chloe loafers with a brass buckle $129 in tan or black and the city shorts in charcoal with a cuff now $109. The belted Prince of Wales trench is now $299. Not on sale but good buys are the black and white fine pinstripe cami $89; the fab navy and brown chunky short cardigan $239; the black belted princess coat $499; the cord peacoat $279 and the black voile cami with cream lining a la Prada $99. In my latest style sessions at WBJ I put this with a black ribbon belt from Portmans and it looked sensational. I must say. Buy the chic shoestring navy black satin empire dress with navy trim $249 and wear it over a T shirt and add boots. Perfect. Trans seasonal dressing
Prada: Life is always so much more enriched after a little jaunt to The Mothership to pray and worship. Beam me up Miuccia. And I see a sale is on here so your dreams have come true. Buy up big: Go for the black pleated off the shoulder dress with a grosgrain belt now $2066; the black and white check shift with tiny painterly stripes now $1722; also in a round neck and in a white version. Buy the black chiffon goddess dress now $3500; the white broderie anglaise shoe string dress now $2300; the grey T shirt with a heart crossbones embroidered emblem now just $362. Drool over the simple silk blazer in dark navy now $1400. The Prada sport black puffa jacket now $1030; the Sport black hood anorak is chic and the groovy jeans are $600. Now for the fabulous shoes. I am reduced to tears when I see that they have reduced the red patent platforms sandals but only have one size 36 or 40 left at $490; Sob. Sob. Buy the round sling back huge wedges are now $518; fabulous; buy the gold roman flat sandals now $420; the black satin platforms now $470 and the gorgeous hot pink patent Mary Jane heels are now reduced to $504 (yes pink in Prada is the exception !) ; the peep toe wedges are amazing for $500 in black and so are the black peep toe ankle straps for $610. The silver mules with a kitten heel and daisy leather trim are now $380. In the bags you will find a lot of black nylon bags but I think they are there for the tourists. Best Buys are the brown double handle leather bags with gold hardware now 30% off and the camel nylon bags with Prada stamp. Also check out the Prada coat of arms/emblem stamp collection in camel canvas with leather trim; find everything from sun visors, to wallets, sunglasses case to suitcases, beauty cases and wheelie bags. Buy the belts on sale now about $360. Go on then buy two.
Gucci: The sale is on: Keep in mind some of the items have left the building. This collection is
not my favourite it was the first one that Frida Giannini designed when she wanted to do pretty womanly pieces and awful floral handbags ( probably sell well in Japan bless). Then she realized it was not the Gucci woman and next season she did a 360 for winter and went back to Amazonian sexy girls. But there are a few pieces here worth checking out. Can we talk shoes? Is the Pope catholic? So buy the following on sale: the peep toe ankle strap platforms in red now $545; the square toe, patent flats in black with signature red and green stripe now $435; the cream patent square toe flats with a black trim now $450; and the round toe pumps in classic black now $450. There are some black patent platforms with ankle straps now $495. Cool. In the clothes check out the red and white stripe T now $680; the black amazing multi pleated empire shirt seen in all the ads now $1400 (was $2000) and the cream back knot knit now $363. Go past the florals please. In the bags check out the Jackie O slouch in brown now $1180; the stamped burgundy GG slouch rather divine, now $1600; the stamped leather slouch with a bamboo ring detail and fabric strap now $1200; and the Jackie O with a signature stripe is chic now about $1100. Not on sale but a chic buy are the stamped GG leather Jackie O bags in a choc, navy or a dark burgundy for about $1400.There is also a huge plain navy bags with a canvas stripe strap now $1200. Buy the red huge slouch bag with gold hardware on the strap now about $1300. New in are some black pointy heels with white platform soul $700 and some stunning evening wear dresses to wear out with George on the red carpet.
Bally: on sale here with 30% off. You must rush in there toot suite! Also I see some fab new season just arrived and it’s looking gorgeous. Check out the black slouch bag with the signature black and white stripe down the front now $555 with a brass ring detail. Also in brown with red and white stripe. There is a divine black woven bag with silver hardware now $1160 and a slouch version in brown.; there are the fab peep toe heels in gold now $455; brown satin peep toe heels with a small diamante jewel front now $455; and the patent quilted mini bag with silver chain strap is now $635. Also in black suede. Check out the nylon Khaki zip top envelope bag with a signature stripe down the front now $235; the stripe belts now $120 and the brown leather woven round toe boots are now $1045; The shopping totes with 2 handles and white stitching are now $750 with a stripe handles. The black saggy baggy boots with white stitching and a buckle are now $1050. New in are the most divine suede ballets flats with a cream lacing around the edge and a bow in all divine colours $595; also in a heeled pump version $595. Also check out the gorgeous little suede handbags with a cream trim and chain strap $995 and the chic slouch brown bags win suede with leather trim about $1400. Divine.
Belinda: the New Marni collection is here in MLC. Will report next week
Caramelized Onion and Potato Frittata ….from Marie Claire Food
The perfect little je ne sais quoi to cook for a brunch on a cold Sunday morning. But please don’t be afraid of using lots of naughty but nice cream and eggs. Pretend you are Nigella. Laze back and just enjoy it all with lashings of butter on your toast. Then go outside and you will just burn up calories trying to keep warm (and running around the sales).
1 tabs butter
3 red onions
¾ cup of cream
½ cup grated parmesan
1 tab athyme leaves
about 6 small potatos
·Place all that delicious fattening butter and oil in fry pan
·Put on new Tom Ford snazzy sunglasses and lashings of waterproof mascara
·Time to chop up the onions. If you are PMT just cry anyway and then blame the onions.
·Peel those zucchini into cute little thin strips almost as the size of Nicole Ritchie. Almost.
·Boil the potatoes and let them cool down.
·Wipe away tears and reapply lipgloss
·Strip off the thyme leaves
·Grate the parmesan too. Watch that manicure.
·Crack open the 8 eggs into a bowl and pour the naughty cream in with them
·Throw the onions into frypan and sprinkle with salt to stop burning
·Pop on the lid so they soften and cook.
·Whisk the eggs and cream. ( burn off a few calories)
·Add dash of pepper
·Toss the potatoes and zucchini into the egg mix and mix the egg mix till it’s mixed.
·Pour in the egg mix into frypan on top of onions
·Sprinkle it with thyme leaves and the grated parmesan
·And watch it cook on a lowish heat till it’s nearly cooked all the way through
·No, don’t touch the wine until its 12 midday.
·When it’s nearly cooked you can whack it under the grill to toast it a bit
·Delicious if it’s left a bit gooey.
·Serve with roasted tomatoes and rocket and home made soda bread .
·And a nice wine. Hic.
Colour Me Kubrick ….directed by Brian Cook ( assistant director on Kubrick’s BARRY LYNDON, THE SHINING and EYES WIDE SHUT) and written by Anthony Frewin who was Kubrick’s research assistant on several projects,
Who: John Malkovich
The Plot: Based on a true..ish story. Mad, naughty, gay, alcoholic, prankster impersonates reclusive film director Stanley Kubrick. Gets up to mischief duping everyone. Picks up boys in bars. Socialites in restaurants. Rock stars at concerts. Promises stardom to camp singers in Las Vegas. Watch the con man with amazement.
Acting: John Malcovich is sensational, David Stratten says “a bravura performance of John Malkovich who has often tackled bizarre roles but never to the extent that he does here”
Set design: so groovy, so camp “Kubrick buffs will also relish the numerous references to the director; music from BARRY LYNDON, a character dressed like the ones in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, a group of characters who all claim to be Kubrick, just as the slaves in SPARTACUS all claimed to be Spartacus. There are amusing appearances from veteran comedian Leslie Phillips and another rather eccentric director, Ken Russell.” David Stratten
Salon de Beaute: it’s almost the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Wardrobe: The styling of Malcovich is outrageously fabulous. Think high waisted stripe pajamas pants with the string belt worn with a kooky floral shirt, dingle dangle plastic bracelets and a crazy hat, pink socks, and a trench coat. He wears an hot pink eye mask to bed that’s has “ Tease Me” written across the front. Variety.com says "Malkovich goes beyond gay to the extremes of feyness. He uses a two-fingered handshake and dresses in queenly, pastel-coloured confections made up of tight little shirts and jackets and strange trousers, heavily accessorised with belts, umbrellas and scarves. If the job warrants it, he adopts sober colours, while dropping his voice and adjusting his accent. He only ever looks like himself, running amok in the wardrobe department”
Mind drifted to shopping …only when I saw the shoes and accessories
Botox: Obviously Malkovich has not had any ‘work’. Bless.
Waterproof mascara: Lashings of Max Factor Aqua lash is what you need.
Smooches: Not really.Why would you want to with him?
Blood’n’guts: The sight of Malkovich’s nude body is just as gruesome
Car Chases: No car chases but the con man is always trying to escape the truth.
Moral to the story: They wanted something for nothing. He gave them nothing for something.
Best line: You are Mr. Stanley Cutedick?
Best review: “it’s hard to imagine any serious film buff taking a pass on such a sly, enormously entertaining romp”
Best worst review: MARGARET: He makes me squirm. DAVID: He’s meant to.
See it or donate to the Prada bag fund: See it and know where Muiccia found her inspiration for her next collection.