“ Give Cease a chance” the Daily Show on the war in the Middle East.
“Jennifer Engaged!” US People magazine
"I’m not engaged and I don’t have a ring and I haven’t been proposed to” Jennifer Aniston
"Tabloids are going to lie all the time. You’re prepared for that. But it’s the news. We need to trust what our newscasters are saying when we have this horrific situation that’s actually taking place in the world, I mean, we are getting reported the truth, right?” Jennifer Aniston compares her life to the war.
"I see myself as a mini Mummy, She’s the best advice-giver I could possibly ever wish for. She leads by example, really, and her behavior is one that I would like to follow," Princess Beatrice wants to be just like her mother. Be warned of new toe sucking.
“I look like I should be a crazy drug addict, but, really, all I do is knit, drink tea and hang out with my kitties. I’m like a 97-year-old woman trapped in a 27-year-old’s body." Nicole Ritchie? No, Diva Zapp.
"Suri is a beautiful baby with no deformities that I could see. She has gorgeous dark, curly hair and looks like Tom." A friend of TomKat reports there are no derformites you could actually see.
“Sex and the City changed everything for me, because those girls would just sleep with so many people.” Lindsay Lohan doesn’t realise SATC was not a documentary.
"Like everyone else, I’d heard about his past, but I couldn’t comprehend it, I’ve never done drugs, never been around a prostitute, never known any porn stars. I couldn’t even fathom that lifestyle. I grew up in Illinois, not L.A. “ Denise Richards on Charlie Sheen. This explains why she is now dating the clean living Tommy Lee.
"You’re considered superficial and silly if you are interested in fashion, but I think you can be substantial and still be interested in frivolity." Sofia Coppola loves shopping too
" Britney Spears is reportedly making Kevin Federline get rid of his six pet Australian gray nurse sharks because she thinks they’re risky to have with children in the house. If the kids had a choice they’d probably prefer to be raised by the sharks anyway. At least with the sharks they’re only risk is being eaten. WIth Britney they’ve got to worry about being dropped, tied to the roof of a car, or put in a microwave. And being eaten" thesuperficial.
“ Give Cease a chance” the Daily Show on the war in the Middle East.
I am always getting lost or bumping into things. It’s impossible to concentrate on directions when your eyes are glued to your new red Prada platform heels. So I keep reminding myself shopping is about keeping focused, finding your way and pounding the pavement (preferably not with your head). Which is why we can thank the lord for the Where to Wear Guides; the must have guides to shopping around the world. From London to New York, Paris and Rome all the best stores are here. “Compiled by an impeccable team of fashion journalists it makes shopping in the world’s top fashion cities as fun and easy as possible.” But wait there’s more! Now you can buy the boxed set of four for the cheap but chic price of $74.95 (normally $30 each). Which means you will find your way to all the best places and the only thing you will end up bumping into is the credit limit on your Amex.
$76 Where to Wear
I’ve often wondered how many calories you actually burn up counting calories. It takes a lot of energy trying to add up everything you’ve eaten. Hard work keeping track of fried mars bars and bottles of gin. But now life is about to change with the Body Bugg. No, it’s not a self induced virus but a fabulous little dinky gadget that allows you to measure actual calories burned and consumed. The cute little device is an armband ‘that is a totally personal tracking device that records every move you make. (scary) It remembers exactly how many calories you’ve burned all day. Even the smallest activities count and add up. Activities such as trying on your Balenciaga bubble skirt, playing with your new Chloe heels or reading magazines in bed can quickly make your daily calorie burn go up. What a relief. So no more counting calories burned or consumed. You can get back to doing what you do best: counting shoes.
My morning routine: get up at 5.30. Do 6 soft sand laps on Bondi. A quick swim to Bronte. Race home. Work on Phd, a Pilates workout, blow dry hair, read the New York Times, Financial Review and catch up on CNN. Admire the Nobel Purchase Prize sitting on shelf whilst ironing George Clooney’s shirt. Fit in a quick visit to orphange. Zoom to the office. Real morning routine? Sleep in, drink coffee in shower, grab clothes from floor, apply makeup in car and wonder how to fix not washed hair. The answer? Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract. They say it’s ideal for people in a hurry or those confined to their beds, (FiFi) who are unable to wash their hair. Combined with softening, protective Oat Extract, it gently cleanses the hair by absorbing excess sebum. Hair regains body and bounce in just a few minutes.’ Pity it doesn’t work on the your thighs.
$12.95 Klorane stockist, call 1800 816 735
Carolyn Murphy, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Julianne Moore, Dita Von Teese and Selma Blair are taking off their kits for Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy — but for a good cause. In September, Jacobs’ post-runway show party will benefit New York University School of Medicine’s Interdisciplinary Melanoma Cooperative Group, and Duffy asked the six women to pose nude for photographer Brian Bowen Smith.
www.straf.it/ Milan is host to the world’s latest designer hotel, an ode to minimalism entitled the Straf. The 1880’s building was purchased by brother-sister team Daniela and Gerardo Bertazzoni in 2000. Joined by architect and fashion designer, Vincenzo de Cotiis, they set about transforming it into a modern industrial palazzo full of intense artwork, gleaming panels of glass and polished concrete. There are 66 rooms and suites at the Straf, which is located walking distance from fabulous boutiques (Dolce &Gabbana and Prada). The coolhunter
Julian Schnabel may have decked out Ian Schrager’s soon-to-be-opened Gramercy Park Hotel, but Narciso Rodriguez will be dressing staffers.Compared with the John Pawson-designed hotel interspersed with marquee art and decorated by Schnabel, the staff will look understated when the hotel opens this week. Check out the cool website www.gramercyparkhotel.com
A chic new hotel is Hotel LUXX, www.staywithluxx.com/home.html one of the smallest hotels in Bangkok.
Head to New York for the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night of "Madama Butterfly" directed by Anthony Minghella. Han Feng has designed the costumes and James Levine will conduct.
>See the new TGV train designed Christian Lacroix It has purple seats! Go to www.christian-lacroix.com/english/sommaire.htm click on events and go to #3 TGV.
Kate Moss is on the cover of the September Vanity Fair, and in a myriad ad campaigns, including Stella McCartney shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
Capote screenwriter Dan Futterman has secretly been cast opposite Angelina Jolie in a film about slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl directed by Michael Winterbottom. Jolie will play Pearl’s widow Marianne in A Mighty Heart. Crewmembers were sworn to secrecy during the 10-day shoot on location in Karachi and Islamabad
Jargol is a shopping magazine featuring exceptional fashion and design and a guide to the best independent shops around.” Click on New York and find a map of some the best independent stores in New York. View by Neighborhood or by types of shops from vintage to antiques. Cool
This is scathing movie reviews for bitchy people !
The very first photos of mystery baby Suri Cruise will appear in Vanity Fair. Tom, Katie and their, er, um, baby were shot by Annie Leibovitz . That’s shot as in photographed not with a gun.
Stella McCartney is pregnant again.
Matthew McConaughey no longer wears shirts.
Val Kilmer might be pregnant. Or just fat.
Kate Hudson split from her husband singer Chris Robinson. Because of his bad hair. Or maybe he never took off his sunglasses. Or maybe she is in love with Owen Wilson.
Elvis is still dead.
Breaking news: Nicole Ritchie had a glass of tea for lunch but was spotted eating pizza for dinner. It’s going straight to her thighs.
Marcia Cross is still pissed off at Barbara Walters asking her if she’s a lesbian on The View last year reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The real question here is why is Marcia Cross giving interviews to the Philippine Daily Inquirer?
Jake Gyllenhaal got all hot, sweaty and shirtless after one of his (now famous) bike rides. So did we all.
Charlie sheen and Denise make peace. Then divorce. For Now
Becks and Posh are rumored to be pregnant with a fourth child. That explains why she is looking so fat these days.
Madonna’s acting days are over. Movie fans rejoice.
Britney Spears was photographed trying to hide from the papparazzi by hiding behind a blanket. “This is a very nasty habit and it should stop immediately. First thing, you have to make sure that the blanket you are trying to hide behind is bigger than you are and second thing, try and make sure the blanket doesn’t look better than the sheet that you’re already wearing.” Pinkisthenewblog.
Scarlett Johansson and Josh Hartnett bought a $6 million loft home in New York.
Robin Williams checked into a rehab. ( had a meeting with Mel)
Diane Arbus: A Biography (Paperback) by Patricia Bosworth
The movie ‘Fur’ starring Nicole Kidman as Diane Arbus is based on this book. “Opportunities for sensationalism abound in a book about Arbus, who already had a history of severe depressions and a crumbling marriage by the time she began to take the controversial, technically innovative pictures of dwarfs, nudists and drag queens that won her a reputation as “a photographer of freaks.” Bosworth balances the lurid details with a nuanced appraisal of an artist whose images captured the uneasy mood of the 1960s www.amazon.com/ Publisher: W. W. Norton; Reprint edition (February 28, 2005).
The Christmas List
The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris
by Alicia Drake
“ Paris in the ’70s was a fashion revolution, the beginning of fashion as rock-star spectacle, and the world went wild for it. Two titanic geniuses Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld sparked that tumultuous decade. Americans came to Paris in droves–from Andy Warhol and Jerry Hall to Bianca Jagger –to be part of this irresistible moment. Others came just to catch sight of Karl Lagerfeld strutting around the cafés in his high heels and furs. Drake vividly captures the stunning highs and heartbreaking lows, the glorious achievements and dramas of an era when style reigned in the most glamorous of cities
$24.99 www.amazon.com. Publisher: Little, Brown (September 5, 2006)
Witchery: Check out seersucker stripe wide pleat skirt in cotton with its own little ribbon belt $129; the black short sleeve chiffon blouse $129 and the groovy strapless cotton satine black dress $149. There are some chic little tanks tops with overstitching on the shoulder in a green and white $39 as reported; some classic crop cuffed brown ¾ pants $109; and cute puff sleeve T shirts $39 in lots of colours. Check out the must have T bar flat sandles in white or a light blue $59 and the Lanvin style round toe wooden stacked heels in black $149. The navy short sleeve crop jacket $169 is great and so is the elastic wide belt with the big leather buckle $59. I see white summer dresses already on sale.
French Connection: The navy and white and blue story in here is chic. You can’t past the white puff sleeve t-shirt $39.95; and the must buy navy crop peacoat jacket with tortoiseshell buttons and an inverted pleat back is all you need for $179. The classic double cuff white shirt is very simple and just right for a trans seasonal wardrobe $79. and the black and white striped cotton wide pleat skirt with a flat waist band $99 is handy. Buy the groovy stripe fabric belts $29 in red or blue and white and the empire drape front white T shirt with puff sleeves $39.
Esprit: A lot of new pieces in. Check out the good black classic pants with a subtle self stripe $89.95; the cheap but chic chocolate brown slouch bag $79.95 also in a shoulder bag $59.95 and the very handy distressed cotton navy cotton pea coat $129.00. Buy the beige cuffed shorts $59.95, they will go with everything and look great with heels. Of course there are some great stretchy classic t-shirts in every colour for $14.95. I like the red and white wide striped long sleeve t-shirt $59.95. There are some handy casual red T shirts with white over stitching and white faux sleeves under it for jogging $39 and don’t forget the classic Tod’s style tan loafers for about $129.
Cue: It’s great here lots of Miu Miu and Marni inspired pieces. Buy the belts they are all great from the Fendi copy in beige patent and black $119 to the silver Miu Miu inspired sparkle belt $65.00. Love the chic leaf print sleeveless chiffon top with a self grosgrain belt and black band $139; the must buy grey and black striped empire top with ¾ sleeves $59; and the divine black chiffon blouse with short puff sleeves and the chicest stone velvet ribbon belt $159. Buy any of the dresses: the simple black shift dress with a wide belt and pockets and a round neck $239.00 or the empire style dress in navy $259. Plus there are great high waisted pencil skirts $189; a perfect white double cuff shirt $159 and fab matching slouch man style pants $179. Also buy the fine knit tops about $89 and the crop jackets.
Nine West: The shoes this season are looking great. Buy the very YSL black suede and patent slingback platforms with a peeptoe $149.00; the very YSL ( 2 seasons ago!) tan platforms crossover sandals $149.00; the other platform sandals in black with a print heel $149. The bags are good if you are on a budget: go for the light grey drawstring tote $69.00; the big black slouch bag $89.00 and the smaller saddle bag that you can sling across the body $89.
Just Jeans: They have quite a lot of navy and white and it’s looking very nautical. Best buys are the ‘Seven’ dark denim jeans (not Seven from all Mankind jeans) $99.00; and checkout the cute stripe short sleeve, crop, cotton jacket $69.95; the must buy red plait belt in the perfect red for just 14.95, and the very Nicole Ritchie white sunglasses $19.95. The summery nautical white canvas tote with a blue stripe down the center is the go for a holiday in the sun $29.95. Also I love the thin red patent and black patent belts $14.
Mollini: It’s looking great here though I do see far too many flat or heeled pointy toes; they look cheap and suburban so please don’t wear them. Thankyou. ( Exception; the flat pointy toe slingbacks seem to work with a bow). Instead you must have the gold roman sandals, very kate Moss $148.00; the divine navy patent heels with a cork sole and wrap and toe ankle straps $158 and the peep-toe gold snakeskin sling back heels $148. If you can find them get the fabulous cream with black trim platform heels with a lace up front $168.and the black round toe platform heels a la Lanvin $158.00.
MNG: They have great tops here so go for the very short, almost bolero cropped cardigans in lots of colours $79.95; the white or taupe simple tanks with satin trim along the side $49.95: the groovy silver lurex singlet $34.95; and the fab silver lurex polo top with diamante buttons $59. Love the silver Metallic lattice tote bag $99 and the must buy classic taupe cotton blazer $119.95 ( it will go with every thing in your wardrobe). There are some chic dresses and classic cotton satine pants in a gorgeous sand colour $69; and lots of jeans. Buy the white ¾ jeans $79 as well the as the crop skinny ones.
Zimmerman: Not a lot of summer collection yet arrived but go for the must have item du jour: the black bubble skirt $180 ( nearly sold out!); the fabulous but seriously high waisted trousers $289 and the chic fitted black puff sleeve jacket about $450. Buy the groovy aviator sunglasses $290 in silver or bronbze. Cool
Veronika Maine: They have a great collection here with lots of great buys: very Marni. Buy the perfect round neck long sleeve T with a bell sleeve in cream and black to go under everything. All you need for trans-seasonal dressing $79. Check out the black chiffon sleeveless dress with a bubble drape hem and a self belt $249; the handy choc brown crop V neck cardigan $105; the must have navy crop jacket with wide sleeves $199 and the belts are all cool too. Buy the tan wide belt with white stitching $99.00. Also check out the must have cream empire camisole with wide straps and a cute drape front $149.00, also in a brown and the divine oyster drop waist wide pleat skirt $259. The dresses are great: check out the brown print 50’s wide neck dress with wooden button details $229 and a loose dress with empire waist and in black cotton full skirt and round neckline and tiny buttons $149. For a bit of colour buy the blue taffeta corset top with a brown belt $215 and a short sleeve blue cotton fitted shirt $79.
Midas: Great shoes here: check out the fabulous black patent pointy toe platforms $248; the must have black patent flats $178; the funky silver ballet flats $178 and the peeptpe heels in grograin in black are not too high and great for running around $1248. The bags are good too check out the big square black tote $189.and the Cream slouch bag $269
Country Road: Lots of soft pastel colours new in here and lots of navy and white. Check out the fabulous basic white rib tank top $29.95; so handy under everything. Also buy the silver t-bar flats $99.00 they will liven any sad black wardrobe and the peep toe Chloe style heels with a brass buckle are great (the heel is big and square) almost sold out. Love the Gold sparkle voile cami $129; the simple black cotton jersey empire dress with a drawstring front and scoop neck $189; the black heavy black knit short pea coat $229 also in white; and the white or navy Balenciaga style cotton tank top with satin straps and satin panel insert $89 is groovy. Almost sold out too. The stripe tops are a must buy so go for a fab little scoop neck black and white stripe top with ¾ sleeves $59. Check out the black sleeveless T with satin trim in navy $49; the charcoal tweed slouch pant are a great alternative to jeans $199 and the seersucker pinstripe empire cotton cami with a cream edge is cool $69. Also the crop cardigans are very handy $99.
Max and Co: love all the new summer pieces just arrived in store : buy the brownand black and white check short belted car coat $590; the crinkle wrinkle beige trench $695; and the divine brown cuffed manstyle trousers $360. Love the cork black patent wedges with cross over straps, very comfortable $290.
Saba: There are quite a few groovy new pieces in this week. They have a lovely blue and cream story. The cream ruffled trim empire cami will look great under everything $149.00, and so will the divine chiffon empire , shoe string cami in steel blue $229.00. Check out the snazzy Chloe esque blue satin silk shoe string dress with corset detail $499; the blue Chloe style silk skirt with wide pleats, band hem and buttons $299 and the light blue sheer chiffon blouse $179. There is a cute little satin tulip skirt in granite $249, cool! and handy classic black slouch pants $249. The navy belted long sleeve knit dress with a self belt is groovy $169. Also check out the deep V knit cream sweater and a chic oatmeal knit grandpa top $249 .
Bettina Liano: Still on sale but there are a few new summer pieces arrived: Love the simple scoopneck T with black piping $155 and the skinny black pants $139. There is a lot of lace and boudoir pieces. Pass. Go for the denim and the short cuffed shorts $199.I see one last divine black peacoat on sale for $499
Bally: Lots more of the divine new summer collection arriving: Of course the best buy would be the fabulously chic black ballet flats with cream lacing trima dn a bow and the most comfortable rubber sole $450 also in a red orange suede. Plus there are matching small shoulder bags with a chain strap and cream zig zag trim. Buy the divine choc brown flower trimmed wedge sandals $625; the big oversized chocolate brown tote $1450, very square and structured with 2 handles. The brown suede slouch bag with big silver ring detail is a great buy at $795.00. Love the gorgeous red orange patent mules with wooden sole $375 and the simple but gorgeous choc chocolate brown platform sandals with just one strap across the toe $625. There is also a classic round black shoulder bag with white stitching and a flap $995 and you must have the men’s red and white striped canvas belt $225.00.
Evelyn Miles : Always lots of divine new things to drool over here. Please buy the black Miu Miu gathered leather bag with serious gold hardware and a shoulder strap $1900; the sensational Miu Miu blue velvet T bar heels with big blue jewel front $728; the gorgeous Rupert Sanderson red patent classic rounded slightly pointy toe heels $798. They do not look cheap. I adore the Miu Miu silver clutch bag with huge oversized jewels $988. Also new in are the lots of new Miu Miu sandals with a wooden platform sole about $598, with choc brown suede with a cone copper heel; Miu Miu studded platform mules with wooden sole and tan straps $798; Miu Miu black sling back heels with the studs and square toe $798; and bronze glitter round toe ballets flats with jewel toe $628. There are fab Miu Miu cross over tan strap platform sandals with the copper clad cone heel $598 and a fab brown gathered leather Miu miu small handbag about $1100. I am still in love with the perfect Jimmy Choo navy leather oversized bag with gold hardware from about $2000 and the Jimmy Choo blue snake skin bag is still here looking for an owner to love it $1898.00
HUGO BOSS Woman: Just lots of simple classic pieces here. The black, white and tan story is the best. Go for the white rib t-shirt $129.00, always so handy and very flattering with a rib. Buy the choc brown classic pants also in black $339 a wardrobe essential. Also check out the choc brown short silky knit tank $329 and the khaki silky knit tank $139. There is a cream V neck knit rib top with cuffed sleeves $319; and a fabulous snazzy tie front jacket in a sand cotton satine $1049; also in a black. Very chic. Also check out the simple black tie front wrap cotton satine sleeveless dress $859; and of course the black chiffon evening dress with empire cut is perfect for a night with George Clooney $2279. Mais Oui!
Chicken with Preserved Lemon, Chillies and Coriander …………..from Good Living.
Any recipe that’s says preserved lemon and chilli gets me whipped into a serious frenzy. This is sensational
You need for 4:
4 chicken breast fillets cut in half lengthwise.
2 tabsp olive oil
then another 2 tabs olive oil,
2 garlics finely chopped garlic,
1-2 small, finely chopped red chillies
1 tabsp honey.
2 tbsp finely chopped preserved lemon
1 tbsp chopped chives
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
handful coriander leaves..
potatoes to serve it with and salad
·Cut 4 chicken breast fillets in half lengthwise so they are easy to cook. Skinny is good. It’s a great way to trick yourself into believing there are less calories .
·Chop up the garlics
·Chop up the chillies
·Chop up the preserved lemon
·Chop up the Amex before it’s too late (and you hit Prada)
·Get out the honey honey
·Pull the leaves off the coriander.
·Think about how wonderful it is to be able to cook, eat divine food and shop all in one day
·Now pour a wine and get cooking
·Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan to moisterise and then cook the chicken over high heat for 3-4 minutes each side or until they are the same delicious brown as a new Miu Miu bag
·Add more olive oil about 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, Good for the skin
·Then add the garlic, the red chillies and the honey on top of and around the chicken.
·Cook all that for 1 minute or 3 then add 2 tbsp finely chopped preserved lemon
·Add the chives, drizzle on some fresh lemon juice and accessorise with coriander
·Serve with chic potatoes and a green salad
·So pretty with all that green, red and lemon yellow
The Libertine ……Directed by first-timer Laurence Dunmore,
Who: Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich
Based on: Adapted from the play by Stephen Jeffreys
Genre: Historical costume drama
The Plot: England 1678. The Earl of Rochester is a rake. He does dastardly deeds of debauchery and gets up to high jinks. ‘A hedonist who makes Oscar Wilde seem moralistic, the Earl spends his days and nights in beds, brothels, and bars, awakening from drunken blackouts only to stumble to the nearest whorehouse. Lovely. He meets a prostitute and actress. Charms her, seduces her, turns her into a star. She breaks his heart. He gets the pox. Looks ugly. Everyone hates him except his wife. Dies. The end.
Acting: "Depp is stunning as a man who squanders his soul, his talent and his body, while Malkovich is exceptional as Charles II, underplaying the role to beautiful effect” VIEWLONDON
Photography: beautifully shot it’s like one long Bill Henson photo.
Set design: "The film built around Depp’s performance is leaden and monotonous, crusted in the faux-realism of handheld cameras, muddy streets, and dingy castle hallways."
Salon de Beaute: Hair and makeup is amazing and very beautiful but Johnny Depp’s pock marked face slathered in nasty pancake makeup is quite revolting.
Wardrobe: Beautiful clothes, hats, jewels and shoes. Worth seeing just for the wardrobe
Mind drifted to shopping: in the ugly bits
Botox: overdose to cope with all the awful rot that seeps through the movie
Waterproof mascara: when you are willing the lead character to die there is no need for mascara. At all.
Smokin’ Smooches "This ugly creation uses graphic sex, bad hygiene, mud, diseased features and Depp wetting his pants to illustrate the perils of hedonism." Rottentomatoes
Car chases: There are a few sword fights. (the car chases of the 17th century)
Blood’n’guts: "It’s a grotesque, repellent, macabre costume drama. If you want depravity, watch re-runs of the mini-series "Rome" on HBO." MODAMAG.COM
Best review: This film isn’t pretty, but it has some kick: It is to Shakespeare in Love what wild pheasant is to Chicken McNuggets." NEW YORK POST
Best worst review: "Stinkers this rapturously self-assured don’t come along often, and when they do, they deserve to be honored with the proper giggling disbelief." BOSTON GLOBE
"From time to time, a gem-like line shines from the squalor, but in general, it’s merely the film’s suffocating cynicism that registers." MIAMI HERALD
See it or donate to the Prada bag fund: Depp opens the movie by looking straight into the camera saying “You will not like me now, and you will like me even less as we go on” Too true. That is never said about a Prada bag. Ever.