Thursday, May 21, 2009

Instant style

Jackie O epitomised style never more than when she donned her black sunglasses. When you just don't feel it's happening put on your latest pair of sunglasses, and zap, instant style.

Looking for new sunglasses
I highly recommend 2020 Optical Store in James Street, New Farm. They have fabulous, original, cutting-edge brands sourced from Europe. I buy my glasses and sunglasses there and the service is incredible. Kevin, the owner, who is also an optometrist, has astounded me with his care and kindness.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Art of Imperfection

I love this inspiring little book. The subtitle is Simple Ways to Make Peace with Yourself which it does so well. It's just such a relief to read that being perfect is NOT the ideal.
From the inside cover:
'Veronique looks at the art of being wrong, disorganised, silly and neither rich nor famous. She explains how style is having nothing to wear, how chaos can improve your daily life, and why less sexy is more sexy.
Most of all, she helps us find solace in our shortcomings and humour in our blunders and lapses.'
The photography is quite timeless also.

I must try to get a hold of her other book, The Art of Doing Nothing which really appeals to me also.

The Art of Imperfection

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Style icons of last century

It's quite amazing to find a photo of the 2 most influential style icons of the last century, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. These women had the IT factor.
Photo from

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fabulous new arrival

Wow, this has just arrived. I love the Spanish-inspired style of this black taffeta vintage dress from the 50s. Has a gorgeous red tulle petticoat to boot. Will be adding it my site soon.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Exquisite Fortuny Delphos dress

One for my lust list. I feel this would have to be the most classic dress of all time. Inspired by ancient Greek clothing, Mariano Fortuny used a method of pleating silk at his factory in Venice which was patented in 1909 and to this day has never been able to be copied. Most of the dresses that have survived are in museums but we can still buy one from some top-end vintage clothing websites like To see more of these amazing dresses go to the most interesting Fortuny website

Edgy, original brooches

All the girls in the office are loving these fun, quirky brooches and so am I.
They are hand-made by a creative Brisbane girl and are available at www. Great price too.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Congratulations Anna Thomas

Have just put Australian designer Anna Thomas on my wish list for autumn and winter.
Simply beautiful clothes that look totally wearable. And not every style is a mini.
To see more go to her website

Best hair ever

It's time to forget Emo and take some inspiration from the 40s and 50s when men looked like men (Don Draper from Mad Men is a hard act to follow I know) and women looked soft and feminine.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Would love to see Nicole Kidman in this

This gorgeous vintage 50s black velvet cheongsam dress is one I have on my vintage clothing website
Every time I look at it I think of Nicole. I wonder who owned it originally and where she wore it.