Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Inside Style, Lifestyle

Stunning. Dreamy. Glamourous. Opulent. Enviable.

Just a few words to describe Aerin Lauder’s luxurious dressing room in her Manhattan apartment, inspired by similar rooms in her grandmother Estee Lauder homes.

Glamourous luxury labels hanging in the closet, a Gabriella Crespi gilded desk, a crystal chandelier found in a Paris flea market, mirrored chest of drawers that Lauder inherited from her grandmother Estee, and most of all the Gracie bespoke, hand-painted blue/green silk floral wallpaper.

In an interview with Harpers Bazaar Lauder said “I had dreamed since I was a little girl of having a room of my own, a place to hide. This room was perfect: It is my dressing room, my closet, and my home office”.

Some girls have all the luck.

[Image credits: Harpers Bazaar and Elle Decor]



Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Inside Style, Lifestyle

Fashion and lifestyle designer Tory Birch’s Southampton home is as polished and chic as the designer herself. At 15,000 square feet, it’s one of the biggest houses in Southampton.

I have a serious case of house envy 😳.

[All images from www.architecturaldigest.com]

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Inside Style, Lifestyle

I want every single one of Dolce and Gabbana’s latest collection.

For the second time, D&G have teamed up with Italian appliance company SMEG with a collection of small kitchen appliances including a toaster, coffee machine and a kettle.

The collection, called “Sicily Is My Love”, is decorated with brightly coloured depictions of Sicilian folklore that includes cherries, lemons, floral motifs and even a picture of Mt Etna.

The collection will be released in October and with no word on the price as yet I’m figuring that if I combine birthday, anniversary, Christmas and Mother’s Day, I might just be able to afford the kettle.

For more info, go to www.dolceandgabbana.com.

Posted by on Jan 29, 2017 in Lifestyle

Sunday breakfast in bed.  Love.

[Image credit:  www.soundofsweetlullabies.com]

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Lifestyle, Shopping, Shopping

I’ve been scouring the stores to bring you the most stylish Christmas gifts.  Add a little glamour to giving this year with these gilded gifts for under $50.

 

Style Info, top to bottom, left to right:  Kikki.K Svenka Hem teapot $39.95, www.kikkik.com; Colette Hayman 3-flower drop earrings $10.49, www.colettehayman.com.au; Seed Heritage luggage tag $19.95, www.seedheritage.com; Kikki.K Svenka Hem tea cup and saucer $16.95, www.kikkik.com; Sussan gold metal floral necklace $39.95, www.sussan.com.au; Swarovski Crystalline Lady ballpoint pens $49, www.swarovski.com; Witchery pearl crystal double earrings $39.95, www.witchery.com.au; Sussan multi-strand necklace $29.95, as before; Witchery crystal bracelet $39.95, as before; Forever New ‘Erin’ embellished clutch $49.99, www.forevernew.com.au; Nasty Galaxy by Sophia Amoruso $49.99, www.foliobooks.com.au; Seed Heritage ‘Vera’ jelly sandal $39.95, as before.

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Art & Fashion, Front Page

“It was terrible having to finish the picture after the men were lost. Like painting ghosts.”

A RAAF crew of a Lancaster Bomber from No 460 Squadron RAAF. Left to right: 408034 Flying Officer (FO) M. W. Carroll DFC of Ferntree Gully, Vic; Sergeant D. G. Champkin, RAF; 414807 Pilot Officer T. J. Lynch of Toowoomba, Qld (back); 404507 Squadron Leader E. G. D. Jarman DFC (Captain) of Yeppoon, Qld (centre front); 404467 Flying Officer (FO) H. R. Harrison of Lismore, NSW; 404503 FO F. G. Jackson DFC OF Lismore, NSW; 411227 FO R. L. Neal of Grenfell, NSW.

I discovered the artist Australian artist Stella Bowen at an exhibition in 2003.  One image out of the brilliant works on display has endured in my mind since and which I turn to every Rememberance Day.

Adelaide-born Stella Bowen’s life story is a fascinating tale of artistic hardship, difficulty and passion.  During the second World War, Bowen was one of only three women to be appointed as an official war artist and her appointment, initially for three months, was extended to a total of 20 months full-time.

This painting, said to be Bowen’s most recognised works, remains one of my most favourites.

“Bomber Crew” is a portrait of Australian Lancaster bomber No 460 Squadron RAAF at RAF Binbook, England.  Bowen started preliminary sketchings of the squadron – which seemed to go unnoticed by the crew and on 28 April 1944 six of these seven young Australian men took their final fatal flight over Germany and never returned home – one of the crew, Pilot Officer Thomas Lynch, was later discovered alive in a German prisoner-of-war camp.

After their fatal flight, Bowen finished the painting from official photos and the preliminary sketches she had made on that fateful day.  She chose to paint the men as group as if they had posed in front of her.  Of the painting she said “It was terrible having to finish the picture after the men were lost.  It was like painting ghosts’.

Every time I look at this painting I can’t help but stare at their young faces, full of courage, strength and vitality and wonder at the tragic loss of not just these young men, but of the millions of other brave souls who have perished in war.

‘Bomber Crew’ and many other works from Bowen’s time as official war artist is on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.  If you would like to see Bowen’s sketches of the crew, go to https://www.awm.gov.au/exhibitions/stella/detail-p5-i58.asp

[Images from the Australian War Memorial]

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