Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

In the spirit of the glamourous and successful working woman, I’m sharing with readers my absolute dream home office/boudoir.  It is in the Park Avenue apartment of the ever-stylish Aerin Lauder and I sigh a little every time I see it.  Designed to be her dressing room, closet and home office, it was inspired by rooms in her grandmother’s, icon Estée Lauder, homes.  Complete with a chandelier by Baguès, a gold circa-1970 desk by Gabriella Crespi and venetian mirror and console given to Aerin by her Grandmother, it is a feminine and glamourous haven for dressing and work.  But it is the Gracie 1930’s chinoiserie hand-painted silk wallpaper featuring a floral and bird scene that is my favourite.  What a beautiful space to dress and check your emails.  Sigh ……

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

I have a secret obsession.  Pools.  I love them.  Not your ordinary backyard kidney-shape version – but the glorious, glamourous pools in the homes of the rich and famous.  Sunbathing, sipping cocktails or evening soirees around the shimmering water, poolside glamour is at the top of my list.

It goes without saying then that one of my favourite books is Poolside with Slim Aarons by American photographer Slim Aarons.  Aarons spent the bulk of his career working for publications such as LIFE and Town and Country taking pictures of high society in America and Europe in the 50s, 60s and 70s.  He once said his mission was to “photograph attractive people who were doing attractive things in attractive places”.  Not a bad way to make a living. [Published by Abrams, buy from]

[N.B.  Repost – this article was originally posted on on 02.07.15]

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

Holidays with friends takes on a whole new meaning for Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber when they built their holiday homes side by side with Rande’s bestie and business partner, George Clooney in Los Cabos, Mexico.  Called Casamigos (aka House of Friends) the two homes are connected via a courtyard to a series of sitting areas, dining spaces, an open kitchen, and bar.  A beautiful holiday home for beautiful people.

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Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Art & Fashion, Balanced Life, Inside Style, Lifestyle

Most of us know of the event that is regarded as the most spectacular on the fashion calendar, that is The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s annual Gala Ball, chaired and hosted since 1995 by editor of US Vogue, Anna Wintour.  Each year the Costume Institute explores fashion history via an exhibition and since the first ‘midnight supper’ held in 1948, the Ball is a fund-raising event for the Institute.  It’s THE event of the fashion season and if you’re deemed ‘fashion worthy’ by Ms Wintour herself you will be one of the lucky ones to receive an invitation.

Each year the exhibition holds an extraordinary event styled in extraordinary ways and one of my favourites was the 2007 gala ball to celebrate the work of brilliant early 20th century couturier Paul Poirot with the exhibition Poirot, King of Fashion.   The Museum was done up to represent a pleasure place from the tales of Scheherazade and included swinging lanterns, table cloths, seat covers and cushions in Poirot’s fantastical designs.  To sit in the room that is literally covered with works from this brilliant designer’s repertoire is my idea of event heaven.

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Fashion, Inside Style, Lifestyle

Pasticceria Marchesi, an iconic Milanese pastry shop specialsing in pastries, chocolate and panettone since 1894, has recently been acquired by fashion house Prada and given a ‘Prada-makeover’

The shop, located within an 18th century building on Corso Magenta, was designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi and features mint-coloured marble floors and walls, chocolate-hued stone and delicate white ceilings. The store’s delicious treats and candy-color pastry boxes sit inside wood-and-glass cabinets.

If you would like to stay awhile, meander through to the back of the store, take a stylish seat on the apple-green floral silk and chartreuse velvet chairs, place your Prada purse on the marble topped table and enjoy the best of Italian pastries and delicacies. Is there a better way to spend the morning or afternoon? This Prada-lover thinks not.

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Balanced Home, Inside Style

Style is not restricted to fashion at the Melbourne Cup carnival – it’s also about inside style.

If you’re lucky enough to be one of the privileged few to be invited into the most stylish place of all to spend the Carnival, then welcome to the exclusive and famous Birdcage marquee at Flemington.

Made up of 20 or more VIP and corporate marquees including Emirates, GH Mumm, Lexus and Lavazza, the cost of entertaining the A-list in lavish style does not come cheap with some companies spending up to $8000 per head – it’s absolutely crucial that Oscietra caviar from Abu Dhabi is only eaten within 24 hours of harvest!

Rub shoulders with international celebrities and Australia’s elite in multi-storied luxurious marquees whilst sipping $8,000 champagne out of Wedgewood glasses and nibbling on delicacies prepared by some of Australia’s top chefs.

Did you chip your nails on the marbled top bar, does your makeup need a little retouch?  No problem, duck into the Beauty Bar for a little refresh and a spritz of the latest ‘it’ fragrance on the way out.

If you’re pedicured feet start to ache, perch yourself on a gilded chair in the Emirates marquee that was modeled on the Catherine Palace in St Petersburg under crystal chandeliers while the Cossack-clad waiter serves you a blini topped with oscietra caviar (24 hours old of course).  Relax a little as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet serenades you and as you exit don’t forget to stop and admire the blue Fabergé egg adorned with 800 glass-cut diamantes.

If watching thoroughbreds gallop at full speed is not your thing, the circus acrobats, German beer-hall dancing girls or live performance by Samantha Jade might entertain you.  Say hi to Naomi (Campbell), compare shoe size with Sarah Jessica (Parker) and absolutely don’t forget to pass on your regards to Beyoncé when you bump into her sister Solange in the ladies.

As the day draws to a close and you’ve had your fill of celebrities, fine food and French champagne, your helicopter awaits (in the designated area for air transport close by) and you’ll be home within no time to rest your stylish bones and finally remove your Louboutins.

N.B.   If anyone from the Victorian Racing Club is reading this, please re-send my invitation as it’s obviously been lost in the mail.