Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Balanced Life, Inside Style, Lifestyle

As I’m totally on the Net-a-Porter theme this week, let me introduce you to my dream office – perhaps not on as large as scale as this.

Glossy, glamourous, black and white, sleek and slick.  That’s Net-a-Porter’s 44,000 square feet, 2-level London headquarters above a Westfield mall.  Here’s just a few fashionable facts about the office that some have described as having a “James Bond feel”:

  • white lacquered furniture
  • 10 metre high ceiling-to-floor windows to let the light in
  • Corridors of glass
  • TV monitors that have a Google map illustrating where in the world we are receiving orders from, in real time
  • bespoke white and crystal chandeliers
  • round, square, rectangle white leather buttoned lounges, pods and chairs – everywhere
  • racks of designer clothes
  • extremely fashionable and well dressed people – again everywhere

Just a teeny insight into the glamourous headquarters of the world’s premier online luxury retailer.  I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather work – other than Karl Lagerfeld’s private atelier.

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

Speaking of animal print …. it’s not just a fashion trend, but a glamourous addition to homes – if done tastefully.  Although ‘tastefully’ does not apply to billionaire English retailer Sir Phillip Green’s (Topshop, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins) leopard print boat named ‘Lion Cub’, other celebrities have stylishly included prints in leopard, zebra and cow (again not so tasteful is this print used by designer Geoffrey Beene in his Honolulu house) into their homes. Aerin Lauder’s comfy couch, Cher goes wild in her bedroom, Tamara Mellon and her giant-size rug, Khloe Kardashian uses it in her pool room and I absolutely love Roberto Cavalli’s use of Zebra print in his inside pool area.

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Balanced Home, Inside Style, Lifestyle

This is what New York City’s most expensive apartment looks like from the inside.  At 12,000 square-feet, it’s currently on the market for US$120 million – that’s nearly AUS $163 million at today’s rate.   The apartment belonged to the late John Gutfreund, a former banker and chairman of the Salomon Brothers often referred to as ‘The King of Wall Street” who passed away in March this year and now the apartment at New York’s most prestigious address 834 Park Avenue is for sale.

With former neighbours including a Rockafeller, a Murdoch (Rupert used to live there but his former wife Wendi and her children still do) the 2-level apartment is directly across from Central Park Zoo, has 12.5 foot high ceilings, library walls lined with original 17th-century leather, magnificent views to the city over Central Park and a 1,600 square-feet master suite complete with a dressing and sitting room.

Although the interior is not to my personal taste, I suppose if I HAD to I could live there.  Better hurry and break open my son’s piggy bank to put a down payment on it before a gazillionaire beats me to it.

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Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Balanced Life, Lifestyle

“Don’t be ridiculous, a real woman is never too old”

Just one of the fabulous lines from the 1990 film ‘Mermaids’ starring Cher, Winona Ryder and Bob Hoskins.  I never tire of watching Cher’s fabulous performance as Rachel Flax an unconventional single mother of two equally unconventional daughters who move to a small Massachusetts town in 1963.  Great lines, fabulous wardrobe and a sassy Mrs Flax who knows that “every woman wants a new pair of shoes”, this is a great story about motherhood, love and family.  A great Mother’s Day gift idea.

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Balanced Style, Fashion, Lifestyle

Slippers and a robe?  Mais non.  Go for glamour this Mother’s Day and pamper your Mum, or yourself, with these very stylish and fashionable gift ideas.


Top row:  Jag cardi $159.95,; Witchery black tote $129,; Forever New iPhone case $12.99,; Apple wireless headphones $399.95,; The Upside ‘English Floral’ yoga pants $139 and boxer tank $79,; Marc Jacobs ‘Oh Lola’ perfume was $165 now $120,; Ilia ‘Neon Angel’ lipstick $39,

Middle Row:  Jo Malone Pomegranite Noir candle $85,; Glasshouse diffuser $42.95,; Nine West ballet flat $129.95,; Colette Hayman sunglasses $19.99,; Sussan ‘Oriental Border’ PJ set $89.95,; Chelsea De Luca ‘Painted Muse’ earrings $319,; Banjo & Matilda ‘Anywhere’ cashmere scarf $235 and cat eye mask $145,;

Bottom row: Christina Re ‘To Paris With Love’ side plate $19.95 and mug $29.95,; Coco Chanel by Megan Hess, $29.95,; Colette Hayman ‘Chloe’ clutch $39.95, as before; Swarovski ‘Eponym’ ring $149,; Peter Alexander floral kimino $89 and flower couture slippers $39.95,

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Balanced Life, Lifestyle

I’m still dreaming of Deborah Hutton’s holiday cruise of a lifetime through Burgundy and Provence and it’s prompted me to watch (yet again) a favourite film of mine, A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard.  In the film, Crowe plays successful London banker Max Skinner who unexpectedly inherits his Uncle’s French estate complete with chateau and vineyard.  Based in London with no intentions of weekend getaways, Max wants to immediately sell the chateau and pocket the loot, however, when he gets to the Chateau his past and present intertwine into a lighthearted story of returning to your childhood to reinvent your future.  You will fall in love with the scenery, sets and characters in the film set in the fictional Château La Siroque, which in reality is Château La Conorgue located just near the village of Bonnieux in the Luberon region of Provence.  If you’re into France, chateaux, wine, food or Russell Crowe you will love this movie and dream of your own French getaway.

A Word of Advice:  Have a glass of red wine and a cheese platter on hand BEFORE you sit down to watch this movie as the urge to drink and eat French fare occurs very early into the film.