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Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Fashion

#Ageless Style With Heart

Actor, stylist, animal activist and style icon, 79-year-old Ali MacGraw has a new style gig with Ibu (pronounced ee-boo), a fashion collective/movement based in Charleston, USA.

As described on the website, the Ibu Movement is “a movement of women around the world growing into economic self-sufficiency through the art of their hands.  Working with 71 artisan groups, in 34 countries, Ibu celebrates the imagination and skill of women and puts money in their hands”.

MacGraw and Ibu’s founder Susan Hull Walker became acquainted at a chance meeting in MacGraw’s hometown of Santa Fe.  A great admirer of MacGraw’s legendary bohemian style, Hull Walker eventually plucked up the courage to ask the style icon to become an Ibu Ambassador.  Happily MacGraw accepted and in fact works for Ibu for gratis.

The Ibu + Ali MacGraw capsule collection includes Kenya-made striped Duka pants, Moroccan silver jewellery, leather mules covered in West African indigo cloth, and Ghanaian glass beads hand-strung in Nagaland.

Of the collobration MacGraw said “This is a magical project which is changing womens lives all over the world. From Susan, all the way through Ibu, it is all about ‘heart’. I love everything about it and I am honoured to be a part of it”.

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Beauty

Chapped lips and winter go hand-in-hand – until now.

Regular application of a nourishing and moisturising lip balm is the key to soft, healthy lips. A quality balm will also help to optimise lipstick colour and prevent creasing.

Gone are the days when the good old chapstick was the choice du jour.  Now balms come with SPF for sun protection and contain special ingredients such as bees wax, jojoba oil, cacao, macadamia nut oil and olive oil to name a few.

For those who prefer a more natural lip, tinted lip balms have the added advantage of lip-soothing benefits with colour.

There are also many organic, vegan and natural brands on the market that are chemical-free and cruelty-free.

Simply Google lip balms to find a brand that aligns with your needs and budget.  To help, here are a few of the top-rated lip balms:

Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm The Original 


Dior Addict Lip Glow Sugar Scrub, $49

Welleco Organic Cacao Lip Balm, $27

Chemical, Certified Cruelty Free, Biodegradable and Recyclable
Dr Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm – Peppermint, $5.95


Sunscreen SPF 15
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sunscreen SPF 15


[Main picture image credit: Irving Penn, ‘Bee on Lips’ 1995]

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Accessories, Fashion

For some accessorising with jewellery can cause palpitations at thought of getting it right. How to bling? Too much? Too little? Right combination?

For the jewellery-challenged, I have a simple solution to take the stress out of how to wear jewellery.

Jewellery sets – or matching jewellery.

Though mixing and matching styles is still very much de rigueur, thankfully jewellery sets are no longer considered démodé.

Mixing and matching jewellery takes a great eye and a lot of skill to do it well. By choosing a set, you eliminate the worry of getting the style right AND best of all it saves you precious time when you’re racing out the door.  You don’t have to think about what goes with what – it’s already done for you.

If you love the idea of matching, here are some tips to help you find the right set:

Consider the Look

Base jewellery style on the look.  For a boho feel, choose whimsical pieces of natural or semi-precious stones paired with intricate metals.  For a more feminine and refined look wear crystal or pearls, or for a modern and edgier feel, go for bold metallic styles such as a cuff or necklace.

Do and Don’ts of Matching Metals

Don’t:  If accessorising is not your thing, a traditional approach of wearing all gold or all silver is often the best choice. But that’s not to say you have to stick to fine jewellery styles. Take a more modern approach to jewellery styles such as Samantha Wills ‘Here Comes The Sun’ combo shown below.

Do:  If you love a mixed-metal look, an easy way is to separate colours, i.e. if you choose a statement necklace in gold pair with simple silver earrings. Mixed-metal multi-strand bracelets and ring sets are also fabulous options.

Making a Statement

For those that love a bolder look, avoid over-styling.  I suggest a “two combo”, e.g.  a bracelet and earrings, a necklace and earrings, a ring and bracelet – never three of anything.

Stacking or Layering

Iris Apfel is the undisputed queen of layering and stacking but it’s not as easy as it looks. Avoid over-doing it as you don’t want to be buried in bling.  A few strands will do the trick and keep the look tonal in metals, colour and style.

Small Style

Finer styles lend themselves to full sets, small studs are perfectly matched with a delicate necklace, ring and bracelet.


You Don’t Need to Spend Big Bucks

I love costume jewellery, it’s an instant style update. There are fabulous brands and options to choose from but beware of anything that looks too cheap. Also I strongly advise avoiding poor imitations- that is definitely a fashion faux pas.

If you would like help accessorising, head to my Facebook page at, like the page and post your style question.

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Fashion, Shopping

I have a confession to make.  I’m a style fraud (well just a little one).

A few days ago I featured a fabulous luxe to less alternative to Jimmy Choo’s Lockett Petite chain-handle bag and Romy 85 pink suede pumps from their new SS17 ‘Perfectly Pink’ collection.  (If you missed it click on this link

But the truth be known, I don’t want the ‘less’ version.  I want the real stuff.  I want Jimmy Choo.  And I want it all.

I’ve gone completely made for Jimmy Choo’s SS17 ‘Perfectly Pink’ collection.  In beautiful pinks from rich rose to barely-there pink hued nudes, this feminine collection in finishes of velvet, satin and suede is a fashion dream.  And I simply must have them all.  From the Lux 100 booties with Swarovski crystal anklet to the Charley vintage rose satin clutch to the Romy 100 crystal-embellished pumps – oh and the ‘Artie’ suede shoulder bag has to be my new day bag.

If you love the colour pink, then Perfectly Pink will set your fashion heart a flutter.

To see the entire range go to – but a word of warning don’t have your credit card too close or you may have a rather large bill in the mail next month.