Monday, February 25, 2013

My favourite oscar looks of all-time

Another year, another Oscar ceremony finished... and I have to say that this years Oscar fashion were a bit meh!  I don't think that there were many WOW! moments for me like other years!

A lot of people loved Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture, but for me it felt a little short on the bodice and felt a centimetre away from a wardrobe malfunction!  I don't know but it somehow felt very bridal to me...  In saying that, her hair, make-up and jewellery was amazing!

Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture

My favourites for this year...

Amy Adams in a lavender/grey creation
from Oscar De La Renta

Kerry Washington opted for this beautiful Miu Miu gown

I didn't mind the Prada dress Anne Hathaway
wore at the ceremony but I preferred this Saint Laurent
for the after party

I thought I would go back to my favourite Oscar fashion moments to show you the WOW! factor that this year was   lacking...

Okay, I am still squealing with delight at the awesomeness that Gwyneth Paltrow wore at last years Oscars... loved it!

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford!
Sandra Bullock looked absolutely radiant
in this stunning Marchesa

Rheese Witherspoon, looked beautiful for the 2006 Oscars,
 in her 1955 vintage Dior dress that once belonged
 to a princess

WOW!  what a difference a year makes...
Reese, 2007, newly divorced in this
divine purple Nina Ricci

Fabulous in this John Galliano for Christian Dior in

Nicole won more than the Oscar in 2003
in this elegant and timeless
Jean Paul Gaultier

Again John Galliano created this amazing knitted dress with the most
beautiful back for Kate Blanchett in 1999

Anne Hathaway dazzled in this Armani Prive in 2009

One of my favourites, Marion Cotillard, in
Jean Paul Gaultier looked like a mermaid!

Penelope Cruz looked impeccable in this blush
Atelier Versace gown in 2007

Last but definitely not least, my all time favourite Oscar dress... maybe it's the romance of it... here is Michelle Williams with Heath Ledger looking so beautiful, so in love... I guess we all now the ending but at least that year, 2006, they had the fairy tale...

Both looked so amazing...

Not many people can wear yellow and red lips!

Michelle looking perfect in Vera Wang

I hope you liked my favourite Oscar dresses, now for next year!

Chat soon!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dreamy Movie House - Something's Gotta Give

I personally don't think there has been any  house from a movie that has been as copied and talked about as this gorgeous Hamptons house in the movie "Somethings gotta give".  I love everything about it!  From its stripped dhurri rug in the living room to the Mora Sweddish clock to the kitchen to Erica's (Diane Keaton's character) bedroom... everything!

What is it about Nancy Meyers?  My 3 favourite movie houses are all her movies, "Something's Gotta Give", "The Holiday" and "It's Complicated".  Set Decorator in all these movies has been Beth Rubino, who somehow makes the homes as an additional character in the movies...

The exterior used is an actual house in Southhampton NY, and now for the heartbreaking part... the interior is a stage set and not a real house... it broke my heart when I first read that as it feels so real, so full of life and character!

Little trivia here, the actual house sold a couple of years ago for a cool $10 million!

So here is the interior of the house...

 My eyes keep going to the beautiful stripe dhurri on the floor.  Beth Rubino has said in an interview that it's an antique and had to cut it to fit the layout of the room!  Another heartbreak... cutting an antique rug!  But she had to do what she had to do because the rug ties the whole room together.  The slipcovers on the couch give this room a comfortable beach feel and more collected than decorated!  And of course the Mora wall clock!  it takes such a centre piece to the whole room.

The artwork throughout the movie is by LA artist Kenton Nelson.  Nelson's painting of figures, landscapes and buildings is bright and bathed in sunlight, adding a splash of colour to the otherwise beige, grey, pale blue colour palette.

 The ceiling to floor french doors are amazing...

Throughout the house there are lots of built in bookcases.

What a clever use of the corner, to make it a reading area! Love the rattan chairs.

Here is a look at the kitchen with the little sitting area right next to...

The kitchen is all white with what appears to be soapstone counter!  Another spoiler here, the counter is actually painted plywood!  How good do they make it look!  

Love the subway tiles, plain classic and elegant!

The natural light makes this kitchen bright and cheerful.  The glass top cabinet are in fitting with the lived in look as well as the use of the island as storage for books and all things.  I did copy that idea when I was renovating my kitchen and I have my cookbooks, microwave as well and draws in my island bench.

During an interview, Beth Rubino said that she was inspired by a friend of hers that had her plates displayed in her dining area.  She loved that look and sought to replicate it for this movie.  It is subtle yet so elegant.  Also the dining table with the toile slip covered chairs are perfect for this house/room!

I love Erica's study in her bedroom which over looks the ocean!  I would never get anything done if I had that view!

The beautiful bay windows, more built in shelves, the elegant lighting, amazing rugs... I am drooling over this room.

More of Nelson's artwork is in Erica's bedroom, and I also love how nothing is hung on the wall but rather sitting on the mantle.  A subtly casual look!

A beach house would not be complete without a pool and outdoor area.

As you might have gathered I have watched this movie so many times and each time I notice something new in this amazing house!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of one of my most favourite movie houses.

In the coming weeks I will give you tours of my other favourite movie houses.

Chat soon!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Addiction No. 3

Can you have too many candles?  My answer is "no"!  I have them everywhere!

I have them in the kitchen, bathroom, by my bed, in the lounge, dining room, at my shop... EVERYWHERE!

I always have spares at home, you never know when you might need them!  They are the perfect present, thank you gift, hostess gift, birthday, just-because gift, YEAP, any gift!  There is always the odd spare candle or 10 in some cupboard at home!

What is it with that?

My favourites...

Glasshouse  limited edition Coney Island Burnt Sugar & Fig

Love the beautiful scent of fig and I LOVE DIPTYQUE

Tigerlily - Vivi Candle - Coconut Lime Lemon! Summer in a Candle

Buddha Bum (cute name!) Frangapani- Summer!  Say no more!

As you have ascertained I love fig, summer scents all year round!  And to my family and friends hint! hint! hint!

Chat soon!