Thursday, March 26, 2015

Good Things.

Can I just give a shout out and say a  Big Thank You to Old Heidi who accurately identified my stunt pillowcase fabric as Pierre Frey. Luckily for me, your high end fabric scholarship knows no bounds! Thank you. And Hooray!
Meanwhile, in exciting Decluttering News, my gorgeous friend C gave me this excellent book:
I cannot wait to read it. You know that I do my best work in an organised, tidy, clutter free home. So hopefully I'll learn a thing or two. Thanks C. It was the perfect gift. Cue the Organising Visuals!
Channeled my sister this week, the one who lives in Hong Kong and only wears black and white. Look:
I miss Honkers so much. If only I was at Zuma right this second. Cue the Zuma Visuals!
And because my love of war history knows no bounds, I wish I was in London so I could hot foot it to the Imperial War Museum and see Fashion on the Ration all about war time fashion (thanks to the reader who told me about this). 
Cue the London skyline Visual!
The Imperial War Museum (one of my favourite London Museums- it's right up there with the Churchill War Cabinet Rooms and the V and A) website has lots of great war wedding dress stories which made me look to see if I could find a photo of my Dad's parent's wedding in 1943. I couldn't. More's the pity. I know my Grandma was given rations to buy the fabric for her dress and then she gave it to another bride to wear. 
Those two never had much money but By God they were Sharp Dressers. Look:
 So smart, so chic. Even on the beach.
Thanks to all the rain, the FF Garden is kind of covering itself in Glory
And my porcelain gingers are going berserk. Goody.
I'd like to get some urn type thingies for the garden. These gorgeous ones are from my favourite garden,  the one with a beautiful soul, Kiftsgate-
They'd be good. I hope I get back to Kiftsgate one day, because it's perfect.
This type'o'thing'd work a treat too:
It's from Sissinghurst.
Those brick walls were magical.
If Willow or Lotus is reading I'm out of Sandra's eggplant pickle.
I know. 
I'm devastated too.
Poor Me.
Can you help?
And Stephen Andrew (Hairdresser to the Stars and King of the Base Tease), have you seen the height of my 40 year old doll's nylon hair?
It rivals my own nylon hair arrangement for height and texture:
And I don't know about the rest of you but I am Hardcore Addicted to Antique Roadshow. I like the jewellery segments the best. The other day some lady was told her diamond necklace inherited from a relative was mid century Boucheron. Can you imagine?
Wish it'd cool down so I could wheel out a scarf. it's 35 degrees for God's sake. In late March.
Am watching the news about the plane that crashed in the Alps. So very sad.
Stay Brave.
xx

Monday, March 23, 2015

Four! Yes Four!


The median age of the household has increased because my little boy's just turned 4. Four!
Hard to believe since it seems he was just born. As is my habit I ordered 5 bunches of those helium balloons from Spartys at Spotlight. It took 2 cars to get them home but it was worth it.
 I said yes to sequins and so did most of the female guests. It was a party after all.
Birthdays always make me feel sentimental. My son's safe arrival remains the absolute happiest time in my life. A child is such a precious gift. As always I feel so lucky, and so very grateful. 
Lovely MV made these super tasty pesto, goats cheese and zucchini snacks which were delicious (thanks M!!)
I wish I had some here right now.
 Meat eaters look away! Because we had a BBQ. With ribs.
 Didn't know if we were buying fresh raspberries or Commonwealth Bank shares. Talk about 'spensive. 
But it was a Red Letter Day. 
 All that rain was good for our roses. Next step will be mulch. I know. I'm super excited too. I'm going to go in hard with the sugar cane mulch. Some people think it looks ugly but I'm not bothered by its appearance. Anything to keep weeds at bay. 
 Meanwhile in French Film Festival news I saw 3 Hearts. I liked it, my friend J hated it, and M was ambivalent. I love watching Charlotte Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve is always good too.  The ending was sad and the actors chain smoke throughout the whole thing. I give it 3 stars. We're all dying to see Dior and I. The previews look amazing.
In food news,  I'm braising some chicken with lemons from R's parent's orchard, green olives, artichoke hearts and those colourful teeny tiny gourmet carrots you see everywhere these days. I hope it all works out. 
And don't forget that Tatler doco starts on Lifestyle tomorrow. Haven't missed an issue since January 1990. True story.
Behave, and Happy Birthday to Fiesty Little Aries everywhere. Nothing like a Fire Sign.
xxxx

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cushions, Roses, Birthdays.

Because I wouldn't be caught dead under cushioning (The Devil's Work) I've collected my 10 new cushion covers and I'm loving them all sick. All I need to do is source some proper feather inserts and My Cushion Work Will Be Done. I've even got 2 new stunt pillowcases that I've instructed people never ever to actually lie on. Look:
If any fabric experts can identify any of the makers of these fabrics I'd be grateful, because I just bought them as remnants (I'm looking at you Naomi and Heidi).
Empress Cixi's bowl sends its love.
If you go to Tank have the green papaya and sand crab salad because it is 11/10
Hello little figs. $20 a kilo at Woolies!! Run Don't Walk.
Our Roses were delivered. Hooray. We basically bought anything my late grandma ever grew including Mr Lincoln, Duet, Lili Marlene, Seduction, Peace, Perfume Delight, Kardinal and Papa Meilland. These will allegedly grow in the tropics. Fingers and toes. I love the story of the Peace rose (also called Gloria Dei). If you get to read the book about it's creation by the Meilland family, you'll be loving the story sick.
The Festival of Four's begun, and it's going to last 3 days at least.
Turns out you can email a picture to Michel's patisserie and they'll action a kindy cake for you.
It was a massive hit.
And it was lovely M's birthday yesterday, so I made my body weight in béchamel 
And actioned a sand crab and prawn lasagna
 Then I threw on this Old school Missoni frock
And hot footed it to Hanworth for a fancy birthday lunch
Hanworth looked beautiful. It's been 2 years since an arsonist burnt it to the ground just as M had finished renovating it. Those were some very sad times. I wrote about it here. I'll never forget that I  heard the news on the radio when I was driving my kid to kindy and was just so shocked and sad for M. Anyway yesterday was a super happy celebration.
Last night my girlfriends and I went and saw the YSL bio pic. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it was too long, could have benefited from a jolly good edit, was repetitive and a tiny bit boring. Also, there were insufficient clothes and the bio pic last year was much better. In my screening about 15 people walked out. I give it 2 stars. On a happier note I hope that Iris Apfel doco by the Maylses screens soon, because it looks fantastic.
Look, for a brief moment in time the ironing was up to date:
This storm is apocalyptic. Hope we don't lose power.
Stay safe.
xxxxx

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