Thursday, May 14, 2015

READ: May's Book Club

The warm temperatures and sun have finally returned to us this month and while my days are saved for as many outdoor activities as I can cram into the calendar, I have earmarked any rainy days (or lazy afternoons!) with the names of these books.
Pencilled in and bookmark ready by my side!



Touted as the next 'Gone Girl' thriller, Paula Hawkins' debut novel drew me in with the cryptic opening line “She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…” but the intertwining voices of three characters sharing their take of  assumed scenarios and what they think they saw kept me turning the pages. Reminiscent of Hitchcock's classic 'Rear Window' fast forwarded to 2015!

Karen Mordecai celebrates every aspect of the glory that once was 'Sunday supper', seen as the gathering of family and friends to connect and exchange. Simple recipes that can be mastered by any level of expertise and stunning photography (I've never seen a fried egg look quite as breathtaking!), I loved the way Ms. Mordecai morphed the essential elements of the Sunday supper into any meal of the day, regardless of who you invite over to break bread with you!

She will always be known as one of the bridesmaids at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (her godfather, HRH The Prince of Wales has even written the foreword!) with a lineage as English as tea and crumpets but India Hicks invites you to take a peek at the life she has built for herself and her family on a island paradise as far removed from palaces and royals as you can get!




THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP
 “Japan’s preeminent guru of tidiness, a warrior princess in the war on clutter" shares the keys to streamlining our homes and lives. The Japanese based method of decluttering your mind via dejunking your home has elevated Marie Kondo to celebrity status in Japan and the honour of being hailed as the 'most organized woman in the world' by people in the know all over the world.

BETTER THAN BEFORE
Ever wonder why we choose to continue doing the things we do, even when we know that a change for the better is in order? Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-selling 'The Happiness Project' dissects the whys, why-nots and hows of changing the age-old habits that hold us back, physically and mentally.

EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU
I usually veer away from stories about children meeting an untimely end but my nostalgia for the suburban life of the 1970's caught my eye. Set in Ohio during that decade, Celeste Ng's debut work paints the heartbreaking portrait of a family, unravelling after the disappearance and death of one of their children, a daughter they thought they knew but slowly realize they didn't.


What are you reading this month??



Friday, May 8, 2015

STYLE: Best Dressed for May 2-8, 2015

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
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KIERNAN SHIPKA
(colour-block sandals by Tory Burch)
 At the 1st Annual Bentonville Film Festival in Bettonville, Arkansas



BLAKE LIVELY
In Sam and Lavi
At an 'Age of Adaline' press event in Los Angeles, California



CHARLIZE THERON
In Christian Dior
(clutch by Dior, bracelets by Harry Winston)
At the `Mad Max: Fury Road` premiere in Hollywood, California



KERRY WASHINGTON
('Maia' skirt by Tanya Taylor, 'True Blue' sandals by Christian Louboutin, `Daphne` bag by Jason Wu)
At a 'Good Morning America' appearance in NYC, New York



SARAH HYLAND
At a Longines event at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky. 



NATALIE PORTMAN
In Dior
('Pilgrim' clutch by Roger Vivier, sandals by Dior)
At the UCLA Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Gala in Beverly Hills, California



AMAL CLOONEY
(suede trench by Gucci, 'The Dearest' clutch by Sarah's Bag
At a 'Hamilton' viewing at the Public Theater in NYC, New York



JENNA DEWAN-TATUM
In A.L.C.
Out and about in Los Angeles, California






Monday, May 4, 2015

HOW TO BEHAVE HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE: Swearing in Public


To the hairstylist telling her client about her date.
Sounds like you had a great time last night and why shouldn't you? You are a (presumably) single young woman enjoying a little fun. How would I know you ask? My son told be all about it.
My 8 year old son who, unfortunately for the poor fellow, had to be dragged along to his mom's appointment. He was quietly sitting in the waiting area being a good boy like he promised his mom, no small feat for a boy who 'needs to dance' while brushing his teeth and and couldn't keep his hands still if he found them glued to one another.
I'm sure the fact that he was in hearing distance of a saucy, swear-word laden story being told by an adult kept his attention better than anything could. You knew he was there. You greeted him upon entrance, asked him if he wanted anything and made his cheeks blush a little bit when you remarked that he was a very handsome boy. So I was a little surprised that you would quickly become oblivious to him (and to everyone else around you) as soon as you turned back to your client and continued the colourful replay of your evening.
His recount of your date and all the sorted 'f-words' you used made for interesting conversation on the way back home which is when he decided to let me in on all that he heard (tucked away in a private room for about 15 minutes, I had missed the whole story).
It was a LONG ride home.
My boy doesn't live in a plastic bubble so I am pretty sure he had heard some of these words before, on the playground or quite possibly at the lips of some other adult who was just as oblivious of him and to the fact that it is pretty darn hard to teach children how we manoeuvre through life with a little courtesy, charm and respect when all they see and hear are inappropriate conversations and foul language from the 'grown-ups who should know better'. It brings to mind a quote from Fred Astaire who once said that "The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any."

We all drop the occasional f-bomb (and sometimes worse) in the heat of the moment but when our everyday vocabulary morphs into a scene from an R-rated movie, we bring ourselves down a notch and take our kids down with us.


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

STYLE: Best Dressed for April 11-17, 2015

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
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SCARLETT JOHANSSON
 In Stella McCartney
(sandals by Jerome C. Rousseau)
At the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' premiere in Los Angeles, California



EMMY ROSSUM
(jewellery by House of Lavande Vintage, clutch by Jimmy Choo)
At the Lilly Pulitzer for Target launch in NYC, New York



CAMILLA BELLE
‪In Ralph Lauren
('Celia' pumps by Ralph Lauren)
At the opening of Ralph Lauren’s first store in Sao Paulo, Brazil



JESSICA ALBA
In A.L.C.
(wide leg pants by Alice + Olivia , platform sandals by Prada, blazer by Ralph Lauren)
Out and about in NYC, New York



KATE BECKINSALE
(clutch by Rauwolf clutch, earrings by Atelier Swarovski, pumps by Manolo Blahnik)
At Burberry's "London in Los Angeles" event in Los Angeles, California



LUCY HALE
In Elizabeth and James
(skirt by Elizabeth and James)
At the ABC Family Upfront Presentation in NYC, New York


KATE WINSLET
 In Stella McCartney
('Athena' sandals by Christian Louboutin)
At the 'A Little Chaos' premiere in London, England



KEKE PALMER
In Michael Costello
('Nudist' sandals by Stuart Weitzman)
At the 'Brotherly Love' premiere in Los Angeles, California



GEMMA ARTERTON
In DSquared2
At the Olivier Awards in London, England



ROSE BYRNE
 In Christopher Kane
(earrings by Jennifer Meyer, ring by David Webb, pumps by Brian Atwood)
At the 'Adult Beginners' premiere in Hollywood, California



AMAL CLOONEY
In Oscar de la Renta
 ('Amal' tote by Ballin, sunglasses by Heidi London) 
At the Columbia University campus in NYC, New York



GWYNETH PALTROW
In Victoria Beckham
‪ ('Cora' heels by Christian Louboutin, 'Flavia' clutch by Edie Parker)
At the Barneys New York Victoria Beckham Collection Dinner in Beverly Hills, California



Friday, April 17, 2015

THE COVET LIST (04/17)

As much as I love the thought of 'spring cleaning', the actual chore is a definite bore unless of course it entails digging into my make-up drawer at the beginning of every season, tossing what needs to be tossed and picking up what's being buzzed about! A visit to Sephora is always on the agenda, I love to check out the 'Just Arrived' section and see what is new in the beauty world.
Nail polish in a pastel spring shade, a airy new scent and a blush glaze that will produce a rosy cheek reminiscent of a teenager are just a few of my new best friends this spring!
If your budget allows you to indulge in only one thing this season, hear me now and let it be this life saver for winter-beaten hair.
Gave me the hair of a goddess for five days straight (not an easy task, trust me!)





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Saturday, March 14, 2015

STYLE: Best Dressed for March 7-13, 2015

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CHARLIZE THERON
In Gucci
('Nudist' heels by Stuart Weitzman, clutch by Gucci)
At 'The Gunman' premiere in Los Angeles, California



KELLY RIPA
In Diane von Furstenberg
(heels by Gianvito Rossi, necklace by Tom Binns)
On 'Live with Kelly and Michael' in NYC, New York



JULIANNA MARGULIES
In Michael Kors
(heels by Jerome C. Rousseau)
At 'The Good Wife' screening at the 32nd Annual Paleyfest LA in Los Angeles, California



OLIVIA PALERMO
In Tibi
(sweater by Brunello Cucinelli, 'Marlin' belt by Reiss, sunglasses by Max & Co., heels by Francesco Russo)
At the Chalayan F/W 2015 show during Paris Fashion Week in Paris, France



JENNIFER LOPEZ
In Preen
(heels by Casadei)
At a 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' appearance in Hollywood, California



SHAILENE WOODLEY
In Ralph Lauren
At the 'Insurgent' premiere in London, England



JESSICA ALBA
In Narciso Rodriguez
(ring by Ron Hami, 'Kalifornia' tote by Kenzo)
Out and about in NYC, New York



THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE
In Beulah London
(heels by Alexander McQueen, 'Muse' clutch by Stuart Weitzman)  
At a Service to mark the end of Afghanistan combat operations in London, England



KERRY WASHINGTON
In Mary Katrantzou
(cuff by Jennifer Fisher, heels by Christian Louboutin)
At the 'Scandal' screening during the 32nd Annual Paleyfest LA in Los Angeles, California



CAMILLA BELLE
In Preen
 (heels by Brian Atwood, clutch by Lee Savage)
At Roger Federer's 1,000th career match celebration in Beverly Hills, California




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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

THE MODERN MUSE: Kelly Ripa


Kelly Ripa on 'Live with Kelly and Michael' on February 9, 2015
What She Wore: skirt by Theory, top by L'Agence, heels by Casadei


Sole Society



Sunday, February 8, 2015

'INSTA'-WEEK: A Life in Pictures (02/08)

It's been one heck of a frosty week but I've kept busy, playing in the snow, blowing out my birthday candles and sneaking in a 'snow day' to settle in with a fabulous new book!
And if that wasn't enough to keep my calendar buzzing, I kicked off my newest Twitter campaign, #kickstartkindness, devoted to reminding all of us that any act of kindness, big or small will make all the difference in the world!
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Barneys Warehouse


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