Tuesday, 31 January 2012

SAG Awards and a bit of Lara

Oh awards season how I love you.  A couple of favourites.....

Black is back 

Simple and sophisticated: Angelina Jolie opted for a draped Grecian-inspired gown in shining lamé  Cut out creation: Amber Heard donned a cut out gown by Zac Posen which she teamed with a oversized quiff hairstyle   Making a statement: Ashlee Simpson donned an ethereal Jenny Packham gown, Emma Stone stepped out in an angular Alexander McQueen gown

Alright in white (and silver)

Glee girls: Naya Rivera donned a plunging glittering silver gown by Naeem Khan, Jenna Ushkowitz donned a Rebecca Minkoff dress, while Dianne Agron looked pretty in pink donning a Carolina Herrera gown  Glee-ful: Lea Michele looked stunning in a pale grey dress with a thigh-high split and a glamorous long train   Bold and bright: E! Presenter Giuliana Rancic opted for a scarlet Basil Soda gown while Kelly Osbourne stepped out in a white Badgley Mischka gown which clinched her in at the waist


Glee girls: Naya Rivera donned a plunging glittering silver gown by Naeem Khan, Jenna Ushkowitz donned a Rebecca Minkoff dress, while Dianne Agron looked pretty in pink donning a Carolina Herrera gown  Bold and bright: E! Presenter Giuliana Rancic opted for a scarlet Basil Soda gown while Kelly Osbourne stepped out in a white Badgley Mischka gown which clinched her in at the waist  Showing off her best assets: Sofia Vergara showed off her incredible shape in a raspberry pink Marchesa satin gown which she teamed with purple Judith Leiber jewels

And my favourite gal Lara Bingle also hit the headlines showing off her amazing figure.  Seriously this girl is a great role model for embracing your curves!

Model moment: Australian model Lara Bingle was spotted enjoying a relaxed Sunday afternoon on Sydney Harbour Ready for her close-up: The blonde beauty perched on the rocks wearing her skimpy two-piece and a chunky silver necklace

Images from Getty and Splash via the Daily Mail

Monday, 30 January 2012


I am back to reality after a lovely weeks break at my family beach house at Phillip Island, off Victoria's south coast.

As always the break was far too short, however it as a very hot week so we were able to enjoy a lot of beach time!  Although I really only hit the beach in the mornings or the late afternoons so I don't get burnt to a crisp!

Here are some images from my trip:

Clockwise from top left:

- our Rottweiler Ruby looking very tired after numerous beach walks
- our local beach, just 100 metres walk from our front door
- summer drinks
- my friends enjoying a fishbowl margarita
- Berry's Beach - a beautiful surf spot
- the local Mexican and overly kitch restaurant
- staying on track with the Bodyism diet: organic yoghurt, blueberries, raspberries and LSA
- Aussie crime books- the perfect beach read
- a huge rockpool at Berry's Beach- deep enough to dive into
- our local beach again- looking more like a lake it was so calm and peaceful

Monday, 23 January 2012

Off on holidays

I am off on holidays to the beach for a week!  Yipee!  I have no internet access to post, but I shall leave you with this really touching tumblr blog:


Sunday, 22 January 2012

The diet

In order to try and be far healthier in 2012, I have taken on the Bodyism diet, also known as the Clean and Lean Diet.

Devised by Australian personal trainer James Duigan, he now live in the UK and trains some of the most famously in shape celebs: Elle MacPherson, Rosie Huntington Whitely, Holly Valance and Hugh Grant are just a few of his clients.  

I first bought James' book "the Clean & Lean Diet" around 12 months ago.  I was really impressed by what he was writing about and his approach to food.  I have since bought his second book "Clean & Lean: Flat Tummy Fast".  Again, full of useful info and a few great recipes.  But the real clincher to me getting on board this diet was his latest release "The Clean & Lean Cookbook" which has a heap of recipes, rather than just a few dotted throughout the book.  And can I tell you I am now an absolute convert to his ways.  The reason is I love food.  Like really love it, and this does not feel like deprivation.  He encourages you to have a calorie laden meal once a week and really enjoy it.  Its just rather about smarter choices that will last you a lifetime, not a crash diet.  You don't feel as though its chore to stick to, and you don't wake up starving in the middle of the night!!

Many of my workmates are also converts and we work in the fitness industry, so talk about food diets etc all the time.  This has been the biggest hit!

I now find myself looking at food so differently.  All the "low fat" food has been ditched from my diet.  It is full of chemicals and sugar to make it taste good.  Into my diet are fresh vegies, lean meat cuts, berries, seeds and good fats like coconut oil and avocado.  I have followed his diet pretty closely for the last 2 weeks and have lost 1.5 kilos.  I really only want to lose about 5, so to have 1.5 come off so quickly is amazing.

So if you are looking to re-educate yourself about food and get off the low fat diet train, I highly recommend you pick up his books.  

Friday, 20 January 2012


I found the following image on the net and promptly pinned it to my pinterest board.  Luckily one of my lovely followers knew exactly where it was from, and the skirt is available now, bonus!
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Available now at Sabo Skirt! And they have a lot of cute stuff!

Gorgeous Space

How incredible is this bedroom by designer Anne Coyle?  From the chevron floor (my favourite pattern) to the velour bed head and furry bedspread, it is just perfect.  A big shout out to the stunning light fitting too.

See more of her amazing designs here.

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Source: Anne Coyle Designs

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Ab Fab + Tolix

Totally exited by the new (and sixth) season of Ab Fab.  But I nearly suffered a heart attack when I saw their new kitchen.  Multicoloured Tolix chairs!!!  They look amazing.  They also had multicoloured stools, which I just cannot seem to find an image of just yet.  So now it has become an even more enjoyable show, not only funny but a joy to watch interiors wise (my favourite combination)!

Tolix stools can be pretty pricey, particularly if you want 6 - 8, but of course replicas are readily available from Milan Direct, Matt Blatt etc. for about $150ea.

Here are some other rooms sporting Tolix chairs and looking FAB!

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Grey tolix creating stylish and slightly industrial space 

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Multicoloured again!! :)

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Health and Fitness - Running the Tan!

So it has been just over a week of trying to get back into health and fitness and I feel as though it is going great guns so far.  I have been able to stick to a healthy diet, with a few enjoyments along the way.  I have also been able to stick to the exercise plan; despite being quite busy at work.  I guess the important thing is to make it a priority for yourself, and also get a friend or family member involved. 

On Saturday I ran 'The Tan' with my Cousin.  Knowing that he was going to turn up on my doorstep meant that I actually got out of bed at 6:30am on a Saturday and made the trek into town to jog around this famous running track in Melbourne.

The Tan is a 3.8km track that takes its name from the colour of the sandy wide pathway that circles the Botanic Gardens and Kings Domain.  Its pretty flat aside from one absolutely killer hill (which I do at the start to get it over and done with).  Its also a place to play spot the sporting celebrity as it is frequented by Aussie Rules Footballers and some tennis players have been spotted recently due to the Aus Open.

As you can see, it was a little chilly and overcast on Saturday, but the lovely wide paths and City views are worth it!! (PS these shots were taken with a phone, so excuse their fuzzyness!!)

If you live in Melbourne or visit, make sure you give the Tan a go!  You can take it easy, or set a pace for yourself, and the scenery is worth it.  So is the breakfast afterwards!!

Monday, 16 January 2012

Golden Globes

Don't care who won, here are the bestest dresses :)
She's still the body: Elle Macpherson wore a dramatic strapless dress with layered fishtail train
Elle still has it

Dramatic: Charlize Theron arrived in one of the most unique designs of the night wearing Dior couture
Charlize Theron in a lovely blush Dior

Figure-hugging: Angelina Jolie looked incredible in her tight satin dress with a thigh high split and red detail
Angelina in red and cream contrasts

Monochrome maiden: Kate Winslet stepped out in a black and white Jenny Packham gown
Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham (and a GG winner)

Simple yet stunning: The scarlet dress boasted a cowl neck and hugged the aspiring actress's figure to perfection
Stacy Keibler in red with bow detail

Shades of plum: Emma Stone dressed in a plunging Lanvin gown, Tina Fey also opted for a purple shade while Glee actress Dianne Agron for an intricate red dress
Emma Stone in Lanvin

Tummy mummy: Jessica Alba showed off her incredible trim figure in a strapless Gucci gown which was covered in sequin embellishment
Jessica Alba in Gucci

Flashing her metal: Nicole Ritchie looked stunning in a shimmering floor-length silver gown
Nicole Richie (and my fave) in a stunning metallic gown

Peach treat: Heidi Klum opted for a pale backless gown which she accessorised with bright blue jewellery
Heidi Klum rocking some beautiful turquoise jewels

Disco dancer: Glee star Lea Michelle donned a daring silver sheer detail Marchesa dress
A daring choice from Lea Michele
These are just a few of my favourites!  There are heaps more to take a squizz at, via the Daily Mail.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Awards Season

The Critics Choice and Peoples Choice Awards were held in the last few days which means there has been some fashion eye-candy to enjoy.  Some faves from the Critics Choice:


And the People's Choice Awards:

Under arrest? Kelly had better hope that her E! Fashion Police co-host Joan Rivers likes the new style  All gown up: Vanessa Hudgens and Demi Lovato looked stunning as they arrived on the red carpet for the People's Choice Awards

A dream in cream: Miley had donned a sophisticated David Koma dress for the event which included sheer panel detail   Webbed chic: Lea Michele appeared to have taken inspiration for her dress from the 1920's in her Marchesa gown

Bold colours: Jennifer Lawrence opted for an unusual Viktor & Rolf dress while Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev looked great in a Elie Saab dress   Showing off her dancer shape: Julianne Hough looked stunning in her blackless golden number

See more at Daily Mail and Who What Wear

Thursday, 12 January 2012


Feeling extremely tired this week.  Apparently falling asleep with your lamp on also doesn't help as it makes your brain think you are still awake or doesn't let your brain fully rest (thanks to my chiro for that tip).  I fall asleep with my lamp on quite a bit, and I am more often tired than not, so its something I need to work on.

I either need to remember to turn off the lamp as I am starting to get that drowsy 'I cant read the pages of my book' feeling, or get a timer.

Anyway, thanks Elle Decor, I took one look at this picture on Pinterest and I have nearly fallen asleep at my desk.  Just so lovely and cosy.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012


Gossip Girl wedding photos.  I'm a fan and not embarrassed about that one single bit :)...PS Chuck better bust in there and stop this wedding!

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Choose Chuck!!
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Wouldn't complain about that bridesmaids dress

Source: simplygossipgirl

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Designer Love- Karim Rashid

These spaces are craaaaazy good.  Karim Rashid is a bit of a design phenomenon, leaving his mark in the furniture, interiors, products, art and fashion worlds.  Oh and he is an author and lecturer.  Have a look at these amazing spaces!

Sweet Chill, Las Vegas

Market, Atlanta GA

Kit 24 House, Toronto

Switch, Dubai
Semiramis Hotel, Athens
Naples Metro Station

Check out the rest of his amazing work at karimrashid.com/