Thursday, November 8, 2012

p r e t t y in pink

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles" - AUDREY HEPBURN

#summer #print #colour #fashion

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Melbourne Cup & Derby Day 2012 - FASHION & STYLING

Melbourne Cup Vs. Derby Day fashion 2012

Congratulations to Lauren Andrews who won the 2012 title of Myer Melbourne Cup Fashions on the Field (far right image). Lauren looked stunning in a navy headpiece by local milliner Kim Fletcher and a neon-yellow tweed pencil dress, from British label Erdem. This look was styled perfectly with a YSL clutch and a low, sleek bun. Love it. 

Our Aussie-beauty Jen Hawkins delivered another winning Derby Day outfit (middle image), but did we actually expect anything less? Her skin and make-up is fresh and she is glowing. I particularly love her in this colour palette - cream, black & grey. My only criticism of this look would have been the high split up the skirt on her left leg. It was an awkward height and added nothing to the look. A clean, narrow hem just above her knees would have completed this elegant and sleek look. 

Today, Jen went for a fairly controversial look (far left image). This choice of styling has been the hot topic on social media today and has the nation divided! The pale-blue and black ruffle dress is by designer Maticevski, and the headpiece by Peter Lang. I personally love both pieces, however, I would have styled them separately. It was also an interesting colour choice for Melbourne Cup, traditionally known for its bight colour. Jen's hair and make-up look amazing and work well with the headpiece. I would like to have seen this styled with a lower neckline in the dress. The ruffle detail on her shoulder is overpowering and slightly unflattering around her upper body. As usual though, her beautiful smile and warm personality trumps any minute fashion-faux pas! I cannot wait to see what she is wearing later this week at Oaks Day.

I would love to hear your thoughts.


MODEL WOMEN & MY STORY - dedicated to my beautiful mother & sister, I love you.

m o d e l  women - 
for their professional & personal success, leadership and beauty 

IMAGE # 1 - JANE FONDA: Jane Fonda, born Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda on December 21, 1937, is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. She rose to fame in the 1960s with films such as Barbarella and Cat Ballou. She has won two Academy Awards and received several other movie awards and nominations during more than 50 years as an actress. After 15 years of retirement, she returned to film in 2005 with Monster in Law (with Jeniffer Lopez), followed by Georgia Rule two years later. She also produced and starred in over 20 exercise videos released between 1982 and 1995.

A long-time activist for raising awareness of violence against women, Jane Fonda is particularly inspiring to me. Growing up in a household with an alcoholic and abusive father I learned a lot, and very quickly. I developed a very protective instinct over my younger sister and mother, which will probably never leave me. I learned to value and appreciate what I did have every single day - love, support, education and opportunities. No matter how bad things got at home my mother always provided me and my sister with so much love, support and laughter. There have been many obstacles to overcome, regarding trust, men and justice in my situation. Looking back, I wouldn't be the woman I am today without the strong and beautiful women in my family. I love you all so much, and thank you.

IMAGE # 2 - LILLY COLLINS: Lily Jane Collins, born 18 March 1989, is an English actress, model, and television personality, known for her roles in the films The Blind Side, Abduction and Mirror Mirror. Collins was born in Surrey, England, and is the daughter of English musician Phil Collins. While Lilly is in the early stages of her career, I admire her poise, talent and remarkable beauty. She is one to watch!

IMAGE # 3 - ITA BUTTROSEIta Clare Buttrose, AO, OBE, born 17 January 1942, is an Australian journalist and businesswoman. She was the founding editor of Cleo magazine Australia, and later as the editor of the more sedate Australian Women's WeeklyShe is the youngest person ever to be appointed editor of the Weekly, which was then per capita, the largest-selling magazine in the world. Her ongoing advocacy of the National Advisory Committee on AIDS (NACAIDS), Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Alzheimer's Australia is truly inspirational.
Ita Buttrose is undoubtedly Australia's most successful female journalist. She is also a highly acclaimed author, community health activist and a mother. She has executed all of this with absolute style, poise and grace - a true inspiration to women everywhere. 

I was also lucky enough to hear Ita speak recently at the Melbourne Business Chicks Breakfast held at Atlantic Group, Docklands ( She spoke candidly about her illustrious career, balancing work and home life and her passion for community health awareness. I subscribe to the personal belief of the importance of women having their own career/interests as well as a family and relationship. Who better than Ita Buttrose to inspire my personal and professional choices. I feel very honoured to have heard her speak, and I will keep her words with me forever.  

Be kind to each other. Be strong. Inspire.



BEAUTIFUL SKIN - simple steps & products


I am not a Make-up Artist, but, I am OBSESSED with make-up and looking good! I am a wife of a Cosmetic Doctor, and the daughter-in-law of a leading Melbourne Dermatologist - 

Any cleanser that is oil-free is perfectly fine, you do not need to spend big bucks on products. Gently soap your face and remove all make-up, including your hairline. Remove any remaining mascara/eyeliner with eye make-up remover to ensure you don't dry and damage this sensitive area. Pat your face dry and apply toner to your oily areas (T-Zone). Exfoliate with either a glove or a scrub, this varies with personal preference. If you are prone to dry skin, exfoliate gently 1 - 2 times per week only. However, If you are prone to oily skin, you may be able to exfoliate 3+ times per week. See how your skin responds, and either increase/decrease treatment accordingly.

Moisturise at least twice a day (AM & PM), and don't forget your neck! This and the back of your hands is the first place women start to show their age. Arguably, the best anti-ageing procedure is Botox, but this is not for everyone. The key to naturally vibrant, youthful and fresh skin is simple: stay out of the sun/solarium, use a daily oil-free SPF on your face and body and of course, drink plenty of water. Follow these three simples steps and your skin will stay hydrated and youthful - not to mention your make-up will look better!

MY HOT TIP: If you are prone to oily skin I highly recommend A.S.A.P - Clearskin Gel. This serum contains AHA/BHA and helps remove dead skin cells (think of it like a mini-peel and facial while you sleep!). This gel also helps treat mild acne and reduce fine lines. This product should not be used on dry or sensitive skin.

Neutrogena Foaming Cleanser & Scrub (under $10), L'oreal Gentle Lip & Eye Make-up Remover, Garnier Pure Toner and Aesop Hydrating Serum (oil-free).

#beauty #skin #oilfree #skincare 

dreaming of v o g u e

dreaming of  V O G U E 
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there is always time to reflect on fashion and beauty. the art direction and styling in these three images is amazing. the colour, texture and fashion has been captured beautifully and is so on-brand. enjoy.

#fashion #style #vogue #dior #print #texture #photography