Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I received an email recently from D'iora suggesting I take a look at this website. After I finally found time to peruse the site at my leisure, I thought I'd share it with you, too. I think you'll appreciate it. This is a design company in London specializing in accessories with the pin-up girl theme. Do take a look, some of their designs are just delightful.
Seasons greetings. kittens! This year we are commencing our celebrations with the original kitty-cat - Eartha Kitt and her rendition of "Santa Baby". Just as a side fact, my mother used to babysit Eartha's baby girl.
Wishing you a happy and festive Xmas or Hannukah and a healthy, prosperous new year.
May next year be better than 2010!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I also love Billie Holiday's version of this song.
From top: Print ad by Tom Munro - Jusin Timberlake with Noot Sear, Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss and Marc Jacobs.
Do you think there are just too many celebrities launching their own range of perfumes? Do you think most modern American perfumes smell, well. . . somewhat synthetic?
Remember how lovely Audrey Hepburn looked clad from head to toe in Givenchy haute couture. We love Hubert de Givenchy! We love him for having our divine Ms Hepburn as his timeless muse! We love Liv Tyler as the face of the Givenchy cosmetics line. Well, now the legendary house of design has a new celebrity fragrance to promote.
The film to follow the launch of the new scent has footage of Mr Timberlake and model of the moment Noot Sear running around Paris and up the Eiffel Tower at night.
Justin Timberlake's first fragrance for Givenchy was Play for Him. Now he has launched his first perfume for the ladies and it's called Play for Her (you'd have guessed that name, wouldn't you?). Very smart marketing - just in time for Christmas shopping!
"I've grown out of sweet scents." notes Mr Timberlake, "My taste in fragrance has changed over the years. I'm not a big fan of those cotton-candy perfumes on women now. That's not my thing. I like less sweet, warmer fragrances. You don't need to smell like ice cream."
On the other hand, he says "I'm not really into floral perfumes on women, they're not sexy. But I guess anything can work as long as it's not an assault on your nostrils."
Givenchy Play for Her is a sparkling eau de parfum that combines notes of bergamot, white peach, and Intense, a more sensual jus of orange blossom, sandalwood and pink peppercorns (because we love pink!). Play for Her is classified as a "sparkling floral, woody, fruity fragrance."
Monday, November 8, 2010
According to female readers of Esquire magazine, Christina Hendricks is currently the sexiest woman in the world. Christina is both British and American and although she's most famous for her divinely curvaceous figure and luscious red hair, she is actually really a natural blonde.
Watch Christina as head secretary Joan Holloway in Emmy Award winning TV series Mad Men and you'll be adoring her too.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Let me share with you one of my favourite recipes.
2 vine ripened assorted organic tomatoes
1 small bunch fresh organic basil
2 balls of bocconcini
1 pinch sea salt flakes
1 dash of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.
Roughly chop the tomatoes, basil and bocconcini. Mix them up on a plate or bowl and then sprinkle with salt and olive oil.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
In my perfect world, on a good day the Rockettes would be dancing behind me whilst I take a leisurely stroll down the street. Entire orchestras would play overtures to match my feelings. Random people would enthusiastically dance in unison around me and sing. Even the poor people on the streets would juggle the fresh fruits they are pedaling and the homeless would skip along the sidewalks.
Of course, this is my PERFECT world. On any given day, these scenarios quite regularly do play through my mind, though I will vary the themes, the costumes and the songs. But alas, life is not a stage show or the climax scene of an 80's dance movie. Nobody will break into a dance when I enter a room, or cartwheel before me when I walk down the aisle in a cinema. Nobody will run after me with a bunch of long-stemmed roses and there will be no spotlight on me during my heartfelt, Tony Award winning solo.
Reality, which I'd like to choose to deny is I am not good at studying and it's not fun. This is not a part of my show. It is not glamorous and it's dull.
That's all I have to say about that... now, where are those violins?
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The majority of my training schedule is late in the days. I usually have a driver collect me. Today he'll be here at 3:45pm and I'll meet him in the lobby. Until then I'm at leisure. I slept in today, wandered down to the relaxing hotel pool area and bathed (that's my exercise done!), lounged and read sections of the latest Tatler magazine. I love it how they have a double outdoor shower, it's fantastic!
Sometimes I'll wander down the street for a coffee and some brunch. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow...
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Tony Curtis (real name Bernard Schwartz) passed away on September 29th 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Star of one of my all time favourite films "Some Like It Hot". He is the man the handsome prince charming in Sleeping Beauty was drawn to reflect. Sparticus has passed away...
It seems as though all of the REAL stars of Hollywood are disappearing.
Well petals, I just can't stay away, can I?!
I've packed up my humble boudoir, said goodbye to the kind boy downstairs, given away my furnishings to the less fortunate and the just-willing-to-take, sent my feathered-son (my divine bird) to board with a dear friend.
Now I am languishing about in a fine hotel in Sydney for a while. Cest la vie...
I have a new job, as an air hostess. Yes, that is correct - an air hostess! God bless the airline industry!
The company is trying so very, very hard to teach me how to be a good air hostess as they have plans of flying me up to London so I can fly friendly in the sky. Queue the British anthem...
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Her name is Anne Jacqueline Hathaway and we are the same height and also like me, she is the daughter of a stage actress. People tend to call her Annie. The first time I heard someone talk about Anne Hathaway, I just assumed they were talking about William Shakespeare's wife. As you can tell, I was very confused indeed. Yes, she shares the same name as Mrs Shakespeare, but this Anne isn't british, she a Yankie born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in New Jersey.
Anne is an award-winning soprano and an award-winning actress. Like all good bombshells, she loves animals and has a very happy 6 year old chocolate labrador named Esmerelda. Another Bombshell bonus about Annie is she spent a week in July 2006 in Nicaragua helping vaccinate kids there against Hepatitis A and it was an experience she regards as "..an eye opener". We should ALL go and spend a week in Nicaragua (we should also all learn now to spell Nicaragua).
The following is a list of her favourite actresses: (fellow-Melbournian) Cate Blanchett, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Ryan Gosling, Michelle Pfeiffer, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver.
She hasn't had breast impants, her bust is only a 36B. I love that she hasn't been sucked into the conformity of post-millenium uber-plastic-implanted-cyber-babe phenomenon and says, "I look my best after an entire hair and makeup team has spent hours perfecting me. When do I feel my best? When I haven't looked in a mirror for days, and I'm doing things that make me happy."
Saying things like that will endear her to women around the world. It makes me wonder if someone told her to play down the stardom factor of if she is, in fact, a normal girl.
Another quote I found charming is, "Kindness is really important to me in finding my own prince - so are patience and a sense of humor. Without those qualities he's no Prince Charming!"
Bless. . .
One item of furniture most crucial to every Bombshell's boudoir is a Fainting Couch or a Chaise Longue. These are uphosltered chairs which are long enough to support the legs.
A duchesse brisee is similar, but looks like a sideways-facing chair together with a long footstool. A chaise longue with a backrest at both ends is known as a recamier. Any of these will do handsomely, just as long as you have one for yourself.
I love the whole sublime idea of a fainting couch. They were very popular with women in the 19th century. This was because women in Victorian-era societies almost universally wore corsets which put substantial strain on the wearer's midsection and restricted their blood flow. When a woman would ascend stairs in a house or other structure, she would often feel faint – and a well-appointed home or building would have a fainting couch at the top of every set of stairs for her use.
Some houses would take this to the level of having separate fainting rooms where these couches would be the featured furniture.
My auntie used to have a long, velvet chaise longue and I found great use of it as I practised my 100 ways of dieing sequences, conveniently ending up on the couch in some comfortable fashion. "Asp to the breast" was particularly popular, in my recollection.
Chaise Longue's are perfect to lounge on whilst memorising your scprits, conducting interviews, wallowing in the blues, afternoon snoozes and just cuddling with your cute companion.
In any case, you MUST own at least one of these couches of your own.
Vanessa Paradis is one very lucky girl.
Her long-term Bombshell boyfriend, actor and musician Johnny Depp bought her an island in the Bahamas so they can be alone with just their two children Jack and Lily-Rose. Tres cosy. She's a singer, actress, model... like most Bombshells. She wears hats and looks fabulous in them like all Bombshells do. She's not a conventionalist and she smokes (again, like most bombshells - though I don't promote smoking).
She was born just outside of Paris and has one younger sister who is also an actress, of mainly french horror films.
Vanessa has been modelling since she was a child and has a long-term afilliation with the fashion house Chanel for which she began working for in the 1980's campaign for the perfume Coco (a perfume I favor). She was dressed somewhat like a bird.
Vanessa is an unconventional beauty as she has petite and has a sizeable gap between her two front teeth. She's more bohemian than standard Bombshells.
Her family divide their time between their house in the Hollywood Hills, their island in the Bahamas, their farm in the south of France, their Parisian apartment and their house in a little British village.
That's all I have to say about that today.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
It just so happens that whilst languishing in the bathtub or just on the verge of sleep, Bombshells have their most noteworthy ideas. Like last night, whilst I was feeling low (as you know from my previous post), simultaneously running a high fever. I thought of an entire plot-line for a book. Or a script. Or a TV special. It's just not fair to have these creative habits, we all know we need our 9 hours of beauty sleep! But do you think I remember it all?
Something else that isn't fair is ferociously training for an audition and entirely losing your voice just in the nick of time.
Is it also ironic that both my sister and my little red kabbalah bracelets broke? Or was it just shabby craftsmanship? I'd prefer to think the latter. . .
Monday, July 19, 2010
My sister's cancer has returned, my neighbour was robbed, my grandmother died, I'm obscenely septic with the flu and my voice is gone once again, the theatre was set on fire by arsonists and my little bread-and-butter job has been made obsolete.
The show must go on!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Carine Gilson is a Brussels-based lingerie designer. Her undergarments are like precious little works of art. She uses chantilly laces and finest silks. Her garments are hand made with exquisite precision. It is a treat to own one of these little sweeties. Her website is www.carinegilson.com It's entirely in french, but if you can't read french, you can click the button for it to translate into english. It's well worth a sneaky-peek. Or two.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
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Monday, May 31, 2010
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Again, thank you.