Saturday, October 29, 2011

Root of the matter...

I've only dyed my hair lighter off and on in more recent years. A couple of disasters in my formative years kept me away from peroxide.
But, when paid for and done by a professional, I still left the salon a bit bemused and not entirely happy. Two to three months later, as my dark blonde roots began to show through, I was happy with my 'do.
You see, I don't like my hair too done, too neat or too blonde near my face. I L O V E regrowth.
So, now, if I do anything at all, I get the does everyone else it seems.
The Sartorialist has captured two of my favourite looks together: regrowth hair and racerback singlets - it's a look!

              Me with good regrowth and a singlet! With Beaufort 8 Group

These two images also courtesy of The Sartorialist.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Model home

The most recent Tale from Natalie Joos is simply divine.  Model Erin O'Connor invites the super stylist into her London pad and (as usual) we all get a sneak peek.  There are so many things I love about Erin's house - the girl sure has style, but I think I'm most envious of the tri-coloured '50s lamp. Divine. 
See the whole post, and plenty more from Ms Joos, here.

How gorgeous is this whimsical bedhead?

       If I had straight, black hair, this is exactly how I'd wear it.

Oooh, I love this lamp!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Night and deities

I'm having an Indian moment. Well, it's not exactly a moment. Oh, the colours! As fashion legend and former Harpers Bazaar fashion Editor Diana Vreeland once famously said, "pink is the navy blue of India". Going there...

I found this glorious image of the lovely Ganesh here.


Image of Brahma from here.

Lakshmi (above right) image from here Image of gayatri mata (above left) from here.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Black glamour

Don't you just love "aha" moments!
I just had one when I saw this glamorous painted-black stairwell. I've been mulling over what to do with mine for so long...
It is super expensive to have them polished, and I think it would be a waste of time and money; the traffic up and down them would soon wear the polish off, but paint, paint is a different matter, especially glossy black paint. Paired with one of these wallpapers and a '70s-style light fitting, like the one below. Glamourama!

Image courtesy of Nueveo Estilo, via The Glamourai.

Image courtesy of this site.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Tales to inspire

Fashion stylist Natalie Joos' blog Tales of Endearment either makes me want to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe of fabulous vintage clothes, pick up my camera and start taking better photos, or jump on a plane and move to Paris or New York. Read: she's an inspiration.
This post is especially beautiful. Yes, Paris, I also love you too.

And what about the Zac Posen Z-Spoke dress below!? F A B U L O U S! J'taime indeed.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A thousand wise words

These are some wise words from writer Penny Modra:

...there’s a secret part of the day called “7.30am to 9am” when you can get most of your work done! It’s radical. I write in 25 minute bursts using the timer app on my phone, which ticks every second and reminds me not to check my email. I think the secret to getting things done is taking at least two long breaks from email – and from the people around you – during the day and actually, you know, doing some work. The problem is, the email saps your mojo. Sucks it right out through your fingertips. So I replace my mojo with the counterfeit highs of nicotine and caffeine.

Wise words indeed, huh? I'm going to subscribe to her wisdom. I found them as part of an interview she did with The Design Files.

Penny Modra writes for The Age and works at Right Angle - the people who brought us Three Thousand, Two Thousand and several other Australian capital cities' postcodes.

Is Not Magazine – a collaboration between Jeremy Wortsman, Stuart Geddes, Penny Modra, Mel Campbell and Natasha Ludowyk. Is Not was awarded a Premier’s Design Award in 2006.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Etro, spring/summer 2012

Etro placed lovely patterned cushions for comfortable bums on seats at its Milan show late last month. the glamourai snapped the image.

Like those lovely cushions, Etro traditionally uses incredible fabrics in its collections, so I thought I'd take a look at what it has planned for European S/S 2012.

Oh, that black, tangerine, lilac and white floor-sweeping frock. I L O O O V E it...

Lilac and turquoise are such a fabulous combination. The Art Deco details are divine too.
All Etro SS 2010 images from The one-shouldered long, black frock is from Etro's SS 2010 collection.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Paint it black

An influential image from the sadly no longer in existence Domino Magazine :(
When I saw the charcoal walls in US brand J Crew designer/director Jenna Lyons' bedroom, I was convinced to do the same in mine.

The pic on the left is of the feature wall I plan to paint charcoal, and the rest of the room's walls are going to be de-sueded (Ugh, suede effect), painted the perfect shade of white (it's Dulux's Fair Bianca half. Avoid Antique White at all costs, I used it downstairs and regret it), and the picture rails and window trim will get a gloss white finish also. I've decided to go with Dulux's Nightsky black. It's lovely.

This room gets plenty of light, so a black wall is not an issue. On the other hand, dealing with the suede effect...ugh... 

The walls are painted white, I'm layering up glossy white picture rails, and window frames, the skirting boards are next, then the black feature wall. I'm excited! 

Vintage finds, east of the border

The Cool Room, full of mid-century modern and industrial goodness, is just off Balaclava Rd, in East St Kilda. It's a little hard to find, unless you know where you are going.