Sunday 27 May 2012



There is so much depth, texture and beauty in this picture. It provokes many questions ~ is she composing herself to confront a fear and taking a moment to tap into the inner strength.

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Monday 31 October 2011

black racing glamour


Glamour girl Rachael Finch poses in black evening gowns with Ammo, a powerful black stallion

for these stunning shots promoting the Melbourne Cup.

Thoroughbred horse Ammo explodes into the air

beside Rachael as she holds the rein. 

Images: Rachael Finch with fully trained show horse called Ammo.

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Tuesday 18 October 2011

Hitchcock classic


Sumptuous evening gowns capturing the mood of Hitchcock classics

~ think Grace Kelly, Kim Novak and Tippi Hedren…

{Image Grace Kelly via Vintage Clothing}

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Saturday 8 October 2011

Boheme Beauty :: Helena Christensen


I’m a little bit in love with Helena Christensen’s style and her brick Greenwich Village New York abode featured in The Shelby Is In Your Place by Todd Shelby.

 The Danish beauty fills her house with ’treasures’ she finds herself,

amounting to a beautiful collection of 19th century portraits, coral displays, antique dolls,

a dress mannequin and gorgeous vintage clothing all displayed casually around the house.

Images are from ‘The Shelby is in Your Place‘ via Dans Mon Boudoir blog.

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Saturday 8 October 2011

the star :: Black Caviar


Black Caviar + Salmon + Polka dots =

the pin-up girl of world racing who puts on breathtaking displays of speed.

She is an iconic Carousel Girl.

    On a river that turned to gold ~ the story of Black Caviar’s owners

    The Black Caviar story began on a houseboat in Echuca. Each February, for as long as any of them can remember, long-time friends Colin and Jannene Madden, Gary and Kerryn Wilkie and Neil Werrett have hired a houseboat at Echuca. The five families, who go back as far as kindergarten, have gathered for an annual water-skiing trip. The tradition of enjoying summer at the popular town on the Murray River gained momentum each year as the families expanded.

    The 2007 trip by the group, , was no different to any other, besides Sydney-based businessman Werrett’s insistence that the group “get organised” and buy a racehorse. ”Neil thought it would be great if we all raced one together — as much as an excuse to have lunch,” Gary Wilkie said.

    On the same annual houseboat holiday the following February, Werrett’s original idea had become a firm commitment. So they put Caulfield trainer Peter Moody on the case and after a time, Moody discovered the horse. And within weeks, the commitment had a price tag and a pedigree, but not a name.

    Part-owners David and Jill Taylor (both far left), Gary (with trophy) and Kerry Wilkie (far right), with trainer Peter Moody (centre) and jockey Luke Nolen after Black Caviar’s.

    He called businessman Neil Werrett with the news. ”Peter rang and missed Neil but I took the call and he explained that he’d found a filly that would suit our needs,” Gary Wilkie recalled. ”And I can still remember how really upbeat he was about a yearling by Bel Esprit that was being offered at the Melbourne sales … I could tell from Peter’s voice that he was pretty keen on this filly.”

    Moody said: ”Honestly, she was a cracking yearling. She just grabbed me the moment I saw her and I identified in her everything you want for a racehorse of the future. ”I was aware that $210,000 was a lot to pay but she was related to Magnus who I trained and at the time of the sale was going so well so this really balanced it up.”

    Hours later and the water-skiing families had bought themselves a well-grown filly. ”Some of us have had horses before and we’re never under any illusions that while you can get a good horse there’s plenty of chances you’ll get a slow one and there’s nothing worse than paying up for an ordinary galloper,” Wilkie said. ”But we had confidence in Peter and I think by having the five families involved it has just strengthened our friendship.”

    Pam Hawkes, a Mornington Peninsula spud farmer (and Jannene Madden’s sister) came on board and named the filly. Hawkes had a penchant for black caviar and other seafood. The Bel Esprit filly’s grandmother was Scandinavia.

    “Helsinge, the name of Black Caviar’s mother, was in Scandinavia

    and that’s where the salmon live.”

    Wilkie’s daughter came up with the colours — salmon with black spots (caviar).

    David Taylor, a Melbourne real estate agent, was invited to join the group by Wilkie, a mate. ”I’m the lucky guy who got the call,” Taylor said. Taylor faced a major hurdle — his wife.  He said: “Jill wouldn’t have a bar of it — ‘You’re not buying a stupid bloody racehorse’, she said. She refused to do the bank transaction into Gary’s account, so I had to sneak around to the bank and do it myself. Now my horse is my wife’s horse.”

    Taylor’s wife’s horse is now Australia’s horse. Soon, the world may lay claim to Black Caviar. Black Caviar, with those flag-fluttering fans, who form queues to have cards signed by her trainer, is the Sunline and Makybe Diva of her time. Her owners and their friends and family have become a logistics-challenging, race-day army of about 60. Each owner uses the same sentiment to describe the journey.

    Wilkie says: “You can’t imagine it. It’s a little surreal. You see the way she affects people, this animal we have equity in, and you just think, ‘How lucky am I’?”

    Hawkes: “Besides my husband and children, Black Caviar is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It is a dream come true to have this beautiful horse.”

    Werrett: “Every owner in this horse feels as much pressure. One emailed me the other day at 5am and said, ‘I can’t sleep’. On race day, I’m a nervous wreck. There is more and more pressure every time she wins a race. I want that pressure to continue.”

    Colin Madden, a lawyer, said Black Caviar initially appealed to him not because of who she was but because of the AFL team she was linked to. Madden is a Bombers fan. Black Caviar’s sire is part-owned by Kevin Sheedy. ”I know bugger all about horses, but I’ll hop into anything involved with Essendon,” he said.

    “It’s so remarkable, it’s almost absurd. There has been a dynamic

    I’ve never understood, the way people have warmed to her. She is re-defining our lives.”

    {Images and source: ABC and Herald Sun}

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    Wednesday 28 September 2011

    Up for Eyre


    A fashion love affair with Mia Wasikowska,

    the heroine of the sweeping period drama, Jane Eyre.

    Up For Eyre: Harper’s Bazaar Australia August 2011

    Model / Actress: Mia Wasikowska

    Photographer: Will Davidson

    {Images via visual optimism}

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    Tuesday 27 September 2011

    Jane Eyre


    Jane Eyre is the classic, Gothic tale of an orphan that was born in misfortune.

    The film adaption beautifully captures the emotions of the book and is visually seductive.

    And I loved Dame Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax, the housekeeper.

    Jane (Mia Wasikowska) grew up with a family that detested her and was eventually sent to a boarding school where she finally made a friend. But the school was hell, the children were beaten, and her best friend died of illness.

    Fast forward to when Jane is old enough to leave the school. She takes up a job as a governess at Thornfield Hall, the isolated and imposing residence, whose master is Edward Fairfax Rochester (Michael Fassbender). She tends to his ward while a friendship and her attraction to Rochester, who can be quite changeable, slowly builds. However the developing love story between Jane and Rochester means the ghosts of the past must be faced.

    Director, Fukunaga stated, “I’ve spent a lot of time rereading the book and trying to feel out what Charlotte Brontë was feeling when she was writing it. That sort of spookiness that plagues the entire story… there’s been something like 24 adaptations and it’s very rare that you see those sorts of darker sides. They treat it like it’s just a period romance and I think it’s much more than that.”

    Jane Eyre is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel of the same name by Charlotte Brontë.  Academy Award winners: Dario Marianelli composed the score and  Michael O’Connor designed the costumes.

    Filming locations included London and various locations in Derbyshire, including Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Derbyshire Dales, Froggatt and Fox House in Sheffield. Fukunaga looked at some 60 residences for one to represent Thornfield Hall but settled on the previously-used Haddon Hall as it had not undergone much redecorating.

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    Saturday 10 September 2011

    It’s cute – it’s weird – it’s PonPonPon!


    This is Candy Land Harajuku style! Enjoy this crazy, colourful and quirky debut single, PONPONPON by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu ~ a Japanese fashion designer, blogger, model, and a high school student. This is so OTT that it’s great!

    The rainbow-colored, toy-filled visual spectacle includes a kaleidoscope of faceless, cross-dressing plus-size dancers,  floating toast with 3-D eyeballs and Kyary’s head turning to pink Picasso slime. There’s a lot of Tokyo’s famous “kawaii” fashion going on ~ the hair bows, the pink Dr. Martens with ruffle socks and the eyeball-print bloomers.

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is Japan’s summer pop sensation and PONPONPON has gained international popularity due to the music video’s craziness, weirdness, and it’s cuteness. The super-kawaii bedroom set was designed by Harajuku’s own Sebastian Masuda of 6%DOKIDOKI.

    On July 25, 2011, Warner Music Japan released the song’s music video.

    “PONPONPON” was written and composed by Yasutaka Nakata, who is sort of like the The-Dream of J-Pop, an auteur whose work guiding female vocalists like PerfumeCapsule and Meg always follows an instantly-identifiable, common perfect thread. In their world, Nakata and his artists make music sublime, a happy marriage of early-2000s French electro and soprano Auto-Tune.  The Fader

    Who is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu? {excerpt wikipedia via know your meme}

    Takemura Kiriko, better known by her stage name Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, was born on January 29, 1993 and resides in the Harajuku district of Tokyo. She  began her career as a model for Harajuku fashion magazines such as Kera! and Zipper. After achieving a measure of fame, she began to establish herself as a businesswoman by launching a line of fake eyelashes called “Harajuku Doll Eyelashes by Eyemazing x Kyary” and appearing at fashion shows. In April 2011, she frontlined the charity event “One Snap For Love” with legendary Japanese fashion editor and photographer Yasumasa Yonehara and Japanese brand 6%DOKIDOKI for victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

    In July 2011 she began a music career by releasing her first single, “PONPONPON”. The music video, a psychedelic tribute to Kawaisa and Decora culture, was released to Youtube and became a viral hit. The single was produced by Yasutaka Nakata and is the first release from Kyary’s debut mini-album, Moshi Moshi Harajuku. “PONPONPON” quickly rose to the top of the iTunes charts in both Finland and Belgium.

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    Sunday 4 September 2011

    Chez Pascale Palun: la récup’ chic


    My intrigue with the artist, Pascale Palun lead me to discover the private world of her magical home in Avignon, France that is full of beautiful treasures. Here’s a peek inside her home…

    She has furnished it with things she has found at flea markets, garage sales and on the street; found objects that have weathered through to find their way into her heart and home. For Pascal, living with old things is “not looking backwards..on the contrary, it’s a way to reconnect with a history, to give to old things new value and another’s the mysterious difference that exists between an electric lightbulb and the light from a wax candle.”

    To take a closer look at her home, please click here.

    {Source via  Haute Design}

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    Sunday 24 July 2011

    The New Antiquarians :: Hollister Hovey


    Hollister and Porter Hovey have been on my radar for ages, and it has been very remiss of me to not share them with you sooner!

    They are bloggers and collectors who share my love of a decadent antiquarian aesthetic of taxidermy, anatomical charts, entomology, fencing masks, natural history prints, pith helmets, and apothecary jars ~ objects that are

    Accoutrements of the turn-of-the-19th-century leisure class”… “the tiny domed vignettes the Victorians were so fond of (artful arrangements of taxidermied squirrels, for example, in twiggy settings)”…and “Taxidermy, osteological antiques like monkey skeletons and other Victoriana” 

    The Hoveys  are sisters from Kansas City.

    They are not big-game hunters from the 1930′s. They are not taxidermists.

    Hollister works in PR and Porter for a management consulting firm.

     Featured in the New York Times and Elle Decoration UK, Hollister Hovey’s eponymous and very cool blog captures the trend that has been termed ‘New  Vintage’ living.

    This is not the type of decorating style that you can just go out and buy. It is a style of passion.  A lifestyle of visual collage. “It’s a stitched-together, bricolage world, an alternative world,” writes Valerie Steele, the director of the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Collecting old things is a way of collecting the aura of a passed world or perhaps of collecting the passing of time itself.

    But these are not just any sort of objects.  These are intensely fascinating things. Faded patinas, gilding, whimsical details, furs and feathers, brass knobs, skeletons, aged maps. Each is inherently, potently unique, which – on its own – marks these things off from the endless stream of sameness characterising modern wares.  Each object composing the eerie Victoriana aesthetic of Ryan Matthew’s apartment is irreplaceable and irreplaceably strange, particularly his mummified hunting dog.

    This is more than a “New Vintage.” This is a statement of idiosyncratic individuality. Just as no two pieces of taxidermy will ever be the same (there are no copies in nature), no two apothecary bottles or Victorian pith helmets or vintage mirror will ever be equally the same.  These lifelong collections express a love of texture and detail and the pleasures of beautifully, outlandishly, and outmodedly uniquely vibrant things.

    New York Times

     Hollister muses about her life and her love for Ernest Hemingway, fashion, taxidermy, and traveling on the blog. The Novey sisters abode featured here showcases this antique spirit which is stuffed full of beautiful vintage finds.

    Stepping into the loft is like walking into an exquisitely crafted exhibit of curiosities collected over a lifetime, from someone who has lived a fascinating life. Ms. Hovey has a wonderfully seasoned style that is a unique mix of colonial-end-of-the-empire textures and colors (zebra rug, hunting trophies), apothecary curiosities, ornate & eclectic vintage mixed harmoniously with simple, substantial modern pieces. And a bit of the gothic in there, but maybe that is in the eye of the beholder. Oh I just had a great time looking…finding little vignettes everywhere. Decor adore! Rose Callahan

    Hollister Hovey is a really cool blog. It chronicles the discoveries of Hollister including ‘The Best New York Stores Selling Old-Looking Style’ and  her tumblr site showcases her Objects Of Affection (A Graphic List Of Acquisitions And Desires).

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