Saturday 7 July 2012

    hiking escape


    Where have I been? Hiking the stunning Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand!

    Nine girlfriends armed with boots, thermals and gortex jackets  {yes it did rain!}

    shared the challenge of walking 71 kms along the Queen Charlotte Track.

    And I love all those Union Jacks!

    Mario Testino photographed Sasha Pivovarova: Morning Beauty, Vogue UK 2007

    I posted the full shoot here.

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    Saturday 9 July 2011

    take me to Tuscany


    Life’s simplest pleasures ~ wonderful food, hikes in the hills, massage from a master ~

    take me to spa Castello di Vicarello

    a medieval castello in the clouds, hidden in the hilltop olive groves of Maremma.

    I’m dreaming that I’m Lara Stone! (pictured here for Vogue US)

    Castello di Vicarello has had 900 years to cultivate its air of mystery, so it’s no wonder that it can seem like a building stolen from a dream or a fairy tale. This rustic-luxe boutique hotel where everything is cultivated using traditional methods :: authentic home-cooked, Tuscan cuisine straight from a traditional farmhouse kitchen using organic ingredients :: join the conversation in the kitchen, and experience the flavours and maybe a few secrets of Italian cooking :: a stroll in the working vineyard and olive grove :: go hunting :: an afternoon at the spa.

    Beautifully decorated with antiques and modern furnishings, this hotel has seven luxury and unique suites. Choose from a suite that overlooks the castle courtyard, paved with ancient stones, or a room in one of the outbuildings that is surrounded by white roses, lavender and ancient olive trees.

    {Images: Lara Stone by Mario Testino for Vogue US January 2011 via Fashion Gone Rogue; castle pics via Haute Design}

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    Sunday 3 July 2011

    more mario


    In my dream I am the girl wearing the white dress in big drawing room.

    Lara Stone by Mario Testino for Vogue US January 2011

    {Images via Fashion Gone Rogue}

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    Saturday 2 July 2011

    forever beautiful


    Diana, Princess of Wales ~ remembering her elegant spirit, her grace under pressure and her kindness and desire to help others. Princess Diana would have been 50 on Friday, July 1. To maintain a glowing and healthy skin even at the age of 50, consider the facelift surgery of Dr. Andres Bustillo, a certified Miami facial plastic surgeon. In addition, look for Galumbeck Plastic Surgery at for more information. Constantly, we see formidable actresses like Helen Mirren or Meryl Streep hoisted up as shining exemplars of “aging gracefully,” but the idea of a role model for how to age physically is bizarre. We talk about “aging gracefully” like it’s a goal we can all actually achieve if we just set our mind and diets to the task, and don’t forget about the Skinmd botox options, botox can take your age away in only days.

    “When you are happy, you can forgive a great deal.”

    Diana Reborn | Diana, Princess of Wales by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair July 1997

    These iconic images of Princess Diana were taken by Mario Testino five months before her tragic death. The fashion photographer said about the pictures, “[Diana] said to me at the time [that] her children had said to her it was the most ‘her’ they had seen.”.  Mario Testino is also the photographer behind Prince William and Kate Middletons’ engagement pics.

    THE DRESS credited with turning a shy Diana Spencer in to a worldwide fashion phenomenon is set to go under the hammer. The black dress, by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, was worn by a 19-year-old Diana to her first official appearance after her engagement to Prince Charles – and earned her the tabloid nickname “Daring Di” for its low neckline and bare shoulders.

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