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Posted on June 13, 2013

It’s All Black & White

Audrey Hepburn/ Black/ details/ Fashion/ interiors/ White
This eternally chic colour combination is one of my favourites.  It exudes style and stands the test of time.  Being one of the biggest trends for 2013, this timeless combination gives a glamorous edge.  Unlike many colours, the duo can be worn regardless of the season or occasion.
The peplum skirt gives this ensemble interest. 
A favourite of Coco Chanel
 I really need a white blazer like the ones pictured above.  The gold buttons are a lovely detail. 
I also love this combination for interiors.  Having endless possibilities, whether the design is contemporary, traditional, modern, or eclectic, it is the perfect example of the theory “less is more.”
The layers and textures keep this room from becoming boring and the softer palette creates a more soothing atmosphere.
Isn’t this marble exquisite?
This Oscar de la Renta dress worn by Audrey in Sabrina has the same appeal today.. and how adorable are the pooches?
What are your thoughts on this colour combination?
xoxo, B
Posted on February 22, 2010

Jet-Setter ~

Audrey Hepburn/ Grace Kelly/ Travel

Spring is almost here and that means upcoming travels.  Warm weather is all I have been dreaming of the past month!  Although we have a little while to go until our upcoming vacation, here are some of my must haves ~


Smythson jewelry roll       Lady Poppy lingerie bags   
    Smythson travel wallet 


Mary Green sleep masks ~

Dreaming of Paris and Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Aspinal of London                            Vintage Chanel train case
Pottery Barn jewelry case
             Taschen’s Paris                            travel journal                 
European travel shopping guide ~ I love this!

GHD dual voltage styler              La Mer travel skincare      
Shiseido sun protection
               Christophle travel frame                  Vulcan suitcase ~ on my wishlist                  
Vie Lux Tuileries candle
                  Cashmere wrap for the airplane          grooming set for the man in your life         
 cashmere slippers ~ I also use these for long flights


                            travel pillow                                    Kokin Sun Hat                           

        iPod Touch          


  digital scale ~ you guessed it, I overpack!     universal travel adapter
      travel steamer       
Au Revoir!  xoxo, B


Posted on February 18, 2010

Elegance ~ What defines it? Where has it gone?

Audrey Hepburn/ Catherine Deneuve/ elegance/ grace/ Grace Kelly
 One of my girlfriends and I recently had this discussion over lunch.  When I think of elegance, immediately Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana and Catherine Deneuve come to mind.  There was thought and care that went in to style, clothing and behaviour that seems not to be as present as it once was.

Ageless beauties
    The styles exuded grace and beauty.  I love that women and men took pride in the way they dressed.  Clothing showing undergarments was unheard of .  No pants on the ground! 
Dita looking fabulous!  I love her coat!
Most of my clothing is tailored to fit me perfectly.  I prefer to wear dresses and skirts, a heel to an Ugg, a trouser to a jean, and I love to accessorize.  I like to wear a pretty flower or vintage brooch on my coat.  I receive many smiles and compliments when I wear them!          


I enjoy the ritual of getting dressed ~ sitting at my dressing table applying make-up, spritzing perfume, styling my hair, etc..  I certainly do not spend all of my time doing this.  I have three children.  I have a very busy life! 
  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Shall We Dance
The definition for elegance ~ refinement, grace, and beauty in movement, appearance, or manners.  Tasteful opulence in form, decoration, or presentation.
Catherine Deneuve ~ always chic
Whilst at an airport recently, my husband and I needed to ride a shuttle to another terminal.  During that ride, there were several people seated while an elderly lady was tightly holding onto a rail, trying not to fall as the driver quickly drove from one terminal to the other.  My husband and I were also standing.  Once we got off the shuttle, I asked my husband when people became this way.  I was shocked, and saddened, that not one person offered their seat to her.
Grace on her wedding day.  Isn’t she a vision?
Is it that people no longer care for eachother? I do not accept busy lifestyles as a reason. Are there not enough role models? Afterall, it only takes a moment to say hello, thank you, please, you’re welcome, sir, madam, and have a nice day/evening.  To hold a door for someone.  I teach my children this on a daily basis. I am proud to say my younger son recieved an award for Most Respectful Student at his school, and my other son and daughter have also been recognized for kind acts. Whew! They really are listening 😉


Audrey and Grace presenting at the Academy Awards
I believe that graciousness begins with parents, teachers, adults so children can learn.  Being gracious is not only acts of kindness, patience, and courtesy but being generous in spirit ~ including social graces, empathy and tolerance. 
Audrey Hepburn
There are times in life when it seems to takes a little more effort to be gracious than to be difficult.  Perhaps we are a society that has become short of listening, empathising and understanding?  If everyone showed a bit more graciousness, it will make the world a better place.

                                                                        Au Revoir!  xoxo, B




Posted on January 5, 2010

I believe in fairytales ~

Annie Leibovitz/ Audrey Hepburn/ Eugenio Recuenco/ Fairytales/ Tim Walker
Over the weekend, I took my daughter to see The Princess and the Frog.  I, too, love a fairytale as much as the next girl, even if they are ages are 4, 5, 6,…  I was hoping my daughter would decide she wanted to see this movie afterall.  Last year, at the age of 5, she decided princesses are for “little girls”.  Myself, at the age of .. well, nevermind, still believes in fairytales ~
 Tim Walker
I still believe ….
Eugenio Recuenco
a man should open a door,
Annie Leibovitz
pull out the chair,
Eugenio Reucenco
and give up his seat for a lady.
Annie Leibovitz
Send flowers ~ not only for special occasions.
Tim Walker
I believe in the kind of love that makes you weak in the knees
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and makes your heart beat faster.
Audrey Hepburn
Yes, I believe fairytales do come true

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I hope you believe too!
My prince charming on our 10 yr vow renewal
xoxo, B
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