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Friday, 30 May 2014


Dolly Parton is America's sweetheart....she is saccharine sweet and with her self deprecating humour...who wouldn't love her?
I am no great fan of her music...after "Jolene...Jolene...Jolene...Jooooo-leneeeee"....I kind of switched off from her music and embraced her acting from "9 to 5" and my all time favourite: "Steel Magnolias".

So why am I writing about her? Not for her taste in clothes....nor her wig collection that rivals even Raquel Welch's but for her words of wisdom that I came across in Elle magazine...:

"Dolly on dressing up:
'It's a good thing I was born a girl,otherwise I'd be a drag queen.'

Dolly on diets:
'I tried every diet in the book.I tried some that weren't in the book.I tried eating the book.It tastes better than most of the diets.'

Dolly on ....Dolly:
'You try wagging these puppies around...and see if you don't have back problems.' "
(This said after having to postpone her 2008 tour...)

I thought that this was a colourful,rhinestone, star spangled way...to end the week!

                                                         Have a nice weekend.

Saturday, 24 May 2014


                                              *PHOTO BY NIGEL SHAFRAN FOR VOGUE*

Anybody else fancy some "no holds barred" retail therapy?
Get in line.....

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


Diane Von Furstenberg created the mother of all dresses: the Wrap Dress and it is celebrating it's 40 years.

This dress is her signature design,wearing it makes women feel sexy from sun up to sun down and has been responsible for many a seduction.....
I should know, I enticed a man in one night,reduced him to putty in my hands...and all down to the power of DVF's dress....it takes over your body and sends signals more powerful than a lighthouse.

Needless to say,the dress lead to hot and steamy ...I bought 3 more.....
The red and black Vintage one was to try and keep Mr. Steamy interested when things started to wan....(he so wasn't for me...but the dress wouldn't quit!!)...and reluctant as he was...the dress took over reason and went straight to tomfoolery....my unwitting prey promised me a Caribbean getaway...the dress was a sorceress!
The next day I flew to NYC to join a friend and by then the magic was gone and it was "sayonara" on all fronts.

Any regrets? None...like I said;in the light of day and without the magic dress ...it well and truly was a ....wrap!

Thursday, 15 May 2014


You're selling? I'm buying!!...into the dream,the bathing suit and that bangin' body!!!

You will hear no arguments from me!.. Sex sells... whether it is wearing La Perla or 5o shades of grey.....

Like we need convincing!!....

Of Kors.....

I have never bought from Michael Kors, I find it looks better on celluloid than it does on the hanger  further more and to be precise... what I do buy into ....is the lifestyle he is selling in his photoshoots.

It is more than the clothes and the accessories...it is the arm candy all buff and tan...it is the private plane or yacht they are descending from .... the jetty leading to their private villa on a Caribbean island....everyone is healthy,sleek and tan and up to their smiling faces in the" joie de vivre" that comes with an expense account ...where no one is counting.

Look at this image and tell me that you wouldn't want to be her at this very moment.... But does anything stand out ?
Is your eye attracted to a particular item of clothing or accessory in this layout? Or are you taken by the whole image?... Lord knows everything on here has a Kors label on it...(excluding maybe the boat and the ocean) But what is attracting your attention,huh? 

Nothing stands out for me as an individual item that I must have from the Kors collection that I won't grab elsewhere, designer or not, and most probably a darn sight cheaper....but,having said that, I am attracted by the package it represents...the dream,the lifestyle.
Ralph Lauren has been and may still be, the reigning King of the "ensemble selling": the items and the lifestyle stand out and work individually and as a whole. 

So I shall continue to dream the Kors tanned dream that he is selling without breaking a sweat nor my bank balance.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

J CREW part 3....

Remember when I wrote about J .Crew opening on Regent Street last winter....and it's simultaneous opening on Draycott Avenue...?
About how expensive it was,almost three times what we would pay in the States?...If the Brits would dignify that with their expense account...???Huh?!
Looks like they have and are....because J.Crew will be opening in my hood in the Fall,on Sloane Square... the Dad Hatters route to Peter Jones and his scone.
Ain't life grand....and the prices GRAND-ER.....
Last week I saw a sleeveless summer dress with applique flowers...lovely enough for me to reach out and look at the price tag:
over £600.......ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????
With £600 I can fly coach/return to JFK and bloody buy the dress for a song....
Pfffffff......and my diamond shoes are too tight.
Ah!The trials and tribulations of shopping......

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

I'm a PANK.....are you?

In case you were wondering whether I have lost my marbles...it's simply that you are out of touch with this generations lingo....
MILF....et al....Know what that is? Do I have to explain everything to you!!!?

Well here is a new one for you and one I am proud of being:

PANK: "Professional Aunt No Kids"......

Hands up all those who like me are: childless,happy to be so and  a great aunt to their friends kids!

I was a the checkout counter of the supermarket today and I recognised a lady in the queue next to me:

"Hello there!" she exclaims,smiling at me. " Day off?"....she clearly knows nothing about me.

"I have no kids! Every day is a day off!" I reply without thinking.
Thankfully she laughed,others may have been offended.

I love kids,simply other peoples and especially those at the walking,talking stages of their lives when you can discuss music,celebrities and shopping!!
Babies? Not so much ...I simply never felt the need to smell them, hold them, kiss their little feet and hands...Sorry! In my eyes at this stage of their lives,they belong solely to their moms,God bless them. 

So back to being a PANK....I am proud to be one and I hope I have been a good one to Lara,Tania, Philippe, Mael,Alex Rana, Dalia, Laila,Teymour,Rakan...and the list goes on! Plus there are my little cousins who now of kids of their own....I'll be a bloody old PANK pretty soon...

Don't know these particular kids...but the image is gorgeous.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Summer Lovin'...Wardrobe

...Look No Further!





Pieces that speak to you ,which in turn will make others talk to you... 
Head turning Fashion....this summer is full of it.

All you need ...is to make it your own.

More later...... 

Friday, 2 May 2014

Kissing Kousins...Kardashian style....

Just when we thought Halloween was done and dusted...out Komes Kim with a home run...

We never had a doubt did we?...That the well endowed Kim Kardashian was the doppelganger of our beloved Audrey Hepburn!!

Isn't it uncanny how their resemblance ...especially from behind is almost confusing!!.
 Is it? Isn't it?...But resolutely this debate need not take long since the gorgeous Ms. Hepburn is no longer with us. 
Still...what a sight to behold! Kim Kan pull off an Audrey.....
Or Kan-she?