Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Winter Warmers

With the nights shorter and days colder, the chilly winter weather is definitely upon us which only means one thing.. it's time to dust off all our winter favourites. There comes a time throughout each season when we all open our wardrobes and amid the over flowing collection of clothing we still think "i've got nothing to wear." We are all too familiar with that conundrum, however, I have realised that it's not a matter of "nothing to wear" we just need to find new ways to mix up our existing wardrobe. Buying a few key pieces each season instantly injects some new life into our uninspiring collection. This winter I suggest you take a cue from the ladies below and invest in fur jackets, ankle boots, sheer maxis, wide brimmed hats, leopard print and lots of leather. The old is now the new, and with a few key winter woolies your wardrobe has taken on a whole new life!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Beverley Hills Style...

It's easy to see why so many of our Aussie's are making their way to LAX. With it's effortless style, a lot of glam and a little bit of rock star, the City of Angels is easy to fall in love with.

I have come to realise why America is a place many of us aspire to move to. For one the shopping is half price but more importantly it somehow inspires something great within us to shine brighter than before. I have always found that in America everything is possible, even the impossible! Over the past few years some of my friends, my yoga teacher and one of very own Private Access Woman mentors, Kathryn Eisman moved to La La Land, launched her second book, secured herself a spot on Oprah's new network called OWN, just announced her engagement to marketing legend Siimon Reynolds and is basking in the Californian sunshine and living her happily ever after.

Recently another one of our Aussie's and fashion interns travelled to the land not so far away and discovered one of the most fashionable and chic hotel groups and definately one that is yet to be discovered by our Aussie travellers and soon can be, with loyalty privileges through the relaunch of Private Access Privilege. Some of the best things in life are free and others you just have to experience in style, luxury and exclusivity.

Merging the cool aesthetic of late 1960’s design with the manicured elegance of Beverly Hills, Thompson Beverly Hills is an outpost of decadence in the heart of Los Angeles. Designer Dodd Mitchell has outf itted the sleek 107 room hotel with authentic exotic materials and custom made furniture, highlighting guestrooms with unexpected glass and leather accents. The property features uniforms by Jenni Kayne in collaboration with style guru Rachel Zoe, and artwork throughout the rooms and hallways by world-renowned fashion photographer Steven Klein. ABH, the stunning rooftop bar and pool lounge, serves as an exclusive escape to guests and members, and offers breathtaking views of downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills.

All rooms and suites feature custom made 400 thread count SFERRA linens, individual temperature control units, two phone lines with speaker and conference capabilities, and in-room safes. The bathrooms are stocked with oversized Frette terry cloth bathrobes as well as bath and spa products by Kiehl ’s. Entertainment options include a f lat screen TV, on-demand movie library, and an iPod docking station which also serves as an alarm clock. In-room pantries offer Dean & Deluca gourmet snacks.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Style Envy.. Kate Waterhouse

If there was one lady on the Australian fashion scene that seems to get it so right every time it's Kate Waterhouse. Socialite and daughter of successful horse trainer Gai Waterhouse, it is evident Kate has grown up in the media spotlight. Now the style and fashion editor for the Sun Herald in Sydney, face of and presenter for Foxtel's Lifestyle You channel, media celebrity and with regular appearances on Sunrise, The Morning Show and Kerri Ann as the fashion girl, Kate's world is colliding head on with the fashion world. 

Kate always appears so polished and on trend whether it's in leather pants and a fur jacket, gold statement accessories or a nude belt she knows exactly how to finish off an outfit to perfection. She has already worked with some of the countries leading newspapers and magazines and is part of the socialite inner circle of Sydney's most intriguing and elite people. It is no wonder why we just can't get enough of this it-girl and why we follow her stylistic choices like it's a religion!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Crisp, Clean Style

We all know that fashion and trends come and go. We follow them religiously each season, copying and transforming them into our own wardrobes. But one piece that will forever be in style is the masculine, yet feminine, crisp white shirt. The white shirt is sleek, sophisticated and modern for the women that is confident in herself and is ready to take on any challenges that face her. Team your menswear inspired ensemble with ankle-lengthed cropped pants and brogues, leather pants and a tailored blazer or go a matching suit. Opt for a slim tailored white shirt to add a feminine edge and stick to minimal accessories for a sleek, clean look. Indulge in your masculine side and take a cue from our male counterparts to keep your ensembles looking polished and in a style that is never outdated!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Prada and Power.....

Some of us love Prada and some of us love Power.

To some of us Power comes from the things we have like a designer bag, to some it may come from the things they think they can take away from others. Ultimately we must realise that real power only comes from the heart.

There are those that strive for years to be seen by everyone, to be recognised publicly for their achievements or they fool the world and themselves that they are doing it with for some higher purpose, thus creating a false sense of self through which others can see right through.

No matter how many designer bags we may acquire or the medals that sit in our archive boxes ultimately true and real fulfillment can only come from a different kind of power which leaves us smiling from ear to ear. It is that moment where despite the lack of things we can still see the goodness in our lives and the greatness that comes from just being ourselves and just giving life a go surrounded by those friends and people who really love us.

We can be with who we are, we can look in the mirror and be proud of the way we have dealt with what life has thrown us and we know that we didn't need to steal, cheat and lie our way to where we are. I also believe that in the end everyone gets what they deserve. The law of Karma or the part that God plays in our life will ultimately give us exactly what we need as long as the path to get there is filled with love, light and goodness.

So here is to taking the right steps, with the right intention, loving and laughing along the way. And just like Christina Aguillera sings, Through the hard times we become a little bit stronger, a little bit wiser and a whole lot smarter.

I love the words of this song.....

Cause if it wasn't for all that you tried to do, I wouldn't know
Just how capable I am to pull through
Cause it...Makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter
Made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter

So here's to being stronger!!

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