Thursday, 30 July 2009

A fashionable read...

Recently, I have had the pleasure of flipping through the mesmerizing pages of the Mr & Mrs Smith Boutique Hotel Collection: The Global Shortlist. Featuring 30 hotels -- from atmospheric French chateaux and Italian castellos to glamorous chic retreats in Brazil and the US -- this stunning guide stands out for its elegant design, witty text, and stunning original photography.

"For the perfect escape to paradise it's best to get on board fast with Mr. and Mrs. Smith." Time

"The perfect way to discover the chicest, most individual hotels for your next getaway."

Even without the prospect of a holiday on the horizon (unless Schoolies counts? Didn't think so.), I thoroughly enjoyed flipping through this book, if not simply for the captivating images, but for the tongue-in-cheek reviews of every hotel penned by each different Mr & Mrs Smith (some of them celebrities, all of them honest). If it's a 5 star trip you're after, surrounded by luxury so tangible you can taste it in the air, then I would highly recommend acquiring a copy of The Global Shortlist.



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Wednesday, 15 July 2009


“The world will be my oyster once I’m too thin; I’m not there yet.”

I must admit, there are times when I completely relate to a statement like this.

I am enraged and disgusted that society has done this to us girls. What did we ever do to deserve this pressure?

Fabulous Body Survey 2008

Women Say...

Do you want to Lose weight?

79% Women said YES

21% Women said NO

Men Say...

Does womens body size matter to you?

74% men said yes

26% men said no

I rather admire the honesty of these participants. But am still saddened by the results.



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Friday, 3 July 2009


Warning: nudity.

This may be a few years old, but the underlying theme is ever-relevant.

Two years ago, spring had been dubbed the season of "extreme footwear"; i.e. shoes that can rightfully be described as fetishistic (defined by the Oxford English Dictionary with typical dryness as "an object . . . which serves as the stimulus to, or the end in itself of, sexual desire").

At the time, in Paris, there was an exhibition celebrating this very concept. David Lynch and Christian Louboutin had collaborated for the boldly named photography show Fetish, in which two women pose in a Blue Velvet atmosphere for Lynch, wearing Louboutin shoes.

"You can channel that feeling [comfort with one's sexuality] into your shoes in a way you can't with your clothes," says Serena Rees, co-founder of boutique sex-wear chain Agent Provocateur. "If you work in a bank, you can just wear your massive heels beneath your suit, suggesting something underneath."

"...heels celebrate a woman," Rees says. "They add and emphasise a woman's curves: they're not about skinniness." In the notes accompanying the Parisian show, Louboutin writes, "David [Lynch] had only one demand: 'No bones'." And the models are lusciously curvy.

"Our take has always been to make a woman feel good about herself," Rees continues. But how does wearing shoes that squeeze make anyone feel better? "A woman who feels sexy feels good about herself, but she has to be doing it for herself, not a man."

And so one comes to the conclusion that, fine, a woman feels better if she believes she's looking good, but isn't that just because she's getting sexual attention, in which case, isn't it ultimately another example of women suffering physical discomfort for male attention?

I would love to hear the general consensus on this issue. Is the energy a woman puts into looking good ultimately spent simply to garner attention from men (or other women)?

I know there's no definitive answer to this, but what about your individual points of view?
I hate to admit it, but personally, this is sometimes the basis for my appearance choices in the morning, and before going out at night.



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