There is something special about family heirlooms that has nothing to do with monetary value. Somehow in knowing that one of your forbearers wore and valued an item of jewellery it gives you a connection to the past that is quite special. Jewellery is an especially personal item and pearls have been a valued, Read More

You should have seen Juliet’s face when I turned up on her doorstep, candy pink satin corset in hand. (Imagine in your head as you read this a very charming Scottish / Australian accent)… “Really?…. A corset! Well yes, but candy pink satin?…Are you sure?” “Trust me!” I say… and trust me she did., Read More

Unfortunately by the time you are reading this, the exhibition will be over!  Ah well. Due to other commitments both professional and personal I have not managed to get this post published in a timely manner. Never mind. It was a lovely little exhibition held by the City of Glen Eira as part of, Read More

Fashion. Its trivial, frippery. Right? Hmm, No. Fashion may seem trivial but clothing’s ability to transform a person, and communicate a message is something most powerful and deeply rooted in human culture and psychology. Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, now a major multi award winning film starring Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth,, Read More

Can you hear it? Listen for it, after Marion’s laugh. It is the unique sound of beautiful sequinned lace, rustling as it moves, almost like soft rain on a tin roof. It is a sound that Marion Boyce, award winning Costume designer of crime series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and feature film The Dressmaker is, Read More

What a difference a few metres can make. It’s summer in Melbourne, and for many that means sun, sand, and salt, spending time on our bay and surf beaches. I was in Rye the other day. For those who don’t know it, its on the Mornington Peninsular, south of Melbourne. As you travel south, Read More

Over the last two years Jo Jenkinson has quietly but doggedly worked away on her new book ‘The Lure of The Beach’ a history of sea bathing in Brighton. Published with the aid of a Local History Grant from The Victorian State Government, it relates stories including the days of the early horse drawn, Read More

Yup! You guessed Photobomb Friday has had a name change! Two reasons, firstly I’m loosening up my schedule, so it may not be Friday… secondly there is no random person sticking their head in the back here making bunny ears. Though that might be cute! So it is Colour Crush #15 Liquid Art Best, Read More

What a woman is Lizzie Velasquez. She is funny, intelligent, brave and warm. Here she talks with eloquence about living with being visibly different, a positive upbringing, finding what defines you and choosing your own life. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c62Aqdlzvqk&w=560&h=315] Whilst Lizzie’s appearance is dominated by her physicality rather than her expression of identity through dress, she, Read More

It’s Photobomb Friday (you and I both know it is Tuesday, but we can keep a secret can’t we?) It is… extinguishhhhhhhhhhhhh Best on… Warm Spring (warm and clear)    We need a little heat in ol’ Melbourne town today! Cheerio Bella. For more colour inspiration click on the colour category in the “Let’s, Read More