I don’t know how many people still enjoy handwriting but I’m firmly an advocate of it. Although my handwriting has gotten messier and larger – I’m notorious for not being able to fit between the lines – I’ve now transitioned from trying to find the perfect pen to using a HB pencil.  

I attended a course recently and I wondered if the other tech-savy delegates may find my useage of a pencil old fashioned. Funnily enough, the person who sat next to me pulled out a gorgeous shiny black pencil. He did ask to borrow my sharpener.  

Any favourite pencils?



What a gorgeous, easy and fresh summer ensemble, courtesy of The Sartorialist.



Cab Calloway couldn’t have expressed more joyfully how good you feel when you’ve got “Happy Feet”. My husband is mad about stripes and admittedly, I’m quite partial to the classic French stripey t-shirt. I’m loving the range of stripeys from Swedish sock merchants, Happy Socks.


Australian artist and fabric designer, Florence Broadhurst, was mysteriously murdered in the late 1970s but her work continues to be uncovered and displayed to sublime effect. Sydney fabric designers and manufacturers, Signature Prints, have been bringing to life her highly distinctive, flamboyant patterns in cushions, clutch bags, limited edition art and stationery. I covet this Ikeda luggage bag which would fit the contents of your handbag as well as a laptop.

Swiss miss, Nicole Locher, has created a range of delightful yet cheeky accessories including necklaces, rings and tops. Some of her necklaces use images of cute-as-a-button children mixed with petite brass bows, butterflies and baby shoes to accessorise them. Messages range from the risque “Sans Culotte” meaning No Panties, to the cute “Chipie” necklace which means Little Minx. I particularly like her blending of materials and 21stC design with Victoriana imagery.

I was recently looking for a gift for a friend and found this gorgeous resin & polished chrome bangle from Dinosaur Designs (AUD$369).
I’ve long admired the three Aussies who are the designers behind Dinosaur Designs. My admiration increased for them when I read an article last week that they still hand make everything in Sydney and are a carbon neutral company. It’s great to see companies that are actually walking the talk when it comes to corporate social responsibility as well as producing locally.

My daughter recently pulled out a fashion magazine I had in storage: L’Officiel, September 1958. I marvelled at the gorgeous fabrics and designs and laughed at the kooky poses of the models. I recalled that earlier in the week I’d seen a photo from the Louis Vuitton Fall-Winter 2008/09 collection which was so reminiscent of the styles in this issue.;jsessionid=PXGTBHZNYUWB4CRBXUXFAHYKEG4RAUPU?buy=1&langue=en_GB&direct1=home_entry_gb

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