Friday, February 04, 2011

Japan - a photo essay

We saw some beautiful things in Japan. Here are some I wanted to share with you.
This is a homemade Sake menu made by a gorgeous Canadian girl called Johanna who together with her very cool Japanese DJ husband, owned the best bar in Hirafu. The Fridge Door Bar.
The Fridge Door Bar
More scenes from the Fridge Door Bar (great Italian wine by the glass).
I'm obsessed with sake bottles.
and lanterns.
and just look at this divine waitress. She works in Mina Mina, a fantasticly funky traditional Japanese restaurant  in Hirafu.

Check out Prudie's fabulous Moncler ski jacket. What a waist!
My gorgeous husband taking in the view from a gondola at Annupuri.
This was the beautiful owner of Myojinkan the onsen resort we stayed at in Matsumoto.
Mount Fuji from the train.
Mumma and bubba asleep on the train.

Summer Morning in the Community Garden

This morning Orsie and I took a stroll up the lane way to the community garden. My word she's looking good. Sunflowers as tall as houses, beans twisting and curling around their tee pees, herbs looking bushy and green, and the most fabulous shocking pink rhubarb. Take a look.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

SAGs - Winners and Losers

After the saucy and chic spread of gowns we were given at the Golden Globes, I was chomping at the Gucci bit to see what the ladies offered at the Screen Actor's Guild Awards.  And the good news is, the ladies didn't disapoint.

Woman of the moment Natalie Portman was pure, white, elegance in Azzaro. Having mastered the art of dressing superbly while pregnant, she has upped the ante once again off the big screen.
Interestingly, newly appointed Versace ambassador January Jones was wearing Carolina Herrera. Fashion forward and willing to break the rules, January's rivalling the uber models right now in terms of bringing mass exposure to designers.
Again Helena Bonham Carter shook up the Hollywood heavies with her take on red carpet and I loved it. A llittle more orthodox than the Golden Globes ensemble but when paired with the sunglass of the moment, the retro Clubmaster, she elevates the otherwise simple black and white gown to Coolest Girl in School level.
Christina Hendricks has a body made for sin and she relishes opportunities to flash it to us with bits of breast and lashings of leg  always on show. This time it was L'Wren scott. Flattering and sublimely cut but I don't think black's her best colour. Give me emerald green next time please Christina.
Glee girl Michelle Lea stepped up to the fashion plate in an Oscar de la Renta fail-safe gown. Stunning, beautifully sexy but given her age, I think she can push the boundaries more. She can wear this if Glee's still cutting it in 20 years time.
I was very impressed to see Nicole Kidman step away from white last night. She vamped it up in a black Nina Ricci lace spanish style number, reinstating her fashion credibility. I also loved her hair. Up, loose and sexy. Nic had the glint in her eye again. Big tick Nic.
Clare Danes went for classic and feminine in Louis Vuitton. Pretty, feminine and understated but a genuine awards gown worn well. Again, great hair. Classic. No bells and whistles.
But my number 1 SAG girl for 2011? Well I just loved Hillary Swank in this piece of picture perfect Versace. Great hair, great colour, great cut. What a woman.