Thursday, February 14, 2013

WINTOUR&GUINNESS: THE THINGS THAT MAKE MY HOUSE A HOME


Your home is where your heart is and I certainly have my heart all over my new apartment in Port Melbourne. Its so important to surround yourself with what you love and a few things I am certainly loving at the moment are the following pieces......

"Tom Ford" caused a sensation when it was first published in 2004. This giant slice of fashion history, now back in print, celebrates the designers phenomenal career, during which he brought the house of Gucci back from the dead and then dethroned the great Yves Saint Laurent. With images by Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel and Terry Richardson, as well as texts by Anna Wintour and Graydon Carter, the book showcases Ford's magic touch on iconic catwalk pieces, provocative ad campaigns and elegant interiors. Anyone with an interest in fashion will want to own "Tom Ford".

 "Carine", and her vision of French Vogue, embodies all that the world likes to think of as Parisian style: a sense of chic that's impeccable and Karl Lagerfeld once said that if you close your eyes and imagine the ideal French woman, it would be Carine Roitfeld. She is a fashion visionary and a muse. Since the start of her career in the early 1990s, through her collaborations with the legendary photographer Mario Testino, Roitfeld has been credited with launching Tom Ford's career at Gucci, as well as turning "French Vogue" into one of the industry's most worshipped magazines. This elegant volume is a visual history of Roitfeld's fearless career. A daring instigator, she is known for pushing the limits with her subversive styling ideas. Featuring a selection of 250 magazine tear sheets and covers from pivotal editorial shoots and advertising campaigns, as well as intimate visual ephemera, this book gives an inside view into Roitfeld's creative thought process and sensibility. A must-have for those interested in fashion.

Diptyque Christmas Candles. Three words that had me running down to Brown Thomas back home in Ireland faster than a fat kid running to a free cupcake tasting. Diptyque always produce something special  for the festive season and last year was no different. ‘Tales of the Arabian Nights’ was the theme, in a collection based around three scents all housed in jewel-toned holders and the minute I saw them I was envisioning one on top of my coffee table books back home in Melbourne. ‘Oilban’ Frankincense candle was my top choice, what with its heady mix of elemi resin, Somalian incense and myrrh. Roll on their Christmas 2013 collection. 

Reminiscent of the scent of limes carried on a Caribbean sea breeze, Jo Malone's Lime Basil & Mandarin has become a modern classic for men and women in perfume/cologne form - I perfer it in candle form personally. Fresh limes and zesty mandarins are undercut by peppery basil and aromatic white thyme in this alluring signature blend. With a stunning bouquet lit across a single wick, the Lime Basil & Mandarin Candle envelops a room and lingers for hours to create an ambiance of warmth, sophistication and style. It is the ultimate luxury for me and actually reminds me of the beautiful scent of the Elle Macpherson The Body body cream that you used to be able to buy at Boots.  

When I put the above photo up on Instagram recently, there were several people asking about the framed piece leaning towards the wall. The piece was a gift from Megan Hess who as regular readers will know, is one of my personal favorite fashion illustrators ever. Simply put, this is my favourite piece in the whole apartment.

Let me know what objects make your personal space special. 

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