Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Special Wednesday Awards!

I know I'm not suppose to be here today but I thought it was only right I give out my own awards for the fashion of this year's Academy Awards. Each year I sit in the comfort of my home gauging on chocolate and tea to watch the glamour that is the Oscars. What a surprise no ghastly blunders were really present. So picking worst dress was a struggle and shortlisting best dressed was even harder. Hollywood you got it right this year.

So here are the inaugural annual Papilio awards -

Most Daring:

Gwenyth Paltrow. She was dazzling in this Tom Ford number. Why so daring? Ummm... wearing a cape is daring! It could be oh so elegant or just plain superhero dress up. It was so elegant - thanks for taking a leap!

Best Hair:

Cameron Diaz. I know it is effortless and all those other ladies with there well to do up dos might deserve it more purely out of time and effort but Cameron looked beautiful with her little blond cut.

Most Safe and Oh so Typical Award:

Angelina Jolie - really? black again? She wowed me at the Golden Globes and here she is back to basics. Oh and that thigh high slit? Was it really necessary to pose left leg exposed just so every single time! We women already want to kill ourselves when we look at you keep miss perfectly slim and sexy leg behind the curtain!

Most Resemblance to the Actual Award:

Meryl Streep. Usually she dresses so perfectly for her figure and age - this time around I think she was too preoccupied in winning the Oscar she ended up dressing as the Oscar. Sorry Meryl but you missed the mark this time.

Most Sexy:

Rose Byrne an Aussie darling and how sexy she was. Draped in a Vivienne Westwood black number she was alluring, sensual and classic all in one - well done miss Byrne you've done Australia proud!

Most Elegant:

Penelope Cruz. Well didn't she look like the modern day princess. So very proper and what a gorgeous blue.

Best Vintage Inspired:

Natalie Portman. Anyone feeling Pretty Women right now? I loved the polka dots and that hair and that bling - it was a well put together look - thanking you vintage Christian Dior! Natalie I know I've teased you but for now I congratulate you.

Most Flattering:

Octavia Spencer. We all know it can be hard for bigger women to find faltering evening gowns but Octavia smashed it out the ball park. This number suited her body shape to a tee.

Most Improved:

Tina Fey. She's very hit and miss but I'm loving this Carolina Herrara number. Well done Tina!

Most likely to be deemed lamb dressed as mutton:

Shailene Woodley. Hmmm from what I have seen so far Shailene has a long way to go in the name of style. Don't cover up that pretty body just yet honey.

Most likely to have a Wardrobe Malfunction:

Jennifer Lopez. It was so JLo - low cut, figure hugging - or more so ass hugging and was there a hint of peek-a-boo during the ceremony... probably. JLo I think we've had enough of your boobs

Most amount of Sequins (in a good way)

Milla Jovovich. This was stunning - it was Hollywood glamour and it showed off everything her momma gave her.

Most likely to Succeed:

Emma Stone - she's the new girl in town and she's screaming here I am! Some commentators thought the high neck and cut was much too old for her but all I saw was a beautiful young and classy lady. This came a very close second to my best dressed.

Most undecided Love or Hate:

Sandra Bullock I'm just not sure. The colours work, the feel is classic and yet there is something ill fitting about it. For that I give you my confused award.

Best Dressed Wife:

Livia Firth. She's eco friendly and has vowed to always wear sustainable gowns. This Valentino number is made from recycled plastic bottles. And she's obviously won best accessory as well - Colin Firth! Oh Livia how my jealousy increases by the minute.

Best Male:

George Clooney. Well I kind of have to give it to him - there's one fine example of a silver fox. And even though he didn't win a little gold statue he's got one wrapped around him already - Miss Stacy Keibler knows exactly what she's here for ;)

Worst Dressed:

As I said there were no shock horrors this time round which was a pleasant change as well as a bit of a let down - who doesn't like laughing at the outlandish.

Berenice Bejo from The Artist was not all that artistically pleasing. I just felt the colour washed her out and along with that red hair it just didn't seem to work for me. It wasn't blindingly painful but if I had to choose I'm sorry but maybe you should have silently stayed in black and white.

Best Dressed:

Michelle Williams. I adore Michelle - her hair, her smile, her constantly perfect style; she is incandescent. I still don't know what colour it is - sometimes it looks crimson, other times it looks stunningly orange - but I don't care what colour it is! And who would have thought a pink Bottega Veneta clutch would compliment that coral. Michelle: you are colour blocking like a pro. Utterly stunning! And although you didn't come away with best actress you sure came away with Papilio award number 1 and we all know that's better than any gold statue ;)

And it didn't stop there - celebrities party like no other, so here's to the after parties - and the winner goes to ...

Most over the top after party dress but I love it anyway award:

Lily Collins. This is lovely! Not exactly after party material in my opinion but it is such a intricately beautiful gown who wouldn't want to wear that to whatever event.

Most I'm still sexy let's party award:

Heidi Klum - Victoria Secret models past and present will always make me want to reach for the fat inducing comfort foods and Miss Heidi here really can work it.

Worst Dressed:

Maria Sharapova. Firstly - what is she even doing at the Vanity Fair after party and secondly what on Earth is she wearing? Is she reliving her fairytale dress up days? Is she channeling some sort of disheveled over grown slutty tinkerbell? It aint nice honey; it just aint. Maybe you should stick to the tennis court.

Best Dressed:

January Jones. She can get it oh so wrong but I loved this! It was different and the colours had a very unique and earthy mood and that hair is simply perfect. Well done January - can't wait for your return on Mad Men.

See you on FF - it's off to France for Milan is doing what it does best


Tuesday, 28 February 2012

TT: Restaurant at Home

Here in Australia people are really beginning to get the whole good food thing and men and women all around are picking up there saucepans and rocking there mix masters full speed. I for one are part of this crowd - well I've tried to up the anti that is; I have always been a lover of the kitchen - don't even get me started on my love of chefs.

So Friday night I got my domestic goddess on and hosted a dinner party for the girls. I'll never get sick of playing 1950s housewife - in a way it isn't me at all - but let's leave that feminist discussion for the diary. So apron on and stove on high I'm dishing up a three course meal with love.

We sipped on Moscato and home brewed berry ice tea - I adore a home cooked meal, and I adore the company of close friends.

Entree was warm figs stuffed with goats cheese, walnuts and honey served on a bed of rocket and prosciutto salad that I lightly dressed with a simple balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing. A perfect starter to get the taste buds in the mood. And the best part - it's oh so quick and easy to make -

Main course was hearty and perfect for the rainy weather we were delightfully having. Slow roasted spiced lamb shanks with a potato puree. I let this simmer away in the magical appliance that is the slow cooker for a good 5 hours - letting the lamb simply fall off the bone and melt in your mouth -

And to finish of the night I served up a silky coconut and vanilla panna cotta with a home made blueberry and blackberry gelato. I loved loved loved making this luscious gelato - it was rather therapeutic stirring the custard, mixing and blending up the berries, then watching the mixture churn away just minutes away from creamy heaven. And the panna cotta - if you aren't an idiot you shouldn't be able to stuff this little dessert up, cream coconut milk, vanilla pod and sugar with gelatine to set. A few ingredients and bob's your uncle! you've got a fabulous dessert. If you like you can serve it the less traditional way and pour it in a glass to serve or you can be brave and let it set in a mould and turn it upside down to reveal an ever so slightly wobbly little tower -

To make up for the weekend's mishap I've got a special extra post for you tomorrow ;)


Sunday, 26 February 2012

FF: London Cat Walks

Firstly a gigantic apology - it seems that something happened to my FF post and technology seems to have failed me so sadly here it is on Sunday. I have spent yesterday and today trying to rewrite all that was lost so hope you will forgive me.

I use to think London was the best city in the world - well now I can't decide between it and New York. Both with their individual beauty, both with different delights and both with the promise of something more than just big city life. So it seem I cannot afford to decide - looks like I'll simply have to hope between the two :)

So it was London's turn to mingle in the world of fashion and what a week it was. Enjoy the best and not so best of London fashion week. Again all photos are from

At House of Holland was all about the brights and what a lovely modern twist on the classic hounds-tooth -

Jonathan Saunders collection had hints of tennis club influence and a pleasing earthy palette but this orange number was my number 1 -

If it is good enough for Michelle Williams then it's good enough for me. But it isn't about who's sitting front row at the shows it's about the clothes and Mulberry was not exactly winning. I love fur but there was simply too much of it but maybe that's just me. Here's my pick -

I wasn't loving Christopher Kane's collection - it was all a little too modern, a little too space age for my liking but this little number was the gem in the rocks -

Erdem - now this was my kind of show - it screamed ladylike, modern and such a pleasing colour palette.

I know I said I love practicality when it comes to fashion and Mary Katrantzou's collection wasn't exactly the most wearable but the execution and tailoring behind these pieces were simply a marvel.

I am a huge fan of Temperley London and she's done it again! It was oh so English, timeless, opulent and unlike Mr Jacobs the models were wearing rather suitable and appropriately sized hats -

I have saved the two of the most British labels for last and oh were they a couple of beautiful shows.

If you are still mourning the passing of dear Alexander McQueen don't be for he would be looking down with pride in his eyes for his legacy lives on. Sarah Burton has continued to keep McQueen relevant, wonderful and simply magnificent. She's stay true to his taste and she's added Burton magic. The McQ collection was simply divinity. Fashion is often deemed art - you could take that hair, place it on a pillar and call it the Mona Lisa. This dress was a stand out -

Burberry - is there a more British fashion house? I think not. This quintessentially English is in some very capable hands; for Christopher Bailey has brought this history house into modern times. He has created a collection that speaks Burberry classic and yet brings new life to the classic trench. The colours were Burberry through and through and of course complete with the obligatory and yet utterly gorgeous coats. And if you thought it couldn't get more British - Burberry made it rain, with models equipped with the finest of umbrellas. Oh; and who doesn't like a Burberry man. Sorry I couldn't choose one or two outfits - I simply cannot get enough of Burberry - I could have more Burberry than I could eat chocolate - and trust me that is a lot!

Now here's where it goes wrong. Surprisingly though there wasn't too much of eye soar glory; maybe designers cater to the English conservative nature but there were some hiccups.

At Peter Pilotto this little number was meant for the five year old dress up box or the streets of sesame, a multi coloured fur number? No, just plain no -

Meadham Kirchhoff would have to be on some sort of shroom to create these pieces. It was disco, meets a little girl's craft box, meets mardi gras, meets transvestite, meets some sort of circus on some serious acid. This is when fashion can be a complete joke -

Once again apologies for FF being on SS I'll see you for TT :)


Tuesday, 21 February 2012


It has been a while since I was able to bake so this weekend was a delight!

Coconut is such a beautiful little thing so it seemed only right it should incorporated into my favourite meal - dessert!

I baked this for my mum's birthday: it was a first attempt but I think I pulled it all together:

Coconut Meringue cake: those two ingredients just screamed heaven so I had to attempt this snowy white mountain - he was calling and he was rather difficult to climb. Three layers of cake, 7 glossy beaten egg whites, a whole coconut and a half to crack open and shave and a dash of fresh coconut syrup later this was the end result.

Next time I will definitely be more liberal with the meringue and the syrup - because who doesn't love sugary white goodness and sweet coconut.

Next Tasty Tuesday I have a treat! A three course home cooked meal - I love a good dinner party.