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Besotted and bedazzled

Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, possessed a jewellery collection of 214 pieces that was truly unique. This dazzling collection is intrinsically associated with the most controversial love story of modern times. King Edward VIII, the man who famously gave up the throne of England for the woman he loved, showered her with jewels designed...
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Facing up to it

Mask or not, facing up to a good foundation is always front of mind. Now is the time to consider a reset and reveal a new you. We’ve switched our attention to Lancôme® Teint Miracle Foundation and have discovered it’s sheer to medium coverage provides a luminous finish that’s both lightweight and natural looking. The secret...
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Kitty – a rising star

Heads swivelled and eyes grew wide when Lady Kitty Spencer, niece of Lady Di and cousin of Prince Harry, arrived at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor for his marriage to Meghan Markle. Wearing an emerald green hand-painted Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda dress topped with a Philip Treacy fascinator and adorned with jewellery from Bulgari,...
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French Impressionism at the NGV

Each year the National Gallery of Victoria showcases a Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition and this year is no exception. French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents an arresting display of 100 works by the well known masters of this unique movement. For starters, there are 19 canvasses by Monet, 10 by Renoir,...
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Couturiers to the stars

Zoe, Micol and Giovanna Fontana learned sewing and tailoring from their mother who had a tailoring shop near Parma, Italy and it was this trio of enigmatic sisters who put Italy on the fashion map.  Creating the Sorelle Fontana label, they designed for the stars of the silver screen.  Clients included Audrey Hepburn, Anita Ekberg, Elizabeth Taylor, and...
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Buff puff

Every now and then something pops up and you wonder how come you’ve missed it, then here’s one to put on your list. The Body Shop offers us this neat little facial buffer that takes a different approach to exfoliating and polishing the skin. It’s recommended that you use the buffer with your favourite cleanser...
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Botticelli to VanGogh – NGA

The National Gallery of Australia is presenting an amazing exhibition featuring masterpieces from the National Gallery London. It comprises 61 portrait and landscape works spanning almost 500 years. Most of the well known masters are represented making it enormously impressive. Many of the works are famous which makes viewing them up close and personal a...
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All the way with CeraVe

There’s no better time than right now, to rehydrate skin to look it’s healthy best. There are many factors that contribute to dry skin – weather, soaps, sanitisers or it maybe that you have naturally dry skin.  In a previous post we featured CeraVe’s Moisturising Cream for a heavy duty fix. http://gracie.net.au/one-pot-stop/.  Since then we have discovered CeraVe...
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Biscuit business

We’re very excited to be collaborating with the iconic David Jones Department Store this week, to bring you the thoroughly Australian traditional Anzac biscuit recipe and method. If you’ve never tried to bake them, or never indulged in this Anzac Day tradition, then there’s no time like right now, to get down and crunchy. The...
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Our very own Carla Zampatti

News of the death of Carla Zampatti, Australia’s most iconic fashion designer, has resulted in an outpouring of grief from right across the country.   Over the 56 years of her outstanding career, she established 26 stores as well as David Jones concessions across Australia and New Zealand and became our very own “Chanel”. Her...
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One pot stop

We’re excited to have discovered CeraVe Moisturising Cream and we recommend you slip this right into your beauty routine. When it comes to finding a cream that performs on all levels, look no further.  It’s all in this one uncomplicated pot. This rich moisturising cream is ideal to hydrate dry skin all over your body.  Because it’s...
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The chicken or the egg

No doubt in 1885 when Tsar Alexander III presented this Easter gift, the Hen Egg, to the Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, she didn’t ask the perennial question ‘which came first’.  This magnificent Fabergé egg led to the creation of 50 uniquely designed Imperial Fabergé Easter eggs presented to both Tsarina Maria Feodorovna later the Dowager Empress, and...
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Bags of style

Mimco, known for quality and style, has designed the kind of bag you’ll to want to keep close.  The Bloom Tote comes in two very appealing sizes that bring you the best of both worlds in space and style. Crafted in pebble textured leather, the bag resists over embellishment, to carry just the right amount...
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Marvellous Millicent Rogers

Few style icons have a museum named after them, but one such icon, Millicent Rogers (1902 – 1953) has just that – The Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, New Mexico.  Her creative style and passion for silver and turquoise jewellery, and textiles that she discovered in New Mexico, ignited a lifelong passion. Born the granddaughter of...
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Cutie time

Care is always needed when looking after our cuticles and no more so than at this time.   Constant use of hand sanitiser over time can cause cuticles to slip into ‘dry mode’.   This we do not need.  A great way to to avoid this happening, is with a good cuticle oil that will...
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One entwined CC inspires another

Chanel’s presentation of the latest Métiers d’art Collection in the Grand Gallery of Chateau de Chenonceaux was a consequence of the Chateau being inspiration for the newly appointed designer, Viard’s collection.  We selected a few of our favourites to pique your interest followed by a link to the parade. The Grand Galley’s slate and chalk...
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“CC” is for Château de Chenonceau

The magnificent Château de Chenonceau is characterised by the lives of the historic and famous women who occupied, added to, landscaped and embellished it, ensuring its place in the rich tapestry of French history. A jewel in its own right, the castle was gifted by King Henry II of France to Diane de Poitiers, a clever...
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To a T

Where would we be without a T-shirt?   It’s the most adaptable piece of clothing in any wardrobe.  It’s devoid of class, occasion or sex.  It’s the ‘take you anywhere’ essential for everyone of every age.  The United States navy began issuing the T-shirt as undershirts in 1913.  Then came the 1950s.  Marlon Brando wore...
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All wrapped up

What has made Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress such an evergreen, is best described in her own words:  “I had a very down-to-earth product, my wrap dress, which was really a uniform.  It was just a simple little cotton-jersey dress that everybody loved and everybody wore, ” she told *New York Magazine in 1988....
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The Delphos Gown – Classic Fortuny

Seductive and body hugging, the Delphos gown debuted in 1909 with a simplicity and timelessness that has made it permanently up to date.  Created in Venice by Mariano Fortuny in collaboration with his wife Henriette Nigrin, it was inspired by the Greek statue of the Charioteer of Delphi whose tunic comprised deep vertical folds. The ingenious...
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In the blink of an eye

DIY eyelash dying has always seemed tricky and daring, but extraordinary times call for brave moves and so we ventured to try 1000 Hour Lash & Brow Dye and discovered just how easy this is to do.  Minimum effort, maximum impact.  Let this be your new little secret. We chose the blue black shade from...
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The stuff of dreams

The magnificent Alta Moda show hosted by Dolce & Gabbana in Florence last week, was a superbly orchestrated showcase of 189 creations as a tribute to the city’s history, art and timeless elegance.  The designers’ vision captured the sophisticated style of the 1950s and early 1960s. The parade was set in the glorious gardens of...
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All eyes on you

As masks become common place, there’s an emphasis on our eyes.  This is the perfect time to step out and try something new.  A Lancôme Hypnose Palette that offers 5 different gorgeous shades of eyeshadow, is a good place to start. There’s a selection of eight different colour combinations from which to choose.  We favoured...
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Empress of Fashion

Diana Vreeland (1903 – 1989), Empress of fashion, taste and style, was one of the most influential figures in the history of fashion.  Longtime editor of Harper’s Bazaar, then Vogue she followed up by being consultant to The Costume Institute Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her individual style drew fashion photographers, keen to portray her unique...
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A triple act cleanser

Dior Hydra Life 3-in-1 Makeup Remover is exactly that, a triple act cleanser which cleanses, soothes and beautifies the skin, effortlessly removing heavy makeup of all kinds, without leaving an oily residue. This Dior product is one of our top picks for makeup removal.  It’s high content of active ingredients is gentle on sensitive skin...
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A Paris pit stop – Galeries Lafayette

The flagship store of Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris is   sheer heaven for shopping and second only to the Eiffel Tower as the most visited monument in Paris. Opened in 1912 it’s art nouveau design includes a breathtaking glass dome (43m high) that floods golden light into the...
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Perfect for a quick fix

Finding the right solution for a split or broken nail between manicures is often tricky.  Whilst nothing can be guaranteed to hold up indefinitely, Ultra Quick Nail Glue by Nailene is one to put on your list.   You can find it just about anywhere that sells nail care.   It’s affordable, boasts salon quality and is...
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WFH – switching the rules

Comfort is key to working-from-home, just ask the fashion doyenne, Anna Wintour, who has recently discovered what we have always known, you can wear track pants and still look stylish. The Vogue Editor-in-Chief has long denounced tracksuit bottoms, and she was not alone – Karl Lagefeld famously suggested that ‘Sweat pants are a sign of defeat’....
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Parisian trendsetter

Nonchalant and effortless, chic and confident, sophisticated and cool, any and all of the above apply to Caroline de Maigret, iconic model and Parisian trendsetter.  Co-Author of the book How To be Parisian Wherever You Are, and more recently  Older but Better, but Older, she has much to offer in our approach to style and what suits us and...
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The first best-dressed woman

Mona, Countess of Bismarck was the first American to be named ‘Best Dressed Woman in the World’ in 1933 and she won again in 1934 and 1936. Born in Kentucky in 1897, Mona went on to become a globetrotting socialite and a style icon of the mid 20th century. Mona was to marry five times....
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Slick Schick home remedy

If you’re looking for a home remedy for hair removal during shut down, the Schick Hydro Silk Shaver is one to take seriously. It’s cleverly packed into a little kit with a refill and a hanger, and boasts an ergonomic handle that makes it comfortable and easy to hold in what we know are always wet circumstances....
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Time to glove up

Classic, elegant and understated, the simple glove is certain to become fashion essential as the emphasis on keeping our hands washed and clean to safe guard our health, becomes important.  The modern day glove, generally dug out only in the depths of winter, is set to become the go-to fashion accessory. A well chosen glove...
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Japanese Modernism

The National Gallery of Victoria is showcasing an exclusive exhibition – Japanese Modernism that features Art Deco paintings, prints, design and fashion created between the 1923 Kanto earthquake and the devastation of World War II.  Of special interest is the way it illustrates the changing traditions as women adopted a modern Western lifestyle. This screen depicts...
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The perfectly poised Princess

Whether she’s attending a gala event or glimpsed off duty, Princess Charlene of Monaco is the perfectly poised Princess.  The elegant cool blonde Charlene Wittstock married Albert II, Prince of Monaco in 2011, having met while competing in a swimming competition representing South Africa in Monaco in 2000.  Since the very first moment she began accompanying...
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Facing up to it

How often have you gone to purchase your favourite face cream to learn it’s out of stock, or worse, it’s discontinued!!  Suddenly you’re having to choose a new product.  Sometimes this works in your favour which is how we discovered Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream.   So why have we taken to it? It has...
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Going to great lengths

If you want to look understated but utterly gorgeous this season, then reach for the longer skirt to give your wardrobe a modern day overhaul.  Nothing is more versatile, flattering and comfortable than the swish and the swing of long skirt. Feminine by nature, topped up with a silky shirt and ballet flat, it won’t...
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Finding Leonardo

It just so happened that our visit to the Loire Valley in France coincided with the 500 anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci who spent the last three years of his life at the Château du Clos Lucé in the historic town of Amboise.   It seemed the perfect time to be visiting! The palace contains a museum...
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Immerse yourself in the peace

Arriving at The Kiln Houses tucked away in the glorious Ovens Valley of Victoria, is that moment when you cross the line between leaving the stresses of daily life behind to submit to the magic of this outstanding location amidst lush green fields at the foothills of Mt Buffalo. You know when you’re there.  The stunning...
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Mary Quant – energetic fashion

Mary Quant’s dynamic entry into the world of fashion was totally revolutionary.  Her sixties mod appeal grew from the larger cultural rebellion of the 1960s that saw expression in music, art and ‘sexual politics’. She responded to the youthful desire for simple clothes that allowed for easy movement ‘in which you could run and jump’ –...
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Lyon – the cradle of silk weaving

You may know that Lyon is France’s gastronomic capital, but did you know that it was once famed as the capital of the French silk weaving industry?  A visit to the workshop and museum of Maison des Canuts uncovers this surprising heritage.  When visiting Lyon, this is not to be missed. It’s a joy to...
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TLC for hands

When you think of all that our hands do for us, it’s a no brainer to consider doing something for them in return.  We’ve discovered that Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula Hand Cream is a great performer in providing effective relief and lasting nourishment for hands that are needing our special love. Air-conditioning, heating or simply over exposure to water can...
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See what he saw

It’s not possible to visit Aix-en-Provence and especially the towns of Arles and Saint-Remy without being touched by the tragic last phase of the life of Vincent van Gogh, who lived here from 1888 to 1889.   During this time he had admissions in the hospital (Arles) and finally, the mental asylum (Saint-Remy). It was...
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Warriors – up close and personal

You may have been lucky enough to visit The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Xi’an, China and have viewed the terracotta warriors in situ, however there’s something very special about being able to get up close and personal to eight of them at the NGV’s Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality & Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient...
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Castles in the sky

Fairy tales and dreams are the very essence of romance, especially when thinking of castles and the charms that draw us to them.  Europe is rich in medieval castles and fortresses, and we discovered the best place to find them is in the Middle Rhine Valley, and the best place from which to view them...
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Keep your pants on

At long last the time has come when whatever style of pants you choose to wear, you’ll still be winning style points.  Gone are the anxious days of discarding your favourite style of trouser, to embrace the latest trend.  We are free to choose just what style of trousers we want to wear and when....
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An escape from reality

Years of glamour are on show at the National Gallery of Victoria’s current exhibition: The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift.  Here is a glimpse of the exclusive world of couture fashion, that traces its history and its impact from the 19thcentury until today.   Soooooo romantic and sooooooo thoroughly gorgeous. The 150 garments by international fashion luminaries...
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Getting a head start

Your hair will look its best when it’s bright and shiny and that means paying attention to up-keep.  Focussing on a clarifying shampoo is a definite first step. It doesn’t take much for hair to become dull through a build-up of product and impurities.  We’ve discovered Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three is a game changer in bringing...
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What’s in the bag?

Whether you’re travelling private jet, economy or anything in between, whether it’s road, sea or rail, you will want to have a handy vanity bag for all your beauty essentials to keep you polished enough to go anywhere.   Square structured cases that are soft and pliable are the ultimate in design and allow for easy...
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A lady of style

Fashion icon, renowned beauty and celebrated international socialite,  Lee Radziwill, the younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, passed away at her home in Manhattan on February 15.  She was aged 85. Lee often remarked how she lived in Jacki’s shadow but her beauty and her innate sense of style, enabled her to shine her own beacon....
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Get packing to sail away

An ocean or river cruise comes with some serious thought as to what to pack!  Central to considering your options, is to make each item earn its place in your case.  With that in mind let’s look at the necessities that will get you through. The onboard dress up occasion can be dealt with easily. ...
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