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Pearls for Girls

In case you haven’t noticed, pearls are back. For confirmation of this new trend, look no further than the magnificent Giorgio Armani Privé Fall Winter 2024-25 Fashion Show. It’s 28 minutes of glamour on full display. If you fast forward to the 10 minute mark for just a peep, the message is clear. Shimmering fabrics...
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PHARAOH at the NGV

PHARAOH, exclusive blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria celebrates 3,000 years of Egyptian art and culture. The British Museum has loaned 500 works including sculpture, coffins, funerary objects and an outstanding display of exquisite ancient Egyptian jewellery. It was the latter that took our breath away. Most jewellery in ancient Egypt conveyed meaning...
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Üsküdar – intriguing and unique

One of the things that makes Istanbul so intriguing is the many different districts and neighborhoods that have a unique character of their own.   The contrast of culture and lifestyle between seemingly not-so-distant neighborhoods, is unique. Üsküdar in Istanbul is a good example. Being one of the oldest residential areas in Asian Istanbul, it’s awash with...
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Africa Fashion – images that linger

Not to be missed, the exhibition – Africa Fashion – has now opened at the National Gallery of Victoria. It’s buzzy, it’s vibrant, it’s an encounter of a very different kind. More than 200 objects comprising an array of adornments, textiles, film and photography make up the exhibition largely from the V&A Museum, London. We...
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The Centre of the Ancient World

Delphi, located in a breathtaking landscape, was considered to be the centre of the world in ancient Greece. According to Greek mythology, Apollo the god of music, prophecy and the sun, chose the site where he could communicate with mere mortals. The high priestess, Pythia was believed to be an oracle and to have spoken...
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Nice ‘n Handy

L’Occitane hand creams have natural ingredients sourced from the region of Provence in France. Meticulous care is taken to ensure deep hydration and protection, whilst providing a choice of fragrances to transport you to the idyllic landscapes of the French countryside. We thought we’d check it out and here’s what we found . Whether it...
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Spices of life

Come with us as we stroll through the atmospheric Spice Bazaar of Istanbul. It teases your nose with aromas of every conceivable herb and spice while your eyes simply pop with the colourful and amazing displays. Dating back to 1664 it became the centre for spice trading during the Ottoman Empire. Ottoman tiles and stones...
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It’s a breeze

Whether you’re going into autumn or spring, Uniqlo has the answer to the ‘what to wear challenge’. The Pocketable UV Protection Parka is a breeze jacket for all seasons. Cold or hot, the jacket is amazingly light weight and packable, so you can whip it on or off as the weather demands or your mood...
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Extraordinary Ephesus

Thirty minutes’ drive north-east of Kusadasi on the Turkish coast, lies another world – the ancient world of Ephesus, one of the oldest Greek settlements on the Aegean Sea, that later became the provincial seat of Roman government in Asia. The scale of excavation of this site is nothing short of breathtaking. What is revealed...
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Get a blast!

If you’ve been debating whether to take the plunge and invest in the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, then we suggest you dive in and revel in this game changer.  Is it expensive? Yes.  Is it worth the price tag? Absolutely. There is no denying it will dry your hair faster leaving a smoother and shinier finish whatever...
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Playground of the Gods

It has been said that Cyprus was the playground of the Gods and that it was from the seas around Paphos that the Greek goddess of Love and Beauty, Aphrodite is said to have risen. The beautiful coastline is just the beginning. The city port of Paphos boasts magnificent mosaics and archaeological sites and has...
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Style in spades

Behind the lens or on the catwalk, Kate Moss exhibits style in spades. Discovered at the JFK Airport aged 14 the Croydon born teenager was headed for 25 years of modelling success. Photographer Owen Scarbiena has stated that Kate began without any ‘preconceived ideas about how models are supposed to pose or stand.’ He told...
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The jewel that is Rhodes

The fires on the island of Rhodes have shocked the world. We can only hope that recovery will be swift and the island can return to being the finest jewel of the Dodecanese islands of the Aegean Sea. Sandwiched between Crete and Turkey’s coastline, it boasts dazzling beaches, historic medieval towns and whitewashed villages. The...
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Exfoliating = Sound Prep Work

If you’re wanting to look fresh-faced and boost your skin to glow, then the best approach is exfoliating to dissolve dead skin and boost circulation. We chose to trial Alpha-H Micro Super Scrub that claims to be suitable for normal and combination skin, oily/problematic and pigmented/sun damaged skin as well as mature skin. It is...
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Inside the pyramid

Arriving at the only surviving Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is still standing today, is a thrill in itself. The largest of the pyramids of Giza known as Cheops or Khufu, dominates the landscape and is thought to have been completed around 2560 BC. It originally stood at 481 feet but due to...
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Brighten up with Bonnard

If you’re in need of brightening up this winter, there’s no better place to go than The National Gallery of Victoria’s Winter Masters Exhibition: BONNARD designed by India Mahdavi. It’s a celebration of flamboyance and vibrancy. The innovative design creates a settling of colour and texture that compliments the liveliness and feeling of the works....
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In the pink

In case you haven’t noticed, pink has been showing up in all collections as the ‘go-to’ colour. Bold and beautiful, it is intrinsically feminine. If an overall pink look is a step too far for you, there are endless ways to add that ‘pop of colour’ to your wardrobe. A jacket is a good start....
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Jewels in the Crown

As the coronation of Charles III draws near, attention turns to the Crown jewels and who will be wearing these stunning pieces. Of intense interest will be the crown worn by Camilla, Queen Consort. Normally, a new crown would be made for the Queen Consort, but Camilla has chosen to wear Queen Mary’s crown with...
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McQueen

Alexander McQUEEN Mind, Mythos, Muse is the latest blockbuster fashion exhibition now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria until 16 April 2023.  It’s thought provoking, sometimes challenging but most of, all a fantastic expose of McQueen’s powerful mastery of design. The exhibition captures McQueen’s visionary approach.   His use of historical references, societal issues and his capturing...
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Sliding into Summer

Whether you’re lounging poolside or running weekend errands, slides are a comfortable, versatile option. Choices range from poolside slip-on convenience, all the way through to lazy cocktails at the bar. For poolside/beach, go for a sports brand and/or a pop of colour. Do make sure they fit well and they have firm gripping soles. Look...
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Lauren Bacall – Glamour & Style

When glamour reigned in Hollywood, the stand out Queen was Lauren Bacall. Starting off as a model she was spotted by fashion editor, Diana Vreeland who put her on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. The rest, as they say, is history. Starring with the greats including Humphrey Bogart who she married, her glamour and polish...
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Sculptress of Haute Couture

“I wanted to be a sculptor. For me, it’s the same thing to work the fabric or the stone” Madame Grès. In fact Madame Grès was trained as a sculptor before opening her own couture house, Alix at 83 rue du Fauboug Saint-Honore, which she renamed “Madame Grès” in 1942.   Her working methods involved...
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The Picasso Century – a must see

You never hear “Picasso who?” because everyone knows who he is. But for those who want to know more, this year the National Gallery of Victoria’s Winter Masters exhibition is a must. In particular it showcases alongside his work, 100 pieces of art by over 60 of his contemporaries with whom he related. Curated by...
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Dressing like a Queen

HRH Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee seems a good time to reflect on her style over the many years of changing fashion and in the context of what was appropriate for any given occasion. As a young Princess in her 20s, Princess Elizabeth followed her Mother’s choice of designer – Norman Hartnell who, in 1947, designed...
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Mountain Magic

You know when you’re there. The pure alpine air is intoxicating and peace descends. Suddenly you are immersed in the magical atmosphere of the Tasmania’s wilderness icon, Cradle Mountain. If this destination is not yet on your list, then it’s time it was. This dramatic rugged mountain will leave you jaw-dropping through its own unique...
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Loving your lashes

If you love your lashes, then it’s time to consider some TLC to support healthy lash growth. We’ve discovered that Elleebana Elleeplex Advanced Gel Formula, is a great way strengthen and condition lashes and reduce breakage. Lashes that have been tinted and/or lifted, or enhanced with mascara, especially water proof mascara, can become dry and...
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Star of the show

Two months after the launch of the Miss Dior perfume in 1949, the Miss Dior dress made its debut as number 89 in the Dior spring couture collection in February 1949. Initially, it was described as an evening gown embroidered with ‘mille fleurs‘. It is thought that Christian Dior had his sister Catherine in mind...
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Eye it off

How many mornings do you wake to find panda eyes when thought you’d removed all traces of mascara? Discovering Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil that removes waterproof mascara and makeup has been almost life changing. What relief to discover this staggeringly cheap product! 400ml at $9.00 (average price) it has to be a winner....
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Everything to love

If you have ever wondered why Gabrielle Chanel has long been regarded as the epitome of style then look no further than the current exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria – Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto curated by the Palais Galliera, Paris featuring more than 100 fashion works together with jewellery, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes....
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Get the gel

We’ve long been in love with the properties of Bio Oil – a permanent occupier in the cosmetic collection, but a tidy little jar caught our eye recently – we discovered Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel. The first thing to say about this product is that it’s a lot easier to use and transport. We’ve always...
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Opt for the options

How many times have you looked at oversized eyeshadow palettes that have only two shades you would wear but are forced to pay out for the other two or more? Invariably it happens that you use up your favourite shade/s and the rest go to waste. Hourglass have now hit on what should have been...
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Stepping into 2022

Out with the old and in with the new.  Time to reset and pull together some essentials for stepping out in style in 2022. Indispensable to any wardrobe is a blazer styled jacket. Let it take you anywhere and elevate your look to a smart and sophisticated level.  Unless you favour the Balmain classic double breasted jacket,...
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A Christmas Wish

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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. https://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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