Sunday, May 31, 2009

Lingerie of the Week

So its time decided on what delicate piece of heaven I will start my week off with.

And the winner is......

This 1940 inspired bra and pantie set is another Peter Alexander gem. A soft style bra without underwire yet gives the body a brilliant 50's 'pointy' shape. The briefs are double layed and have a stunning gathered front.

Picked these up in the winter sales for a steal and was so glad i spent the extra time trying these on. These will be the sexy yet subtle layer underneath my winter angora cardi and long flowing skirts.

XXX to you all

Friday, May 29, 2009


So what is a lady to do on a frosty winter night....well the first thing after a hearty dinner is a warm cup of tea and a bit of time to plan.

As we head into June we approach the third year of The Light in Winter is Federation Square's annual winter festival. The Light in Winter brings together artists, designers and communities to explore their ideas of light, enlightenment and hope.

This year the Light in Winter will include thirteen light installations with all power supplied for lighting installations is certified as Green Energy.

"On 20 June, thirteen of Melbourne’s diverse communities will bring more light to winter and to the Square with The Gift of Light. Melbourne’s community is invited to share in this celebration with music and performance on the weekend of the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year which marks the heralding of longer, brighter days."



I adore this time of year as its a chance to get back in touch with all the joys of a roaring fireplace, hearty soups, warm bread rolls, lots of soft fluffy blankets and the great excuse for me to wear hats, scarfs and gloves when ever possible.

So now that I have my Winter Solstice plans taken care of its just a case of dusting of the cookbook for soups and chocolate desserts.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

1 + 1 + 1= lingerie longevity Part1

What Kate Did Lingerie

Right now you may be wondering what on earth I am talking about. However after recently discovering that many women, including ones I know, are wearing the wrong size lingerie and don't follow the lingerie longevity rules I thought I might share them with you all.

Its pretty simple; most of us like we like to wear a matching bra and panties set. But we all know you can often get two wears out of a bra before washing which means every second time its worn you not matching. So when ever you by a bra buy 2 panties.

Personally I buy 1 bra and the 2 different types of panties, either g-string, boy cut briefs or traditional briefs. Now you may be thinking "I don't have all that spare cash to buy lingerie". Buts is about getting the most out of your lingerie dollar. As panties are usually the first to go have a second set to extend the life of your bra is a good thing. Also when watching the dollar keep your eyes peeled for briefs that can match with bras you already own. My other favourite thing is to sneak into the DFO stores (direct factory outlet) for lingerie companies as you can often pick up a third or fouth pair of briefs for up to 70% off RRP. It just means you have to remember what you already have.

So next time your wondering out to the lingerie department have a think about what you have, what you need and the qty your going to get.

Happy Shopping

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Lingerie of the Week

So its time decided on what delicate piece of heaven I will start my week off with.

And the winner is......

PApink white Bra

PA-pink brief

My latest addition the 1940's wardrobe is the devine Peter Alexander little glamou pieces. These little beauties are also in Black and white but I could not resist them in the baby pink. As a demi cup they do sit a little lower than I could normally wear but hey to look this good you have to try a few new things.

So under a crisp white tailored shirt and black high waisted pencil skirt they will be off to work tomorrow. Can't wait.

XXX to you all

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Pedi Pleasure

Winter may be the time we cover up however this is no time to forget about our beauty regimes.

So today my darlings we are going to look at how to do a basic pedicure at home
You’re going to need a small list of supplies at hand to perform the perfect pedicure. Remember to clean and dry the pedicure tools after each use. This not only keeps items clean and more effective, but it also helps prevent possible infections.

You’ll need a large basin to fill with water and soak your feet. For the best results, you want some sort of antiseptic, cleanser or moisturizing product mixed into the foot soaking water. If you really want to pamper yourself, make sure whatever you add to the water also smells wonderful.

A towel should be nearby for drying your feet. One of the best parts of a pedicure is getting rid of all that dry, dead skin, so make sure to buy a foot file or pumice stone. Use an exfoliating body or foot scrub and a foot file or a wet pumice stone and remove the dead on the balls and heels of your feet. The idea is the smooth and not the remove. If your foot is turning bright red then stop. This means that you are scrubbing too hard.


Next remove old nail polish completely. Using cotton balls leaves traces of cotton on your nails try using cotton bands instead. Soak the cotton band with acetone remover and remove the old polish. If the color is not coming off the press the cotton on to the nail and let it soak for a while.

It is always best to use high quality clippers to cut your toenails. Cut your nails straight across, leaving about 1/8″ of length. Do not let your nail extend over the tip of your toe.

For a soft square shape, file the nail around the corners in one direction. Use emory boards and not metal files, as metal files rip nails. The smoother surface is for smoothing the nail edge while the coarser surface is for shortening and shaping nails.

Apply cuticle remove to the base of each nail and rub in. Wait for a minute and then using an orangewood stick, slowly push the skin back where it meets the nail.

Dry your feet thoroughly including between the toes and apply nourishing foot cream; a super-intense moisturizing lotion is also required to help heal your newly cleaned skin. Rub the feet and rehydrate cuticles by rubbing a little cuticle oil.

Use an acetone remover to get rid of the extra oils on the nails. Apply a thin base coat and using three strokes, one down the middle and one on each side. Do not paint cuticles. Apply three coats totally and then apply a thin topcoat. Use orangewood stick wrapped in cotton dipped in nail polish remover to remove excess nail polish

Let your nails dry completely before you wear shoes. OPI polish

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Lingerie of the week

So its time decided on what delicate piece of heaven I will start my week off with.

And the winner is......

This beautiful corset from
As you may or may not know, I am an avid lover of all things lingerie especially my major weakness Corsets. All types waist cinchers, waspies, over bust, underbust, victorian, gothic even fashion bustiers who's boning is only cosmetic.

This fantastic Queensland based company designs fantastic corsets from a multitude of eras and in an endless array of fabrics. You can find them at

So I am now trying to decide which one to order for my new show and which one should be simply for the wardrobe.

LuV & Lashes to you all

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Frosty Morning

Are you a morning person? I know I’m not but there are some things on these frosty Melbourne mornings that can make them worthwhile getting up for. Usually I focus on beauty and lingerie but in light of the colder weather I thought it was time to look at ways to warm up.

Peter Alexander Quilt Set

Firstly the stealing an extra 15 minutes snuggling under the quilt covers. I admit that even this lover of the silky things in life does love the ability to have flannelette sheets on the bed at the moment. Currently I have navy blue stars flannelette sheets from Morgan and Finch on the bed with the stunning Peter Alexander Navy quit cover which is detailed by navy sequins on the main body of the quilt.

So once you’ve managed to drag yourself out of the warmth its time to get a spring in your step with a warming breakfast. Now if your like me the idea of ceral does nohomewares_10_bigt inspire the appetite then winter offers a few yummy morsals instead. To get you going a couple of toasted English muffins covered in butter and honey will always warm you up. Then of course there is always the wonderful porridge covered in cinnamon and apple pieces. But what to drink, for some its coffee all the way and for others juice. For me the only thing is Tea.

There is nothing better than travelling around the world in one cup. With a crisp lemon herbal to start and get the body awake followed by a traditional English breakfast to get ready for the day.

But what to wear…..

Easy PJ’s from my favourite designer Peter Aleaxander. Right now I’m decked out head to toe in his winter range (more photos to follow), with flannelette pants in pastal colours and a light pink long sleeve waffle top with of course the needed home boots.

So now that the days started I will head off for my cuppa and see you tomorrow for more winter sleepwear.

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