5 reasons to buy that Louis Vuitton agenda

So in an effort to inspire myself to continue working my ass off into 2016 and beyond (ok ok… I am really procrastinating work by browsing online…busted!) I thought I would look into buying a beautiful agenda… a  Louis Vuitton of course! But at around $750… I might have to wait a little longer…(insert sad face here). However, in saying that I think it would be a great investment and here is why:

  1. It is reusable and lasts forever because it is ‘Louis tough’. (That is a new phrase I just invented :) )
  2. It is an investment. Buying crap agendas or organisers for around $40 a year for the rest of your life is not really saving money is it? And how uninspiring is it when they start curling in the corners, or when the pages break and they get dirty. We all know the answer… we stop using them.
  3. It is more ethical and much better for the environment. Seriously, think of how many millions of plastic diaries & agendas go into landfill each year, not to mention the labour conditions of the people making them & the pollution created manufacturing that plastic every year. With a Louis Vuitton agenda, just replace the paper inside…
  4. On that note, instead of filling it with the Louis Vuitton pages, you can fill it with Filofax pages which are equally awesome.
  5. Finally, and most importantly… It  looks great and everytime you pull it out, you feel like a BOSS.
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…sigh…


 

What do you think?

Love Sechy

xoxo

Beautiful Balboa Island

We took a day trip out to Balboa Island because it is one of my favourite places to wander. Balboa Island is so serene and peaceful with awesome American style holiday homes, a quaint village and stunning water views.

Grab a frozen banana and wander around the perimeter of the island. I suggest parking the car at Newport Beach and catching the ferry over. You can drive but I really believe it is best walked especially on a divine, sunny California day. When we went it was Halloween so of course all the houses were dressed for the occasion. Let the pictures speak for themselves!

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Love Sechy

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David Bowie & Mick Rock: Shooting for the Stardust

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While in Los Angeles I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to see Mick Rock’s photo exhibition at Taschen’s on Beverly Boulevard.

The exhibition consisted of formal shots as well as intimate back stage and on the road  photos. I love Bowie and it was so cool to get a peek behind the scenes.

Mick Rock, who is often dubbed “The man who shot the 1970’s,” also photographed Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Queen, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Blondie and well… the list goes on.

While at the Taschen I also was able to look at many of their other original works and I just wished I had one of their amazing coffee table books in my suitcase… Next time.

Sechy

Xoxo

Silverlake to Santa Monica to Venice

 

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Grab a bike and cruise along Santa Monica

 

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The yummiest Acai bowl I’ve ever had was in Santa Monica

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We spent ages watching the skaters…captivated

From Silverlake to Santa Monica to Venice…

My day began with a wake up coffee at Cafecito Organico in Silverlake, Los Angeles. I have always been a fan of Cafecito Organico. The coffee is brilliant and the cafe always has a relaxed, arty vibe that I crave. It is the best place for people watching and feels like a locals hang out which is what I seek.

The drive from Downtown LA to Santa Monica is actally quite hectic; the roads are really crowded so even though the distance is short, time may not be on your side. Once in Santa Monica I recommend wandering down Montana Avenue home to many cute boutiques (and the yummiest Acai Bowl I have ever had), then head to the pier. The Santa Monica Pier has a cool, retro vibe but is extremely touristy. Back from the beach Santa Monica also has heaps of cool shops, restaurants and bars that you can stop at on your way down the coast towards Venice.

I had always wanted to visit the Venice Canals; they look beautiful and romantic in the movies so we prepped the camera, found an awesome carpark and eagerly headed towards the canals. As we climbed a quaint bridge we stood over a green -or was it brown- slimy canal. California’s drought shows remarkably when you are standing over the Venice Canals.

Next we headed out to Venice Beach for a little people watching. It was getting late by the time we got there, about 5pm so most of the shops were closing. We headed down to the skate ramp on the beach and relaxed for a good 45 mins while being mesmerised by the skaters before a short stroll down the boardwalk.

What struck me most about Venice Beach was the large number of homeless everywhere…and I mean everywhere. It is shocking to me that a rich, western country such as the United States of America can tolerate such poverty. What is more shocking to me is that hundreds of homeless people can exsist in such a busy tourist area…don’t people stop and ask what the government is doing to help these people? Are people just turning a blind eye to this issue? Because when you look at pics of Venice, you rarely see a park lined with tents pitched by the desperate and destitute. Where is the government support? This was an issue that was repeatedly brought to my attention as I drove around LA, it really is truly shocking. I was asked for money everyday. I even had one desperate woman knocking on my window at the gas station asking for money. The only other place that has happened to me is in India…honestly, some corners of Los Angeles are reminiscent of a third world country.

Despite all this, I love LA and always look forward to visiting. It has got this cool, alternative and relaxed vibe along with great food and great fun but it would be rude to ignore the issue of homelessness and reflect on how blessed and fortunate I am to live the life I do.

Do you live in LA?

Be blessed,

Sechy

xoxo

Megan Hess & Coco Chanel book launch

Coco Chanel Launch …

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At the recent launch of her new book Coco Chanel, I was so honoured to meet the beautiful Megan Hess, renowned Australian fashion illustrator.

Megan is world renowned for her fashion illustrations and has worked for all the luxury brands – Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Montblanc and Tiffany and Co. to name a few. She has also featured on (and in) Vogue and …well, just about every magazine you can think of.

As if that was not enough, the morning involved Ruinart champagne and the most decadent desert table I have ever laid eyes on in an equally decadent location, the Gold Coast Palazzo Versace.

Megan Hess is a Queensland girl who has taken the fashion world by storm but she is super sweet and has this talent of talking to you as though you could be best friends :)

Now excuse me I have a beautiful new book I need to peruse… ♥

Love Sechy

xoxo

 

Maleny

Sometimes you only need to go away for the weekend to feel completely rejuvenated, relaxed and refreshed and that is exactly how I felt after spending the long weekend in Maleny. This gorgeous town in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland has a very cool little village and miles of stunning views. It is the perfect place to relax and do nothing while also offering plenty to keep you busy if you want.

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Swell Sculpture Festival

This time every year we wander down and visit the Gold Coast Swell Sculpture festival at Currumbin Beach foreshore. If you are travelling to the Gold Coast in September this annual display of local and international art is most definitely a must see.

The sculptures light up at night and there is a revolving list of entertainment so it’s easy to make a day of it. Here are some of the highlights…

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Love Sechy

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Wisdom

“To acquire knowledge one must study: but to acquire wisdom one must observe,” Marilyn vos Savant.

I love this quote because it gives me a justifiable cause to hang out at coffee shops people watching.

On a serious note, it is true don’t you think? By observing others we grow in wisdom, wisdom about human nature that can only serve to benefit us in all aspects of life.

The more wisdom and insight we have into human nature, the easier it is to get along with people as we can correctly gauge the subtle non verbal cues of others in our communication and actions towards them.

I think it also shows us what we do and don’t want to be. Looking from the outside in we see so much more than when on the inside. Watching how others behave and interact teaches us what works and what doesn’t.

The woman who gave us this quote, was given the highest IQ for women in the Guiness book of Records in 1985 so she may be worth listening too.

Though it is important to be knowledgable, it is more effective when coupled with wisdom…. So on that note, I will sit back with my cuppa and watch the world go by…

Love Sechy

xoxo

5 ugly trends that are totally hot right now

 If you haven’t considered one of the following ugly trends that are totally hot right now, then you are falling way behind the pack. If you avoided wearing it for the last two decades, it is quite likely to be this season’s hottest trend as what was once classified the worst of 90’s fashion comes back with a vengeance.

 

  1. Birkenstocks:

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I was at the Brisbane Vintage and Designer markets last year negotiating over a pair of yellow Doc Martens when a girl ran up to a stallholder, pointed at her feet and exclaimed, “I love your Birkenstocks, where did you get them?” A conversation ensued over the best place buy them. Did I just hear right? Are Brisbane women actually coveting … Birkenstocks?

How have these shoes made such a comeback in the hippest of closets? Well, we can thank Celine, who in 2014 sent fur-lined Birkenstocks down the runway. Yep, The Furkenstock was a huge hit and appeared on IT girls and models everywhere, Miley Cyrus donned a sparkly pair and what do you know, other designers began creating their own versions of the ugly orthopaedic sandal.

So how does one successfully style a pair of Birkenstocks without looking like a hippy or German tourist? Starting with a pedicure is a good idea and keep them well cared for. Birkenstocks should always look new, not like you have loved them for years. The best way to do this is to take advantage of Birkenstocks repair service and have them tended to regularly then heed the words of Vogue’s, Emma Morrison, “Nothing is better than a really pretty dress with an ugly shoe.”

 

  1. Dungarees:


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 Casually entering my newsfeed one day was a picture of Australia’s favourite Fashion Blogger Jessica Stein reclining in the window of a hotel in Prague looking oh so cool in a pair of full-length denim dungarees. Suddenly hillbilly dungarees were in.

The denim overall is perfect all year round, with a crop top in summer and chunky knit is winter. You can glam it up with heels for a night out or layer it with chunky knits when the mercury drops. I have two pairs – a short and long pair. I love them!!! Talk about comfort and cool mixed into one.

To ensure they look right, opt for a slim, fitted cut with an interesting feature such as unique straps or a quirky back .

  1. Wide leg culottes

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After years of wearing skinny jeans, the wide legged trouser is back. What was once viewed as the most unflattering of styles, now the most stylish fashionistas are embracing mid-calf culottes.

Yep, Who would have though that chopping of the leg halfway would be grant you a place in the best dressed list.

The key to making this alternative and bold style work is the shoe. If your short, a flat might just cut you in half even more so team it with heels to elongate the leg and keep the top simple.

 

  1. Tie front shirts:

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I am old enough to see this 90’s trend come around again but not to old rock it albeit in a more modern way. The current look offers a seasonally – and age – appropriate midriff as an alternative to the crop top.

A well-placed knot also creates the illusion of a shrunken waist. This season, start knotting your singlet or business shirt at the front ( I personally favour knotting mine at the back ) and remember the secret to making this look work is to keep the lower half high waisted or at least above the belly button. We aren’t doing a Brittany Spears “look at my abs & belly button piercing” thing here.

  1. Christmas jumpers

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When I think of the Christmas jumper I think of that awkward moment in Bridget Jones Diary. You know the one? Well, the current version of the Christmas jumper is not reindeers and Santa Clause’s, but a mismatch of colours and patterns that is having a true fashion moment.

This look is particularly great in Australia where winter falls in the middle of the year and often requires layers because quite frankly, in some areas it is still sunny and warm during the coldest seasons. I am obsessed with big oversized jumpers and struggle to close my sweater drawer!

I mostly wear them with denim cutoffs and mini skirts. Partly because I don’t really need to rug up in Queensland in Winter but when the temperature drops I will layer big sweaters with skinny jeans or tights.

Ultimately, the key to pulling off any of these looks is simple. Confidence. Aside from Birkenstocks, which should be purchased new and kept in tiptop shape, experiment with vintage styles as well as high-end designer interpretations. Why not take the plunge and wear something you were always told you shouldn’t.

Is there a trend you used to hate that you now love?

Love Sechy

xoxo

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This seasons no.1 Faux Pas

Believe it or not, there is something worse than socks & Birkenstocks…(although that trend is growing on me)… what I am talking about is a bad attitude.

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Not that being negative has ever really been cool but this post is not about smiling when your clearly not happy or pretending to like something that you obviously hate. The only people who pretend to be something they’re not are fakes … and the only people who can’t help it are mentally ill. I would never criticise mental illness. Mental illness is common, totally normal and treatable. Mental illness isn’t a choice. Attitude is.

Attitude – good or bad – is 100% a choice.

Attitude is learnable unlike depression or anxiety which is not.

The fact is life is full of crap. Crap moments, crap people and crap jobs. I have never met a person who said they love cleaning toilets, paying bills or being spoken to rudely. That’s life and if you know you have to deal with aggravating things on a regular basis, wouldn’t the rational response would be to stop complaining about it?

Everybody in the world knows that customers can be irritating, everybody in the world knows that washing up is gross and everybody wants a new pair of shoes. So why have a bad attitude? We know it sucks…get over it and get on with it.

By dwelling on the negative side of the crap in life all you are doing is making your life and everybody elses miserable. Being in a bad mood because you had a horrible day and taking it out on others does not nurture empathy and compassion in other. Moaning and groaning to the people around you only creates resentment and a negative atmosphere. The people who inspire and are looked up to by others, are the people with the good attitudes.

 If you are mopping the floor, you don’t have to tell the world … or anyone… that you love it… or hate it… because guess what, they don’t care if you love it or hate it. The only thing people care about is if you are happy and fun to be around.

So get over it, put on some music and take a rational approach to life which is… shit happens… and then you have to clean it up.

I set myself small daily goals to cultivate a better attitude starting with arriving home. Every time I walk in the door I will straighten up, smile and say “hello” in a chirpy voice. My feet will hurt and people have probably been mean …  maybe I will tell this to the one who asks how my day was, because it is the truth, but then I will move on and be happy that someone cared enough to ask.

Being negative will not make the people around you happy and ultimately that is all anyone really wants, to be happy. You choose your attitude so make it a good one :)

How about you?

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 Sechy

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