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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

BEAST: a Restaurant for Fearless Eaters

My friend Rula suggested we meet for dinner at a restaurant someone told her about...conveniently called:

BEAST....strange as that may seem you will be greeted by a HUGE bear sculpture at the entrance....hmmm.

The reception is bare other than the bear....and you get a upmarket downtown gallery vibe...until you step out of the lift and into Hogwarts dining hall.

It is truly gorgeous.... with candlelight flickering from the communal table candelabras and from the multitudes suspended above your head.

It is rowdy and welcoming and you expect Dumbledore to make his speech and whip out the sorting hats...instead we got a waitress who had to give us a rather long monologue on how to order, how to eat what we order ...and all in that order!

This is a meat eaters paradise and Norwegian King crab heaven....and the portions are HUGE!...hence BEAST and BEAR!

Rula and I switched off mid speech and Rula...disregarding all that was said, looks up at the waitress and says:

"I want a small filet...."...this after the waitress gave us strict instructions and weight guidelines: 500grms here, a ton there....

My sister and Rula's husband went for the massive crab legs that could easily feed a family of four and we shared ...as is suggested...the side orders that were all delicious.

You can't be thrifty and go for dinner at Beast...it is a relatively expensive establishment with a wine list not for the faint of heart.

Did we enjoy the food: absolutely! It is good fun and well worth seeing.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Be Careful Not to PREFALL....

...a little play on words urging you to beware....

PREFALL...is on it's way....

...and I haven't even cracked open my bathing suit drawer....PSHHHHH.

So as the French like to say:

"Pour le plaisir des yeux.../ Let your eyes enjoy..."

This gorgeous ensemble is by EMPORIO ARMANI

And the stunning boots: TABITHA SIMMONS

There...you've been forewarned...before you have even made a dent in your summer wardrobe...Fall is slinking in.

Thursday, 28 May 2015


I LOVE this look so much....I posted it twice!

Look to your right ...Yes! there under FROCKS FASH FAV:

and now below in all it's glory:

Now sing the following to a Samba beat: ..."It's that bag...that bag, that bag, that bag..."

"Louis Vuitton"  bag in textured "Epi" leather and cross over chain: £1,950

 "Ashish"   Sequin and lame jeans:  £1,176

"Current Elliot" cotton/denim shirt: £220

"Chloe" leather sandals :£705

All this by FENDI!

Denim crop jacket: £700
Denim jodhpur cropped tousers:£450
Leather patterned "Peekaboo" bag: £3,290

Non Fendi items:

White cotton top:Margaret Howell £295
Leather sandals: Marni £530

Monday, 25 May 2015


So the blessed film festival is over; Palme d'Ors have been handed out, hands shaken, backs patted and the paparazzi have moved onto pastures new or.... nude.

I have always had a love/ hate relationship with the film festival that dates back to my teen years  and watching it on TV with Barry Norman giving us the details of the stars' comings and goings.

Fast forward many years later... I am now living in Cannes and my relationship with the film festival is still as fraught as ever.
Apart from fleeting moments during lunches on beaches years ago... when that 2nd bottle of rose has you winking at Micheal Dougla....Did I feel like I had finally stepped into my television set and was living the dream....

Apart from the period I worked for Pashion magazine and wore the journalist badge with pride...until that is... I noticed that mine did not get me into films, after parties and generally...anywhere exciting...did I feel part of an exclusive enclave of people. 

Where does that leave me now? Older and wiser and happy to read about it and deal with the pangs of "what ifs "....from a safe distance.

So what has caught my attention?

There was a NO SELFIE rule ....like that is ever going to stop the likes of  ...well anyone on the red carpet! Selfies are considered vulgar and pedestrian and surely too primitive for the likes of the red carpets in Cannes or at The MET Ball...much to Anna Wintours disgust. But when Kim K/West can publish an entire book dedicated to just that...well where does that leave that rule? Out of the window.

There was a NO FLATS rule....excusez moi? I am conflicted ....and frankly torn. Obviously a long dress needs heels, like a fish needs water...But what of the extremely tall? Tilda Swinton for example ,surely she can pull off flats without getting anyone into a flap?

Moving on to Aishwarya Rai...and a journalist who decided to go on a : NO FLAB rant...


I present you with exhibit no.1:

Gorgeous, class act Aishwarya in an Oscar de la Renta gown:

And exhibit no.2:....

Yup! There it is...the offending flab...
Where is underarm "overflow" Spanx when you need it? 
So on a scale from 0 to 10 ..how offended are you?....hmmmm? Be honest now...

I can list 5 celebrities whose dress sense offends me on any given day and the lovely Ms. Rai is not one of them.

So lets us recap...Cannes 2015:

NO FLAB.....



Monday, 18 May 2015


Thursday, 14 May 2015


....& let the festivities begin.
And it has...the traffic is appalling, people are gawking and stopping at a hair's breath in front of you to point at Lord only knows what...but point they must...and gawk...

People have set up their seats and ladders and whatnot 2 days before the official opening of the Cannes festival in order to get a photo, a selfie with a known film star...and blown kiss...a peek of spanx underwear...anything goes.

So here goes:

Charlize and her gorgeous legs...and this Valentino dress:

Is the photo BIG enough for you? Hmmmmm?...cos here goes:

What an ugly dress for such a beautiful woman...in fact I doubt this dress will look good on any woman.

Seriously, I know that fringes are in...but this looks like the fringes on a palm parasol on a beach in Saint Tropez...you know the ones I mean.  Then I take offence with those "lacy" type bands around her body, followed by the tutu polka netting at her throat.. the bow....no no no no NO!

(DEEP SIGH.....)

Someone please say it for me: Charlize! Get thee to another stylist!

The only thing that looks good are her legs, her head and her smile....

The poor girl is only 39 years old!...this makes her look old and like Josephine Baker...