Friday, May 28, 2010

RAW translation

Actress/ Model Milla Jovovich doesn't own this photograph, rather, the blonde model next to her, does. It's called emotions and allowing the camera to capture it. I adore the head pieces by the way .

Alexander Wang Cat Eye Sunglasses

This is so Audrey Hepburn-ish and I love it. 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Versace Key Piece for Fall.

sexy, innit?

Sarah Burton, NEW CREATIVE Director at Alexander McQueen

This just in minutes ago, Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen's right hand woman has been named the new Creative director of Alexander McQueen. And Sarah had this to say ,
“The creation of modern, beautifully-crafted clothes was at the heart of Lee’s vision. I intend to stay true to his legacy,”

 Sarah Burton, Creative Director at Alexander McQueen 

 Gucci Group which co-owns  51% Alexander McQueen believe Sarah is the best person for the job, given she'd worked with the late designer Alexander McQueen since 1996. She understands his vision. Well, we cannot wait to see what Sarah thinks up and delivers. She also happened to have attended Central St. Martins, McQueen's Alma mater. And in 2000, she was appointed Head of Women's design at Alexander McQueen in 2000. She definitely has the goods. congrats, love.

Look du Jour? ?

Vogue Paris  just named this Gwyneth Paltrow , Prada # a Look du Jour. I'm not so sure it is. It is very girly though. very pink. very spring. Maybe I want it be shorter.

Gwyneth Paltrow at the National Movie Awards in London

"Tell the Truth!" says UK to Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Ad pulled off the airwaves in the UK

Apparently, an Ad must do what it says it will do. This is according to the UK Advertising Commission , translation watchdogs. According to UK News, Louis Vuitton aired a handbag Advertisement which depicted a woman hand sewing a handbag with a thread with words stating "The seamstress with linen thread" and creation by "infinite patience". Sounds good , no ? Except that Louis Vuitton handbags are machine manufactured not hand. 

Quite frankly, who cares really? We know Louis Vuitton does not hand make its handbags. But on second thought I can see where the UK officials are going with this. It is misleading. very. 
However if you want handmade bags, check out  Matthew McConaughey's baby mama, Camilla Alves' line MUXO.

RUN For a Cause

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney was born to do this and that is, all things design. But wait, that's like everything in life ! Yes, Stella. Paul McCartney's daughter. Yes. That Paul  McCartney, a la the Beatles. That one British Invasion. whoa!!

To date, I am yet to find any design attractive, unless it has an organic purpose. I think I've said this before but she is as organic as they come.

Stella McCartney designed this work-out apparel line-----specifically , to benefit the Race for Life. A flagship event aimed at raising money to find the cure for cancer. Organically marvelous , Stella. Her mother's daughter .

Memba Linda ? 

Mrs. McCartney, the love of Paul McCartney's life. Miss Organic. The Vegan. Miss brilliant photographer who captured classic images of mega! mega stars, like  Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles,  B.B, King, Bob Dylan, Janis Jopelin , Aretha Franklin and and so much ore [ we apologize for not naming them all, but trust I have been a subscriber for over 2 decades!]  Linda's  'Portrait of an Era 'Sixties' by Linda McCartney'.  There is nothing like being as authentic as possible. such Grace lies in it. love . triumph . Great Job , Sarah.

All proceeds from the sale of the her Stella McCartney will be donated to to the Race For Life. A UK based cancer research charity solely dedicated dedicated to cancer research. 


Singapore Retreat

Architecture at its best. Literally. Its sharp rectangular /oblong features make this an architecture connoisseur haven. My favorite part of the house has to be.....Everything. The exterior from street view, offers a strong indication to the observer, the awesomeness that lies in the interior of this home. The swimming pool conjures  up an image of an ancient Indian palace.My absolute favorite feature in any home is an indoor/outdoor pool . this is luxury at its best or at least, close enough.

photo credit A&ID


As the Irish would say , Rhianna looks feckin' awesome. Dublin must really have a creative effect on Rhianna , she was not afraid to mix two different colors of animal print together. This is sturves true fashionistas are made of.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Andrew Gn Jacket Fall 2010

Balmain Jacket Fall 2010

Doo Ri Utility Dress
 photo cred: Elle

It's not Fall yet, but these are freakin' awesome. Especially the utility dress. It's the perfect combination of sexiness and practicality. It has an old feel to it and that's why I love it.

Colorful Hands, Colorful Aura

Women beautify just about every part of their body. From their head, right down to their feet. So when it comes to nails,it was only a matter of time before days of painting ones nails solid basic colors naturally progressed to even MORE fun on their nails. Rhianna is the poster child for fun nail art. We've seen Rihanna paint happy faces, apply diamond studs on her nails , and now it's your turn to take it to the next level. What should you do to your nails to make them even more colorful? think about it.

Hint : How about painting your country's flag on your nails? Patriotism at its best.

Late Dinner

 Anyone who knows be, knows I will rock a well fitted floor length skirt. I feel like an Emilio Pucci whore, seriously. I've been posting so much of their line lately. Hey, my excuse? Pucci understands what women want.

photo cred :Elle
Emilio Pucci Autumn Winter 2010

Sarah Jessica Parker SEX &THE CITY

Sarah Jessica Parker at The Sex and The City 2 Premier in New York
Valentino yellow cut out gown. 

Mr and Mrs. Matthew Broderick
(Sarah Jessica Parker with Husband)

I am in love with this black number she has on . And I love her choice of  blue Nicholas Kirkwood shoes.It pops!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lady Gaga ? Didn't know you were bisexual.

Of course MakeUnaTellAm is posting this little clip of Lady Gaga in Cannes lovin' up a mystery chocolate woman. ahem! Making Out, we mean to say! ( hand over our mouth ). Those Alexander McQueen boots are FIERCE. careful on those steps Gaga...we are gaga over ya for now :)
Lady Gaga’s Lady Lovin’? (MySpace Exclusive)

TMZ | MySpace Video

Friday, May 21, 2010

Rockstar Chic. what's that ?

DV by Dolce Vita
Wesley Bootie

Whitney Boot 

These are so edgy, you cannot go wrong with these boots. Pair it with skinny jeans, khaki pants( must be cuffed), blazer, dress, etc. Its only job is to add rockstar flair to your outfit. This is rockstar it!

these bad girls can't be hidden under your maxi skirt. it has to be short enough to allow other women the right to jock your shoes. 

Joyce Azria says.......

Jumpers and Booties. And we agree that awesome designs should be multidimensional according to joyce azria's statement that BCBG Generation's jumper selection, is a 'translation of the jumper all across the board'.

Rompers, Jumpsuit, flower prints are IN! How about those brown BCBG Generation Cargo Booties? Aren't they just DIVINE? Factory Girl did an awesome interview. Information galore!

Super Girly For Prom

I love dresses. PERIOD and for Prom, I can only imagine the anxiety so many High School girls and their parents are experiencing amidst the current recession. I hope my post will relieve some of that anxiety. Bright  colors is totally recommended for this prom for two reasons . A.) It is Spring time.  B.) Current color trend favors  pastels, violets, electric blue and strong accents of red on light colors.

BCBG MaxAzria Metallic Jacquard Dress $288

 BCBG MAX Azria bubble-hem taffeta strapless dress $298

BCBG Max Azria Tiered Bustier Dress $228

BCBG MaxAzria Strapless Multi-tonedress $398

BCBG MaxAzria Paneled Bodice Floor Length Gown  $458

BCBG MaxAzria Cocktail Dress $248

BCBG MaxAzria Strapless Silk Gown $360

BCBG Max Azria Strapless Print Chiffon Dress $398

Pretty dresses indeed, however, for recession friendly prom gowns, here is my selection . I was unable to post the pics here, so I will link you to them . 

Here's a toast to a fabulous prom ! xx

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Vuitton In Blissful Matrimony with Westwood

 Chiffon never looked this good and yellow never seemed so appealing. When two fashion houses Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton collaborated by way of the stylist for this awesome pictorial , it was a definite hit.

Louis Vuitton Chiffon dress
Vivienne Westwood Vintage Gold Clasp tights

Omo Sexy gets RATED!

Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

MakeUnaTellAm rates OmoSexy a  "B". The lips should have been red. 

Spring Persona

Spring season definitely brings out the ultra femme in women. Case in point , these two.

 VH-1's Lala Vasquez struts to dinner in Hollywood. So where is she going? A. Eva Longoria's restaurant, Besos in Hollywood. She is also currently taping a reality series for her impending nuptials to Basketball star, Carmelo Anthony.

Sexy Amber Rose at the Maxim Hot 100 Party last night in NYC

Janet plays mother to Michael's children

If you've been paying attention to the Michael Jackson Estate battle in court, it appears to be a bit much for most people.Between the ongoing criminal case against Dr. Murray and the Probate case,  Notorious B.I.G. was definitely on to something when he coined the phrase  " Mo Money Mo Problems".

While busy penning her autobiography 'True You', she's also become the primary caretaker of her late brother, Michael Jackson's children. Thanks to minor scuffle amongst Katherine Jackson's other grand children with the sheltered scions of Michael Jackson. 

Urban Outfitter's good deal

Only less than a month away from summer, we can only imagine the anxiety most women feel. Summer is a time to bare it as much as much possible. I opt out of air-conditioner during the summer months. Must have something to do with my deep desire to enjoy all that summer offers.

Beaded Strappy Surplice Dress UrbanOutfitters

My list for Sexy for Summer Campaign entail loads and loads of sexy items. And for under $50, Urban Outfitters can contribute to your soon to be closet full of sexy rompers, strappy dresses, short shorts, and you still have money to grab a bite on your Sexy for Summer shopping trip.

Kimchi Blue Hemstitch Camisole Urban Outfitters

so fab and sexy .

Salma Hayek, sexy mommy

Just last year , Selma Hayek created a major buzz in Sierra Leone when she offered to breastfeed a hungry Sierra Leonian baby. Who,ironically,  was born on the same day as her daughter. wow! Selma is not only beautiful but incredibly grounded.

 Gucci Premier Silk Bourdeaux Georgette gown

It should come as no surprise to us that, after generating yet another buzz , for her choice of Bourdeaux silk red red gown at Cannes Film festival last week, she donated it to the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Selma is trailing  closely to modern-day Mother Teresa, Angelina Jolie when it comes Goodwill.

We love you Selma!

Shoes! shoes and more shoes!

A shoe can make or break an outfit. Public opinion implies that most women would love to have a closet full of shoes like Imelda Marcos. chin ching! Unless, you are Ivanka Trump, Nicole Richie, Marla Maples ( Mrs Ex Donald Trump), Oprah Winfrey, Kimora Lee Simmons, you do have to keep a close eye on your checkbook. It's the recession. I can almost hear the sighs .

Here's a list of some bad ass shoes , I mark necessaire in every closet.  Recession or not, a woman still needs to feel sexy in her shoes.

 Round Toe Latisse Pumps

 Miu Miu Ankle Strap peep toe

Miu-Miu Snakeskin

Miu Miu peep toe pumps

I love suede and I have no problem with the net design of some of these shoes. It's so carefree and solid.

Miu Miu patchwork sandals. 

Escape to Ibo, Mozambique | Africa - Times Online


I had been shot at by the Taliban and wanted to go somewhere very far away and quiet.
Ibo island, in northern Mozambique, was both those things. It took almost two days to get there from our doorstep in southwest London, and there were no cars, no banks and, oh bliss, no web cafes. It was so quiet that about the most stressful incident was a standoff with a goat. I had wanted to sit on a stone bench in the shade of the flame trees in the main square, but the billy had got there first and had no intention of moving. Hardly the end of the world.

Ibo felt like a state of mind rather than a place.
It did not seem quite real, particularly in that grassy square of abandoned colonial houses in ice-cream pastels. Their grand size and wrought-iron terraces and lampposts suggested prosperity. But the ironwork was rusted, the walls pitted with black mould, and fig trees growing through them.

Ibo’s wealth was based on trade in slaves and ivory, and the island’s graves tell how, in centuries past, it attracted the Chinese, Arabs, British and Portuguese. It felt as if time had stopped since the Portuguese left abruptly in 1974. Since then, Ibo’s population has fallen from 37,000 to fewer than 4,000.
That it was once thriving is clear from the large whitewashed church of Nossa Senhora do Rosario in the square. Today, as most of the remaining population is Muslim, its main congregation is a colony of fruit bats. In the vestry, candlesticks and brown-skinned wooden saints gather dust, while its graveyard
 of falling headstones, including those of 15 children, speaks of tragedy and disease far from home.
As yet, Ibo has no written history, but its crumbling walls seemed peopled with the ghosts of grand parties of days gone by; the Sundays when men in tall hats and women in big skirts came out of church and sat gossiping on the benches; the amorous Portuguese bishop driving the only car on the island.

Not all the stories are in the past – islanders talk of spirits haunting the fort and the small neighbouring island, where an old German widow and her son live alone raising cows.
Apart from the church, the grandest building on the square is the Alfandega, or Customs House, pink-painted with ornate iron lattice along its roof. Inside, in a vague attempt at tourism, it had been turned into a tourist office. The unmanned display consisted of an elephant skull, an old dining chair with a label reading cadeira usada pelos portugueses – chair used by the Portuguese – and a table laid out with a few coffee beans.
Much more interesting was a back room where we found the archive: shelves crammed with large ledgers of ships, yellowing pages, and a rusted old typewriter, which fascinated my seven-year-old son, who’d never seen one except in Tintin books.

Ibo’s heyday was in the late 18th century, but then came the abolition of slavery and, in the 1900s, the development of modern ships that no longer needed to stop off so often for water and supplies. Today, there hasn’t been a postal service for years. There are rumoured to be two television sets, though we never saw them. The island doesn’t have a single high school.

As we came out of the customs building, a woman was wandering up from the beach carrying fish on strings. A dhow had just come in with the morning catch and this was lunch. Life on Ibo is governed by the tides. Boats go out early in the morning at high tide, or what the locals call maji-mwingi. This is when the ocean rises enough for the fishermen to be able to sail their dhows to the fishing grounds and traders to guide their vessels to the mainland through the mangroves.

ILHA DO IBO is one of a string of 32 islands that make up the Quirimbas archipelago. The remoteness that is part of its charm means it is not easy to get there. We flew overnight to Johannesburg then on the next day to Maputo, from where it is another five hours north to Pemba, gateway to the Quirimbas. There, the adventure really begins. We climbed into a rainbow-painted, six-seater aircraft, like a toy plane, for the 30-minute trip. As we headed out over the Indian Ocean, we could see small islands dotted with coconut palms and deserted white beaches, and coral reefs easily visible through clear turquoise waters.

Ibo is tiny, a mere speck in the ocean at two miles long and two miles wide. The airport is miniature, just a small white-stone platform with Ibo painted on it. Our plane could only land on the small grass runway after children had chased away some goats.

We were met by Kevin, a Zimbabwean, who, along with his wife Fiona, runs the only lodge on the island. He loaded us and our bags into a tuk-tuk (there are no cars on Ibo – in fact, there is little of anything except fresh fish) and off we went. Ibo Island Lodge comprises three colonial buildings on a grass strip of palms and frangipani trees overlooking the sea. The houses have been lovingly restored to create a haven with most of the luxuries of modern life and none of the stresses. The rooms have four-poster beds, ceiling fans, power showers and a scattering of silk cushions in calming turquoise and aqua.

Kevin and Fiona met in 1993 in England. They decided to spend a year travelling through Africa in an old Bedford truck and were lured to Mozambique by the Bob Dylan song of the same name: “I like to spend some time in Mozambique/ The sunny sky is aqua blue/And all the couples dancing cheek to cheek./It’s very nice to stay a week or two.”

The sky may have been aqua blue, but the country they found was just coming to the end of a brutal 20-year civil war, and the roads were all broken and full of landmines. However, if you could get to them, the beaches were incredible. I was there at the same time, reporting on peace negotiations, and was so taken by the palm-fringed white sands and the most delicious prawns I had ever tasted that I almost bought a beach with two friends from the UN. It’s a decision I have often regretted.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Shrimp Alexander with Beurre Blanc

Appetizer anyone?

Shrimp Alexander with Beurre Blanc

Excerpt from Morton Cookbook

This can be a main course, an appetizer, or finger food at a cocktail party, with or without the Beurre Blanc. When I went to Germany recently for my sister's birthday, I carried frozen shrimp in my suitcase so that I could make this for the party. Everyone loved it. Make sure the butter is warm when you dip the shrimp in it. Wine recommendation: Chardonnay, Chablis, or Pinot Grigio.

 Morton Cookbook

Serves 6

18 fresh large shrimp (8/11 count), shells on
1 cup warm Clarified Butter
1½ cups Alex's Bread Crumbs
1½ cups Beurre Blanc
3 lemons, halved, for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.

2. Peel the shrimp as far as the tail; leave the tail shell intact. Devein the shrimp and rinse well. With a small, sharp knife, cut open the shrimp along the vein line approximately two-thirds of the way through the shrimp.

3. Put the warm melted butter in one shallow bowl or deep plate and the bread crumbs in another. (Glass pie plates also work well.) Dip a shrimp in the butter and let the butter drip off the shrimp. Dip the shrimp in the crumbs and press the crumbs on the shrimp so that it is completely coated. Put the shrimp on a cutting board, cut side down, and press slightly to flatten and form a base so that the shrimp can stand upright. Bring the tail over the shrimp and insert the point between the tail fins into the thick end of the shrimp. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.

4. As each shrimp is prepared, set it, cut side down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Pour any remaining butter over the shrimp. Bake the shrimp for 12 to 13 minutes, or until cooked through and the bread crumbs are crisp and lightly brown.

5. Spoon ¼ cup of Beurre Blanc on each of six serving plates. Top with three shrimp and garnish each plate with a lemon half.