Lobsters in my bed!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hello Bologna.

As I checked into my bologna hotel ‘The Albergo Cappello Rosso’ today, Yarno - the friendly hotel manager cautioned me about the room I’d been assigned. He described it as a very special room that has been styled by an Italian designer, Mauro Tinti in the theme of Elsa Schiaparelli … and her shocking pink signature! Naturally … I couldn’t wait to see what awaited me in room 202!

… this is the result!


Some crafty scrap-booker had even put together a big pink book about Elsa and her ‘colourful’ past. I was curious about the big plastic lobsters scattered around the room - on the back of the chair even! And happy to learn (via the scrapbook) that it all makes complete sense when you consider she created the ‘lobster dress’ inspired by Salvador Dali! Handy to know that she also came up with other key fashion notions such as - shoulder pads, colour matched zippers, character buttons and the tennis skirt!


… I also noted the quote painted in reverse on the wall (so as to read correctly in the huge wall mirror)


“never fit the dress to the body …but train the body to fit the dress”  ….. hmmmph, do you think Elsa was trying to tell me something here?


I kept Elsa’s comments in mind as I began the first of my ‘Bolognese’ comparisons.




Comments: This Bolognese was better than most, but I know Bologna can do better. The sauce lacked some 'depth' in my opinion! .... Stay tuned for tomorrow’s next tasting!


Tomorrow I’m off to Lineapelle Leather fair to find materials for Spring Summer 2012  … so snapped a few colour inspiring shots before I made my way back to the hotel for a sound nights sleep with my new lobster mates.




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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Today we sent out our second monthly newsletter.


We commissioned the multi-talented Sarah Hankinson to create an illustration for the newsletter showing the many ways you can wear your habbot ‘careme’ lace-ups.



Following that I spilt the beans on my favourite ‘easy reading’ crime fiction series by Lee Child.


…. Included a link to a fantastic Bolognese recipe for you to enjoy (i.e. cook) whilst I’m in Bologna next week doing the same (although I will be paying someone else to do the cooking part!)


… and gave a little heads up on our clever ‘shoe sisters’ program.



See the links below for more info …. Or better still just sign up here so you receive the next version directly into your inbox. (Don’t worry they will only be once a month).


Link to purchase Jack Reacher books on-line

Link to Bolognese recipe

Link to ‘shoe sisters’ page


The Sound of Sydney ....

Monday, October 03, 2011

We’ve received a bunch of emails over the past week from people in NSW wanting to know when we’ll get some stockists in Sydney. (A lot of this feedback was due to the article that ran in the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD on-line about the Melbourne pop-up shop. Read it here.)


So, although we don’t yet have a sales agent in Sydney I decided to contact a bunch a boutiques directly. Based on the emailed suggestions I chose 10 Sydney stores to approach with our Winter 2012 collection.  


This morning I gave ten look-books a motivational pep-talk, bid them so-long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, adieu and sent them off in the post. Go get ‘em kids.


Let’s see if anything comes of it!



p.s. did I ever mention that I played the part of Louisa in the Sound of Music as a pimply thirteen year old? You betcha I did. That’s the real ‘Louisa’ second from right. (My family told me I gave her a run for her money .... but then again, they would say that wouldn't they!)