Guidelines for Bella & Grace Culture

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Going to Grace - our original style icon

Well dear Readers,
today we got our tickets for the event we have been waiting for - The Grace Kelly Exhibition in Bendigo.
We trekked up to Bendigo once before for a lovely fashion event and found the trip daunting. This time we've planned a little better. Trip up there on the train and pre-booked tickets so we shouldn't have to struggle through the crowds.
We've heard the Runaway Bride is actually opening the event. Will be interesting to hear what she has to say as she never got to meet her mother in law.
Grace was certainly something, so we have high expectations for this event.
Ciao from B&G

Friday, February 3, 2012

Channeling Ines as a Style Icon

Dear Readers,
as you know once we reach a certain age our style icons diminish or let us down in some way or other. How do we covet the style of our gurus, when they've gone all weird or lost style direction?
Take Madonna for instance - don't want to go down the gaunt path too.
Well for us it just has to be Ines de la Fressange. She has it. Simple and Chic - yes we know she is also Parisian - another advantage. Interestingly we've also been re-thinking white jeans and there she is too - back in the white jeans as is her daughter. Intergenerational dressing??
Ciao for now - off to find those jeans!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Shopping complete.
Time to start the reading binge.

Here's a list of titles to start with. Holidays are definitely for relaxing, of course a good book is a great starting point. Bella & Grace are putting the Christmas shopping frenzy into completion mode and heading for the sofa with the book pile.
Ciao from B&G

Friday, December 2, 2011

Bargaining for Christmas

Dear Readers,
it's been a while, but life has been eventful. Travelled all the way to Europe and back and didn't manage to Blog once! Now we are fully into the dreaded Christmas shopping mode and all the retailers who are telling us we must come spend with them. Well for us, we are going to be very creative this year. All of the gift buying will be done at outlets where ever possible. Why pay full price? Sorry retailers - there are just too many of you with all the same things on offer. Our Bible for finding these outlets is usually Missy Confidential. Sometimes we are let down, but mostly we are delighted and the fun really is in the chase. Today we got along to the Bloom Cosmetics sale at Bloom HQ in Richmond. You can still get along there tomorrow, so don't miss out. It's cash only, but is great for stocking up on Kris Kringle goodies and another few lip glosses for yourself. Don't forget to add your name to the mailing list while you are there as they seem to have these sales a couple of times a year and they are worth it every time. Well off for a cup of tea, after all that excitement.
Ciao from B&G

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Anna Hoffmann - A range we'd overlooked!

Dear Readers,
either this label just got a whole lot better or we've overlooked this one in the past. Anna Hoffmann Designs are just gorgeous. Relaxed casual, but Euro style fabrics and finishes. The website doesn't really do her work justice. The new season's range isn't yet up on the website too, so this is tricky if you want a decent preview. We went along to the store in Albert Park. Definitely worth a look, for something just a little better, but not finished like it just came out of the Souk in Tunisia.Anna Hoffmann Design Take the time for a look at this range yourself, here's an example below.  
Ciao from B&G

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Cream every home needs

Dear Readers,
not often will you see such obscure product recommendations from us, but when it comes to making your pantry shelves look interesting then, this one just has to be added. Just really not sure what it will be used for, but felt it was a necessary purchase when we recently visited our favourite mecca - Mediterranean Wholesalers in Sydney Rd. Must ask one of the mature Italian ladies next time what they think about this product, you know, does it really work?

Ciao from B&G

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Golden Syrup - must have!

Dear Readers,
can you believe this? The icons of style & grace recommending something so yummy & gooey and possibly not even good for you! You really do need a tin of this in the cupboard. It's been off the shelves in Oz for years and has now appeared again in fine food stores. This is absolute heaven for the most indulgent breakfast treat. Plus in this tin, it looks gorgeous on your pantry shelves, so style still comes into it.

Ciao from B&G