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My favourite look for the year is Emmanuelle Alt wearing this simple man style shirt and white jeans. She is also my biggest style influence for 2011. Seeing Emmanuelle Alt in pictures in the street always reminds me of how chic, simplicity (with a dash of rock chick) can be. There’s no need to add bells and whistles if that’s not your style. A simple classic watch, a leather (albeit Hermes) cuff and an amazing shoe is all the accessorising required to look incredibly stylish. Of course the year round tan helps.
My favourite read for the year was by another of my style influences, Ines de la Fressange. Parisian Chic is a book that I wish I’d got my hands on 25 years ago. Ines tells us the 7 items she thinks every woman needs in her wardrobe, she shares her beauty secrets, tells us where to eat and shop in Paris and gives us ideas for “how to give your style a face lift”. I think this is the perfect gift for a young person who is beginning to think about how they want their style to develop or for the woman who is feeling a bit stuck in a rut with their style and in need of some inspiration for a rejuvenation. Of course, a love of Paris doesn’t hurt either. Buy it here.
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My favourite, most memorable experience for the year was watching and celebrating my football team win the AFL Grand Final, with my sisters and nieces – which I wrote about the significance of back here. My second favourite experience was seeing Michael Buble in concert. I always thought he was good, but until I saw him live, I didn’t realise just how good.
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My favourite beauty product discovery for 2011 was 24 Faubourg Eau De Parfum by Hermes. My sisters bought me a bottle for my birthday and I’m hooked. I’m currently wearing it in the evening when I go out and Chloe during the day. You can buy it here
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My favourite movie for the year was Beautiful Lies, starring the lovely and talented Audrey Tautou. As the French often do in their quirky little films, there are many hidden messages that can be taken from this picture – love can arrive in the least expected places, matchmaking is only a good idea when the two being matched have more in common than simply being single, how making the effort with your appearance can make you feel better…& vice versa, how a hint of a lace bra can be subtly sexy ……& of course, it’s not a good idea to tell a lie. Watch the trailer here
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Without doubt my favourite blog discovery this year has been Liberty London Girl. Once upon a time I would rise each morning turn on the computer and read all about the atrocities that had occurred in the world overnight on The Age or Herald Sun website, now the first thing I read, for a dose of entertainment, escapism and little bit of education (cooking) is this lovely blog. I’m inspired by the writers sophisticated blogging style, her beautiful descriptive words and the fabulously glamourous world she has me imagine she lives in. It’s a breath of fresh air, stylish, informative and reading it, instead of the miserable news, is an enormously better way to begin the day. Check it out here
Over to you now. What are your favourites for 2011?