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Creating the Mrs V Shift

It's been now 2 weeks, although feels like a month, since the Event.  I've managed to have the flu and build a new site combining 7 of my sites into one (yes living the teaching of integrating 7 aspects of self into 1) love it! I...

EXPLORING THE REES RESORT, QUEENSTOWN

Whether you’re in Queenstown to marinate your travelling bod in the world’s most 'de-lish' Pinots or you’ve been drawn to this southern utopia by its pristine trails and tracks (or plenty of both like I did)...

BEYOND BEAUTY

I am very fortunate to attend launches of the latest and greatest products and services and when it comes to beauty and fashion. I usually shy away as I don't actually know a lot about beauty products and I'm not a person who tries a...

FINDING YOUR VOICE

My journey to finding my voice started when I was 1 or 2! The communication between our parents and all those in our life is through our voice. The first words you utter to connect with those you love. However, we also know that communication is...

MRS V LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER LAUNCH

Mr V Leave-In Conditioner is an exciting moment for all Mrs V’s! The intention for all The Products by Mrs V Society is to bring confidence at any age. This first step to true confidence is trusting yourself and loving who you are in mind and...

WHAT IS CONFIDENCE?

confidence /'kanfid(e)ns/ noun 1   the feeling or belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something Confidence is something we all need.  It helps us at work, at home, with our friends and with our boyfriend or partner. So how do you find it...

WHY THIS EXPERIENCE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

I was feeling mega locked-in by city life and city stress and city days - You too?  I needed a change, and pronto. This gorgeous forest-shift was exactly the yummy nature-balm my busy soul was looking for.  Destination - The Hollyford Track The Hollyford Track is a remarkable journey for the...

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MY FASHION PICKS FOR SUMMER

There are so many wonderful pieces around and I love how they express that current fashion of the bell sleeve and the perforation with white!  These are a few of the items I've personally bought that I thought I'd share with you...

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GOT FLOWER BOMBED @ PARLOUR X BY VIKTOR & ROLF

What a gorgeous location for a celebration of fashion, fragrance and elegance. * * * * Christine Burke hosted a cocktail party at the luxury brand house Parlour X by Eva Galambos, for the gorgeous dutch duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, who founded Viktor & Rolfin...

HOLLYFORD, HERE I COME!

Just ten days! After months of anticipation I am finally about to pop across the ditch, for a what is sure to be a mind-blastingly sublime trekking adventure through the spectacular Fjordland National Park in New Zealand's South. You'd think that somewhere in 2 decades of criss-crossing the planet, on countless...

LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE

When my son said he had tickets to a film he wanted to take me to, I expected we’d go to some slightly dirty theatre, a cinema chain venue. But when we stepped down into the basement of Paramount House in Sydney’s Surry Hills, I knew...

PLUKKA, FINALLY JEWELLERY I FEEL SEXY AND SMART IN

[ess_grid alias="PLUKKA 1"][/ess_grid] Photos by Scarlett Vespa & Sally Burleigh PR/Photographer:  Belinda Rolland © 2016 It was a wonderful Australian launch for Plukka , the online jewellery e-tailer based in Hong Kong which has just recently listed on the ASX.  Our gracious hosts CEO Natalia Obolensky together with...

MIDDLE EARTH, HERE I COME!

Its impossible to deny the magical appeal of the Fjiordland National park - it has a dreamy too-beautiful-to-be-true quality. Just from scanning the website or flipping through the brochure, I can tell that this is one of those very special travel destinations that is going to leave a lasting impression. Snow-capped mountains in the distance, twinkling...

SHAVING ON THE GO – AN EASY SOLUTION

PHILIPS Satin Shave Personally, if I can do my grooming maintenance in my own home I will. I find sitting around for waxing appointments is time I will never get back. So I had the Philips satin shave hair remover delivered and I decided to put...

IT’S WINGS FOR SPRING MAKE UP TRENDS

Fresh dewy skin, nude eyes with just a little enhancement of a winged eyeliner or a Stronger evening Smokey eyed look with a nude lipstick. Use minimal foundation and very little powder, avoid nose bone and cheek bones to illuminate these areas, strong groomed yet natural...

100 WAYS TO FEEL HAPPY ABOUT YOUR LIFE

THE DAILY PROMISE – 100 Ways to Feel Happy About Your Life By Domonique Bertolucci   Focus on your values and let everything else fall into place. You don’t need to go into battle with your fears. They don’t need to be defeated. You just need to own up...

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TOP 5 LIP PRODUCTS TO LOVE YOUR LIPS

Lips need love and special care but we want to add some colour too so we sparkle and shine for a dazzling pout! During winter cold air, wind and heaters dry our lips and make them feel tight. Our lips are always exposed to the elements...

AGE PERFECT? ALWAYS.

I am always so happy to see a brand speak about women 40+ and have been for some time now. I was excited to attend an intimate lunch held at Missy French in Potts Point by L'Oreal Paris to launch their new product - Age Perfect. The food...

TEN WAYS TO GLOW AND LOOK YOUNGER & FRESHER

I have always felt that how you treat your skin prior to covering it with make-up is the key to looking your best.  My skincare regime has been the same for many years without fail.    1) Shade The most important factor in having a glowing skin is...

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JO MALONE – MY NEW FAVOURITE SCENT

I'm a bit fussy with cents, I have travelled to Cannes and experienced the perfumeries in Grasse such as Fragonard, which I enjoyed thoroughly. So when I was presented with Jo Malone perfume to try I was a bit ho hum and then I smelt it...

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LADY GAGA, TONY BENNETT AND BALANCING LIFE

Forty was definitely my life ‘game changer’,  so being invited into this very space as an influencer was both hugely complimentary and fitting. October 8 2012 9pm, my 39th Birthday and I’m upright seated in my bed trying to breathe but so overwhelmed by the thought of...

FLIP YOUR LIFE FOR SUCCESS

As a television Executive Producer I have sat in many an edit suite watching a Director’s Cut - some by award-winning Directors, others from first time filmmakers.   Almost without exception, at the end of their films, I have said to them all: ‘it’s a competent...

BACK TO BASSIKE AND WHY I LOVE THEM

Yes I am a big fan of Bassike and alot of my wardrobe is from Bassike. Lately I've been extremely busy with creating an empire of amazingly wonderful women (and men), I've not been shopping.  It's never something I actively go out to do, as I need...

HOW TO GET THE 1950’S MARILYN MONROE LOOK

1950’s Influence of Marilyn Monroe  * * * * Explained in Steps:   Complexion Perfection  1 // Blend Anti Wrinkle Primer all over the face with a foundation brush. 2 // Apply BB cover foundation under the eye with a concealer brush form inner corner of the eyes,blending well, avoid any laughter lines,  3...

SIA PERFORMING AT GMA – 40 AND HIDING?

Sia is such a mystery to me, suddenly not wanting to show her face is either a great marketing idea or the idea of a women who wants to hide the process of aging. I believe she was upset and confronted by the scrutiny of every...

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – SYDNEY LYRIC THEATRE

9 July-11 September 2016, then Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth into January 2017. Everyone is raving about this new production…it’s a heart breaker. One of the world’s best-loved movies, is live on stage, complete with romance, comedy and glamour. Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of the first...

CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE

“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” Katharine Hepburn   The best friend, the soother, the delight, the mood changer and the all round best friend and that is what chocolate is in some circles, it is well and truly...

CABO SAN LUCAS, BAJA MEXICO

Mieke’s Top ten  * * * * Cabo is: Mind-blowing margaritas Transformative luxury day-spas Romantic dusty road-trips Hidden locals-only mineral hot-springs Hill-top artist colonies and… Plenty of mucho gusto street tacos (that totally don’t bloat you like tasty travel food often does.. the secret, CORN tortillas!).. Cabo is everything and nothing you’d expect from...

THE TOP 5 BODY LOVE PRODUCTS FOR WINTER

Winter skin needs love, pampering and nice warm showers.  These are my top 5 everyday or weekly treatments for a really smooth and silky body with a great looking tan. I have added a quick fix for busy ladies who want good looking hair with added volume. * * * * NAIR //...

HOMME-LESS

By day Mark Reay - the subject of the fascinating documentary ‘Hommeless’ - is photographing supermodels like Karlie Kloss and rubbing shoulders with Marc Jacobs at New York’s Fashion Week.   By night he’s sliding under a tarpaulin, hiding beneath the generator on the rooftop of...

JAVIER BARDEM & PENELOPE CRUZ

Javier Bardem & Penelope Cruz looked fab at the Goya Cinema Awards in Madrid (he bought his mum too, so cute!) Picture:  Boya Cinema Awards, Arrivals, Madrid Spain - 6th Feb 2016   ...

BOOK REVIEW: PERFECT IMPERFECT

Perfect Imperfect a book by the talented Karen McCartney with Sharon Cairns and Glen Proebstel. They have created a book that invites the reader to explore the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi that shows beauty is found in imperfection and impermanence.   McCartney, Cairns and Proebstel explore the...

REVIEW: PAULA’S CHOICE HAS YOU COVERED!

‘Paula’s Choice’ is a state of the art brand of skincare founded in 1995 by Paula Begoun.   Paula is an internationally renowned beauty and skincare expert and she is a best selling author on the topics and her books have sold over 2.7 million copies.   Paula says...

THE NATURAL OIL WITH A BIT OF ‘LIP’

Mrs V suggests that we all have a bottle of Jojoba Oil in the bathroom and probably the kitchen cupboard too. The Jojoba Company, 100% Natural Australian Jojoba has so many uses for our skin, hair and nails.  This skincare product contains a balance of vitamins...

PERFUME FOR EVERY OCCASION

  Armand Petitjean founded Lancôme in 1935,  in that year he launched 5 fragrances and from then on Lancôme has become famous for its beautiful and enduring scents.   The latest addition to the collection is La vie est belle, L’eau Parfum Intense. A blooming floral bouquet of...

A NIGHT OUT WITH SI & MRS V

Glam up your night out with Mrs V essentials, from Lancôme Paris, Giorgio Armani Beauty and Parfums.   To keep you looking good throughout the day and into the night, you need staying power from your beauty products and you will get the results with these great...

MY STORY – IN THE SAC

I had  always known about the luxury of sleeping in linen and knew that the linens we were producing for our textile - fashion  range were as good as any of the qualities you would see throughout the world. That’s when my bed linen love affair...

TIM OLSEN // WOMEN LIVING WITH ART TODAY

“Art is the thinking side of the brain getting in touch with the feeling side of the brain." Carl JUNG Sometimes an art collection starts way before a single work of art is purchased. Looking at great art and dreaming about living with it is the...

HOW TO PUT SOME SPARKLE ON YOUR EYES & LIPS

It was fun trying GILDED CAGE Revelation Eye Shadow in Silver - very cool!  Also loved the natural but sparkly Charisma Lipgloss too. All made in Italy, just like Mrs V - worth trying - here I am with both the Silver and Gloss on ready...

TRAVEL TIP // LEARN THE LANGUAGE AND RESEARCH

I always learn a few phrases in the local language before you go – please, thank you, hello, goodbye – all makes for more friendly and respectful engaging with local people.   I always research and book a few restaurants before I leave – a mix of brunch,...

A GARDEN PARTY AT MBFWA 2016

MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK AUSTRALIA RESORT 17 COLLECTIONS RUNWAY at CARRIAGEWORKS SYDNEY. * THE GARDEN PARTY theme was felt by the MBFWA crowd last week. From Cynthia Rowley's beautiful florals,  to Romance Was Born's decadent Tea Party show- romantic and natural themes took centre stage. *  Cynthia Rowley. Photos above and below by Stefan Gosatti...

THE EMERGING DESIGNERS SHOWCASE AT MBFW

RESORT 17 COLLECTIONS RUNWAY at CARRIAGEWORKS SYDNEY. * Raffles International Showcase, The Innovators: Fashion Design Studio and St George Project Next Gen all nurture talented young designers and the MBFWA gives them an opportunity to showcase their style to the world. New designers such as Kaliver, Anna Quan, Frederick...

MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK AUSTRALIA SWIM COLLECTION

RESORT 17  at CARRIAGEWORKS SYDNEY * Aqua Blu Swim. Photo by Stefan Gossatti courtesy of Getty Images 2016 via Image.Net.   * [caption id="attachment_1019" align="aligncenter" width="427"] *[/caption] Cynthia Rowley. Photo by Stefan Gossatti courtesy of Geddy Images 2016 via Image.Net. [caption id="attachment_1020" align="aligncenter" width="427"] *[/caption] Cynthia Rowley. Photo by Stefan Gossatti courtesy of Geddy Images 2016...

TRAVEL TIP // SHAWLS AND TOWELS

"I always take a light Cashmere shawl - doubles up as a lovely, soft inflight blanket and rolls up to fit into my handbag for any occasion PLUS when travelling somewhere hot always pack a Peshtamel (Turkish towel) which can act as an inflight blanket, shawl,...

MONOCHROME AT MBFWA

MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK AUSTRALIA  RESORT 17 COLLECTIONS RUNWAY at CARRIAGEWORKS SYDNEY. Ginger & Smart. Photos above and below Courtesy of Image.Net by Photographer Stefan Gosatti -Getty Images 2016. MONOCHROME classics with a twist added drama to  MBFWA  last week. From Ginger & Smart's oversized resort 'cape' hats, to Maticevski's dramatic...

NATURAL LUXE AT MBFWA

MERECEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK AUSTRALIA RESORT 17 COLLECTIONS RUNWAY at CARRIAGEWORKS SYDNEY. * * Tome.  Photo by Stefan Gossatti courtesy of Getty Images 2016 via Image.Net. * A rich retro pallette was present with a few of the designers at MBFWA  last week. From Tome's tailoring to Dion Lee's and Bec and Bridges luxurious mix of...

THE LANCOME MIRACLE CUSHION IS A COMPACT MAKE-UP

This is a product must have because of its unique hydrating formula, skincare benefits and that your complexion will look radiant, and illuminated. A dewy fresh look for all skin types and so easy to use and carry around in your make-up bag.   For those of...

THE LANCOME MIRACLE CUSHION MAKE-UP

This is a product must have because of its unique hydrating formula, skincare benefits and that your complexion will look radiant, and illuminated. A dewy fresh look for all skin types and so easy to use and carry around in your make-up bag.   For those of...

KARMME – UNIQUE BESPOKE HANDBAGS

K A R M M E was born through the love and desire to create. *    * "Glacial" - Shibori range of clutches KARMME was created by the beautiful Imby Langenbach who decided to design her own bags when she found it difficult to find a bag in the casual chic style...

WHAT MY MOTHER TOLD ME ABOUT SKINCARE

My Mother taught me from a very early age 'you need to take care of your skin'. This had alot to do with NOT lying in the sun. She would say 'don't lie on the beach for too long' and put your hat on!  Protect your...

KATIES LAUNCHES “LUXE”

 "LUXE"  by Katies  New Online CAPSULE COLLECTION Iconic 60-year-old Australian fashion brand, Katies previewed  ‘LUXE’  last week – a new, premium capsule collection, launching exclusively online at katies.com.au on 10th May. Created with the belief that every day is special and that true style is effortless and understated, the collection...

FIORINA JEWELLERY

 A PIECE OF HISTORY IN YOUR HANDS * Fiorina Jewellery has been weaving an aesthetic of old world influences from Victorian, Byzantine, Etruscan and Art Deco eras with modern style and our desire for bespoke quality jewellery since 1994. The collection is articulated with antique coins, tassels, charms, beautiful precious and...

ALL NIGHT LONG WITH ZIMMERMAN

Get some of the runway and red carpet looks from these three different outfits from Zimmerman.   *    *   One of the strong trends is 'robe dressing' - so feminine and sexy with the wrap styling and waist tie sash. *   * The deep red clutch is a great simple accessory for this robe.  *   *  A very...

LIPSTICK THAT YOU CAN WEAR ANYWHERE

I love Shanghai Suzy lipsticks, they are fun and quirky and stay on and won’t dry your lips out. The current limited collection is based on shades from the 70’s which includes gorgeous frosted baby pinks to shimmering semi-matte corals and a striking dark matte...

MAKING A MURDERER

If you are as obsessed with the groundbreaking podcast Serial and all its subsequent spin off podcasts (Undisclosed; TruthJusticePod) as I am, then Netflix’s Making a Murderer will have you equally as gripped by its ten-episode content.   The incredible exclusive access documentary series unfolds in real...

WHY TRAVEL IS MY BUSINESS

  I travel a lot in my line of work, as do my staff. Whether for business or leisure, it enables us to test the products and services of our suppliers (airlines, hotels, cruise companies and the like) regularly. We experience them first-hand, make assessments, and...

WORK IT WITH JAC + JACK

VERSATILE WORKWEAR The very paired down look for work by Jac+Jack. These core pieces are essential options for your wardrobe. Dress them up // Dress them down with Accessories. This chunky necklace from Jewels That Rock are the perfect way to 'Dress it up' for dinner. Diana Broussard 'Nate' Chain by Jewels that...

GET SMART WITH JAC + JACK

DESIGNED FOR ELEGANCE  * This simple dress by Jac+Jack in new seasons camel is the epitome of elegance. Main shot Jac + Jack beautiful Bondi Beach Store.   *       * Add a special necklace like this one from Jewels That Rock and you are ready for a special evening out.   *    *  Lulu 'Poison' Statement Necklace by Jewels...

THE HUNTING GROUND

It’s not often that a documentary will leave me speechless.  But after watching The Hunting Ground I was lost for words. It investigates prestigious American Universities and exposes them as some of the most dangerous places for women. According to this film if you attend...

GET SMART WITH SAMBAG

SMARTEN UP *  * Love the leather ensemble for an easy edgy look.  Just adding touch of animal in your accessories is a great way to liven up your neutral dressing. Whether its casual dining or a smart lunch -why not add the "wild card" to your dressing. *   * Love the fringed knit jacket -...

WORK IT WITH SAMBAG

 WORK MADE EASY * Workwear styling can be challenging when you want to be fashionable yet corporate, feminine and not too playful. It's how you put it together to create the overall look. The wrap skirt above is a great workwear option- especially if you have great legs - and this...

Cindy Vogels for Mrs V Society

MEETING CINDY VOGELS AND MOVING TO THE SUNSHINE

I decided that in my 50th year……. I should do something different, so I have made the sea change and moved to God’s paradise, the Sunshine Coast after having lived and worked in every major city in Australia (primarily Sydney) to date, excepting Queensland ironically.   My...

THE RETRO LOOK

THE COLD SHOULDER FOR AUTUMN For this months good find I have chosen this retro look outfit by Zimmerman as its such a perfect look for right now, and each piece is so versatile. The off shoulder look is so feminine, and this halter version is...

AMY

Amy Winehouse, a tragic figure hunted by the British press, like Princess Diana before her.  Her hounding by the press became the story – her eating disorder, her drunken and disheveled appearance and her violent, bloody arguments with husband Blake Fielder-Civil.  It was way bigger...

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK 2016 BY IRENA ISABELLA KLEUT

Reem Acra and Irena Isabella Kleut   Petra Nemcova and Irena Isabella Kleut at Reem Acra Fashion Show Prabal Gurun and Irena Isabella Kleut backstage   Prabal Gurun Show   Prabal Gurung backstage look board   Petra Nemcova and Irena Isabella Kleut   Irena Isabella Kleut and models in Catalin Botezatu Designs after his show at Couture Fashion Week     Oscar...

IRIS

At first glance it would be easy to write New York fashion Icon Iris Apfel off as a bit of an eccentric old attention-seeker.    She’s loud, both literally and in her fashion sense.   Bold patterned prints are clashed with layers upon layers of chunky beaded...

CHANNEL YOUR INNER BALLERINA

I’m going to tell you why ballet isn't just for little girls.   Have you ever taken a class? Maybe you remember prancing around in your local hall to a dinky piano when you were younger? Or maybe you thought it was too uncool and took up...

JANE FONDA AT THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

Jane Fonda wore a Saint Laurent Couture gown at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills 10.1.16 Personally I loved it, not sure why - but I just did! Celebrities attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards. Held @ The Beverly Hilton...

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