Fabulous Friday April 30: What’s made your week?

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty 17 Comments

In honour of my new-look blog, this is my new weekly post, Fabulous Friday.  Every week, I’ll share a little about my week, the good stuff (I’m not into the negative), a little retail therapy and a few fun moments.  Then it’s your turn.  What made your week?  Did you find a fashion bargain?  See a great movie?  Read an inspirational book?  Leave a comment below.

1.  Buy of the week:  Since wearing these earrings while hosting the fashion@ event last week, I’ve not been able to stop (wearing them, that is).  Renee Blackwell is a Sunshine Coast-based jewellery designer and I’m always amazed at the new designs she comes up with.  These Long Drop earrings ($85) are equally as stunning when worn with my hair up or down.  Hair down, I like the way the sterling silver half hoop “disappears” in my hair, peeking out in a subtle way.  Hair up, it’s all about making an earring statement.  Mine feature black onyx stones but you can also choose from red coral or pearl (email [email protected] to place an order!).  

2.  Lust-have of the week:  There’s a little bit of a nip in the evening air, which gets me just a tad excited about winter fashion.  Boots, coats, tights … and scarves.  And when it comes to scarves, I’ve discovered a range you’ll want to wrap your neck around all winter long.  The Little Scarf Shop Italian cashmere scarves (Buy now from my shop – $155 including postage in Australia) will lift even the most casual outfit as only the luxury of cashmere can.  Currently lusting after the Latte version but you might fall for Midnight Blue, Black, Raspberry, Pink Dusk, Green Apples or Deep Purple.   Each scarf comes in a care bag, perfect for stashing your cashmere away ready in your handbag for when the temp drops.  Here are some style tips from Katherine Craig for wearing your Little Scarf Shop scarf this season.

3.  Shopping with gorgeous clients:  I’ve been shopping three times in the last week … for work.  I love nothing more than being able to solve a style “jigsaw” for my clients.  No jigsaw is ever the same but that’s what makes it exciting.  I start with the corner and side bits of a client’s lifestyle and personality and then throughout the session we manage to fill in the middle bits with clothes that suit.  And the best bit … I’m getting my retail therapy fix without flexing my credit card. LOVE MY JOB.

4.  Lipstick love:  There’s been a lot of hype over the latest lipstick from Chanel … and in my humble opinion, rightly so. The new Rouge Coco lipstick range ($50 each) got a red carpet launch at this year’s Oscars – it was the lipstick seen on the lips of Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdam and Julianne Moore.  So what’s all the fuss about? The new formulation is a gloss-finish lipstick but it’s long-wearing and so luxe to wear. My fave shade is Mademoiselle – a dark pinky nude that makes me feel spesh every day.  Hunt down your new fave at your nearest Chanel counter.

5.  Sex and The City update:   I’ve not attempted to hide my excitement about the premiere of Sex and the City 2 on June 2.  I’ll be seeing it on June 3 as part of the Sunshine Coast Style Awards (… umm I have been nominated) at the Noosa Cinemas.  So any news about SATC2 that passes through my inbox gets me all giddy.  The latest is from SKYY Vodka – the official vodka of the movie (yes, who knew movies could have an official vodka?!).  SKYY creates couture cocktails and the ultimate accessory will be this limited edition bottle designed by Patricia Field, the costume designer behind Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda’s fashion moments. 

I’m sharing with you Charlotte’s SKYY cocktail, Pretty Princess (email me if you want the other recipes):

40ml SKYY Vodka
80ml Lemon Lime Soda
1 Lemon Squeeze
10ml Red Wine

Squeeze and drop lemon squeeze into a cocktail shaker with SKYY Vodka and lemon lime soda. Fill cocktail shaker with ice and stir. Strain into a tall Collins glass with fresh ice. Float red wine over top of drink as garnish. Serve with a skinny black straw.

6.  Competitions:  I’m running my own competition at the moment and I’d love you to be a winner in that. Because I can’t win my own comp, I’m gunning for this one … MAC are taking one lucky person (ie, moi) to New York Fashion Week to see Australia’s best fashion talent showcase their collections!  You also have a chance to win the daily product giveaways from MAC’s exclusive backstage-inspired SS 2010 Collection.

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  1. i just had a weekend with my oldest girfriends ( from preschool upwards !!! ) and lots of laughs and drinks and not a word MUMmmmmm!!!
    we have 14 children between the 5 of us so nice to just be girfriends for the weekend again !!! cannot say enough the power of girlfriends in our lives and we should always hold that dearly and protect it !! home now which is also lovely ( they survived ) and yes we went shopping massages hair peds you name it and worth every cent we spent sat up on Buderim great group of shops little shoe shop had 50% of holster brand amongst other brands so excited except they were not in my size bugger !!! still managed to find two other pairs but really wanted them georgeous !! so buderim shoe bargain at moment have a great week !!!

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    Wow … so great to log on tonight and see all the wonderful comments. I had a busy day helping a new client overhaul her wardrobe, a meeting with a gorgeous fashion designer Leonie Macleod (www.verily.com.au), lunch with my Nan who turned 94 today before doing the after-school madness! Will reveal the winner of my comment prize on Monday and thanks for sharing in Fabulous Friday – don’t forget to check it out again next week.

  3. The most fabulous thing that happened to me this week was being asked to go to Sydney for work…. very exciting!! Can’t wait…

    My other fab thing was getting a gorgeous new pair of high heel booties on ebay for $9!! Bargain!

  4. Whats made my week… my 2 wonderful children. This morniing there were a few cross words as we all tried to get out the house in time for buses and meeting. We have had such a busy busy week, and I came home this afternoon and the house is sparkling, their rooms are tidy and they have even picked some flowers from the garden and put them in a vase on the window sill in the kitchen. They know I love fresh flowers in the house….to me it is the same sensation as that unforgettable smell of a new born baby. My apologies to the neighbour whose tree is now flowerless. That made not only my week – but my whole weekend.

  5. After dieting since January 1, I have finally got into the size 10 jeans I haven’t been able to wear for at least three years! To celebrate I bought some gorgeous leather gladiator style sandals for half price at Youth Culture in Noosa Civic. Yes Youth Culture and I’m in my 60s. Yipppeee!!!!!

  6. What made my week ?

    Bagging a fabulous Mimco bag for mini dollars on Ebay ! I love a bargain

    I also made THE most scrumptious apple crumble, just practising ready for the colder winter nights when I can snuggle up with all the Old SATC episodes, apple pie and hot chocolate!

  7. My wonderful hubby coming home after being away for 3 weeks on a business trip, and even though he is seriously jet lagged getting up and taking the kids to school for me so I can have a break!!

  8. The thing that made my week fabulous is not anything that I’ve bought … it was driving from Newman to Perth yesterday … we left at 1am in the morning … it was a full moon and I was able to watch the sun rise over the red dirt on one side and the full moon was still in the sky on the other side … absolutely amazing … made getting up at 1am worth it! But I’m in Perth at the moment … and hopefully Friday will be even more fabulous because i’m on my way to the shops … before heading back home tomorrow … where there are no shops! Have a great weekend everyone 🙂 xx

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