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Ah, Monica! Bellucci on Italian Vanity Fair cover again

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Italian actress Monica Bellucci has bared her bod once again for Vanity Fair Italia, in the November 3 issue.

She's obv a fan of the iconic mag - and getting her designer clothes off. She last appeared when she was six months pregnant with second daughter, Léonie.

And the sultry actress posed nude for the mag in 2004 while pregnant with her first child.

In the November 2010 issue, she says:

"When I had my first child (Deva) at 39 I was told that if I wanted another I should try straight away but I wasn't ready.

"Eventually I decided that I was and I wanted one straight away but babies are not like movies and cannot be organised in a hurry.

''Women who have children late like me are always told how brave they are and it's true that the older you are the more risks you run both for the child and yourself.

"But I don't feel brave I just feel very lucky. I already have a healthy daughter who I gave birth to in Umbria like an ordinary farm wife.

"Being photographed is a way of getting to know yourself," she added. "And I'm dying to know who I am, for better or worse."

And on the cover, she gives her gorgeous newborn a message: "Dear Léonie, mum is ageing, and she is happy to be feeling like a ripe pear."

Sounds better in Italian.


Diva - goes back to the 'pretty' 1980s

1980s-inspired florals, pearls, soft pastel pinks, even hints of chambray... it's all here in the Diva 'Floral Fantasy' collection, instore at Diva right now.

To find your nearest store, or for more info, go to:


Samantha Wills purchase - my new summer essential. Lovely.

So I was generously given a voucher to buy up on Samantha Wills pieces, and after much deliberation, this is what I chose.

Nice, eh?

Want a set, too?

Just go here:


It's a wristful of gorgeousness, with both brass bangles and turquoise coloured enamel bangles.

I will be wearing it this summer with a white singlet, or just the brass ones with my nude colured tops. Love.

Communication Shutdown - a global social network shutdown day. Starts at midnight.

So, maybe you've read my piece published on The Punch website on Friday, on why I am supporting the Communication Shutdown day starting in less than an hour.

Here is my piece, below.

I love my kids - as we all do - more than life itself. My decision to be open about what's been happening in our lives was not made without much thought over many weeks.

To take a line from the extraordinary movie about an extraordinary woman, Temple Grandin, my son is "different, not less."

Communication shutdown to promote understanding. (As published on The Punch, Friday 29 October, 2010).

I have always been a great communicator. Sometimes excessively so. My first report card – in kindy - said “Josie talks too much.” I am known to like a good chat. I even studied ‘Communications’ at uni and my job demands constant interaction with people. Social networking sites were made for me: Facebook and Twitter are my daily friends. So when I heard about a ‘Communication Shutdown’ day on November 1 – a chance for silence online for 24 hours – I was intrigued. I read about the cause and then – well, I was completely in. You see, the special day is designed to raise awareness for autism. And as my son was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, I knew it was not only a chance to support a cause I believe in, it was the opportunity for me to tell the world what’s happening with my son – it would only benefit us both by demystifying what autism is and widening my support network.

My son Rafael is a twin. He and his sister Estella will celebrate their third birthday this December. But I knew something was up before he turned two. He said ‘mamma’ plenty before he was one, and then, he just stopped talking. His sister was doing all the usual chatty stuff, but Rafael - not interested. When I got the diagnosis for Rafael, I cried. My tears were all about the fear of the unknown and the thoughts I had surrounding his future – would he go to a ‘normal’ school, would he be bullied – and overwhelmingly, the sadness tapped into my intense guilt. This was mother guilt, amplified by ten. Ever since the twins were just newborns, I have always worked from home, timing my work around naptimes. In awake times, we play, paint, Plasticine, read, run, try to break stuff (them, not me) and yes, sometimes I will answer emails, finish a story, and whack on a Brainy Baby DVD or Hi-5 to help calm and entertain the rambunctious twosome. As soon as I got the diagnosis, I wasted no time in blaming myself. Perhaps I hadn’t spent enough time with him, I thought. This self reproach consumed me, in the midst of my daily work and marriage and life. Deep in my heart, I knew this was untrue: we have structured playtimes and outdoor play and random, spontaneous play. We’ve been going to playgroups since before they were two and my husband has always been heavily involved in parenting and fun interaction.

I didn’t cry for long; it was off to a special, weekly playgroup held by the amazingly dedicated people at Learning Links, weekly speech therapy, a dedicated teacher at daycare, local council ‘speechie’ fortnightly sessions, and continuing the reading and playtime in earnest. Rafael was – and is – making incredible progress. Me, not so much.

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And to support the Communication Shutdown, go here: https://communicationshutdown.org/

It's really easy. Simply donate as little as $5 (which goes towards helping kids with autism in your country) by going here: https://communicationshutdown.org/?view=donate-form

Once you're up (takes one minute to do), your Facebook and Twitter pages will automatically give status updates about the special day. It's actually really fun to relinquish control for 24 hours. Don't worry - if you feel you can't quite live without your social networking pages for one day, you can still 'cheat' and sneak a peek, and no-one will know. The important thing is to show support. With one child being diagnosed with autism globally every 15 seconds (I know, astounding), someone you know may well be affected by autism.

Zumba - the non-workout workout. I'm a fan

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I've been Zumba-ing for a few months now and am having a great ol' time. The kilos have seriously melted off - that may also have something to do with the fact I am too stressed and too tired to eat (oops) - but this new fitness regime completely rocks. It's toning without trying.

If you're a mum with kids hanging off you most of the time, pulling out a yoga mat and downward dog-ing is simply not an option.

So, after watching the Zumba infomercials one too many times, I decided to succumb.

I am glad I did. What I love the very most is that I put it on and my two year old twins join in. They both roll around laughing watching mummy have fun and are partial to being held and twirled and try out the moves. What's not to love about bonding time - with an added benefit - with the kiddlywinks?!

You can buy the 'Deluxe' set of DVDs and accessories or the 'Basic' set. Each has a range of workouts, the Zumba toning sticks, and a heart rate watch.

It takes you through your paces with sexy dance steps, pulsating Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow routines, featuring the exotic rhythms of salsa, cumbia, samba, merengue and more. Hooked.

RRP $149.85

Zoe Kravitz - Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet's girl is one to watch

The daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet is demanding we take notice.

Zoe Kravitz, the stunning 21 year old with impressive DNA is a fully fledged actress and model - I love that she is 1.57m and killing it in ad campaigns for Vera Wang fragrances.

And after her acting turns in No Reservations and The Brave One, she has huge roles coming up, most notably for the 2012 release of Mad Max: Fury Road (currently in pre-production), X-Men: First Class (now filming and to be released in 2011), and Yelling to the Sky (now in post-production and set for a 2011 release).

One of my absolute fave interview highlights so far was my 2002 interview with Lenny Kravitz for Cream magazine. During our chat, he got a phone call and excused himself to take it. I heard a far different side to to the tough, pierced dude - he chatted with his then 12 year old daughter Zoe, and when he resumed the interview with me, he explained that Zoe would ring everytime she heard his song on the radio. She was out with friends, heard his song in the car, and that's just what she did. It was a heartening, very cute moment. Kravitz was an uber-softie after all.

You can read that interview here:

It will be exciting to see just how far this stunning young woman goes - to great heights, no doubt.

Rachel Johnson and Ann Widdecombe's sloping bosom

Ann Widdecombe and Rachel Johnson
Madame Arcati finds herself in a most singular position: two books recently published, both authored by very considerable matriarchs (possibly modelled on myself), include passages on me, yes, Madame Arcati. The other thing they have in common is that as I write I have read neither. Something must be done.

So, next week I shall be reviewing the editor of The Lady Rachel Johnson's  A Diary of The Lady: My First Year as Editor and Molly Parkin's Welcome to Mollywood. I do hope I am not given cause to be offended or otherwise to consult m'learned friends. Though I disdain anger management courses and the like, I really have tried to rein in my natural tendency to volcanic eruption.

That aside, did you see Ann Widdecombe (a Libran) tonight on Strictly Come Dancing? It's not every generation which gets to see a Privy Councillor turned into a TV pasodoble mop, with Bruce Forsyth looking on. I commend her as a living cleaning product to Cillit Bang.

Anyway, my attention is drawn to this snap above, last seen on The Lady website. I am not sure what to make of the diagonal nature of Ann's bosom, though its maker should avoid B&Q.

welcome to this bone bleached part of the world



ph. by Joy Newell
makeup by Natalie Faye
hair and styling by Molly Bright Hughes

And heppie halloveen.


Young Me, Now Me

Friday, October 29, 2010

I came across this site the other day, profiled by Andrew McClelland, the comedian with a weekly segment on Network Ten's The Circle.

I am all for nostalgia and find this site hilarious.

The concept is to recreate photos from your childhood - the more naff, the better - into today. The sibling ones are the most fun.

You can even submit your own kiddie photo and the one you've recreated to the site for a book the site creators are compiling.

All photos here are reproduced from the site.

mess up dress up


Freja Beha Erichsen by Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Paris October 2010

Punk-rock badass bitch in couture gowns? Yeh ok.

The makeup is really something else. Wanting to draw stars on my face now.


Military Camouflage

Military camouflage became an essential part of modern military tactics after the increase in accuracy and rate of fire of weapons during the 19th century. Until the 19th century, armies tended to use bright colors and bold, impressive designs. These were thought to daunt the enemy, foster unit cohesion, allow easier identification of units in the fog of war, and attract recruits.

Conversely, the intent of camouflage is to disrupt an outline by merging it with the surroundings, making a target harder to spot or hit, or to confuse an observer as to its nature. Different countries have undergone different evolutionary stages towards the development of military camouflage.

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Military Camouflage of Supercars.