Archive for July, 2011


Make your own Hermes Kelly Bag!

The iconic “Kelly ” bag by Hermes has stood the test of time and remains a coveted item in the most elegant of wardrobes. Grace Kelly first carried the Sac a Depeches (Messages Bag) early in her first pregnancy and used it to conceal her baby bump from the prying eyes of the paparazzi. The classic, structured handbag soon become strongly associated with the Princess and came to be known unofficially, then officially, as the Kelly Bag. Each and every Kelly bag produced is created by hand from the highest quality leather or exotic skin and can take 18 to 24 hours for one single artisan to perfect the item . The bag has remained in great demand for over 50 years now, at times generating long waiting times for availability. The price tag?  Formidable for most consumers, ranging anywhere between $10,000 and $60,000.

For fun we thought we’d share a stylish paper project with you … fun for a summer cottage diversion, a Girls’ gathering activity or as party favours or place cards at a shower table setting. Let your creativity and imagination play freely!

Hermes had this available on their website but have now taken it down. It is still available courtesy of Paper Monkey at the following link – cut, paste and enjoy!

The Kelly Bag

Here are some examples of finished projects:


Summer Essentials

Unless you’ve been basking in the sun with a little umbrella in your drink these last few weeks chances are you’ve stumbled into a mall and collided with the racks brimming with discounted summer clothing paraded in front of every store.

Once in, yes, you’ve been tempted…

The 50% off V-neck is so cute! And look: there’s one in purple too! Great deal, I’ll buy three! Hmm…not my size? It’s OK, they look like they fit small anyway…

We’ve all been there so don’t worry! Next time you find yourself seduced by seemingly irresistible bargains turn to this list of SUMMER ESSENTIALS – if you have to capitulate, then do it in style and with a plan! Also, you’ll get your hands on something you actually need. For half the price!

But… as with all too-good-to-be true things in life, yes, there is a catch: in exchange for this shopping list, you have to promise you will NEVER EVER do the unthinkable again – buy the wrong size that is.


  •   Versatile sundress
  •   T-shirts in neutrals
  •     Cotton tank + camisole
  •     Short-sleeve blouse
  •     White jeans + khakis
  •     Cropped pants
  •     2 shorts: 1 dressy, 1 casual
  •     Feminine, fitted blazer
  •     Short casual jacket
  •     Lightweight cardigan
  •     2 A-line, straight or full skirts for work
  •     Denim casual skirt
  •     Trench coat
  •     Evening wrap
  •     Updated sneakers
  •     Flat sandals
  •     Open-heel or peep-toe pump
  •     Lightweight work tote
  •     Straw bag
  •     Summer evening clutch
  •       2 swimsuits
  •       Cover-up

Golf Tournament Etiquette

Golf season is in full-swing, if you will, and it leads one to think of the important role etiquette plays in the game. Specifically, today we’re re-printing a set of etiquette guidelines by  Peter Post of the The Emily Post Institute for Golf Tournament Etiquette. The famed and revered British Open takes place this weekend and locally, Vancouver’s own Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club is hosting next week’s Canadian Open tournament. Whether fortunate enough to be on site or whether you’re an armchair viewer, keep watch for etiquette being adhered to or breached.

Five Guidelines for Watching a Golf Tournament

1. Don’t ask for autographs.

It’s okay to seek autographs before the players reach the practice area and after they’ve signed their scorecard and left the scorer’s area, but never in between.  Often there’s an area set aside for autograph signing.  If so, go there.

2. Don’t try to speak to the players.

The proximity of spectators have to players- another great thing about attending a golf tournament- can make it seem as if exchanging a few words would be okay.  It’s not.  While it’s acceptable to offer encouragement to the players such as “Keep it up, Phil!” or “Great birdie, Tiger!” avoid trying to engage them directly with comments like “Hey, Tiger, what club did you hit?” or “Hey, Vijay, my son goes to the same school as yours.”

3. Don’t offer advice to the players.

This is a special subcategory of the previous guideline.  The player knows better than you do- much, much better- exactly how to play a shot to fit his game.  Your suggestion is obnoxiously superfluous, to say the least.

4. Don’t touch a player’s ball, ever.

Players’ shots don’t always land “inside the ropes.”  Watch the ball, stay out of its way as it lands, and don’t think you’re being a help by moving it, kicking it, catching it, or stopping it.

5. Stand still when the players are hitting shots.

Something as seemingly innocuous as shifting your position for a better view can catch a player’s attention at just the wrong moment.  Players will tell you that one of the most annoying things spectators do at tournaments is laugh, talk, and move about when they’re trying to hit.  Whenever a player is addressing the ball, stand still and be quiet.

In Addition…

Watch your language.

Children do attend golf events.  And in the crowded confines of a large gallery, adults who might be offended by foul language won’t necessarily be able to “move away.”

Don’t make negative comments about the players.

It’s likely that among the spectators following any given golfer will be members of his family and some of his friends.  Be considerate of what impact your words might have on them before you let fly with a disparaging comment.

Cheer, don’t jeer.

Golf has a great tradition of complimenting golfers’ shots, and, as a rule, crowds at tournaments cheer loudly in appreciation of players’ efforts.  Recently, though, there have been sporadic instances of jeering from the gallery- especially at international events such as the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup matches.  Unfortunately, it’s showing it’s ugly face at some of the regular tour events as well.  Jeering has no place in the game.  Perpetrators can, should be, and have been removed for such behavior.

Dress appropriately.

Wear golf attire at a golf venue.

Don’t over-imbibe.

It appears as if the combination of spectating and alcohol is here to stay, since beer and liquor sales are now such an important revenue stream for professional sports.  Even though alcohol is served at a sports event, however, doesn’t mean that drunken behavior should be or is tolerated.  At golf tournaments, inebriated spectators will be asked to leave.

Be careful where you smoke.

I’m sure no player appreciates a puff of smoke wafting across him as he addresses his ball.  And even though they’re outdoors, some of your fellow spectators may also be very disturbed by your smoke.  If you have to have a cigarette, move away from the gallery and be aware of the wind direction.

Watch your shadow.

If it’s late afternoon, your shadow may be in a player’s line of sight or actually on him or his ball.  If you can’t move, it becomes more important than ever to stay perfectly still.

Don’t block other people’s views.

Often the gallery at a pro tournament can be large and deep.  Take care to give the people behind you a chance to see.  Be especially careful if you’re carrying a shade or rain umbrella.  There’s nothing more infuriating than the person with a large umbrella who blocks the view of people all around him.

Don’t touch that chair.

At the Masters, there’s a tradition that says a folding chair holds a place for the owner when the owner isn’t there.  Other spectators shouldn’t move that chair.  This tradition is now extending to other tournaments as well.  It makes sense: The person sitting in that chair may be in that position for several hours watching all the golfers go by, and it stands to reason that he’ll need a brief bathroom break or a chance to get something to eat from time to time.


Beauty on the Go?

One morning last week I saw the oddest thing: a woman driving while brushing her teeth! She was driving with one hand on the steering wheel, the other brushing her teeth – all while crushing the accelarator pedal in a desperate attempt to get to work on time. Staring in utter shock, I couldn’t help but wonder where would one spit the toothpaste while driving? Let’s hope she didn’t do the unimaginable out the window.

This got me thinking about how many women actually put on make-up while driving, and how many crashes are caused as a result of women applying make-up on the move.

Even though looking into a makeup mirror is more distracting than looking into a rear view mirror, one-fifth of women drivers in UK (aged between 17 and 21) admit to touching up their make-up while driving. Three percent of these women admit to having caused a collision, which represents about 450,000 crashes in the UK.

Since we don’t have Canadian statistics on this issue, we’re curious to know how many women in Canada admit to having looked into the rearview mirror while driving and applied a dab of mascara or touched up their lipstick. Have you ever applied make-up in the car, with foundation, concealer, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner and lipstick?



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