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FASH-ART  Young Dutch artist and graphic designer Mike Frederiqo started his career as a graffiti and tattoo artist. Now he cleverly fuses fashion and art. Following his successful Sponge Bob and fashion series (check out a very jaundice Karl and Coco above), he has just released his new collection that see iconic designers morph into their equally famous logos. Brilliant.   mikefrederiqo.com

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HRH MCQUEEN Could we wish for a more perfect partnership than Kate and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen?

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Kate’s greatest fashion hits

With Kate, William and George packing their ports for their first tour of Australia next year, my fingers are firmly crossed that Kate hits up McQueen for a chic tour wardrobe.

Here are my picks from McQueen’s PreFall and Fall collections.  Would love to see Kate make a major fashion moment in a cool take on her father-in-law’s signature safari suit? Uluru anyone?

Alexander McQueen Resort 2014 and Pre-Fall 2013 - via style.com

Alexander McQueen Resort 2014 and Pre-Fall 2013 – via style.com

HAUTE SUMMER Loving this short film and print campaign for Karla Colletto’s new Cruise 2014 collection. It makes me want to lie by the pool and eat ice-cream.

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DIY FLORAL CHANDELIER This may be the only acceptable use ever for Baby’s Breath. A floral chandelier so glorious it is hard to believe just how easy it is to assemble. Pop over to meohmymama for some quick DIY guidance. Now to find an equally gorgeous use for carnations…

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OH YUM  When only a plate of delicious pasta will do… this fantastically tasty and easy combination of tomato, bacon, mint and capers spells OMG.  See more at whatkatieate

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Spaghetti with tomatoes, bacon, mint and capers

(via the marvellous whatkatieate)

Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • Light olive oil for cooking
  • 4 plump garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 small brown onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 500g vine tomatoes
  • Leaves from 6 stalks mint, roughly torn
  • 1/3 cup plump capers (in vinegar)
  • 200 g free-range bacon, excess fat removed and meat cut into small pieces
  • 400g dried spaghetti
  • Parmesan cheese to serve

Method

  • Into a large non-stick frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of light olive oil and warm over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes then add the bacon, fry with the onions for a further 4-5 minutes stirring often until bacon is golden brown and crispy, remove contents of pan and allow to drain of any excess oil on paper towel.
  • Add another 2 tablespoons of light olive oil into a large frying pan and warm over medium heat. Using the back of your hand or a knife, slightly crush the garlic cloves and add to the oil in the pan toss in the oil for a few minutes, stirring often until lightly browned then remove and discard.
  • Cut each tomato on half, squeeze out the juice and seeds into a bowl and discard, chop tomatoes into bite-sized pieces and add to the oil along with a good pinch of salt, simmer over low-medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Return the cooked bacon and onion to the pan along with the capers and mint, combine everything together well and simmer for a final 5-6 minutes.
  • Half-fill a large pot with water, add a glug of olive oil and a good pinch of salt, bring to the boil then add the dried spaghetti and cook over high-heat for 10 minutes or until al-dente.
  • Add cooked spaghetti to the frying pan along with 2-3 tablespoons of the pasta water, toss everything together then serve hot with grated Parmesan cheese.

FLASHBACK  – Now that we have recovered from the horror that was Brad Pitt for Chanel No. 5, let’s revisit Nicole Kidman’s ad campaign back in 2005.  A study in absolute beauty brought to us by the genius that is Baz Luhrmann. It still gives me goosebumps. Coco would be proud. Have a wonderful weekend everybody x

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