Archive for the Style Category

Miss Petaluma On…Ooh La La La Lauren’s Back

Posted in Style on August 30, 2010 by Mums That Slay

Hoorah, after many years of mourning the superstar that could have been… Lauren Hill is doing the rounds again.  Seven kids later, she’s shed the laid-back cool of the 90s – think locks, white vest and jeans and has become somewhat more….eclectic.  Combining all the hot looks, grunge (parka), oversized glasses, monochrome and Studio 54 (flicked hair) – I’ll leave you to decide what you think.  I quite like it, she looks great and I’m just so pleased to see her back on track!

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Miss Petaluma On…New Celeb Kids on the Block

Posted in Style on July 20, 2010 by Mums That Slay

These kids are gorgeous.  So, I just had to share their adorability with you all.  The style factor is super-high and I whole-heartedly enjoy seeing kids, from babies right up to teens, looking so experimental (Willow Smith is definitely one to watch).

Sandra Bullock's chubby son

Halle Berry's daughter has California effortless cool down to a T

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt's daughter layers up in traveller chic

'Karate Kid' Jaden Smith gets the rocker fro spot on

Willow Smith has her own style and that's that!

Miss Petaluma On…Le Grand Chantal Biya

Posted in Style on July 14, 2010 by Mums That Slay

France’s first lady Carla Bruni is being upstaged, for once, by Cameroon’s Chantal Biya.   Key dignitaries from various African countries have been invited to the French capital to celebrate 50 years of Independence  since French rule.   At each event the first lady, known for hogging the limelight, has looked nothing but pedestrian in her little black numbers aside the flame haired Biya.  Her vivacious style has even sparked a ‘banane’ hairstyle trend in her home country.

Miss Petaluma On…Serena William’s Trophy Dressing

Posted in Style on July 6, 2010 by Mums That Slay

In a dress just as blinging as her trophy, Wimbledon Single’s winner Serena Winner, toasted her success in this stunning dress.  She’s never been afraid to flaunt the muscles that have stormed her to the top.  What say you?

Miss Petaluma On…Amazing Grace

Posted in Style on May 25, 2010 by Mums That Slay

Some people are born with that extra something which makes their star shine that little bit brighter than the rest of ours.  I’d say, rather confidently, Grace Jones is one of them.  An enigma of voice, body, fashion and fear the 60-something celebrates her birthday (it’s exciting to share my birthday week with someone so spectacular).  The Jamaican-born singer, actress and model took the world by storm in the late 70s, tearing up Studio 54 with the likes of Andy Warhol.  After that she launched album upon album of throaty classics and even starred in a Bond film.  Result for a Spanish Town girl!

Grace celebrating her birthday in Cannes

I think any woman, yet alone grandmother who dresses as uniquely and shockingly as Jones deserves the kudos.  Albeit with her infamous ‘mad black lady’ reputation, who would dare tell the ‘Feel Up’ singer it’s time for the M&S Classic’s section.  Happy Birthday.

In the Studio 54 days, shot by artist Andy Warhol

THAT album cover 'Island Life'

A more feminine Jones

Black Bond Girl in 'A View to Kill'

She did it first - Gaga, Aguilera yawn!

Of another world and time...stunning!

Promo shot for 'Hurricane'

Androgynous album cover for 'Nightclubbing' 1981

The picture says it all

On the cover of fashion titan V Magazine

Miss Petaluma On…R.I.P Lena Horne

Posted in Style on May 10, 2010 by Mums That Slay

The black jazz singers and Hollywood stars of old will always receive much reverence from me.  There’s something to be said when you compare one to a contempoirary entertainer…let’s say Kelly Rowland and Halle Berry.   The difference?  Their history.  It’s the poinance of suceeding against the odds of institutionalised racism, sexism and poverty.  They shattered concrete ceilings with dignity and grace.

So, I really was quite sad to hear about Lena Horne’s death last night in New York.  She was always one of my favourites.  Partly because of her breath taking beauty but mainly because of her obvious zest for life, that beaming smile-laugh, those sparkly eyes that lasted right up through to her winter years.

Born in 1917 , she lived to a grand age of 92.  A pioneer in many ways, the legendary jazz singer and actress was one of the first black singers to sing with a major band and sign a Hollywood contract.  She was also one of the forerunners in the Civil Rights movement.  She once said,

“I was unique in that I was a kind of Black that white people could accept.  I was their daydream. I had the worst kind of acceptance because it was never for how great I was or what I contributed. It was because of the way I looked.”

Lena, we have so much to thank you for.  Here she is singing the song that soared her to the top, ‘Stormy Weather’  1943.


Miss Petaluma On…Wild Thang

Posted in Style on April 10, 2010 by Mums That Slay

Most people who know me, know I HEART leopard print.  Over the years, I’ve accumulated a 1 bikini, 2 sarongs, 1 jacket (worn so often the lining’s shattered), 1 skirt, 1 blouse, 1 dress, 1 bag, 1 peep toe shoe and most recently an umbrella.  Yes, too much and you can look a bit Betty-ish from Corrie and generally trashy, but worn right and you add some sassy depth to your outfit.  There is also something obviously tribal about animal print;  as such, maybe my adoration centres on that element sensual prowess. It’s kitsch, retro and luxurious all in one go – fabulous.

Josephine Baker and her pet leopard

Here’s the latest issue Naomi Campbell editorial in this month’s Vogue Russia, wearing striking designs by the likes of McQueen, Dior and Alaia.  Now, the sun’s out, I’m ready for the heat.  Josephine Baker had the real thing to saunter down the streets of Paris, well today I’ll have to make do with my heels – ridiculously high, but hey!  It is a jungle out there!