…and the winner is?

Voting has closed on an extreme makeover and there were some interesting options put forward.

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An extreme makeover

I know that the last layout/theme change was said to be my last, but I was wrong. I have been thinking  about this for a while now and the name notquitepurfect doesn’t seem to reflect what I write about (basically, what’s in my head), nor roll off your tongue easily, not to mention spelling it out every time.

However, I need some advice from you guys, cos you are my original readers and know what I write about and know what might suit. So even if you don’t comment, please click on the poll below (can you tell I’ve just learnt how to use this feature) to vote.

Voting will close on Sunday. So have your say!

It’s all about lace.

I’m sure you’ve seen gazillion photos of the Royal Wedding and wasn’t it  just spectacular? I have no idea why, but I was overcome with giddy excitement and emotion. I cheered when I saw the Princes on TV and gasped when I saw the beautiful bride (could be the bubbly I was drinking…).

I’m a fan of saying brides look spectacular on their wedding day, even though I might not necessarily wear that type of wedding dress. It’s not my wedding. I’m just happy to be invited!

So the bride looked spectacular. I was surprised and not surprised about her dress. It had elements from both Princess Margret and Grace Kelly’s wedding dresses.

Grace Kelly

Princess Margret

I would like to give myself a little pat on back (if you don’t mind) for recognising that Grace Kelly could be a source of inspiration for the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress as it’s all about the lace.

The stunning lace pattern on the bride’s ensemble is known as Irish Carrickmacross, an ornate appliqué form of hand-made lace that was made for her using a combination of French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace. Carrickmacross is an Irish embroidery tradition that dates to 1820.

The Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace, assisted the Alexander McQueen team in accurately cutting out the delicate motifs from the lace fabrics and positioning the lace motifs with precision into the new design.

Duchess of Cambridge - Closeup of the lace

The lace motifs were pinned, ‘framed up’ and applied with stab stitching every two to three millimetres around each lace motif. The workers washed their hands every thirty minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and the needles were renewed every three hours, to keep them sharp and clean.

Can you imagine a bell ringing and a team of ladies (happy to be corrected if there was a gentleman) marching to the sink to wash their hands? I suppose it assists with preventing RSI or something.

You can read more about the dress here

So, did you like the dress?

PS. The story of the Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen is equally beautiful.

The ‘halo’ tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) by her mother on the occasion of her 18th birthday.

I love stories like this. However, not every family has a tiara. Is there something that your family treasures?

Only a few hours to go…

I wonder what everyone invited to the wedding is doing tonight?  The night before my day, I was calm and had a lovely home cooked meal made by my bridesmaid (calmness ended at approximately 6am the day of the wedding).

The question still remains is what will our Prime Minister be wearing? I am the first to admit her sartorial style leaves a lot to be desired, but her job doesn’t require her to be sartorial savvy. I would rather our PM be making quality decisions than browsing designer websites (another reason why I won’t be PM).  I wonder if she hired a stylist of some sort, Ita Buttrose could provide advice or Australian Vogue editor Kirstie Clements would have the credentials. Even, PM Gillard’s good friend, Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce could provide advice, as she is always impeccably styled. If they were the same size, I’d recommend the PM borrow an outfit from the GG. It would probably be news of the day, before NBN, carbon emissions scheme or the potential collapse of Syria.

Back to my original question, what will our Prime Minister be wearing? I’ve put together some outfits, taking into consideration her usual style.  Will PM Gillard be wearing:

Anthea Crawford – The PM has been a fan and is often seen in several AC type styles.  It’s a little safe…

I can just imagine the PM in blouse 4 and skirt 5. However, perhaps there is something a bit more interesting out there… I’ve put together some looks that she can wear with her extensive range of cream jackets.

Look 1 – Springtime Love

Dress: Collette Dinnigan – Cruise Collection 2010-2011
Hat: Steve Harrison
Shoes: Christian Louboutin – Newton 70

This is clearly a feminine look, but paired together with the 1st or 3rd cream jacket, it would be a perfect springtime morning wedding.

Look 2 – Blue Belle

Dress: Lisa Ho – Winter 2011
Hat: Steve Harrison
Shoes: Kate Spade – Leanna Tapered Toe Pumps

A look with a bit more oomph… and the cream will help break it up a little.

Look 3 – Some like it different

Dress: Bally – Leather trimmed silk crepe gown
Hat: Unknown
Shoes: Chloe – Marion suede ballerina flats

I think this look is a little different and it would need to be accessorised up.  Flats are the PM’s preference and would help at a canapes lunch.

What would YOU wear?

THE event of the decade is only 2 days away.  For all my modern beliefs, I still go gaga for a royal wedding.  Maybe it’s because he really is a Prince and she really will become a Princess… I thought I was stressed on my wedding day but if I was Princess-to-be, I think it would add a whole other dimension of stress.

Even if you’re ambivalent or too cool to care, come Friday afternoon, even you will know what Ms Middleton wore down the aisle.  Bloggers have been rife with rumous, one thing is for sure.  The designer will be British (otherwise it would have been Vera Wang). Until then, I will speculate:

The money is on Sarah Burton for the House of Alexander McQueen, especially after her recent Fall 2011 RTW collection.  The Dress will probably be a little on the conservative side, with sleeves of some sort, but the silhouette might be similar…

Alexander McQueen – Fall 2011 RTW – Exit 27 and 28 | image: style.com

Temperley London was started in 2000 by Alice Temperley and her then boyfriend (now husband) Lars von Bennigsen in 2000.  She is well known for her focus on beautiful fabrics, hand-finishes and has been hailed as “the designer making the biggest waves in British fashion’ by American Vogue. Ms Middleton is known to be a fan.

Temperley London “Long Jessamine Dress” and “Long Twinkle Dress”
images: temperleylondon.com

Vivienne Westwood is not really known for her subtle or conservatism. Westwood began by joining forces with partner and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren.  In their early years, bondage trousers, massive platform shoes and slogan T-shirts were the sartorial style. Over the years (and after the split with McLaren) she expanded her design vocabulary to weave that world of safety pins and Union Jacks with the historical romance of tartan kilts, pinstriped tailoring, corsets, and Watteau gowns.  Can you imagine a Watteau gown with a Union Jack pinned on to the rear of the dress? Would be a statement. Somehow, Ms Middleton doesn’t strike me as one to make a political statement.

Vivienne Westwood - Fall 2011 RTW - Exit 50 | image: style.com

I have always liked Phoebe Philo, especially when she was at Chloe and now Celine (Phoebe designed the first “IT” bag, remember the Chloe’s Paddington bag? Oh how I pined for one). Her designs are quite simple and clean, so, can you image if The Dress was a Pant Suit, or a little Skirt Suit in the spirit of Bianca Jagger or Mia Farrow… how awesome!

However, this is a British Royal Wedding and not Hollywood (the Queen probably needs to sign off on The Dress. I guess every workplace has a manager of some sort).  Even though Phoebe is British, Celine is a French label, so it might be a diplomatic awkward, like Princess Diana’s death (still too soon?).

Pictures left to right: Bianca and Mick Jagger on their wedding day in 1971.  How young do they look?! It was Sinatra’s third wedding in June 1966 was to Mia Farrow, who wore a cute skirt suit and who was just 21 at the time (Sinatra was 50). Finally, Celine Fall 2011 RTW – Exit 25

Though a fairytale wedding needs a fairytale dress. Grace Kelly’s wedding to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco was seen as another fairytale wedding. Queen Elizabeth flatly refused to attend on the grounds of there being “too many movie stars.”  Ms Kelly’s dress was designed and made by MGM’s costume designer Helen Rose.  MGM studios made every resource available to Helen and the gown took six weeks to prepare and involved 35 MGM craftspeople who all worked to make the dress to be a masterpiece.  It used twenty-five yards of silk taffeta and one hundred yards of silk net. Its 125-year-old rose point lace was purchased from a museum and thousants of tiny pearls were sewn on the veil.

Though this dress might be a little conservative for some, it still remains beautiful and a source of inspiration after all these years.

And finally, this is me in my fairytale.

So what would you wear on this occasion?

Now I can see…

I mentioned somewhere in a previous post (you know how I go on tangents) that I was getting new blinds… well they were finally installed a few weeks ago and they make such a difference!



I was a bit worried that it was too white compared to the current wall colour, but I am planning for the future wall colour (much to the horror of Mr Purfect) and I think it brightens up the place a bit.

Previously, the old blinds left the top windows uncovered (I have no idea why it was done). You can just see a bit of the top windows exposed in the first picture.  Because the blinds are installed higher (to cover the top windows), they really have brighten up the place, not to mention, help keep the place warmer at night.

The bedroom is now really dark in the mornings, which make sleeping in very easy and makes waking up for work, very difficult.

Are you working on a Before & After project?

Market to market (sound familar?)…

I had a bit of déjà vu while reading M in the Age today.  I was quite surprised at how similar the article below was to my post.  I hollered “plagiarism” to which Mr Purfect responded with, “maybe you’re not the only person with the same idea…”  Anyway, the article has outlined a couple more markets that I didn’t mention (of course, I knew about them but thought I would edit some out… honest).

Nevertheless the point is, I hope that you’re inspired to get out and about this long weekend.