Feb 25, 2011

Chilling Out With Some Famous Italians Besides Silvio On Friday Night.

Ahhhh.  It's Friday evening at last.  Have you unwound from the week that was yet?  There is so much pressure sometimes to get over the week by around 9pm on the Friday so that the weekend can officially start and no precious hours of it are lost on boring things like household chores and the supermarket....

Anyway, I'm good.  I'm glowing with a faint sheen of Aesop Geranium Leaf moisturizer and a few drops of Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Complex on my face.  Then there's my Jo Malone Grapefruit candle burning as well.  Have I missed any major cosmetic house in those sentences of shameless name dropping?  Does anyone else have  weakness for good packaging and product fragrancing?  Guilty as charged.

Silvio Berlusconi is probably the most (in)famous Italian in the collective consciousness at the moment but tonight, let's reacquaint ourselves with some other less lascivious luminaries.

Don't you love opening a new bottle of perfume?  It's a just reward for dutifully finishing your previous bottle of perfume first.  Flora is light and floral but not in a ditzy way.  It's got that sleek and glossy European edge to it.  When I wear a cloud of Flora and those new bamboo horsebit specs to work, I sometimes get a bit disappointed that the the sentences that flow when I open my mouth are not in Italian or even languidly accented English?

Would I get the accent if I had an all Italian dinner?

It was pasta night at SSG Manor.  Because pizza would have been way too slack and unhealthy.  I went to the Italian grocers on the weekend and found this fabulous pasta.  I love the blue ribbon that graces the packet.  It will always be bow tie pasta to me, rather than farfalle.

It has been an evening of glorious excess.  The pasta was decidedly free form.  I threw in quite a few Italian and Continental ingredients from the fridge and pantry.

Even Telstra got in on the act.  Yes, readers, that is a cheque made out to me from our national telco.  I'm not going to query this act of corporate largesse.  But, thank you, Helstra.  Had to slip in a cheeky Freudian slip there....

Here's a progress shot of my Everything In Pasta. I'm telling you, with a couple of chorizos sizzling away in your fry pan, Everything In becomes Excellent With An Exclamation Mark!

Okay, so it's not quite high fashion pasta but look at those bow ties.  Haven't they held up remarkably well through the boiling and the final cooking?  The Life and Leisure segment from the AFR is courtesy of Mr SSG.  I just know that model on the cover is eyeing off my pasta.

Are you watching Park Street?  It's a behind the scenes look at some of the big mainstream Australian fashion magazines.  Our industry is much smaller than the US and UK ones and everyone just seems so much more relaxed and nice.  I am in awe of that lipgloss organization I spied on the computer of one of the editors.  But my favourite character is the advertising campaign head honcho-ess.  She's ballsy, she's real and her passion is contagious.  I love her black tortoise specs.  I knew I was onto a winner with my new black rimmed specs. 

I might just go out and buy a CLEO tomorrow...  On the way to the hairdresser.

Well, that's it from me.  Hope you've got a great weekend planned.  I'll be back tomorrow.  I am feeling India as the inspiration for our Saturday night post yoga dinner.  I'm already speaking fashion after just half an hour on Park Street.  Might just have to give up my day job.


  1. Love the bow ties!!!! They will always be bow ties to me... and macaroni will always be for Mac and Cheese and necklaces.

    I loved Park St, it was a tiny bit too slow but hopefully it picks up. My cousin is a sub editor at Cosmo so it was funny seeing her - I screamed at the TV when she appeared haahahaa

    The search for a new perfect perfume is leaving me a little disillusioned at the moment. I'm currently using Balenciaga and it's change time but I can't find the perfect fragrance to replace it with. :/ :/ :/

    Hope you have a gorgeous weekend lady!

  2. Merowyn: that's so awesome! And kind of weird in a good way. Have a great weekend!

    SSG xxx

  3. Hi sweety...
    We use the same perfume girl..
    I love the scent it is fresh, and still feminine...

    Good choice:)
    Have a great day

  4. Excellent post and enjoyable reading. I'm having pasta for dinner tomorrow, thanks to you:) Have you ever tried pasta with butter fried mushrooms and a few drops of black truffle oil? Heavenly! Black Truffle oil is an affordable alternative to the super exclusive white truffle oil, and really adds tons of flavour just with a drop or two. Speaking of perfume, that is food perfume!

  5. What a coincidental post - just yesterday, I sprayed my last squirt of one of my perfumes, now ready to open another...

    How do you find the Jo Malone candle? I've never bought a candle (odd), but thinking I should.

    Your pasta is making me hungry!

    Have a great weekend!

  6. SP: Agree completely.

    My Favourite Things: Thanks for the truffle oil suggestion. I really like 'lighter' tasting pasta dishes these days.

    SSG xxx

  7. The Stylish Shoe Girl: I'm loving my Jo Malone candles. The fragrances are very 'true' and you only need to burn them briefly for the room to be well scented.

    SSG xxx


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