May 1, 2011

One Week to Honolulu. The India Hicks Life.

There's no gentle way of saying this but here goes.  This time next week, I'll be nesting in a corner of the Qantas lounge waiting for my flight to .... HONOLULU.

There's no need to be jealous because there is no way I'll be looking like 'a supermodel off duty, at ease in the lounge room of her immaculate apartment / mansion' as India Hicks does in this photo.

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I've always been fascinated by India Hicks.  Her name, the fact that her godfather is Prince Charles, that she was a bridesmaid for Princess Diana, her life as a model and interior designer, her life on the pages of Tatler and Vogue.  In her photo shoots, India is usually barefoot and radiant as she potters around her beautifully yet relaxed house (whether it be the city one, the summer one, the country one or the one that belongs to an equally glamorous friend) surrounded by her family.

Always practical, I settled for these pieces of the India Hicks life.

They are from Crabtree & Evelyn, for whom India has her own line called Island Living.  There was a 20% off for cardholders event this weekend and I took full advantage of it.  I bought the 100% cashmere travel socks (Miss Kitty-Cat and I both agree that they are way more comfortable and attractive than your standard flight socks, albeit without the anti DVT properties, more inflight leg exercises for me, I guess), the eye mask and a pair of travel slippers.  Just pefect for the flight.

Yes, they did remind me of some other things I saw on Net-A-Porter a few months back.

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The Lanvin leopard print travel set.  Which (fortunately) is no longer available online.

I'm going to put one of my Aesop brain bags to good use and use one to stash my travel kit.

You know how I've been immersing myself in inspiring hair role models this year?

Dannii Minogue is now officially on the list.  Here she is in the final episode of her reality TV show.  My epic sit in at the hairdresser's yesteday paid off.  I love the length and the bounce.  All I need to do now is figure out how Dannii does all those glam things to her hair when she's working.  Beyond step #1 - get yourself an extremely talented personal hairdresser who is prepared to be on call for you personally, 24/7.

To try and get the volume and bounce that Dannii's hair (Dannii herself is tiny) posseses, I tried to harness the elements of nature by going for a brisk afternoon walk in that glorious sun we finally got this afternoon.

It was lovely.  Everyone in the suburb had the same idea and the atmosphere on the foreshore was lively yet relaxed.

I wonder if India Hicks also finds it hard to resist vegetables presented on a bed of ice in a rustic unfinished metal bucket?  Especially baby vegetables.

 Because I couldn't.

We're having tenderstem baby broccoli for dinner tonight.

To go with this chickpea and chicken bake from In honour of the first episode of Masterchef Australia for 2011, here is a photo after I 'plated up'.

I don't know if I needed the plate after all of that.  I could have eaten this straight from the casserole dish.  You really have to give this a go.  It's easy and full of flavour.  The chicken is very tender and the fetta over the top makes it very moreish.

I cheated and used pre-crumbled fetta.  I am obviously not in the running for Masterchef.

I'm on a major decluttering mission at the moment.  I'm emptying the pantry by basing meals around what I have on hand.  Great success.  I've added lots of new recipes added to my repertoire in the process, putting those cookbooks and magazines to good use as well.

I've made a start on the wardrobes.  I've filled 6 garbage bags with clothes and the wardrobes are nowhere near looking as spartan as they should 1 week before a major shopping holiday.  What does this mean?  I don't think I really want to know the answer...


  1. I was cleaning this morning too and found a bottle of India Hicks perfume. I love the scent!
    I would call those baby broccoli broccolini, but maybe Woolworths is corrupting me with more than just half price cheese...
    Enjoy your trip, I'm hoping that one day the PhD fairy will whisk me away to America/Europe for an obscure conference...hmmm.

  2. sam: there is a downside. I've got about 460 pages of pre-reading to do. Thank goodness most of it is powerpoint slides. It was nearly enough to make me get an iPad until I figured I could load the stuff onto my Kindle.

    I just need a magnifying glass for some pages... Oh technology how you complicate things.

    SSG xxx

  3. Sooooo looking forward to seeing/hearing about your shopping hauls (incase you couldn't tell already...)

    Also loving the Lanvin travel set - yes, just aswell it's no longer available :)

  4. I am so excited about the India socks. Unfortunately I HAVE to wear the DVT socks on our flight. One of the downsides of being preggers - unflattering and uncomfortable travel wear. I'm swapping the socks for a cashmere White company cardigan for our flight though which is uber comfy.

    Enjoy Qantas club - unfortunately we are flying V Australia which doesn't have an international lounge and we can't use our Qantas Club membership. I'll just be spending more time in Jo Malone after Security I guess.

  5. Hi girl....
    Sounds like we are doing a lot of the same things at the moment...
    I just finished cleaning the balcony and adding a nice outdoor rug:)

    Have a great day.

  6. I heart India Hicks too!!! Love her style & products. Honolulu is one of my fave places...have fun for all of us. So envious you are going to the beach AND getting to shop :-)


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