Hello dear readers and welcome aboard for cruise month. We kick off with our cruising itinerary. The Hubby and I will be cruising aboard P&O's Pacific Dawn for a seven night Pacific Island Hopper cruise visiting Noumea, Lifou and Port Vila.
So you can follow us on our journey. Here is a full copy of our itinerary: Day 1 - Depart Brisbane Day 2 - At Sea Day 3 - Noumea Day 4 - Loyalty Islands (Lifou) Day 5 - Port Vila Day 6 - At Sea Day 7 - At Sea Day 8 - Brisbane
You may have noticed some new affiliate links have popped up on my sidebar in the past month so I thought it was about time I introduced you to some of the companies I am now working with.
The first is Joe Browns. Joe Browns is passionate about creating wonderfully unique ranges of clothing that people simply love to wear day in day out. They take influences from all over the world, which means that you can always find something a bit different from the norm and the traditional high street stores.
Next we have Kinny & Howie Retro Boutique. Kinny & Howie Retro Boutique is a small online store based in Los Angeles CA which offers beautiful designs reminiscent of a simpler time as well as playful trendy modern pieces. Whether you seek the romantic, polite, darling look of full circle skirts with petticoat, the sexy sophistication of vixeny wiggle dresses from the 1950's to 60's, or prefer modern trends and indie fashion, Kinny & Howie hope to deliver a punch of fun and femininity to your wardrobe regimen. All their brand garments are assembled in and made from fabrics and trims produced in the U.S.A.
Also new to the blog are Mel Shoes. Mel Shoes are made by Melissa. Mel is the diffusion line (little sister) of Melissa. Melissa is the original ‘jelly’ born in 1979 in Brazil. For over 30 years the Melissa label has been creating and designing shoes that are exported to all parts of the world. Mel is made from PVC, which is especially manufactured by the Brazilian company Grendene in its plant in Brazil. Researchers in its laboratory have already developed more than 70 formulations of PVC, thus enabling the company to produce injection moulded shoes of outstanding flexibility, comfort and design. Mel has been in Australia since September 2011. I personally own many pairs of Mel and Melissa shoes (most of which have appeared on the blog over the years) and I love them. Whats more Mel currently have a sale on and most of their items are 50% off!
Last but by no means least is my favourite place to buy books The Book Depository. Book Depository is the world's leading specialist online bookstore. They offer over 12 million titles, all at unbeatable prices with free delivery worldwide to over 100 countries.
I am excited to announce that as we are taking our first cruise in a couple of weeks July will now be deemed cruise month! Over the next few weeks I will be sharing with you many cruise related posts including information on my ports, cruise tips, my cruise reading and ideas for a great cruise wardrobe. So you will be able to share the trip with me.
My first 'Cruise Month' post on Friday will give you details of my cruise itinerary so watch out for that but in the meantime why not follow my Pintrest board here for more cruise information!
This months muse is Italian actress and at one point the world's most beautiful woman Gina Lollobrigida.
Gina Lollobrigida was born Luigina Lollobrigida in Subiaco, Italy, on 4th July 1927. She was one of four daughters of a furniture manufacturer and his wife. She grew up in a picturesque mountain village. In her youth, Gina did some modelling, and from that, she participated successfully in several beauty contests. At around this time, she began appearing in Italian films in minor roles.
In 1945, at age 18, she played a part in the comedy Santarellina by Eduardo Scarpetta at the Teatro della Concordia of Monte Castello di Vibio, the smallest theatre all'italiana in the world.
In 1947, Lollobrigida entered the Miss Italia pageant and came in third place. It gave her national exposure.
In 1950, Howard Hughes invited Gina to work in Hollywood, but she refused, preferring to remain in Europe; this decision prevented her from working in American movies filmed in the USA until 1959, though not from working in American productions shot in Europe. Her performance in Bread, Love and Dreams (Pane, amore e fantasia, 1953) led to her receiving a BAFTA nomination and won a Nastro d'Argento award. Gina also appeared in The Wayward Wife (1953) and in Woman of Rome (1954). These were three of her most renowned Italian films, but she worked also in the French industry on such films as Fearless Little Soldier (Fanfan la Tulipe, 1952), Beauties of the Night (Les Belles de nuit, also 1952) and Le Grand Jeu (1954).
Her first widely seen English language film was Beat the Devil (1953), a film which was shot in Italy. In this film, directed by John Huston, she played the wife of Humphrey Bogart, with Jennifer Jones as her rival. She then took part in the Italian-American production Crossed Swords (1954), co-starring with Errol Flynn. Her appearance in The World's Most Beautiful Woman (also known as Beautiful But Dangerous, 1955) led to her receiving the first David di Donatello for Best Actress award; in this film she interpreted the Italian soprano Lina Cavalieri, singing some arias from Tosca with her own voice. She had the principal female lead in the circus drama Trapeze (1956) directed by Carol Reed co-starring with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis and in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956), appeared as Esmeralda with Anthony Quinn as Quasimodo. The film was directed by Jean Delannoy.
In 1959, she appeared in the French movie The Law, alongside Yves Montand and Marcello Mastroianni; then, she co-starred with Frank Sinatra in Never So Few (1959) and with Yul Brynner in Solomon and Sheba (also 1959). The latter was the last film directed by King Vidor, and features an almost unique orgy scene in Hollywood motion pictures of that era; furthermore, Brynner was chosen to substitute Tyrone Power, who died before the shots were completed.
In the romantic comedy Come September (1961), Gina had a leading role along with Rock Hudson, Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin. It was a film for which she won a Golden Globe Award. She appeared, also in 1961, with Ernest Borgnine and Anthony Franciosa in the drama Go Naked in the World.
Jean Delannoy then directed her again, this time in Venere Imperiale (1962). She co-starred with Stephen Boyd and she received Nastro d'Argento and David di Donatello awards. She co-starred with Sean Connery in the thriller Woman of Straw (1964), with Rock Hudson again in Strange Bedfellows (1965) and appeared with Alec Guinness in Hotel Paradiso (1966).
She starred in Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968) with Shelley Winters, Phil Silvers and Telly Savalas. For this role, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won a third David di Donatello award. Gina co-starred with Bob Hope in the comedy The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell and also accompanied Hope on his visits to military troops overseas.
By the 1970s, her film career had slowed down. She appeared in King, Queen, Knave, co-starring with David Niven, and in a few other poorly received productions in the early part of the decade. In 1973, she was a member of the jury at the 8th Moscow International Film Festival.
In the mid-1980s, she starred in the television series Falcon Crest as Francesca Gioberti, a role originally written for Sophia Loren, who had turned it down. For that role she received a third Golden Globe nomination. She also had a supporting role in the 1985 television miniseries Deceptions, co-starring with Stefanie Powers. The following year, she appeared as guest star in the TV series The Love Boat.
In 1986, she was invited to head the jury at the 36th Berlin International Film Festival, which awarded the Golden Bear to Reinhard Hauff's film Stammheim. She said the decision was made for political reasons.
In the 1990s, she made a few minor French film appearances and continued to participate and attend international film festivals.
By the end of the 1970s, Lollobrigida had embarked on what she developed as a successful second career as a photographic journalist. She photographed, among others, Paul Newman, Salvador Dalí, Henry Kissinger, David Cassidy, Audrey Hepburn, Ella Fitzgerald and the German national football team. She scooped the world's press by obtaining an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro, leader of Communist Cuba. In 1973, a collection of her work was published under the title Italia Mia.
She has focused on other interests such as sculpting. She has shown her sculptures in Italy, France, Spain, Russia, the United States, Qatar, and China.
Lollobrigida became a corporate executive for fashion and cosmetics companies.
In 1999, she ran unsuccessfully for one of Italy's 87 seats in the elections for European Parliament with the center-left party The Democrats.
Quotes: ♥A woman at 20 is like ice, at 30 she is warm and at 40 she is hot. ♥I do what I like now. I just don't have time for it all. ♥I've had many lovers and still have romances. I am very spoiled. All my life, I've had too many admirers. ♥There is only one trouble with having played the most famous courtesan of all times and that is, after Sheba, all other roles will certainly seem tame and anticlimactic. ♥Popularity has a bright side, it unlocks many doors. But the truth is that I don't like it very much because it changes the private life into a very small thing. ♥My cinema -- the '50s, '60s -- is different from the cinema today so I thought that it would not be bad to show that kind of cinema where we could dream. ♥We are all born to die—the difference is the intensity with which we choose to live. ♥Glamour is when a man knows a woman is a woman. ♥Happiness is a journey that depends solely on ourselves. We should be grateful to life because so much that it has in store for us will be marvelous and we have the good fortune to live it.
This week I have been: ♥ Getting tickets to Dirty Dancing as an early birthday pressie from the Hubby ♥ Getting another early birthday pressie, a pair of gorgeous The Fox Set earrings from my Mummi-in-law ♥ Watching a number of movies including Seven Psychopaths and Burton and Taylor (which I will review soon) ♥ Going for a roast dinner at the RSL ♥ Listing some more items on eBay
I don't know if I have mentioned this on the blog but in the run up to our cruise next month I decided to start following a low carb ketogenic diet again. However with the recent cold spell we have been having it is hard not to crave carby stodgy foods and yummy sweets. This is a super quick and easy crumble recipe I came up with to combat those winter sweet carb cravings.
Fresh or frozen berries
Coconut cream to serve
This one is so easy simply add fresh or frozen berries to your bowl, sprinkle a generous layer of almond meal over the top to make your crumble topping and microwave for a couple of minutes until the crumble is piping hot. Pour over coconut cream to serve. A voila a simple and delicious winter desert in a matter of minutes!
I picked up this dress way back in November when the Hubby and I took a trip to the Byron Arts and Industry estate to have a look around (you can read more about it here). I spotted this dress in A Colourful Life and just had to have it. Unfortunately it was a little to warm to wear in November so I put it away in the back of my wardrobe for the colder weather and forgot about it. You can imagine my delight when I cleared out my wardrobe last week and found this beauty again!