My room was covered in posters; there are still a few in my home now. She was so curvy, I’m always attracted to women like that. I remember in my very early teens during Logies’ season flicking through my Marilyn Monroe books thinking I need to wear that floor length satin gown with the sash. I loved the old Hollywood glamour.
My hair was always in ponytails. Once puberty starts being unkind to you the makeup starts coming out. I think on the TV set is where I learnt a lot about looking after my skin. I was surrounded by women who knew what it was like to be on location and to have their skin poked and prodded all day. But then I think growing up that way I have been a bit spoilt, I don’t want to criticise myself too much but I have to say my skills, certainly with my hair, are minimal because I’m so used to people doing it all the time.
It was inspired completely by my pregnancy and the wonderful anticipation of waiting for a baby to arrive. Jotting things down helped to silence some of that nervous inner dialogue. It eventually evolved into this beautiful picture book thanks to the illustrations of Hannah Sommerville. My hope is that it’s read to little people all over the world, making them feel loved and secure.
I use it for my schedule and important notes. I don’t see that changing any time soon. It lives in my bag with my sunglasses, wallet and lip balm. I never leave the house without lip balm. My Bally handbag is a gorgeous rich Mulberry, I fell in love with it! It’s the perfect size bag from day to night, it’s home to most of my things day to day.
…so on the rare occasions I am able to downsize for an event or night out I love a pretty burst of colour. My Salvatore Ferragamo clutch with gold chain detail is one of my favourites. I love a good statement earring – my favourite is a pair that was a birthday gift from my husband from Harlequin Market. You don’t need much else when you are wearing them and I love that they are clip-ons!
So now I love when facialists steam my face. I have regular facials at Face Plus MediSpa in Bondi Junction, when I can find the time. I always come out feeling great, I think a lot of that is to do with having time to myself. I’ve had a few laser facials as well, usually in the lead up to the Logies.
Today I’m wearing Coco Mademoiselle. My signature is probably No. 5, that’s Marilyn Monroe inspired, no wonder I love it. I didn’t like it when I was younger but I got so caught up in the fact that that was all she apparently wore to bed. I didn’t even fully understand what that meant. I also love the Chanel Gardenia, I wear that for every day. I do try other things over the years but I always go back to Chanel.
I’ve had to adjust my diet over the years. I have to be aware of what I fuel my body with, but I’ve always been like that. With that being said I do eat everything in a very well-balanced diet kind of way. I eat meat, lots of fish – I live super close to a fish market so that makes up a lot of our dinners. I have a floor to ceiling bookcase at home filled mostly with cookbooks, too.
June Jones is my private instructor, she’s gorgeous. I do a lot of Pilates and I think that’s what has lead to the most noticeable change in my body. She does some stretching DVDs that I love too. I do have a gym membership but I’m not a regular gym go-er. Otherwise I’m out and about with Mae and we have an American Staffy that needs to be walked a lot.
I have had glamorous moments in my life, but I think I am my most comfortable when I’m not wearing any makeup and my hair’s in a ponytail. Sometimes I feel like I have a wardrobe full of beautiful things and I never get to wear them! I wear flats every day. Though I think if you look after your skin and your hair you can wear a T-Shirt and look amazing.
I’m sure this weather inevitably lies ahead. Of course I have a matching pair by Hunter. Also for my daughter, I love Melbourne label Oishi-M. The quality is first class and the fabrics are so eclectic and fun. They actually have a track pant with the most comfortable wide waistband I wish they did them in adult sizes. I would never change out of them!”