The Buried Life – What do you want to do before you die?

Have you been watching the buried life? I have been and it’s a really sweet show. I must admit the only reason I tuned in the first time was because I heard one of the guys was dating Whitney Port from The City. Love her! I had no idea what The Buried Life was even about.

Four mates – Duncan, Ben, Dave and Jonnie – travel the globe in a purple bus to complete a list of ‘100 things to do before you die’. They also help and encourage others to create their own lists and go after their dreams.
For every item they complete on their list, they help a stranger achieve one of their dreams. Everywhere they go they ask the question: What do you want to do before you die?

They are a great group of guys and really make you ponder about what you want out of life. It does tug at the heart-strings when they ask random people what they want to achieve from their lives. The everyday people they meet along their journey are really kind and giving and help them achieve the items on their list as well as the dreams of people they have never met. It makes you feel as though there are still nice people willing to lend a hand out there. It really is inspiring and I find myself having a bit of a sook in almost every episode.

So, what do you want to do before you die?

Think about it. It’s hard to say when you’re put on the spot.  I am going to start my list with:

1. Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
2. Sit front row at New York Fashion week.
3. Sit front row at an LA Lakers basketball game.
4. Go shopping on Melrose Drive.
5. Throw an amazing and fabulous dinner party.
6. Re-new my vows in Las Vegas for my 10 year anniversary.
7. Purchase a pair of Christian Louboutons.
8. Assist in a photo shoot as a makeup artist.
9. Adopt an animal.
10. Find a brilliant recipe for crème brulee and make it.

You can start your own list on The Buried Life website. Life is short, so start living it.


Fabulosity: Kimora Lee Simmons

Kimora Lee Simmons in one word is fabulous. She is over-the-top, luxurious, stunning and vivacious. She is a businesswoman, President and Creative director for Phat Fashions, author, philanthropist, producer, supermodel, television personality and a Tony Award winner. She is one of the most dynamic and influential businesswomen in the fashion and entertainment industry. Her over-the-top style and mesmerizing, upbeat, fun and charismatic personality makes her the queen of fabulosity leaving everyone around her wanting to be just as fabulous as she is.

Kimora was born as Kimora Lee Perkins in St. Louis, Missouri on May 4, 1975. She is of Asian and African-America decent. Growing up, Kimora was the victim of schoolyard bullying and teasing. This was mainly because of her height. She was 5 feet, 10 inches tall by the time she was ten years old!

Kimora’s mother enrolled her in modelling classes when she was eleven years old to boost her confidence. Kimora loved it and her unique exotic mix of Asian and African-American beauty caught the attention of Paris Agency Glamour during a model search in her hometown two years later.

She was immediately sent to Paris and was signed to an exclusive modelling contract with the House of Chanel just after her thirteenth birthday. Chanel designer, Karl Lagerfeld declared her his ‘muse’ and the ‘Face of the 21st Century. Kimora quickly gained the attention of the fashion world when Karl Lagerfeld closed his haute couture show with Kimora, who strutted down the runway decked out as a child bride. She graced the covers and pages of International fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. She also modelled for Armani, Fendi and Yves St. Laurent among many others. By the time she was fourteen she had grown into a supermodel glamazon at the height of six feet.

Kimora met Russell Simmons at New York’s fashion week in November 1992. Russell Simmons is an entrepreneur, co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam, creator of the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics and the big brother of Run DMC. They dated for six years and married in December 1998. They have two daughters, Ming Lee (born Jan 2000) and Aoki Lee (born Aug 2002). Both daughters model for the Baby Phat Kids Collection. Russell and Kimora officially separated in March 2006. They still continued to work together on Phat Farm and Baby Phat clothing lines.
In March 2007, Kimora started dating actor and model Djimon Hounsou. In March 2008, Kimora officially filed for divorce from Russell Simmons, and was finalized in January 2009. She gave birth to baby boy, Kenzo Lee Hounsou in May 2009.

Kimora has appeared almost everywhere. She was a judge on the first season of America’s Next Top Model with dear friend and former Paris roommate Tyra Banks. She has been in numerous small television and film roles including Beauty Shop. She has also appeared in music videos for Ginuwine and Usher.

In 2007, her reality TV show premiered on the Style Network. Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane focuses on her life as a mother and as the CEO of Phat Fashions. It shows her daily life and routine along with her two daughters Ming Lee and Aoki Lee Simmons.

Family is a top priority in the balance of Kimora’s life. Her gorgeous daughters Ming Lee and Aoki Lee Simmons and son Kenzo Lee Hounsou are Kimora’s proudest accomplishments. Like their mother her daughters are a natural in front of the camera as the faces of Baby Phat Girlz Clothing. Kimora’s baby son Kenzo, with her partner, Djimon Hounsou (three-time Academy Award nominated actor) is sure to continue to inspire her creativity and will continue to inspire her fabulosity.

Kimora Fact File:

  • In 2004 Russell Simmons sold Phat Farm to Kellwood Company for $140 million. Russell stepped down as CEO and made was for Kimora to be promoted to president and creative director or Phat Fashions, which includes: Baby Phat, Baby Phat Girlz, Phat Farm, Phat Premium and Phat Farm Boyz. She is the instrumental force behind the brands’ designs, ad campaign strategies, marketing concepts and overall global business strategies.
  • In 2006 Kimora’s self-help book called, Fabulosity: What It Is and How to Get It, was published. The book is a lifestyle manual on everything from spirituality and finances to fashion and beauty. The book empowers women to cultivate their inner goddess with independence, fearlessness, and confidence.
  • In 2008 Kimora’s Barbie doll was launched which she directed and created.
  • Kimora has launched four perfumes for women: Goddess, Golden Goddess, Seductive Goddess and most recently, Baby Phat Fabulosity.
  • Kimora established the Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship Fund at her high school in St. Louis to provide college tuition support for academically successful girls with financial needs and is an active member of youth advocacy organizations including Amfar, The G&P Foundation, Keep a Child Alive, Hetrick-Martin Institute and Rush Philanthropic where she is on the Board of Directors.
  • The mayor of St. Louis presented Kimora the key to the city and named March 18, 2008 “Kimora Day” in St. Louis.
  • You know you’ve made it when you have your very own E! True Hollywood Story: Kimora Lee Simmons which first aired in 2008.

Love Kirst xo

The language of love – trés sexy!

There is something very sexy about the language of love. When I hear a French accent I can’t help but look around to see where is has come from. The French accent was one of the main reasons I watched My Kitchen Rules. Manu Feildel, the chef on the show has a beautiful French accent. It is trés sexy.

My Mum and her side of the family are from Mauritius. The language spoken in Mauritius is Creole, which is extremely similar to French.

Growing up, I remember my Mum speaking for hours on the phone to my Grandma in French. It used to be frustrating because I couldn’t understand what they were saying and my name would pop up in the middle of a sentence all the time.
I went to Mauritius a few years ago to visit my family and to celebrate my Great-Grandma’s 100th birthday! My family from Australia, Mauritius and Ireland gathered together and had an amazing time. Most of them I had never met before and we ended up getting along fabulously. I would love to go back with my husband one day. It is paradise and absolutely breathtaking. This is one place you should definitely visit one day.

Here are my favourite French words:

Love – amour
I love you- Je t’aime
I love you too – Moi aussi, je t’aime
I adore you – Je t’adore
I love you with all my heart – Je t’aime de tout mon Coeur
Yours forever – À toi, pour toujours
Will you marry me? – Veux-tu m’épouser ?
present – un cadeau
flowers – des fleurs
candy-  des bonbons
clothes – des vêtements
perfume – du parfum
jewellery – des bijoux
dear, sweetheart – chéri, chérie

It’s funny, but as I’m writing this my voice has suddenly acquired a French accent! Oui, but it is true!
The French language is so romantic. What could be more romantic than a hollywood dip in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris? I hope my husband is reading this and is getting a very big hint!

I really wish that my mum taught me how to speak French when I was younger. I know a little bit but not nearly enough to depend on.
Maybe one day I will learn how to speak it, but for now I will just have to be satisfied with the romantic tones of this beautiful language.

Tendres baisers (love and kisses),
Kirst xx

L’Oréal Paris Melbourne Fashion Week…. BORING!

One thing I am surprisingly not looking forward to this year is L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Week. 

A friend and I attended our first fashion show a few years ago and were not impressed at all. We decided to go check it out only a few weeks before, so our tickets were booked quite late. We weren’t surprised to find our seats were in the back stalls hidden behind the glamazons and wannabe fashionistas where we could hardly see the runway. We had taken half a day off work and travelled an hour and a half to get there in time to see a less than exciting show that lasted no more than 20 minutes with clothes we had already seen in store and online. We paid $45 for a ticket plus parking and tolls. I could have bought a new lipstick with this which I think would have been much more worthwhile.

We had to walk a small marathon from our parking spot in very high and uncomfortable heels (though absolutely gorgeous and totally worth it – they were the highlight of the night!) to get to the venue.

After the show you could visit the L’Oréal Paris Powder Room where you could have your nails polished and your lips done, and on departure receive a free gift. The line was gigantic and my poor little feet could not take it any longer so we returned back to the car.

I was so disappointed I decided to compose an email to L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Week. I have never complained before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought the least they could do would be to post me the ‘free gift’. Their response was unfortunately not what I was hoping for. They advised they were sorry I was disappointed and would take my email into consideration. The L’Oréal Paris Powder Room is a free consultation with one of L’Oreal’s team and as this is a free service it is very popular so they recommended that I pop in during one of the fashion shows as there are usually no lines then.So basically, bad luck – come back later. I was unhappy with this response so I decided to email Cosmopolitan who sponsored the event. I am still waiting to hear back from them and have not purchased another copy of Cosmopolitan since.

So really, the only thing that I got from that night was a plastic fan, a back issue of Cosmo I already had and blisters from my shoes.

It is unfortunate as this was my first and will probably be the last fashion show I attend.

Love Kirst xx