2011: ’twas the year of…


Ryan God Gosling.

For every woman out there, wait, scratch that.. for everyone that has a pulse, I am sure that at some point, Señor Gosling quickened it. Significantly.

Whether it was his star turns in Drive, The Ides of March, shirtless in Crazy, Stupid Love (that’s the only thing I remember about that movie), his Funny or Die clips, his ‘Robin Hood’ like heroic, chivalrous, make-all-the-ladies-swoon attempt to break up a fight, or heck, just posing away like the hunk of man meat he is, Ryan Gosling set hearts aflutter.

Forget Kelis bringin’ all the boys to the yard with her milkshake. Pffft.

Gosling’s gonna bring every man, woman and dog to the yard. (The dogs, probably because they wanna set the record straight on that whole ‘Is Ryan Gosling Cuter Than a Puppy’ fiasco (ryangoslingvspuppy.tumblr.com.)

Verdict: Yes, he is.


Unless you’ve been living on Mars, under a rock, with your eyes closed and your fingers in your ears, you would know that in food for the past year, it’s been everything Mexican.

I’m certainly no expert on the matter – just a lover of food, but I’d hazard a guess that it all started (or at least gained momentum) with the opening in 2010 of Mamasita. Queues became commonplace, corn was given a new lease on life becoming barbecued and seasoned like nobody’s business, and the humble taco said farewell to Old El Paso’s pre-mix, or Taco Bill, and hello to new pulled pork offerings, beef brisket options or spicy prawn concoctions.

Mexican street food became the trend du jour and everyone wanted a piece of it. The Taco Truck bustled into town, roaming the suburbs (namely the Brunswick, Northcote and Carlton parts), Movida’s Frank Camorra redeveloped Movida Terraza into Paco’s Tacos and Fonda opened on Swan Street to great fanfare.


John Galliano opened his mouth and subsequently lost his job as head designer for Christian Dior, the late, great Alexander McQueen saw a resurgence thanks to designer Sarah Burton and (it has to be said) Kate and Pippa Middleton’s wedding and bridesmaid dresses and the big overseas stores finally came to Australia. We welcomed Zara and Topshop with open arms and ridiculously long queues, and can hopefully soon do the same for H&M, Forever 21 and Uniqlo, to name but a few.

There were a plethora of colours on offer too, with colour blocking making a name for itself and if you happen to take a peek outside your window, you’re bound to see ladies adorned in bright coloured jeans and denim cutoffs (some cut off way too soon in my opinion – but hey, that’s just me), tie dye maxis and multicoloured wedges.


Some of the biggest launches on my beauty radar in ’11 were Clinique Chubby Sticks, Tom Ford’s cosmetic range (swoon), Rae Morris’ makeup brushes, a number of brands such as Kiehl’s, NARS and Yves Saint Laurent dropping their prices (hello!), Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shines and of course, how could I fail to mention the massive wave of adulation when BB creams finally hit the Australian market.

What are some of your top picks for 2011? Pull me up on what I’m sure are some huge things that I’ve missed.


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2 Comments on “2011: ’twas the year of…”

  1. December 31, 2011 at 17:27 #

    Wow, I like you year round up. I agree with most of these! Do drop by my space to check out my savoury tartlets, I’d love to hear from you. And happy new year!

  2. January 1, 2012 at 02:58 #

    I’m so glad Clinique’s chubby sticks made it to your list! I discovered them in the duty free shop when I realized I had forgot to pack my lipstick on a trip to New York, and have been in love with them ever since!

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