I've become very fond of the following Australian institutions:
* Ciao Bella Travel
Cute! Elegant! Practical! The closest I've seen in the U.S. is Belle Hop which is a very limited collection and Flight 001 which is too hipster retro for me.
* Bloom Cosmetics
I discovered this brand while poking around Beauty 360, CVS' high end cosmetics section. I had $8 in ExtraCare Bucks which I spent on creme eye shadow and blush. I hope they made me look natural, but better. Know what I mean?
* Frocks & Frou Frou
I have a mad girl crush on adorable Lilli.
Last night I went to an evening event on etiquette, with two former social secretaries from the Clinton and Bush II administrations. We didn't talk much about which fork to use, but I enjoyed all the stories about the logistics behind social events. I'm thinking about buying Eat, Drink & Succeed - maybe a used copy.