30 October 2010

All Hallows' eve

have a good one! I will be watching Supernatural and letting the awesome Winchester brothers spook the bejesus out of me, as per usual. 

my dream Halloween costume...sigh.

29 October 2010

and the word is.....lush.

I love that this word describes beautifully bountiful things...or a drunkard. That's my kinda word!

adjective-er, -est.
1. (of vegetation, plants, grasses, etc.) luxuriant; succulent;tender and juicy.
2. characterized by luxuriant vegetation: a lush valley.
3. characterized by luxuriousness, opulence, etc.: the lushsurroundings of his home

1. drunkard; alcoholic; sot.
2.intoxicating liquor.
verb (used without object)
3. to drink liquor.
verb (used with object)
4. to drink (liquor).

Word Origin & History
1440, "lax, flaccid, soft, tender," from O.Fr. lasche  "soft,succulent," from laschier  "loosen," from L.L. laxicare  "becomeshaky," related to L. laxare  "loosen," from laxus  "loose" (see lax).Sense of "luxuriant in growth" is first attested 1610; erroneouslyapplied to colors since 1744.
1890, "drunkard," from earlier (1790) slang meaning "liquor" (inphrase lush ken  "alehouse"); perhaps a humorous use of lush (adj.)or from Romany or Shelta (tinkers' jargon).

28 October 2010

music memories: try a little tenderness

Last year I was in Athens when I found out John Hughes died. 
When I returned to London the following week Mel & I headed over to unskinny bop to dance the summer night away and our friend Ruth (who is one of the DJs) screened Pretty in Pink against one of the walls and ended the night with this song.  It was emotional and the whole crowd exploded with joy and sadness, but nothing tops Duckie's enthusiasm in this clip.

I can't listen to this song anymore without thinking of his amazingly over the top dancing in Iona's record store. Brilliant.

27 October 2010

big love: Alice Anderson

one day earlier in the year Mel and I were on our way somewhere (a film I think? ) walking via side streets in central London....it was getting dark but we passed this thing (the very last image of the six), and I just had to go back and touch it even though I couldn't believe it.
Now I know what it was; it felt so realistic too, well played Alice Anderson!

more of Alice here

26 October 2010

stay cool!

oh, if only all urban angst was communicated thus; breeze it, buzz it, easy does it!

25 October 2010


inspired by the best shade of ultramarine-y blue ever, merci Monsieur Klein!

via etsy

23 October 2010

friday fun

two highlights from my Friday;

happiness, thy name is Tiger pie!  
Only one of the greatest inventions known to mankind;
 Harry's Cafe de Wheels by the water

Luke, love of my life.

22 October 2010

lace it up

fences made beautiful by Dutch design house Demakersvan

20 October 2010

girl crush: Lil Leonie Lionheart

This is my friend Leonie doing a brill cover of R.Kelly.
She is awesome, she is over in Perth and I miss her.

here is more awesomeness on her blog.

19 October 2010

O Philomena!

Philomena is from Sydney and now lives in Texas, she has a brilliant food blog  O Pistachio which will leave you salivating and inspired at the best of times. Recently I spied this fantastic photo of hers on her blog and was so taken with the monochrome/coral mix that I had to share it with you.  So lovely dontcha think?

big love: Gregory Thielker

I love looking out windows on buses, cars and trains on rainy days...how every thing changes. These are actually paintings, so I'm feeling really, really overwhelmed right now. Enjoy.

be further overwhelmed over at Gregory's website.

18 October 2010


two words floating around my head of late, possible contenders for new favourite word (it's been a while)

(n)  a playful skipping movement:she did a little caper or dance
(inf.) an illicit or ridiculous activity or escapade: I'm too old for this kind of caper
a light-hearted, far-fetched film, especially about crime:  a cop caper about intergalactic drug dealers

(n)  a confused or chaotic state ; a mess: an enormous amount of my time was devoted to untangling snafus
(adj) in utter confusion or chaos:our refrigeration plant is snafu
(v) [with object]  throw (a situation) into chaos:  you ignored his orders and snafued everything
1940s: acronym from situation normal: all fouled (or fuckedup

(gotta love an acronym that is a verb, noun AND adjective containing an expletive!)

music memories: there is nothing more than this

Bill Murray doing one of my all time favourite songs (extra bonus for being written the year I was born!) I burst into tears when I saw this moment for the first time...another contender for my "songs I can't listen to without thinking of a movie" list.

16 October 2010

a sorta fairytale

I heard this song last night, after a very long time. I adore her.

14 October 2010

floating away

I sighed deeply and blissfully when I saw this, from Chloe's spring/summer 2011 collection...inspired by ballerinas but keeping very much in theme with my pleated/Grecian diaphanous dress obsession.

don't fence me in

I love these images of iced-over fences...makes them look like they are made out of glass and so delicate instead of strong wire...

13 October 2010

love letter from John Keats

Luke & I watched Bright Star last night, and as usual I cried my heart out....many sigh-and-swoonworthy moments and amazing to think that it was real, such a sad romance. It made my heart hurt.
Also made me remember the most excellent day spent last year with Mel in Hampstead at his house, gawking at the costumes used in the film and imagining Fanny & John sleeping on either side of a wretched wall. 
Here's one of his letters....

To Fanny Brawne: 

I cannot exist without you - I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again - my life seems to stop there - I see no further. You have absorb'd me. 

I have a sensation at the present moment as though I were dissolving ....I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion - I have shudder'd at it - I shudder no more - I could be
martyr'd for my religion - love is my religion - I could die for that - I could die for you. My creed is love and you are its only tenet - you have ravish'd me away by a power I cannot resist.

- John Keats 

I also adore this line from another of his smitten letters written in 1820 to Fanny;
"The last of your kisses was ever the sweetest; the last smile the brightest"


12 October 2010

can't stop the rain

rainy day cigarette holder, invented in 1954....bless.

music memories: Kathleen Turner Overdrive

thanks to my pop culture-wired brain, there are some songs which I can't listen to anymore without conjuring up a scene on tv or a movie where it was also used.  
I will write a list at some point, but last night I was listening to Marvin Gaye (sigh) and when this particular song came on and I started giggling, thinking of Jack Black and the amazement on everyone's faces when he blows them away doing this cover.

take it away Barry Jive and the Uptown Five!

do you have any music/celluloid hybrid memories to share?

big love: Yuko Takada Keller

who knew a bit of fishing wire and coloured tracing paper could be so whimsical and magical?

check out more of Yuko's work here

11 October 2010

all about Eva

Do I need to give you my reasons why I heart her so much?  I think you can work it out.  
But, let me stress to you...her freckles might be the thing I adore most, and it's a shame they get hidden so often. 

...I'm sure there will be more Eva Green posts to come.


10 October 2010

dressed for a dream

this is from J.Mendel....or, my best dream. So beautiful; neutral flowing fabric with tiny pleating and a happy edgy pop of tangerine....and the ribbons on the shoes! 

double swoon.

i have found what you are like

I know a boy who sends me messages containing one single perfect line from a poet I love in the wee hours of the morning....so this is for him

i have found what you are like
the rain

(Who feathers frightened fields
with the superior dust-of-sleep. wields

easily the pale club of the wind
and swirled justly souls of flower strike

the air in utterable coolness

deeds of gren thrilling light
with thinned
newfragile yellows

lurch and press
--in the woods
And the coolness of your smile is
stirringofbirds between my arms;but
i should rather than anything
have(almost when hugeness will shut
your kiss

Edward Estlin Cummings

9 October 2010

party girl

over on 'living in' the awesome Amy Merrick has once again picked a gem, Party Girl.
Let's see a clip of Parker Posey working her magic on a guy who decides to just randomly put a book back on the shelf....
(I cannot say I haven't felt this way towards peeps in the library before, you just don't want to incur the wrath of a librarian; keep them on your side and you will see the benefits!)

big love; Annie Vought

This woman is incredible and meticulous, and overwhelming. I can't imagine the time and focus it would take to do this...

paper cut outs of handwriting, pinned to a wall. 

Annie Vought is also responsible for a little project called Budget Gallery which has perhaps the coolest rules for curating an exhibition ever;

  • We use underutilized public spaces for our exhibitions.
  • If work doesn't sell at the opening, it stays, in public, unguarded, for at least 1 week.
  • After the opening the unguarded work is sold on the honor system.
  • All art work in our shows will be sold, stolen [1], adopted [2] or vandalized [3] and we can not pre-determine the outcome.
  • Our commission is arbitrary, optional, and determined by the artist.
  • Artwork included in shows is selected by the artists who choose to participate.

On Theft and Vandalism

  1.  Having a work stolen is the highest honor of the Budget Gallery because it means someone wanted the work so badly they were willing to abandon personal and societal mores to acquire your piece of art. In our eyes, this may be considered a more valuable compliment to you than a simple monetary transaction.
  2.  Adopted is the justification that some people might give for stealing the work. They feel like they don't want the artwork left out on the street and will therefore take ownership of the work
  3.  We consider vandalism a form a collaboration the artist did not anticipate.

8 October 2010

lovely Londres

this is where I want to be right now, my hometown...I miss you so :(

            via Eric Fischer

7 October 2010


such a handy chart....Luke hovers somewhere between 'mongolian warlord' and 'sea captain'. Nice!

sweet darlin'

It was Luke's birthday yesterday, and like the best days, it was full of good food.  We started it thus;

pink =  strawberry + balsamic
green = pear, pistachio and fennel

I could have eaten the green one all day, it was heaven. 
I am drooling just thinking of it!

sweet things via Zumbo's lab in Rozelle; left us destroyed and feeling drunk (maybe on the sugar) but set the tone for the day of overindulging, later on it would be on some choice Mexican food (and Casa Noble reposado tequila!)

Happy birthday darlin'...am so chuffed I got to spend it with you.


2 October 2010

little joy

these pics via an Elle photo shoot back in June are lovely....damn Binki! Fab is still looking fab, as per usual. sigh.

their band Little Joy ain't half bad either.

part the first: Mayakovsky

My heart's aflutter!
I am standing in the bath tub
crying. Mother, mother
who am I? If he
will just come back once
and kiss me on the face
his coarse hair brush
my temple, it's throbbing!

then I can put on my clothes
I guess, and walk the streets.
-Frank O'Hara

tea with Dylan

such a great idea!  good work blacknov

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