28 November 2010

lit tees

yes please!  get your geek on....

from Out of Print clothing:

the Marquis de Sade / Oscar Wilde

girl crush: Eva Green

For the second month in a row...I can't help it!

27 November 2010

pool side

Every time I see this photo, I am still surprised at the pairing of Hayworth and Welles.

25 November 2010


I love coming home to goodies in the mail. Today I had two; one of them is part of a xmas present for someone pretty special and the other one is...Bruce Springsteen, in all his 30th anniversary box-set glory. Both are delicious!  
Here is the dedication on the front page of the present;

Isn't it brill? Will fill you in on what it is post-xmas!

24 November 2010

wave swinger

We walked through Luna park last Sunday and took some photos, including my favourite ride (behold, the wave swinger!). It was one of those blissfully awesome days...full of sun and laughter, even though our picnic was to sadly farewell my lovely friend Shell as she trots off to the UK. 

I took so many photos and will post some more up here every now and then 
(I also have a feeling deep-down that I must have been a carny in a past life) 

the book of love

hands up who likes realistic song lyrics?  I do!

The book of love is long and boring
No one can lift the damn thing
It's full of charts and facts and figures
and instructions for dancing
But I, I love it when you read to me
And you, you can read me anything
The book of love has music in it
In fact that's where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb
But I, I love it when you sing to me
And you you can sing me anything
The book of love is long and boring
And written very long ago
It's full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes
And things we're all too young to know
But I, I love it when you give me things
And you, you ought to give me wedding rings
I, I love it when you give me things
And you, you ought to give me wedding rings

20 November 2010

Sydney summer

So I'm facing my first Sydney summer in over three years, I forgot about the mosquitos and the overbearing humidity. I have now bought some odourless insect repellent to avoid looking like I have the pox since I have a fondness for late nights sitting outside with a drink in a nice beer garden and the mozzies seem to have a fondness for attacking my legs with great vigour.

Even though I'm back home, I'm still longing for my adoptive hometown Londres (things would just start getting chilly right about now, not long before the aroma of mulled wine fills the pubs and market vendors and all the Christmas lights along Oxford & Regent street kick in...oh London is so festive during the holidays!) but I have decided to just soldier on and try and make the most of sunny Sydney...could be worse.
I have a new job, it's super busy and super stressful but will look super impressive on my CV and is giving me some pretty amazing experience in an important area, so I'm grateful (and a little frazzled) for that.   
Right now, everything fun seems crammed into January (suits me, it's my birthday month) but all in all Luke & I are looking forward to not one but two Woody Allen double-features (joy of joys!) and for our ears to be blessed with hearing tunes from the National, Sufjan Stevens and the Black Keys live.
My olive skin is coming back to me, so all I need to make an ideal summer complete is to top-up my tan by eating plenty of fresh seafood outdoors and hanging out with happy friends...and maybe a silly day at Luna Park.
                                                                                   Oh...and Hendricks, and Pimms and pear cider and G&Ts. Ta!

big love: Rainer Maria Rilke

My posts have been film-orientated lately...so let's go back to what I prize above all else; poetry. What can I say? Rilke is a master, I have loved him for a long while now. I wish I could read him in the original German. sigh.

to say before going to sleep
I would like to sing someone to sleep,
have someone to sit by and be with.
I would like to cradle you and softly sing,
be your companion while you sleep or wake.
I would like to be the only person
in the house who knew: the night outside was cold.
And would like to listen to you
and outside to the world and to the woods.

The clocks are striking, calling to each other,
and one can see right to the edge of time.
Outside the house a strange man is afoot
and a strange dog barks, wakened from his sleep.
Beyond that there is silence.

My eyes rest upon your face wide-open;
and they hold you gently, letting you go
when something in the dark begins to move. 

slumber song
Some day, if I should ever lose you,
will you be able then to go to sleep
without me softly whispering above you
like night air stirring in the linden tree?

Without my waking here and watching
and saying words as tender as eyelids
that come to rest weightlessly upon your breast,
upon your sleeping limbs, upon your lips?

Without my touching you and leaving you
alone with what is yours, like a summer garden
that is overflowing with masses
of melissa and star-anise?

little tear-vase
Other vessels hold wine, other vessels hold oil
inside the hollowed-out vault circumscribed by their clay.
I, as smaller measure, and as the slimmest of all,
humbly hollow myself so that just a few tears can fill me.

Wine becomes richer, oil becomes clear, in its vessel.
What happens with tears?-They made me blind in my
made me heavy and made my curve iridescent,
made me brittle, and left me empty at last

big love: Indiana Jones & the last crusade

This was on telly last night, I don't think I've seen it in well over a decade. 
I promptly sat myself on the couch and proceeded to giggle and gasp and swoon and laugh (and sigh, over dear River) and it reminded me of how much this film made me want to go off and see the world (Petra!) not to mention Elsa's amaaaaaazing outfits and gorgeous hair.
Oh yes, and a library inside a converted church in my beloved Venice? I'm there, with bells on!

 (aside from the obvious swashbuckling adventure, 
what I really like is the sub-plot of the estranged father-son relationship issues)

18 November 2010

Mrs. Parker's résumé

I would never put Dorothy Parker on the spot...unless I could keep a straight face or was willing to be publicly embarrassed.

yes, that is Cyndi Lauper you see in the background. Told you this movie is awesome!

gentlemen prefer blondes


(I really enjoy her style and am envious of how 
she looks gorgeous with long or cropped hair..no fair!)

(I am not happy at the prospect of waiting months
to see 'never let me go'....too impatient!)

17 November 2010

Ginger Rogers, dance on air

I started a new job this week, my head is spinning and I come home feeling worse for wear...but then I watch Ginger and she is so utterly magnificent, I feel a thousand times better.

they really do look like they had so much fun together, don't they?

15 November 2010

i want to go to there: Tennessee

When I was little (ie, primary school), I really really wanted to hang out with everyone from the group Arrested Development.
This song is still great all those years later, and I would love to go to Tennessee one day in the near future (doesn't the state look amazing? so much there; don't even start me on the musical legacy or even the full-size replica of the Parthenon in Nashville)....fingers crossed!


girl crush: Clémence Poésy

Not only has she one of the prettiest names I've seen for a while, but also; well....take a look at her!

(thanks Katie!)

13 November 2010

big love: Erté

In my dream last night everyone was dressed like something out of an Erté illustration. It really was the most magnificent thing!  
So, big love to Erté whose art I can stare at longingly for too long a time.

Erté himself defined Art Deco "as a fusion of the curvilinear 
designs of Art Nouveau of the 19th Century with the 
Cubist, Constructivist, and geometrical designs of modernity."

12 November 2010

like a peacock in the snow...

If I had nothing else to do, and had a spare 5K, I might be inclined to look at this twice...of course, I have nowhere to put it. But Frederick Leighton has one at the foot of the stairs in his Holland Park house!

I know...I know...I'm still not sure how I feel about taxidermy.
buy this peacock here, if you wish

big love: ashleyg

ashleyg is fast becoming one of my favourite etsy shops; I love her illustrations so!  This is the lady that brought us the 'let's stay home' poster, which I lovelove. 

a look only you would understand


8 November 2010

restless /cracks

Gus Van Sant's new flick is almost here (January 2011); who knows why but I found myself getting a tad teary by the end of the trailer...

Also, this is out already but I very much would like to see it; not in the least to see Eva Green in 1930's fashion with an impeccable English accent...by gosh, it looks a bit intense though

6 November 2010

big love: Joel McHale

Because we all know humour in a man can be very, very sexy....and Joel is very, very funny. Do the math.

perhaps the only chihuahua I can stand; 
the Soup mascot Lou...who is actually quite funny

I never noticed how very handsome and buff Joel really was until Community;
seriously, he was always devastatingly cheeky and cute on the Soup
....but Community? Solid gold jam-packed humour and absurdity. 

born to run

Hands up who wants a copy of "born to run; the unseen photos" by Eric Meola?  Yeah, me too. Until my next amazon.com buying frenzy, this will have to do...swoon.

girl crush: Agent 99

I walked past the telly just now and Get Smart was playing....I know I'm not alone when I admit that Barbara Feldon's Agent 99 was one of the first crushes I ever had. She is super smart, calm, has the greatest outfits, is so beautiful and better than most men at getting out of a scrape; just the kind of girl you want to be or be friends with!

5 November 2010

little red riding hood

I am obsessed with capes....I have two, I then turned a wrap skirt that Mel gave me into a cape, it's cute. It has a pastoral french wallpaper kind of print on it. But most of all, the voracious consumer of fairytales in me wants this;
courtesy of the fabulous French; Paul & Joe

4 November 2010

the Boss

On the train yesterday I was listening to Bruce Springsteen, I kept playing 'the river' over and over for some reason...I often think of my friend Rosa because she adores him, and he makes me sniffle and sigh. 
In the evening Luke and I re-watched 'High Fidelity' and it has been so long since I've seen it all the way through. 
I snapped to attention when I heard the harmonica intro of the song and suddenly remembered about the awesome cameo.  For some reason it made me happy in some felicitous way that the very song I was listening to on repeat earlier in the day would pop up again in another form that evening.
And how did I not remember Jack Black's character wearing a Yanni t-shirt?!  


Bruce tells us a story before performing 'the river', cementing the reason everyone loves him so much.

3 November 2010

2 November 2010

big love: Ujin Lee

what the what? Ujin Lee mixing it up in my beloved AGNSW c.2009.

1 November 2010

McQueen dream

I actually let out a gasp when I saw this jacket, and then sighed sadly; from McQueen's mesmerising last collection Fall/Winter '10.

The look book mentions "Alexander McQueen’s autumn collection is inspired by Byzantine art, the carvings of Grinling Gibbons, and Old Master paintings and altar pieces including, in particular, works by Jean Fouquet, Sandro Botticelli, Stephan Lochner, Hans Memling, Hugo van der Goes, Jean Hey and Heironymus Bosch".  

Yes, yes, yes, YES!!!

See the whole stunning vision here and then sniffle and feel sad for a bit that this brilliant mind isn't here anymore.

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