31 December 2010

death in the afternoon

Hallo folks, I trust you had a great time over the holiday season? 
I just got back from the farm and the Blue Mountains today.There are so many fun happy photos to sift through but I will leave you with this one, half empty (or half full?) glasses of our current favourite cocktail consumed in the mountains; which is how Luke & I plan to set ourselves up for NYE merriment (not too many of course because it's always a fine line when dealing with the green fairy) so until I see you in 2011, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

French 75 & Death in the Afternoon 
at the Carrington in Katoomba

24 December 2010

a most Happy Xmas

Rob Ryan says..(and I agree with him):

Happy holidays y'all....hope it's a lovely, relaxing, food-laden time for you wherever in this crazy world you may be. I'll be making moules marinier (SO traditional I know! but it's sunny and warm in Sydney) and eating seafood with my family. On Boxing Day I'm excitedly hopping on a train up to Lithgow to hang out on a farm with Luke's family, and as we meander back down to Sydney we'll spend a couple of days wandering around the Blue Mountains.   
(book note:  I SHOULD take this opportunity to re-read 'the service of clouds' by Delia Falconer which is magically and beautifully set historically in the Blue Mountains, but I'm afraid I'm head over heels with Sam & Joe in 'the adventures of Kavalier & Clay')

Hopefully will have photos of my week off for you (as well as my dorky and humble adventure of FINALLY walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge), but for now...I'm leaving it to the stunning Miss Garland to sing us a tune (only from my favourite xmas movie of all time) so adios from me and have yourself a merry little xmas   xo

21 December 2010

lovers on the ninth bridge

Les Amants du Pont Neuf 

le sigh.

20 December 2010

not-so-careless whisper

hands down, my all time favourite cover of a song...this makes me so happy I can't even bear it!


This is Felicia, in Stockholm. I think her style is awesomely cool and understated.

17 December 2010

girl crush: Sloane Petersen

Because she was good-natured, cheeky, gorgeous and very, very cool (and she was always really sweet to Cameron).

Listen to John Hughes talking about the art in relation to his youth and to the characters. Beautiful.

16 December 2010

yacht rock

Have you ever seen Yacht Rock? a friend got me onto it several years ago and even now I still don't tire of it. 
It fictionalises the relationships and stories behind famous songs from such artists as the Doobie Brothers, Toto, Kenny Loggins and Hall & Oates.  
It's not so much making fun of them as it is a loving homage but when you see Hall & Oates you can't help but chuckle, especially during one of Oates' vitriolic outbursts. 

Here is episode #1 to start you off, this includes one of the greatest moments on film for me (right at then end!) courtesy of Oates.

13 December 2010

in bloom

On Sunday Luke found some bright pink ruffled blooms for me on his way to my house; they were just the right delightful size to be popped in to the ceramic cream carton which I found last month in a charity shop for a buck. 
I've been staring at the petals throughout this evening and it makes me really, really happy, not in the least because of the gorgeous person who gave them to me.


12 December 2010

best friends

It's my best friend's birthday today, and she's on the other side of the world in my beloved chilly Londres.
So, here are some photos of our most favourite pair of best friends (and in a parallel universe, our husbands) because I miss my friend. I hope you have a great day Melly xo

Maybe one of my favourite interviews with Gael & Diego, they are so adorable I can't stand it!
"to meet amigos?"

11 December 2010

big love: the black book of colours

This is one of the best books I've picked up in a long long while. It's tactile and very beautiful in both meaning and execution. It actually made me teary...which is difficult to do in under 12 pages. 

I guess technically it's a children's book, but like the best kids books it is actually for all ages.

The story follows a boy called Thomas, who describes to others what colours feel like to him since he is blind, he uses all his senses to communicate how he experiences colours and it is very poetic at times.
The illustrations are raised black and glossy on matte black pages, with the story in simple white writing and braille underneath.

(This is the point where my eyes get all teary and I start sniffling, Thomas says black is the king of colours since it is also his mother's hair falling down around him when she hugs him...just like my mama who has had beautiful long dark hair my whole life)

9 December 2010

Bananas about Woody

The first of two Woody Allen double features we are going to see at the Chauvel is on Friday (Bananas & Everything you wanted to know about sex) and I am getting all wriggly with happiness. I think the last of his films I saw on the big screen was Scoop with my awesome friend Jerome (who is veryvery Woody-esque in the best way) otherwise his movies are very much relegated to me watching them at home with some yummy take-away food and good absurd company.

So in recognition of my excitement, here are a few Woody-related things that make me smile:

'tis true, innit?

PS:  go here to pick up some fashion tips from the wardrobe of Woody.

7 December 2010

vintage YSL

hands up who wants to be one of these ladies strutting around Paris several decades ago dressed in YSL with YSL? yeah...me too. sigh.

I'm guessing, if you're like me, that you occasionally still daydream about YSL's Muse bag? In this exact colour.

4 December 2010

big love: rebel without a cause

you know it, you've seen it, now let me share with you some great photos with our favourite trio;

I heart Plato, poor boy.

Everytime I re-watch this film I get the urge to
a) scream "you're tearing me apaaaaaaaaaaaaart!" to my parents
b) wear a bright red nylon zip-up jacket
c) visit a planetarium
d) break into an old deserted mansion

Here's a guide to dressing like Jim Stark, from the gals at Stickers & Donuts

girl crush: la Binoche

you know Juliette Binoche is my absolute favourite right?My dream woman. I adore her...hell I even sat through 'Dan in real life' because she was in it.


big love: Rob Ryan

One lovely wintery sunday in December last year I was walking with two friends around Columbia Road flower markets. This day was great for many reasons; the low angled light of the winter sun in our eyes, dodging people carrying big bunches of long stemmed flowers, the shouts of the sellers pushing their plants, ducking into the pub to warm up for a bit, then heading home with the boys to be cooked a most delicious roast. I'm not even exaggerating, it was a perfect, blissful, happy day.

One of my favourite moments was when I stumbled across this sweet little shop, among many sweet little shops along Columbia road, but this one was so different and it broke my heart;

Have you heard of Rob Ryan? he's awesome, and he's a romantic, and he makes me blush and sigh and swoon with his sweet little papercut creations...

Thankfully, he's not so far away anymore...he also has an Etsy shop...and this great book which is just one big poem told through his paper-cut pictures:

It makes me happy to know there are people like this out in the world.

never seek to tell

Green seasons turn out tan leaves                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I’ve learnt to spell your name

the letters fall
      like golden pears in alchemy
or rain

You came to me across the harbour

a warm wind among the piers

we grew together then in softness
       and love’s invisibility

now we meet along the quay
        and you wear your brown dress

with a slight opacity          Denise

Denise     the world is burning

-Robert Adamson

3 December 2010

english breakfast

I miss London. It's snowing there at the moment too.
*insert sad face and world-weary sigh here*

photo by David Sykes

via mr.ps

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