30 January 2011


Most excellent photo, it gives me strength...if Marilyn can do it, so can I! 
But then I lose my nerve, I just can't. One day I will. Probably. Maybe.


Aside from adoring this film & the electric chemistry of Penelope & Javier, I kind of have a teeny crush on Penelope Cruz, especially her sexy bed hair. Her character Maria Elena is at once funny and passionate and dangerous...and makes me want to ride around the Spanish countryside wearing a loose white smock and a cool black hat. So here's looking at you, Cruz.

Jimmy Stewart

I heart him  xo

29 January 2011

the luckiest gal

Some more amazing presents via my lovely Luke:

           I've wanted a phrenology bust since forever, so lovely with a fine cracked porcelain glaze.

My favourite part about all this? He tracked down some old library catalogue cards, and then spiral-bound some to make two sweet little notebooks for me as well as giving me a whole stack of loose ones to use as notepaper. Oh yeah, and then he gave me a porcelain 'paper bag' to hold the loose cards in. Not hard to love the man, not hard at all!

and then he gave me Venice...


a chair for Papa Bear...

In my dream house, I want a very excellent armchair that would be set right next to a great wall (or inside a tiny hexagonal room) of bookcases crammed full of books and good things (maybe also a bottle of gin) and a little table next to a window.
I admit in my dream house I've only really thought about the kitchen (basically the one from The Wonder Years but sleeker), and some small furniture in the living room.  My dream reading chair has fluctuated in design over the years;  my standard since I was little was either a rocking chair or the classic Chesterfield wingback (I've always been attracted to them, they're kind sexy and old fashioned and really solid, don't you think? Kinda like George Clooney). 

Lately my mind has been drifting over to the land of Danes....and to their amazing, beautiful, elegant and kinda cheeky Papa Bear Chair.  I thought someone put the decimal point in the wrong place, but no...they are literally about 12 thousand dollars. Le sigh.

Just....indulge me for a moment, isn't he cute?  SO cute! I love his paws.

 designed in 1951 by Hans Wegner, I couldn't resist posting a photo of one upholstered in IKB!!!

two things: delicate

Be still my fragile heart, frenchenglish now have an etsy shop!  I've only been head over heels for their patent leather scalloped satchel for two lovelorn years now (particularly the cream one). 

I'm also going to mention Blanca Gomez again because quite frankly I still desperately crave one of her 14K gold seedpod rings.

saving the pennies, saving the pennies!

the Avett brothers

This song is the sweetest little ditty I've heard in a long while and each time I listen to it I still spend a lot of time thinking about which one is my favourite line;
"and I was sick with heartache, and she was sick like Audrey Hepburn when I met her" or
"she knows which birds are singing and the names of the trees where they're performing".

                                nice work boys, you make me smile & sigh at the same time!

big love: Frank O'Hara

This amazing tome was part of my birthday present from Luke. It's a beautifully made hardback edition of the collected poems,  from 1979 and came all the way to Sydney on a plane from NYC just for moi!  I couldn't really speak much when he gave it to me, that's how happy I was...
*happy sigh*.



Whales are awesome. Especially blue whales and sperm whales, they have the most striking silhouettes. Clearly I'm not the only one who thinks so....here are some of my etsy favourites:

totally going to be my next purchase!

                                              part of my dream living room:  @ samantha2818 

                                                  best.tissue.box.ever.  @ gnomesweetgnome

a whale of a tail    @ ajewelryboxx

big love: Kirsten Dunst

I have a soft spot for ol' Kiki, I feel like we've grown up together as we are the same age and all. 
I love that she always does her own thing fashion-wise and makes awkward mistakes like the rest of us, I actually like her street-wear choices more than her public event dresses. And I think I am one of only nine people who actually liked Elizabethtown despite acknowledging it's a mediocre kinda film (some cute outfits and a cute apartment and of course, most excellent taste in music and propensity for epic phone conversations saves it for me). 
Also, I love that in an interview she mentioned her bed is from Ikea and she covered the bedhead in Chanel fabric...that's my girl!

aren't these two the cat's pyjamas? LOVE this photo!

I agree with the FugNation girls; navy and black is one of my favourite combos, 
and her lipstick looks a lot like MAC's 'lady danger' which 
I can tell you from personal experience is a crazy brilliant mood-changing colour.

this is literally one of my favourite outfits of hers c.2004, it makes me smile and is such 
a silly but nonchalant mix of old tshirt/floaty chiffon skirt/sequins. 


22 January 2011

music memories: buddy holly

My all time favourite film since I was twelve, and if I hear this song I can't help thinking of the boys.

stand by me

18 January 2011

fossil fancy

Behold, the bag that I am deeply in love with....I go by the store just to pick it up and pat it gently. Such a crazy fun mix of bright yellow, silver, red, navy and black leather and hot pink and brown suede. Sigh.  One day, I hope it will be mine!

update: two weeks later and I am now the giddy owner of aforementioned dream bag, even my dad likes it and mentioned that if I have daughters, they'll be stealing it off me in years to come...my thoughts exactly!

17 January 2011

Happy Birthday Capricorns!

to you, and to you and....to all of us born today (and my fabulous Capricornian friends:  James, Flick, Emerson, Jen, Anna-Lou, Maria,Imogen, Rory & Paul)



My birthday this year falls on a Monday....let's hand it over to Susanna Hoffs, gorgeous singer in the Bangles, whose birthday also is today:

15 January 2011

Jim et Judy

I would very much like this photo of Jimmy Dean & Natalie Wood framed and on my wall.

a love letter from Napoleon

I was reminded about Napoleon yesterday when we watched Love&Death;  eeek....wouldn't want to piss him off, he seems the master of the backhanded compliment though, doesn't he?  


Spring 1797 

To Josephine, 
I love you no longer; on the contrary, I detest you. you are a wretch, truly perverse, truly stupid, a real Cinderella. You never write to me at all, you do not love your husband; you know the pleasure that your letters give him yet you cannot even manage to write him half a dozen lines, dashed off in a moment! What then do you do all day, Madame? What business is so vital that it robs you of the time to write to your faithful lover? What attachment can be stifling and pushing aside the love, the tender and constant love which you promised him? Who can this wonderful new lover be who takes up your every moment, rules your days and prevents you from devoting your attention to your husband?

Beware, Josephine; one fine night the doors will be broken down and there I shall be. In truth, I am worried, my love, to have no news from you; write me a four page letter instantly made up from those delightful words which fill my heart with emotion and joy. I hope to hold you in my arms before long, when I shall lavish upon you a million kisses, burning as the equatorial sun.


In Paris last year Meg, Shell & I walked past this shop, did a double-take and promptly went inside to swoon close up. That shop was Repetto, this is what we saw in the window;

a sugared almond tutu delight; and when I grow up, I would 
like any/all of these pairs please.

scenes in a planetarium...

We saw the last Woody Allen double-feature at the Chauvel last night, and it was a perfect balance of Love & Death and Stardust Memories...made me want to watch more Woody films, especially another black&white one.

"I had a mad impulse to throw you down on the lunar surface 
and commit interstellar perversion"

11 January 2011

pencil it in

I have been obsessed with personalised/embossed pencils lately. I kid you not. Obsessed!  Who doesn't love the scratchy-scratchy sound of a pencil furiously scribbling quickly against paper? Take a look;

 I almost squealed with delight when I saw these; tiniestj  is now also taking
 pre-orders for her amazing 18 pencil Rushmore Extracurricular Activities set
....such a clever lady!!!

quite fitting for working in a library...I have my eye on these ones
 for my desk at work. Well, these, and some mustache pencils.

yup, Twin Peaks, pencils....my world is complete!

or perhaps you want to bust a move


It's always tiring starting a new job, all I want to do is sleep. So here's to my most favourite 
place in the world to be....bed; I miss you.

Shaun Lovell's beautiful bed

make this sleep mask here

9 January 2011

Akira /Yves Klein

I absolutely adore Akira Isogawa, and I love that this is how he chooses to show a scarf from his current collection. Yves Klein would be very proud   x

big love: Wendy MacNaughton

*jaw drops with delight and admiration*  go here for more brilliance

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