31 January 2013

Tippi's make up

Lisa Eldridge, my favourite youtube make up artist has just uploaded this guide to Tippi's make up, what timing!
If you have fair colouring, give it a whirl why don't you? I unfortunately do not fit into Hitchcock's preference for blondes.

30 January 2013

Before Midnight

It's been nine years since Before Sunset. Celine and Jesse are still walking around looking gorgeous,  having excellent conversations about everything...but this time they are in Hellas, and there is no trailer for the film, and no solid release date as yet.

Naturally, I cannot wait.

28 January 2013

words above all else

I always knew I was biased towards words. Lyrics are the first thing I notice  and remember in a song, the etymology of a word or name is very important to me. I say words over and over again just to hear the sound they make (plum is the one that makes me happiest lately). Poetry was something I implicitly understood in school without knowing how or why.  But lately, I had lost my way.

Dealing with people you don't like means your words take on a different purpose. They became a specific weapon to express your disdain and unhappiness, your outrage, to remind people you are more than you seem.  Everything I said weighed heavy on me, I wondered if these people understood what choosing these words oh so carefully meant to me. Probably not.

I went to the ballet late last year, and became frustrated.  No words, just motions and lighting to convey a thought or feeling.  It nearly drove me crazy. I returned home and hugged my kindle, patted my books and realised that the surtitles probably add to the sum of what makes me love the opera so much.
Here are some thoughts on words from two men who couldn't be more different save for their charisma playing their characters:

27 January 2013

Tippi and kitty

A few days after my birthday we went to a Hitchcock double feature at the Chauvel.  The Birds and Rear Window were playing, so obviously it was a win. 
I had never seen the whole of the Birds in one sitting before, but I have seen Rear Window many times and never tire of it, especially Jimmy Stewart, drooling over Grace's outfits and her real 'girl Friday' spunky attitude.

But Tippi...she really stole the show. I have now decided if I ever get a female kitty, I will name her Tippi Hendren.

Have you read this article about Tippi and her cats?  I suggest you do, very entertaining and enlightening indeed. Here are some photos of her home life at Shambala:


23 January 2013


Before the holidays, Luke and I bought ourselves bicycles.  
It has taken me so long to find a helmet that I actually like, however, so we haven't ridden them very far from our house as we were always sans helmets.  
One day we have grand plans to ride around as far as we can and stop for picnics and all the other things bike riders do (and tell you about and make you feel like you should try being more intrepid instead of walking everywhere and catching public transport).

Then there's the whole fashion side of things, the accessories for a bike...the possibilities in a double pannier, the subtleties of a cane basket...leather pouches for storing your belongings and the gaudy colours of sturdy bike locks.   I am still learning all of these things. I live in fear of being another douche on a bike. I think it will mostly be a weekend recreational thing, or on days where it's been a hard slog, then it will be a stress reliever (and indeed, I felt like I was ten years old again with not a care in the world when I was cruising around on the bike after I got her, it was literally like I went back in time and I am grateful that feeling is so easy to access now).

So here's my baby, here's Eunice. She's so terribly pretty and sweet and lovely. And sturdy too, her tyres aren't super thin and ridiculous and she fits me perfectly which means I don't feel like I'm going to lose control because the frame is too big etc.

Source: mylayby.com via Maria on Pinterest

15 January 2013

two things: advice

I trust both these women, they sure did know what they were talking about:

Source: tumblr.com via Kandi on Pinterest

Who would know more about this than the wife of Paul Newman?  No one.

Edith Head, a legend of classy and mesmerising costumes in films.

11 January 2013

Here with me

You guys...we saw Frankenweenie at the Moonlight Cinema last week, and as an extra bonus it was a night where everyone could bring their dogs. So cute seeing them make new friends, and occasionally bark when they heard a dog or a cat on the screen.  They were all very well behaved.

It was great to see (hear) Winona and Tim Burton working together again.   There is a part of me that wonders if Wino and Johnny Depp will actually end up together now.  At least we know that Tim still loves her as a muse. I hope Tim and Winona strike up their working relationship again.  

He directed this music clip for the Killers with Winona as the focal point of a young boy's obsession, and while I'm not a huge fan of theirs...I am a huge fan of this video.  The young creepy boy looks like he's straight out of the Addams Family, non?

9 January 2013

a stitch in time

I bought my first ever sewing machine over the holidays. I thought I should attempt to do simple alterations myself now instead of relying on my mother to work her magic anytime I need something.

So far, I've taken up some curtains and hand sewn a few items.  I think it's wise to stick with straight lines when you are a beginner. 
I am surprised by how emotional it is has been when I sew or am in haberdashery stores now. I feel exactly like a little kid again; sitting next to my mum and chatting about what happened at school, or what my brother did, or what happened in the book I was reading, while she threads needles and bobbins, and adjusts fabric and swiftly weaves pins in and out to hold everything in place and smooths out the delicate pattern paper onto the table with that satisfying rustle.  
It is indelibly linked to my childhood, and is all at once soothing and bittersweet to be around it again. I doubt I will ever be the master my mum is, but I'll be happy if I sew straight lines for now.  I do wish I was a better student when I was younger and my mother tried to teach me all these basic things, but I just wanted to be able to make amazing dresses like she did, straight away.  

There's a real beauty to these items in my sewing kit. The small scissors that look like a bird, pins with real glass heads that have a subtle weight to them, the smooth pastel coloured tailor's chalk squares,  the mighty tape measure that I feel so helpless without.   
It makes me miss my mum so much, and I feel silly telling her about my absolute novice adventures in sewing, but she is very encouraging.

PS: Like any new and impatient student; I already have dreams of amazing patchwork quilts in the back of my mind for future projects.

8 January 2013

two things: Loeffler Randall

This hurts my heart, I hate feeling so materialistic, but just look at them! Want.
Well played Loeffler Randall...well played.

cobalt is close to ultramarine blue, therefore I love it.

TELL me these aren't the coolest little rain boots you've ever seen?  

6 January 2013

a long December

"....and there's reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last"

I sure hope so.

2012 was such a bizarre, challenging, upsetting and stressful year not just for me but for so many people I care about.  Seriously, the only up-side to it was some shiny new babies being born and getting married to Luke...I could not wait to farewell the last 12 months. Good riddance, good riddance!!


Here's to 2013.  May it not suck as royally as last year, may we laugh a lot more and feel a foreboding sense in our guts a whole lot less.   


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