26 February 2013

bookish : Retromania

This book looks really interesting, and also makes me equal parts sad and curious about the future. It's a blessing to be so interconnected to technology now, but still vividly remember what it was like before youtube, and wikipedia, and all the other things that allow you to look up random stuff from when you were little and indulge in recreating and reliving all things retro.




Retromania by Simon Reynolds
Fascinating interview with him here.

24 February 2013

Looking into the past

Oooh I just found a flickr group called Looking into the Past that holds up old photos in the same spot today.  Just what I was thinking about when I brought along this photo last year to the zoo that my parents took over 30 years ago on one of their first visits to Taronga.

Incidentally, I was so shocked at the amount of people who came up to me as I was comparing the old photo and the new skyline.  It was really fun focusing into the distance and pointing out all the new buildings with complete strangers excitedly, and having this weird time capsule moment in the middle of a busy zoo with the best views of Sydney.


Compare and contrast




 Luke lines it up.

22 February 2013

Anthropologie


I have mixed feelings about Anthropologie. On the one hand, I would swoon around like a fool when they opened up shop in London...but I all too often grimaced at the overpriced faux-vintage exotic and ethnic homewares and accessories.
Still, their clothes often make me look twice, ok actually thrice, and then sigh because there are no magical stores in Sydney as yet.

And their shoes?  Well...




You are seeing correctly.  Stripes, tan, and pink suede.  I'm happy just knowing a shoe like this exists in the world.

17 February 2013

off the charts


I am really enjoying PopChartLab lately; a great site with very appealing and humorous charts. 
Of course I need this framed, and somewhere in my kitchen...pronto. Easy on the vermouth.



12 February 2013

Frida's wardrobe


If this woman fascinates you, and you want to be moved and amazed some more by her spirit, defiance, talent and the effects of her tragic accident...go ahead and read this.  
Her clothes were locked away at the request of Diego Rivera until about ten years ago, now we finally get to peek in to her closet.





























xo

11 February 2013

I want to go to there : The Heidelberg Project


When in Detroit, cast your eyes upon this amazing project.



A social art project to bring attention to the communities of Detroit, it's been around in some form or another since 1986. Of course, the polka dot house is the greatest thing ever.  A few years ago, they whitewashed it and started all over again, here's how they did it.

10 February 2013

two things: navy and cream

These tops from Modcloth are very similar and very cute....which would you choose?  
My money's on the modern Madeline. 


modern Madeline






Thesis and that

7 February 2013

what's my line?


I cannot tell you how much I enjoy this, especially the fact everyone ignores Paul Newman and just wants to speak to Joanne.  I like her response about the baby too, gotta love a lady with a sense of humour.





2 February 2013

Holidays

This year I want to get away.



I want to go to Vanuatu and get up close to an active volcano.

Or hide in heavenly lush Maui with black sand beaches.

I want to sneak in to speakeasies in San Francisco, and eat a hotdog with everything (minus ketchup) in Chicago.

I want to swoon over the architecture, shiver over the ghosts and be full from all the po'boys, Sazeracs and music in New Orleans.

I want to see the minarets of Istanbul and be woken by the call to prayer.

I want to see the red earth and magic sunrises in central Australia.

I want to stuff my face with cheese and make up for it by riding a bike around the botanical gardens in Adelaide.




These are some ideas I have of possible trips away this year.  But as always, London looms large in the back of my mind.  I am biding my time. Biding my time.

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