Thursday, January 28, 2010
I'm very excited about both, obviously, but I am especially excited about seeing Joanna Newsom.
I saw her about three years ago in Wellington, and it was just so amazing. She played unaccompanied and managed to make the San Fransciso Bath House seem hallowed. We all stood in attentive silence while she sang then burst into huge applause at the end of each piece. I'm really looking forward to seeing her again (and her band!) and basking in her reflected glow.
Also, the Dirty Projectors are playing on the same night as Cheese Fest 2010! Could that night BE any better?
Piccies from here, here, and here.
I can't believe you remembered how much I loved it. Big plans for pies. YEAR OF THE PIE. Georgie and I are thinking of chicken and mustard pies, rasberry, vanilla and toasted almond...general vegetable ones with puff pastry on top... We'll watch Waitress again for inspriation.
Now all I need is to steal my mum's entire Poole collection and my kitchen will be perfectly pastel!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I Love You
Only 5 Euros! I know that it works out to a little more once you pay for postage and convert the currency, but a few days later this magical magazine will arrive on your doorstep and you'll forget all about those 3 or so coffees you could have bought.
Introduced to me by (and featuring) the lovely and talented Natalie Smith. It's only US$10 including postage worldwide. I'm waiting for my copy in the mail now, weee.
'an 80-page book of stories and art which is the result of a collaboration between me [Molly Young] and the talented Christopher Luxton.' Limited run of 500, US$16 including international postage, go go go before it runs out!
Pictures all came from the websites they're linked to..... Please go buy these things, they're totally worth it and lovely and pretty and independant and international and these are all good things.
I have to admit this was all made possible by the surprise(ish) appearance of money in my paypal account - thanks ma...
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Basically, it talks about how if you really want to have pretty looking make-up, the key is to put on six different types of make-up (like skin corrector, then a primer, then concealer, then foundation, then blush, then highlighter) in tiny amounts in exactly the right places on your face. Apparently, by doing this in tiny, thinner than wafer-thin layers, with wee brushes that look like little fans, you can wind up with the best make-up in the world.
My personal makeup usage varies. Sometimes I wear heaps, often I wear none. At the moment, I barely leave my office during the week so I see little to no point in wearing any. My skin is a bit patchy and a bit dry (Auckland is great for patchy/dry/oily) at the moment, so wearing lots of makeup would probably make it worse. Also, I had, for the first time in ages, two horrid pimples, one hidden on the side of my right nostril, and the other, right next to inner corner of my left eyebrow. I have no idea where they came from. Luckily, they weren't huge. And extra luckily, I hardly ever get pimples so its not something you're going to hear me bitch about a whole lot on the internet (dry skin = a whole other story). Anyway, I feel that makeup worsens pimples so I tend to wear less when I have breakouts.
Carrying on. I tend to use Mac. My last trip to the Mac counter was slightly disastrous as my friend who works there was too busy so a less awesome make-up artist piled my face in slap and I wound up buying it just to leave the store. It is wierd though, the way makeup artists take one look at me and say "NW20!!!" as though it is glaringly obvious. Is my skin tone that transparent? Yes. Anyway, turns out this Mac stuff works. It took some getting used to, but my step-mother complimented me on my skin and its glowy-ness the other day which is all I need to declare it a roaring success.
I used to use id Bareminerals. Now that is a nice foundation. PITY IT COSTS SEVENTY DOLLARS. And it has almost no ingredients? How do they get away with that? What kind of a world do we live in, where to buy "natural" makeup with "nothing" in it, it costs seventy dollars? Really, id? REALLY?
OK. Rant over. The point of all this is to say that this weekend I plan on trying the Harpers' several different layers of makeup in tiny amounts in exactly the right place all over my face. I'll let you know if it works.
Images from here
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Sleep sleep sleep, I have about a week of late nights and early mornings to make up for.
Go to the pools
Sip on Pimms cups or gin and campari in the sun
Going to the garden shop, and spending some time working in the garden, not just lying around next to it
Cleaning my room (eek, I'm not too hopeful about this actually happening)
Having an early night!
My did we have fun this weekend!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
We know how interested you all are in our lives, obvs, so thought we'd start sharing a little more with you each month, I'm sure that my mum and han's sister will be totally excited to read this!
So far, in January here are the things that we have been:
H: "Tender" by Nigel Slater, After the Flood by Margaret Atwood, Playboy June 1971
L: The best American non-required reading 2009 edited by Dave Eggers (hugely recommend this to anyone who likes anything smart, poignant, funny, topical, or short), The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
H: The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society, the song Animal Farm is my favourite. And Lovefool by the Cardigans.
L: The Coloring of Pigeons by the Knife (and some other people, from the opera about Darwin which is coming out in MARCH), Beach House, that song Home by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros
Wishing for/obsessing over
H: THE DRESS THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED AKA WORST DRESS OF ALL TIME
L: THESE Miu Miu shoes (above), ACNE 'Dressy' in pastel lilac
Watching on ebay/etsy/trademe
H: 3 bedroom houses with dishwashers and gardens, le creuset casserole dishes
L: Macrame hanging plant holders
H: tan clogs and a grey maxi dress from Valley Girl. I chopped the bottom off it so it is a wierd length and like it much more now. Because it is Auckland I wear it with a light cover-up, aka the Kate Sylvester Anorak from three years ago aka the jacket my aunty told me off for buying aka the jacket that totally proved her wrong by being totally the most useful thing I own
Yesterday was my first day off since I got back to work and so I spent it wisely - shopping.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
I have long been a fan of Nikki McClure.
I bought a calendar of hers years ago from Madame Fancy Pants in Wellington for my Mum, but have not been able to find any of her books, postcards or prints available anywhere else in New Zealand.
So today (being my birthday - didn't you know???) I decided to bite the bullet and buy her 2010 calendar online, but it is all sold out! Woe is me!
She cuts her images from a piece of black paper with a craft knife.
You can buy Nikki's work from here.
Pictures from http://www.buyolympia.com
Sunday, January 17, 2010
It hurts their eyes."
"Oh Sun, I'm so grateful to you!"
It's easier for me to speak to you out here.
I don't have to slide down
between buildings to get your ear.
I know you love Manhattan, but
you ought to look up more often.
always embrace things, people earth
sky stars, as I do, freely and with
the appropriate sense of space."*