Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
How old are you then?
Yes, eh Ed I'm 16 eh bro
Nah I'm 16 Ed remember
Shut up man I'm reading...
How old are you then?
12? Yeah, too much girl, too much
For those of you who aren't from NZ and don't already know, BOY is the new feature film from Taika Waititi, who also directed Eagle vs. Shark, episodes of Flight of the Conchords, and this amazing short film. Two Cars One Night was nominated for an Oscar... Do watch it if you haven't already, and go and see BOY when you get the chance. Egg is such an excellent insult.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
"In those nine-plus years, they survived many close calls. When Kristen was still in elementary school, her father and older sister went to Washington. “The phone rings at 10:45 at the hotel and it’s Kristen,” Mr. Brozina recalled. “She says, ‘Dad, we forgot The Streak!’ Fortunately, I always travel with several books and we read right then and there.”
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I don't think these pictures are entirely appropriate to the theme, but I like them, they're both from we heart it.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
In celebration, my favourite scene from the aforementioned film. I want this on DvD, dammit.
The rains have come to Auckland, which means it is time to think about buying some boots.
I hate buying boots because:
1) In Auckland all the nice boots are really, really expensive.
2) In Auckland everyone owns the same nice boots because there aren't many to choose from.
3) Vintage stores have figured this out, and now their boots are also really, really expensive.
4) I have ridiculously skinny legs and ankles. I know that this sounds all "woe is me" but I actually look ridiculous in boots that are ill-fitting, and don't get me started on flat ankle boots. It's quite a concern and has plagued me since I was a little girl and my Mum (thanks, Susie) pointed out their chicken-like nature.
5) Topshop have some nice and affordable ones but I worry that everyone will have the same idea that I had and get them. Also I'm not sure they'll work with my wardrobe. Angst.
Do you guys know what sort of boots I should buy? I already have docs and some nice high heeled ankle sneaker ones (sounds like a contradiction in terms, I know). I would prefer not to spend a million bucks on them, but am not opposed to layby. At the moment the boot that springs to mind is some beau coops from GAG or the Public Libaray. Otherwise some Kathryn Wilson flat ones? The mind boggles. Piccies from Jak and Jil.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Love, Loss and Intimacy is on until late July at the International Gallery on St Kilda Road and is a collections of drawings and prints, as well as paintings, sculpture, photographs and media works exploring how the human emotions of desire, grief and affection tie the observer to the observed. I haven't been to NGV in almost a year and am quite keen to get back and see this, among all the other things they have on, might need to set a long day aside...
The other two are both free at the the Ian Potter Centre in Fed Square. Together Alone ends on April 18th and Stick It! is on until August. Together Alone features work by eight antipodean fashion houses, and Stick It! is an exhibition of Australian collage over the past 70 years, which I think will be awesome. Did I mention they're free, anyone want to join me?
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Alpha60 I generally like because they're not crazy expensive, use nice fabric, and I wear a lot of black. I thought I saw this beautiful wool cape thing in black and in light grey, but I can't find it in the photos so maybe I imagined it. Hope not 'cause I intend on purchasing it. I also wrote 'grey trench' in my notes, so here's a picture of that. Though it was later outshone by 'Zam trench want want!'...The notes I took for Carly Hunter are cryptic and kind of annoying: 'screen peach ghost gum necklaces'. Gah. There was a lot of pink and peach, I liked. They wore these neclaces made of hair which caught my eye and which may have been by a label called Ghost Gum but I can't find anything about that on the internet. Update: yes I can, they are.
This show had lots of boys. Almost all of the collections were mixed and Jack London was all male, this one in the little hat was my favourite. I liked the colourful suits and 50s styling, and tweed.
Other non-runway highlights inculded sitting behind Allanah Hill and her posse. I didn't know who she was and was kind of confused by all the people having their photo taken with a funny Australian version of the nanny, I actually had to text a friend for assistance. In the end I asked the nice mother daughter pair beside me and was a little disappointed that she was just a designer probably best described, in my mind, as Australia's answer to Trelise Cooper. I'm sorry if I have that entirely wrong and you love Allanah Hill and/or Trelise Coop, however I have trouble moving past big hair, lipstick and ruffley clothes as defining features.
PS (unrelated star-spotting news) Yesterday WAVERLEY WILSON came into my work. That was really exciting even though no one knew who I was talking about. I forgot that she may also be known as Aurora from Outrageous Fortune, which might have been a more Aus-friendly reference.
PPS Before I went to the runway show on Thursday, I saw the creators of Refinery29 speak, it was really interesting and inspirational, and funny spotting some internet 'celebrities' but also kind of weird in that way. Off-topic related highlights included Pierra using the word 'zeitgeist' in a sentence, without any irony or air quotes, and noticing that the fashion editor at The Australian needed new heel caps on her shoes, yes, these are the important things that I scribbled during. Also someone said tenaciousness at one point which had me wondering, isn't it 'tenacity'?
Today has so far been a lovely start to the week, despite what might actually be a slight hangover and some bad late for work dreams this morning...
I am eating the most delicious, flaky, crisp on the outside soft on the inside french pastry - an escargot from Monsieur Truffe on Smith St. It was a reward for the lateness being only a dream and a consolation for the hangover, and half of it is now embarassingly adorning the front of my dress.
I've just watched these two videos which both made me very happy. The one above I found on We Love You So and below is via The Debonaire, who's also posted this trailer which looks funny!
Potato rosti with pancetta and gruyere, with rocket and a perfectly poached egg on top. It was drizzled with basil pesto. It was so delicious that between bites I would point at it and exclaim "CHEESE/PANCETTA/ROCKET/RUNNY YOLK" to my bemused (vegetarian) flatmate.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
PS. Have included Graham's music video for his band, Panther and the Zoo, on the off-chance one of our readers is a music industry big wig (one who chews on cigars and finishes sentences with "seee?")who thinks that these guys have "a great sound" and should be flying on jet planes surrounded by mountains of the white stuff with babes in bikinis.
PPS. That is my old flat he's typing in. Farewell, dampest house in Kingsland.
Oh god I love food. I actually dreamed about two of my favourite leafy green vegetables the other night, kale and cavolonero. If anyone knows where I can find some in Melbourne please share!
My mouth is watering just looking at these pictures. I'm excited because I have some red quinoa at home which I've not used before so if I can get my hands on some kale I'm hoping to make a kind of variation on this salad. Also I recently made this chilli and it was AMAZING and I am recommending it to everyone I can. I might have even already posted about it on here, it was that good.
For the past couple of weeks my boss and I have been having guided tours of fancy hotels in Auckland. All I can say is: I want to live in a hotel. A fancy one. In a penthouse. With a swimming pool and a bar and a maid. Or, alternatively, in a pacific island (Tahiti? New Caledonia?) right by the sea with a floating bar. Or, alternatively, in a parisian hotel decorated by Christian Lacroix. Otherwise in a luxury spa boat in Norway. I want to live a glamorous life - just call me Eloise!
I just listened to a very interesting breakdown of why, musically speaking, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" has been lauded as the best song of last century. Then I listened to the song, and shivers ran up my spine. If you haven't listened to it in a while, I reccomend that you do.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Runway shows at LMFF go quickly, so quickly! It was fun though and due to the 'sell out show' not actually being full my pal and I got to sit next to each other and discuss. My thoughts this morning (having not taken notes and enjoyed a couple of wines post-show) extended only so far as good music choices/blazers/apricot/Therese Rawsthorne, however I've looked through some photos to jog my memory so here's a wee rundown:
Romance Was Born opened the show with this outfit. I loved the brick phone, the model, and the money coming out of her briefcase. I tried to tweet live from the show like a real fashion blogger but I didn't want to miss anything so didn't press the right buttons. The un-posted tweet however, said something along the lines of 'Romance Was Born: sequins, bloody sequins, 80s power dressing, ca$h'. I obviously wasn't especially enamoured with all the sequins but was pleased when the model in the sunglasses above came out, she strutted, hard, which was way better than all the other walking. My friend whispered to me "I like that wind cheater, that's grouse" which blew my mind in all sorts of Australian slang ways and reminded me that I still haven't quite worked out the word 'grouse'.
Ellery was another label I wasn't too familiar with, though decided I quite like due to the sheer mauve and this grey skirt, which looks a bit blah in the picture but I do remember thinking 'I'd wear that'.