12.30.2010

Dream A Little Dream


Sigh. I have the worst luck when it comes to sunglasses. Which is why I resolved to spend no more than thirty dollars on a pair. I've broken this rule twice with Marc Jacobs, and Chloe. Only Chloe survived. The Celine spring 2011 collection, is making this rule very difficult to uphold. I absolutely love the Original Sunglasses in blue (rosette?) print and nude. Hello new It sunglasses.

12.29.2010

Sweet Station



I recently came across this really fun and interesting blog called Sweet Station. That first picture just made me laugh out loud. So I wanted to mention it in a post before I added it to my links. 

Sweet Station features work from all different fields like 
advertising, photography, graphic design, architecture, kitsch, and installation design. There's always something interesting, brilliant, or absurd to be seen here, so take a looksie!

12.22.2010

Thrifted


tea cup/infuser set (4.99) - vintage Cristian handbag, which I turned into a clutch (6.99) - black pleated skirt, medium length (6.99) - Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits vinyl record (0.99)

Only two days until Christmas! I hope everyone has been enjoying their holidays. I thrifted these things a few weeks back from a Salvo's store, but forgot to share it on here. I'm pretty pleased with what I found. Since my moving house coincided with Christmas, I thought it would be a good time to donate things to Good Sammy's and clear out a lot of things from my rooms. I ended up donating three garbage bags of unwanted clothes, bags, and bits and bobs. It felt good to give, but  felt better to unload! Nonetheless, sometime soon after Christmas I might hit the op shops again, since there'll be lots of 'new' stock in. And so the whole cycle starts over. 

Happy Holidays, and thanks for reading :)

12.09.2010

Gossip Girl

It's only two episodes in and the new season of GG has already maxed out my "when I'm a millionaire" wish list. I've never liked Serena's  style and always preferred Blair's. This season though, Serena has been knocking them out the park. My favourite look would have to be from last night's episode. Blake Lively looked absolutely stunning wearing those cobalt blue silk pants, the gold blazer, and those studded pumps!







Also, couldn't be happier that Clemence Poesy has joined the cast. I just hope they don't get rid of her too quickly! I'm warming up to Katie Cassidy... slowly. They really have to stop monochrome dressing her though. Can't wait for the next episode! 

xoxo

12.07.2010


No one can make you feel inferior without your consent
-Eleanor Roosevelt

12.02.2010

Diane Birch

























I've been completely charmed by Miss. Birch recently. Diane has this beautiful, soulful voice, and I love the seventies nostalgia you hear through her music. Her songwriting style is a bit more sophisticated and formal , which I think sets her apart from her peers, but has probably kept her from bigger mainstream success. The girl has amazing style too; instantly recognisable in her signature black, wide-rimmed hat. She is always wearing something interesting, and I read somewhere that she has a penchant for thrifting/vintage. Anyways, I'll leave you with a live performance of Nothing But A Miracle, which is probably my favourite song of hers (very closely followed by Fools). Happy Listening x

 

11.29.2010

Forever Turned Out To Be Too Long

What a weekend! My family and I have finally moved into the new house we built next door, so things have been a little chaotic over here. You'd think that moving next door would be a breeze, but it's Monday and I'm still exhausted, and trying to get all the dust out of my lungs. The new place feels strange but nice. Also, since this move is temporary, I will have to master the art of living out of the cardboard box. Speaking of, I think what I'll take from this experience though, is not to be such a hoarder. I really don't want to fast forward ten years and be one of those crazy ladies on Clean My House who keep old, broken washing machines on the front lawn and sleeps next to piles of clothes from the Seventies, or in my case the Noughties. Though I'm sure that would never happen...

The other thing I wanted to share is that I'll be taking up post-graduate studies at Curtin University next year. I got my acceptance email (Yes, that's right, acceptance email) on Thursday. Starting first semester, I'll be completing a Graduate Diploma in Communications and Cultural Studies (Professional Writing and Publishing). Which is basically the long-winded way of saying that, I'll be studying Writing. I'm very excited to be taking a step in a new direction. It's been so great just traveling and working this year, but I think that's more than enough time, and I'm feeling very focused and eager to get started.

Anyways, thanks for reading. Will definitely post more now that I'm stressing less and looking forward to the end of the year. I've been thinking about getting a friend to write a guest post for my blog. I wanted a little male perspective so I will get on that. Anyway, my friend gave me Mad Men Season Four yesterday, and I've been waiting so long to watch this. So I'm off to enjoy a little Don Draper and a lot of Sixties fashion. Night!

Wenmay x

11.21.2010

The Postman Always Rings Twice



Yesterday, when I came home there was a lovely package waiting for me from my cousin Michelle. It couldn't have arrived at a better time as I was having a particularly bad day, but all is well when you open your mail and find these goodies inside! Unfortunately, some packaged tea she sent me didn't make it past Australian quarantine (BOOOOO!!!). Anyways, I'm a lucky gal. Especially since that nail polish was only available in New York, and apparently Toronto.

I love getting postcards, letters, and care packages in the mail. I'm planning to send back an assortment of Australian lollies! I just got to find out what lollies we have that are actually Australian and not just imported, heh. I wish I could send chocolate, as I'd love to send Tim Tams. I don't think it would make it back in this heat though!

Anyways, just thought I'd share a little of my joy. Thanks Mish! x

11.10.2010

Folklore Magic





Pictures: Lily Cole/Vogue Nippon, Bright Star (I just love the colour palette of the film), Stevie Nicks, Red Riding Hood.

11.09.2010

And the Gleeks shall inherit the Earth



Incase you haven't met me, I am a huge fan of the TV show Glee. I've been wondering when something like this might be released, and now the wait is almost over. On November 18th (just over a week!), Konami will be releasing Glee Karaoke Revolution for Nintendo Wii! *squeals in delight*. There'll be 35 songs from the first season, single and multiplayer modes, a co-op mode to perfect your vocal harmonies, and an interactive scrapbook mode unlocking items to make and customise your own scrapbook. You can also perform with your favourite characters from the show. Hmm... a duet with Finn? Yes please.
"I could totally sing this with Finn. But screw him if he thinks he's taking the Diana Ross part from me" - Kurt
It's a good thing I don't really have neighbours.

11.02.2010

Make It Happen

Wow. It’s only been a week and a half since my last post? I guess I miss blogging more than I realise. I’ve been keeping myself rather busy with work lately, and organising my admission papers for studying for next year. However, the main reason for my absence is that I’ve been re-thinking my approach to my blog. I’m obviously very new to this, but I see the potential in myself to take this to another level. I enjoy posting on here very much, but sometimes forget how much dedication, passion, and time actually goes into maintaining one. Or rather how much of these things are conducive to a good blog. So I’ll be trying to implement some changes, carry out the things I had planned for here, and hopefully attract readers. Ideas, criticisms, and friendly hellos are welcomed: contact.

10.22.2010

Want One/Want Two



Lace Trim Black Oversized Shirt, Topshop; Aradi Print Blouse in Cream, Acne.

I am very much on a mission to get a cream blouse for the summer! I love, love, love the Aradi Print by Acne (the scarf on the collar is actually detachable). But since they don't ship to Australia, I'll have to try and find something similar. Argh, I can't wait until I go to Stockholm next year and just RAID Acne, Weekday, and H&M, Hahaha! Luckily though, Sportsgirl does a surprisingly brilliant copy of the blouse from Topshop at a similar price! So I'll be checking that out.

10.16.2010

St. Jerome Is My Favourite Saint

 !!! (Chk Chk Chk) -THE ANTLERS - ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI  - BEACH HOUSE  - BEAR IN HEAVEN - BLONDE REDHEAD  - CLOUD CONTROL - CUT COPY  - DEERHUNTER  -  FOALS  -  GOTYE  -  THE HOLIDAYS - HOLY FUCK - JENNY & JOHNNY  -  LES SAVY FAV  - LOCAL NATIVES - MENOMENA - PVT -  RAT vs POSSUM (excluding Perth) - STORNOWAY - TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB - VIOLENT SOHO - WARPAINT  -  WORLD'S END PRESS - YEASAYER

I was so ridiculously excited when I saw the lineup for Laneway Festival 2011 today. So much talent I want to see!  It's been too long since my last festival, so this is definitely going to be one for the books.

For more information: LANEWAY FESTIVAL

10.14.2010

The Long Bob

I've been kind of overdue for a haircut, and I really like this style. With summer coming up, it would be good to have shorter hair. But I've spent, what feels like an eternity trying to grow my hair, that I don't want to say goodbye! Its currently at its longest, since I was a little girl. A second concern (one which is usually the deciding factor) is that this style might just look really Asian on me. Nonetheless, I am really feeling this hair style at the moment, and if I decide against, I will envy those who wear it well. Leading this hair trend into 2011 is Australian model Abbey-Lee Kershaw:



Freja Beha (left) also looks great with this style.

Or alternatively, I could just keep the length and get bangs - but then there's that kooky Emily The Strange vibe that I've kind of already done before. Though never at this length. 


Or... cut it off but minus the bangs? Not sure it would suit the shape of my oval face. But no messy out-growing of the fringe is super appealing. I definitely don't want any sweepy side-fringes though. 



Decisions, Decisions...

10.13.2010

How To Be Alone

I haven't been very inspired lately, so I haven't had much to post about. But this afternoon, this little gem fell into my lap (Thanks to my friend Melody who shared it). The direction, music, and animation in the film reminded me very much of the opening sequence of the movie Juno.

I too have often thought about the strange and unnecessary fear of doing things alone; afraid to be seen alone in public places. Earlier this year, I traveled on my own for a month, and I was forced to make do with my own company - which meant taking tours by myself, doing activities by myself, and yes, dining at dinner alone. I admit, I also felt the self-conscious sting of requesting a table for one. But now and again, I'll go see a movie on my own, not just because my friends aren't interested in seeing a particular movie. I'll go out and eat on my own, or just sit somewhere with a coffee and book and just people watch. I had my own revelations about being on my own, which I was reminded of in the message in this short film. Prepare to be charmed...


HOW TO BE ALONE by Tanya Davis

If you are at first lonely, be patient. If you've not been alone much, or if when you were, you weren't okay with it, then just wait. You'll find it's fine to be alone once you're embracing it.

We could start with the acceptable places, the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library. Where you can stall and read the paper, where you can get your caffeine fix and sit and stay there. Where you can browse the stacks and smell the books. You're not supposed to talk much anyway so it's safe there.

There's also the gym. If you're shy you could hang out with yourself in mirrors, you could put headphones in (guitar stroke). 

And there's public transportation, because we all gotta go places. 

And there's prayer and meditation. No one will think less if you're hanging with your breath seeking peace and salvation.

Start simple. Things you may have previously avoided based on your avoid being alone principals. 

The lunch counter. Where you will be surrounded by chow-downers. Employees who only have an hour and their spouses work across town and so they -- like you -- will be alone.

Resist the urge to hang out with your cell phone. 

When you are comfortable with eat lunch and run, take yourself out for dinner. A restaurant with linen and silverware. You're no less intriguing a person when you're eating solo dessert to cleaning the whipped cream from the dish with your finger. In fact some people at full tables will wish they were where you were.

Go to the movies. Where it is dark and soothing. Alone in your seat amidst a fleeting community. 
And then, take yourself out dancing to a club where no one knows you. Stand on the outside of the floor till the lights convince you more and more and the music shows you. Dance like no one's watching...because, they're probably not. And, if they are, assume it is with best of human intentions. The way bodies move genuinely to beats is, after all, gorgeous and affecting. Dance until you're sweating, and beads of perspiration remind you of life's best things, down your back like a brook of blessings.

Go to the woods alone, and the trees and squirrels will watch for you.
Go to an unfamiliar city, roam the streets, there're always statues to talk to and benches made for sitting give strangers a shared existence if only for a minute and these moments can be so uplifting and the conversations you get in by sitting alone on benches might've never happened had you not been there by yourself.

Society is afraid of alonedom, like lonely hearts are wasting away in basements, like people must have problems if, after a while, nobody is dating them. but lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it.

You could stand, swathed by groups and mobs or hold hands with your partner, look both further and farther for the endless quest for company. But no one's in your head and by the time you translate your thoughts, some essence of them may be lost or perhaps it is just kept.

Perhaps in the interest of loving oneself, perhaps all those sappy slogans from preschool over to high school's groaning were tokens for holding the lonely at bay. Cuz if you're happy in your head than solitude is blessed and alone is okay.

It's okay if no one believes like you. All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, can't think like you, for this be releived, keeps things interesting lifes magic things in reach. 

And it doesn't mean you're not connected, that communitie's not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it. take silence and respect it. if you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it. if your family doesn't get you, or religious sect is not meant for you, don't obsess about it. 

you could be in an instant surrounded if you needed it
If your heart is bleeding make the best of it 
There is heat in freezing, be a testament.

This video was made by Andrea Dorfman and Tanya Davis. Davis provides these beautiful words, and performs in the video. All the direction, filming, editing, and animation is by Dorfman. It was filmed in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

For more information on Tanya, go to http://www.tanyadavis.ca
For more information on Andrea Dorfman go to http://www.andreadorfman.com

10.07.2010

Mogwai





















10.02.2010

Carrying The Classics


















I was just visiting Purse Blog and read a post about these Kate Spade Book of the Month Clutches. Aren't these just adorable? These hold so much appeal to the literary lover in me. Unfortunately, these are the only titles available, as I understand. Not to mention, being USD $325 each. I would've loved to have a To Kill A Mocking Bird, or something by Jane Austen. Actually, this is the sort of thing I'm surprised hasn't already shown up in retailers like Urban Outfitters? Or maybe it has already. I'm sure it won't be long now. I would probably be even more won over if I saw the same thing being done with classic films, like Casablanca, Brief Encounter, or Rear Window

9.23.2010

Wherefore Art Thou... Gnomeo?



I have to admit... I really want to see this. Love that they cast James McAvoy as Gnomeo, haha. I'm wondering if they'll both die at the end though, being a kid's movie and all.

9.22.2010

[Trend-Loving]: Military Skinnies



I've recently come to love skinny military pants. I really like the cool greyish, almost mint green colour seen above here, rather than the traditional khaki or army green. Also, I like how Leighton Meester (bottom-right) chooses to pair hers with heels. Its a little more fun and chic, rather then wearing flats and coming off kind of uninteresting. I found a similar pair at Cotton On for $49.95, but I might shop around a little more and see if I can find something closer to what I'm looking for.



[Photos: Alta Mira, Intheircloset.com]