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.


St. Jerome Is My Favourite Saint


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


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...


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



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