Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weekly Wish-list

It's still winter here in Australia, although the weather is continuing to be fine leaving us all in anticipation of a gorgeous spring and (hopefully) hot summer. So I like to think it's still acceptable to be thinking about winter boots, or for all of you over there in the Northern Hemisphere it's definitely applicable for the coming Autumn. I walked past these Hermés boots in Melbourne last week and haven't been able to stop dreaming about them really.. Picture time!

Image from here
To me, they are the perfect flat boot! Of course I haven't tried them on (because I feel so silly going into a store like that if I can't actually buy anything!) so I can't say they really are perfect.. I like that they are so simple and they are only adorned by the one buckle. They are made of calfskin and go for $2250. If you're in Melbourne I recommend walking by the Hermés store and just gazing at them for a while.

Happy middle-of-the-week everyone!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Blog slacker

I'm sorry I've been such a blog slacker! It's audition season here in Australia and I just did my last one today.. Overall I've not been happy with my playing and I am seriously disappointed in myself for not working hard enough =( And to show how badly I'm losing the plot: I missed a flight from Melbourne to Sydney last week.. Sorry for the slightly negative post today! A new leaf is turning and I'm determined to make the best of my abilities and work hard to showcase them. I'm tired of disappointing myself! So I'll be back to blogging properly towards the end of this week. I hope you are all doing better at life than I am =)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Weekly Wish-list

It's Wednesday = mid-week slump. Somehow this week I feel like I'm in a time warp and that it should be Friday right now. Unfortunately it's not and the weekend isn't just around the corner and no Sunday sleep-ins coming up.. Back on topic: this week's wish-list is a little unusual. I'm moving out of home to the beautiful Neutral Bay this Friday and I'm excited about having my own room that I can play with! So today I thought I might share something that I think is really cool and that I want to try in my new room.
Image from this very cool blog

I want a ladder! I think it works really well as a funky bookshelf and I really want one in my room. Looks easy enough: find a ladder, grab some planks, voila! However, the first step seems to be tripping me up somewhat. It is almost impossible to find a good old wooden ladder with rungs on both sides (so an A-shape style ladder) !! The best I've come up with is this one from The Ladder Shop, and I'm yet to phone up and ask if it's really wooden (because it looks kinda like it's made of metal from the picture!). Actually now that I think about it maybe a metal one would be ok... it'd have that interesting industrial look. I'll let you know how it goes for me!

So for now I'll just post some other pictures of cool ladder usage =)

The following ladder bookshelf image comes from a website (linked in the caption) with lots of great images of non-traditional ladder usage. I really like the suspended ladders with things hanging from them.
From this other cool blog which tells you how to make it.
From here

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Time's a-wasting

Want to waste some time with me? Check out these absolutely beautiful envelopes. Good things come in pretty packages.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Something Old, Something New

Last week was totally nuts! And this week is looking equally as bad, or possibly worse. So please excuse my brainlessness in any posts coming recently!

This week I'd like to start with Something New. It's a song from the Skins soundtrack (if you haven't watched the first two seasons of this UK TV show you really should! I love movies/books/etc that are depressing though..) This song: "It's All Over" by Broken Family Band has a really creepy, haunting quality. His voice is so sweet yet he is singing such intense lyrics, see my favourite stanza:

I could bind, your beautiful wrists 
And shut, your beautiful eyes, 
With the drugs, with the drugs, with the drugs
And kick, your beautiful doors in 
O shame, on your beautiful friends, 

So enough talking about it... here it is!

Now for Something Old: Benjamin Britten's first Suite for Solo Cello. I think the opening is so beautiful! Please listen, it isn't that long for all you non-musos out there. I want to say more about it, but I'm really tired so I'm just going to go to sleep instead.. =)  I hope your day was better than mine, and if it wasn't then I hope that these pieces will soothe your brain and heart.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Outfit Misfit

This week's outfit misfit is about colour. One colour in particular: ORANGE!!! Orange is a totally underrated colour and I think it has possibilities to compliment lots of different skin tones. I guess the place where I/we get really turned off it is: what to wear it with? I don't like orange and black, the jury's still out on orange and white.. so what do you pair it with? Today I am attempting an orange and icy blue pairing (there's also some white in there too). As well as the experimentation in colour this week, I thought it's about time I wore something more wintry. After all, we are in a cold, blustery time of year here in Sydney and it's nice to bring out my trench coat.

I really love the blossom tree (maybe they're cherry blossoms but I'm not a horticulturist so don't take my word for it) so big thanks to Photographer Berny for providing an awesome location. So what do you think? The orange pants and pale blue trench working together? Let me know; comment below. =)

As per usual I'm doing all manner of silly stuff. Basically just trying to tug at the tree's branches so that all the petals will fall off and rain around me..


Trench coat: Alannah Hill
Pants: from Singapore
White top: Zara
Bangle: Marni for H&M
Shoes: ASOS (remember them from this post?!)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Outfit Misfit

Well it has certainly been a while since I've done an Outfit Misfit post! I finally found a photographer with skill and will (willingness to take some time to photograph silly old me). This week's Outfit Misfit is a display of Geek Chic; note the librarian glasses (no, they aren't prescription ...), the presence of my viola, a below the knee skirt AND the clincher: cat sweater! Perhaps it should be on my online dating profile (I don't have one, in case any young eligible men are reading: sorry!) I'm a librarian who loves cats and plays viola. I wonder how many hits I'd get ...

I now defend myself and this whole outfit. The combination of a below the knee skirt and a more tightly fitted sweater is a beautiful one and I think it has an almost vintage look. I love patterns, but I'm not big on clashing them. However, here I think it works: geometric patterned skirt named Backhanded Backgammon Skirt from Gorman with the cat sweater. I'm not sure why it works.. or maybe you think it doesn't work? (Comment!)  Now the glasses belong to my dear friend and new photographer: Berny and they really helped take the outfit from interesting to Geek Chic.
Super geeky face !

Now let's talk about shoes! I'm obsessed with loafers/slippers/whateveryouwanttocallthems at the moment. They are really comfortable and are simpler than the traditional ballet flat and I feel they give every outfit an uncalculated/effortless cool vibe.

My photographer's skills.

Viola love! 

Skirt: Backhanded Backgammon Skirt Gorman
Sweater: Boutique in Singapore (can't remember the name,.. sorry!)
Shoes: Equivalent of Payless in Germany
Glasses: Stylist's own (i.e: belonging to my photographer Berny)
Bracelet: Marni for H&M
Viola: green BAM case

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Crafty fun

Here's just a little something to keep you entertained this Saturday evening:

Check out the other cheeky cross-stitch patterns on the website

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Weekly Wish-list

This week on the wish-list are some really quirky clutches by Olympia Le-Tan. They are basically interesting book covers used as inspiration for the clutch design. It's such a great idea and I really want to go ahead and buy one! Unfortunately that is pretty much impossible for me and so I am trying to think up ways to DIY it..

This is my favourite piece displayed in the Moda Operandi trunk show. The others are also great but I'm a castle-loving girl!

If you want to check out the wider range of book-inspired clutches here is the original website. The Moda Operandi ones seem to be less expensive than the ones on the Olympia LeTan website which is quite interesting.. So if you're very well off and wanting to spend some money I'd go with the selection on Moda Operandi.

Happy Wednesday window shopping through the internet!