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Saturday, 29 January 2011



From top: illustration by Charles Anastase, young Vanessa Paradis, Cos S/S 11 via Popbee, beautiful colour combination via Anne Bernecker (via Discotheque Confusion), Charles Anastase Fall 09, young Kate Moss making me wish I could pull off a turtleneck, Nights out at The Grand Ole Opry in Glasgow (Country Western social club with cheap drinks and line dancing = fun, bizarre times), suede coat via etsy.


life coat

Thursday, 27 January 2011



I love that now I live in such a cold place I have an excuse to buy a really special coat to see me through the dark months. These are 'Life Coats' from Winter 09 by Icelandic designer Jet Korine, who I'm sure knows a thing or two about long winters. The coats are individually dyed and hand sewn and are intended to last, as the name suggests, a lifetime and to be worn in a multitude of ways. They remind me of the Comme des Garcons winter 09 coats, but I prefer the more organic, simple and rugged aesthetic of these.

au revoir paris, hiya glasgow

Wednesday, 26 January 2011



 I've been in Glasgow for a week now and it is already home. I love my flat, my new housemate, my backyard, my new favourite tea house and pretty much everything about this city. Ever since spending a semester on exchange here in 2008 I've wanted to return and I can't quite believe I'm finally back here. I'm still in the honeymoon period; enjoying being unemployed (although I'm sure this will change soon when I run out of money), enjoying the relatively mild temperatures and enjoying discovering Scottish traditions like Robert Burns Night yesterday. My housemate hosted a huge dinner party complete with glow-in-the-dark thistles, home-made Irn Bru lamps, lots of haggies, neeps and tatties, and plenty of whiskey. I wore my tartan-ish Bernhard Willhelm top to get into the spirit of the occasion. Now back to unpacking...

the days are getting longer

Thursday, 13 January 2011




From top left: The Great Gatsby, Karen Walker jumper, Jumper from etsy, Twin Peaks, Lost in Translation, J. W Anderson skirt, Anntian leggings, Meryl Streep, Elle Fanning in Lula, Binki Shapiro on Refinery 29, secondhand brown lace-up boots, Twin Peaks ladies, The Great Gatsby.


I can't wait until it is warm enough to leave the coat at home and head out in just a light woolen jumper, skirt and lace-up boots.

the last few days

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

 
  



Photos by me.

Yesterday I received my UK Visa and found out that I was accepted for an apartment I applied for in Glasgow. I'll be living with my partner-in-crime (term stolen from vliin) as well as a Glaswegian lad who is a sculptor and filmmaker. The apartment is in a really lovely spot and I'm moving in next Wednesday! As soon as my visa was approved I booked my flight over so all of a sudden I find myself in my last week in Paris. I still have an exam on Saturday and much packing needs to be done, but I've also been enjoying my last few days here by walking around my neighbourhood attempting to learn how to take a proper photograph (see attempts above), going to the Rose Bakery cafe (a must visit) and checking out the Cos and APC sales. Still on my 'must do before I leave' list is ice-skating at Hotel de Ville, going to Rose Bakery again and visiting the Père Lachaise Cemetery. Posting will be a little sporadic over the next week, moving countries takes up a lot of time!

I always wanted to be a Tenenbaum

Friday, 7 January 2011



From top: Cornell University Varsity Rowing Team, Hiking Boots, Backpack, Jumper by Cos, 70s Hiker, Richie and Margot Tenenbaum, Vintage football photo via The Vintage Football Club blog, Sports fan, Margot Tenenbaum, Leather bomber, Karl Lagerfeld vintage jumper, Football fans via The Vintage Football Club blog, John McEnroe at Wimbeldon in 1980, vintage space-dye dress, Thom Browne cardigan, Pom pom beanie.


Currently thinking about hiking boots, beanies with pom poms, backpacks, striped jumpers and cardigans, tennis-style dresses and The Tenenbaums - just as cool 10 years later.

leon spilliaert

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

 

Beautiful art by Belgian artist Léon Spilliaert

i want my environment to be a product of me

Monday, 3 January 2011


From top left: Great hair from Ensuite, La Garconne lookbook, Golden Goose trousers from Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Coloured co-ordinated clothing and hair at Yvan Rodic, layer jeans from I-D 2010, Dressmonster jacket at Asos, More great hair from here, Paul Smith shirt photo from Letty Schmiterlow, Bernhard Willhelm leggings from Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Barbour jacket from Lookbook, The Sartorialist


 The new year has properly started now and so it is time to put my resolutions into action. Time to stop excessive buying, get back into swimming and pilates, eat less chocolate, get a haircut, learn how to knit and spend more time reading, drawing, cooking and explore the Scottish Highlands and the Lake District.
It all sounds so virtuous, but I have to say I've really enjoyed the last weeks of indulging in french food and action films. The last few nights I've watched the Bourne trilogy and The Departed with my boy while eating homemade popcorn, drinking cheap beer, and loving every minute of it. So this year I'm going to remember that between striving to be a healthy, productive human it is also important to just relax and enjoy.

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Sunday, 2 January 2011



Images from: 1-3, 7, 9: Ensuite, 4, 6, 8: Thank you, ok, 5: RA 13 store in Antwerp


Happy New Year everyone! 

I'm currently in a state of limbo. On Friday I sent off my UK working visa application and so am now waiting to hear back with my fingers and toes crossed that everything goes smoothly and that I'll be able to move over there at the end of January. For now I have no idea where I will be next month, whether still in France, settling into the UK or moving back to Australia, so to distract myself from my current uncertain state of being I've been looking at interiors as inspiration for my potential future apartment in Glasgow. I've never had the chance to properly decorate, to create a home beyond my own bedroom, so I'm really excited. Looking through the wonderful blogs Ensuite and Thank you, ok, I've realised I like wood surfaces, wildflowers and crafty touches when it comes to interior design. For now though, this can just be eye candy to comfort me while I wait.
All bureaucracy and no play makes Ally a dull girl.

 

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