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Friday, 25 February 2011

From top: Tao via FuckYeahCommeDesGarcons, still from Paris, Texas, Merce Cunningham x Comme des Garcons via FuckYeahCommeDesGarcons, toothbrush with replaceabe head from Brook Farm General Store, quote from Russh, drawing by Malin Gabriella Nordin, interior of Mr Kitly store on Sydney Rd, Brunswick, dress from Bernhard Willhelm archive, tea pot from ebay.

This week I finally watched Paris, Texas (love Jane's hair and brown off the shoulder dress), baked a delicious banana & chocolate cake from the Rose Bakery recipe book, bought and received the perfect tea pot on ebay, was introduced to the best cider ever (Rekorderlig from Sweden), read and thought about Wabi-Sabi, was rejected from lots of jobs and applied for many more, thought a lot about interiors, started reading the Luella's Guide to English Style (which I highly recommend), ran further than I ever have and booked a trip to Loch Lomond.

What did you do?


Sunday, 20 February 2011

Just some photos I took this week around my neighbourhood. I love all the old stone walls and faded signs, the unexpected splashes of colour you find amongst all the grey and brown, and the bare trees that I can't wait to see transform as spring arrives. 

This weekend was a good one. 
It's lovely when a new place starts to feel more like home than an extended holiday destination. When you recognise the people at your local cafe and post office, develop habits and rituals and discover your preferred haunts.

PS: If anyone is interested, my first lot of ebay items end tonight - here. More to come this week though!

best of

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Rachel Comey, The Row, Thom Browne, Rodarte via Style.com

These looks from New York Fashion Week A/W 11 really caught my eye as outfits I'd love to try and replicate. Slightly cropped waist-length knits, long lacey skirts combined with flat loafers/slippers, piling on the checks, and wearing matching printed trousers and shoes (the hardest to replicate). 

I've been wanting to learn how to knit properly for a while having only ever made some shoddy scarves in my early teens, so I think the time has come. I'd love to have a go at something vaguely similar to the Rodarte jumper, or even a slightly fluffy Paris, Texas-esque one like the white jumper from The Row. And with the DIY spirit in full force I am also going to start hunting for a cheap secondhand sewing machine, after realising how lucky I was to be able to use my mother's back in Melbourne whenever I pleased. Let the searching and making begin.


From: 1. Turned Out, 2. Jen Brill on Tales of Endearment, 3. The Locals, 4. Anne Bernecker

Yes to...
Creepers + Sporty stripes
Painted toenails + Pyjamas outside
Trainers + Tights
Dusty pink + Patches 

see magda

Friday, 18 February 2011

Beautiful paintings and drawings by artist Magda Krawcewicz.
See more here.

I'm really liking pastels and light muted tones combined with dark grey and brown at the moment.

it is still cold

Thursday, 17 February 2011

While it is getting slightly warmer and slowly I'm shedding my layers, I'm still drawn to oversized outerwear to get me through these last few chilly weeks (or months? who knows in this country).

1,2 The Locals, 3 - can't remember, maybe the sartorialist?


Wednesday, 16 February 2011

While reading the always wonderful Hello Sandwich yesterday I discovered IJM, who are, from what I can gather, a styling company based in Amsterdam. I love their work and spent yesterday afternoon trawling through their portfolio. The colours, the props and handmade items, the use of painting and of course the clothes themselves are beautiful and very inspiring. I now have a strong urge to buy some cacti, paint some vases and wear light pastel layers.

Also I'm doing a wardrobe clearout and am selling some things on ebay if anyone is interested check it out here

brown orange blue

Friday, 11 February 2011

Old Chloe Sevigny pics from FuckYeahChloeSevigny, Vintage graphics from Recollection - archive of Australian graphic design 1960-80, Topshop Boutique dress and nail polish, Rachel Rutt styled by John Colver for Dazed & Confused August 2010.

I wish I had Chloe's hair in any incarnation, I hope graphics will return to being as great as they were 30+ years ago and I can't wait until it is warm enough for bare legs.

iphone snaps

Thursday, 10 February 2011


Just some pics of my new surroundings. 

I've been wearing very mundane, practical outfits; jeans, jumper, coat, scarf, sturdy ankle boots, thick socks and a beanie.
I've been shopping at charity stores a lot, I can't believe how cheap cashmere and wool jumpers are here! I've bought so many for next to nothing, too many actually, so am going to re-open my blog shop soon to sell off some of my excess clothes.
I've been running a lot lately, it feels good to be outside. 
I've also been laughing at how tiny my runners look beside my housemate's wellies.
 I've been burning my Diptyque Feu de Bois candle way too much. I bought it just before I left Paris and having previously underestimated the power of well-made (read: expensive) scented candles I am now a convert.
I've also been watching a lot of British television series- hello Spooks and Lead Balloon.
 I've been baking a lot from the Rose Bakery recipe book. Already made the carrot cake, lemon tart and choc chip biscuits and all were a success. Highly recommended!


Wednesday, 9 February 2011

From 10 Magazine, Autumn Winter 2010
Styled by Jacob K.

Hello long sheer skirts, floral prints that look like they are decaying, wooly jumpers, layered socks and sneakers. I cannot wait for the weather to warm up so I can wear jumpers without a coat and four scarves tied around my head.

I bought some second-hand Adidas shell toe trainers on etsy yesterday after having them in my favourites for far too long.
I think the final tipping point was this fabulous post by Miss Woo.
I had a very similar pair in baby blue when I was around 14, and  really really wish I still had them.
Lately I've been longing for way too many items I wore in my early teens, maybe because I've been thrust into the post-study 'adult' world but whatever the reason I am ok with it, there is great comfort in revisiting forgotten favourites.

up and down

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Painting by Edouard Vuillard, Kate Moss (and her brother) in W Magazine, Painting by Edouard Vuillard, Steve Buscemi as Le touriste in Paris Je T'aime, young Kirsten Dunst, Comme des Garcons styled by Lucy Ewing, Image styled by Nancy Rhode, Kirsten Dunst & Jason Schwartzman, Painting by Edouard Vuillard

My mood since moving has been rather up and down. I have so much to be grateful for, and I really love living here, but it is difficult transitioning from full-time study to work. I've never been unemployed and have always either had a part-time job or study lined up, so it is strange having so much time and no committments. It's been lovely too, being able to catch up on reading, running in the park everyday, baking lots, watching films and tv shows, and exploring my new home. Looking for a job in my 'field' is hard at the best of times, and I knew it would be a struggle for a while, but regardless of what my rational mind tells me it is scary trying to crack into the real world.

ebay x chloe take 4

Sunday, 6 February 2011

1. A.P.C scarf from Ebay, Vintage skirt and boots from Etsy
2. A.P.C scarf, Burberry trench, Adidas Gazelle trainers all from Ebay, Gillian Kyle tote
3. Adidas scarf, Barbour coat, Cos trousers all from Ebay, Adidas trainers from Etsy
4. Vintage scarf from Etsy, Maxmara jumper, A.P.C leather bag, Vintage hiking boots from Ebay

It's pretty clear that I'm really into trainers, hiking boots, scarves and baggy layers at the moment.

michelle phillips

Michelle Phillips looking very Kate Bosworth in the first photo
Crazy to think these are from 40-50 years ago


Friday, 4 February 2011

High Camp
W Magazine, November 1997
Shot by Bruce Weber
Featuring Kate Moss and Stella Mccartney

I miss summer holidays spent running around barefoot, wearing grubby old t-shirts that smell of sunscreen with caps covering damp hair, drinking home made ginger beer and eating fish and chips on the beach. I'm really looking forward to the weather warming up so I can head off on weekend trips and go camping in the highlands and on isolated Scottish beaches.

And with that said, I think one of the reasons why I love this editorial so much (which by the way is much, much longer than what I have posted..check out the whole thing here) is that the focus is on mood and atmosphere, rather than 'fashion'. Because to me, seeing a model pouting in some abstract pose wearing ridiculously expensive clothing might look aesthetically pleasing but...so what? 
That is as far as it goes. I'd much rather see some life, some emotion, something more than glamour and sparkle.
Something that inspires not just my clothing choices but also my imagination.


Wednesday, 2 February 2011


1. The perfect combination - well-worn double denim, sneakers and a cat from Backyard Bill
2 + 4. Lovely mismatched, casual, comfy outfits from Dailycodi.com (found via Vliin)
3. I want that blanket (and sandals, and jumper for that matter) - Margaret Howell S/S 11
5. Genius felt cap via Backyard Bill

It's grey and rainy in Glasgow this week, but I've enjoyed the change. This morning I went running through the park behind my apartment in the rain and it was exhiliarating, highly recommended. I also booked myself in for a much needed haircut tomorrow. I always get nervous going to a new hairdresser, will see how it goes. This week I also went to see Black Swan and 127 hours, both of which I have mixed feelings about but overall were worth seeing, in all their disturbing glory.

Right now though all of this seems very trivial, and all I can think about is Cyclone Yasi, which is ripping through already flood-devastated areas of Queensland. I've been checking news updates all afternoon, and came across an interesting article on The Guardian website here which asks if this will finally motivate Australian leaders to take a proactive stance when it comes to climate change. I don't want to rant too much here, but I really hope that these terrifying messages from Mother Nature are heard by those in power and that minimal damage is caused.



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