Mar 6, 2014
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Feb 21, 2014
Dreaming of this (Tulum, Santorini, Corsica...you name it) while looking at the Shashi bracelets and white Birkenstocks I want for summer. I asked a client who works in fashion as a trend forecaster/writer/designer what the colour trends for spring/summer would be and she said white is the main one, blush tones and all blues preferably with a green undertone. Apparently the ocean is a big inspiration, even more than usual, so it's safe to say this coming season will agree with me then. Almost every room in our apartment has blue in some form...it's beginning to be a problem.
Romy Schneider sunbathing, ca.1960
Feb 16, 2014
"Dressing well is a kind of good manners, if you ask me. When you're standing in a room, your effect is the same as a chair's effect, or a sculpture's. You're part of someone's view, you're part of that world, and so you should dress well, I find it's a show of respect to try to put on your best face and look as good as you can." - Tom Ford
Dagmar's Basic Instinct Collection
Feb 14, 2014
Tales of Endearment
Feb 13, 2014
Feb 8, 2014
It's a rainy Friday afternoon, starting to get dark and all I want to do is curl up on the couch with my Porter magazine. I love 'The Edit' and now they have a print version packed full of content, and I do mean actual editorial content, not ads. It seems the need for real magazines is finally being met with recent new-comers and I think Porter- with all its features and eye candy - is an eclectic mix, and mark my words you will be informed. It's not Gentlewoman but hey, I'm on board and so far liking this Porter woman.
This quote from Alber Elbaz stayed with me because I often strive for perfection but then when something is perfect I just can't stand it, I have to mess it up.
"Perfect is the end. Perfection is what scares me. When you see photos of those perfect ladies, you realize it is as far away from perfect as you can imagine. Perfect people, perfect scenarios, perfect moments, perfect clothes, for me, are boring. I like imperfections; I like the tension."
Porter magazine by Net-a-Porter
Jan 19, 2014
This year, I suppose like every year holds new hope, the hope of something exciting happening. If there's anything that holidays do well, apart from give you a break, it's give you distance enough to see what really matters - what you do and don't need and what you want. Or in less words, clarity. Holidays give you clarity. This year I 'll be finding my place, wherever that might be whilst planning my next trip away. I agree with Kate...
"My mum used to say to me, 'You can't have fun all the time' and I used to say...'Why not?' Why the fuck can't I have fun all the time?" Kate Moss.
Rosie Tapner by Boo George, UK Vogue
Jan 2, 2014
You couldn't get better perspective on things than from abroad, living a routine that includes getting up and going to the beach first thing in the morning. The list that will inevitably be made about the new year's promises, goals and whatever else is in progress, though I think it'll be more like a five year plan, my first ever. Five year plans have always come across as a bit pretentious but at the moment it seems almost necessary when we live between two countries. It's pretty impossible to predict what will happen, and I wouldn't want to because where's the fun in that, but you can at least do a rough outline.
Tomorrow is our last day here. Salty sea breeze, pelicans and seagulls, balmy nights and lychees. A youthquake at new years, surfing, live music and sandcastles. Charred trees against the blues and greens of the cove below, bathed in the gold of the sun. I could stay here forever. Salty earth will you have me forever. You don't know a good thing till it's gone.
Jacquelyn Jablonski by Emma Tempest Vogue Russia
Dec 30, 2013
The bustle of Hastings, an open beach, the rainforest and the rumble of a storm on the horizon. The run to water over hot sand, the sting of sea lice, the burn of the sun and the flick of a fish's tail. Gentle waves and patches of seaweed, fresh seafood on the boardwalk by day and ice-cream by night. Sand between your toes, books to read and walks around the cove. There's something magical about this time of year- the humidity's high, the ocean iridescent, people congregate and fairy lights line the trees on the street. It's peak season and there's nothing like it.
Dec 24, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
A soft palette against black and white are en route for next summer but I'm already feeling it now - the romance of it all...sigh. And I wonder if it gets any better than mainline Marant...probably not.
Illustrations by Bernadette Pascua of Decade Diary, whose work I love, obviously.
Isabel Marant, Style.com
The beach culture runs strong here, even in the city, and it's amazing how much you forget when you've been away from it long enough. Culture shock doesn't happen every day or at least it's not something you'd expect to experience from your own culture. An overload on the senses, familiar yet unfamiliar, it's no different than the last visit but then there's nothing that's unchanged. The smell of jasmine and the sight of mangoes growing on the street, frangipanis and palm trees line the weatherboard houses- spiders webs spun between most things- the lorikeets screech and there's a hum of crickets, cicadas and a clicking of geckos. The sun beats down on the concrete with a radiating heat that lasts long after the sun goes down. There are new buildings, roads and stores, faster internet and the promise of cafés around the corner, but the sky is still Queensland blue and the gums are still dusty red. It's got it's own charm.
Freja Beha Erichsen by Cass Bird, Shore Leave, UK Vogue
Decade Diary by Bernadette Pascua
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 13, 2013
And it has been one hell of a year. I have worn the seasons under my sleeves, on my thighs, running down my cheeks. This is what surviving looks like, my dear.
-Michelle K, It Has Been One Hell of a Year
Dec 8, 2013
Got my hair done last Sunday and I kind of love it. Blunt cut, rounded off, highlights with bangs growing out and a bit undone.
We're about to leave Stockholm for Australia and that means planning, packing and last minute to do lists. What to pack and what to wear is going to be one of them. It appears Joan Didion is having a moment. Some of my favourite sites wrote about her this week and I feel, why not jump on board. Apparently Joan had a foolproof list of things to pack when she was travelling back in her reporting days, which I'm only just learning about now. Better late than never I suppose but I'll admit I was almost excited to realise that I share a love of list-making with Joan, because well, she's a great writer so then I must be a great writer too, right? Yep that's exactly how it works - a girl can dream.
Travelling light with just the right amount of everything is not something I've ever been able to do. It's the goal yes, but it's never happened. There's this state of mind I seem to fall into where the question, "What if?" does the rounds and eventually influences what stays and goes. More things usually end up going. You would think that lists are based on fact, and I'd say Joan's probably was, but generally I think list-making is a trait of the idealist. Packing lists require a certain amount of reality, as in you need to pack what you have, so this year I might actually end up packing light, by default, since my wardrobe is now suited to the northern hemisphere. Though as Hannah said, the excitement of planning is what it's all about. I might read one of Joan's books over the holidays...a summer reading list is the next list on my list.