Dec 30, 2013

PEAK



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. 



Ana Kras




Dec 24, 2013

BABY




Today is my best friend's birthday...Happy Birthday baby.


Damien Hirst




Dec 23, 2013

PALE



A soft palette against black and white is 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




SURF's Up



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

in Light


Sometimes it's surprising the things you find.


Duane Michals 1967
Ellsworth Kelly
Bernadette Pascua of Decade Diary






Dec 13, 2013

Jeune & jolie



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

Marine Vacth
Rene Ricard





Dec 8, 2013

CUT UNDONE



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. 




ROLLING OUT



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.





Nov 24, 2013

RETURN



Move, it's the only way and it's just the beginning. 




Paris Vogue
Decade Diary



Nov 17, 2013

NOTES



Sitting at a café, hair tucked under sweater, observing, waiting for things to change. Wearing the same clothes, your uniform of sorts, you will them to and then wonder why. People rush past, their energy falls on numbness, boring into eyelids half open. Absorbed, you imagine painting without really knowing how, running down to the riptide and being taken away to the dark side. To appease the senses you think up notes of Elderberry, Peach and Plum; Peony, Violet and Leather; Rum, Labdanum, Vanilla, Sandalwood and Moss. A state of lovely melancholic nothing, this is November.


Lucien Smith, Coffee and Cigarettes Table for Two
Bast magazine, Eva L by Gitte Post
Lina Scheynius
Vance Joy, Riptide
Byredo Parfum





Nov 10, 2013

FORM OF GREEN



Sage. Moss. Seafoam. Pistachio. Mint. Cabbage white. The home - our most intimate space. Return to nature.


Rika magazine, Kelsey Van Mook by Annemarieke Van Drimmelen
Rene Ricard



Oct 13, 2013

IT'S A FALL WEEKEND


There's a definite chill in the air. It's cold. The trees are multi-coloured yellow through to red. It's nice when the change settles in and you can enjoy the comforts of a new season. Lighting candles, cosy coats, hot tea, a scarf, new magazines and a whole lotta series. At the moment I'm on the hunt for Rika Magazine. I wish I had a 'kakelugn' in my apartment, that really would be something. 





Sep 21, 2013

ANTICIPATED



Today I got my first Isabel Marant coat, the Delphe Herringbone, courtesy of my mum who's visiting. It's all man - oversized and furry and I love it. Now there's just the bag, the shoes and rest of the wardrobe to update but it's not at all a bad start. Next week we're headed to Tuscany for my friend's wedding and by the time we're back Gentlewoman will be out. Also pretty excited about Benah for Karen Walker but will have to wait until spring for that one, Jerome Dreyfuss' Billy Black Viper, Acne Alma boots, Dieppa Restrepo Walt Loafer, Laura Lee's chains, Kerber's sale and Dale Frank's work.





Aug 11, 2013

WEDDINGS & FUNERALS


This summer has been a good one. So good it's as though we're in a place much closer to the equator. Weekends have been packed with social gatherings and it's often taken most of the week to return to normalcy. This weekend somewhat resembled the film "Four Weddings and a Funeral" only it was just one wedding and a funeral. Yesterday a dear friend of mine tied the knot on a boat in Stockholm's skärgård or archipelago. The reception was at Rosendals Trädgård where they serve organic locally produced food. The sun was setting through the apple trees and wild flower fields, there were party lights and coloured flags themed with travel. It was so romantic, I can't describe it and do it justice. These things have a way of setting your priorities straight. It's a clichè but it reminded me that there's more to life than work, there are adventures to be had and you have to go after them.





Aug 10, 2013

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN



Indeed they are, but did they ever really go away? The boys I mean. I grew up an esteemed princess amid two brothers, and while in my pearls still managed to keep up. The older I get, the more I shy away from excess and the instant attraction of the shiney and the pretty, the more simplicity holds substance and the more appeal being a tomboy has. Comfort is key and subtlety important. The statement is in the cut, the quality, the details and with such a basic approach a personal touch is defining -  a chain, a pair of silver hoops, a series of bracelets - it all means something. 


Vogue UK September 2013, Miranda Kerr by Alasdair McLellan
Vogue UK cover, Daria Werbowy by Patrick Demarchelier