Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I Can't Wait to See…

… all the buildings in New York!

All the buildings in New York by James Gulliver Hancock.

This has to be one of my favourite buildings in New York (though I haven't actually been there … yet!)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Photography Lessons

Mr Meet-Cute has become obsessed lately with buying old cameras online, and I really want to learn more about photography, so he has been teaching me all about F stops, shutter speeds, and getting that needle thingy you see through the lens to line up in the middle. These photos are the results of one of our 'photography class' excursions, taken on a gloomy Winter afternoon at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens using a 1970s era Praktica camera.

I got a bit snap-happy and finished my roll of film within 20 minutes! Luckily we also had a digital camera with us - no film required for that.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Got a Magazine Crush

Got A Girl Crush has introduced me to so many talented ladies, and I've just discovered a whole bunch more after perusing their brand new magazine. I just ordered a hardcopy which is going to take 3-4 weeks to arrive in my mailbox in Aussie, so I have already read most of it by downloading the free pdf - you can do this too, or order a lovely printed edition right here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Few More Film Gems

I really enjoyed reading this guest post by Danica, from Oh Hello There for See Hear Say. In Danica's words "Few things are better than receiving a recommendation for a good film", and after reading this well thought out post about little known film gems, I couldn't help thinking of my own recommendations to share.

Each film has a link to it's trailer, so click on through if you'd like more of a taste of these gems!

THE CLASSIC // Eighties movies count as classics, right?

Okay, so my love of eighties teen flicks is no secret, but the original Fame (1980) is not your average teen movie. Following the lives of a group of students through three years of study at New York's High School of Performing Arts, Fame shows what may now be cliché or cheesy in an original, heartfelt way. Plus, eighties New York looks like an amazing place for leg warmer clad, singing, dancing teens.

A FOREIGN FILM + A COMEDY // A classy french take on the rom-com

An updated Breakfast at Tiffany's, Hors de Prix (Priceless) (2006) stars Audrey Tautou as career gold digger Irène, with sad eyed Gad Elmaleh as the penniless bartender she accidentally gets involved with, before he learns a thing or two about playing the young gigolo himself. Despite the morally questionable storyline, both leads are so perfectly charming, and the luxury trappings of champagne, designer clothes and deluxe French Riviera hotels are so captivating that you just won't be able to help enjoying this film - promise!

THE DOCUMENTARY // So much more than a 'fashion film'

I have a bit of a thing for frail old men… Er, that sounds a bit wrong, but there's just something that breaks your heart about those oldtimers, and Bill Cunningham: New York (2010) stars the most heartbreaking of them all! This film was marketed as the new The September Issue, so when I saw it I was expecting it to be about fashion. I was not expecting to be so inspired and moved by Bill Cunningham, who at 80 plus years is still on top of his game as a street photographer for the New York Times.

THE FOREIGN FILM // Spanish melodrama at it's best

Pedro Almodóvar's prolific output of films similarly feature complex narratives with strong women, LBGT themes, and boldly colourful locations. All About My Mother (1999) is perhaps his most successful film, and features one of his long time collaborators, a young Penelope Cruz as a tragic young nun who is pregnant, and Cecilia Roth as a grieving mother. Full of unexpected twists and turns, this film will keep you entertained right until the very end.

THE INDIE FILM // Acerbic and funny, bickering in Paris

Written, produced and directed by Julie Delpy, 2 Days in Paris (2007) stars Delpy and Adam Goldberg as Marion and Jack, a couple at the tail end of a european vacation spending their last two days visiting Delpy's parents - played by Delpy's real life parents - in Paris. Rather than revelling in the 'city of love' this dialogue heavy film has the couple arguing as Jack gets increasingly more agitated by the number of Marion's ex boyfriends they run into, while Marion tirades in furious french at bigoted cab drivers and former acquaintances, adding to non-french speaking Jack's paranoia. Despite the neurotic chaos both Delpy and Goldberg are so charismatic and witty, that every scene is a hilarious delight.

THE COMEDY // British political satire

British film In The Loop (2007) is comedy at it's blackest. Loosely based on the backstage machinations during the lead-up to the war in the middle east, this serious subject is given an absurd comic treatment by the ruthless politicians and media spin doctors who populate the film. The fast paced dialogue and extreme swearing, which includes the most genius put-downs you'll ever hear, make this an absolute must-see comedy.

Do you have your own must-see film recommendations? I would love to hear them!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wardrobe Fix

When you realise that you've been throwing on the same thing every day before work (like I have) then it's time for a wardrobe shake up! Unfortunately I can't afford one of everything from twenty-seven names Still Waters Run Deep range, but I will take some fashion inspiration from their cute culottes, skirts, and shirts combinations.

From top: 
Tabitha Culottes // Beatrix Lace Dress // Georgia Lace Shirt // Heartbreaker Culottes // Lily Pleat Skirt

Friday, August 19, 2011

Happy Friday Photos

These are some instagram pics I snapped in the grey drizzle this Melbourne morning. That sign above sure made me chuckle. Yay for Friday Lols!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Disney Dreams

Disneyland photos by Autumn De Wilde (top three), Anja Louise Verdugo (bottom three) and Unknown (right).

Juicebox Spycam

I really want to practice my photography 'skillz'. I have so much respect for people who take beautiful photographs - they make it look so easy, but I know it's not! However I can get a bit awkward pulling out a huge 'in your face' camera… which is why I want one of these cleverly disguised drink box cameras. Perfect for snapping sneaky photos when you're out and about! To take a photo you just press down the straw - a feature which makes them EVEN CUTER!

These are available through Four Corner Store, where you can also get chocolate bar and lego cameras - what!?!

p.s. There is a good post on taking photos in public here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I'm still a sucker for any kind of macramé, like these beaut examples from Stämpel. Andrea Shaw creates these hand knotted teacup sized hangers, and a range of stunning original pieces made from found and upcycled materials. See more here!
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