Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Birds from heaven

" The artist represents those regions of nature which few can investigate: the riches of the earth, the order of the heavens, and the treasures of the deep" - John West, 1848

I have been reading John West's address to the crowd at the Mechanic's Institute Exhibition in Tasmania in 1848. He was arguing for the importance of art in the Colonies. His words really resonated with me. I love the importance he places on the imagination of the artist, a concept not often discussed at the time.

After lunch and photo booth magic Ian and I went to the Australian Museum (a natural history museum) to see the Birds of Paradise exhibition. I love taxidermy- particularly those in 'natural' postures - I have always found them strange and wonderful. It is such an odd morbid Victorian practice. Legend has it that on receiving specimens of birds of paradise, British naturalists believed these birds had come down from heaven. The bird's legs had been removed during the process of preservation. This, together with their incredible plumage, caused the naturalists to think these birds flew down from Heaven and had no need to land on Earth.

The ways these birds and their plumes were used by the local tribes of Papua New Guinea, by taxidermists, naturalists, botanical illustrators, traders and hat makers embodies West's sentiments. These people were true artists, taking inspiration from nature and transforming it with imagination.

After the exhibition I snuck up-stairs to visit my beloved black swans. i will have to do a post sometime about this blog name. :)
Outfit Details
Dress - Stella vintage in NYC
tights - tightsplease.com
boots - Nu and Nan
cardigan - Review
bag - Glebe markets

Monday, June 27, 2011

You'll be inferior to no one

On the weekend Ian and I ventured into the city to celebrate Kerryn's birthday (happy birthday my dear!). We had delicious yum cha with the most amazing brightly coloured jelly. Kerryn was also a total champ, managing to wave down vegetarian options for me.
After lunch we went to the Capitol Centre and attempted to win the record for most people in a Japanese photo booth (evidence below). I'm impressed our photo decorators managed to fit anything in without obscuring faces!

The lovely Georgia and me - inferior to no one - the magic of the photo booth!
The man from behind the camera. Ian gets in the Kawaii spirit - before the disdainful photo booth attendant told us no photos allowed, oops!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Winter Solstice

Finally we have met the shortest day of the year, so now each afternoon there will be a *little* more light -each day a little brighter! In the last few moments of glorious sun yesterday, Ian and I ventured out into the cold for a few photos. This is an outfit I wear frequently, so it is a bit odd that it hadn't made it to the blog till now. This skirt and jumper are both pieces I bought on a whim, but that have remained in high rotation in my wardrobe. They were not expensive and when I bought them I really didn't think they would be very special. But I end up wearing them almost once a week! It always seems to be the unexpected things that end up being major staples in my wardrobe, and not the things I spend a tonne of money on, or desperately covet. What about you? Can you predict whether something will become a treasured favorite before you take it home?

Thank you for all your well wishes on my last post, I am feeling much better and my knitting has progressed in leaps and bounds!

Outfit Details:
Jumper - thrifted in Berlin
Scarf - gift from my parents
Skirt - thrifted
tights - ?
Shoes - Gentle Soul

Thursday, June 16, 2011

cold in the cold

I've been a bit under the weather this week (which seems appropriate, given the forecast). Apart from being a grump it has been pretty good powering through my knitting and drinking endless pots of tea. Here is a glimpse of current project that should be done very soon if I continue at my current rate. Hope you're all having a bright and sunny week!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Misty rain softly falling

On Sunday Ian and I jumped on a ferry to visit some friends. I never get sick of a ferry ride on the harbour, even in miserable weather. This is my 'try-to-smile-while-being-rained-on' face. I am like a cat, I don't like getting wet.
Outfit details
dress - etsy
cardi - SES
scarf - gift
Coat - Vintage Fair
boots - Nu and Nan
umbrella - vintage from a little place in the Southern Highlands. It is a bit stained, which doesn't really bother me, but if anyone has tips for getting stains out of umbrella fabric - I am all ears!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Clarinet and kitty cat

This is what I wore to perform in an eisteddfod with my band this week. I rarely wear all black anymore, but I used to! Almost everything I owned in high school was black.
We wandered down the garden path, and under the over-grown hedge...

 And met Mr.Josh!
My favorite neighbour. He likes to visit for pats and cuddles.
 Such a sweet fluff ball.
 Outfit details:
dress - borrowed from mum's wardrobe (thanks mum!)
belt - thrifted
tights - tights please
slip (so nicely displayed by my cat-holding below) - skimpy Supre dress
hair bow - one of Ian's bow ties

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Winter woolies

Yesterday we tried to take advantage of those last precious hours of daylight with a walk down to the bay (when do the days start getting longer again??). It was such a lovely crisp evening.

This is one version of on my go-to outfit for winter: boots, wool tights, wool skirt, layers on top and a scarf. This cardigan is one I bought from the anglicare depot, and probably cost $1-2? It originally had massive shoulder pads and was lemon yellow. I ditched the padding, took in the excess shoulder-age and dyed it. It was the first time I have dyed wool. I was so impressed by how well it took up the colour. I wasn't really going for such a bright orange (the pack said mustard!), so I might have another go and try to darken it a little.

Outfit Details:
Scarf - girl from my folks
Top - Supre
cardi - thrifted
skirt - thrifted
tights - yellow (underneath) Sportsgirl, white (on top) Forever New
Boots - Nu and Nan

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Picnic with a birthday boy

This weekend was Ian's birthday. We got up to a beautiful sunny morning (after a week of rain), filled a thermos with hot chocolate and went for a walk around the South head of Sydney Harbour. We sat looking out with the ocean on our right, the harbour and the city on the left - it was pretty magical. The cliff line is littered with 19thC gunners' barracks and trenches. The cannons have almost all been removed, so all that is left are large circular shapes chipped out of the rock. I also love the candy-stripe paint job on the old lighthouse. Those Victorians really knew how to decorate!

I wore a new (to me) dress that I won through a giveaway from Calivintage and Bohemian Bisoux Vinatge . I was totally thrilled to be able to pick two gorgeous dresses. This one is made of a wonderful robust linen and has amazing pineapple-shaped buttons! I had a go at Erin's famous jumping shot - but I think I'll leave this one to the expert, she is far more graceful!
Ian had a go as well (complete with birthday boy badge)!

Outfit details:
Dress - Bohemian Bisoux Vintage on etsy
Shoes - Django and Juliette
Cardigan - SES
Bag - thrifted
Belt - vintage fair

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's a birthday party

Last weekend I went out into the city to celebrate my friend Kira's birthday.We have a running joke that we have known each other since before we were born (our parents were friends before we existed). It was such a lovely night, catching up and dancing. I can't remember the last time I went out to a club in the city and actually enjoyed it!

We also happened upon the Vivid Festival - a spectacular city-wide light show. They had some incredible light projections on Custom's House. I even made you guys a little video!

I wore this dress and tried an early '60s look with my hair/make-up. I did a sort of modest beehive (I'm not sure I have enough length to go super crazy!).