Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekly what:nots...

Hello Monday morning! How was your weekend? Ours disappeared in a whirl of this'n that. I snuck out Friday night for scrummy pizza and prosecco with a few friends, and on Saturday we dined en famille at our favourite local Cafe Mingo - yum! And now it's Monday morning and it's the usual round of sorting out, tidying up, and organising that is increasingly needed after having three boys home for several days. I hope you had a lovely weekend and that all is well in your neck of the woods - here's a belated what:nots from last week.
Striking black and white image by Clement Louis.

A wonderfully simple antique kite painting from India.

Apple & Bee's embroidered clutch.

Beautifully deconstructed silk top by Zambesi.

J Crew's silk driving scarf - the colours + pattern are perfect.
Possibly some of the yummiest chocolate ever. Not to mention the fab packaging...

And a lovely quote from Emerson, found here.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The KIng's Speech...

Have you seen The King's Speech yet? If not I highly recommend it. Deftly acted - Geoffrey Rush is brilliant, as are Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter - it's a superb film. And I love that Jennifer Ehle (aka Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC's Pride and Prejudice) pops up as Lionel Logue's wife.
Image from Flicks and Bits.


I love this description of Taiaamai from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. From what I can gather Taiaamai (or Taiamai) is the original Maori name for part or all of New Zealand's Bay of Islands. Either way it's a pretty amazing part of New Zealand, and this sign sums it up perfectly!
Image by me.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In spring one plants alone...

On my to see list is Vincent Ward's latest film which documents the story of Puhi, an aged Maori woman and Niki, her dependant son. Here's a wee synopsis - The world they occupy in not a world of large events but the rituals of everyday life, traditions and interdependence. Filmed over a period of one and a half years, it emerges as a rare, haunting and powerful portrayal of their life together. This is the story of their rituals and of their survival. The small and disconnected instances that we encounter form a lone vision of the rifts and the bond between an old woman and her disturbed son. 
Image and synopsis from Vincent Ward Films.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Love this song by Rachael Yamagata. I hope your week is skipping along nicely...
Clip from You Tube.

This + that...

I'm thinking this Zambesi tank could go with these Day Birger et Mikkelsen pants...

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Woohoo the first what:nots for 2011...albeit later than planned! How was your week? I hope it was just dandy. We are slowly getting back into our routine after our Christmas hols, R arrived home yesterday from a week in China, school applications are underway, we've started looking for new digs in Portland (exciting), I'm back to riding, and February is looming over the horizon! I hope your new year is off to a stellar start - thank you so much for stopping by - your comments always make my day :) Here's a New Zealand themed what:nots...
Loving the 80's look her hair.
The Natalie sandal by Kathryn Wilson.

The words on this Colin McCahon.

Tania Tupu's resin pendants.
Esther Diamond tea towels featuring NZ artists.
Simple packaging (and yummy honey) from J.Friend & Co.
The Kiwi Diary - full of art, recipes, poems, and local facts.
The Fredrica Dress by Kate Sylvester.

And Atamira a perfectly curated shop of New Zealand goodness. Hop over here and have a peek.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Time lost and found...

My meandering through blog-land this morning I came across this post which led me to this article. Wise words indeed. Thank you Denise.
Image from tumblr.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


...the cropped bob with slight wave, plus the colours in the bag.
Image from YSL.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mango wood or yellow...

Loving these little 'fat birdy' brooches from Elk. I just can't decide which one I prefer... And rather than wearing them I'm thinking the pair would look rather good on the wall...
Image from Elk.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Back home...

The boys and I arrived back home a day or so ago and despite the jet-lag, and the rain, it's lovely to be back. I hope your week is pottering along - thank you for hanging in there while I've been away - things will be back on track here starting tomorrow - promise. And I've booked in a big chunk of time to catch up on my much-neglected blog reading!
Image taken from our stay at Kahu i te Rangi in Raglan, New Zealand - sublime.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year...

Happy New Year! I hope the new year is off to a good start in your neck of the woods. We are leaving our little piece of paradise early tomorrow and heading to Raglan for a few days, then we're off over to meet up with my family for a week by the Lake. I have been collecting bits and bobs to post and promise to be back into the swing of things in just over a week - see you then!
ps: I know the snow is a little incongruous with the beach image - but I thought I'd keep it for just a wee bit longer.
Image taken at Takou Bay, Northland - only accessible by boat and completely deserted - bliss!
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