Thursday, March 31, 2011


Our wee apartment is almost packed (we are surrounded by boxes), and tomorrow we get the keys to our new place - whoop whoop! All going according to plan we should be happily ensconced at number 721 by Saturday evening. So with a bit of luck (not to mention a lot of technical knowhow), I'll be back with what:nots sometime Sunday. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
ps: thanks ever so much for all your sweet comments - bloggers are the nicest of nice!
Image of the Merci car from Hoosta Magazine.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Thank you so much for your sweet comments - they very much helped, and today is indeed a new day. Springlike sunlight is starting to appear, and with it the promise of warmer days ahead. 
Image by *Cinnamon.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hmmm... has gone from bad to worse...yet another middle school encounter where we're told one of the following "we have no space; we think you should try another school; we feel they won't fit in" and so it to riding and a chance to forget for a while. Unfortunately, 'twas not to riding has gone from bad to appalling...returned home very close to tears. Not sure if it's the school thing or the riding...or perhaps both. Deep breath...maybe we should throw it in and travel for a year (R's suggestion). Isn't that running away? I don't know. Silly really. Tomorrow's a new day...
Image from Theresa L's Pinterest.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Weekly what:nots...

I hope you're weekend is pottering along at a nice pace. After a lazy start, followed by R's pancakes, yesterday progressed at a perfectly suitable pace for a Saturday. In fact, the past week pretty much progressed at a similar pace which was rather nice. In amongst the boys' almost back-to-back viewing of the Harry Potter series (!?), we took in Inside Job - fascinating viewing. And today's rather slow start, coupled with intermittent continuous downpours means it looks just as likely to progress as the past week has - perfect really. I hope the last week was just as nice for you. Thanks for stopping by - here's a muddly what:nots.
In awe of this photograph - it looks like a painting.

Hina Aoyama's exquisite paper cuts - made using scissors!

Highly covetable pieces from Heath Ceramics.

Phoebe Philo's chic jumpsuit - stylish, flattering, and oh so comfortable looking!

Scales of Economy by Sara Hughes.

Mad et Len's artisan candles are made by hand and come in scents of ginger, black pepper + clove. They also produce a range of scented furniture waxes.

A very nice tote from Rochas spring 2011 rtw.

And Tortoise Loves Donkeys' tiny tiny terrarium.

Oh and just because it's a quiet kinda day
There are Many of Us from Aska & The Lost Trees.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

June bug skipping like a stone...

...a little bit of the Smashing Pumpkins to start the weekend - back a bit later with what:nots.
Clip from You Tube.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Galerie Vie...

As with most of the world our thoughts are with Japan - the devastation is so difficult to comprehend. An extraordinarily beautiful country of many contrasts - cutting edge technology, mixed with ancient traditions, not to mention their wonderfully avant-garde street fashion! - Japan's sparse design ethos is not only practical, it is truly elegant. Testament to this is Galerie Vie's Spring 2011 catalogue which is full of beautifully simple objects.
For ways to help Japan hop on over here.
Images from Galerie Vie (first discovered via Claire Vivier - one of her bags feature on page 15).

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


This image perfectly sums up my mood these past few days... 
Image from That Kind of Woman.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Weekly what:nots...

Here we are Saturday evening, another week full of highs and lows has past. R arrived home from his adventures, we made the most of the spring sunshine, wandered the 'hood with the boys, and now the rains have returned and all is quiet. I hope your week was a nice one - thanks for stopping by.
Love this image by Frederico Erra (found via petits papiers).

Gerda Leenard's misty cloud-wrapped landscapes.

A sweetly-elegant grey dress from Michelle's pinterest board.

Handmade virgin chocolate in lovely packaging from Raaka.

A favourite quote from the very wise Henry Thoreau's Walden.

Jerome Lagarrigue's stunning oil Anne Claire #5. In fact, all Jerome's oils are stunning.

Soft grey clutch from Reed Krakoff.

And a memory from years gone by - The Clash - London Calling.

Have a lovely Sunday!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A question...

I'm interested - which colour would you choose? Brown, metallic white, black or forest? I'd love to know...
Images from Latico.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

On a wet, grey day...

...a pretty little clip, with a lovely song, to brighten things up (thanks to Denise for the link).
Clip from You Tube.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday, monday...

I hope your week is off to a good start - after oversleeping by an hour (major alarm failure!) I'm almost back on track...almost. So in an attempt to soothe my frayed nerves I've been poking about online art galleries, and found these wonderful pieces by Natchez Hudson. They're part of his  Zero Sum show on at Bowen Galleries - to see more hop on over here.

Images from Natchez Hudson.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Weekly what:nots...

Ever so slowly signs of spring are appearing - bulbs popping up, the occasional tree in blossom, increasing birdsong, fleeting sunshine, and of course lots of spring rain. The past week has been a funny old one (kind of slouchy and ponderous), but I did sneak out to Toro Bravo (yum) with a friend, plus rode twice which is always a good thing. I hope your week was a good one and that your weekend is going along nicely.
Comfortable yet chic clothes from Roseanna.

The PS1 wallet from Proenza Schouler.

Fab photo of Audrey Hepburn found here.

Silva Bradshaw's Leva ring.

Peace Bomb bracelets from Article 22. You can read more about them here.

Simon Ogden's lino-collages created with found objects.

A reflective observation from New Zealand writer Peter Hooper.

Dear June's oversized 100% cotton scarves - lovely.

And a really lovely movie - Brick Lane - a contemporary story of love, cultural difference, and ultimately the strength of the human spirit.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I am enough...

Bene Brown's TED talk asks how do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfectionsPoignant, funny and affirming - it's well worth watching!
Clip from TED (found via Denise's Twitter - thanks Denise).

Running the numbers...

Pain Killers 2007

In his exhibition Running the Numbers, Seattle photographer Chris Jordan looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. With each image portraying a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminium cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) Running the Numbers provides a starkly sobering view of modern consumerism. Hop on over here for more details and the ability to zoom into each image. 

 Plastic Bags 2007

Images from Chris Jordan (discovered via the lovely Kimia of alkeemi).

Monday, March 7, 2011

A shot of colour...

...and a billowy silhouette on a somewhat grey Portland day.
For more of the same have a peep at Jil Sander's Spring 2011 collection.
Image from

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Weekly what:nots...

Here we are on a very foggy Sunday. The blur of the past week was punctuated by exciting news - we have found a new place to live! Whoop whoop. In a little over three weeks we will be moving from a 'compact' apartment to a ginormous house, complete with backyard. I am seriously considering equipping R and the boys with personal locator beacons or walkie-talkies. And as I type all the things we've had in storage in New Zealand are wending their way across the high seas to Portland. Ridiculously exciting. As for the weekend - R arrived home from TED on Friday full of inspiring tales, we dined out at Castagna (the carrots with crunchy malt and walnut ice cream were yum-diddly-scrumptious), yesterday was a blur of Saturday-ness culminating in the viewing of Waiting for Superman - a blatantly raw and troubling documentary on schools in the US - well worth watching. And here we are - the weekend has almost gone. With R leaving this afternoon (for Morocco!) the boys and I shall once again be three. But we shall be busying ourselves in preparation for the big move and the usual this-n that. I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and that week ahead is full of goodness.
Silvery black and white from the blog The Killing Moon, the name of which reminds me of this song.

Grant Hamilton's polaroids (via Kate Spade).

Delicate porcelain pieces by Lilith Rockett.

There's nothing like a handwritten letter, especially one with a wax seal.

Country Road's winter 2011 range.

Carla Caruso's circle ring.

Wonderfully sculptural clutches by Forms.

And Sofia Coppola from Nylon Dec/Jan 2011.

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