Tuesday, October 27, 2009

the many sides of the wolf

I've been quite the Patrick Wolf fan for some years now. I jumped on the bandwagon a bit before the Magic Position days, so I still had a bit of history to catch up on.

I honestly can't think of another young musician who inspires such change and diversity of image and style.

Wolf's career is such that you can almost see him evolve musically from child into man.

The lovely Patrick's physical image is as ever changing as his music, altering from album to album.

When Patty first hit the scene he looked a little something like this >>

He was a sweet faced innocent with pale blonde locks and a violin. though, once you listened to the sometimes sinister often disturbing lyrics of his debut album, Lycanthropy, it became apparent that this boy was only innocent in looks. To be truthful, I wouldn't of had it any other way.

After a short break the boy wonder hit us hard with possibly my favourite of his albums, Wind in the Wires. This time Wolf was sporting dark locks which more than suited the dark and haunting themes of his sophomore release. If you haven't heard the track Tristan then I don't think we can be friends...

When it came time for the release of the third studio album Patrick had changed form yet again, all-be it somewhat more dramatically. The Magic Position was and is Wolf's most optimistic and altogether pop album to date. To show this, his hair once again went under the dye. This time it was a bright glorious red. >>

And when it comes to this years release, The Bachelor, things seem to have come full circle, the blonde has reappeared. The darkness has reappeared but he is by no means repeating himself. The constant changes more then ensure that his music and he himself never appear stale or repetitious.

Patrick Wolf is a true original. Something more than a little hard to find these days. His music is infectious, smart and affecting. Everything that he is and everything that he does is worth it's weight in gold. At least in my over stated slightly dramatic opinion. Mr. Wolf is a legend in the making and I for one am glad I'm strapped in for the ride.

Monday, October 26, 2009

i spy with my little credit card

My dress obsession is getting a little out of control these days. I'm honestly not sure how many it is I own now. I'm never at a loss for more that I'd like either.

Thus proved by this fabulous little number (left). It's from a site that I actually discovered through my boyfriends mum. ezibuy.com.au

This site has some pretty lame stuff. Only to be worn if you're over 40 but it also has damn gorgeous threads as well.

And to make it even better a lot of the exceedingly pretty things go on sale quite often.

And I'm not taking lame, 10% off type sales I'm talking like "this jacket was $178.99 down to $40.00. It's insane. Plus this stuff is meant to be great quality too. i.e perfect place to buy staples from - the kind of clothes you're not going to get sick of in 3 months time and will last you for years.

hooray for Internet shopping!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

for the love of literature

Louisa May Allcott's, Little Women. The classic coming of age story about 4 sisters (cliche, cliche, cliche).

Personally, I adore it. It's been one of my favourite books for simply years. I adore the sweetness of it. I adore the virtue. I adore the sheer goodness of all the characters. No one can possibly in this day and age be quite as good as these young girls. Not even the most religious of us.

Every single time I read this epic young adult novel (actually novels since it was originally publishing in 2 volumes...) I fall in love with Laurie, I mourn for dear Beth, I curse Amy and I root for Jo.

This fine book has everything you could possibly want from such an adventure. Friendship, unrequited love, requited love, heart, soul and laughter.

Theodore Laurence is up there with my favourite literary characters of all time. He comes to life on the page and in my mind with such clarity that I can't help feeling as if I know him. Actually I can't help feeling as if I know them all. The book is so familiar it's like an old friend. It's like coming home.

Usually with books I adore the movie adaptations make my head ache with the badness of it all but I have seen two versions of Little Women and they're not at all bad.

The oldest of the two is 1933, Katherine Hepburn film and while I adore Miss Hepburn and she plays Jo beautifully it's still lacking somewhat.

The 1994 Winona Ryder version is excellent. Each actor embodies their character with such devotion and ease that it is actually as if the novel itself has come to life. Clare Danes breaks my heart as Beth as does Christian Bale as Laurie.

I whole heatedly recommend this film to anyone yet to see it but even more so I recommend the novel. It is love and therefore worth every ounce of time and effort.

picnic perfect

dorothyperkins.com really does have some amazing things if you take the time to look. I just found this sunshine pretty dress.
I don't know how anyone could not feel girly and gorgeous in this. I know I'd love to own it. But my aforementioned headphone purchase makes it impossible to spend anymore money.
Still there's no harm in looking...


so pretty.

spending money makes me a little too happy...

I just ordered these and can not wait for them to show up. I've been looking for good headphones FOREVER! yay!!!!
They're Zumreed brand and you can find them on modcloth.com or just buy them on ebay like I did...
Tell me your favourite brand of headphones! my boyfriend has some Sennheiser's and they sound pretty AMAZING.
I was going to get some but these are just sooo much prettier and actually a little cheaper too.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

fun and functional (minus the functional)

My latest fun find on etsy.com is a cute handmade necklace with a picture of a boom box on it but the thing that really drew me to it, making me instantly add it to my ever growing wish-list is the fact that the design is mounted on a scrabble tile. To me, thats just too cute an idea.

And while I know it shouldn't be a selling point I can't help but love the sweet packaging design... Tell me i'm not crazy...

ga ga ga ga ga ga

Ridiculously excited round about now!

Was just on the Spoon website and as it turns out they put up a free download a few weeks ago and I didn't know about it.

But that's all rectified now. The track is an a Capella version of The Ghost of You Lingers. Such a gorgeous song in general and this version is simply incredible.

Spoon would have to be one of my all time favourite bands. Britt Daniels can do no wrong.

If you for some reason haven't heard of Spoon then I don't know whats wrong with you...Get out there and give them a listen. You can hear their stuff on myspace, their official website (www.spoontheband.com), lastfm and numerous other places I'm sure.

I plan on spending the day lapping up the goodness that is Spoon and if you have any sense, you will to.

Happy listening!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

perfection has a price

I plan on being a well worn traveller in my life and in order to do that I'm going to need (obviously I mean 'need' in a loose sense) some fabulous luggage.

The best I've found so far was on, no other then etsy.com

If for some reason you haven't yet heard of etsy, I more then recommend it. It's basically a global network for buying and selling handmade and vintage items. There is an endless supply of awesome stuff. Do check it out.

anyway. The seller with the lovely luggage is GetReadySetGo and their stuff is simply beautiful. I drool every time I look at their page. The only problem is the larger items aren't currently being shipped to Australia. So I suppose I'll have to search on.
If anyone sees something gorgeous please let me know.

Monday, October 12, 2009


I can't deny it. I have quite the thing for canvas bags. They're adorable and oh so customisable. The one i'm currently lusting over can be found on the sweet little site, supermarkethq.com, yet another place I could spend an obscene amount of $$$ if I only I had them.

There is just something so cute about having something be part of what it's not. And canvas bags aren't expensive, fancy or vintage but non the less this is the design printed on this most darling of bags.
I can most definitely see myself traipsing about the place, this bag slung over my shoulder filled with all the things I can't bring myself to leave home without. But for now I'll just look at it's picture and make do with the more then ample supply of canvas bags already in my possession.

Love to all.

lets all meet up in the year 2000

A while ago I came across Pulp's seminal 1995 album, Different Class in limited edition form. I of course was obliged to buy it straight away since in my clear insanity I didn't actually already own the album in any capacity.

Pulp are one of those bands so easy to love but so easy to over look. But over look them I will no longer do. Jarvis Cocker, quite frankly, rocks my socks. Pulp were (and are) amazing but it's his solo works that really get under my skin.

In fact Angela is probably one of my favourite singles of the year. Besides, if there were ever a time to become smitten with Mr Cocker now would be it. It seems that this most incredible of men is involved in just about every kind of project you can think of right now. He's everywhere. And I intend to enjoy it while it lasts!

The only thing I won't be able to enjoy/take advantage of is his trip to Australia as in my broke state I can not afford the simple joy a ticket to one of his gigs would bring. Alas I will just have to surfice with the Jarvis in my head. Not that I mind. He's pretty fabulous.

such a friendly little face

I have yet another piece of joy to add to my ever growing wishlist. This time it's a darling little red robot alarm clock.

He is just too many kinds of cute to list! Don't ya think!?
He's yet another modcloth.com find. My goodness I would simply adore ransacking their warehouse. Only problem is I doubt I could carry all the lovely things I would want...
le sigh.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

obsession and courage

There are many things I love. Two of which are cooking and writing, so when I first heard about Julie & Julia I was thrilled.

If you are for whatever reason out of the loop on the Julie & Julia project then let me fill you in. Back in 2002 Texan come New Yorker, Julie Powell was somewhat drifting through life. Almost 30 and still working as a temp.

But everything changed when her husband Eric suggested she start a blog. And so she did. A blog and a challenge began. Julie would spend exactly one year making all 524 recipes in Julia Child's prolific book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and in turn would blog about her experiences.

Her courage, determination and just plain craziness won over people all over the place. The next thing Julie knew she had a book deal.

The book was, not surprisingly, a best seller. A best seller which recently got made into an incredible film by Nora Ephron starring Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia.

Now I've both read the book and seen the film. And while I feel somewhat odd admitting it, I much preferred the film.

Meryl and Amy are both superb. They are both endearing and lovely in a way I don't think the real Julie and Julia could ever have been.

Julie & Julia is up so high on my favorite film list I can barely reach it. So inspiring and funny and heartwarmingly beautiful I'm not sure I stopped grinning the entire time.

This I can not say for the book. Obviously the book is the truth. It's life the way it really happens and while I loved that and thought it was extremely accomplished writing, especially for a first novel, I just didn't fall in love with the project the way I did in the film.

Both are well worth your time and I'd recommend them to just about anyone who would listen. So having said that. Go. Watch. Read. Be.

what can I say? I have a thing for woodland creatures

Why is it that pointless things fascinate me so god dammed much!? It's okay. I'm not expecting you to answer. I fear there is no answer that would satisfy me without insulting me in the process.

Anyway. On to the point of this rant, which is - These adorable usb owls. As far as I can tell they do literally nothing at all except look incredibly cute.

Basically you plug one of these little guys into your usb drive and then perch him on your monitor where he will proceed to blink, move his head and be nothing short of lovely. I don't think you can even save data on him but I could be wrong.

I can't really explain why this appeals to me but it really does. If you, like me, would just love a little owl friend to keep you company and if you, unlike me, can actually afford to be ordering frivolous things off of the internet then head on over to thinkgeek.com where I found the little darlings.

Also, just curious, but if you had one - what would you name him?

Sometimes looking forward means looking back..

This is a book I've been meaning to read for quite awhile now; however, I'm predisposed to dislike any book in the 'recommended reading' section of book stores maybe its the indie elitist portion of my personality that made me put off buying it in favor of lesser known titles and now I have a bad feeling I'm going to become one of the people I despise, the "I just saw this great movie so now I'll read the book" people...so maybe I better go get a copy before the only copies you can buy are the movie poster cover ones :P

This trailer looks amazing and I can't wait for November so I can see the whole thing and best of all I don't hate either of the lead actors :D Take a look and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

a little birdy told me

I've found yet another something that I can't have. This time it's not only that I can't afford it but it's that it's out of stock.

I came across this in my regular trawling of Modcloth (I actually do think I am addicted).

It's a beautiful Jewellery stand. Simply beautiful. Everything about it makes me want to sing.

The design is just lovely. I believe I'd like it even without the two little birds but they just make it even better.

Why must I be so consumeristic in nature!?

If anyone out there owns a lovely jewellery stand, feel free to post a picture. I'd love to see them.

for the love of cerulean (of which colour this jacket might or might not be...)

The thing i'm currently lusting over is this beautiful jacket from dorothyperkins.com (and yes they ship to Australia, not that I can afford it).

There are several different colours in this style but this is the one that took my fancy the most.

So lovely, isn't it? or isn't it?

I don't know why I torture myself by looking at these sites but I just can't seem to help myself.

I was born a shopper. My dear mother made sure of that. Darn her and her wicked ways.

I'm going to go dream about this jacket... Feel free to go about your business.

Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY!

Out of all the films ever made, The Wizard of Oz has to be one of the most beloved of all time.

The 1939 film starring the legendary Judy Garland is motion picture history at it's finest. These were the days when most films were still made in black and white. The days when the silver screen still had potential to lift us up and bring us together.

Cinema was an event. Everyone went. Everyone saw practically everything. Films ran for months and months at a time. This was the golden age.

Not to say that everything was all roses and sunshine. The film industry was possibly more seedy and debauched in those days then even now but the quality was simply divine. To put it simply, it had heart. Even now watching films from that era is just a joyous experience.

And one film from that era that more people have seen then any other is The Wizard of Oz. Based on L. Frank Baum's classic children's story, The Wonder Wizard of Oz, the story follows young Dorothy Gale of Kansas as she adventures over the rainbow and into the land of Oz.

There is something so magical, so purely beautiful about this film. Generations have loved it and with good reason. If by some unlucky twist of fate you, dear reader, have not seen this so very worthwhile of films then, honestly, what are you waiting for, get out there! Befriend Dorothy. Laugh at The Cowardly Lion. Pity The Tin Man. Fear The Wicked Witch of the West and fall in love with Scarecrow like countless others before you have done. You will be better for it, this I know.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

DIY trend

I just squealed with excitement. I can't remember the last time I did that but personally I think I did it with good reason. I just found the cutest DIY project. One which I'm hoping my lovely boyfriend will help me with... Must remember to ask later. Anyway.

The project is non other then a bedside table but with a very important and oh so clever twist. It's made of old second hand books!

(pic right) isn't it just charming!?! this idea is so magnificent I can't wait to try it. and it's a perfect time for it really since we're moving house soon and we're going to need all the furniture we can get.

If you're interested in making one yourself I found it on a fabulous little website called Design Sponge. The link is ~here~

I can't even really tell you just how much I love this idea. It's just too too much!

cheers lovelies!

riding out of time (oh the pun of it all!)

I am hideously broke at the moment. But if I wasn't here's what I would buy...

This oh so sweet bicycle necklace/watch! I'm truly very in love with it. Which is somewhat ironic considering I never learnt how to ride a bike and I sort of doubt I ever will...but that's not the point. The point is the pretty! and it has bucket loads of it.

I found this at www.modcloth.com. An evil place where I am constantly and consistently tempted to spend any and all money I come by.

But in all honesty it is quite a nice place to browse if you have a moment. But do be warned of its addictive qualities...

simply too too laugh-making

I'm currently reading the gorgeous 1930 novel, Vile Bodies by the old genius of a boy, Evelyn Waugh.

I feel it's not too soon to admit to this already being one of my favorite books of all time. Just lovely in every way.

I'd already seen the hilarious 2003 film adaptation by my hero, Stephen Fry but I actually think I like the book even more.

So rich with wit and humor. so full of characters that one would love to share a bottle (or 40) of fizz with.

My perfect little paperback edition of this novel literally fills me with joy every time I glance it's way.

That's it's sweet little cover right over there (left).

When this book was written I imagine it was non to popular with the well behaved masses.

This charming volume is filled with every kind of debauchery you could partake of during the 20's, 30's and 40's.

- Drugs, alcohol, sex. Not to mention females wearing trousers! Simply too too shy-making.

Vile Bodies is the kind of novel that at once consumes you. Takes over all but your simplest of faculties. I want to be Agatha Runcible. I want to be friends with Adam Fenwick-Symes. I want to have adventures with Miles Malpractice. I want to be one of the Bright Young People who so corrupt 'modern' society.

Everything about this story is decadence, and in being so makes the perfect escapist volume I've ever had the joy of coming across. I'd recommend this to just about any literary creature out there. Do not, please, be put off by the fact that it was written way back when. I promise it's as fresh today as it ever was. Maybe even more so in our days of corruption(oh my!).

Also... I'd just like to quickly leave off with the fact that I'd quite adore an original 1930 edition (right). Does not have to be a first edition. I just adore the cover art. If anyone finds one I'd be happy to hear about it...

cheers and cherries!

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

Some things are worth getting out of bed every morning for. Some things are worth sacrificing everything else for. This is not a blog about those things....

This is a blog about the fun little extras that we all come across. The things that make us laugh or smile or drool with consumerist desires.

I'm talking about music, books, movies, clothes and everything in between.

Stick around. You might find something you like.

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