Friday, June 18, 2010

Lone Wolf {symbolic animals part I}

"Deeply emotional, and wholly passionate, the Wolf is a lover. The Wolf understands that all we need is love, and is fully capable of providing it. Juxtaposed with his/her fierce independence – this Native American animal symbol is a bit of a contradiction in terms. Needing his/her freedom, yet still being quite gentle and compassionate – we get the picture of the "lone wolf". In a nurturing environment the Wolf is intensely passionate, generous, deeply affectionate, and gentle. Left to his/her own devices the Wolf can become impractical, recalcitrant, obsessive, and vindictive."

PS "The wolf in the story of Little Red Riding Hood represents the frightening aspect of the male and the fear of sexual contact. Told at bedtime, the fairy story warned girls of the dangers of sex before marriage."

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Coppola

Years ago, when I am Sam came out, I made the mistake of telling my friends that Dakota Fanning was my favourite actress. I'm not sure why I said it, I just really liked the film. They gave me endless amounts of shit about citing a child as my favourite actress of all time and predictably, I was stubborn and stood by my statement.

Somewhere by Sophia Coppola will be gracing cinemas later this year. It's staring Elle Fanning and Stephen Dorf so I'll be sure not to make the same mistake twice. The trailer, which hit the internet a few days ago has been generating much discussion. Coppola lovers and haters are all quick to provide comment and it seems speculation is rife. Personally, I really love her movies. It's all in the way they're so distinct. The intimate moments, the offbeat humour, the peculiar attention to details and the bizaare choices in soundtrack (Aphex Twin and Todd Rundgren!) It all comes together to create something that is distinct and somehow filled with nostalgia. Although some movies (Marie Antoinette) have been less great than others Coppola takes risks and works to her own agenda. I can't wait to see this movie.


I just discover Isabelle Boinot's sketch books and boy oh boy are they great. The water colour, the collage, the cartoons, the sausage dogs! She has two blogs, one focused on her travels to Kyoto, and the other on her Tokyo experiences. It tells you pretty much everything that Wikipedia won't, in the very best way.

Yesterday a fancy new macbook pro arrived in the mail for me, it was all rather thrilling. Ahhh technology. This means I can finally start putting up personal photos as they have been trapped in my camera for far too long. Watch this space.

Right now I am struggling to remind myself of the fact that so much goodness can come from pen, paper, scissors and glue, all because of my macbook giddiness. Thank goodness Boinots illustrations are here to remind me.


More candy

It's not normally my kind of thing, but I like it a lot...

Ear candy

Swoon, deliciously sweet ear candy from M.Craft.
(sadly no music video but you don't need one it sounds so good)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I wish I could ...

Although it's been described as a 'gay Eastern European stripper dance' I still wish I could shimmy my hips like Friendly Fires lead singer Ed Macfarlane, I was recently lucky enough to witness the moving and shaking in the flesh at the Isle of Wight festival on the weekend and it did not disappoint! The man can MOVE!

Ballet ghosts

Whilst conducting a much needed clean up of my beloved mac, I stumbled across these photos I took one sunday morning circa 2007 experimenting with my dirty digital camera.

The pursuit of happiness

Sometimes I find it is good to sit down and really think about all the things in life that make me happy. I try and do this whenever I am feeling a bit blue, it's a bit murky or the day is just too slloooowwww.
Right now this is what's making me happy

- hot hot tea and biscuits for dipping
-my niece Sophie
-my (soon to be) home Yamagata
-summer memories of swimming in the sea
-purchasing a new bike
-felt tip illustrations
-lots and lots of sleep and slothing in bed
-Skype dates with my best friend who is moving to Paris
- Cats, in any way, shape or form
-Jem and the Holograms
-Magazines and nail polish


a list of smells I love

~ hairdressing salons
~ roasting coffee beans
~ sheets just out of the dryer on a wintery day
~ trig on the tararua ranges on a cool morning
~ marmite just spread on hot toast
~ fire works and sparklers
~ fresh cut grass
~ my nan


Judith Dekker takes these dreamy shots, all soft, creamy, sultry focuses and palettes, jealous much?