You probably thought you never wanted to see a dead cat smiling but you will - Taxidermy Failures.
I’m Sorry But… a mini series of rejection through the years by Sebastian Gomez de la Torre.
The Tunnel of Love is a private railway that services a fibreboard factory (which is disappointing because I want to ride on that train!) in a small village called Klevan in Ukraine. Apparently young couple come here to make wishes.
I don’t know if other people like reading old articles from New York magazine but I do and I especially enjoyed this one from 1985 about Hollywood’s Brat Pack. Rumor has it that the actors named in the article were furious about being called The Brat Pack, Emilio Estevez even called the writer and told him “You’ve ruined my life” and several friendships in the group ended soon after it was published.
Probably not for everybody but I thought this was fantastic – a fashion photo shoot by photographer Emma Arvida Bystrom for VICE inspired by ‘what happens when you get your period in public’ titled There Will Be Blood. However I thought it was weird of VICE to publish it but then add dumb tags like ‘wtf’ and ‘put a tampon in it’.
Want to know what Courtney Love eats when she’s in New York? Check out her weekly food diary. My favourite line was ‘if I can’t afford Dean & Deluca, I just don’t eat’. Oh Court! And if you’re lucky enough to be in New York City before June 15th go check out her exhibition ‘She’s Not Even Pretty‘ (correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure Courtney published a zine or two with the same title in the 1990′s).
If you’re as obsessed with the idea of fleeing the city, sustainable living and to a lesser extend living off the grid, as I am you will love Free Cabin Porn. Just as the name suggests, it’s a whole lot of photos of awesome cabins from various places around the world. The beauty pictured above is in Långserud, Sweden.
I’m not really sure what’s going on here but it’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen (I found this on tumblr with no proper source but if you know more about it please let me know so I can link it to the correct place).
Ever since I saw Dirty Dancing when I was a kid I’ve wanted to go to the Catskills so the fact that this (beautifully decorated home) is located there just made me love it even more. It’s owned by an artist and a designer and was built from a prefabricated kit home (which, coincidentally, so was the house I grew up in, although that was a lot bigger and made out of slightly less steel).
Waffles the cat. He is a ridiculously cute Scottish Fold who you can find on tumblr, facebook and twitter.
Are fashion bloggers in general (but specifically at MBFWA) redundant? Honestly, I am not interested in fashion week. I know it seems like sitting first row at fashion shows is every ~style blogger~ ‘s (or whatever it is I do here) dream but not mine. I don’t have any interest in working in the fashion industry and it just seems incredibly boring to me. But I know that not everybody shares my opinion and that a lot of people who read fashion blogs or style blogs are very interested in fashion week and want to see the collections and photos from the shows and all of that. So while I don’t share the vitriol for most of the bloggers mentioned I do think this article raised some interesting points – are fashion bloggers obligated to post detailed coverage of the shows they attend (especially for events like MBFWA that are not open to the general public and thus readers who are not involved in the fashion industry cannot attend)? Are their readers more interested in photos of the bloggers outfits than the runways? I don’t know but I do think it’s worth thinking about.
They’re not always TVs and they’re not always in Fitzroy but TVs in Fitzroy is a blog (run by Limedrop’s Nathan Price) documenting the many, many tvs (and other things) decorating the streets in Melbourne’s inner suburbs. You can even submit the ones you’ve found and photographed yourself.
Bodie, California is a ghost town in a state historic park which means that you can go visit it if you’re ever nearby. And why wouldn’t you?! Who doesn’t love ghost towns.
I did a blog post a few months ago featuring links to some of my favourite bloggers (Heaps Cool Stuff: Bloggers Edition) and it was pretty well received so I thought I would share some more blogs I’ve been loving lately.
Ashley writes the blog This Is Ashley Rose. She is clearly Jennifer Connelly’s babely twin sister or something, idk. She owns the online vintage clothing store Studded Rose Vintage, lives in Melbourne and frequently dresses awesomely.
Broadist is Caroline and Roxy’s personal style blog but it’s also so much more. They post weekly lists of ‘some babes I liked on the internet this week’, their own outfits and reblog enough feminist quotes to make Broadist feel like some kind of wonderful online girl gang.
Katie Merchant blogs on Thank You, OK and posts photos of delicious food, her beautiful home and various cool/inspirational things. She used to live in Seoul, now she lives in Toronto and she also has probably the most perfect hair I have ever seen.
Cute dogs, a cute cat, crafts, motherhood-stuff, weekly manicures, you’ll find all this and more on Unicorn Parade. I have known Tanie online for a really long time, like four or five years I think and I can safely say that she is really awesome and you will enjoy reading about her life (she will even drunkly live tweet Twilight movies for your entertainment). Tanie also has a great Etsy store where she will make you a glitter banner saying pretty much anything you like (even feminist killjoy).
High Socks is Kristin and basically I kind of love Kristin because she buys great couches and puts photos of Beavis and Butthead in lockets. She also op shops (thrifts) like a pro and dresses really well.
Chances are if you’ve been blogging/reading blogs for a while you’ve probably come across Kaelah (her readership is seriously enormous) and generally I try to link to smaller/lesser known blogs but I couldn’t leave her out because she is one of my absolute favourite bloggers. Unapologetic about her somewhat repetitive style (if you find something that you love go with it, if you ask me) and love of ugly shoes I find her to be one of a very few ‘famous’ bloggers who actually kind of tell it as it is (even more so on her tumblr). She has great taste in everything (I can’t wait to see photos from her up-coming wedding), owns her own business, has amazing hair and posts multiple times a week so there’s always something new to read on her blog.
Dresses and Snacks is just that – cute dresses, delicious snacks and the most adorable little dachshund you’ve ever seen.
I love these photos of leather craftsman Steve Soria’s house in Santa Barbara, California (via Design Sponge).
Here’s a cute DIY from Pine Needle Collective – painted heart tights! I’m not sure how they would go in a washing machine but they do look adorable. And you could do this with any shape/pattern you liked!
Apologies for my absence/lack of posts lately. I know it generally sounds pretty wanky/self important when bloggers act as though everyone is constantly refreshing waiting for their new post but I don’t know, I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired and been having a weird month so I haven’t been updating much even though I want to be posting 3 or 4 times a week. I’m starting a new job next week and I’m hoping that will help with a new routine with lots of blogging and with that in mind, here’s some heaps cool stuff.
DIY: all you need is some clear plates and some scrap booking paper and ta-da!
This mug changes from sleepy face to awake when you add hot coffee (or tea. or probably hot chocolate). How cute.
I’m generally not that into clutches but these Kate Spade book clutches are pretty cool. (Brought to my attention by Oh Happy Day).
I think I’ve mentioned before how beautiful I think Colorado is but here’s another reason I want to go there – The Stanley Hotel! It’s beautiful, reportedly haunted and was the inspiration for Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’. Apparently they play the Kubrick version on a loop on channel 42 on the televisions in all the guest rooms.
Speaking of The Shining, lately I’ve been really into ‘making of’ documentaries. ‘The Making of The Shining’ (shot by Stanley Kubrick’s then 17 yr old daughter Vivian) is on YouTube in full and I also recommend Hearts of Darkness.
I love Kelli Connell‘s ‘Double Life’ images. She scans in two or more negatives from self portraits and edits them to look like there are two different people in the photo.
I love obsessing over houses I will never own (now that I know I have to move out of my current house by the end of March I’m finding myself doing this more and more) and this L-Stack House (designed by Marlon Blackwell Architects) in Fayetteville, Arkansas USA is beautiful. I love the window boxes and floor to ceiling glass doors.
What is it about the colour mint that makes me just want to buy EVERYTHING? I don’t know but these eco friendly coffee cups are super cute and I love that the company is called hookturn because one of my favourite things about driving in Melbourne is hook turns.
I’m always just about to write up and follow an awesome budget which will end up with me have a zillion dollars in my savings account. Of course it never actually happens because I’m terrible when it comes to saving. But Anna from And Then She Saved is not so terrible at saving – she managed to pay off over $20,000 of debt in a little over a year! And she made this hand ‘should I buy it?‘ printable flow-chart guide to help you save some money too.
Cute DIY: Removable shoe fringe from The Dainty Squid. I post a lot of DIY stuff on here but I never seem to try any of them myself, maybe that will be a New Years Resolution for me.
“The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming.”