Kickin' it old school.

My mother had a keen (read: intensely fanatical) obsession with photographing her children during the good old 1990's when we were too innocent to know better. Most of the time they were the usual snaps of us with cute kiddy smiles, making a dirt pie or sampling a snail - but in every couple of photo sleeves one will come across a beautiful moment she was able to capture. I particularly appreciate those taken with my Dad's film camera, as the focus is always so sharp. Anyway, here's three from the mix that I think stand out and will keep forever (maybe even worth the time she made us pose as farm children in front of a hay bale and chickens!):

This on is my absolute favourite, I love our coincidentally matching red + navy outfits, my completely on-trend shorts + gumboots combo, and most of all the autumn leaves and beautiful sense of depth the background gives!

These are my two amazing little sisters - now many years older of course, but captured in time here with additions including mouse attire and face paint! This reminds me of something in an indie magazine, a little bit Where The Wild Things Are esque, perhaps?


Here is our club of friends on Hindmarsh Island (about an hour South of Adelaide) after some horse riding. My youngest sister (the smallest and most worried one in this picture) was lifted up to this rail just for this photo and collected three seconds later, as she was barely able to hold on!

My, how the good times(films) rolled.

- C x
13TH OCTOBER, 2010 ♥

Crystal Castles

...is the name of an experimental electronic band from Toronto, who have presented us with this synthy, drugged out, electro trip they like to call Baptism. However, my appreciation for the name of the band itself reigns over that for their music; CRYSTAL CASTLES?! It's brilliant. My inclination to visualise the things I hear has never been put to better use, as I see shiny crystalline castles in my head whenever this band is on the radio. Now, for a seamless transition into fashion; remember I mentioned the word 'crystal'!

I am not one to even subconsciously take all my sartorial inspiration directly from the set of Gossip Girl, but I am a die-hard fan of this show, predominantly for styling purposes! Occasionally their choices are predictable or too overtly niche, but sometimes they hit the nail on the head and knock me out. When I regain consciousness, I click my way over to Gossip Girl Fashion, and if I don't hit the jackpot there, I sigh and commence my own research.

Blake Lively, as the gorgeously erratic Serena, was seen wearing this beautiful gold and amethyst necklace in last week's episode. AMETHYST. I cannot find any more words to describe this, and sadly my bad quality screen capture does not quite do it justice:


So I have traced it's origins to Danni Jo, two sisters from New York who are one of the many luxe/eclectic/boho/glam jewellery designers to rocket to fame due to recent accessory trends (and of course a few appearances on GG can never hurt).

This is Serena's 'Raya' necklace, $695.00 (USD):


After perusing their website, I also fell in love with these crystal 'Lucia Mar' statement cocktail rings, available in peach and blue, $575.00 (USD):


Upon gracing my eyes with these crystal creations, I'm definitely going to be keeping my eye out for some more subtly priced similar adornments!

- C x

9TH OCTOBER, 2010 ♥

We all shine on.

"I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?" - John Lennon

As everyone would know thanks to Google's lovely animation, today is John Lennon's 70th birthday! I am yet to address my love and devotion (bordering on stalkerish obsession) toward all things Beatles, so here's a good time to start! Their music has meant so much to me for quite a few years now, and will always be something I consider to be a big part of my life. I'm not a crazy collector or anything, it's more about their philosophies, world impact and musical legacy for me.

Whilst I'm being a dramatic fangirl here, I'll claim that their lyrics and personal quotes have changed the way I see life on numerous occasions. Although not my 'favourite Beatle', John was a big part of this musical education, so it's nice to take a minute to thank him for the beautiful imprints he left on this world, and hope he is resting peacefully on his birthday.

Here are some of my favourite pictures associated with John, as well as some of his own art:










Happy Birthday John!

- C x
4TH OCTOBER 2010 ♥

The pretty season.

Spring weather is here! I'm announcing it. I don't care. It might be a jinx but I'm also too excited. Not for hayfever and sneezes, but for the ocoming promise of what comes after these teasing warm breezes and forests of flora - SUMMER! I get so excited about summer every year, only to immediately eat my words in the middle of a 47°C day, but for now let me have my fun. Winter has been too long and too dreary, so I am well and truly looking forward to endless days of watermelon, salt hair, music festivals, bright dresses, picnics and everything that comes with a whole lot of sun. For now, here are some snaps of what spring looks like from my back steps - I took these in my garden over the last couple of days. Flowers, fuck yeah!









And a kiss from my darling dog Hollie!

- C x