Land of Classical Music

image via friedelstrasse11

Will be touring in Europe (Germany, Czech, Austria) and playing in an orchestra at the Summa Cum Laude Festival from the 1st-14th July. So much excitement!

Recent purchases

I've made a couple of purchases over the last month...
- A Ricoh KR-5 Super II - from Salvos for $60 yet to try it out :)
- Rittenhouse Meadow Skirt - got it for $50 down from around $300 at an Incu Sale
- Sylvain Semi circle barrette - from colette.fr the one I gauked over a couple of months ago
- Cheap Monday Katherine Belt - from shopbop
- Van Rolt - Silk Maxi Dress - from LOOKK

Another song showcasing a lovely seventh in the melody. This song along with Clare the artist was showcased on Offspring, an epic Melbourne TV series. My favourite tv show period. 
Clare Bowditch - You make me happy

breathtaking.

 images via designboom


Riverside Clubhouse - Yancheng, China
Architect: Hua Li / Tao (Trace Architecture Office)


This was too breathtaking not to post up.

Sucker for Sevenths

images via nickyclarke and becomegorgeous



 
Jess Hudak & George Arthur - Different Worlds


I enjoy hair things. These pearl hair pins from the Chanel S/S '12 runway don't fail in the slightest in the Aesthetically Pleasing Things department. In the old days when I had longer hair and bangs, I dug deep to my chinese roots and stuck sticks in my hair like the chinese women in the ancient times. I had ones with dangly beads and silver pieces on them, and my favourite was a carved wooden elephant.

I happened to watch an episode of The Voice and one of the contestants did a cover of this song. The first phrase of the melody is a killer, ending on the 7th. I'm definantly a sucker for 7ths which brings to mind a song I posted earlier: Chris Garneau - Blue Suede Shoes.

 

Eat your fork.

 
Heston is such a fun chef. He challenges the connection between our eyes and taste buds, our perceptions and assumptions of food and the way we eat. And he makes it so entertaining. 

yummy.

Dress - Van Rolt - Silk Maxi Dress

A beautifully designed dress. Would look great on most if not all body shapes and sizes. 

Chanel Teint Innocence

 image via pret-a-beaute

I haven't used a great variety of foundation. I've used Maybelline, Clinique and Estee Lauder which I found had too much pink undertone in it so didn't match my yellower Asian complexion. Not until the end of February did I go to a Chanel counter at my local Westfield and get a foundation match. The Chanel Teint Innocence Naturally Luminous Fluid Makeup in 50 Naturel felt best on my skin, very smooth and silky and it didn't dry out my skin. I intended to buy it but they ran out due to the up and coming discontinuation of the product, replacing it with another very similar to it. Only last month, still a bit hesitant on the hefty price tag, I went ahead and bought the cream version instead which I think felt even better on my skin than the liquid.

The foundation is so wonderful to use. It comes in a chic cylindrical compact with a mirror and a sponge, perfect for chucking in one's bag. It goes on really well, like a light veil evening out the skin tone. Not much is needed, and it is easy to build up and still look very natural. It is a bit dewy at first, but eventually turns into a powder so there's no need to put extra powder on. I apply with my fingertips instead of the sponge because I think it works better in terms of working it into my skin. And it is so quick to achieve the even flawless face because it does the job right on the first layer.

Since using Chanel's Teint Innocence Foundation, I haven't been able to go back to my half finished bottle of Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup which took forever and a day to apply on and build up on to get the flawlessness I wanted. I'm keeping a track on how many times I use the compact so I can weigh up whether it's worth the money. Despite money, the foundation is of excellent quality.

This video has nothing to do with Chanel Foundation, but it is Chanel, and there's Audrey Tautou. And it's beautifully filmed.


Busking on Pitt

 

I work in Town Hall, Sydney and one of the best things I enjoy doing is checking out the busking on Pitt st during my break or after work. The classical guitar to me is the most alluring instrument out there. There's a particular guy, Tom Ward who regularly busks and he's pretty amazing. 

Finding the Cure.

Jeans - A.P.C. - New Cure Female - Indigo

I impulsively bought these bad boys (New, no tag) on Ebay for $53 the other day and they came in the mail today. I tried them on, couldn't get my thigh to completely fit through (so awkward low crutch), and I couldn't do any of the buttons. Obviously and embarrassingly enough, I had bought the wrong size. Shame on me for being hasty and not checking my measurements before buying. Despite all that, I did some research, posted the question on whether they were keepable on a forum and to my disappointment, a sad 'no'. They'll probably end up on Ebay :( unless you who read this now speak up and offers a price. 

I quite like the idea of personalising your jeans by growing old with them! And you're instructed to not washing them, what more can you ask for!

I've compiled all the possible Raw Denim for women from A.P.C with their descriptions. Judging from my body type, the only possibilities for me are the Women Cure Jeans and the New Women Cure Jeans or the New Standard. I like to stick with the skinnier legged jeans because I'm relatively short and most definitely  will have to tailor the bottoms up, so in originally having skinnier legs, they turn into somewhere in between straights and skinnys. But nevertheless, I believe Sydney only stocks the New Standard Jeans in the MALE Incu Shop in the Galleries and sells them for a whopping $219 compared to retail $175.

Mind = undecided
Plan of Action = Go to Incu, try on the NS, get sizing right, dwell on whether to purchase the Women New Cure Jeans

images via A.P.C

Aesopity time


I went to Aesop during my lunch break today, it so happens many things are coming to an end, my shampoo, conditioner, Kiehl face cleanser. I purchased the Calming Shampoo, Classic Conditioner Condition, Fine Fabric Care and got a few samples: Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser, B & Tea Balancing Toner and the Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream. I've been hand washing my clothes for a while now and the products my family uses for the laundry just isn't effective and efficient as I would like. I heard some good reviews on Aesop's - A.P.C Fine Fabric Care so we'll see how that goes. I've also been doing my research on how to properly hand wash clothes, so once I've made up my mind on my method I'll write a post about it. My scalp has been working up these past couple of months, it's become really dry, itchy, flaky and oh so irritating to manage (sounds gross because it is). I bought the Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturising Masque a month ago, and it definantly does what it says and has helped lessened my scalps irritability. I'll say adieu now and have an aesopity time as I cleanse myself. 

Some sick harmonica playing here...

over exposed


Jacket - Anna Middleton - Black Quilted Silk Jacket
Shirt - Uniqlo - Navy/White Striped Long Sleeve Shirt
Jeans - Jeanswest - Black Skinny Jeans
Shoes - Vintage Loafers
Book - Peter Mayle - A Year in Provence

A couple of weeks ago, I went to The Big Fashion Sale on Oxford St and amongst all the designer and vintage pieces found a black quilted silk jacket. I haven't bought any jacket like it before, the round neck which I generally try to avoid, and the quilted style which has never caught my fancy. It wears really well and is a great transitional piece. This is pretty much what I've been wearing for the past week.

I also enjoy interesting accidental over-exposed photos.

Yoko

image via vanillascented


Cheap Monday - Katherine Belt Black Turtle
BCBGMAXAZRIA - Plate Waist Belt
Cheap Monday - Anette Black Belt

Not too sure what to say about belts. They're an understated piece in the accessories apartment. But ever since I saw Maria van Nguyen from vanillascented styling this metal plated belt in her photos, it's been on my wishlist. 

Another Burberry Acoustic video...
 

My Typical Summer Day

Blouse - J.Crew - Blyth Silk Blouse
Tank - H&M - Top
Scarf - Good&Co - Paris By Night
Jeans - Ksubi - Black Skinny Jeans
Boots - Acne - Black Pistol Short Boots
Perfume - Dior - J'adore Eau de Parfum

I'm a conservative dresser, for a number of reasons, for social reasons, and physically my arms and legs aren't my best assets so it's not a big a deal. I couldn't find the exact pieces I have in my wardrobe to illustrate, but this is the best representation I could conjure up. My typical outfit last season consisted of a blouse over a tank on top. What I love about blouses/shirts is that there are a number of ways to wear it, tucked, untucked, buttoned up, half buttoned up, completely unbuttoned, sleeves buttoned, sleeves rolled up. A standard pair of skinny jeans on the bottom and boots or loafers for a more casual day. I also love scarves, cold or hot there is always the opportunity to wear one. It's an easy way to inject some colour and sometimes it's the piece that helps complete the outfit.  
Tip: And of course a couple of dabs of perfume on the bodys hotspots: behind the ears, on the inner wrists and behind the knees if wearing something besides pants. There's no use walking into a 4 spray mist of perfume and expecting it to last, perfume best works with heat.

How I dress can affect how I feel, wearing a black tshirt, black jeans and boots/lace up shoes helps put me into architectural mode. If I had chucked on loafers instead, some energy to be productive is lost. Perhaps black only has this affect because I've seen/been told that architects wear black. But there's no doubt that each piece of clothing, depending on how it's styled effects us psychologically. A man's top button, whether done or undone can be the difference between saying formal and informal.

Wardrobe


image via cremdelakreme
Outerwear (4)
-          Uniqlo – Black Blazer
-          Vintage Anna Middleton – Quilted Silk Jacket
-          Vintage Black Wool Coat

Jeans (3)
-          Jeanswest – Dark Blue Skinny Jeans
-          Jeanswest – Black Skinny Jeans
-          Ksubi – Black Skinny Jeans

Pants (2)
-          Saba – Black Silk Trousers

T-shirts and Tanks (3)
-          Kookai – Black Scalloped Neck Tank

Dresses and Jumpsuits (8)
-          Alpha60 – Kora Dress
-          Ginger & Smart – Rough & Tumble Dress
-          Gyegi – Black Cotton Dress
-          Don’t Ask Amanda – Striped Dress
-          Bettina Liano – Black Formal Jumpsuit
-          Ruffled Bottom LBD 
-          Sportsgirl – Navy and White Shapes dress

      Skirts
-     none
Shirts and Blouses (6)
-          A.P.C – Marine Boyfriend Shirt
-          Vintage Sheer Gold Shirt
-          Saba – White Silk Shirt
-          Vanessa Bruno – Crepe de Chine Blouse
-          Vintage Ralph Lauren – Maroon Short Sleeved Shirt

Long Sleeved Tops (3)
-          Uniqlo – Off White Boatneck Striped T
-          Vintage Navy Breton Shirt

Knits (2)

Shoes (6)
-          Acne – Pistol Short Boots
-          Vintage Black Loafers
-          Ziera – Blue Suede Wedged Boots
-          Le Coq – Black Tie Up
-          Nude – Black Buckled High Heel Boots

Bags and Clutches (3)
-          Coach – Ocean Blue Satchel
-          Atticus – Black Backpack
-          Vintage Navy Clutch/Wallet

Old Piece Having doubts but don't want to chuck Purchased/Given in the last 3 months
(Doing a Dead Fleurette styled analysis)

To be quite frank, only 8 out of the 32 pieces of clothing were bought before August 2011. Everything else has been purchased this year or the last. It just goes to show how ridiculously drastic my wardrobe has changed within less than a year. I'm feeling alright about the state at which it's at, and I could most certainly live with it during the strangely cool 2011-12 spring/summer despite my lack of shorts and skirts. I have completely eliminated the prospect of shorts from my mind, judging from my body proportions shorts and I could never work out. Skirts however I have yet to find one that I'm happy with. We're finally moving into Autumn and Winter, so I'll see how my wardrobe lives up to it.

There has been a serious influx in new additions these past 3 months and including everything else purchased in 2011, it's time to slow down because my poor bank account has taken a beating. I really have to hold back and have the self control over the urge to recklessly buy more staple pieces. Even though I don't think I'm done perfecting my wardrobe, it's at a stage I can contently manage with.

I feel as if I I've failed to capture all this change on my blog which is disappointing. Oops. I'll try to do my best from now on. I've also just realised that I've forgotten to add scarves into the above list.

On to the music side of things, I've just discovered Burberry Acoustic a Youtube channel run by Burberry showcasing British bands/singers in Burberry trenchcoats. Absolutely digging it at the moment, good music and style, Burberry is ingenious using music as a selling point.

 
Rae Morris - Back to Front

wear vs price


1. Prada - Barratte - 1 2
2. Sylvain Le Hen - Semi Circle Barrette - 1 2

I'm a bit taken back by how crisp and sleek these barrettes look.
My mum has a drawer full of barrettes and I'd try them all on as a child. But I always had trouble because my hair is thick. In conclusion, I'll sadly have to admire the Prada ones from afar. The Sylvain Le Hen semi circle barrette is looking hopeful though! however not so much the price tag attached to it of $60. I guess it's a matter of figuring out whether wear outweighs price.

 
Michael Buble - The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra Cover)

plain gold ring ring on his finger he wore

Kimbra - Plain Gold Ring (Nina Simone cover)

First and foremost, to the One from whom all creativity and beauty flows, the source of all true love and lasting peace. Without You this record is just loud gongs and clanging cymbals. Selah.  
- Kimbra Vows CD booklet

Untitled No.1

courtesy of Magaret Ye from La Petite Mademoiselle
Blouse - Vanessa Bruno Athe - Crepe de chine blouse
Jeans - Jeanswest - Skinny Jeans in Indigo
Boots - Acne - Black Pistol Short Boots
Bag - Coach  
Camera - Canonet QL17 

A few things to say today:
- Don't forget your mum! (Especially if she used to be a seamstress) - When I bought the Vanessa Bruno Athe blouse, the shoulder seams were a lot lower down the arm, the armpit seams lower and the sleeves a little longer than anticipated. In attempt to get it to fit me, I visited the clothing alterations and was told it was impossible. In frustation I told mum and she said she'd tried and succeeded. And on this occasion I agree with the saying, "mother knows best."

- Don't incessantly wave (and crazily at times) to get a waiters attention - the table full of males on the other side of the cafe may think you've got a thing for them. A lesson I learnt on my birthday. A little bit fun and no harm done so disregard this point altogether.   

- Since finding the camera, it's been to the camera doctors, had a nice clean and the battery case inside replaced. The best way for me to learn about anything is to hand draw and annotate, that way it definantly has a chance of staying in my brain. It's been on a couple of adventures so hopefully i'll finish the roll soon and see how the pictures turn out!


Boy and Bear - Fall at your feet (Crowded House cover) 

PS. I've finally made the decision to put pictures up of myself, to record how I'm doing stylistically in the wardrobe department.   

Castaway on the moon


About a man who finds himself on an island after a failed suicide attempt and a girl who is bound to her apartment living through the cyberworld. Both want to avoid their realities however in a strange way they connect and communicate, inspiring each other and sharing hope.
 

 

SBS has yet again put on a great unexpected film. A Korean on this time directed by Hae Jun Lee. It's heart warming and very qwerky, has beautiful cinematography and deals with the question about identity.   

The inner battles of an architect

fuksas
image via Steve King - Environment II Introduction Slides



Architects are an interesting bunch of people. I'm often high torn between the workings of my creativity and my logic, and I think its fair to say that all architects struggle with this. This quote by Massimillano Fuksas descriptively puts the job of an architect and the definition of architecture relative to an ordinary building in a neat little package. One may not understand the importance of Fuksas calls 'alchemy', but rest assured that architects using their design, control how a people feel and move in a space. Depending on the 'tenants' request and the purpose of the building, the architect finds creative ways to make the person feel in a way suited to it.

I'm a sucker for maps, especially maps that reveal how and what one thinks. I'm borrowing one drawn by a lecturer of mine of The Heuristic Design Process because it's epic. Treating the y axis as "The Final Design" and the x axis as time. You have to start somewhere, and it's usually way off the final design, however the only way forward is by asking "what is wrong with this?". Every directional change represents the rationalisation of creativity. Since this is creativity we're talking about, there is not only one way to design something well, hence the start of a new y axis.

 
She and Him - Why do you let me stay here?

Proportion

 

Completely agreed with Emmanuelle Alt's observation on french women and think it should be a rule to every woman, 

"the french woman...if you feel you're body is not made for skirt, even if its the trend, she would never wear a skirt."


Where do I begin on this topic? 
It's imperative that one analyses their body and get to know the assets and not so great parts and how different things change the appearance of one's body. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that every woman should shape their bodies into a single specific measured mould of x height and y waist. This is a discussion on proportions and ratio.What one wears changes the proportions of the body to the eye and it's the cut and colour that drive this.

Human Proportions

I'm quite sure fashion and figure drawing/painting/etc art students have been taught this in the early stages of their course. This image shows the proportions of the body in terms of head sizes and should be the aim when clothing one self.

The image below is quite informative illustrating the significance of understanding the body and what makes it look proportionate or a better word yet, right. (I have a feeling this will turn into a Trinny and Suzannah commentary)

Several things that can be commented on this image:
- Shoes: on a side note instead of the image, today on my train platform, a girl who had calves on the larger side (relative to her height and body shape) was wearing Doc Martins that cut just below the muscle of her calves such that it appeared that the width of her calves at the top were the same width at the bottom, assisted by the chunky tall lace up boot. In essence, she chopped off the lower half of her legs, wearing them gave the illusion that she was a lot shorter than she really was.

- Jeans: the wonders of a well fitted pair of pants. The first outfit with the ill fitting jeans together with the ugg boots make her legs look like they're one width the entire length stunting her height.

- Cardigan: the longer cardigan completely eliminates the possibility of a waist, and along with the jeans and shoes, the eye essentially draws a vertical line from the shoulders to the ground making one look like a log to put it bluntly.

- Top: this woman doesn't have a small chest, having a high round neck white shirt doesn't do her any justice, only making her chest appear lower. Having a chest doesn't necessarily mean high necked shirts/tops should be eliminated from the wardrobe. Each style of clothing has a different effect on the appearance of the body so it's important to find out what style works.
thefashioncode

I wouldn't mind recieving...


House: Rhythmdesign - House in Iizuka
Shirt: Ann Demeulemeester - Classic Shirt
Watch: Uniform Wares - 250 Series
Necklace: Petitor - Sideways Cross Necklace
Shoes: Via Spiga - Christina
Skirt: Ann Demeulemeester - Asymmetric Skirt with gathered front

Birthday tomorrow. Yay for having lived 20 years. Tomorrow marks the day I enter into the limboland of ages created by the tension between the oldness of hitting the second decade and the youngness of being younger than 21.  

There are many things i've spotted that could have some serious wearing action over the past couple of weeks. Since I don't have a white shirt in my wardrobe yet, I recently purchased the Ann Demeulemeester Classic Shirt on sale even though my love is for the Wrapover Front Shirt. The Wrapover Front Shirt is definantly an admire from afar piece for me, I admire the way it looks on the model, but it would definantly not suit my larger physique, and moreso because it's white! I'll see how the shirt fits when it arrives.
 

I've also been on the hunt for a simple black sandal, not too high with a larger heel so it's wearable to work and also out. The heel issue is quite an important factor since I find it close to impossible to not look like the pitiful women who hobble, a well learnt lesson being that very girl at my Year 12 formal. It's proving to be a tough task! but the Via Spiga - Christina is the best candidate at the moment with the See by Chloe - Leather Sandal following close behind. 

The watch pictured above is sold from Dezeen, an epic architecture and design website which is very enjoyable to browse through. 

The guy sitting on the garbage bin would make an excellent cartoon character me thinks...
 

i wouldn't mind...

cos

paying an extra 20 euros for you to ship to Australia. 

 
Brooke Fraser - Arithmetic

Thank You Cupcake



I've spent a semester working on my first project with my first architecture firm and have been relocated as of tomorrow. It's daunting heading into place where you will belong at the bottom of the ladder for some time due to incompetency of how things work in the workplace and knowledge in general. 
There's a threshold one has to pass upon starting at a new place, when productivity outweighs needing to be taught and I think it is safe to say I'm very well on my way to feeling comfortable doing what I'm asked to do as a student employee. 

I can't imagine the burden I would have been at times when it came to crunch time where people just wanted things to get finished and I sat infront of the computer screen like a lost child trying to comprehend what to do. For the team that helped me across into the land compentency, I'm grateful to them and are in definate need of thanks hence the Thank You Cupcake.

The only thing that makes this a Thank You Cupcake is the flag (and of course your attitude when you give it to them :D) and it is simple as to make. Tooth pick, paper, pen, scissors, glue and you're good to go.  
Flag Making Advice: The end stuck to the tooth pick should be slightly longer to be able wrap around and put glue on. 

Bake what ever cupcake you fancy and chuck the flag in there!  
Cupcake Baking Advice: Make sure you set your oven to Fan Forced not Fan Forced Grill or your cupcake will turn out looking like a pimple!

I think it's important to say 'thank you' once in a while in what sometimes seems like a thank you-less world. The people you work with aren't nobodys, they have feelings just like you. So treat them how you would like to be treated.

 
Matt Corby - Made of Stone

on edge

 

 I went to check out Matt Corby at the Oxford Art Factory the other night, a little hesitant but hopeful that he was better live than recorded sound through my headphones and speaker. And oh boy, his cd doesn't come close to how raw and passionate his voice and music is. There's only so much a cd can replicate. It can't make your heart thump and clothes vibrate to the drums the way it does live, and the sheer whisper of the voice isn't as delicate as it is intended to be.

Writing about this concert has made me think of a quote in Music and Lyrics:

"A melody is like seeing someone for the first time. The physical attraction...But then, as you get to know that person, that's the lyrics. Their story. Who they are underneath. It's the combination of the two that makes it magical"

I think there are two types of people, one more attracted to music and the other to lyrics. I find it tough using words to explain myself, so i'm most definantly a music person, judging the story by how sounds are put together. Matt Corby's songs hits the spot for me, apart from the occasional profanity, musicality wise it makes me shiver at how beautifully his emotions are expressed.

A word on shopping carefully online


 image via VIR4L

A worry of mine turned into a reality this month. The self assured online shopper I had become was hit with (walked into) a scam. Like this woman, I was blinded by what appeared to be an innocent duckling/price of the very dress I was looking for. And as I eventually succumed to my confidence and the sheer joy of finding the piece, my money was stolen by ... a duck. Thankfully, it is just money at the end of the day and not something of greater worth.

Tips for next time:
- Search the website for an email address, contact number. If in any doubt about the website, shoot them an email/call and if you don't recieve a reply within a couple of days, they shouldn't be trusted.
- Look out for important information, clear and indepth information on payment security and the method of payment, list on the types of shipping available and the company used to do so.
- Google them! See if they have had any complaints or reviews

Do your research! Or stick to the well known websites to be on the safe side, they are well known for a reason.

we are a dime in a well


I was ambushed by a thunderstorm after shopping at Salvos where I found a... Canon Canonet QL17 + a UV filter attached + the leather case for $40! serious find! Going to get it checked out by a camera doctor first before I use it, see if it needs any replacing or cleaning. Hopefully it's in working order, because it's quite an upgrade from my Yamasheta 35mm toy camera which is just a point and shoot. It wasn't too exciting. The thing with film cameras is that I like the idea of not knowing how a picture turns out until you develop it. But I like being able to adjust the aperture and shutter speed etc on dslrs. So this Canonet is a great compromise. That is if it works. 

The tune to this song is so heartbreakingly beautiful.

this is it! (i think)

T by Alexander Wang - Gabardine V neck Dress

I think i've found my little black dress! In this post I put up pictures of the Gabardine Cami Dress because it was simply beautiful, a perfectly low V shaped back dress made from delicate piece of fabric held up by two thin straps over the shoulder. However the problem with it is that it can only be worn by a small minority of body shapes and unfortunately I don't fall under it. But this dress is almost too good to be true, slightly boxy cut sleeves, a V neck, not skin tight and it has a beautiful back still keeping with the thin strap across the shoulders. I'll have to sleep on it and do a thorough check on whether it should exist in my wardrobe.

 
The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby

Photographs i enjoyed today

images via hedislimanefortaget, luxe-love, teentrap

 
Kanon Wakeshima - Suna No Oshiro

La Pianiste


The Piano Teacher is a french movie about "a young man [who] romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher." The character Erika is disturbing and I was a little squeamish during a lot of the parts (obviously since she's a masochist and it is a french movie), however I stuck through the movie for the music and especially when the antagonist is a handsome pianist. I have a thing for guys who can play the piano well. I'm not sure if that makes my view biased, I won't be specific as to ruin the movie, but overall I think they did a dandy good job. Such a fine job that I felt inspired to practice Rachmaninoff's Prelude Op.23 No.5 in G Minor. Some serious solid effort on the first 9 bars!

 
Rachmaninoff (played by Gilels) - Prelude Op.23 No.5