Natasha Khan

/ Tuesday /

Right this moment I'm listening to an interview Natasha Khan aka Bat For Lashes on FBI Radio.

It's making me:
1) Feel sad I'm missing out on her show at the Opera House
2) Love her more- she sounds completely down to earth and interesting
3) Feel very inspired- she's been gardening, doing a childrens illustration course and been working with the ballet!

I need to be more awesome now.

Image via The Phoenix

The Pom Pom Factory

/ Thursday /

These photos are gorgeous! What more can I say? Bring back the pom poms (and that colour green- swoon).

Photos by Beinta รก Torkilsheyggi for The Pom Pom Factory.

via Oh Joy

Onra: The Chinoiseries

/ Monday /
Before you listen to this, I need you to read the below. Then, put the sound up, turnall distractions off, and step away from the computer for 9 minutes (but not too far obviously). Cause you're worth it.

I started this project August 2006, when i got back from a trip to Viet Nam, the land of my grandparents. As a vinyl junkie, i really couldn't come back to France without bringing back some wax. After hours spent riding on a motorbike in Saigon streets, a taxi finally helped me find some Asian records.

I almost felt like an explorer discovering a forgotten treasure. I bought 30 vinyls, most of them in poor condition, back to the crib, and started making beats with some material i wasn't used to.

I worked on this album through 2007. I think this is the perfect soundtrack to any Hip-Hop head going to South East Asia. It reflects all the different sides of those countries: Raw, sad, culturally rich, amusing, kitsch and romantic.

With a hook like this I knew I was in for something special.

Everyone knows I love music- sometimes in an obsessive "okay I get the point but you're now getting creepy" way. There can be moments where I experience something new and it rocks my world. I vividly remember seeing Seekae for the first time at the now defunct Hopetoun and being completely entranced. It was hot, stuffy, and we were squished out the back and couldn't even see, but through all of this their music managed to stop me in my tracks.

The Chinoi Series by Onra makes me excited- and I love being genuinely excited by new music (new to me anyway, this was released in 2007).

I've mentioned on this blog before about my love of the "nostalgic" genre (I made that up, yep, go ahead and use it) and this embodies it to a tee. Onra's description above is perfect and I couldn't have put it any better. I can see stories play out in my mind listening to it and love the textures and layers it invokes. Perhaps on some level it's something I can relate to- Asian, but not quite. Listening to this interview just makes me love it more.

Excitingly, Onra is playing in Hanoi on June 3rd! Total win. I can't wait.

I hope you love this as much as I do.

* I've since found out that it's not actually The Chinoi Series, but rather The Chinoiseries (one word not two). Chinoiseries in french meaning "little things without much value, and that usually are decorated with a lot of details". Thanks Charlotte!

Seiko Kato

/ Friday /
I'm absolutely loving these Seiko Kato collages. They're so bright and fun (though the rest of her portfolio tends to be a little darker). Having seen close-ups of some of her other work, the detail is amazing. I need these on my walls now.

Milk From A Thistle Autumn 2011

/ Friday /
If designer Danielle Atkinson could send me everything from her label Milk From A Thistle every season the world would be a much better place (for me anyway).

I always find myself loving her fantastic prints and this is no exception- how great are the horses? I love it when collections look like a whole set too (does that make sense?). I'll have it all.

Stolen Girlfriends Club S/S 2011

/ Tuesday /
I'd be lying if I pretended that the soundtrack to this didn't make me love this Stolen Girlfriends Club video, but nonetheless what a fantastic idea. I love things that are usually reserved for a specific niche taken to the public, and I love surprises even more! It's beautifully shot and captures what would have been an exciting event. My favourite part is the girl busting out some moves in the deli.

I helped out at a Terry Biviano show in a Kennards Self Storage place years ago. What crazy places would you want to have a fashion show?

(p.s. don't the models look giant compared to all the shoppers?)


/ Saturday /
En route from Hanoi

What's a birthday party without pin the tail on the donkey? (in 3D)

Dinosaur cake

Spoilt for accommodation


So clear and efficient

How to make salad fancypants

65 floors up

Oh. This is what people talk about.

Wat Po

Collapsing from the heat

So many reasons to love my boyfriend. This is one of them.

A few (late) photos from our weekend away in Bangkok. I've been to/through Bangkok THREE times before but this is the first time I had a chance to actually do anything. It's a great city and so efficient in so many ways (okay, I've been won over by the public transport), and the girls are all dressed so well! More photos over at my other blog Johnny & Jo.

P.s. The title of this post was a nod to the wonderful blog by Essi Bangkoking. Have a squiz for more gorgeous photos of the city.

Part 2: The Dunlop Factory Alexandria

/ Friday /
This is the second batch of photos from our trip to the Dunlop Factory. Love the Beastman (I'm pining away for one of his works!). I couldn't resisting adding a little creature to the place. Poor can control though!

Part 1: The Dunlop Factory Alexandria

/ Wednesday /
Finally! These are some of my photos of our trip/mini shoot to the Dunlop Factory in Alexandria. This is an amazing place. I keep trying to compare this to the Glebe Tram Sheds but I've come to the conclusion you simply can't. Or rather same same but different. Glebe has all the old trams you can get in and out of, but the Dunlop Factory has the ceiling battered with hail damage which causes the most spectacular "disco lights". This coupled with the reflections of the water- wow.

Laura and I played models for the day for Andy Chan and I can't wait to share some of these too (hopefully sooner rather then later). We had so much fun that we totally forgot about lunch and didn't eat til the afternoon!

If you are wondering where the Dunlop Factory is (none of the guides online actually tell you the exact location!), it's in Alexandria, 9-15 Bowden Street next to the giant bargain store on the corner. In fact, if you're driving you should park in their carpark. I've pinpointed where it is on this map. More photos soon...


Sydney. Art. Music. Yum Cha.


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