Thursday, July 28, 2011

~ beautiful ~

/ emma watson via suicideblonde /
i am not one to go gaga over celebrities but i think emma watson is gorgeous! i love her style and she is just so adorable. yes, i want this dress, too.

miss cheesecake

/ marilyn monroe as miss cheesecake 1951via suicideblonde /
how do i go about competing to be miss cheesecake 2011?? if they have a mister mudcake, i'm signing reuben up as well.

united nude

/ block pump hi fluo red by united nude /

thanks annie spandex for making me love another shoe company!! they're amazing, but a bit out of my price range, even on sale.

/ abstract pewter + dark brown /

/ eamz pump camel /

/ elastic tangle hi beige mix + leather heel /

/ low res pale blue /

/ ultra loop zebra + dark brown /

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

vintage reds

/ via suicideblonde /
love this photo from vogue uk. has a very vintage feel to it. speaking of vintage, miriam and i started up our own blog about vintage clothes in palmy, called vintage ladies of palmerston north. we're hoping to do some more photo shoots that use some of the retro buildings and great landscapes in the area, as well as highlight retro and craft events. it's a work in progress at the moment, but we're hoping to get a bit more content on there soon.

Monday, July 25, 2011

looking forward to being wowed

/ cartesian rose by rosemary petterson /
i wrote about wow about a month ago, but i don't think that i reported that soon after i posted that, i got an offer from miriam to go to wow with her! somehow she scored vip tickets to one of the earliest shows and she offered to take me. i was (and still am) soooo excited!

/ from the two cities exhibition, nz body art flickr stream /

after i check wow off my list of things to do at least once in my life, i'll have to add the nz body art awards in auckland. not sure if they're considered as prestigious as the world of wearable art, but the creations are equally as amazing.

love snow

/ snow in christchurch via glow studio page /
it's snowing all over the country! not sure if we'll get any here, but it certainly feels like it's possible - brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!

photo above by our friend and wedding photographer, susan siu.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011


/ catburger cake via threadcakes /
the challenge is to make a cake out of a threadless t-shirt design and it's called threadcakes. there are some very sweet results!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

fabulous hoodies

/ hoodie dress by stadtkind_potsdam /
love these hoodies! they would be great for the cold weather. add to my wishlist! they remind a little of the hoodie scarf i made with two different fabrics. i've been commissioned to make one for anna at te manawa so i went on a search for fabric at the arts recycling centre. i found some really great blue/grey wool with light peach plaid stripes but had to go to spotlight to find some matching peach fabric. now i just need to head to the prier's house to borrow the sewing machine (put that on the wishlist too!). i'll let you know how it turns out.

/ hoodie shirt by stadtkind_potsdam /

chilli, chili, chilly

/ homemade garlic, chilli and peppercorn oil /
i had a few chillies going off in the veggie drawer so thought it was time to make another batch of garlic and chilli oil. i made some two years ago when i had a prolific chili plant and it lasted for ages and tasted particularly great on shrimp! i decided to throw in a few peppercorns this time for something different. it certainly turned out quite pretty.

i forgot to mention about 2 months ago one of the vacant buildings caddy corner to our building finally put up a sign saying there is a new restaurant/cafe coming soon and they've just changed it again to advertise for thai chefs. so i guess we'll be getting a thai place close by - yum! coincidentally, the name is chili.

and speaking of chilly - it has been exceptionally cold this week sooooo i finally bit the bullet and got a new coat, the one i have been lusting over from kilt :) i'll post pics soon because it's uber gorgeous.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

fantasy footwear

/ ma fragine heels /

wish i had an occasion to buy and/or wear either of these shoes - so fantastic!

/ sonic boomerang wedge on modcloth /

vintage palmy

/ me, janet, grant, miriam /
just a preview of some of the photos taken by miriam's friend, gerry, yesterday during our vintage clothes shoot yesterday for a red cross promotion. there was a manawatu standard photographer and reporter there as well so i'm quite interested to see what they came up with. will post more when they come out!

/ looking through the racks of outrageous clothes /
there were so many potential outfits on the racks that i would have styled entirely differently, but alas, i was not in charge, only playing along. it was still good fun.

/ note that i did not pick this outfit /
i have declined to post the full body shot of this outfit (navy palazzo pants that were so tight i had to safety pin them shut - shudder).

/ fave outfit of the day /
i liked this outfit mostly because the bottom half was mine :) the hat was a bit out there, but i enjoyed wearing it. don't think it gets cold enough in palmy to justify it, though.

/ miriam looking like a glam hitchhiker /
had such a great time that we're looking to start a more permanent vintage project, might start with more photos around town, blogging about vintage events, etc. could be quite fun!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

o is for giant otter

/ giant otter at the melbourne museum /
reuben and i couldn't get over this guy's expression - hilarious! luckily, the real live giant otters look slightly less goofy. but only slightly. according to wikipedia, a giant otter can also be known as a river wolf, Lobo de Río. awesome name.

check out more of our melbourne photos in my picasa album.

melbourne weekend

/ on the city circle tram /
last weekend, reuben and i took a long weekend in melbourne to celebrate his great first semester and have some quality alone time :) we flew over on friday afternoon and met up with reuben's sister, alex, for dinner at a tapas place called pelican. we were a little tired, but it was a delish meal, tasty wine and good company.

/ frog enclosure at the melbourne museum /
we started out saturday morning by taking the free city circle tram to get ourselves oriented in the city. it wasn't long before we made it to the melbourne museum. they had an amazing indoor forest, called forest secrets, complete with frogs and fish and birds. the animal enclosures made me pretty jealous!

/ melbourne museum's animal hall /
possibly the best part of the museum was the wild exhibition with dozens and dozens of animal specimens - simple, clean and clever way of displaying these great specimens. i recommend doing the virtual walk through online in full screen.

/ feeding the wildlife /
of course i loved the dinosaurs, but right next door to those was the bugs alive exhibit which had enormous stick insects, tarantulas, orb spiders, ants and dozens more - some were a bit creepy, but mostly they were incredibly impressive. i've gotten way more into bugs since working at te manawa.

/ melbourne's chinatown /
after the museum, we decided to go wandering toward flinders street station to find a cute alleyway we passed on the tram in the morning. we (accidentally) found chinatown and then (accidentally) found the bank where alex was working. she was due a lunch break so she took us to her favourite cafe tucked in one of the many buzzing little arcades.

/ red velvet from little cupcakes /
as we continued to wander, we stumbled upon little cupcakes and just had to stop! i had a red velvet, but it was nowhere near as nice as reuben's carrot cupcake.

/ crazy shoe shopping /
of course we did a little shopping in the block arcade and centreway arcade and other great little shops on the way - so many crazy and funky shoes! i found a great pair of black work pumps, something i've been searching for for ages. i left the above pair on the shelf though, not really my style.

/ reuben looking hot in the melbourne sun /
after wandering by flinders street railway station and the national gallery, we went down to the southgate area on the southern side of the yarra river for some stunning views of the city.

/ views from southgate /
after all that wandering, we had just enough time to get back to the hotel and prep for our night at dinner and a show. first, we had the pre-theatre special at the french brasserie. but if you know us, you know that we are far too gluttonous to stick to just one glass of wine and two courses... so we ordered a few extra glasses of the delish house white and the most amazing cheese platter after dinner. all fat and happy, we went to love never dies and despite sitting next to possibly the most annoying man in all of australia, we had a great time. i wouldn't say it was as much a sequel to the phantom of the opera as it was an alternative ending. that's all i'll say so i don't spoil it for anyone.

/ one of the many cheese stalls at the melbourne markets /
on sunday, we started off back at the melbourne museum to see the king tut exhibition. it was interesting, but after you've been to the metropolitan museum of art and the british museum, it wasn't that impressive. it was great to share my geekiness with reuben, though. and yes, i wore my hieroglyph tights to the exhibition. after the exhibition we made our way to the queen victoria markets where we sampled croissants, hot chocolates, cheesy pastry and donuts. i could have eaten sooo many more things there, they all looked so yummy!

/ in the jaws of the melbourne aquarium /
after the markets, we still managed to have some room in our stomachs, so we had a quick lunch on degraves street - definitely my favourite street in melbourne because of all the shops and cafes and the great city buzzzz. after lunch was on to the aquarium for further geekiness :) unfortunately, it was school holidays so there were a million and one kids (aaaargh!), but we saw some great fishies. i tested out their iphone app while we were there, which was actually pretty fun to use since we could hardly get close enough to the tanks to read the signage.

/ alex and reuben on hardware lane /
after warming up and drying off from the aquarium (no, we didn't swim with the penguins, it was pouring buckets when we finished our visit and had to wait a while for a tram), we headed out to dinner with alex on hardware lane. on a side note, the taxi drivers in melbourne are USELESS. we, as tourists, had to tell them where to go 9 out of 10 times and for realllllly obvious tourist destinations like the museum!

/ enjoying our italian meal and too much wine /
anyway, we had a great italian meal outside, where it was actually quite busy for a sunday night. it was a long but very fun night so i'm glad i got a new comfy pair of black pumps earlier in the day.

/ my new pumps /
it was a quick trip, but luckily melbourne is just the right sized city for a long weekend! i'd go back, but probably not before i checked out sydney or brisbane first. next time!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

far, far away

/ architecture 101 on threadless /
just a little star wars geekery :)

/ artoo loves threepio by blackmilk /

fashion at massey

/ gold nanoparticles fused with merino wool /
just a few fun fashion pieces in one of massey's magazines. it's pretty cool what they do with wool!

/ shadowlands world of wearable art gown /

Saturday, July 2, 2011


/ snap tv episode about te awa exhibit /
snaptv is the tv show that ross kids produce, mostly just for in-house use but now they've finally starting posting the episodes up on line. for a student production, i think they do a really great job!