Friday, January 30, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Photo by bcn25
Overall, the Year of the Ox is expected to be as slow-moving and steady-as-you-go as an ox dragging a pile of bricks on its back through a muddy rice paddy (you get what I mean). This is a conservative year, full of traditions and values (I know like, a thousand people getting married, so that makes sense). However this is not a year to be outrageous (goodbye Amex). The year of the Ox will bring stability and growth in the face of patience and diligence. It is also a year of harvest, where we reap what we have sown (uh oh... I hope there's no cosmic bad karma hanging around!).
So people... In all my mystic wisdom. Work hard, be patient (I've already broken this rule and been punished for it several times over) and don't under any circumstances be crazy outrageous. Is anyone else feeling stifled?
Angelina Jolie again strutted around looking ephemeral and earth-mother-ish. Kind of smug and annoying, actually, and not a tad dull again. My usual warm-heartedness for her is starting to fade. It's time this family stopped being everywhere for a while.
Teri Hatcher was her usual try-hard self, with a dress far too reminiscent of Eva Mendes a few weeks ago.
And ... shoot me now... I thought the following ladies were looking frumpy. I know Kate Winslet is all about her body shape (and God love her for wearing some colour this time) but... She was bottle-shaped and not in a message in a bottle kind of a way. More like bottle tree. Ick.
Emily Blunt - attempting to ruin sequins for me. Bitch.
Eva Longoria... Why?
Friday, January 23, 2009
As map magazine describes it: As a kid, do you remember measuring how much you loved someone by the width of your open arms? Love was a physical space in between your hands, with your heart in the middle. Do you remember your first love, and counting off the reasons why your heart beat faster at the sound of their name or their voice? Remember plucking flower petals and wishing on dandelions, as they both took your thoughts of love and devotion for a journey on the wind? Using the real things in our everyday lives as a measuring stick for the height and breadth of our feelings, I love you more than blank is a funny, surprising, cute and heartfelt dedication to how much we really love each other.
I would say:
i love you more than ...
a pot of tea on a cold sunday morning
I am far too verbose.
I know it's all a bit all-black-ish, but black is so stylish and easy, and if you slip in a puddle - no one will know.
Photo credits: Primarily from Garance Dore, some shots from the Stella Macartney A/W 08/09 collections and a random Kate Moss (from her latest TopShop collection) and of course the HBO/SATC website.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
This year, The Standard has released an uber kitsch calendar (Standard High 2009), featuring its staff dressed as the various characters you meet in the corridors of high school (who doesn't love a good look inside the high schools of America - I've always found it fascinating, ever since Degrassi Junior High [although that was Canada... same diff] all the way up to the darkly hilarious Mean Girls). The calendar was shot by Michael Elins, who has worked for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Time. The calendar features The Stoner, The Jock, The Bully, Prom Queen, The Nerd etc.
I love this pic - it's called 'Vampires Drink Milk'
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
This follows on from her Narcisco Rodriguez (another Cuban-American designer - I think Ugly Betty would be pleased!) caramel and black outfit at Lincoln Memorial the other day.
Below is a word cloud (thanks http://www.smh.com/) from Barack Obama's inauguration speech, which shows the words he used most pictographically (I love this stuff).
"Amid scenes of jubilation, in which many Americans wept openly with joy, Mr Obama, aged 47, the son of a Kenyan man and a white woman from Kansas, became the first black president of the world's most powerful nation. ...Mr Obama then delivered one of the most widely-anticipated speeches of the modern era. In a deliberate attempt to lower expectations that have grown in the weeks before to the inauguration, it was a darkly sombre speech, warning Americans and the world that the US was "in the midst of crisis"."
The speech ended on a positive note.
America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Straight from Phillip Lim's 2009 Spring collection, are the specially designed Christian Louboutin ruffled heels complete with signature red soles.
They are even available in flats for those fun Spring fling days
Given Obama's own writing skills (he has been called the best writer-president since Abraham Lincoln and has written quite a few of his own landmark, stand up and squeal with optimism for the future speeches) and his brilliant public speaking abilities, Jon claims that it's a piece of cake writing for him, but you can imagine it would be a high pressure job. Although, in trademark style Obama sets aside time for joking: When Mr. Obama’s White Sox swept Mr. Favreau’s beloved Red Sox three games to none in their American League 2005 division series, the senator walked over to his speechwriter’s desk with a little broom and started sweeping it off.
Fo his inspiration, Favreau looks to JFK and Martin Luther King speeches and endless cups of coffee (he reportedly doesn't sleep more than 6 hours per night and generally goes to bed around 3am - this is distinctly vampire-like behaviour and a massive turn on for yours truly, despite needing a solid 8 hours per night myself).
In typical geek style, Jon uses big words when talking to girls. When he tries to tell girls that he's Obama's speechwriter, naturally very few (until now - his face is everywhere right now) believe him. To which he replies: "If I really wanted to hit on you, don’t you think I’d make up something more outlandish?" Outlandish. Great work.
Obama will be inaugurated at 3am Australian time tomorrow morning - the world is waiting with bated breath to hear his first words as President. It's amazing to think someone our age has written those words for him. Imagine.
This is by far one of my favourite images ever from The Sartorialist. Asides from being a bit of a styler for a woman her age, I think her outfit, her expression, those dark eyes, the grey hair without a hint of fussiness (or hair dye) makes her a fascinating study. Being an overly imaginative kind of a girl, I've already decided she survived the Holocaust, has dark secrets she will never tell anyone, and is a wonderful grandmother. As well as resilience and strength, I see warmth in her. What about you? What do you think of when you look at her?