BOOKS & FILMS

Diary of a Movie Junkie

September 28, 2016

Jean and I watch a lot of movies – in fact it is one of our favourite pastimes. Perhaps this is because I spent a good portion of my childhood between the two video rental shops my dad owned when I was in primary school. Afternoons for me consisted of hanging out with his 20-something employees after school, watching Chocolat, Almost Famous and Silence of the Lambs (they really had no idea what would be appropriate for a 10 year old). It is no surprise then that my brother is currently studying to be a film-maker, or that the words “Be Kind Rewind” send a shiver of nostalgia down my spine every time.

Turns out a childhood spent watching movies leads to adulthood spent watching movies. Who knew? So, I thought I would start a little series in which I talk about the movies, good and bad, Jean and I watch every week – and get something besides square eyes out of it. PS. I’ve linked the trailer for each movie in their respective titles. Happy watching!

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Michal Pudelka

September 23, 2016

2016 has undoubtedly been the year of the Girl Gang – and I am definitely here for it. From Tuesday Bassen’s hugely popular illustrations and clothing line, to Beyonce’s Lemonade movie and the lovely girls from ByAfrique, girl gangs are everywhere. Perhaps that is why I am so in love with Michal Pudelka’s photography – his representation of femininity and sisterhood are simultaneously sweet, dreamy and eerily cult-like. Pudelka’s photography is a sort of strange, cotton-candy, waif girl gang. To be honest, it makes me feel like watching Virgin Suicides (for the 100th time) or listen to HAIM on repeat.

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STYLE & BEAUTY

Vivetta Autumn/Winter 2016

September 16, 2016

I’m always astounded by the power style and fashion has for storytelling. The potential it has for evoking feeling through small visual details like the drape of a dress, the delicate pattern on a blouse or the expression on a model’s face. Storytelling through fashion has had as much impact on the development of my personhood and individuality as the books, music and art I have been surrounded by in my life so far. This is true for so many people – which is why it is so frustrating when fashion, or careers in fashion, are disregarded as trivial and superficial.

It is with style’s capacity for storytelling in mind that I came across the Vivetta Autumn/ Winter 2016 collection. I had never heard of Vivetta before, but this collection is so whimsical and pretty I was immediately dazzled and drawn into the brand.

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ART & DESIGN

Christopher Duffy

September 9, 2016

When I was 15 I came across a picture of Jeff Koons’ balloon dog and it was the most extraordinary art concept my young mind had yet been acquainted with. I actually tried to make my own paperweight-sized version of it, out of actual balloons filled with flour (which I planned to paint with some kind of glossy varnish). Needless to say it was a spectacular failure. Years later, my dream of owning a Jeff Koons-style balloon dog was realised when Mr Price Home produced a knock-off version of Koons’ idea. I don’t think it sold very well (many of the balloon dogs found their way, slightly chipped, to the SALE counter quite soon after release), but I bought one and it is still prominently displayed on my bookshelf at home.

Though my Koons project failed, I stand by my adolescent passion for bringing beautiful pieces of contemporary art (or versions thereof) into the home. In an ideal world I would be surrounded by the inspiring art and design of people I admire, without having to become a multi-billionaire first (my BA in English Lit and Gender Studies didn’t exactly equip me to become mega-rich, so what’s a girl to do?).

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STYLE & BEAUTY

Jack & Anjelica

September 6, 2016

Everything about Anjelica Huston is magical. Reading her memoir makes me feel like I’ve stepped into a chick-lit novel (in another dimension, where chick-lit novels are well written), wherein the high-fashion model protagonist has tempestuous love affairs and travels the globe with her sophisticated friends.

Anjelica has long been a style and beauty inspiration for me – a sort of comforting inspiration if I’m honest, because her beauty is strange and different and unconventional. Anjelica’s kind of beauty is so unique, it dares other women to embrace their unique quirks and call it ‘beautiful’ too. She’s a rare bird, I can’t help but celebrate her.

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MUSIC

I love you, Father John Misty

September 6, 2016

If you’ve ever seen a picture of J.Tillman (aka Father John Misty) you, like me, probably initially mistook him for the soft spoken barista at your favourite fair-trade coffee shop, making mediocre heart shapes in the milk of soy lattes and telling you about his Philosophy thesis. But you’d be wrong!

In reality he is (name in bright blue iPhone lights) a star and an inspiration to indie kids far and wide, though I’m sure he does make a mean cappuccino. And damnit, I think I love him. I didn’t mean to, but I do.

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ART & DESIGN, LIFE

Affirmations for artists

September 2, 2016

I don’t think there is a creative or artistic person alive who does not have doubts about his or her work. In my art I often seize up with insecure thoughts, knowing there are so many talented people out there – people who are much better at their work than I am at mine.

This is partly due to the amazing exposure artists are getting on social media (imagine if Monet was constantly faced with Renoir’s latest work, success and #blessed life on Instagram – even he would be bummed all the time) and, perhaps, it is partly due to a capitalist society which tells us that we are always just short of enough.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

In celebration of Spring

September 1, 2016

Spring has always held a somewhat magical quality for me – watching the plants in our garden come to life after being completely weather-beaten for months on end makes me feel absurdly optimistic. Perhaps it’s the renewal and rebirth which the season represents, perhaps it is simply the brighter colours and warmer weather Spring brings with it – either way, I’m glad it’s here.

In honour of Spring Day, I thought I’d share this beautiful series of images by photographer Ula Kóska and makeup artist Beata Bojda. These Polish artists collaborated to celebrate Slavic folklore by bringing to life the iconic traditional attires and floral head wreaths of their forefathers (or foremothers, in this case).

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STYLE & BEAUTY

Joan Didion, Goddess of Cool

August 30, 2016

There are few people in this world who hold such esteem in my mind that it is almost impossible for me to write about them. Joan Didion is one of these people. Every attempt leaves me wondering what I can say about this woman to adequately communicate how strong and effortless and insightful and downright cool she is. Nevertheless, I’ll try.

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ART & DESIGN

Enchanted Dolls – Marina Bychkova

August 26, 2016

Look, I’ve never been a doll kind of person. Even as a little girl I preferred to play with toy cars and planes – pretty much any stereotypical “boy” toys – much to the chagrin of my mom who wanted a little ballerina girl and not an obstinate tomboy. I also refused to wear dresses, comb my long tangled hair or take a bath while Baywatch was on TV (which always seemed to be on Mnet at the exact same time as bath time).

As I grew older, though, my tastes have become slightly more refined and feminine – I found books and art and allowed my parents to paint my bedroom walls the brightest shade of pink you can possibly imagine*.

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