There can't be many photographers who wouldn't swoon at the chance to work with Tilda Swinton, but she and Tim Walker do kind of seem like a dream team. Weird and whimsical, spooky but beautiful; what a creative vision. She's one of those actors to whom I feel such a connection because of their on-screen roles and their personal style, yet her real life is totally out of the public eye. I'm content with the image I have of her and I have no interest in seeing her in the "celebs are just like us" section of the tabloids, pumping gas or taking out the garbage!
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
By my advanced age, having a new thought is an exciting thing. My latest internet obsession sparked a new thought the other day: I've been browsing hundreds of images on a menswear street-style blog called Mister Mort, and I was so excited by the stuff I was seeing that I was actually jealous of guys' style options! That's a first!
The blog celebrates real style, not just off duty models and gorgeous hipsters in designer gear. He's got an eye for great vintage and Americana work-wear, and he often shoots tradesmen, old dudes, and the homeless-esque: anyone can have cool gear. Looking at all these pictures inspired me to force Karl to try on a bunch of stuff at the thrift store; some of it he liked, but very little of it fit. Usual story: too small, too short for him. But he was a good sport.
There is always a focus on shoes, which has made me pretty critical of the footwear situation on men here in Vancouver. It was something that my boss always complained about, and I didn't really understand. Now I do. Yuck, all of these dumpy, boring cheap black "dress shoes"; looks like they were purchased as a last resort. Men should have a little more fun, celebrate getting dressed!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The sun is streaming through the windows this evening (revealing how desperately they need to be washed) and the forecast is for a few more sunny days this week, which is great news. I think I saw one brave little pea shoot poking up in the vegetable garden this afternoon, but I'm really itching to get more seeds in the ground.
It's such a lovely time to walk around our neighbourhood. Gardens are bursting with tulips, magnolia trees are erupting in pink and white, and the lilac trees are covered in buds - it won't be long now until that wonderful smell perfumes the air. Looking at all these paintings of flowers makes me with that I had more roses, but our yard is already packed pretty tight. We have lots of shrubby roses and some little pink roses, but none of those big, bold, fragrant ones. That's the upside when something dies; we get to replace it!
Monday, April 15, 2013
The long, unplanned hiatus was due to some glitch with the blog, not my lack of inspiration. It's actually a pretty beautiful season, and everything is starting to look good to me. Flowers, dresses, cute shoes; finally the winter is behind us. Okay, it kind of snowed a few days ago, but it was quickly forgotten.
I love this editorial from Harper's Bazaar UK, featuring Sophie Hirschfelder. It was done as part of a collaborations with the V&A Museum, but I haven't been able to find details anywhere about the sources of the illustrations.
In other news, I had a fantastic long Easter weekend with my parents, though it seems long ago, the garden has it's first few seeds, I went bowling, hung out with babies, got a massage, bought a few things at the thrift store, great some great books, and have generally been getting excited about the return of the sun!
Monday, March 25, 2013
As anyone who sews knows, the collar is one of the fussier components of sewing a shirt. For that reason, when I make a blouse I often design a super simple neckline for it: sheer laziness. I keep coming across images with interesting collars though, and it's making me think I should up my game once in a while. Contrasting? Lace? Tie? Really, for a few minutes more work, I think I'd be pretty happy with the outcome. I've got so much fabric stashed away at work...
Saturday, March 16, 2013
I'm always desperate for new music for the gym. A good song can boost my mood, especially doing cardio. I'm not a great runner, but last weekend I went for a run in the sun and when this Robyn song came on I started dance-running like a maniac. It was pretty funny, especially for the families filing into the church I was running past!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
This skirt looks almost like wide pants in these pictures! It has a seam down the centre front... Yesterday we had another glimpse of spring, so I figured it was time for it to come out of the closet. I got it in September, and while I'm not afraid to break pretty much all fashion "rules", it just didn't feel right to wear it in the winter. My new, shortest ever haircut. I love it. It's a little bit Joan of Arc, in my mind...
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The sunny weather this weekend got my green thumb itching, so I spent a few hours outside cleaning up the winter debris, but it's still a little early for much more than that, which forced me to turn my attention indoors. I'm pretty bad at house plants. Outside, I can get good results. Inside, not so much. I'm neglectful, lazy, and uninformed. I've been slowly killing a jade plant for about seven years, I have something else that is mostly brown leaves, I water rarely and almost never fertilize.
But I can do better! I will do better! Karl bought me a beautiful pink cyclamen for Valentines, and I got a pretty pot for it, and I did a little shopping on Sunday - nothing I love to buy more than dirt! I even got a little shelf to try to get my new friends as much sunlight as possible. So far, so good. Nothing has died yet. I'll post some pictures when there's enough light to take a couple of shots. Below are my inspiration plants - my motivation to take care of my new additions!