Saturday, March 31, 2012

bueller house

Interior mood no.5

A big glass house in the woods of Chicago. You will probably recognise it from the 80s film, Ferris Bueller's day off. I would really like a collection of vintage convertibles and a shearling rug...
Architects James Speyer and David Haid built the house in 1953.  The steel frame and large floor to celing windows lend the house panoramic views and a breathtaking feeling of being part of nature.

Photos from Coolhunting

Thursday, March 29, 2012



"In April 2010, for the jubilee 25th International Festival, Dries Van Noten was invited to preside as president of the jury for fashion. During his time at Hyères he had the opportunity to visit the exhibits of the photographer finalists competing in the festival. It was then that Dries encountered the work of James Reeve, and particularly his work Lightscapes, for the first time. The night has intrigued and inspired James for many years and in the past he has experimented with the traditional technique of shooting very long exposures, to embrace the unique characteristics given to landscapes by the moon and artificial city lights. Working on Lightscapes, he has been exploring the night in a new way, stripping away conventional visual references to focus not on the landscape itself but on the vivid scars of light that pierce the darkness."
-Dries Van Noten SS12 'Lightscapes' lookbook

I was very lucky to see this exhibition in Paris and I couldn't stop thinking about the first photograph for days after we left. If only I could have taken the light box version back home with me...

Thankyou Elise for the Dries Van Noten SS12 lookbooks, and speaking of lovely things Elise is just about to launch her new candle range, Maison Balzac. Can't wait!

All photographs by me

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Beautiful blues, browns and crisp white shirts from TOME AW 12.  
I already have my eye on a few pieces from their debut SS12 range, the balance between sophisticated and wearable has made them a new favourite.

Photos from Harper's

Sunday, March 25, 2012


How I long for a garden.

Lindsey in a park wearing my favourite Carven sweater and Valentine Fillol-Cordier watering her plants.

1. Lindsey Wixson directed by Angelo Pennetta from Self Service Magazine on Vimeo.
2. Valentine Fillol-Cordier & Jonathan Heaf for Apartamento Magazine by Kasia Bobula.
3. Illustration by me.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


I would like to sit in a small house on a tower in a field. I haven't done a house drawing for months, so here's a new one. I need to do this more often. I like drawing these but when they're finished I'm a little sad, because I'd just like to go and sit in one of these houses, in the middle of nowhere, and read a book. And be surrounded by granite boulders and lonely trees. I'm sure wherever it is is very quiet. Maybe there's some low wind whistling around the place, and the trees rustling, but that's it.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

the age of discretion

These past few weeks have been so busy, I can't believe March is almost over already. Last week I celebrated my birthday and I just enjoyed the final part of my present from Rohan. This afternoon we went and saw This Is Our Youth, a play starring Michael Cera and Kieran culkin at the Sydney Opera House. I haven't been to the theatre in years and this was such an incredible performance, thankyou Ro! I also got a very lovely set of lingerie from one of my favourite New York designers, Araks.

Another highlight was seeing Jane Birkin sing Serge Gainsbourg at the City Recital Hall last friday. She performed a few favourites and some songs I had never heard before, my friends and I were all mesmerised by how charming and just generally amazing she was in real life. She spoke in both French and English, wore a simple white shirt with black trousers and even made her her way through the hall so she could hi-five, blow kisses and sing to the audience. What struck me most was when she received a beautiful bouquet at the end of the performance and proceeded to immediately pull it apart so she could give flowers to the other members of her group. These incredibly talented Japanese musicians, all famous in their own right, have taken a year off to travel with Jane on this tour and I'm so happy that they did.

1. My new PetiteGrand necklace, 2. Dahlia's in my bedroom, 3. Acrylic swatches in my sketchbook, 4. Araks Olga bra and little note from Ro, 5. Film photos taken on the roof of Casa Milà, Barcelona, 6. Dahlia's in my bedroom, 7. Paris, Portrait of a City by Taschen, a gift from my parents, 8. Opening up my Araks set from Ro, 9. Acrylic swatches in my sketchbook, 10. A polaroid taken in St. Germain, Paris and my new PetiteGrand necklace.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

breakfast, lunch, tea


One of our places in Paris was Rose Bakery in Le Marais. Only a 10 minute walk from our apartment and just around the corner from the Isabel Marant store (a fantastic yet dangerous combination) we went back a few times so we could try as much as possible.

First up was the famous carrot cake which we ate hours after landing, we then went back for lunch (all delicious) and their banana smoothie was one of my favourites. The feeling of finally being in Le Marais, eating at the cafe I have dreamed of since 2006 and seeing all the boutiques and creperies along the cobblestone streets is something I will never forget.

Make sure you go on the weekend to experience the full brunch menu - the pancakes were a treat!

Rose Bakery Marais
30 Rue Debelleyme, 75003 

All photos by Rohan and I

Sunday, March 11, 2012

tu as de beaux yeux, tu sais

"you have beautiful eyes, you know"

Film still and quote from Port of Shadows (Le quai des brumes, 1938)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

it must be love

Experimenting with acrylics for my painting class and finally catching up on the FW 12 shows.

CHLOE - you're the one!

1. Watercolour by me, photo from self service, 2. Illustration by me, 3-5. Photos from,  
6. Paint swatch by me, photo from self service.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012




“The beauty of this garden would always reassure me,” she said. 
“Paris has a way of restoring your faith.” 

-Sofia Coppola on the Jardin du Luxembourg, New York Times

The gardens in Paris are really something else. As Sofia describes there is something so soothing and peaceful about being there as if all your problems suddenly drift away. Even with a grey cast over the sky and freezing temperatures I enjoyed just sitting in those perfect green chairs, eating a marron crepe with my cafe au lait in hand and thinking, maybe I have found somewhere else I could call home?

1. Jardin des Tuileries, 2. Jardin du Luxembourg, 3. Park essentials; Lanvin and Merci notebooks, Celine sunglasses and M&J by Vanessa Paradis, 4. Outside the Louvre, 5. Jardin des Tuileries, 6. A little parting gift from the Carven store (thanks Carven!), 7. Jardin du Palais Royal, 8. The Jardin du Carrousel‎, 9. Reading The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir and Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin, 10. Jardins du château de Versailles.  All photographs by Rohan and I.

Friday, March 2, 2012


I just started my Bachelor of Fine Arts this week and am having the best time looking through course options and picking all my future electives. I remembered reading in The Gentlewoman about Gaia Repossi and her BFA majors, archaeology and anthropology and wishing I could do something like that. It's exciting to be able to study other subject areas and take up some very specific electives after three years of set timetables studying fashion business and graphic design.
While I was in Paris I came across the Repossi store in Place Vendôme and stood transfixed admiring those Berbère Rings in the window. Rohan wasn't familiar with Repossi and I had to tell him how she not only designs amazing jewellery and gives a great interview but also has the most incredible wardrobe. I think these photos from The Coveteur say it all. 

All photos from The Coveteur