Monday, 17 September 2012

Let's Go To Shopping


Image : thecultureconcept.com


In our dreams. (!)

Pretty happy about the autumn tv schedule which usually means ample viewing to keep you inside and distracted from the chilly weather. Winter is coming.

One of these TV treats comes in the form of Downton Abbey which is sure to have my evenings booked up along with other shows.
In celebration of this, I decided return to polyvore and use their new template ideas to make an up-to-date homage to the Crawley sisters.

Downton Abbey Updated



Tuesday, 11 September 2012

A&D For The Mind Grapes: Carol Wyatt


Foster's EXT Day
© Carol Wyatt

Foster's-Exterior---Dusk
© Carol Wyatt

Foster's-Exterior-
© Carol Wyatt

Town Est Shot
© Carol Wyatt

Fosters house w Bloo
© Carol Wyatt

Summer hasn't decided whether it wants to chill out in T town so let it be known that you bloggers from the other side of the pacific are making me jealous with your cutesy posts about getting ready for "Fall".

Humidity aside, I do love the sun and all the holidays and activities that summer brings but I prefer autumn more. Being rather late to the party, until a few hours ago I had never heard of "Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends" and the colourful world of Carol Wyatt.

I'm in totes love with her drawings and especially the house. There's something about the house drawings that make me think of autumn back in Canada, the leaves turning into their gorgeous shades, swapping Peter's Drive In milkshakes for hot chocolate and the part where my woolly hat doesn't leave my head -40 degrees C okay?

Also for your viewing pleasure, I've included a clip of said "Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends" below, in case like me, you hadn't heard of it till now. Enjoy!

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Friday Shout Outs

Much in the way of your follow Fridays in twitter land, I like to give a shout out to some not so well known things that I love and maybe you might like to know about! ( I do realise its half past Saturday but friends come first)




I noticed one of my male friends wearing this cool t-shirt at work yesterday and assumed it was Japanese because of the cute ginkgo motif on the sleeve. He told me that he actually got it on his recent visit to Vietnam and suggested I take a look at their website.
I like interesting t-shirt designs and am becoming a fan of Gingko.This small company based in Ho Chi Minh City combine interesting, simplistic designs with an Eco friendly, fair trade policy that can only make you feel good about supporting Gingko.



After a long day at work, there's nothing better than some bathroom treats than can make you feel awesome again. I came across Laline after walking past their shop many times on Omotesando Dori and catching some yummy herbal scents.
I'm a fan of their scrubs which come in some gorgeous smelling scents such as Coconut and Verbana, Cherry Blossom and Lavender. My particular favourite is their Vanilla and Patchouli. The scrubs come infused with vitamin e and avocado oil that leave your skin feeling moisturised while you wash.




If you do find yourself in Japan one day (or Tokyo for that case!) you most probably want to fit some shopping in. One shop I can recommend is 2nd Street Jumble store. It's perfect if you love hunting through racks of vintage and used clothing while grabbing a bargain in the meantime. Japanese used stores have strict policies about what kinds of items they'll accept. It will mainly be items that are in excellent condition and in 2nd Streets case, items that are well known brand labels from Miss Sixty to Marc Jacobs.
The general rule with used shops is; the expensive the area, the more expensive the brands, so heading to the Daikanyama store for example is your best bet if you're after a shelf full of Marc Jacobs and Collection Privee handbags.
Look out also for Japanese labels such as Tsumori Chisato, Tomorrowland and United Arrows for some unique additions to your wardrobe.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

That's One For The Moleskine











All kinds of work needs a name. I call these guys: "Middle Child".
A day of crafts and Bambi with the kids (class- not mine!) got me to put brightly coloured pens to paper.

Plus I really like our horned friends; Moose, elks, stags, reindeer. I've yet to cross off a moose from my nature bucket list, cross fingers when I get back to Canada!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Koenji Awaodori Dance Festival



A couple of weeks ago, we got to join in on one of the last festivals of the summer and also giving me the opportunity to wear my new Yukata.



Teams made of different communities got together for one long dancing street procession. Long it is. The endurance of the dancers is amazing and it shows in the super genkiness of everyone taking part.
Despite the sticky heat and standing for a long time as a spectator, I would look for any excuse to wear my yukata.






Tuesday, 4 September 2012

List of Six: 80's Movies





List of Six - a collection of things in sixes that I like/love or can't decide what gets my heart more.
This week, it's movies from the 80's that I will watch again and again and not wince or turn away because James Spader is being mean.



 Sixteen Candles
I do like "Pretty in Pink" but Sixteen Candles gets me because the wallflower doesn't have an obstacle in the form of James Spader standing in the way of her crush. James Spader was the 80's bad guy. Not in an action movie way such as....yeah, didn't watch many of those when I was child but the poster douchebag who you must've had lurking in your own school corridor.
The characters seem to have more dimensions - the apologetic parents after committing a parental faux pas, the caring yet eccentric grandparents, the antisocial brother, and the friends who actual seem real and grounded. Even the popular girl of aesthetic perfection avoids being a cow to everyone lower on the social rung.


Sunday, 2 September 2012

Garden of Earthly Delights



I can't begin to tell you how beautiful the outdoors was in Bali. The pictures will suffice won't they?

From sunrise to sunset, the flowers, the gardens, the waves on the beach, the mountains, the colours, the sounds and the stars in the night sky (which is really something else).

If I remember correctly, some of you will be heading to an early autumn with cardigans, light knits and trusty boots. Accept these images as a visual warm up and pre-holiday inspiration!


Monday, 27 August 2012

Offerings To Dewa and Dewi



"Offerings are gifts. They are a means of giving something back. But, of course, gifts obligate the recipient and so the system creates mutual obligations and favours, even between humans and spirits. With offerings to the demons, however, the offeror does not expect a gift in return, just the favour that the demons will go away."

Source: http://www.murnis.com/culture/articlebalineseofferings.htm



One of my little obsessions while in Bali. I loved the idea of people offering something in such an interesting way, in the form of palm leaf boxes filled with beautiful flowers, snacks and incense sticks. I also liked the idea that the Balinese would go towards this effort everyday for means of religious devotion only to have the boxes discarded to the road side at the end of the day.

But renewal is imminent, (like the Shinto faith that requires the demolition and rebuilding of a shrine every four years) and to be able to let go of something beautiful and start all over again..... getting rid of the baggage and all that. Insert your own metaphor here.






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