Tara-Lynn: Things I like right now

tara-lynn and i internet bonded over a mutual love for the life magazine archives. she manages to find the most incredible gems over there all the time which she shares, amongst other nice things, on her blog stay fancy free (this recent one of students in paris in 1961 is just one example that sent me into a tizzy.) she is also a talented knitter, selling handmade pieces over at her shop yarn over movement – the cambridge cowl is my favourite.

Max Rollitt

my parents have bought antiques over anything new in the furniture department as far back as i can remember. when i was younger i thought it quite fuddy duddy and would roll my eyes like any good teenager when they spoke about yellowwood dining room tables and cape dutch food cupboards. fortunately i grew up and came to cherish and appreciate these things, and it has certainly influenced what kind of pieces i would choose today.

that was then, this is now

the ones2watch is an online magazine that showcases the fashion industry’s up-and-coming photographers, stylists & other peeps behind the lens. if you’re seeking some inspiration i suggest you browse through their past issues. i was particularly taken by this editorial that was photographed by ross trevail & styled by lena dystant – who you may recognise from many street style blogs as basically the coolest girl on the planet.

Chih Chen

chih chen has a ginger cat that makes me swoon. he looks like he would be an ideal cuddle partner. i’m only assuming he is indeed a male because ginger cats are usually male, right? (3:1 male to female ratio i believe – cat fact.) be sure to check out the rest of her mesmerising film photography at her flickr… i got lost in there for quite a while.

Kate: Things I like right now

i wasn’t sure how to write this introduction about kate without sounding like a fan-girl nut job. i’ve been reading for me, for you for as long as i have been reading blogs (and chances are you do too.) hers was one of the first to go into my reader when i figured out what rss feeds were – a glorious day, that was. i live vicariously through her bits of my weekend posts and i’d like to pretend that wendy would actually like me if i ever met her (cat cuddles?)

A Forest

i went for a long walk in the forest this past weekend – one of my favourite ways to unwind. the only thing i will miss about summer is that the days are longer which allows for walks after work before the sun sets. then again, there are not many things in the world that are as nice as walking in a forest in the dead of winter. i’m not talking snow, because it doesn’t snow here, but certainly the smell of damp earth, wet pine needles and cold air. someone bottle that up so i can bath in it.

Master Collagist

i have told you about my friend amy before (see her things i like right now to spruce your memory.)  i have dubbed her Master Collagist. since our first year together in university 9 odd years ago now, amz has made books full of collages to inspire her. people actually stole these books – that’s how nice they were. she came to visit me this weekend and i asked her to bring some of her old books along so i could scan some pages in (will be sharing those in due course.) she ended up making an entirely new collage in her giant A3 moleskine sketchbook based on fashion and other stuff she’s enjoying right now. good times, noodle salad.

donald glover

you probably know donald glover as the ever amusing troy barnes on community… which is where i admittedly got to know about him too. what i didn’t know was that he is a multi-talented individual who also does stand up comedy, makes music under the name childish gambino and writes comedy (he used to be a writer for 30 rock.) i first realised these things when i discovered a remix he did of sufjan steven’s illinoise album under one of his musical monikers, mc DJ – which he called illin-noise (!) – if that doesn’t make you fall head over heels for this guy perhaps these photos will.