Confezioni Crosby F/W 2012

easter is my favourite holiday. not because of the chocolate (who cares about the chocolate? we can buy that stuff all year round – who are we kidding.) no no, it’s because every easter weekend in my living memory has marked the turn of the seasons. it will always be cold & rainy without fail. and i look forward to it so, so much – especially when the march heat waves almost send me to the brink of tears. okay i’m exaggerating, those were probably just my eyes sweating.

and – rain it did this weekend! we had a mini-break in the karoo where good intentions of taking photos of the stars were ruined by amazingly cloudy weather. i was of course completely okay just hanging out indoors cooking lamb on the fire.

so when i spotted the confezioni crosby f/w 2012 lookbook (who i previously posted about here and here) over at jessica’s blog i felt it was quite serendipitous owing to my current joyous feelings about our impending winter. today i stopped to look at a tree whose leaves were turning and i almost broke into song. almost.

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The Parlour Suite

The Parlour Suite sent me an email to tell me about their new album Everyone’s Looking which is dropping this coming weekend. i can’t tell you how flattered i am to be approached by talented people making good music.

The Parlour Suite is the surf-pop project, formed by Mpls (Minneapolis) husband-wife team, Joel and Inga Roberts, and supported on drums by Joshua Perez. The stories in the album are reflective of the cityscapes & sun soaked beaches that our tours have brought us to. Skateboarding on the boardwalk in Venice Beach & flipping thru CD’s at Earwax Records in Brooklyn. The songs are a bit of an escape from the winters in Mpls. We are set to hit the road with the album in April… bringing the songs back to the cities & places that are woven throughout the record.

a lovely album to listen to on a spring day – since the northern hemisphere is starting to thaw and flowers are beginning to bloom… i’m sure you guys are going to enjoy this. listen to it here or press play below.

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Empty Spaces

Brian Henry is a photographer from Baltimore who bought his first camera in 2004 and has been honing his skills ever since. he has a wonderful collection of photographs documenting abandoned places, a theme that it central to his work

My current portfolio reveals lost places, neglected buildings, decay, with occasional concepts conceived through dreams and strange films from the 70s. Most of my photographs are taken with vintage cameras, using Polaroid film. I am very experimental with my work and often find myself doing it “wrong” or just whatever feels right. My photos are sometimes manipulated or abused, or left in abandoned buildings to decay.

whenever i see places like this i can’t help but think, that couch would be GREAT if it just got a bit of love. or, what a beautifully crafted sink… and it’s just sitting there. etc etc. this place in particular boasts some of the most vibrant wallpaper i’ve seen in a while, some of which i would even contemplate decorating my own home with.

there is a lot of photography on flickr by people who enjoy capturing abandoned & restricted places and buildings (this group has over half a million photographs, for instance) – if you’re interested in this kind of thing and want to delve into it a bit more check out some of the urban explorers groups on flickr.

all photographs by Brian Henry

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Into the Jungle

let me explain to you how this usually goes. i start browsing through my trusted roll of street style blogs, opening my favourite looks in new tabs, then i usually have a gander at bukowski’s to see what new art they have on their books (the internet isn’t fun if you don’t multi-task) which leads to a couple of mmmm moments. mmm this is an interesting theme. mmm these look good together. and then blammo! mashup magic happens.

yes, that’s how it usually goes.

painting: karl axel pehrson “meadow” + street style: street peeper

painting: reidar särestöniemi “rapids” + street style: street peeper

painting: henri rousseau “hungry lion” + street style: the street fashion 5 xpro

painting: paul cezanne “forest” + street style: style sightings

painting: fyodor vasilyev “autumn forest” + street style: street peeper

painting: karl axel pehrson “flowers” + street style: the street fashion 5 xpro

painting: henri rousseau “the waterfall” + street style: style sightings

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