last week i posted this photo on Instagram without even thinking twice, which resulted in an unprecedented number of comments of women left and right chiming in that they, too, had this particular problem. i mean – we basically all want to look like French mimes, right? these aren’t even all the striped shirts i own you guys.
you might wonder how i find content for these (now pretty popular) mid week distractions. well, they are all articles, posts, images, features or music that have distracted me throughout the week. i don’t specifically look for content, but rather bookmark the stuff that actually took up 5, 10 or even 30 minutes of my time at any given moment. they aren’t called distractions for nothing. i can pretty much gauge the productivity of the past week by how long these posts are.
these chicken plates by London based artist Holly Frean are just the kind of thing i would buy without thinking twice, and upon returning home to show off my spoils the conversation with my husband would go as follows:
Reuben Wu is a photographer, music producer (ever heard of a little group called Ladytron? uuuh yeah!) and director who i discovered by way of flickr when his fantastical landscape imagery almost made my eyeballs explode into a cloud of star dust. i might have listened to this while looking through them. follow him on Instagram.
Marion Hanania is the designer & founder of vegan footwear brand Good Guys who i’ve featured many times around here. born and raised in Paris, Marion has been spending the past 6 months in California – a move which is truly reflected in her bright & sunny new SS15 collection. i looooove those colour block sandals!
i don’t know what it is with my recent obsession with sportswear. i am hopeless at sports and pretty useless at exercising, to boot. i recently attempted Kayla Itsines’ BBG and i managed one day. ONE day. but still, you know, i want to look COOL while i’m failing to exercise. and maybe a small part of me thinks that if i look great i’ll be more inclined to workout. isn’t that how it always goes? well perhaps i need to start listening to Outdoor Voices and get my ass into figurative – and literal – shape.
i broke my promise to bring you a music mix every month. and for that, i’m sorry. i hope this makes it up to you? x o x o happy friday the thirteenth / valentines day (whichever you choose to celebrate). just press play!
illustrator, jewellery maker and all round creative gal Kaye Blegvad just launched a, shall we say, passion project in the form of Horizontal Press, a small pornographic press based in Brooklyn. you can peruse a selection of tongue-in-cheek, and cheeky, Tijuana Bibles and prints in their online shop. perfect for the ‘discerning horndog’. i asked Kaye a bit about how Horizontal Press came to be.
have no plans for tonight? here’s an idea. go out and buy a bunch of balloons and then invite your friends around. you are guaranteed to have the BEST TIME EVER as evidenced by this series i discovered in the LIFE archives, photographed in 1948 by Martha Holmes.
Jordan Sullivan is a writer & artist living in LA, original from Houston Texas, who i have been following on Instagram for a long while. i recently delved into his extensive portfolio, and was stopped in my virtual tracks by the beautiful and harrowing photographic story about his mother: The Burial Cloud.
i think that many of us can relate to Soppy, a set of illustrations by Philippa Rice about the everyday minutiae within a relationship that actually mean so much. based on her relationship with illustrator Luke Pearson, she’s been sharing them on her blog since 2013 and they are now available as 112 page book.
i really had to restrain myself not to expand on many of the links i planned on sharing in this week’s distraction. the Prada Universe, for instance, easily deserves its own post – i lost myself for a good while exploring shows from way back. 1988 was a particularly good year, and 1994 featuring a little Kate Moss. as for Baz Luhrmann’s greatest film music moments… i am consequently watching Romeo and Juliet as i type this. i actually forgot that Paul Rudd played the dorky second fiddle to Leo. reminiscing aside, here’s all the good stuff.
i blitzed through a book this past weekend (which wasn’t amazing, but has comparisons to Gone Girl – so if you’re into whodunits maybe give it a whirl) and the main character kept mentioning slipping into a “sexy black teddy” that her husband had bought for her. i couldn’t roll my eyes hard enough because, first of all, stop calling it a teddy and also the idea of someone buying a woman lingerie has always confused me. what if it doesn’t fit? what if it’s cheap and itchy? what if it makes you look like a weirdo? what if you just don’t LIKE it?
i’ve had so many great new lookbooks & collections floating on my radar the past couple of days, and so decided to share them all in one amazing, mega, Fashion Frenzy post! featuring Brookes Boswell, Young Frankk, Yo Vintage and the collaboration of Adriaan Kuiters x Jody Paulsen x Pichulik.