Barcelona based label Paloma Wool have added some lovely new pieces to their collection, along with a KILLER lookbook. girls in rad threads doing Tai Chi, what’s not to love? see my previous posts about Paloma Wool here.
aaaand we’re back! things aren’t any less busy round here. tell me, is this time of year as mad for everyone else as i think it is? we leave for Kei on saturday, so i have a to do list that needs doing, stat – and on that very list was today’s mid week distraction. i wasn’t gonna leave you hanging, no sir.
some of you know that i contribute to Noonday Tune, i post a new song every second Friday and, with most things in my life, i always leave it to the last second – and spend a good 10 minutes to an hour on a Friday morning listening to new music so i have a good one to share by 12pm.
illustrator Anna Gleeson made a playful, illustrated take on the age-old classic: the nudie calendar. do you guys still page directly to your birth month when looking at a calendar? i have always mentally high-fived myself whenever i get a great page in September. the two-colour riso printed calendar is available to buy here – order soon as it’s only available for a few days before Anna goes on holiday.
damn, the FW14 lookbook by Mayflower Supply was bittersweet for me to look through. very sweet because New York is always a good idea; but ever so slightly bitter because my husband is actually there right now – without me, waaaah! owner Liz Hull gave me some insight into the lovely Meryl & Diane inspired shoot.
Sounds of Two Eyes Opening is a collection of photographs taken between 1962-82 by Spot, a musician, producer and sound engineer who documented southern California beach life, skating culture and the burgeoning punk scene. he was a fan of LIFE magazine as a kid, and started taking photos while writing for Easy Reader, a newspaper in the Hermosa Beach area. you can read an interview with him about the book here.
people have been asking whether i was going to do gift guides this year, and to be honest we are having a really small Christmas this side – our families on either side are getting so big that shopping for everyone becomes a really expensive affair. so mostly, we just try to keep things small and simple. yet i am still receiving harried texts and emails from loved ones asking – what do YOU want for christmas? it’s a tough question because i don’t really want anyone to buy me anything. give me a bag of christmas cookies and i’m good to go.
i must apologise for dropping the ball on Mid Week Distraction this week, it pained me to do it – but things have been too crazy round here. there are only 7 working days left of the year in my personal calendar, and of course EVERYONE wants their projects finished before people go on leave. not to mention social commitments like seeing family and friends and attending christmas parties (and buying gifts!) and the whole toot. so needless to say i haven’t even glanced over the internet this past week, so there are actually no distractions to be had…
i found these images while trawling around the LIFE archives, with no explanation as to who took them, when, or where. i’m guessing this was sometime in the twenties or thirties? and it looks like it might have been somewhere in Europe – originally i thought maybe they were Swedes, but that old school Nivea Creme tin made me wonder if they were German. well, looks like they had a pretty good time either way.
whatever, i would wear any of these dresses even if i weren’t getting married. the Houghton Bride FW15 collection is bad ass. “I am creating a bridal collection for the woman who wants to get married in something simple, sexy and timeless.” says Katharine Polk, the designer behind Houghton. i’d say you nailed it, Katharine.
this past weekend my niece had her 6th birthday party (we made her a leopard cake). it was a classic hot December day, there were a hundred kids in the pool, running through sprinklers and eating slices of watermelon. that whole day reminded me of this new SS15 collection by Royal Caballito – fun, bright, summer.
if you follow me on Instagram you may have caught some photos that i was sharing from my mom’s photography trip to Morocco. she first picked up a camera in her fifties and started taking photos with slide film, then eventually transitioned to digital. she now regularly goes on photography trips with her friends, most recently to Morocco – but she’s also been to Cuba, Bhutan, Turkey, Canada and all over Europe.
one of the great perks about posting things i love is that it often connects me to the very makers that i blog about. one such example is Lina Rennell – the amazingly creative woman behind online shop Beklina whose own line i shared earlier this year. one thing lead to another, and now i am hosting an awesome giveaway with her…
December: the best month and also the worst month. best because holidays, christmas, family, food, summer (for us, at least), etc etc. worst because – how the heck is it December already? just an ever present reminder that time flies and you probably didn’t get to do everything you wanted to this year.