They are rare little gems, but finding my favourite local bookstore made me finally feel at home when I moved to a new city. Inside you can escape to wherever you like in the world, and inhabit the lives of whoever you please.
For me, Ariel Books in Paddington in one of my most loved places in Sydney. I’ve been walking over on weekends for a couple of years now and I always leave with a smile. To me, it’s not the size, but the attention to good curation that makes a stellar bookstore. At Ariel you will find a modest selection of modern and classic fiction, limited edition magazines, a wall of photography, illustration and interior design, staff picks (I always gravitate here), a beautiful selection of children’s books, mexican dia de los muertos souvenirs, quirky cards, and the icing on the cake is a counter surrounded by Haigh’s chocolate frogs. Yep, I could happily inhabits its walls from now to forever.
I promised myself that this year I would make reading a priority. I keep buying books that I was so excited to read, and then life kept getting in the way. But not this time! This year, I’m going to allow myself to read to my heart’s content.
An all-time favourite.
Today’s purchase - The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
- All images by me with Hiptamatic app on the iphone
Ariel Books is located at 42-44 Oxford St, Paddington and 103 George St, The Rocks
Like Ms Bradshaw trading a diamond engagement ring, I too believe a walk in wardrobe is my ultimate life goal. Neat little rows chronicling all of my favourite fashion moments would complete me.
When I stumbled accross 'The Coveted' I literally let our a girlie squeal. As writers Erin Kleinberg and Stephanie Mark put it, “The Coveted takes you inside the closets of internationally influential cultural forecasters, showing us what culminates in their personal style - one item at a time.” Excitement overload!
Love these shots and love this girl. Anyone who can balance playing a fundamentalist prairie dress wearing polygamist, with being an indie-sweetheart, a successful colaboration designer with Opening Ceremony and an iconic model is doing pretty well in my books.
- images from Chloe Sevigny interview by LATimes.com
The VIP Art Fair is hours away from opening. As their website puts it, the event “is the first art fair to mobilize the collective force of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries with the unlimited reach of the Internet.”
Featuring almost 9,000 unique artworks, across the areas of painting, multimedia, video, installation, photography and drawing amongst others, I can’t wait to check out what it will have on offer.
The exhibition launches on 22nd Jan at 8am EST. Click here to register.
Whether you’ve seen the 1975 documentary ‘Grey Gardens’, or the recent fictional version starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, the lives of this charismatic yet delightfully unhinged mother-daugther duo, big and little Edie Bouvier Beale, are completely charming as far as I’m concerned.
Left to languish in their decaying East Hamptons mansion, their story of dysfunctionality reveals the cracks in their once pristine veneer.
After abandoning their society lives and retreating to their country home, the women remained recluse for almost 30 years, until a documentary crew ventured inside to chronicle their stories. What resulted was a captivating documentary of two very broken women, and how they became that way.
Like the crumbling house around them, their relationship suffered with age. What was once a beautiful and mutual companionship eventually became strained by the years of solitude and regret, particularly for Little Edie. Despite her deep concern and unquestionable love for her eccentric mother, the resentment lying just below the surface is tangible.
Eventually rescued by their respective neice and first cousin, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, there are few documentaries that feature more interesting and endearing characters. Truly a pleasure to watch.
- Images of Little Edie from the 1975 documentary 'Grey Gardens' by Brooks Hyers and Norman Vincent Peale
I’m still a little puzzled as to exactly how I feel about this film, but what I will say is I love how willing the Mulleavy sisters are to take on a challenge. Not content to rest on their laurels, these phenomenal ladies have been taking on all kinds of side projects over the past year, including of course the costuming for Black Swan.
Click on the title to view their latest film by Todd Cole inspired by the space race. Loving how a figure simply ‘running away’ can be so engaging.
“Like, I really want floral Dr Martens. But I’m 35 years old. Can I really wear floral Dr Martens? Although I did wear a dress that had smocking to a party not long ago and it reminded me of a piece of candy. I looked like a perverted woman dressed like a five year old, but who cares? I loved it.”— Chloe Sevigny
In 2010 I had the pleasure of seeing Diego Luna’s directorial debut, Abel, at the Hola Mexico film festival.
Honestly, you need to go see this. The story centres around a young boy named Abel, who is afflicted with a personality disorder. The product of a broken home, this beautiful little dreamer, coaxed by his adoring mother, leaves hospital to return to his family. When he arrives, he exhibits a very unusual behaviour - he believes that he has become the patriarch of his household. So, as any normal father would, he dresses himself in adult clothes, compliments his ‘wife’s’ cooking and even chastises his ‘children’ about sloppy homework. What could very easily be a depressing issue to address is somehow converted into the intoxicating story of a troubled child’s endless imagination.
Dazed and Confused caught up with Diego Luna to talk about the themes confronted in this film and, in the process, revealed his own personal beliefs about raising children.
"He [Abel] is a kid who doesn’t know who he is, so he pretends to be someone else. It’s like with Russian dolls – you open the doll and there’s another one and another one and another one… Abel wakes up every morning and lives a different reality – a fantasy world he makes so real that everyone kind of jumps into it and lives it with him."
Luna really outdid himself with this film. What a great piece of work to launch his directorial career.
A few years ago, I began an unexpected love affair with México.
In the subsequent years I’ve collected an apartment full of odd souvenirs, more woven handicrafts than you can imagine and a trunk load of sunburned, mariachi filled memories.
I can’t help but miss something about the place. It’s definitely got to do with all of the people who wholeheartedly welcomed me into their homes and hearts, but it’s also got to do with the rich and unique cultural tapestry that lines the streets. There’s nowhere quite like it and I can’t wait to get back there…
- Photos taken at San Miguel de Allende by Eliseo Torres Zuno
I’ve never really been into Angelina. I don’t know what it is…I guess I’m just a little unnerved by that much pout on one girl. But when I stumbled across these vintage shots, I have to admit, my distain waned somewhat.
Would love to see her back in something gritty, the same calibre as ‘Girl, Interrupted’.