Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I've long been aware of the connection between dance and my own wellbeing. I just feel better when I'm dancing. As a person who lives most of their life in their head, dancing gives me a chance to re-align my 'thinking brain' and my 'body brain' - to walk on water without thinking 'Wow, I'm walking on water' and falling in. Obviously a six year break is going to leave things seriously out-of-whack so it's going to take more than a few weeks to get things back in balance but I plan on enjoying every minute of it.
Perhaps you should take the leap too?
Saturday, July 17, 2010
The Virtual Choir is an amazing project set up by composer/ conductor Eric Whitacre. Whitacre has never met any of these people in real life. They all auditioned and performed online responding to his conductor's track and their performances were then edited together to create this beautiful work.You can read more about the story behind its creation here.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Pictured above is one of the gowns she donated to the Gallery in 1975. It was made in 1919/20 by Hicks, Atkinson & Sons Pty Ltd in Collins Street, a retailer with an 'elegant European atmosphere'. It is described by the curator as being made of 'black silk with an overlay of net draped into soft panniers at the hips and decorated with iridescent sequins' and tiny glass beads.
If you are in Melbourne you really should go and take a look at this show. It may not be as big as some of the 'Winter Masterpiece' exhibitions but every piece in it is a jewel.
PS: You may remember that I was tagged recently by Style Wilderness. In turn I've tagged Debby at Cooking Up A Storm In A Teacup and Estelle at Curbside Style so why don't you go and have a look at their funny, witty, interesting answers?
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I've been tagged by Fourth Daughter over at Style Wilderness! This is my first tagging so I'm quite chuffed. Fourth Daughter is going on a literary speed date soon and needs some advice so some of the questions are related to that dilemma while others are from previous taggings so here goes:
1. If you had to spend 3 consecutive days on the same train who would you want with you and why?
I'd have to say someone very patient! I'm not very good at enclosed spaces (more on that later) but someone with a great life story and sense enough to know when I need to retreat to my book would be a good bet.
2. Have you ever had a sewing-related injury? Give gory details! If not any irrational fears?
Luckily I haven't had any sewing accidents I'd describe as gory but I do have an overriding irrational fear - claustrophobia. It's a real downer let me tell you. I haven't been in plane for over 7 years and at one stage I even found going to the cinema a challenge. I avoid crowded public transport and always have one eye on the exit wherever I go. For the most part I think I hide it pretty well but it can be very exhausting!
3. What wouldn't you be caught dead in?
Shorts, bikinis, midriff tops, mini-skirts, pastels, tracksuits...
4. What garment/ accessory do you wear the most?
At the moment I'm living in my long black boots - it's very cold here. I've also recently acquired a cute little mother-of-pearl flower brooch which seems to be following me from outfit to outfit.
5. Which pattern/ vintage style have you been thinking about recently?Before I had children I used to wear a lot of dresses now I never wear them. I think that's a shame so I'm scouting around for new shapes. I've always loved 1940s fashion so something like the dress pictured above might fit the bill.
6. What is one place you really want to visit that you haven't been to before?
San Francisco! My sister and her young family live there and I feel terrible that I have never visited them (see irrational fears).
7. What do you wear when you want to impress?
I'm going to give an earnest answer here. If I'm going on a date (it's been a long time!) I want my date to be impressed by me not my clothes. I also don't want the distraction of worrying about my choices/ being uncomfortable etc that come with impulse bought new outfits. My advice is to wear something you love, is typical of your style and in which you know you look fabulous.
8. Who is your favourite literary character and why? At the moment I would have to say Inspector Montalbano. The Inspector and I have spent a lot of time together this year (10 novels) and I have come to love this grumpy old so-and-so. I love his enthusiasm for Sicilian cuisine, his eccentric ways of piecing information together and his constant confusion about women.9. Which handmade project are you most proud of?
My first really big knitting project was a black ribbed, roll neck jumper in 4 ply wool (for non-knitters that's baby wool!) for Tom. It took me forever but it's such a classic pattern I just love it.
10. What was the best date you've ever been on?
I've never actually been on a really formal date but my second or so date with Tom was quite memorable. We went to a bar for a drink and I was so nervous, and gesticulating so wildly, that I somehow managed to karate-chop the top off my glass without spilling a drop of my drink - very impressive!
So there you have it. Good luck with the literary speed-dating Fourth Daughter!