Wednesday Wisdom - Friendship

In prosperity

our friends know us;

in adversity

we know our friends.

- John Churton Collins

Dedicated to all my wonderful friends, from those who've had the misfortune to grow up with me, to those who've snuck into my life (and my heart) via the interwebs. I adore you all, and I couldn't do this without you.

xx Kit

Wednesday Wisdom - Memory

The advantage of a bad memory

is that one enjoys several times

the same good things

for the first time.

- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

Fabulous Friday Photography

Happy Friday everyone! I thought I'd celebrate the end of the week with some beautiful fashion photography courtesy of crazy talented Chilean art student, Pilar Castro Evenson, aka Nebulaskin.

Flicking through a beautifully diverse portfolio with wine in hand - what better way to finish the week?!

What's planned for your weekend? I think I might have a quiet DIY weekend at home, restoring some old furniture and possibly even sewing a few cushions - it's been a long time since I've touched a sewing machine though, so wish me luck!

xx Kit

Snow vs Spring

On the way to the snow, one thing that really struck me about the Australian landscape was just how exquisitely vibrant it can be. From the rust reds of the clay and bark through to the dark olive of the foliage, and on to the bright yellow of the wattles and blushing pinks of the cherry blossoms.

That's not even taking into account the occasional bursts of purple and blue wildflowers, or the crisp white snow and icy blue skies at the end of the journey. Early springtime in this part of the world is like nothing I've ever experienced.

I will confess to being a little disappointed that my accommodation for the weekend (Alpine Habitats) wasn't coated in a manageable layer of snow, but despite the picturesque Australiana-type views from the balcony, the temperature still dropped heavily come nightfall, and the fireplace was an utter godsend...and the nearby schnapps distillery (Wildbrumby) also came in handy too!

The last stop on the way home was by the banks of Lake Jindabyne, and once more the clear blue skies were deceiving. Make no mistake, even my multiple Michelin-Man-esque layers, cosy gloves, oversized scarf and giant mocha weren't quite enough to keep me as toasty as I would have liked, but the stunning views made it all worthwhile.

It's been a while since I've had a holiday, let alone one as lovely, relaxing and exciting as this one. So a huuuuuuuuge thank you once more to my sneaky Mr. Unreliable for such an amazing surprise and a great weekend...and of course for finally letting me tick off that last item on my list of New Year's Resolutions.

Wednesday Wisdom - This Moment

We have only this moment,

sparkling like a star in our hand...

and melting like a snowflake.

Let us use it before it is too late.

- Marie Beyon Ray

[Please click on images for original sources]

Snow's Over, Kids

For the last 5 years or so, there's been one constant on my New Years Resolution's lists, and finally, fiiiiiinally, I can tick it off.

On the weekend, I saw snow for the first time. Ever.

Snow has always been a far-away concept for me, something inaccessible and exotic; magical even. And despite my many years in Sydney, it never really occurred to me that the Snowy Mountains were only a few hours away.

That is, until a sneaky Mr. Unreliable bundled me into the car first thing on Saturday morning and drove us all the way there. As soon as the snow-tipped mountains appeared on the horizon, I was squealing and bouncing around like a hyped up kid on Christmas morning.

Needless to say, by the time I actually made it onto the snow I was grinning from ear to ear so hard, my face hurt (though the 0°C temperature might also have had something to do with that!)

As I slipped around on the newbie slopes in my completely inappropriate attire, I couldn't have been happier. Sure, my tights-under-jeans combination was only just warm enough to excuse my complete discomfort, and my beloved leather shoes were soaked through in minutes, but it was worth the soggy socks a thousand times over.

So it's now official. I've seen snow and I absolutely loved it. It was just as magical as I expected...perhaps even a little moreso.

xx Kit

Wednesday Wisdom - Optimism

An optimist
is the human personification
of spring.

- Susan J. Bissonette

[Image Credit]

Musical Monday and Pretty Poultry

Happy Monday! Firstly, I hope all the dads in my corner of the world had a wonderful Father's Day yesterday (especially my darling dadsie!), and of course a happy Labor Day to all my US readers too - what an action-packed weekend!

After all that excitement, I thought I'd kick-start this week with a little soothing musical magic, so here's an adorable film clip for Townsville kids The Middle East. I can't get enough of these guys at the moment, and the film clip just enchants me every time.

If the aesthetic looks familiar to you, that might have something to do with the immensely talented studio behind the clip, Greedy Hen. The leading ladies, Katherine Brickman and Kate Mitchell, have also done work for the likes of Megan Washington, Josh Pyke, and of course our beloved Frankie Mag.

With a style that combines the surreal, subversive and subtle with doses of whimsy and a sneaky sense of humour, it's no wonder these ladies are in demand! Here's a little more of their work for your viewing pleasure!

Greedy Hen will also be launching their own range of clothing and accessories in the not too distant future, so keep an eye on their website (or Facebook or Twitter) to be kept in the loop.

Online Obsessions - The Design Files

Ever come across a blog that is so amazing and so you that you're torn between doing a joyous jig or simply throwing your hands in the air and deleting your own blog out of pure, unadulterated envy? I come across these often, but one that keeps upping the ante and generally blowing my mind with endless awesomeness is The Design Files.

Written by Melbourne-based stylist and set dresser Lucy Feagins, the daily blog boasts a strong Australian focus but also manages to cover the best of international design goings-on too. Weekly features include enviable interviews and amazing Australian home tours with some of the most creative and cool kids that Australia has to offer, including the lovely Liss of Daydream Lily!

[Rose Byrne as photographed by James Geer]

So much prettiness, so much talent! Ignoring the fact that this humble little blog is just as young as The Design Files, I still can't help but dream that one day, when my blog 'grows up', it will be even a fraction as inspirational. One day...

Happy Friday everyone, have a great weekend!

xx Kit

P.S. Sydney kids! As seen on The Design Files, don't forget to make your way to the Pop-up Alphabet Co-op this weekend - in true pop-up fashion, it's on for two days only, so be quick!

Crazy Cute Clouds

If ever there was a justification for painting your walls bright blue, this is it.

Adorable cloud shelves from DesignTorget. Want!

[via @jessicahische]

Colour Me Springtime!

Ahh, the first day of Spring. I love this time of year at the best of times, but after a long, grey winter (in more ways than one), I'm extra excited about the colourful days that only Springtime can promise!

So to kick off the season with a bang (sorry Northern Hemisphere folks, I'm just not that excited about Autumn right now!), here's some beautifully bright birds and beasts by illustrator extraordinaire, minkee!

Happy Springtime fellow Southern-Hemisphere-ites!

xx Kit