Anny Wang for Kester Black

Earlier this year Kester Black released Part 1 of their annual colour collection. To showcase their new nail polish shades, Kester Black enlisted the talent of Copenhagen spatial designer and visual artist Anny Wang to create a series of mesmerising images. These images have been sitting in my e-mail inbox for some time and I don’t know why I’m only just getting around to sharing them now, but better late than never right? The new nail polishes range from sandy pale pink to rich chocolate-brown shades and come with names such as Perennial, Rust, Petra, and Quartz. You can shop the new colours online (heads up: Kester Black now ship internationally) or via a Kester Black stockist. You can also see more of Anny’s work on her website and on Instagram.

[Images: Kester Black]

Miranda Skoczek for Gorman

I love a good collaboration and Gorman’s Winter 2015 collection, which called upon the talent of Australian artist Miranda Skoczek, hits the ball way way way out of the park. As soon as I started seeing teasers of this collection on Gorman’s Instagram feed I knew it would bring the goods. The Winter 2015 collection is made up of 56 pieces spanning across apparel and homewares and after seeing some of the pieces in store, my jaw is well and truly dropped. All of the prints in this collection have been established from five original artworks painted by Miranda which fit right into the Gorman aesthetic (read: colourful, kooky, treading the fine line between eccentric and batshit crazy, yet totally wearable). I am ALL OVER that ‘Mad Snake’ print. These are just some of my favourite looks and you can see the rest of the Miranda Skoczek for Gorman collection on Gorman’s website.

[Images: Gorman]

Sydney Instagram Diary

If you follow me on Instagram, you’d have noticed that I’ve spent the past couple of days in Sydney. With fairly limited time, I basically ended up doing the Instagram tour of Sydney. I flew in on Friday to rainy weather and spent the afternoon hanging out in cafes before meeting up with friends for dinner. Thankfully I woke up to blue skies on Saturday and spent the morning sweating it out on the Bondi to Bronte walk, eating brunch at Bondi Wholefoods, and checking out the Bondi Farmers Markets. After a fairly healthy morning it all went downhill from there with a visit to Aqua S and a night of drinking and delicious food at a friend’s engagement party. Sunday morning was spent at The Grounds of Alexandria before heading to Pana Chocolate for some raw chocolate treats. In amongst all of this I also managed to check out the shopping, visit a few art galleries, and of course stop by the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. I also took a bunch of film photos which I’ll hopefully post up here shortly.
1. The classic Bondi Icebergs shot
2. Sea salt ice cream with sweet popcorn from Aqua S
3. Flowers at The Grounds of Alexandria
4. More cuteness at The Grounds of Alexandria
5. Coffee from The Paramount Coffee Project (which was conveniently so close to where I was staying)
6. It’s Such a Thin Line Between Clever and Stupid by Aleks Danko at the Museum of Contemporary Art

You can see a few more photos from the trip over on my Instagram.

The Black Dress Edit

Black dresses. They’re a wardrobe staple, right? Funnily enough, despite the amount of black in my wardrobe (tops, skirts, jackets, jeans etc.), I don’t currently own any black dresses. I may have owned some the past but in most cases would have bought them on the spur of the moment and worn them once or twice before eventually culling them. So now I’m looking to fill that gap in my wardrobe. These are a few black dresses from some fab Antipodean brands that I’d be more than happy to have on high rotation in my wardrobe. You can click on the images above or links below to shop the pieces.

Kinki Gerlinki ‘Bossy’ dress
APOM ‘The Lotta’ dress
Soot pleated swing dress

9 Things to do in Brisbane in April

Doughnut Time
I’m a bit late on this month’s list of what’s on in Brisbane but now that Easter’s out of the way here are some things to do for the remainder of April.

Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land until 21 June at GOMA
This is the first major exhibition of New Zealand contemporary artist Michael Parekowhai’s work. Best of all, the exhibition is free and you can see some photos in one of my previous posts.

Banff Mountain Film Festival: 13-17 April at the Powerhouse Theatre
The Australian leg of this iconic film festival tour consists of two and a half hours of mountain-themed short films. This one’s for the adrenaline junkies and wanderlusters.

Crochet Step by Step: 15 April at Rouge Coffee
If, like me, you never took any notice when your grandma offered to teach you how to knit and crochet but in hindsight you should have paid ALL OF THE ATTENTION then this workshop will help right those wrongs. Tea cosies and snuggly beanies ahoy!

Twin Peaks Trivia Night: 15 April at the GOMA Cafe Bistro
Bad news is that David Lynch is out of the upcoming Twin Peaks remake. Good news is that you can test your knowledge of Laura Palmer’s murder and go in the running to win David Lynch-themed goodies at the Twin Peaks trivia night being held at GOMA.

Brisbane Twilight Markets: 17 April at King George Square
I’m a sucker for markets and also late night shopping in the city so this kills two birds with one stone, as well as my wallet.

4ZZZ Street Soundzzz: 18 April at 4ZZZ HQ
If you’re under 25 and interested in learning more about Brisbane’s iconic community broadcaster then head to Street Soundzzz for station tours, workshops, markets, and live bands.
Friday Nite Snackdown: every Friday night at Fish Lane
If you like Fridays, snacks, puns, and pitting foods against each other to see which will reign supreme on your tastebuds then end your week at Fish Lane for Friday Nite Snackdown, presented by Wandering Cooks.

Kokedama Workshop: 26 April at Showroom, Paddington
Spend the afternoon making your own moss balls under under the direction of Caroline from Wilde Flora. Classes cost $95 and include two handmade kokedamas to take home as well as a cuppa and some nibbles.

An Evening With Noel Fielding: 27 April – 7 May at QPAC
Most shows are sold out but if you stalk the ticketing page you might just get lucky!

(Top image taken at Doughnut Time/Alfredo’s Pizzeria but doughnuts and pizza are every month foods, amiright?)

1 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 231