Supermodels from the 90's: Nostalgia and Mortality Smack-Down in 5,4,3,2...

Supermodels from the 90’s: Nostalgia and Mortality Smack-Down in 5,4,3,2…

1995 to 2015: Fashion Goes Full Circle When I was a teen in the 90's, the hair was fluorescent, the patterns were dark plaid and the lipstick was dark purple. Large, overexaggerated sunflower prints on shift dresses were in - a nod towards the 60s. All of these trends have reached their zenith yet again…

A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts: Cheeky Fruit and Veg Boxes by Australian Farmers

A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts: Cheeky Fruit and Veg Boxes by Australian Farmers

A word of warning: fruit and vegetable packaging in Australia is bright, risque, cheeky and just plain weird. Some feature cheeky innuendo like the upturned erect bananas on Dicko's Bananas or a box of melons with a buxom 50's babe on the box. Others are verge on hallucinogenic, like Dimbulah's Srhoj Citrus featuring happy-faced citrus fruits…

Tangible Things: How Do Cultures Measure the Past?

Tangible Things is a fascinating MOOC by Harvard University about material culture. Now finished, you can still cruise through the videos. You will be taken on a journey into the living, breathing history of material objects. Sound boring? It's anything but! It may well change the way that you view mundane things like chairs, rocks and…

The Paris Metro After Dusk

The Paris Metro After Dusk

The Paris Metro is a beautiful work of art that has been depicted in many films and photographs over the years. Although many daily commuters would argue that it's a stinking cesspit instead! It looks a lot more attractive than many other subways across the world and I enjoyed travelling on it when I was…

I Collect Images of Paintings Like Others Collect Treasures

I Collect Images of Paintings Like Others Collect Treasures

Does anybody else reserve images that they find online that are compelling or inspiring? Perhaps I am the only one, let me know if you do too. Here are some poached by my boyfriend and delivered to me like a treasure. Each inspire wonder and inspiration, although disparate in subject matter they all have the…

Psychadelic Trips Into Aural Space: Six Lost Soundtracks Of Cult Sci-Fi Films

Psychadelic Trips Into Aural Space: Six Lost Soundtracks Of Cult Sci-Fi Films

Back when Daft Punk weren't even molecules in their parent's loins. Before the remake of Tron. Before techno and electro were born - during a weird primeval melting pot phase of experimentation in music, there was a whole canon of 70's and 80's sci-fi soundtracks that pushed the boundaries of ambient, electronic and rock music.…

Two Inventions That Make Reading Paper Books A Completely New Experience

From electric ink to aromapoetry – the physical book is about to undergo a renaissance by being paired with some nifty new inventions. While paper epitomises the slow lane of publishing, it is anything but a static medium. Traditional analogue technologies such as ink and paper are now being developed in ways that can and in…

Happy Friday….Imagine that only the best can happen!

This lovely short film caught my eye and touched my heart. I hope you enjoy your friday whatever you are up to. This in the same sort of sphere as Amelie, but if you are anything like me, then this is the world that you prefer to live in. A hopeful, sweet and gentle world…

Life in a Doughnut-Shaped World: NASA Artwork From the 70’s

In the 1970's NASA and Stanford University held three space colony studies. Attendants of the course produced artistic renderings that showed what could theoretically be possible in a future inter-planetary world. This doughnut-shaped world was a pristine, insular and remarkably beautiful space sanctuary called the Stanford Torus. Click on the images below to magnify and view…

Dumbo and Co: Charming Pics of Mid Century Elephants

Dumbo and Co: Charming Pics of Mid Century Elephants

Elephants are one of the largest land mammals on earth and also one of the longest lived, with a lifespan averaging 60 years or longer. In the Buddhist tradition, a white elephant is considered to be the incarnation of Buddha. Thus the rare appearance of a white elephant is still heralded as a manifestation of…

The Strangely Hypnotic World of Norwegian Slow TV

The Hypnotic, Droll and Funny World of Norwegian Slow TV

Thomas Hellum of production company NRK in Norway has created new form of documentary that pushes the boundaries of what is and what isn't entertainment. This means filming quirky drawn out events such as real-time, live journeys in ferries and trains; along with knitting and wood-chopping events. Sounds about as interesting as watching paint dry, right?…

Motivating Giraffe: The World's Tallest and Most Uplifting Mammal

Motivating Giraffe: The World’s Tallest and Most Uplifting Mammal

Recently my blog was liked my a curiously named blogger called Motivating Giraffe. I don't know why I never discovered this treasure trove of inspiration earlier. I am glad she found me anyway. Here are some of her endearingly beautiful illustrations and inspirational messages. She has just won an instant fan! I hope you will…

How do you define happiness?

I was speaking to a friend on the wordpress site the other day, Maia who mentioned that she was fortunate in that she could work and earn a living doing what she loves. Which made me ponder, what are the defining characteristics of happiness? Is happiness some mythological pot of gold at the end of…

Creepily Correct Predictions Circa 1880 About The World in the 21st Century

Creepily Correct Predictions Circa 1880 About the World in the 21st Century

Albert Robida was born in 1848 and died in 1926. A French illustrator, etcher, lithographer, caricaturist, and novelist, he came up with some creepily accurate predictions about World War II and also how our world would look like in the 21st Century. He wrote a futuristic trilogy in the same vein as Jules Verne Of…

The Sea Chair: Oceanic Imposters Are Turned Into Elegant Art

The Sea Chair: Oceanic Imposters Turned Into Elegant Art

The Sea Chair is an ingenious and clever response to a growing encumberance that's carried by our oceans - floating rubbish. Studio Swine and Kieren Jones have merged traditional fishing practices, industry and synthetic materials to fabricate a chair made from discarded plastic on-board of an old fishing vessel and using a custom-made seapress. The…

Creatures of the forest on ETSY: I dare you to leave your bankcard alone!

Creatures of the forest on ETSY: I dare you to leave your bankcard alone!

ETSY is the best place to buy handmade and ethical gifts that are made with love. I have bought many things in the past from here and they always go down a treat with recipients. Here are some inspired by woodland animals. Plush Fox Pillow by Laura Frisk Cute as a button and pretty cheap, there…

How to Liven Up a Tired Old Rental Flat

How to Liven Up a Tired Old Rental Flat (Part 1)

Here are a couple of cheap and easy ways to bring the funky into a rented flat (a.k.a apartment. Flat is what we call it in New Zealand). These simple tips will allow you to create a bright, funky and comfortable living space while also being able to get your bond back. Ideal for Uni students…