What's Your Favourite Smell? Mine Is Petrichor

What’s Your Favourite Smell? Mine Is Petrichor

So basically, the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Australia have invented a truckload of good things. Insect repellent was one - out of necessity in  Australia no doubt. Polymer banknotes was another, and so was WiFi. But probably their most esoteric and weird invention was a word to describe a smell. Petrichor.…

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Menswear Dog Is Dripping With Badassery

Menswear Dog Is Dripping With Badassery

Menswear Dog is very quietly becoming a thing. This dog is sauve as f%&* and a real hit with the ladies. If you've become tired of seeing male humans in perfectly coordinated and well tailored outfits, then you're in for a real treat. See below...I have hijacked the popular Tumblr blog with my own captions.…

Tinder Tales As Told By Puppets

Tinder Tales As Told By Puppets

Tinder is that ruthless app that allows users to swipe left on their device to move to the next potential lover. How simple and yet malevolent! Although around 50 million people are using it worldwide so that's telling. This is a collection of true dating experiences on Tinder, demonstrated by some amazing puppets. Tales from…

Vincent Van Gogh In 3D Occulus Rift

Vincent Van Gogh In 3D Occulus Rift

Famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh 'The Night Cafe' gets the Occulus Rift treatment with a 3 dimensional view into Van Gogh's hidden world. Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1888 and joked that he planned on painting the Café de la Gare as revenge for husband and wife proprietors Joseph-Michel and Marie…

Book Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Book Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

*Contains no spoilers* This was a true sky-scraper of a novel. A sweeping epic in the grandest sense that could be compared to Swann's Way by Proust or even a Dickensian tale like Oliver Twist. The Goldfinch has all of the hallmarks of one of these epic novels because it involves a believable modern-day premise,…

Treasures to Love and Adore: Smith Journal

Treasures to Love and Adore: Smith Journal

In the magazine publishing world nowadays, it takes a good deal of creativity and originality to be able to stand out and make revenue.  This Australian magazine is built upon solid foundations of authenticity. From cover to cover it's high quality. What makes it so great is there is a subtle harmony of beautiful design…

Geological Marvel, Art or Book? You Be The Judge!

Ancient Mineral, Art or Book?

San Fran based artist Alexis Arnold has managed to reimagine National Geographic magazines with the use of Borax crystals for a strange geological marvel of colourful striations. Glittering crystals are alive and growing on the gradients of colour, turning them from mere functional books to something akin to living art and also uncannily like a…

A Beautiful Proposed Flag for Planet Earth (and also New Zealand's new flag)

A Beautiful Proposed Flag for Planet Earth (and also New Zealand’s new flag)

While New Zealand looks to the general public for suggestions for our country's new flag, the entire world got a taster for a proposed Entire Earth Flag at the same time. Twitter was all aflurry (a word? it is now) with people's helpful and dodgy suggestions. So before I show you an aesthetically-pleasing design for…

Wine Tasting for Beginners

Wine Tasting for Beginners

There are several important things novice wine tasters should know. The wine tasting process doesn't need to be fussy or complicated, but rather just some simple guidance for all wine lovers to indulge their enjoyment in a deeper way. The first step is observing the wine. Tip the glass to a 45 degree angle and…

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

A solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring phenomenon that visits earth only once every couple of years or even decades. Ever since ancient times, humans have been fascinated, fearful and reverent of eclipses. Myth and the Solar Eclipse Ancient Greeks, Mesopotamians and Egyptians were the first to record solar eclipses. In 585 BC, Herodotus wrote 'Day…

Hypothetical Banks Notes from Hungary Feature Woodland Animals

Hypothetical Banks Notes from Hungary Feature Woodland Animals

Hungarian artist Barbara Bernát has created a wonderfully poetic illustrations of woodland creatures native to her country.   The hypothetical currency was created as an MA project and sees the Euro featuring pretty European animals on one side while the other shows a related botanical wonder. To add a dramatic, true-to-life  feeling she has based the…

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…

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…