February 24, 2011

Retro for the Modern

Okay, I'm pretty sure I've established my love of a good gimmick on here, but have I told you of my man's love of gadgets? Let me connect the two...

My man loves gadgets. He's a sucker for the latest technology, albeit the most commercial and highly advertised technology. He loves electronics and fiddly, little gadgets, so saves up his hard earned pennies to buy these things (by skimping on essentials like underwear, but that's another story) before they become horribly outdated. Only problem is, he's really not technologically minded, and he has rather large hands - this results in lots of expensive, broken toys/gadgets. The poor sod doesn't quite realise that he ill-treats some of his gadgets, and is always so crestfallen when he finds yet another cracked screen/overheated chip/water-damaged plug, that I haven't the heart to chide him for being so careless.

Even though my man loves his gadgets, he is actually quite retro in his tastes. He loves the 1960s vibe, with vibrant pop art colours and plump shapes, but - thankfully - also 'digs' the indulgence of the Art Deco scene. I like to encourage these Art Deco sensibilities to get myself more Art Deco stuff...

"Look at this floor lamp! Isn't it gorgeous? It would look great in the lounge room, don't you think?"
"Hmmm, it's nearly $100. We don't need a floor lamp, really"
"True, but it has that cool, Art Deco feel to it, see? You could use it as a reading lamp with your armchair"
"Hmmm...possibly, possibly"
"It'd make our flat look like Bertie Wooster's, but I suppose if we don't need..."
"Bertie Wooster? Really? No, you're right, we should buy it!"

...etcetera, etcetera. Therefore, when I come across something that's all-at-once gimmicky, retro and Art Deco-ish, I can't help but want it. There is often no need for it, but the fact that I know I like it, and that I won't really have to convince my man that he likes it, makes me that much more keen to get the damn thing, whatever it is, as there is something so satisfying about having things in your house which you both like.

So what am I looking at which is all-at-once gimmicky, retro and Art Deco-ish? Two things:

in Deluxe Silver
by freelandstudios at Etsy


USB Typewriter

That is, an iPhone charger, which also works like a traditional telephone handset for when talking on said iPhone, and a typewriter for your iPad. Cool, huh? What's doubly cool is that the big, retro keys and sturdy plastic/metal means my man is less likely to ruin the gadget, but the stylish design means I'm happy to have to thing on display/as an object d'art! Win-win! Yay!

Time to save those pennies, I guess.

February 18, 2011

Green with Envy!

How gorgeous is this jacket?

1940s Green Corduroy Buckle Jacket
From Hemlock Vintage

It looks as if the waist would just fit me, which would be fine if this were a dress, not a jacket. Ah well, it's not meant to be, but goodness! It's so beautiful! I love the design!

February 14, 2011


I am a complete sucker for bath/body/shower products. If I had a proper job, no doubt much of my salary would go on creams, lotions and potions to smother myself in (the rest would go on rent and booze), despite the fact that I know I don't necessarily need 101 products just to moisturise my skin. Pouring olive oil out of an easy-pour box in the kitchen to use as moisturiser may do the trick just as well as any cream, but it doesn't give one that sense of luxury and decadence that inferior products manage through marketing alone.

Of course, I don't like just any old product. I like the good stuff. I'm not a fan of mineral oil, sodium laureth sulfate or products that are mainly petroleum-based with a whallop of fragrance. However, I am completely sucked in to 'natural' products that are probably more like a homeopathic placebo than actually containing any substantial or beneficial amount of 'essence of blah' or 'super duper seed oil'.

I grew up thinking The Body Shop was the ultimate for good body products, but even though they have some cool stuff, the majority of it really is just pap (have you looked at the ingredient list for their Milk Bath? Buy some damn bi-carb soda, and you've practically got the same product [NB: bi-carb soda baths are actually really nice. You should try them!]). Now that I'm getting close to 30, I'm actually interested in finding a really good body moisturiser, and The Body Shop just doesn't quite cut it. I need something that doesn't just smell cute - I need something that might actually do what it says it's going to do.

My brand love of the moment is for L'Occitane. I have tried quite a few of their products, and I've not yet been disappointed. Their Shea Butter is like Nutrimetics' famous oil in that you end up keeping it in the first aid kit for things like cracked heels, wounds, scars and the like. My favourite product from L'Occitane would have to be one of their body oils....

Almond Supple Skin Oil
RRP AUS$64.95
From L'Occitane

...it is heavenly.

To be honest, I really didn't care if this moisturised/toned my skin or not; the fragrance was so delicious that I felt tantalisingly edible with it on me. Plus the sultry sensation of the oil gliding over and melting into the skin was such a divine experience, I found myself finding excuses to strip off and use the oil...not necessarily on myself, either. Bet you wanted to that, huh? Oh, and did I mention the packaging helped with the overall experience? The pump action on the glass bottle was smooth, and the oil seeped out in a gorgeous, steady, warm pool of golden nectar, almost like the mesmerising beauty seen when pouring honey from a jar.

My only problem with the oil was that, whereas other L'Occitane products have lasted me a good few months, this oil lasted me only 3 weeks, as I used it lavishly every day. It's supposedly great for pregnant women trying not to get belly stretch marks, but I could see that being an expensive habit over a 9-month period, though probably with intended results. All I know is that I haven't bought myself a second bottle of the stuff, because I know I could easily become addicted. I just loved the way it made me smell and feel.

So, instead of being able to afford to daily indulge in the supple-skin oil, I have to be kind to my purse and go the poor-man's option with Palmer's Shea Butter Formula, which is still nice, but not quite the luscious experience of the oil (btw, after the jump on that link, it says pure shea butter smells unpleasant, which I think is bollocks). That means, I have to covet and long for the day when I'll next get to oil myself...


February 09, 2011


Oh yeah. Gotta see this film.

Right now, I want to see 'Tangled'. I think I may have to be a sad-case and go see it on my own, as the only kid I know who wanted to see it has already seen it and would just keep telling me spoilers throughout if I made her watch it again.

February 08, 2011

Who the **** is Alice?

I've just been browsing some curious things, all to do with Alice in Wonderland (or Alice's Adventures In Wonderland).

Now, there are many 'styles' of Alice merchandise out there. For traditionalists, there's Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations from the original story; Disney offers its brightly hued cartoon merchandise to the mix along with Tim Burton's more Victorian flare; then there's American McGee's Alice, a video game which predates Tim Burton's film, and is of a much darker nature. There are other styles, of course, but most follow the styles of these listed (I'm not really a fan of the 'Slutty/Lolita Alice' stuff out there...it's just so wrong).

Personally, I like a the dark, gothic (well, emo) Alice of American McGee's style, but I really do love Sir John Tenniel's illustrations more. I have been wanting, for a while, to get a necklace with one of Tenniel's Alice illustrations on it, but haven't yet found the 'perfect' one. In the meanwhile, I've just been browsing some cute things...

T-shirts from Cafepress, by The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Mad Hatter Pill Box from The White Rabbit

Alice 'Drink Me' charm from My Vintage Charms

...nothing really stands out, though. There are some teapots and teacups/saucers out there, but nothing I really covet. Lenny's Alice In Wonderland Shop is pretty cool, It even has a section for creating your own Mad Hatter Tea Party, with flamingos and such, which is brilliant, but there still isn't stuff out there that turns me into a covetous mess.

I'm surprised there's not more quality stuff out there in the Alice genre. Or perhaps there is, and I'm just not finding it. Maybe I'll just have to read the story again to inspire me to make something myself. Either that, or trip out on some LSD...

February 02, 2011

The Cambridge Satchel Company

Surely you have heard of these guys. I've mentioned them before, that's for sure.

They do the most wonderful, old-school satchels. The quality is top-notch leather, which, like a good pair of leather shoes, adjusts itself to the way you use the bag, stretching where necessary, but keeping it's strength and shape. You can choose from a variety of gorgeous colours too, depending on whether you want a retro, neo, or traditional look.

All images in this post from The Cambridge Satchel Company

Anyway! These guys have (thankfully!) been doing really well since I last posted, and appear to have been branching out into more old-school styled merchandise. Guess what they have now? Trunks! Not the elephant variety - the storage variety! And, would you look at that, I just happen to be in need of some storage! What a coincidence!

Oooh, it's so preeeeetty! And durable! And holloooooooow!! I could ram a bunch of my hoarded stuff into that and still retain some semblance of style and cleanliness around my home. Being a 'designer' (ha! I'm so pretentious), I have a lot of stationery crap which I keep, hideously disorganised to any eye but my own. There is a 'spare' room in my home, but it's shared, so space is limited. Compromises must be made....no! Territory must be won! I 'own' the space under the couch, and must keep it reasonably clean, otherwise I'll wake up one day to find it has been 'cleaned' for me (as happens to much of my territory when I sleep in on the weekend. It's an ongoing battle). Therefore, a lot of my 'crap' is 'stored' in wine boxes (nice ones), which look a bit neater than piles of paper.

Sooooo...how much cooler would it look to have the trunks instead? Okay, they probably wouldn't fit under the couch; they would have to sit in open territory. Thankfully, you can choose what kind of padlock you want on them, so they could still be mine, and only mine! Mwa ha ha! You can also choose whether or not to put caster wheels on them, which is pretty groovy. Oh! I love them. And want them. I'm so glad to see the company is doing well, and that they've been able to branch out a little more (even with school badges!) It really gives them a more full brand identity, but still shows that they're on the ball with what their customers want. I hope they get a classier website and logo up soon, but that's just me being pretentious.

Now...what colour and sized trunk do I want?