Thursday, November 25, 2010

Philly Jays Gig at the HiFi

We'd gotten to know Philadelphia Grand Jury's songs through spin class (Going to the Casino) and Triple J, and downloaded (from iTunes, of course) a few of their songs without realising they were all the same band until going through our play list one day. How embarrassing.
We hadn't been to a live music gig in ages, so we were very excited to hear that they were coming to Brisbane, although I was slightly worried I might start a Pavlovian sweat when they played Casino. This, luckily, did not occur.
We started the night off with a Greek dinner, then proceeded to the Lychee Lounge for cocktails to kill time before the first opening act started playing at 9.
The Philly Jays finally came on about 11 (I am SUCH a nanna, I was about ready to go to sleep by that time), and they immediately got the tightly packed in crowd pumped. Sadly their set was a bit short, but the approx. 45 minutes they were on were amazing. Such great energy! We'll definitely be back next time they're in Brisbane, and you guys should all come along!! It was a great night out for us oldies.
I'm also very keen to see some more live gigs at the HiFi, that venue is great - you feel THISCLOSE to the band!

A 1 minute compilation of crappy footage I took on my phone. Since my phone doesn't record music very well I put a track under the whole thing, The Good News, by Philadelphia Grand Jury, of course.

Also, some terribly pixelated, blurry and low-res photos...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Green & Hot

Our chili tree is back in business - about 5 green chilies are hanging in there at the moment. I think it'll only be a couple of weeks until they turn that lovely dark shade of yellow that this variety produces.

Weekly seed photos - 9 weeks on

I'm starting to wonder when this will actually start flowering.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hand-made in Byron

How beautiful are these scarves! The light-weight muslin is dyed with indigo, and each scarf is unique. I imagine these would be perfect for travel in more conservative, yet hot countries to cover shoulders, head etc.
More info here.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

How nifty is this sofa!

Designed by Daisuke Motogi, this sofa ensures a safe place to store your bits and bobs whilst you slump down for a night of TV. Found via @designsponge

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Grey & Yellow

Beautiful colour scheme for this wedding. Love the table settings, and the gorgeous hair pieces on the flower girls. More images from this stunning wedding at Saipua.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Interior style inspiration

I love everything about this beautiful home in Brooklyn. Gorgeous use of colour, print, space, accessories. More pics and little video at Design*Sponge.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Yoga in the Botanical Gardens

This morning was an early start for us to get to Brisbane Yoga Aid Fundraising Yoga Challenge at the Botanical Gardens in the City. We started at 7am and did 2 hours of sun salutations, which was hard work, but a lot of fun.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Silver Jewellery

I've always preferred silver or white gold over yellow gold, and this weekend we discovered an exciting jeweller at the South Bank markets. I absolutely adore her work, and will definitely buy one of her pieces in future. Here are some of my favourites, and click here to check out her blog and her website.

New Dining Chairs

I am so excited, I have been looking for new dining chairs for ages! I saw these at Mindi's and had to have them, too! They got delivered on Friday, and we had to put the legs on them last night, which was a major pain in the arse, but I am very happy that we have a new set of dining chairs!

Weekly seed photos - 8 weeks on

Friday, November 12, 2010

Empty Hand - The Movie

One of the funniest 30 Rock moments for me was Lutz doing karate and getting absolutely belted. Sadly I couldn't find this video on youtube, but I think it's in the second or third season.
For a much better representation of karate, I am very excited about this movie. The trailer looks great, and every time I watch it, I want to put on my gi and head down to the dojo for a bit of kumite (sparring). This is fairly close to the type of kumite that we practice, no headgear though. Enjoy!


It seems that in my circle of friends and acquaintances, people are gravitating towards small weddings or even eloping to escape all the rigmarole and politics that can plague large weddings, not to mention exorbitant cost.
My own parents eloped 30-odd years ago because they didn't want a big fuss made about it. They also didn't tell anyone that they got married, so their witnesses were the only people who knew for quite a few years.
This couple didn't take it quite this far; they did elope, but got a gorgeous video to share with family and friends after the event.

Click on this link to read the background and watch this beautifully shot and executed video, totally worth it! And it's only 4 minutes long - no one wants to watch a 1 hour wedding video, after all...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kitty Earrings

On Sunday we met a friend at South Bank for lunch. Since we arrived early, we went for a stroll of the markets and I found this adorable pair of cat earrings I just had to buy!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Author encounters at #micallefavid & other shenanigans

So, Shaun Micallef was in town last night to delight us with the release of his, no doubt wonderfully hilarious, novella Preincarnate. A group of us rocked up to the HiFi in West End (since the Avid Reader book shop was way too small to hold this crowd), ready to be entertained, and we were not disappointed. He spent the introduction attempting to hide behind the curtains, only to appear at the front of stage to read passages from John Howard's recently released autobiography Lazarus Rising.
In the end, we did get to hear Shaun read a few pages of his own book, followed by a lively Q&A.
Of course we all lined up to get our books signed, and a fitting group photo – thanks, Shaun, for being a good sport!

Sidenote: I also ran into Benjamin Law on the way to the toilet of all things, whose fabulous book The Family Law I devoured last weekend. I've always loved Benjamin's articles in Frankie, so I was very keen to get my hands on his book, in addition to my friend Andrew's recommendation. Go read the book, it's funny and poignant. I would also like to add, I really love it when I meet people whose work I like, and then they turn out to be as lovely as I'd hoped in real life!


Weekly seed photos - 7 weeks on

Monday, November 8, 2010

Work work work

Apologies for the lack of posts last week - I was (and still am) pretty flat out with the catalogue, and spent two full days shooting product with our wonderful photographer Mindi. I'm really happy with how this catalogue is turning out; it's a lot cleaner than previous ones, and the photos look great. A small taste:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010