Week 18, 2017

Week 18
May 2017

This edition: Creative fulfillment, the ultimate 90’s chillout song, a cold and distant beauty + Brad Pitt

Create…
Ive been thinking a lot about creative fulfilment lately… Ive never had a burning urge to create art until just recently. In my previous job, I was creative almost every day – admittedly I was creating for clients and transcribing their vision, but I still got to experiment and create and that was enough to keep me creatively fulfilled. Having recently changed jobs to one that isnt as creative, I have suddenly felt this overwhelming feeling to design and to design for myself.

I’ve got a few ideas rattling around in my head for some projects I’d like to experiment with – but finding the time is hard right!? In amongst everything else, I now want space to create and design… Is there a way to create time?

How do you go about fitting in your passion? Does it get first priority and you make time for it without fail, or is it relegated to 2nd, 3rd or 10th place in the list of things to do?

The week

that was..


This was one of those design projects that I wish I’d thought of.  Super well done.
How to live a Creative Life infographic
Inside the sketchbooks of famous artists
Nah, Im definitely a cool mum 😉
I’m needing to *try* and make this Cherry Pie
Digital Natives? The different ways in which parents handle their kids’ use of technology are creating three distinct types of tech users — and setting the stage for a clash of cultures
Shut up and listen. I really needed to read this.

Listening to...

Mazzy Star // Fade Into You
Let’s take a step back to the 90’s for this one. One of my all-time favourite albums and this song is the soundtrack to my early adulthood.
The ultimate chillout song. Every time I hear it I’m transported back to my share flat, drinking cheap wine after a night out clubbing. 😉

This month's photos

Art

Tamara De Lempicka / Girl with the Green Gloves

Tamara De Lempicka was a wealthy Polish socialite famous for her painting style that perfectly blended together Cubism into the more widely recognised Art Deco art style. In her distinct and unique way, De Lempicka’s paintings directly reflected her interests – beauty, elegance, wealth and sexuality.

This is probably her most famous artwork – Girl with the Green Gloves. It’s quite an understated sexualised painting for De Lempicka. Just by looking at it, you can almost feel the cold breeze that’s blowing through the model – making her dress cling delicately to her breasts and her hands cling to her hat saving it from blowing away.

She is a cold and distant beauty – much like her artist.

De Lempicka led a fascinating life, she made her name while heavily involved with the bohemian set in Paris in the roaring 1920’s (Think Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso & Jean Cocteau) where she was famous for her libido. She had many affairs, a lot of them bi-sexual. She became the mistress of a Baron and eventually they ended up marrying in 1934 after his wife died.

She foresaw the 2nd World War coming before most people and had the good sense to move herself, her husband and their fortune over to the US where she settled in Beverly Hills and became part of Hollywood royalty of the time.

She had one daughter Kizette – who she had a difficult relationship with, always preferring her peers as company and not taking on the role of “mother” in a traditional sense of the word. They remained in contact though and DeLempicka even lived with her towards the end of her life. But she was very critical of everything – nothing was ever as good as the “good ol’ days” – which made her extremely disagreeable to live with.

For all her faults, she led a colourful and entertaining life. She’s definitely an interesting woman… Its a wonder Hollywood hasn’t immortalised her in film yet. It would be one to watch that’s for sure!

Brad Pitt x GQ

High Art or bullshit?

Much has been said of this interview/photo shoot of Brad Pitt – It’s his first interview since his very public marriage breakdown. First off, it must be said, Brad comes off as a serious tripper. If he hadn’t made it abundantly clear that he was sober, I would have said for sure he was baked during the interview. And while some of the photos themselves are definitely tipping into the edge of cray-cray – some of them are quite beautiful too. I do like the fact that they’ve taken an artistic edge to the shoot rather than the straight “beauty” shots that most pull out for cover articles.

Have you read it? What did you think?

ps. I actually really love this photo

Photos lifted from the GQ interview article 

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

― OSCAR WILDE


Week 17, 2017

Week 17
April 2017

This edition: Studio 54, 6 of my favourite photographs, stud earrings and just a little hip hop.

It’s oh so quiet…
Pretty quiet week this week – everything returning to normal; School, work and just the usual type of craziness. My hubby started his new job this week – YEA!! – no more travelling long distances to and from work. It’s nice having him around more.

Tuesday marked ANZAC day remembrance in Australia. It’s a public holiday here – so we spent the day with friends, eating good food and drinking rosé. No two-up or dawn service for me this year. Hopefully next year.

Sunday we spent a fab day down at a farm on the Shoalhaven river… more photos of this adventure to come in the coming weeks.

The week

that was..


Surprised the hubby with an outing to see Velvet show at Spiegeltent.
Why you should Talk to Strangers
This Christian Hull video made me LOL. Like looking in a mirror 😉
Connected with some new peeps in the Blogging world. Getting very inspired by all their talents.
Qantas announced new flights direct from Perth to London in 17 hours.
So happy that Samuel Johnson won the gold Logie this year. He is a good man (although a bit of a tripper!) but the love he openly shares for his sister Connie who’s fighting a battle with Cancer is truly heartwarming.
Clear coffee is a thing!

Listening to...

Notorious B.I.G.
Biggie, Biggie, Biggie – can’t you see, sometimes your words just hypnotise me.
My youngest daughter has taken to calling her doona her “biggie” for some reason, so every night when I’m tucking her in she asks me for her ‘biggie’. Without fail, I ended up walking away singing this song.

This month's photos

Stud-ly Earrings

#crushing

About a year ago I stopped wearing earrings… For some reason, I went from loving them to not being able to handle the feel of them on my ears. Just recently though, I’ve started wearing small earrings again and it’s a love affair that’s blossoming along quite well. I’m really digging small off-kilter studs. For eg: pairing a fairly boring work outfit, with some rocking black skull earrings. Its the businessman’s’ socks of women dressing. 😉

Here are a few of my favourites this season. The skull ones: TO. DIE. FOR.

Disco

Happy 40th Birthday Studio 54

The iconic Studio 54 turns 40 this week. Recognised as the epicentre of debaucherous parties, Studio 54 was where you wanted to party if you were in New York in the 70’s- it was the place where influencers, celebrities and very lucky everyday folk could dance the night away without a care in the world.

Open for just under 3 years, it provided us with some iconic photos of our favourite celebrities.

Photos from this website & this website & this Pinterest feed

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but, when we look back everything is different.

- C.S. LEWIS


Week 16, 2017

Week 16
April 2017

This edition: Bathroom renovation, Out of Africa, floral dresses and some David Bowie

Goodbye’s sux…
So my beautiful best friend had to go back to London this week. I must say the goodbye was WAAAAAAY better than last time but still, quite a few tears were shed. God, I miss her already. But, we are planning a big group holiday to Spain next year to celebrate her 40th… which should keep us busy, and I think lots of planning meetings are needed via Skype on a Friday night. Any recommendations for Spain? We’re thinking Costa Brava – just north of Barcelona. Sounds amazing right?! Tapas, Sun, Cava, Cerveza and a bucket load of friends. Let’s go right now!

The week

that was..


Watching NITV the other night and they featured this super talented Aboriginal artist. Turns out shes from the South Coast of NSW as well. Love her style!
An untouched Frank Lloyd Wright house is For Sale
This had me crying at my desk this week. Watch the video linked at the end of the article from ABC TV Twitter post. Much respect to you Rosie (and to Ahn as well) A beautiful tribute to your beautiful son.
Slightly obsessed with this watercolour artist
Guilty pleasure… Real Housewives of NY started airing last week.

This month's photos

Floral dresses

#crushing

Pretty dresses all in a row… Spring / Autumn / Summer / Winter … a dress for every occasion. I recently bought the Tigerlily one and I love it! Beautiful cut, gorgeous length, dress it up or down. Put them on, pour a cocktail and start twirling.  Here are some more of my fav’s for you to check out…

Listening to...

Its been a busy week on the music front..

This week you get 3 music videos! Aren’t you lucky.

Bathroom Renovation

It seems I like patterned tiles and round mirrors

All images can be found and referenced on my Pinterest page  { Summers Wildling }  and more specifically on this board for  { Bathrooms }. If you’ve got any tips for renovating a bathroom, please let me know before I slip down the rabbit hole of ideas…….

I know of a cure for everything: salt water...in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.

― KAREN BLIXEN, SEVEN GOTHIC TALES

House Envy

Karens house in Out of Africa

If I could have any house.. it would be this one. This movie was such a big part of my life growing up and I think this house has been permanently etched into my brain as peace and tranquillity at its finest. That porch! Yes yes yes. Can I just order one exactly like this?


Week 15, 2017

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Been a challenging time with my 4yo this week. Pushing boundaries and attitude on steriods. Ahhh kids, kids, kids….. It’s enough to drive you to drink. In amongst the crazy though, we had a lovely Easter Hat Parade at school, a good catchup with friends at my house on a lazy Wednesday afternoon and plenty of family time over the long weekend to re-group, re-centre and eat chocolate, of course.

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Turns out I’m not as special as I thought I was #sotypical
National Gallery of Art posted this stunning pic
Started watching Season 4 of Vikings
Young people are confusing marketers
The only free stock photo site you need to be using
Starting research for a bathroom renovation. Pinterest is going to get a workout…
Trump scares me. (no link… just a general observation)

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Ok – right so I get it… If you lived through the 90’s, you may be a little skeptical about this fashion choice… but i’ve just completely fallen in love with velvet shoes for Autumn/Winter vibes. Eeeek. I love them. I want them all.

What do you think? Chic or not?

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This song never gets old. Perfect for weekend lounging… or chasing kids madly around the backyard trying to get the good eggs before they do.

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The detail in this painting is gorgeous. Ive only recently discovered Almeida Junior’s work and this is another stunning painting from him. I love the casualness of the painting – plus the angle of our view gives it a real voyeuristic feel.. like you are hiding behind a chest of drawers or peeking through a window to spy on the room. The sympathetic look between the artist and his muse denotes an intimate relationship but whether its just a comfortable casualness or something more is left up to us.

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If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.

― LEO TOLSTOY, ANNA KARENINA

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Week 14, 2017

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Well that was a busy week. So good having my bestie back from London – although the flip side of that is too many social engagements and burning the candle at both ends. Totally worth it though.

This week was full of laughter, love and a hella lot of champagne. Seriously though, friendship is so important. Be sure to make time for those people that mean the most to you. Its never a bad thing.

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Enrolled in a free course on Postwar Abstract Painting Course by Corsera
Seriously cool images from the First Colour Publication on Fish (1754)
Discovered National Geographics Photo Of The Day series
Humans of New York – you get me all the time #feelings
I want to go here
Did some reading on Deep Learning. Im not sure whether to be scared or excited for our future.
Ive set myself a task to rehaul my Lightroom photo library and consolidate all old iPhoto / Aperture libraries into it. God help me… its a BIG task.

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We are just heading into Autumn now and there is one item of clothing that gets a thorough workout in the cusp seasons for me. The trusty trenchcoat. Every year in Spring & Autumn this baby gets pulled out and put on high rotation.

A classic trench should go with everything and be able to be worn on any occasion. And if you must buy a trench (and you can possibly squeeze your budget) – a Burberry trench is a must. You will have it for life. A definite classic staple.

Below are some more trench’s I’ve picked for this season (and I really did try so hard to limit the number of Burberry ones!!)

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Saw these guys play at our local UniBar this weekend.  SO. MUCH. FUN.
If you haven’t checked out their music – please do so. Delicious 80s goodness.

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Oh the light!!

The colours and energy of St Petersburg are gorgeously captured by this young Russian painter.

Fyodor Vasilyev was most famous for his Russian landscapes – painting most from memory as he had to live for the last few years of his life in Crimea due to Tuberculosis infection. He died at the very young age of 23. While not particularly famous during his life – although he was called a “boy-genius” – he gained much recognition posthumously.

He had a great influence on Russian landscape art and is is said to have had strong influence on the next generation of artists.

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Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

JULES DE GAULTIER

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White Shirt Fever - see total looks at www.summerswildling.com

White Shirt Fever

Its one of my absolute favourite wardrobe staples - a clean crisp white shirt. You can dress it up or down. Pair it with jeans, a skirt, casual shorts or wear it with your best tailored pants for work. I own way too many white shirts than I care to disclose on the internet right now - for fear that my husband is reading this and will go and examine my wardrobe. #justsayno

But if you suffer from White Shirt Fever like I do - you'll know that a perfect white shirt is hard to come by....

So... here is a collection of my must have white shirts for this season.

Get shopping peeps! Stay fashionable :)


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Nocturnal Animals

Beautifully dark...


Nocturnal Animals, A film by Tom Ford
(2016)
American neo-noir psychological thriller
Written, co-produced, and directed by Tom Ford
Starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead roles

Tom Ford.. what can I say?    …     I’ll start with with Wow.

What an amazingly intense, beautifully shot movie. Theres something almost disturbing about enjoying the visual aspect of a movie so much when the subject is gritty and emotional. If you haven’t watched it yet – then I recommend it, but my recommendation comes with a caveat. This movie will stay with you – you will think about it the next day – you will surmise about the ending (yes, its not all clear-cut, wrapped up nicely in a bow type of movie), but its artistic and lush and dramatic and evocative and disturbing and beautiful and moody.

It’s art.

The movie equivalent of high art. I wont spoil it for you – but I will say this, grab a glass of red (a nice, robust Shiraz) and sit down in a darkened room and take in the glorious cinematography and the lighting (oh the lighting!!) and immerse yourself in Tom Fords agonisingly beautiful world for 2 hours.

It’s intense but so worth it.

If you’ve watched it – drop me a comment below and let me know what you thought. I think its obvious that I really like it.. but interested to hear what others thought too. It seems to be very polarising from the comments ive read and the ratings on IMDB. It either gets a 3 or 9 star rating. You either love it or you dont I guess.

“When you love someone you have to be careful with it, you might never get it again.”

― Edward Sheffield