25 March 2013

TED Talks: Ron Finley

I'm pretty much obsessed with TED Talks. I can watch talk after talk. Some resonate so strongly that I'm left feeling awe struck. The talk below makes me happy and gives me hope. With human beings like this maybe we aren't all doomed?!

Happy Monday!

Video via here.

24 March 2013

Marvellous Stationary

I'm in love with Marvellous Stationary and their extraordinary leather goods. I'm also absolutely smitten by the fact that these amazing pieces are all hand made, one of a kind in Australia. Need I say more.
Just Marvellous!

Image and video via here.

17 March 2013

One Year

Today marks the one year anniversary since one of my oldest and dearest friends married her one true love and best friend. The last year has flown by and I'm still blown away by the fact that my darling friend is a Mrs. I'm constantly pondering, are we really old enough for this to be legal?? It feels like only yesterday we were aimlessly driving around looking for waves before school or covered in gravel rash due to one too many tandem skateboard crashes. In all honesty though I've never seen this lady more happy in my life and I am truly blessed I could be part of their special day. Love and happiness to you both!


12 March 2013

Like Knows Like

Social media is a complex thing. I struggle with the intention behind it. The busy body in me loves delving into the lives of others so willing to share every tid bit. On the other hand I am reluctant to share much about my own life on these sites. I'm a private person and I'm OK with that. The other week I received a message from a friend, the message ended with "You're so quiet on the social media front." In that same week another friend questioned on Facebook if social media was so apparent in our day to day lives that it was as if things were not real or didn't happen unless they were validated via Instagram or Facebook? It's such a funny notion. That unless your social media following knows that you had a delicious gourmet lunch, then you probably didn't eat it? I completely agree with this theory, but I kind of hate that, that is what social media has become. Which is of course why I didn't really know how to respond to my friends message. Maybe something along the lines of - "Sorry I haven't posted on Instagram in the last six months, but I'm still alive! I swear!" I'm not against social media, I promise. I actually kind of love it (hello I have this blog afterall!). It's such an excellent marketing tool and I have so many wonderful friends using it wisely to expand their small businesses and making some great connections. I guess it's just interesting how it's all evolved.

Funnily enough, I follow artist Kelsey Brookes on Instagram. He creates beautifully abstract pieces that are hard to describe, but somehow mimic or rather reflect his previous work in science. Kelsey is part of a new project called Like Knows Like. Created by Dutch filmmakers Marije Kuiper and Bas Berkhout, Like Knows Like is a comment on social media and it's power to introduce so many talented artists and creatives to a wider audience. The idea behind Like Knows Like is to further the connection made through social media, which most of the time is a shallow representation of a real person. The Like Knows Like documentaries focus on sharing a deeper look into the lives and works of these creatives, how they live and breathe their work and a look at what they really see. The documentaries are then used to promote the artists on their respective social media outlets as well as the talents of the filmmakers themselves.  I love this idea, it's using social media to it's full potential and the documentaries themselves are beautifully made. Now, if it weren't for Instagram I probably wouldn't have come across either Kelsey Brookes or Like Knows Like. Win!

Video c/o Like Knows Like.

11 March 2013


If you have not heard of Hollie Martin by now I suggest you get acquainted.  For the last few years she has been leaving her mark all over the fine art scene with her geometrically inclined watercolour pieces.  Her talent for producing aesthetically lovely artwork that mesmerises and inspires is what she's known for.  Last week she launched her latest venture Kindred, a one of a kind jewellery line.  Using fine chain and strings, beads and semi precious stones are threaded to artfully create beautiful pieces that not only look good, but also channel and promote healing and positive energies.  This isn't just some mumbo jumbo either, Hollie knows her stuff.  A recent trip to the bead store with Hollie saw an unplanned lesson on the properties and qualities of various stones that left me feeling inspired and ready to purchase a truck load of Dalmation Jasper and Lapis Lazuli.  Her pieces are simple, understated and perfect!  They also sell like hotcakes, so if you fancy something you best get in quick before they fly out the door.  I sadly made that mistake.  Don't fret though, Hollie is constantly creating and the store is updated regularly.  YAY! 

All images c/o Kindred.

04 March 2013

Grateful (Dead)

Today I am grateful for inspiring friends. For friends that keep you focused when your mind is a wandering mess. For the friends who pull you out of a funk that you didn't even realise you were in. I think at times I take for granted how much of an impact these people have on my life. I don't see these important people nearly enough, but I love how one conversation can change my whole perspective.


The above image taken a few months ago on a blissfully calm afternoon that I almost missed on my drive home from work. The below tunes thanks to the Grateful Dead, because well, why the hell not. Also I enjoy word association.

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