Thursday, April 30, 2009

Polyvore Thursday

Wow, I can't believe it's Thursday already! Craziness! Ok folks, let's start with mine again, cos it's rather boring compared to the next two. Don't get me wrong, I like the colours and the shape, but it's just a bit blah.
Cute and summery though.

Charlotte is my favourite SATC character, even if she is slightly (completely) neurotic. She's classy and sweet and a complete stereotype. Holy sweet Moses! I want this outfit.

And I love this one too. It's very pretty!

Love and Laughter
Mands xoxo

Happy Birthday! to... Erin!

Happy 26th Birthday, Erin! May your day be full of happiness and joy!
Love and Laughter

Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday Musing

Sound of Laughter, originally uploaded by hersley.

Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Polyvore Thursday

I know, I know. It is simply too exciting for words! You all missed Polyvore Thursday last week, and have been anxiously anticipating its return. You will not be disappointed. I'm only going to add one of my own this week, as I've been stressed out with uni and have only had time to make up one decent set. I really love this one's interior, not fashion. Sooo...let's start with mine, shall we?

Another interior one, which I find almost dizzingly beautiful. So soft and feminine and perfectly understated. This is not a rock star bedroom, but it might belong to a princess.

Finally a fashion one (of course). The other two were so whimsical and pretty that I wanted something a with a little more edge for the final layout. This ought to do it. Gorgeous!

Now, keep being excited my little cupcakes of happiness, because next week I'm bringing yet another weekly segment to the blog! Huzzah!

Love and Laughter
Mands xoxo

Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday Musing

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Polyvore Thursday (won't be appearing today)

Sorry guys, hate to disappoint you, but Polyvore Thursday won't be appearing today as I'm having internet issues!
Love and Laughter
Mands xoxo

Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday Musing

I thought that the light-house looked lovely as hope,
That star on life's tremulous ocean.
-T. Moore

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Polyvore Thursday

First up, a set from somebody else's Polyvore wardrobe. Oh, won't somebody dress me in Balmain, baby???

And now for one of mine... I like this one, it's almost composed entirely of backgrounds. I love the bird though! And, just quietly, I covet those shoes!

Misspent Youth

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

For the love of... Frankie

*Disclaimer. I am no Girl With a Satchel. I lack her eloquence, magazine experience, informed opinions and fancy shmancy blog layout! If you want a decent magazine review I suggest checking out her blog!

Frankie Magazine. For a year now I have been a loyal fan. This time last year I was a patient in hospital and was fortunate enough to have plenty of visitors. Even in that grim time I knew I was lucky enough to be blessed with so many caring friends and family members. One of my best friends brought in a stack of magazines during one such visit. They were current magazines but her flatmate had finished them and thought I might enjoy them (I think my friend is probably reading this with a thrill of excitement knowing that I'm talking about her and that something she did a year ago has inspired an entire blog post! Hi Erin!). Amongst those magazines was Frankie. Ahhh, Frankie. Clever, witty, sometimes sarcastic, always lovely, forever funny. Magazines pride themselves on their point of difference, but Frankie is unique. She's the girl cool enough to hang out with the popular kids, friendly enough that she doesn't intimidate the less cool kids and smart enough to know the difference. I'd never even considered reading Frankie before it was literally dropped into my lap; it seemed a little too "indie" for me. Sweet sweet fortune that somebody with far better taste than I had the inkling I might enjoy it.

The latest issue is a joy to read. Benjamin Law and Caro Cooper are favourites of mine. Benjamin writes with self-effacing humour, Caro writes as though narrative can't help but flow out of every pore. Highlights:
  • Kelly White's i love owls feature. Mainly because I also love owls and she's got some cuties!
  • Caro Cooper's may contain graphic scenes is a love letter to the graphic novel. Five in particular are highlighted as 'should'-reads ('If you want to. But you don't have to.') I want to. (In case you're interested the are Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine, Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson, I am going to be small by Jeffery Brown, Maus by Art Spiegelman and Jimmy Corrigan: The smartest kid on Earth by Chris Ware.
  • a mum's life contains some wonderful moments when four writers spend the day as their mother. There seems to be quite a focus on exercise, work-outs and personal trainers. Perhaps this is what we look forward to in retirement. Benjamin Law's description of his mother, Jenny's, Exercise of the Month is particularly entertaining, as is Caro Cooper's journey into an imaginary world where she flirts with an unresponsive butcher, has conversations with imaginary dogs and cooks dinner for an imaginary partner whilst conversing with aforementioned dogs.
  • I encourage all of my PhD student friends, and friends of friends, and anybody even considering undertaking a PhD at any point, to read how uni melted my brain. Benjamin Law highlights everything I've ever heard, or ever considered about this arduous pursuit (it still hasn't put me off though).
  • There's a fabulous road test of different varieties of packet noodles and how likely each are to kill you. My favourite noodles are apparently likely to cause me a slow, but sure, death. This feature appears at an opportune time. They're practically all I can afford to buy.
  • I laughed and felt a small twinge of shame at Justin Heazlewood's no cd collection is an island. I can definitely relate to both sides of the story, but hope I have never been to the point of being the friend who asks if you've "heard of The Obscures, (my) eyes burning with rage and glee when (you) decline." The article is summed up in the line "It's a testament to the human ego, the way we make our role as fan completely about us."
  • Bless Pip Lincolne for including a pattern for a too-cute wheat pack by Claire Robertson.
New issue is out on April 22nd so go out and get a copy of this one now!

Love and Laughter,
Mands xoxo

Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday Musing

Cloudy Branches
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it. bearing with him the image of a cathedral.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery