Saturday, 30 March 2013

Pretty in Pastels

Over at long distance loving, the fashion ideas are all about pastel shades. 
 I must invest in some more of these pretties!

Pretty in Pastels

Dune slip on sandals
$115 -

Quilted handbag

Sequin bracelet

Plastic earrings

Christian dior
$71 -

Love Art Photograph, Romantic Pastel Photograph Print, Pretty Floral...

Pop on over to Friday Fancies 

and Fashionable Friday

for some more pastel inspiration!

Love to you!

Friday, 29 March 2013

The Aussie Bush

Over at A Snap, A Set and A Song this week the theme is Bush.

I couldn't share a snap of the Aussie bush without including one of this cute little fella! 
He hangs out in the Yanchep National Park.

My Set is a collage of bush scenes from around Australia. 

I spent a couple of nostalgic hours trying to find an Aussie song video set in the bush. 
This is a great old favourite! Ian Moss only had a couple of hits on his own, 
but he also made some fantastic music with Cold Chisel. He has an awesome voice!

Pop over to Thea's blog to see some more link ups about the bush.

Love to you!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Tuesday's Tune - Mountain Sound

This week I've been hearing this song on the radio all the time!  It's so, so catchy and has a great melody. Actually I thought it was Marianne Faithful's voice when I first heard it! But then I googled the words in the chorus and found out it is a guy singing the verses! Woops!

Anyway I love it! Hope you do too.

I'm sharing this tune over at Thea's blog, where there are more cool videos to watch!

Love to you!

Monday, 18 March 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Hello, readerly friends!

At the moment I am reading Cloud Atlas, and have written about it for another favourite meme. 
Please go here to read my thoughts about it.

I'm joining up with Sheila at her meme to see what everyone else is reading:

Have a great week!

Love to you!


Thursday, 14 March 2013

Cloud Atlas - Sonmi~451's Story

Today's theme for A Snap, A Set and A Song is Book
and this week I am reading Cloud Atlas, which is utterly brilliant!

But let me go back a bit...

Last Friday night we watched the film Cloud Atlas. It was very odd and complicated, flicking between six different stories from different time periods, from the 1850s to the 2300s. Within half an hour my boys had gone off to do other things, but I was determined to see how all the stories were going to connect, and find resolution. Well, after three hours of watching ~(and numerous glances at the film plot at Wikipedia to be clear about what was actually happening, lol!) I worked out what it was all about, and realised I LOVED this film. 

There were obvious faults in the make-up department, namely the "yellow-face" makeup they used on certain actors to make them look more Asian, and some of the prosthetic noses and fat suits which also did not have the desired effect. However, the theme of oppression, within the movie, was very powerful, and the layering of actors in multiple roles was clever in theory, (to show the evolution of souls through successive lives),  if not completely in practice (because of the makeup). 

Each story had its own quirky characters which were superbly portrayed by well-known actors including Jim Broadbent, Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw and James D'Arcy. Sometimes it was a bit like a game of Spot the Actor! 
Check out these pics of Tom Hanks in character:

But the standout story for me, with its romance, aesthetic, profound message, and high-tech vision of a dystopian future, was the story of Sonmi~451, played by the amazing Doona Bae. 

So my Snap, Set and Song is focused on this story from Cloud Atlas.

My Snap is a pic of Sonmi~451 and Hae Joo Chang, who, as part of the Rebellion, attempts to save Sonmi from her fate as a clone. I love the colours, determination in his face, and the contrast of the floral print with the sharp lines of the city in this shot.  (Oh, and also Jim Sturgess' hipbone, lol!)

My Set is a portrait of Sonmi's stark beauty, 
and the computer-generated interior of her apartment with its views of Neo-Seoul 
(although this is actually a picture of Tokyo - artistic licence!)

Cloud Atlas - Sonmi~451

Lc lauren conrad

Silver chain necklace
$97 -

Giorgio armani lipstick

Giorgio armani mascara

Giorgio Armani pencil eyeliner


While I cannot convey, in this small space, the magnificence of the film, maybe this short excerpt will give you more of an idea of some of the heart-stirring moments from Sonmi's story. 
The video shows much of her story, but there is still more in the film which will amaze you, so I hope this piece gives you the inspiration to give the film a try. The music in the clip is not from Cloud Atlas, however the soundtrack of the film is sublime, and plays a major part in the story. 

 If you want to find out what other people have posted on the theme of Book, 
pop over to Thea's blog, A Snap, A Set and A Song, for more inspiration!

Love to you!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Just Give Me a Reason

Lately, this song has been on the radio every time we are in the car.  
I feel a bit bad to admit that I didn't realise it was Pink until I googled the song.

 But the combination of her and Nate Ruess threw me. 

He has a very distinctive voice so I knew it was him 
and I guess I just didn't think Pink would be a likely partner for a duet!

Nevertheless, this song is awesome, and I love the quirky video.

Pop over to Tuesday's Tune to discover some more amazing music!

Love to you!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Sky Blue

The theme for this week's A Snap, A Set and A Song is Sky.

My Snap is quite odd, in that I went to take a photo of the pencil pines in next door's yard and this cloud face was right there between them! Can you believe that?

My Set features the prettiest of sky blues. I adore this shade!

Sky Blue

Sky Blue by wendysice featuring bulgari

Clear dress

Peep toe wedge heels
$43 -

Stretchy bracelet
$14 -

Aspinal of London teardrop jewelry
$4,440 -

Blue topaz jewelry

David Yurman blue topaz jewelry


My Song for this week is an old classic which was going over and over through my head 
as I was creating my set. There were so many versions from which to choose, but this one is smooth and quite sublime!

Take a look at the other Sky interpretations over at Thea's blog:

Love to you!

Monday, 4 March 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

I finished reading this Juliet Marillier book during the week:

It is all about a girl called Neryn, who has a sixth sense, 
and is able to see and speak to the usually invisible Good Folk. This makes her highly sought after by the King of Alban, who captures people with such skills and uses them for entertainment in the court, and for spying on the enemy. One of King Alban's Enforcers, Flint, tracks down Neryn, who, under his guidance and protection, leads her towards Shadowfell. But is he friend or foe?

This is a quick read of Marillier's, a book written primarily for young adults, and yet not teenagery like many of the popular series, such as The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. This book bascially follows the journey of Neryn and Flint, and details how they survive in the terrain, but I found, apart from Neryn's talent to call on rock formations for help, there was really nothing new here for fantasy readers.
It was a good read, but not a spectacular read. I will read the other books in the series as they are published, as I do enjoy Marillier's writing style, but it does not make my list of all-time favourite books.

Popping over to Sheila's blog now, to see what my other bookish friends are reading!

Love to you!