Thursday, February 24, 2011

MadMen Party

My inspiration board for upcoming MadMen party...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011




James Marsden.

Dear Bloggers

Dearest bloggers who may still follow me,

Because of my terrible absence and increasing busy-ness, I'll be using my blog in a more tumblr style. Posting up pics I like from around the world wide web, quirky websites, quotes, delicious recipes. Whatever I find and feel needs to be shared.

I hope you are still around and enjoy this new foray!

Annie

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm Back

Image from The Sartorialist.

Well what a very very long absence that was.

No excuse... (although I was in China for some of the time away from my trusty blog, and have been juggling a few other uni/work things).


Image from here.

So what is news with all of you? You'll be glad to know I remained up to date with your gorgeous blogs during my absence.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sex and the Noughties

As the next installment of the Sex and the City film begins rearing it's box-office, hype-building head... I've noticed I've not the same buzz for those four gals as I have had in times passed.

A few reasons ran through my mind, but when I watched the latest trailer it smacked me in the face; they're getting too old to be doing what they were doing. It'll be like watching my mum sleep around now - not good.

Before anyone of an older age jumps down my throat, hear me out, I'm not having a go at mature age actresses. Rather I'm really fed-up with the girls' antics. The end of the trailer alludes to a possible mistake-heated-affair between now married (to Big) Carrie and old flame Aiden. Honestly? After all she's been through with the cheating Big?

It also got me thinking of the SATC girls of today. If the producers were to recreate the series with today's late 20 early 30-somethings; what would be the main archetypes?

Here are my guesses based on the fads/trends of lifestyle in the noughties:

Carrie: obsessed with alternative fashion (indie/hipster labels) rather than the big brands.

Charlotte: into "being green" and interested in sustainable food.

Samantha: probably still a PR girl, who loves her men - her character is still current I think.

Miranda: still a rigid lawyer - again her character is still fairly current.

What traits do you think the "noughties" SATC girls would have?

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Library of Congress

I really love the Library of Congress' photostream on Flickr. It features great quality images of immigrants first arriving into the U.S. and other ones of the past.

Here's a collection of my favourite:

Soda jerker flipping ice cream into malted milkshakes.



Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lyman, Polish tobacco farmers near Windsor Locks, Connecticut.


My favourite is Mr and Mrs Lyman, they are just so happy!

Which one is your favourite? What's your favourite Flickr photostream lately?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

You Make Me Hot

Image from Milk.

I love this message...

A Market Scene


I'm having flashbacks to my time in Lille, France - where each Sunday morning I'd cycle to the markets and choose from the abundance of fresh and unusual produce.

I'd end the morning by buying a fresh, pastry I hadn't yet tasted and a beautiful rotisserie chicken...

Excuse my post-lagging, I'm busy on many levels at the moment and lacking in a little inspiration.

So tell me, what inspires you?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Tech-Anxiety Killed the Radio Star

I had university radio prac today and wow was it a whirlwind! My entire body was tense with tech-anxiety.

Image from child of the 50s.

Bloggers, I may have fooled you into believing that I'm all tech-savvy just because I use Twitter and have a blog, but no.

Anything slightly technical; pushing buttons to switch from phone to computer, quickly hanging up the phone, adjusting the recorder on screen - sends me to nervous land. Technology can simply be so unreliable... things have changed since Edward R. Murrow's time.

People on the other hand, I can handle. I enjoy cold calling unknown contacts in search of a good quote.

I have prac for the rest of the week, and going by today I think I'm really going to enjoy it. It felt really rewarding to just start with a story concept in the morning, and have a complete news radio package by lunchtime.

Will keep you posted... what have you all been up to?

What has got you all tense at the moment?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Naughty Easter

Sorry for the hiatus, I've been on an Easter break at the coast, so there's been much chocolate, lots of surfing, sun and reading.

A naughty Easter-themed image from we never existed.

I'll be off the radar for a few more days, but will be back with some yummy recipes (orange, lemon and coconut cake is in the oven now!) and some other bits and pieces.

How was your Easter break? What did you get up to?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?

It's that Mad Men question... are you a "Jackie" or a "Marilyn"?

I'm can't decide on who I'm more like.. who are you?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Make Your Own Adventure

At the moment I'm really inspired to cook everything myself.

I'm on a "Make Your Own Adventure" discovering just how much a normal, domestic cook can make at home.

Maybe I'd be as happy as this woman if I made my own olive oil? Image from VintagePosters.

I want to; make my own butter, bake my own bread, create my own pasta, make my own soft drinks (like ginger beer)... I'm even trying to get my head around making my own chocolate - anyone done it?

I'd prefer to use up my time in order to make something delicious and special - rather than buy something prepackaged and uninteresting. I think the quality is always better when you've made something yourself.

I'm also inspired to make everything myself because of one of Michael Pollan's "Food Rules", #39 Eat all the junk food you want, as long as you cook it yourself. The caveat is probably "in moderation" - little does he know I'm determined to cook all of my favourites!

How do you feel about packaged foods?

Have you tried making butter (or anything labour intensive) from scratch?

Friday, March 19, 2010

MYO Birthday Cake?

I am extremely sorry for my lack of posts, but in order to get online I have to squeeze onto my Mum's desktop in the moments that she's not using it - the small timeframe, and sterile-ness of her computer leaves me completely uninspired.

I am still awaiting delivery of my new laptop - which they now tell me is going to be at the end of March (hopefully in time for my birthday).

Image from ThomWatson.

In the meantime answer me this; is it sad to make your own birthday cake? Or completely acceptable? I want to make mine because I love baking!

P.S. If you think it's completely acceptable - what should I make!?

Monday, March 08, 2010

Death by Laptop

I didn't realise until early last week just how much of my life revolves around a machine.

My laptop has died - and with it has gone much of my inspiration.

From boingboing.net - a wonderful collection of retro computer ads.


Luckily I have most of my files backed up, and will be able to access the rest of my files because the hard drive didn't "drop off it's perch".

However, this will mean a continued lag from blogging until I track down a new one (hopefully next week!)

So far I like this one.

What computer/laptop do you use? Can you recommend any?

Tell me honestly; does a tiny piece of you lie in the contents of your computer/laptop?

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