Monday, June 30, 2008

Secret Garden



Yesterday evening, as if sent from heaven, a friend invited me to his parents' house in Grinzing to hang out before watching the football final. I had been indoors (sweating) all day and asked Mr. Cabdriver to step on it. Everyone should know someone with a garden like this (or have one themselves preferably)! I love all the details and water elements so lovingly placed:







And the pièce de résistance:

Friday, June 27, 2008

Derek Jarman


Photo: theedge.abelgratis.co.uk



Shirt: Calvin Klein
Belt: thrifted
Trousers: gifted (old H&M)

Going to a Derek Jarman exhibition and subsequent book presentation on his film technique tonight. It's still oppressively humid, despite the daily storms, yet I'm getting sick of wearing dresses and shorts. This belt jumped at me in a thrift store today and although I would prefer it to be a real studded number, it's coming out - especially since a friend will be doing some post-punk DJing in a club nearby and my closet doesn't contain anything suitable!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Inspiration

Oh man, am I nuts about these photos from The Sartorialist! They just strengthen today's resolution to ALWAYS have my camera on me and just go for it when I see bold style on the street...





Street Style

I'm becoming somewhat bored of photographing my little ol' self, and was hoping to capture some some styling ladies on my way into the 1st district to meet a friend. Never-ending streams of Russian and Spanish football fans, and then a most copious downpour, however, ruined my grand plans. I was shooting from inside a bus and only two pictures made it past iPhoto:

This gal looked so laid-back and Robin Hood-esque:


This outfit was very chic, sorry you can't see it. I'm plum crazy about dove-gray!


What I wore: nothing preloved today I'm afraid. It's rare for me to not be wearing at least one thrifted item. Ah well, no need to get pedantic about it!


Tee: MaxMara
Bag: Coccinelle
Skirt: See by Chloé
Shoes: Pura Lopez

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sniffle



Tee: thrifted
Shorts: thrifted
Bag: Coccinelle
Shoes: fleamarket Schwechat

Here are the silver shoes I promised you. They are consoling me for the disappointing mail I received informing me that my "Colours" book was not in storage after all, boo hoo! Well, the quest continues, holy grails are by nature tantalizingly elusive!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Bewitched



Browsing through wardrobe_remix today, I was intrigued by who was behind the name "verhext" and discovered a lady with such amazing style, my morning regime will just have to wait until I have shared it with you! Since I'm a classic kind of girl, I'm attracted to the more subdued outfits, but check out her photostream for a reinvention of the 20s, dance, theater and even Native Indian fashion. I love the way that curly hair adds to the look!











Friday, June 20, 2008

Make Space



Phew, it's a hot and humid day today, for which light, summer dresses are about the only thing I can stand. No extra heat around the middle where top and bottom overlap. Here's another (no name) LBD from my extensive (8) collection - combined with my next favorite scarf. I had almost forgotten about the dress until recently doing a "summer" cleaning of my wardrobe. Whenever I thrift something new, I try to get rid of something old to prevent it from bursting at the seams. 

What are your criteria for decluttering? Regardless of whether I bought something recently or years ago, as soon as I realize it doesn't really suit me, out it goes! Yeah, unfortunately I still make the odd mispurchase (is that a word? I looked it up but it sounds weird). It is so much better to have few yet flattering items, than hangers drooping with clothes that don't do it for you, if you ask me, that is - but I said that somewhere already...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Blue Gene




In addition to my book, today I got the perfect (new!) Helmut Lang jeans in exchange for some vintage pieces of mine that got sold in a friend's store.  I have been wishing for dark denims for a while now, but not looking - and now they found me when I least expected it, and without me having to fork out extra cash!

Travels Through the Paintbox



Oh joy! After being introduced to this book by a patient I was doing art therapy with about four years ago, finding an affordable English version became my Holy Grail. For the longest time German Amazon was offering it for € 70.- which was just not in my budget. Today, however, I found it in paperback for only 10.-! If the review tickles your fancy and you live in A or D, there is only one more copy for a similar price, so order it quickly!

Synopsis:
"Part travelogue, part narrative history, COLOUR unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable and beautifully written book remembers a time when red paint was really the colour of blood, when orange was the poison pigment, blue as expensive as gold, and yellow made from the urine of cows force-fed with mangoes. It looks at how green was carried by yaks along the silk road, and how an entire nation was founded on the colour purple. Exciting, richly informative, and always surprising, COLOUR lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths an astonishing wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them".

Apart from the cow pee, it sounds mouth-wateringly good and I can hardly wait for my package!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bad Taste



Lisa Yuskavage

Many people seem to think modern and contemporary art is overrated. How often do you overhear someone saying "My 5-year old daughter could do that!" (or have even thought it yourself?). Take it from me, it takes great skill (and courage) to paint "badly" and still create good art. It's true that anyone (with talent) can paint well when adhering to approved trends, established teachings and affiliated schools. But painting ugly, kitschy and (politically) incorrectly is a challenge and a way of formulating a fundamental distrust of "successfully accomplished" artwork. 

"In an eye-opening exhibition, the MUMOK draws attention to the phenomenon of "bad painting" which, up till now, has been given too little consideration. Twenty-one painterly positions are (sic) shown that... manifest their "badness" in various strategies of bad, ugly or malicious painting and thus contain elements or irony, protest, trash, kitsch and shock". 

The two American artists featured here are my faves:


John Currin

Photos taken at the MUMOK, Vienna

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Colors of Nature


Image: stockphoto.com

Feeling somewhat like a yellow-banded poison dart frog today. I'm usually not into matchy-matchy, but have fallen in love with yellow recently and could not resist!


Scarf: thrifted
Tee: thrifted
Purse: thrifted
Jeans: James

Monday, June 16, 2008

Predictions


Image from tarotscopes.com

Three of Swords: Disappointment

To prove what a nut case I am, I pulled a Tarot card for the football match - Austria-Germany - tonight. It's an important one for the former, having beat the Krauts only once and that 30 years ago! I don't normally do this, but thought it would be fun and wanted to share it before the game so no one can say I made it up. You don't have to be a genius to predict Austria's defeat, but I am still hoping they don't lose too badly... actually, I am praying for a miracle!

The Gray Zone



Scarf: thrifted
Tee: Patrizia Pepe
Trousers: French Connection
Shoes: Neutralizer (US)

Green has given over to gray...


Tee: Gap
Tank: Humanoid
Shorts: thrifted
Ostrich leather bag: Vintage (Zeitgeist, Vienna)

Before purchasing this bag, I had never come into contact with ostrich leather and agonized for an age over whether to get it. With the right shape, however, this somewhat granny-esque material can be quite stylish, I think. And synchronicity seems to be at work again: At the thrift store today, I found this fake ostrich leather purse, in a color I am starting to really like!


Sunday, June 15, 2008

June Showers



Sunglasses: gifted (Dolce & Gabbana)
Scarf: thrifted
Top: Allsaints (UK)
Skirt: Mango
Sandals: Stiefelkönig

Who wants to tote an umbrella around in the summer? Not me. Yet the weather is so changeable these days, I've been grateful to be wearing a scarf whenever sudden rainfall occurred and I was able to at least cover my head! Although it is sunny, the skies aren't clear and this one might come in handy today...

Friday, June 13, 2008

Green Scarf: Take Four



Scarf: thrifted
Tee: vintage
Skirt: thrifted
Shoes: vintage

Trying to put together different outfits around one scarf is becoming quite a challenge for me! Can't say how long I will keep it up...

Fairy Tale Inspiration



I love reading mythological, folk and fairy tales and their psychological meanings. A while ago, I did some some postcard collages on this theme. Like many stories themselves, I wanted the additions to be very subtle and hardly visible at first glance. 

Today, reading (let alone telling) children fairy tales seem to be out of vogue. I constantly meet kids who've never heard of Rapunzel or The Little Matchstick Girl and it makes me very sad. My childhood was so influenced by the tales I read and heard, both our parents even made up bed-time stories for my sister and me!  I am still fascinated by Bluebeard and The Snow Queen and Sindbad's Adventures etc.

What are your favorite fairy tales?