Okay, after my Alain de Botton rant…
1. An illustration of the Ryan Gosling Hey Girl meme. I am never going to tire of this. Also, you HAVE to read the story that this illustrates.
2. Beauty from Diane Di Prima. I read her Memoirs of a Beatnik years and years ago, and I’ve just ordered the whole book of Revolutionary Letters. Can’t wait. (h/t Something Changed)
3. I graduated this week! Which was great. Weird fact: Sanjeev Bhaskar is the Chancellor of Sussex University, so I was handed my certificate by Mr Kumar. I know, I was also confused.
4. This week was crazy with work, partly because we’re hiring at Otesha at the moment. As you can see though, I was awarded with joint employee of the week for my efforts (it’s very official). I was good cop 🙂
5. More brilliance from the artist Jenny Holzer that’s been going round the internetz this week.
6. One of the highest search terms that lead people to this blog is ‘lipstick’! And since I haven’t mentioned it in a while, here’s a brilliant video about wearing bright colours if you’re not used to it. I’m now obsessed with this girl.
Although today is super sunday, I am feeling thoroughly blue because today is my last day in Brighton. Tomorrow I hand over my keys, and cast myself out (back?) to London again. This is exciting in many ways, but I’ve had such a good year in Brighton in my little flat, and I am very sad to be leaving this chapter of my life behind. Having said that, I should really rally shouldn’t I? Otherwise I’ll just collapse into a pool of melancholy. So… IT’S TIME. TO FACE. THE SUPER STUFF.
1. These pictures of Heidi Klum dressed up as a monkey for Halloween are really quite good.
2. I just saw The Ides of March. Gosling puts in another excellent performance. Nail-biting, but also a depressing meditation on how the quest for power (rather than the acquisition of it) corrupts.
3. Speaking of power, it made me think of this picture that I found this week. The tshirt was designed by feminist artist Jenny Holzer in the 80s, and the wearer is the graffiti artist Lady Pink. I’d quite like to make my own tshirt.
4. Sweet potatoes roasted in maple syrup. Yep.
5. These pretty pictures at SF Girl By Bay are pretty super. I think my personal home-style gravitates towards this kind of thing. Lots of bright, warm colours and knick knacks.
6. I saw the new dance show Some Like It Hip Hop at Sadler’s Wells. It wasn’t perfect (this review hits the nail on the head) but it was still really enjoyable and Tommy and Lizzie from So You Think You Can Dance were in it, so I was happy!
7. This Observer article about the incredible man and photographer that is Giles Duley had me crying into my cake. Well worth a read.
hiiii, I’ve been iiilll this week. however, super things can still happen when you’re ill apparently, so here we go:
1. My dad came to visit last weekend which was really nice. I can’t believe it was only a week ago that we were napping in the hot sun on Brighton beach! Especially as I’ve felt like my nose is about to fall off the past 4 days.
2. I’ve spent a chunk of this week cuddled up in a blanket watching My So-Called Life (bliss!) and as a result have been wearing a great deal of 90s fashion – plaid, baggy jumpers, and crushed velvet. I’VE LOVED IT. I don’t understand why Claire Danes and Jared Leto felt it necessary to grow up and become THIS:
WHHHYYYY? MY EYES!!
3. Beautifully unexpected dinner with old and good friends who happened to be in Brighton last night and it was so fun! Super.
4. I read a great interview with Maurice Sendak of Where the Wild Things Are fame.
5a. Great quote from original riot grrl, Kathleen Hanna. I get you, Kathleen. Illustration by dear diary.
5b. If you’re not familiar with the Ryan Gosling Hey Girl meme then… well done, you don’t spend too much time on the internet. But if you ARE familiar, then feministryangosling will be the best thing you have ever seen!
6. Peppermint tea in the Rough Trade East cafe with the gals was v. nice.
7. I am a sucker for magazines and my new fave is The Gentlewoman. I think it might be the perfect magazine. Fascinating interviews with inspiring women, beautiful photographs and styling, and nice, thick paper. Yep yep.
1. My sister Lauren came to visit this weekend! Oh it was so nice. I love her. That is all.
2. Sesame Street have done the best spoof of the Old Spice “I’m on a horse” ad – check it out. No one will ever convince me that there is a more intelligent show than Sesame Street. Apart from maybe Buffy.
3. Diane Atkinson is a suffragette historian who spoke at the Climate Rendezvous this week, and she is basically a complete legend. She had all sorts of incredibly interesting anecdotes I had never heard before. Did you know that the suffragettes blew up the refreshment kiosk at Kew for example? They took acid to golf courses and spelt out “No Votes, No Golf” on the grass. They damaged art works, with the result that in the summer of 1914 all women were banned from visiting museums, unless they had a letter of recommendation from a man. They smashed windows indiscriminately. Most interestingly, she said that although they are now largely described as a white, middle class movement, they weren’t. The papers took pictures of those who were richer (and therefore better dressed) because it was more scandalous, but there were plenty of working class women involved and lots of Indian women too. It was all just fascinating.
4. I saw the film Heartbreaker this week and it was amazing. It’s french AND they recreate THE dance from Dirty Dancing. I just don’t know what more you could want.
5. Talking of films, I can’t wait for Blue Valentine to get a release date over here. It stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, who are two of the most talented actors around in my book, I love them.
6. Having guests is good because it makes you cook, rather than just survive on cereal and oatcakes. And I’ve really enjoyed enjoyed cooking this week and am determined to keep it up! This is a pea and prawn risotto we made last night. Yum.
7. In honour of my favourite X Factor contestant*, Storm, here is Tim Minchin’s 9 minute beat poem of the same moniker.
*He’s not my favourite. I’m rooting for John, Mary, Rebecca and Cher.