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Twenty Something. Born and raised in Africa, lived in the sweltering summers of Melbourne, Australia, and then the freezing winters of Halifax, Canada. On the endless journey to find a place to call home again. Traveling the world, with nothing but the money in my pocket and an ice cold glass of wine. This is where I write travel advice, musings and the occasional angry vent. Feedback is always welcome. Drop me a line if you have any queries.

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Why I think Canadian men are the bee’s knees:

- they have this delicious accent. It’s all burly and deep and gosh- I blush just thinking about it.

- they’re (for the most part) really polite and decent. Compared to say, Aussie guys, that cuss at every opportunity and think groping your ass is a sign of affection- Canadian guys seem to be a little nicer.

- They come from a line of men that survived in the wild. ha- okay this is a bit of a stretch. But seriously, if a guy can pull off wearing flannel and can wield an axe, what more could a girl ask for?

- They know what they’re doing. I don’t mean to over share at all here (even though I really do) but Canadian guys know what they want and how to get it- and they’re  certainly not shy about it either. All those polite manners I mentioned before go flying out of the window once things get heated- and that’s perfect, if you ask me.

Now, if I could just find a Canadian fella (or several) I’d be pretty pleased.

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welzenis:

Jan Willem van Welzenis

Untitled, 2012

I don’t understand art. I don’t- not even a little bit. I’ve been to a few galleries and met a few artists- and the result is always the same: I leave thinking “what?”

Recently a good friend of mine confessed she had a bad habit of only dating musicians. The idea made me cringe. I am never going to know the guitar string that guy in that band was playing, or how a song could be better if it had more bass or a different beat or whatever. I simply like the songs I like because they’re fun.

I couldn’t date an actor either- I might be generalizing here, just a little bit, but every actor I’ve met always seems… well… kind of daft. Too pretentious for me to take seriously, seriously.

But art is beautiful- and yes, some paintings or drawings or sculptures can quite literally take my breathe away. Most of the time though- I find it all too hard to take in.

“Yes, I love the way those squiggly brush strokes represent, um, the way the artist is probably going through withdrawal?”

It all seems a bit silly to me.

I’d much rather be sitting at a sports bar drinking pints of beer laughing about the latest Judd Apatow film, in all honesty.

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Especially on a cold winter morning. 

Especially on a cold winter morning. 

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thysz:

The Credo of Salvador Dáli by Molly Crabapple.

This is just. So. Cool

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monaux:

Journal - Going Home

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New Regina Spektor. Oh, I can’t wrong this lady. So lovely. 

fromme-toyou:

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, From Me To You

‘
The History of Cinemagraphs
A Cinemagraph is an image that contains within itself a living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly. Visual Graphics Artist Kevin Burg began experimenting with the .gif format in this style in 2009 but it wasn’t until he partnered with photographer Jamie Beck to cover NYFW that Cinemagraphs were born. Marrying original content photography with the desire to communicate more to the viewer birthed the cinemagraph process. Starting in-camera, the artists take a traditional photograph and combine a living moment into the image through the isolated animation of multiple frames. To quote supermodel Coco Rocha “it’s more than a photo but not quite a video”. Beck and Burg named the process “Cinemagraphs” for their cinematic quality while maintaining at its soul the principles of traditional photography. Launched virally through social media platforms Twitter and Tumblr, both the style of imagery and terminology has become a class of its own. The creative duo are looking forward to exploring future display technologies for gallery settings as well as pushing this new art form and communication process as the best way to capture a moment in time or create a true living portrait in our digital age while embracing our need to communicate visually and share instantly. Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg reside in New York City.’
[Note: These pictures are absolutely awe-inspiring. If you would like to check out more, which I would recommend, click here or for Jamie’s personal blog and more photographic awesomeness, click here.]

fromme-toyou:

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, From Me To You

The History of Cinemagraphs


A Cinemagraph is an image that contains within itself a living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly. 

Visual Graphics Artist Kevin Burg began experimenting with the .gif format in this style in 2009 but it wasn’t until he partnered with photographer Jamie Beck to cover NYFW that Cinemagraphs were born. Marrying original content photography with the desire to communicate more to the viewer birthed the cinemagraph process. Starting in-camera, the artists take a traditional photograph and combine a living moment into the image through the isolated animation of multiple frames. To quote supermodel Coco Rocha “it’s more than a photo but not quite a video”. 

Beck and Burg named the process “Cinemagraphs” for their cinematic quality while maintaining at its soul the principles of traditional photography. Launched virally through social media platforms Twitter and Tumblr, both the style of imagery and terminology has become a class of its own. The creative duo are looking forward to exploring future display technologies for gallery settings as well as pushing this new art form and communication process as the best way to capture a moment in time or create a true living portrait in our digital age while embracing our need to communicate visually and share instantly. 

Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg reside in New York City.’

[Note: These pictures are absolutely awe-inspiring. If you would like to check out more, which I would recommend, click here or for Jamie’s personal blog and more photographic awesomeness, click here.]

slowdazzle:

The wonderful covers of Frankie Magazine

Tired of reading magazines that are solely about fashion, featuring hard- to- achieve trends and mindless models? So was I. Then I discovered Frankie, and it’s new male counterpart, The Smith Journal, and I fell in love. Mix real trends, quirky designers, high-end fashion and needle craft, and you have it. Such a great read- and a new all-time favourite.

I have stumbled upon my new favourite way to procrastinate. Meet Pinterest: The online pinboard.
It’s like a digital Vision- Board. You select pictures and links and idea’s from all over the internet (and your own browser) and you pin them onto specifically categorised boards, for all of your friends and other “pinners” to see. Sound a little redundant? Well- it can actually be kind of useful.
I am horrible at remembering things- it’s one of the reasons I love writing lists, and keeping a day planner packed full of magazine cut-outs and scrawls of information. Pinterest lets me do all of this digitally. Also- don’t you just hate it when you find a great website and can’t find it later on? For example wasting your time scrolling through your search history trying to find that obscure named website that sold those gorgeous heels at half price? Pinterest lets you add a pin to your toolbar, which allows you to pin pictures from any website to your Pin Board. It also keeps the website link and lets you type any additional information. Nifty, Huh?
Needless to say- I’m hooked (or pinned?) I have boards about neat hairstyling ideas; boards about travel plans, such as hotel information, great locations to visit, good websites about travel info; I have boards about the latest fashions; and I even have a few boards for way way way in the future (see- weddingspiration and adorbs Pinboards).
It’s a great way to stay organised, and an even greater way to kill time. It’s like Twitter with Pictures- only better.

[Note: if you would like to check out my pinterest, or create your own, Click here.] 

I have stumbled upon my new favourite way to procrastinate. Meet Pinterest: The online pinboard.

It’s like a digital Vision- Board. You select pictures and links and idea’s from all over the internet (and your own browser) and you pin them onto specifically categorised boards, for all of your friends and other “pinners” to see. Sound a little redundant? Well- it can actually be kind of useful.

I am horrible at remembering things- it’s one of the reasons I love writing lists, and keeping a day planner packed full of magazine cut-outs and scrawls of information. Pinterest lets me do all of this digitally. Also- don’t you just hate it when you find a great website and can’t find it later on? For example wasting your time scrolling through your search history trying to find that obscure named website that sold those gorgeous heels at half price? Pinterest lets you add a pin to your toolbar, which allows you to pin pictures from any website to your Pin Board. It also keeps the website link and lets you type any additional information. Nifty, Huh?

Needless to say- I’m hooked (or pinned?) I have boards about neat hairstyling ideas; boards about travel plans, such as hotel information, great locations to visit, good websites about travel info; I have boards about the latest fashions; and I even have a few boards for way way way in the future (see- weddingspiration and adorbs Pinboards).

It’s a great way to stay organised, and an even greater way to kill time. It’s like Twitter with Pictures- only better.

[Note: if you would like to check out my pinterest, or create your own, Click here.] 

thedailywhat:

Window Display of the Day: Jacqueline Traide, a 24-year-old performance artist, recently volunteered for a starring role she won’t soon forget: 10 hours of torture — cosmetics testing — in a Lush Cosmetics window display. The shocking performance, during which thousands of London passersby witnessed Jacqueline being roughly manhandled and administered to by a “lab technician,” was meant to draw attention to the pain and cruelty inflicted on animals during lab tests for beauty products.
Dressed in nothing but a flesh-colored body stocking, Jacqueline and her counterpartre-enacted widely used tests. She was given injections and had her skin abraded and smothered in lotions and potions, then endured eye irritants and having a strip of her hair shaved off on one of Britain’s busiest streets.
“I hope it will plant the seed of a new awareness in people to really start thinking about what they go out and buy and what goes into producing it,” Jacqueline said.
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thedailywhat:

Window Display of the Day: Jacqueline Traide, a 24-year-old performance artist, recently volunteered for a starring role she won’t soon forget: 10 hours of torture — cosmetics testing — in a Lush Cosmetics window display. The shocking performance, during which thousands of London passersby witnessed Jacqueline being roughly manhandled and administered to by a “lab technician,” was meant to draw attention to the pain and cruelty inflicted on animals during lab tests for beauty products.

Dressed in nothing but a flesh-colored body stocking, Jacqueline and her counterpartre-enacted widely used tests. She was given injections and had her skin abraded and smothered in lotions and potions, then endured eye irritants and having a strip of her hair shaved off on one of Britain’s busiest streets.

“I hope it will plant the seed of a new awareness in people to really start thinking about what they go out and buy and what goes into producing it,” Jacqueline said.

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I like to think that I am somewhat of an independent spirit.  A lot of people get nervous at the thought of being left alone in their own company, but I revel in it. I enjoy time alone. I enjoy not having to consult anyone or consider anyone when I make my choices about where to go and what to do, and what I want from life. Being single and independent is, at times, very peaceful (and a lot less work. You don’t have to shave your legs, you can drink as much wine as you wish whilst watching chick flicks, and no-one is there to say annoying things like “what are you doing with your life?” or “we need to talk about where this is going”).

That being said- there are times when it isn’t so great. Over the past couple of years I have been slowly learning more and more about what I want from my life and one of the things that has surprised me the most is realising I want to have a… “Significant other”.

I want someone to count on, a friend and a confidant. I want someone to share my travels and my memories and my moments with. I want someone to cry with when I’m having a bad day. I want someone to yell at when things get too much. I want someone to snuggle up to and fall asleep against when the weather starts to get cold. Basically, I want someone to be my rock- my constant, my safety net.

A lot of people believe you need to right yourself before you can truly be ready to be part of a relationship. That might be true, to an extent. We have to build up our own persona, our own confidence and set our own goals, sure, but why should we go through it all entirely alone? I don’t think it should be this way. I want someone who is willing to stick it through the tough times, the potholes and the red tape, because I believe it is stuff like that that build a true bond.

You can argue that it is far easier to fall in love with anyone when your life is perfectly in place, but the problem with that is that life is never really going to be perfect, is it? 

take note. 

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artpixie:

Handmade Paper by Kiss the Groom

I gotta try this sometime!

doubledaybooks:

Fantastic and fantastical book photos by Joel Robinson

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