Monday, July 25, 2011

Amy...





Rest in peace.

I don't have anything profound to say. I'll just miss her.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

naked...

I feel fortunate to have recently discovered the work of the amazing New York-based artist, Miru Kim. After having spent years dealing with depression and low self esteem Miru made the very brave decision to travel the world baring all for her art project Naked City Spleen. What I love most about these images is they haven't been produced for shock value. They are beautiful, honest and impressively composed. We all often feel exposed and vunerable in the world. Miru has shown so much heart and courage breaking through self imposed, social and cultural barriers to produce this unique and inspiring work. To see more of this series and to explore Miru's other projects please visit her website http://www.mirukim.com/.


All images remain the property of Miru Kim.

Friday, July 15, 2011

orangutan...








































Wednesday night I attended the Please Release Me event for the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) foundation at Name This Bar, Darlinghurst. It was a fun, wild night with flowing cocktails, rocking entertainment and live street art that was created throughout the event and then auctioned at the end of the night.

The fundraiser was to raise much needed funds for the world-first large scale release of endangered Orangutans back into the wild. With the help of the Indonesian Forestry Ministry the Orangutans will be released into a former timber concession restored into natural forest by PT Orangutan Habitat Restoration Indonesia.

I went to Borneo for my honeymoon and visited the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary. I witnessed firsthand the heartbreaking destruction of the Orangutan habitat by slash and burn methods to farm palm oil. Hunters are sent out to shoot any surviving Orangutans and sometimes when a mother is shot the hunters can't bring themselves to also kill the baby. These orphans often end up in sanctuaries.

Without these sanctuaries Orangutans would be left to die, poached for bushmeat or sold into the illegal pet trade or as 'entertainment'. I once saw a documentary on the ABC that included the BOS rescue of an Orangutan that was being used as a sex slave in a brothel. I won't go into the details but it is hard to comprehend something like that occurring.
 
There are only 50,000 Orangutans living in the wild today and that number is ever decreasing. A huge thank you to the BOS for doing their part in helping to save Orangutans from extinction. If you would like more information or to make a donation please visit http://www.orangutans.com.au/
 
You can also help without making a monetary contribution by making smart choices. Please avoid buying products that contain palm oil and support the labelling of products to indicate when palm oil is an ingredient. Peace.

Monday, July 4, 2011

spree...

My latest job contract recently ended and like all responsible adults with bills to pay I spent my last paycheck on a little spree. I'm not that prone to sprees but everyone likes to spoil themselves every once and a while.

I love these Tony Bianco boots. They are really comfortable even with the 10cm heel. I don't usually wear a lot of brown but these look great with black stockings.









































This is a cheap skirt I picked up for $40. I really love the buttons on the side. Maxi skirts are great but not when you are 5'3... The buttons on the side let you alter the length. Love it.





































I've been wanting a new pair of platforms but haven't been inspired by the hooker stilettos making the rounds of stores at the moment. I actually only tried these Calvin Klein shoes on so I would know my size and be able to buy online but they were so comfortable and easy to walk in I couldn't let them go. I'm in love with them- they are unusual, pretty and very wearable.
















I have a bit of a sunglasses addiction (and an amazing ability to lose their screws). I've just added this Ralph Lauren pair to my collection. They are elegant and a bit retro.

 

Since my liver problems last year I have switched to mostly natural products. I love the Elemental Herbology range. It is not only great for my skin but it smells delicious.

These cabbage flowers are everywhere at the moment. They don't smell unfortunately but have this interesting, alien look about them. I will say the bunch I bought had six of these bad boys and they are HEAVY. Selective vases only :)

I feel massively vacuous with this post but there is no denying that I am a good little capitalist...

GUILT.    GUILT!    GUILT?