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Beat the GFC?


Yes, even the arse end of the earth, aka Australia, is experiencing the effects of the GFC. Those hard-up can now get a three-course lunch at the Parkview in Fitzroy North for not much more than a daily train ticket from Frankston to Melbs. It’s fair to say that many people are feeling less inclined to splash their cash, but there are still lots of free things to do… or ways of splash your cash in less abundant amounts. Exhibit A:


Yes, it’s this weekend. And Exhibit B, also this weekend:


Not to mention Exhibit C:


And lastly, Exhibit D (but watch out for the queues):

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:: Arwen ::


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I see your hanky…


… and I raise it with, er, another hanky. Technically, I realise ‘raising’ implies going one better, which one could argue I have failed to do. Perhaps I’m just adding to the general hanky theme. The one photographed beautifully above (thanks, P) is another Sally Scott one (thanks, Manabu) that I’ve already crumpled by wearing as a neckerchief. I love the pink and red together. Now if only Third Drawer Down did hankies as well… wait, they do.

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Op-art necklaces, and lunch

The guy who runs the lunch deli on the floor below where I work takes a strange interest in my accessories – to the extent that he won’t  serve me my soup  & salad without first checking out my brooch/necklace/earrings and remarking delightedly on it to the decidedly less interested lunch ladies (yes, lunch ladies – it’s just like a school canteen). The occasional un-accessorised outfit gets a severe tut-tut.

After the Design Market the other week I ventured downstairs, hungry and with just a little trepidation, wearing my beloved new necklace by Thomas Seymour. Success! Mick liked it, and I got my lunch.

Bent Flat necklace by Thomas Seymour

Yes, it’s flat. I’m a sucker for a good optical illusion, particularly one rendered in steel – and so is Mick, evidently. You can contact Mr Seymour via his site to get one of these or another of his gorgeous geometric designs, or hold on to your horses until local stockists get wind of his talent.

NB: Honourable etched-jewellery mentions also go to  Nervous System and pseudorepublik.

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What better to do on a Sunday than read? Just finished Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, an Australian writer, and thought it was worth posting the cover because you don’t often see this style on Australian books. It feels much more like a UK cover, Rob Ryan being a potential reference point, but this is a bit less cute and a little edgier. It’s an engaging read, too – for those of you who want to gain a deeper appreciation of the book (or just perv on the author), you can watch Craig Silvey talk about Jasper Jones online.


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She’s got the look


Allison Colpoys, we salute you. This talented young lady was recently named the Young Designer of the Year at the APA Book Design Awards, and with good reason. She somehow manages to have a distinct feel while creating very different covers – versatile but unique. She’ll be blushing right now too, because she’s also ridiculously humble. Read her being misquoted here at the Sydney Morning Herald, and see some more of her covers here.





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Red and pink


Max F Williams


Musician St Vincent


Sharad Gupta


Currey UK


An untrained eye

:: Arwen ::


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Dance, magic dance


You learn something new everyday. My word of the week is ‘meggings’ – leggings for men. Avert thine eyes! Who would’ve thought the style of David Bowie circa Labyrinth would’ve made a comeback? Where did I learn such a word? Why, on James Cameron’s brand-new blog. James (pictured below… not above) and I met when I was writing an article last year, and over the past year or so I’ve enjoyed dropping into his shop and bugging him and his brother Scottie whenever I’ve been in the neighbourhood. Sadly, the shop is no more, which has greatly disappointed various menfolk I know. It may be back, but in the meantime those with a thing for classic men’s fashion can read James’ wisdom online.


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