Thursday, 25 June 2015

Through The Looking Glass

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) has an incredible exhibition on right now; China: Through the Looking Glass. "This exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery."
It's spread out over three floors and is just spectacular. The pieces are all exceptional, and the curation of the exhibition is immaculate. If you're into fashion, China, or both, this is a not-to-be-missed experience. The spaces were all very dark, so the photos I took haven't come out great, but you'll get a taste.
Lovely pieces from old Hollywood. I discovered a new actress: Anna May Wong. These are a few of the dresses she wore during her career. I'm keen to look up a few of her movies now.
Lastly, make your way to the rooftop garden where there's also a temporary exhibition, though I didn't rate it much! The views overlooking Central Park though are fabulous.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Tourist Caps On

A Snap of Central Park, as my family and I cut through on our way home after a trip to The MET. More on the last few days playing tourist to come. We've been walking all day exploring the city and beyond. A little exhausting as I'm still up three times a night to feed Axel, but hey, it's not often my family are all in the one spot.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Whitney Museum of American Art

My family are in town so we've been sight-seeing up a storm. Earlier this week I planned some things to do in Chelsea, but screwed up as the gallery I wanted to visit was a lot further north than I realised. New plan; visit the Whitney Museum of American Art. Good move. The Whitney opened it's new home in Chelsea on May 1 this year, and so far seems to be a hit with all. There's a lot of art, but not too much that your brain goes into visual overload. Starting at the top level (8) and working our way down, so many pieces I liked. Especially the works that documented the history of times, intentionally or not. We were there with my boys, one asleep (he's 6 weeks old) but the other (19 months) very much awake and he thoroughly enjoyed the museum. There were stuffed chickens, rooters, the dog (below) he wanted to go up and pet... and he loved a piece of changing projected coloured light on the ground. 
He also loved the view, especially on the rive side, overlooking the highway. So many trucks, cars, busses... there was a lot of happy dancing* going on. A lot.

And I have to agree with him; the views from all the floors is great. And it makes a nice little breather from the artwork before you head to the next floor.
 Some of the pieces I liked.
The boy taking a look at the view down to the High Line. So if you're looking for something to do in the city, maybe taking a break from the heat, I highly recommend the Whitney.
*yes, Oscar has a 'happy dance'. It's the cutest goddam thing to see. 

Friday, 12 June 2015

Romance Was Born

Something from home that grabbed my attention on my Instafeed – Romance Was Born's Bush Magic fashion show. I love this so much. Clothing based on the works of beloved Australian author and illustrator, May Gibbs and her bush characters. I think May would love how Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales have evolved the world she created into wearable artwork. Anyone who grew up with the books will surely appreciate the collection too. You can learn more about the duo here, or follow them on their Instagram account.
 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Lady Liberty

Time to be a tourist. Following my parents, and parents-in-law, my brother is now in town so we're hitting the streets and running about doing all the usual things tourists in New York do. Yesterday was a trip to the Statue of Liberty. Nice to finally see it up close and personal. Ferries leave from Battery Park, and we sailed off along with a few hundred other passengers to see the famous lady. Great views of Manhattan also.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Sara Lowes

I'm so happy to share a latest handmade crafty find; beautiful headdresses by Sara Lowe of Animalesque. Pieces are made to order, and there are so many beautiful designs to choose from. I love the swans and the magpie; all just divine. Now all I need is a fancy dress party. Maybe halloween this year...?!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Oli and Carol

Oh my goodness...something right up my alley here. After been thrown back into the world of babydom I'm looking about for anything interesting and new in babyland and came across these beautiful toys by Oli and Carol. I have a couple vintage squeaky toys, but they're old and dust, and of dubious origin so there's no way I'd let my little ones suck on them. These however, have a retro feel but and fresh and new and made of 100% pure latex from Hevea trees. They are natural, ecological, and biodegradable handmade products made with alimentary colors safe for babies. The seahorse may need to join our family... He's just too damn cute.