The Weekender

Sarah & Sebastian jewellery, Marc by Marc Jacobs glasses, Madewell tote, Wood Wood sweatshirt, 6397 jeans, Rag & Bone hobo bag, birkenstocks, Nike Flyknits

I got my wisdom teeth removed on Tuesday so the past few days have been spent at home in bed. In that time I’ve been making wishlists and resisting the urge to spend money. Unfortunately today I failed.

I have had this Wood Wood sweatshirt on my mind ever since I saw it during one of my habitual sessions on My Chameleon. And then they released a 20% off code so of course I had to snap it up. Halfway through collating this post, when I was resizing the tote, I finally succumbed to Shopbop. Damn you.

I’ve been looking for an understated black leather tote bag for a while now. You’d think that something so simple and basic would be readily available both online and in store for an affordable price. Nope. I’ve been lugging around a Sportsgirl bag for the last two years and although it fits the bill aesthetically, because it isn’t exactly high quality, it’s been falling apart at the seams. This Madewell one is real leather and under $200 – what a win!

Considering I haven’t spent any money on anything all week (not even food! – currently only eating soups and drinking juices … fun), I’ve now spent this entire post justifying my purchases. Yeah … I did the right thing.

Now to get some Nikes and birkenstocks …

English Pear

IMG_6244I bought my first bottle of Jo Malone when I was in London last year. I had wanted to buy one for a long time before then, but thought that since I was going to its city of origin – what better place to get it than Selfridges on Oxford Street?

A bottle of English Pear & Freesia (how apt) was the only form of fragrance I had with me for an entire five weeks of travelling around Europe (well besides my deodorant). It was a refreshing scent yet subtly sweet and fruity. A great everyday scent that’s not too overpowering. I was in love.

Every time I used it when I got back to Australia reminded me of the amazing times had in Europe. It’s amazing how a scent can transport you to another place.

So naturally when I flew back over a few months ago, I had to stock up. I could’ve gone to my local David Jones and bought it there but now when I look upon this bottle, I’ll think of eating pastries by the Seine and walking through the ruins of Rome.

And when I run out … well, that just means another trip is in order.

Supermodel Academy


You can’t go wrong with head-to-toe black. If only someone had told Cher Horowitz this. “As if!”

Of course they’re all super leggy et al, but this knockout fashion spread from W Magazine‘s September issue shows you that it’s not hard to be edgy, comfy and sexy at the same time. Just mix it up with leathers, cottons, cashmeres and chiffons and you’re all good to go.

That’s what they should’ve taught us in school. How to get the most out of a shade.

Review: Doctor Who: Deep Breath

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Finally! I get to share with you (the Internet) my thoughts about Peter Capaldi’s first episode as the twelfth Doctor. What a man. That accent. That sass. Those eyebrows.

Similarly to David Tennant’s first appearance in The Christmas Invasion in 2005, his companion doesn’t know just quite how to react to the Doctor’s regeneration. Aging about two decades, Capaldi, 56, is a refreshing contrast to the former Time Lord Matt Smith, 31, who at the time of his casting was the youngest Doctor ever at 26.

Goodbye geek chic and hello attack eyebrows.

But back to the comparison. Yes. There’s that vulnerability and that confusion – how do you react when the man you’ve been travelling with and relying on suddenly changes faces?

There’s less hand holding (“I’m not your boyfriend”), less hugging (“I’m not a huggy person”) and less giggling (“I’m not your boyfriend”). Now, finally, we get to hop on board a new kind of dynamic: it’s more thoughtful, challenging and intense.

He’s not afraid of telling her that she’s narcissistic nor explain the reasons behind his mood swings. He also doesn’t have to do a whole lot either to evoke gravitas. The scene at the restaurant where he’s explaining to Clara what’s happening and when he’s negotiating with the robots – just goosebumps. He’s serious without having to be overwhelmingly so.

The scenes don’t jump back and fro like they used to and more time is spent developing what exactly is happening and how the characters are reacting. At the press screening with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman a few weeks ago, Capaldi did say that he rather not know what’s going to happen further down the track because he wants to be in the moment and react like the Doctor would, rather than act out a forced reaction. 

Another thing I enjoyed about the episode were the early parallels drawn between this episode and previously Moffat-penned ones.

We all know that Capaldi has appeared in the Whoniverse before. Before he was the Doctor, he was Lucius Caecilius Iucundus in The Fires of Pompeii and as John Frobisher in Children of Earth. Obviously there’s a story arc here and a reason why Twelve has chosen the face he has. It’s hinted that it’s a way of him telling himself something important without actually saying it. Confusing.

Then there’s the reference to The Girl in the Fireplace, potentially my favourite episode of Doctor Who. The villains in this week’s episode piloted the spaceship SS Marie Antoinette, sister ship to the SS Madame de Pompadour. The confrontation at the end of the episode gives us a look at a slightly darker Doctor, reminiscent of Eccleston’s.

What put the cherry on top though was Matt Smith’s cameo at the end of the episode – completely unexpected. “He’s scared. He needs you. Look after him,” he begs Clara as Twelve looks on. 

It’s going to be interesting to see how this relationship develops from the flirtatious one shared between Clara and Eleven.

There’s not much I didn’t like about Deep Breath. The only thing I hated was the new opening sequence. Hated it.