Semi–deep notes from my old phone

What? It's been two weeks since my last post? What resolution? Uh... Here are some notes I found on my old phone:

18/03/2013 Monday 08:53
Surprise period: the true destroyer of my underwear.

11/02/2013 Monday 18:23
Want to know a secret? I hate cafes. And I live in a city where café culture is a major tourist draw card. I hate everything from the varied and indecipherable café etiquette of each place – do I wait to be seated or do I plonk myself wherever? Do I wait to be served or order at the counter? – to the blindingly attractive wait staff to the overpriced gourmet shit that tastes better super greasy and consumed at 2am.  I hate that everyone does art on the side and spent their summer backpacking somewhere exotic (not that there’s anything actually wrong with that…). I just want an immigrant family who set up shop 20 years ago out of necessity and to support their future kids. A bit of grime, haphazard signage, a floor plan and furnishings that are in no way aesthetically pleasing (not even ironically), a crowd of loud local workers; people who want to eat and leave. Throw in the rowdy family members playing cards in the back room table too. If I could hang out with people at a kebab shop and catch up between mouthfuls of pungent meats and garlic sauce dripping down to our elbows, and then let out a satisfying belch of onion breath, I’d be a happy lady.

11/02/2013 Monday 12:43
I love how generous people are with their stories coz at the end of the day, everyone wants other people to know they existed. Right?

06/02/2013 Wednesday 01:28
I’m going through that period of feeling dwarfed by everybody else. Creatively, intellectually. It’s a fact of life that people acknowledge then move on from – there is always someone else out there doing what you do, but better. The thing is you’re supposed to use that fact as a goal/benchmark or stop comparing yourself. I’m just using it as a productivity blocker.

20/12/2012 Thursday 08:11

18/12/2012 Tuesday 10:51
If you look down at your feet hard enough when you’re walking, it’s like you’re on a treadmill.

02/12/2012 Sunday 09:02
People saying Vietmanese


I picked up the second issue of Australian Miss Vogue over the weekend. It's been a long time since I've picked up any glossy fashion title let alone a Vogue but having seen the excitement over the launch issue of Miss Vogue all over instagram (that adorable cover with Elle Fanning was a strong start) I thought I'd give it a go.  Sky Ferreira is the issue two cover star – the teenage tearaway with the dead-eyed stare and melancholic pop ballads has finally broken through to the mainstream! The interview inside is nothing new if you've been tracking Ferreira's progression online so far (there's been a steady stream of press on her in the last year) but the cover shoot sure cements her modelling credentials.

The first thing I fanned out over was the issue's clean design. It's still light on ads, free from the mayhem and clutter they can bring to page design, and there's still space for big, glorious double page spread after spread, but that probably won't last too long if circulation builds and the ads roll in. But I really hope this venture doesn't fold because there's something really refreshing about Miss Vogue. There's a distinctly independent vibe (a little like RUSSH, but with a younger feel) that has all to do with editor Alice Cavanagh (formerly of OYSTER). She's roped in my personal fave Stevie Dance along with former OYSTER ruck-maker Ingrid Kesa and a bunch of other names anyone who is fashion blog/ indie mag obsessive would be sure to know (Skye Parrott, Hazel Cills, Tommy Ton).
This issue has stories about why street wear has taken over the runways, a profile on Sacai (#relevant #sonow), a rather blasé discussion of Rick Owen's "steppers" SS2014 presentation, a beautiful photo-story of three Aussie pro-surfers, an interview with Greta Gerwig (yay!) and a piece about making the most of your 20s. There aren't any self-helpy/teen binge drinking exposé type articles pitched at teens that feature in US Teen Vogue (sighs of relief from me on that one), but it's pretty clear they're aiming this towards internet savvy 'cool girls' in their twenties. I LIKE.

Today's illo is sadly one that has been prepared earlier. Day two and I'm already behind! Urgh.

Kiki and kids


Resolutions, or something like that

One of my friends recently sent me a chain email asking for inspirational quotes – it was worded nicely, and didn't require my bank account so I happily obliged – which prompted me to pull out my old journals where I keep tangible copies of said quotes, among other life affirming messages I write to myself, spelled out in capital letters, in the hope that I will read them out confidently into the mirror each day before I go out there and LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST.

The quote I find myself coming back to, and the one I chose to send on, is the widely circulated Ira Glass 'Beginners' one. You might know it. If not, here it is:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. 

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer.  And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. 

We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. 

Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

And it is with this that I begin a new routine: daily blog post and sketch. Since it is 1-am and I should technically be getting some shut-eye if I want to wake up early enough to do some form of physical activity (I just want to be someone who can do a push-up), here is today's offering...something I prepared earlier...six months earlier...during my travels.

Berlin Cathedral
Berlin Cathedral

German Historical Museum, Berlin
berlin deutsches museum of hist

Volksbuhne theatre, Berlin
Berlin Volk

Somewhere in the Garibaldi area of Milan

Cool kids in McDonalds, Amsterdam
icelandichipsters smaller

A group of Chinese tourists outside the tax refund section of Galeries Lafayette, Paris
chinese tax free smaller

The Irish lady sitting next to me at Lille station, France
irish retiree smaller

People watching, Hong Kong
Hong Kong

People watching in London