Saturday, October 27, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

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Last night Andrew and I saw one of the best examples of artistic direction and cinematography in a film that we've ever seen! Moonrise Kingdom, by Wes Anderson. In a very brief nutshell, it's about two 12 year old's who fall in love, run away together and have the whole little island they live on searching for them! Moonrise Kingdom screams 1960's nostalgia in sepia tone variations of colour, and every little detail for the set and style of the film were poured over by the set decorators. They researched 1950's and 1960's boys scouts books to come up with the perfect camp site down to every little piece, in particular the gorgeous little yellow tent. The tent was based on designs from sixties and seventies campware with pipe framing and a thin snap piece nylon covering. They even sourced most of the set props from little vintage stores, or just DIY'd from recycled or natural materials!
This really bought up nostalgia for me about what the world must have looked and felt like for children in the 1960's; spending so much time in nature, the adventure of the wild outdoors, getting lost in books and music on records, the popularity of patriotic boy scouts clubs, writing to a pen pal...So different to the world of computer games and television screens children are glued to today.
And don't even get me started on the fashion! I'm sure I was born in the wrong era. I think I'll dedicate another post to the fashion, because every 5 minutes, I was squealing at the costume design in the film!
Any movies that you've seen lately where something in particular about it really stood out for you? 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Food for Thought

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This week has been full of study and assignments, and at stressful times like these its far too easy to reach for the junk food and sugar to keep me going! I've been making quite an effort this week to eat super healthy food, its definitely worth the extra time taken out from my study schedule to cook yummy healthy food, my brain is thanking me for it! Roast vegetable, feta and spinach couscous salad, Banana and kiwifruit smoothie, Aubergine pomadoro...and every afternoon I've been trying to sit down to a pot of herbal tea over the latest Frankie magazine. It's simple stuff like this that keeps me from going insane while my heads buried in books and computer screens!
What keeps you going in high pressure situations? 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Macabre Monday: The Dark Series

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These images, are from the small collection "The Dark Series", by photographer Anton Babushkin. I love the spooky symbolism, the hints to Wednesday Addams in her peter pan collar dress, and the subtle humour of the goats mask in the last picture. 
I have a guilty pleasure in all things spooky, dark and at the same beautiful and sometimes quirky! which, given my fixation with furry animals, bright colours and floral prints, seems a little strange to some! 
This is an obsession I have had since I was a wee tot when I first saw Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. From the moment Jack Skeleton beamed his spooky smile at me,  I fell in love with the macabre. I thought I would share this love with you when the mood strikes me on what I'd like to coin Macabre Monday's!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Moonscape on Earth


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Clay Cliffs, Omarama, South Canterbury, McKenzie Country, New Zealand Moonscape

While Andrew and I were away over the past weekend, we went on a bit of an adventure to a place we've never seen anything like before! Clay cliff faces carved into giant stallegmite formations over millions of years of glacial river currents and erosion. We were actually able to climb right up into the depths of the clay cliffs. The big pinnacles and crumbling walls towering above us looked like the arches and columns of an ancient cathedral ruin.
Walking around the foot of the cliffs, I felt like I was on the moon! To my excitement as I was creeping between the anthill like formations, the very top of one of the little "anthills" came right off in my hand! Clearly, for me this bought back a flood of childhood memories of watching Wallace and Grommet go to the moon, and picking up chunks of cheese from the moon surface, just like I did...Moon Cheese!!! (Hence my oh-so-excited expression in the last photo!) Poor Andrew had to put up with me for the rest of the time we were there referring to everything as "Moon" plants/ pigeons/ berries/ rocks/ every other noun possible!, but seriously, when else as a fully grown adult am I allowed to pretend I'm bouncing around on the moon!?

Is there anywhere out in nature that you feel like your not even on the face of the earth?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

On The Mountain Side







As promised, here are some photos we snapped on our walk up Kea point track in the Aoraki National Park. It was quite hilarious going through the photos, these are the more "tame" ones, there's a few bloopers of us mucking around, the beautiful scenery was like an outdoor playground!...or maybe its just that we're a little immature. If you haven't checked it out already, have a look at, and "like" my facebook page and keep an eye out for those bloopers, I might pop some up on facebook! 

Into The Icy Wilderness

  







Over The past weekend, Andrew and I headed down to the McKenzie Country, South Canterbury for some rejuvenation and revitalisation away from all of the university assignments and deadlines! We were incredibly lucky to get a perfect Sunday for venturing into the wilderness of the Aoraki National Park... It's a cliché in New Zealand what I'm about to say next, but we felt like we were in a Lord Of The Rings filming location! (Which we probably actually were!) 
We spent our day hiking up mountainsides with the wind chilling us to the bone the higher up we got! I was a little scared I was going to get blown away! Getting to the top of some of the walks we were able to see receding glaciers and even icebergs floating in glacial lakes! We had a lot of fun mucking around with my new camera, so watch out for some shots in the next week that we took of each other in this amazing wilderness!
This is our third time coming back to the McKenzie district, Its one of our favourite remote places in New Zealand, are there any other places you love to be out in the middle of nature?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Welcome to the world.








Hello! Welcome to Spoonful of Vintage! I've decided since I've had so much fun reading beautiful blogs all over the web, I'd have a go at making my own!
These were some pictures we took while mucking around with designing the layout of my blog.
The outfit I'm wearing is pretty special to me! I grew up an avid Ballet dancer, and my first dance teacher gave me her old Swan Lake tutu when I was seven years old. She toured around the world in a Ballet company in this tutu probably in the 1940's. It's in incredible condition. It's one of the old style, flowing tutus that cuts just below the knee, the bustier is covered in little white down feathers, and the sleeves drape over my shoulders in soft tulle
The fairy wreath is extra special to me too! My Mother made it for me for my 21st birthday from scratch. When I was a dancer, mum used to make all of the beautiful floraly headpieces for everyone in my dance school...So it was exciting when she made one for me as a "grown up" (which I will never be...I'm a little bit like Peter Pan in that sense).
And Finally, The tutu and wreath are significant to me because I wore the for my 21st birthday last year when I had an enchanted woodland party! So all and all, I though this would make for a pretty good first ever blog post!
Keep an eye out for a post with some decent full length pictures of the tutu in the near future!

I'd love to know what you think of the blog layout I finally settled on, let me know what you think!

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