Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Must Love... GOMA

Those of you who read this blog will know I am quite partial to an Art Gallery. You will also know that I visited the Queensland Art Gallery not too long ago from this post. What you don't know, is that I also visited the Gallery of Modern Art.

Located directly behind the QAG, GOMA is like the funky little sister.The major exhibit at the moment is Matisse: Drawing Life and it is the most comprehensive collection of Henri Matisse's prints and drawings ever created. It does cost $25.00 for an adult entry, and as the post Christmas sales rendering me completely broke I had to sacrifice it on this visit.

My favourite exhibit was  'Look Now, See Forever' by Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. This definitely isn't stand-back-and-admire kind of art, it's immerse, bright, bold and all about colour, form, space and perception. Upon first glance the rooms leave you in awe, the mesmerising affect continues as you take in the little details of the exhibit and the feeling stays with you as you realise you're day has just been brightened.

Another collection I found interesting was About My Mother by William Yang, a part of The Hand, The Eye & The Heart exhibit. It is a series of photographs depicting his mother's life, each accompanied by a hand written insight into his family secrets. This one below stuck a cord with me, it reads "Perhaps the greatest source of comfort in my life, the one thing I could utterly count on, was the fact I knew my mother loved me unconditionally".

Threads: Contemporary Textiles & The Social Fabric was a beautiful treat on the eye. The photo below shows the 22 metre long Tongan black bark-cloth piece which was very impressive.

These last few photos are from Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James C Sourris AM Collection.

If these lovely artworks weren't enough, the gift shop is full of Dinosaur Designs!

Popcorn x

All photos taken with iPhone 4.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Must Love... QAG

During my childhood years I remember taking a few trips to the Queensland Museum in South Bank. I've even revisited it a couple of times as an adult. But I had never been to the Queensland Art Gallery right next door until a few weeks ago.

It was well worth the wait, however, I was kicking myself for not going sooner! It's quite a large gallery with a number of different rooms and a lot of cool art ranging from the 1600s to modern day! I'm already planning another trip over the Christmas break. I'm picturing a perfect lazy Sunday - stopping in for breakfast here, strolling through the mall and stopping here, making a side stop here.

I do love a good art gallery.

Popcorn x

Must Love... Roma St Parklands

I've lived in Brisbane for a bit over four months now, and I must say I am rather enjoying it. It's the biggest city I've lived in to date, and I love being in the CBD hearing the hustle and bustle as thousands of people go about their lives. There is always something to do, whether it be visiting the museum or the art gallery, catching a theatre show, taking a walk over the Story Bridge and through the Botanical Gardens or seeing the newest Indie band at a local club.

A few weeks ago my Mum, Aunt, Cousin and I packed a picnic lunch and went down to the prettiest garden in the city - Roma Street Parklands.

It is such a beautiful place, with wide open spaces of green grass, colourful bursts of flowers and plants and the occasional vegetable and herb gardens. Lizards of all sizes roam free and the toot-toot of the Pakland Explorer can be heard winding through the park as people young and old take in the view.

We found a shady spot under a big Morton Bay Fig to eat our olive bread with fresh chicken and home grown lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber. Our plates were also filled with ricotta stuffed olives and capsicum and complimented with an iced coffee.

After lunch we went for a wonder, marvelling at the eccentric Jacarandas, oyster plants, cape york lilies, gardenias, Louisiana irises and purple wreath among many more.

Next time you're feeling a bit weighed down by the city, I recommend taking a trip to the parklands and embracing the relaxing vibe of nature.

Popcorn x

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Must Love... Triple J's Hottest 100 2011

It's that time of year again. No, not Christmas. Or New Years Eve.

It's the time of year when every Triple J listener makes a list of their favourite songs released over the last year, and revises it, and revises it, and revises it yet again to still find they've got more than the ten song limit.

It's Hottest 100 time.

Australia Day just wouldn't be the same without the J pumping out tune after tune, each one bringing up a memory from 2011; some you want to forget, but many more you'll remember forever.

So how is everyone going with their lists? What are your predictions? Need some inspiration? Go here and see which songs some well known people in the Australian music industry have named in their Top Ten.

This is mine so far - it's very very rough, and I've been constantly adding to it all morning as I think of another song that I loved hearing over the past year.

Brother - Matt Corby

Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye Feat. Kimbra

Itchin' on a Photograph - Grouplove

Contact High - Architecture in Helsinki

Jump Into The Fog - The Wombats

Silver and Gold - City & Colour

Raiders - Owl Eyes

No One Wants a Lover - Josh Pyke

Black Water Rising - Stonefield

Video Games - Lana Del Rey

Even Though I'm A Woman - Seeker Lover Keeper

Broken Bones - The Holidays

Cinema (Skrillex Remix) - Benny Benassi

She's Like a Comet - Jebediah

Eskimo Boy - Strange Talk

Feeding Line - Boy & Bear

Milk & Sticks - Boy & Bear

Minnesota, WI - Bon Iver

Tongue Tied - Grouplove

No One Needs To Know - The Jungle Giants

Runaway (Like A Version) - Plan B

Throw It Away - 360 Feat Josh Pyke

Boys Like You - 360 Feat Gossling

Borrowed Skin - The Grates

Shake It Out - Florence & The Machine

Why I Love You - Jay Z & Kanye West

Lonely Boy - The Black Keys

And because I still love me some mainstream

6 Foot 7 Foot - Lil Wayne

Love On Top - Beyonce

1 + 1 - Beyonce

Popcorn x

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Must Love... Sydney & Eminem

At the start of this month my sister and I travelled forward in time (day light savings counts as time travel, right?) to spend a lovely weekend away in Sydney.

We said goodbye to the Queensland sun and were welcomed with open arms by Sydney's cardigan-inducing cool wind.

The main motive behind our trip was rap legend Eminem's concert. I had been a huge fan since The Eminem Show spoke to my 14 year old self's teenage angst and penchant to swear frequently. When 8 Mile was released my obsession grew even more. I knew I could make that tough white boy from the wrong side of town fall in love with me, if only we had the chance to meet. He would be impressed that I was also one of the only white people in my circle of friends, but could still rap Baby Got Back in it's entirety. His next two albums were mediocre with a handful of good songs. But I knew he could bounce back. I believed he could get over all the unfortunate events surrounding his drug addict mother and white trash (lucky bitch) ex wife and write some new material.

And then came Recovery. He was back.

My little sister seems to have inherited my love of RnB and rap. It might even be possible that she loves Eminem more than I do. We had made a pact that if he came to Australia, we would go and see him. "I don't care if I have to pay $1000 for a ticket; I'm going!" I boldly stated. Luckily, I only had to part with $180 to fulfil the dream. The fact that Lil Wayne and Hilltop Hoods were the support acts was just the icing on the cake. Oh, and one highlight of the night did involve the removal of a certain shirt, but you'll have to follow me on Instagram to see that photo.

We must have been feeling brave the next day as we attempted to navigate the buses into Circular Quay. We only had to ask for directions once, so I think we can count that as a success. We behaved like good little tourists and got photos in front of the Harbour Bridge and of the Opera House, before walking over to the Pitt Street Mall for a shopping fix.

I had heard about this rally to equalise same sex marriage before we went, and was delighted when we were able to met up with them as they walked through the mall, banners in hand and chants of "gay, straight, black, white - marriage is a civil right!" On a related note - check out this great video, it is so well done.

Our next stop was the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the Picasso exhibit. We admired the selection of 150 paintings, drawings and sculptures by one of the most influential artists of our lifetime. He really was so uniquely special. The only downer was the no cameras rule, I was dying to get a snap of the artworks.

That night we met up with a dear friend of mine from high school, who took us to a cute little eatery in Surry Hills called The Winery. I ate mushrooms stuffed with ricotta, pine nuts and pesto and sipped on glasses of lychee sangria. Inevitably we ended the night at King's Cross, in a dingy bar with unisex toilets, dancing on a stage to amazing music.

On our last morning, friends I had met on my Italian Contiki took us to brunch at Lavender Blue Cafe in McMahons Point. We sipped skinny lattes and feasted on Big Breakfasts, while chatting away and catching up on the gossip since our overseas adventure.

All in all, it was a perfect weekend spent with some really special people. Namely Eminem.

Popcorn x

Monday, December 12, 2011

Must Love... Amazing Face & Clinique

Put your hand up if you have not read Zoe Foster's Amazing Face. Now, if you're hand is in the air, slap yourself with it. This may seem harsh but in reality you've been doing yourself a much bigger injustice by ignoring this must-have guide to all things beauty. Everything you need to know is contained in this little gem. Zoe gives real advice that's easy to follow like no other. I trust her opinion and recommendations without a second thought, knowing that she always has my back when it comes to the hard decisions. Like whether to buy Clinique's classic Quick Eyes Cream Shadow in Muffin or Truffle. Turns out the answer (for me at least) is Muffin. And gosh, am I one happy customer!

But alas, Clinique is moving away from the Quick Eyes range and bringing in their Lid Smoothie's. Apparently easier to apply, it comes in a large variety of amazing shades - Zoe's pick is Cashew Later.

On a side note - my beautiful friend Meghan is a big fan of Clinique - especially their Chubby Sticks. Whilst spending the day browsing the Gold Coast shops with her yesterday I decided I would like to purchase the Chubby Sticks Christmas gift pack. I entered David Jones, ready to part with my hard earned cash in return for some well glossed lips, and was told they had sold out. I was committed now, and what had started out as some casual browsing quickly turned into a mad witch hunt. Numerous shops were visited, online stores were googled and hearts were broken as again and again our search came up empty handed. I know what I'll be doing in Brisbane over the weekend..

What amazing beauty finds have you come across lately?

Popcorn x