Wednesday, November 28, 2012


As a few snow flakes fell yesterday afternoon I was reminded of a day back in May when we waved farewell to Portland, Oregon and headed off for Mt Hood. The remarkable thing about this Mountain is that the exterior shots for 'The Shining' were filmed here. As Woody chuffed his way up the winding incline we couldn't help but quote lines from when Jack, Wendy and Danny Torrance made the exact same journey back in 1980. "See, it's OK. He saw it on the television"

When the hotel came into view I felt giddy with excitement, there she was in all her glory! We spent the afternoon throwing snowballs and chasing each other about, screaming at the top of our lungs, "I'M COMMMMMING FOR YA DANNY BOOOOOOOY". We snuck inside the hotel and I felt a pang of disappointment when the interior was oh so modern and swanky and nothing at all like the old fashioned grandeur of the 'Overlook Hotel'. Although I'd known that the interior shots were filmed in Kubrick's beloved England, I still secretly hoped to see Jack Nicholson throwing his tennis ball at the walls or spy the Grady twins strolling by hand in hand.

As the sun started to fade we jumped in Woody and made haste for the nearest Walmart car park. The temperature was dropping rapidly and I was afraid if we stayed any longer Oli may begin to bare a striking resemblance to frosty Jack Torrance.

Photographs by Oliver Abbott 
Screenshots courtesy of Exquisitely bored in Nacogdoches

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Golden Dusk

Sunset in Brooklyn has become a favourite of mine lately, the fading sunlight on the golden leaves gets me every time. A few days ago we took a lazy stroll to McCarren Park, I hadn't been here since the Summer and was surprised to see how Autumnal it had become. The change of seasons is much more apparent here then I ever remember it being back home.

This past Thursday I celebrated Thanksgiving for the very first time. We made an early start to make it to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, I snapped a bunch of film photographs and cheered like a lunatic. We spent the rest of the day meandering around Central Park eating honey roasted nuts and watching the brave folk on the ice rink. My housemate threw a Thanksgiving bash so the evening was spent gorging on pie, wine and a ridiculous amount of festive meats and sides. I had such a jolly time that I think I'll take the holiday tradition back to Australia with me!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cotton Candy Skies

I've spent the majority of this week embracing the title of 'full time homebody'. My dream job finished up last Friday so I've been endlessly scouring Craigslist and chain tea drinking like nobodies business. I'm happy to say my efforts were rewarded, yesterday I found a sewing job that I will be starting on Monday. Yes!

Sometimes New York makes me feel so tiny, like theres no way I can survive in this crazy city. People are always talking about job shortages and how no one wants to employ non-American's, it's hard not to let this banter get the better of me. But things always seem to work themselves out and when they do this metropolis doesn't seem so big and scary after all.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sunday Strollin'

This past Sunday Oli and I spent an unseasonably warm afternoon strolling around lower Manhattan. I had never seen this part of the city before and was delighted to find a quintessential old New York vibe that I'd been searching for since August. I'd begun to fear that the New York I'd dreamt of as a youngster when watching Breakfast at Tiffany's and Annie Hall was long gone. Fear not, it is alive and well! The fallen leaves, nibbling squirrels and streams of hazy sunlight on the old buildings gave the afternoon a dreamy timeless quality. Heck, it wouldn't of surprised me if Holly Golighty herself sauntered past.

When the sun started to fade and the chill set in we jumped on a subway and headed for home, but not before swinging by a local cafe to stock up on choc-chip cookies the size of our heads. With our sweet loot and warm cups of tea in hand, we clambered up into the loft for a few episodes of our favourite show before slumber. This was quite possibly the very best way to end the week.

Do you have a favourite Sunday ritual?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Guest Post over at It Girl, Rag Doll

I recently had the pleasure of guest blogging over at It Girl, Rag Doll whilst Emily was hanging out with Rock 'n' Rollers on the West Coast. I shared some photographs of a recent visit Oli and I took to Rockaway Beach.  

I grew up a stones throw away from the seaside so even though I'm a million miles away from Australia I feel right at home when I hear the waves crashing against the rocks and feel the ocean breeze in my bob. The only thing that was missing was a family of kittens living in the rocks, one of my favourite memories of my hometown. Be sure to pop on over to Emily's blog to read my full post.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Lady Grey

I'm keeping my fingers crossed but this may be the very last wool free outfit post of the year. These photographs were taken a few days ago, before New York was transformed into a snow globe! Yesterday I was sewing away at work when I looked out the window to see snow falling in abundance. I've seen snow a handful of times but never before have I seen it falling from the sky. I spent the rest of the afternoon sneaking peeks over my shoulder at the delicate snow flakes nestling on the window sill, grinning like a five year old and listening to Christmas Carols on my Ipod.

Oli and I decided to celebrate this momentous occasion by going out for burgers, this was a great idea but with the nearby subways still out of action we spent many hours traipsing through the thick blanketed streets. I also spent quite a bit of time on the ground... I'm bracing myself for many public humiliations this winter.

Despite my wet buns and numb fingers it was a pretty magical night, to my dismay by this morning most of the snow had already melted. Maybe I still have a little while left before snow boots and furry hats become a part of everyday life after all.