When conducting research for my Woman Crush post about local fashion designer Barbara Penberthy, I found a quote of hers that came from an intriguing sounding book; The Vote, The Pill and The Demon Drink – A History of Feminist Writing in New Zealand 1869 – 1993. With a heightened interest in all things feminist since the Women’s March in January, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy of this book, to gain greater understanding of the feminist history of my home country.
Flourish is a motivational self-help book by Annah Stretton (of Annah S fashion fame). It’s written from a woman’s perspective, and includes lots of stories and advice from other successful and passionate NZ business women. It’s a book by women, for women. I loved it because it brought up so many interesting perspectives and ideas, that may just be the keys to unlocking the higher potential in women. This I can get on-board with!
I love that there are virtually no rules when it comes to cocktail attire. As long as it looks a bit fancy, you’re good to go. You can go sleek, or you can go OTT. You can go sparkly, fluffy, furry, shiny, structured, flowing, short and sweet, or long and luxe. Anything goes! Especially these days, when we’ve seen so many trends repeat themselves over the decades; you and pick and choose what you like, and run with it!
Jane has some killer lines in the issue I read, and I loved the modern relatability of Jane and her detective friend Maureen watching Game of Thrones in their down time and debating over which of the characters they fancy themselves most like. And then Jane complaining when she receives a phone-call in the middle of the episode… I mean REALLY?? Who does that?? Phone is off the hook during GoT in our house, there’s no getting a hold of us!
I would say that this book is best suited to designers, artists and anyone who works in a creative and visual field. Orla starts with painting the scene of her childhood and schooling, paying attention to the aesthetics of her environments, as they have played an important part in influencing the aesthetic of her patterns and brand.
James started this book as a photography project, called the Palm Springs Project, as “a photographic tribute to the people and personalities that are keeping the California mid-century lifestyle alive and well”. Which means this isn’t just a book full of beautiful architecture and empty interiors. Every house featured comes with a story; either of the Mid-Century Master architect who designed it, or of the current day owners and what led to their choosing to live in Palm Springs as their permanent residence.