Thursday, May 7, 2015


It's coming up to summer here and that's the time when all those ads on Spotify shout at me in German about getting a summer body: "Sommer kommt! Bikini!" or something like that. Here's a little easy motivation for a start. I've been doing this 30 days of Yoga program on YouTube and it's fantastic! I really like Adriene, the yogi. She's a little bit crazy and I feel really free and flexible to play with my own limits in her videos. I highly recommend it. I find yoga really amazing for my playing. It's a way of stretching during the day of that involves a higher level of focus. Not only are the routines great for stretching and relaxing but they often also include a core component with some plank vinyasas. I like to finish each practice with a 5 minute meditation. I'm on day 20 now and on the home stretch! I have been doing it since the beginning of the year, very on and off.. but I'm trying to go every day really regularly now.

Another daily month-long program I'm doing is this Arm-mazing thing that I found in my Lorna Jane diary gifted to me by my sister. I've been feeling a little funny about my arms lately (probably because of the passing of yet another birthday on the downhill slide to 30) so this has been great. I've only just started and I'm on day 3. (I copied it out of my diary onto this sheet because I couldn't take my diary on the plane from Australia.. too heavy). Do it with me? I wrote down the days but you could just have the days numbered, no real need to start on a Monday. :) The top number is narrow push-ups, the second number is wide push-ups and the last number is tricep dips. Right now I'm not strong enough to do full on "man" push-ups, or even "lady" push-ups with my knees on the ground. I do an even easier variation I learnt in a class with Fitness First where I start off in a hands and knees position and I keep my bum in that place whilst I dip my arms. I tried to find a video on YouTube to better explain but when one searches "push up variations for weaker people" all that comes up is the crazy buffed-up meat-heads doing nutso hard stuff. No shame is doing the easiest variation like me! As long as it's a challenge for you. Once I'm up with this month I will do it again but as lady push-ups. Maybe even one day I might be able to do some "man" pushups.

Also, there's nothing like some FREE workout. ;)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Weekly Wish-list

Focus on Russia!

Label Ruban by a sister-duo. They've been going since 2010 but these items are from their latest collection. The first piece, a shift-dress is so simple but at the same time embellished. I love the apron-style with the open side seams (obviously better if you wear a slip underneath!) and the ties. It's like a super beautiful piece of clothing like a sandwich board. The next piece is a lovely little top again with the ties and I've included a photo of the whole look because I love the layering of it. The third piece is wow a stunning dress that also looks like the most comfortable thing in the world. I'd love to sweep on stage and perform something in that. (I take that back.. performing on stage scares the hella out of me!).

1. Sandwich-board chic (image)

2. Such a beautiful dusty blue. I always hear of the colour "dusty pink" but never dusty blue, so this can be it!!

2. Layer by layer. Crop top images (actually called a "Chemisette".. fancy).

3. Short in the front long in the back makes much more sense on a floor-length gown (not a mullet dress!)

3. And such a lovely golden cream colour. Images from here.

Vika Gazinskaya. Now that is a proper Russian-sounding name. The label was launched in 2006 in Moscow. The first piece is a fun little flouncy top. Normally I shy away from clothing that clearly cannot be worn with a bra but the fabric looks so voluptuous that I don't think it'd be too much of a worry (nobody's going to see much of what's bouncing around uncontrollable under there!). The second piece is a very pretty, very respectable skirt. The kind of thing I'd love to go teaching in because it's the perfect length. But mostly I love it because it strikes the perfect balance between feminine (I guess from the colours) and angular (from the geometric patterns). Thirdly and lastly is a dress from clearly the same collection as the Flouncy Top. I dig those puffy sleeves!! Helping to steer clear of the stuffiness of a sleeve type of centuries ago is the exposure of the shoulders.

1. Pretty russet colour. From the Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Images (and it is actually called a flouncy top).
1. I do wonder whether there's a safety boob-tube under there.. one strong wind and it's all for everyone.
2. Personally, the pattern reminds me of snowflakes. It's from the Fall/Winter 2015 collection. Image.
3. Looks so simple. Images.
3. Loving it styled with the pants (anyone else can't stop thinking about Emma Watson that red dress and pants on the red carpet?)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


I've been making a study of vibrato these days (one of my absolute weakest :( points…) and so naturally I'm looking at the great violin masters. It's amazing that in this age we can watch how a lot of things are executed on YouTube; such a great tool. So, here is Oistrakh playing Clair de Lune by Debussy, stunningly beautiful:

Monday, April 20, 2015


I have taken down my recent review of KPO and Anna Da Silva Chen and would like to give my sincere apologies. I truly never meant to hurt anybody by it and was only trying to write an honest opinion. I realise now that it's very easy for things to come off harsher than I originally intended and I hope I haven't unduly upset any performers; again, it was certainly not my intention.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Weekly Wish-list

I'm back in Germany and Spring is here! It's been absolutely glorious weather here in Stuttgart today with the sun out and 14 degrees. I feel like becoming a bit of a crazy bag-lady so here are a few more to add to what is probably an exhaustive list already.

1. Check out this amazing bag by Liberty London! If you ever get the chance to go to London you definitely must visit Liberty. I remember them most for their amazing patterns, found on scarves among other things. It's fantastic to see some of that translating to their accessories products in this "Patchwork Collection". Could it be any more perfect for spring? I love the colour combinations.

Get a closer look (and images credit).
2. More cool patterns but this time from Kate Spade. The winner for this year's (so far) abstract painterly floral print goes to her for this cedar street multi floral magnolia bag:

Images credit.

3. Couldn't go by without something Australian (blame a touch of homesickness). Casato leather bag by Gorman. It looks like such a great size for going out with the essentials (and I reckon you could probably fit a pair of flats in there too). I'm loving the colour combination of pink and orange!

Have you noticed I've stopped including the prices of my items on the Wish-list? That's because I'm on a strict shopping-diet. But for those not as sad as me: see here for details (and of course: image credit).
Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Two cute little tunes for you today. This first is Made for Each Other by Emilie Mover. I've got a heap of her songs on my Mix'n'match Faves playlist on Spotify. She has a way with lyrics that gets me and she makes use of cool instruments. They're just super cute songs! There are no good videos for this song on YouTube.. I hate lyrics videos and I couldn't find an actual music video one. So just listen and don't look!

Next is super cuteness from Sibelius, the second movement of his fifth symphony. It's one time I actual love the flute. With pizzicato from the strings and nice harmonies I find it really pretty. I played this recently with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Milton conducting. This video is not my favourite but the best I could find on YouTube of the individual movement.. the tempo feels far too fast for my taste. Mariss Jansons with the Oslo Philharmonic:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Weekly Wish-list

I'm a big fan of jumpsuits and I'm very sad that the one I own from Alannah Hill started to fall about a year ago (although.. should I even be wearing super short stuff at "my age"?). I'm determined to fix it but it's one of those things that goes on a very long to-do list. I'm particularly enamoured with printed jumpsuits at the moment so here are a few of my favourite picks from the internet.

1. Check out this amazing Gorman "moth to a flame" pantsuit! First of all I'm super excited and happy that Gorman is getting back some of it's old funk and I'm digging the latest collections. They had a period a little while back where absolutely nothing excited me.. This print story (as they call it) is moon moth and I love it all! I'm proud of this Australian brand and what they're doing. I like the simple top of this jumpsuit and the bow belt which stops it getting a bit onesie, plus pockets. Pockets are important for girls too!

Woohoo beautiful asian model!! Asian pride >.< 
Image credit, closer specs and buying info.

2. Next up is a number by Opening Ceremony. The checked/plaid-ish print is broken up expertly with the black and although it looks like a dress from the front it's unmistakably rompery from the back. I love the fun cut, pattern, and that little bit of hardware (I wonder if it just zips up the front there?).

Image credit, zoom ins and buying deets.

3. Last but certainly not least is this amazing piece by Fendi. I absolutely love love love the drapey frill part! The pattern maybe isn't my favourite when I look at it closely, it looks too regular to me, but it works when I look at the big picture.

Thanks net-a-porter for this beauty and the pics. But at 3.5K this one don't come cheap..

Which one's your favourite? How many jumpsuits do you/have you owned? I'd love to hear, for research purposes ;)