Monday, September 30, 2013

A very good film and oote

This weekend we had a relaxing time at home, with trips to the local swimming pool, dinner and a film up the road, and a big Sunday lunch with family.

The film we saw was very, very good. It's called 'Stories we Tell', and it's a documentary about the impact of a mother's life on the family that she leaves behind.
It's a beautiful and, at times, very funny film and I highly recommend it.


Here are a couple of action shots J took of me on the way to early dinner at an Izakaya before the film.


I'm wearing J Crew Andie chinos, J Crew drapey sailor tee, J Crew necklace (eek what a JC whore!), old denim jacket and v old shoes from LK Bennett (bought circa 1997).



In other clothes related news, I went to my local boutique Pretty Dog and tried on a few new seasons items. I LOVE this Gary Bigeni top. It's silk, and has an open back. The fabric is beautiful. I love Pretty Dog and the labels Tanya stocks - Gary Bigeni is a local Sydney designer who makes the most fantastic drapey silk items. 


I'm pretty certain that I will end up buying this blouse.... it goes perfectly with so many of my summer clothes and would add a bit of brightness to my older items.
What do you think?


On Sunday there were hundreds of vintage bikes on King St, Newtown, just up the road from our house.
Lots of the riders were wearing old tweed suits and smoking pipes! It was fun to watch.... I love old Triumphs!


Later on Sunday we had a big lunch in our tiny back yard, with various friends and family. Altogether a perfect weekend!

How about you? Have you seen 'Stories we Tell' or any other good films?
Did you have a good weekend?

24 comments:

  1. yes, you really must get that blouse. Must.
    Movie outfit is pure French chic.

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    1. Haha! Thanks for your enabling, Cilla!

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  2. HI Ruth!

    Isn't it a great movie? I did a post on it a couple of months back, because the filmmaker at the center is Canadian treasure Sarah Polley! Love your outfits and that silk blouse was is so you!!!

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    1. Of course, I remember that post! It's such a wonderful film, possibly the best I've seen this year or even longer.
      Sarah Polley is amazing!

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  3. I was just going to comment that "Stories We Tell" is Canadian, no wonder you loved it, you already know that Canadians are awesome (well me and Wendy, nudge nudge). I loved that film too but I had to watch it twice to figure out the real footage and the filmed footage. An excellent blend and you're right, the story of a mother. Sarah Polley is a treasure to us here in Canada, Wenders speaks the truth!
    Wow that blouse is fantastic. Love the colours and the patterns!

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    1. So true, Dani! I've never met a Canadian who wasn't utterly fantastic!!
      When I was working in Japan I had a lot of Canadian friends and they were great people!
      I think I'll need to watch the film again as it was just so good. Real stories are always more intertwine than fiction....
      Glad you like the blouse. I'm going to stop by the shop tomorrow to lay buy it. Do you have lay buy in canada? It's a great invention... You put down a deposit of 20 - 30% and then have 6 weeks or so to pay it off. I often do this if I'm buying something a bit over my budget, as it avoids using a credit card!

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  4. Sarah Polley was the hot filmmaker at a couple of film festivals and is quickly becoming a rising star. We need more good female film makers!
    You look gorgeous as usual and have encouraged me to try LK Bennett. I always see them at my local Nordstrom and they don't usually make it to super sale, but the look extremely high quality. I love yours!

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    1. I meant to say film festivals I've been to. Clearly not awake yet, despite it being early afternoon.

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    2. She is very talented indeed! LK Bennett shoes seem good to me. I've had these for 16 years or so and they're lasting well, although I don't wear them on a daily basis, the heel is too spiky for that!
      I'd give them a go

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  5. Had a great weekend. Watched my hubs work on my to do list and then lots of football...yep, I'm a fan. Not even heard of the film so I will need to look it up. Ido try to wear only one or two things J Crew at a time because I think the same. You always look marvelous darling.

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    1. Oh that sounds like a great weekend!
      You should def see the film, it is veryVery good!
      2 J Crew things is prob a good rule.... I'll try to stick to it ;-)

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  6. Love the blouse - the colour and pattern are fab on you - buy it!

    I've just bought the navy schoolboy blazer... but not the collection one! Got it on sale, plus the 30% off code, and $135 seemed a lot more reasonable than $1250...I really do wonder what the difference is to justify the enormous jump in price - can't all be fabric cost?
    Also bought a Crew blue/white stripy top with sparkly diamond necklace things sewn around the neckline. Love your outfits, and yes, you're a Crew whore!!
    Movie sounds good. I'm still trying to go to see Blue Jasmine though! Never get a chance.... xx

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    1. Thanks Heidi! I thought I'd be able to rely on you to enable me!!
      V gals you got the navy schoolboy blazer for such a good price - rally hope you like it. The price difference seems ridiculous, doesn't it? I could understand it being perhaps 30 or 40% more! but almost 100% is madness!
      I've been eyeing up that stripey top with the sparkles, so I'll be v interested to see how it is!
      We were planning to see blue Jasmine, but stories we tell sounded more interesting. I do want to see BJ too, though.
      You're right, I'm a total JC whore!!!

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  7. Another Canadian chiming in here to say that Sarah Polley is dear to us. Though I don't know about the other Canadians, but I personally will always think of her as Sara Stanley in Road to Avonlea. I have not seen the movie yet. I have a feeling that I have a thrice or more removed connection to the story, as Canada is really quite small! I have to watch it.

    I love that colourful silk top on you. It suits you well and the circles are a little unexpected.

    You and some of the other Australian bloggers have really inspired me to wear more colour. I am not yet, because it turns out I don't own much that isn't muted, but I'm incorporating more of the colour that I do have. I am usually motivated to wear colour in the summer, which is my theory about why Australians seem so comfortable in colour. But truly, we should be wearing it here, in the dead of winter!

    Last year I played a game in staff meetings: I'd look around and count how many people were wearing a bright or at least not-muted colour. It was usually none or one.

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    1. Hi Abby, how's the yoga going? Sorry I haven't done my post on it yet. It will come when I have time to think more. I can rattle off a clothes post fairly quickly, but writing about something more important always require a bit more application and reflection.
      As you probably know, I've come to colour relatively recently, and it does seem that it's easier to wear it in warmer climates.
      Perhaps start with a bright scarf or shoes? It's somehow less full-on than wearing a colourful outfit!

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  8. I am going to be so boring and say don't buy it. It is fun and pretty but it is one of those that you wear once and it will be so memorable if you wear it twice then it will be like - she's wearing that again? It is a well, there is a rude way of saying it so I wont say it here - but it is a one night stand sort of wear Ruth...Use the money for some cushions after your reno instead!!! :)

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    1. Haha! Too late! It's a done deal! I know what you mean about it being very obvious, but I also know myself and I will wear it quite a bit. I'm not one to shy away from repeat item! Had a chortle about the one night stand analogy!
      I shall model it on the blog once I've actually got it!

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    2. you better work it and bring the poses girlfriend otherwise i will troll you to return it ;P

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    3. Teehee! I will, don't worry!

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  9. Hi Ruth! The movie sounds interesting. I need to find it! I love your outfit as well. You always look so put together.
    I love early spring back yard meals. It's an awesome way to welcome spring after a cold winter.

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    1. Meals outside rare great, aren't they?
      Thanks for your kind words. I often look very daggy, but I don't post those pics!!

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  10. I love eating outside,which we did lots of it in Germany.
    There is nothing better than dinner in the backyard with family and i miss that:(
    Love your crew outfits!

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    1. Thanks Ina! Al fresco dining is fab!
      Love your J crew reviews! It's so exciting that you actually get to go to a store!

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  11. Hi Ruth. Love the outfit with the stripe drapey tee. I bought it in the faded barn (burgandy) color but I may go back for for the navy. The polkadot blouse is cute. Can't wait to see how you style it. Have a great day/night depending on when you read this. Always so confusing to my brain the difference in time and season there in Aust.

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