Married To The Sea

Married To The Sea is one of my favourite sites.  I am addicted because the authors have a left field, bizarre and hilarious take on the world that I can completely relate to.  Drew and Natalie are the authors of the site, are married and live in a house in Columbus, Ohio with a baby and two small dogs. They are generally considered to be “humorists” and make their living by selling merchandise based on their comics.  Some of my recent favourites below, and if you investigate the archives, be warned, you will lose hours!

Rufus Wainwright

Am very very excited to hear that Rufus Wainwright‘s first opera and accompanying album are due to be premiered in April.  His opera, Prima Donna, runs at Sadler’s Wells from 12-17 April and for those lucky enough to be in London you can buy tickets here. His sixth studio album, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu is released here on 5 April and a tracklist can be found here.  Rufus is also touring worldwide from April to June and plays in Dublin in the brand new Grand Canal Theatre on April 28th.  Having seen Wainwright in concert in The Village a couple of years ago, I heartily recommend going to hear him play live.  Although he can sometimes be a little chaotic and not the most polished of performers, he is still totally compelling.

In his first piece of press, Rufus talks in this interview about the recent death of his mother, Kate McGarrigle, who was a celebrated folk singer and who collaborated with both of her children, Rufus and Martha.  Kate died on January 18th and Rufus was understandably still raw and very honest in his interview, which occurred not long afterwards.  Below is a beautiful version of Somewhere over the Rainbow as performed by Rufus and Kate in London.  This is also the song that my Dad has played to me on my birthday on many occasions, so am dedicating this to him too!

Fashion Bloggers

We all have our own favourite fashion bloggers.  Don’t we?  Well I do.  On my daily reading list are Kingdom of Style, Sea of Shoes, Garbage Dress, Style Bubble, Jak and Jil, and Fashion Toast!  I religiously read about thirty blogs a day and, as I’m a speed reader, this whiles away the first twenty minutes of the day while I’m drinking my coffee and adjusting to the idea of work.  The Guardian has compiled a list of their ten best blogs which is a great starting point if you haven’t yet discovered your top picks.

2010 Trends – Luxe Sportswear

This trend is something I could very easily see myself incorporating into my 2010 wardrobe. Luxury sportswear inspired pieces are a no brainer for a girl who grew up listening to dance music, and still has a place in her heart for baggy trousers and Converse! Plus, like Susie Bubble, I have a serious addiction to gray marl jersey.

Topshop has, as usual, come up trumps and my two favourites from their current crop of sportwear inspired pieces are this grey jersey waterfall jacket and these cuffed joggers.  Am also loving this dress by All Saints which would be great as a layering piece in the winter and just as great on its own in summer.

This Acne dress fits perfectly with the sportswear trend, and I’m a sucker for anything striped too, but I’d have to be having a very good day to wear it! Tight stripes are fairly unforgiving.

These Acne Atacoma boots, which I have been lusting after for about a year now, would be perfect with harem pants or jersey joggers, plus I am reliably informed that they are super comfy.  Sigh…

Stolen Girlfriend’s Club is a label that have nailed this trend perfectly.  In particular I love this grey jersey and mesh panelled sweatshirt.

This Ann-Sofie Back sweatshirt is also a nice take on an old classic.

ASOS.com is always a good place to hit for trend led fashion and their own label stuff is very affordable and well made.  This bow shouldered sweatshirt is soft, feminine and would easily integrate into my wardrobe.

Lastly, an integral piece for this trend and something I have been threatening to buy for months is a jumpsuit!  I like this one by Full Circle but am not sure about the colour.  I am pretty much always dressed in grey, black, white or red!  I think I’d have to try this on to see how it integrated with the rest of my wardrobe and see if I felt far too conspicuous in something this colour.

Apostrophe Abuse

The above is guaranteed to drive me a little crazy.  It’s incredible to me how many people have no idea where to put apostrophes despite the fact that English is their first language and they studied it in school.  I have always known that I am not alone on this one and so it is no surprise to find a blog dedicated to the rampant misuse of apostrophes.  For those of you who are Grammar Nazis like me, check it out and prepare to spend the next ten minutes rolling your eyes.  And for everyone else, if you want a refresher course in where to put apostrophes, email me and I’ll be happy to help!

There’s no I in team

Well actually, there’s no team.

When talking to a friend of mine last week that I hadn’t seen for a long time, I was struck by how little news I had for her, or at least how little of it I could talk about.  As she regaled me with hilarious tales of love and debauchery, of the adventures and scrapes she has had since I last saw her, I became keenly aware of how boring my life seemed in comparison.

“So what’s going on with you?”

“Oh you know, am spending most of my free time writing my second book.”

And that’s the end of that conversation.  Writing is a lonely business.  No-one to celebrate your triumphs with, no-one to commiserate with when it’s going badly.  No-one who understands how important and brilliant it is to get 1,500 words done and no-one who will buy you a drink after work to mark the occasion! 

So much goes on and it’s all internal.  When I sit down to write in the evening, I wrestle with plot structure, analyse how a character would react to a situation and try to create authentic dialogue, scrap a whole paragraph which may have taken an hour to write but doesn’t work, agonise over punctuation, rack my brains for an appropriate adjective, work out timelines and character biographies.  It’s hectic and exhausting.  At the end of a few hours I’m spent.  But if someone asks me what I have been doing, the only answer is “writing”. 

Nobody else is as invested as me, nobody really wants to hear about the problem you solved with the plot or how you came up with the perfect character name.  I’m not really complaining (although some might say I’m doing a good impression of it!) but just offering an explanation to those people who think I don’t have much to say for myself or don’t seem to have all that much going on.  I have tons going on, but unfortunately it’s all in my head!