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We’ve all been there. Standing in the newsagent or gift shop and frantically scanning the shelves, flicking through rows and rows of cards that are every shape, size and “greeting” imaginable. Task: you have $5 minutes and probably only $5 to snare that perfect papery accompaniment to convey all your well wishes/love/congratulations/THANKS!

But just like Goldilock’s painful indecision, there is always something not quite right with the cards on offer. They are either too soppy, too silly, too serious, too boring or let’s be honest - way too expensive (its amazing what you can whip up with a hot glue gun and some leftover fabric these days).

Well fret no longer - L.A based illustrator, wordsmith & greeting card designer/extraordinaire Emily McDowell has come to the rescue with her adorable & unconventional prints.

"Chronicling the human condition", McDowell doesn’t shy away from those awkward, ‘hard to say’ moments of our texting & snap chatting generation. On the contrary, she wholeheartedly embraces and celebrates them in all their glory.

Beautifully verbose. Fantastically fluffy. Quirky and nonsensical.

McDowell enthusiastically delves into those awkward or daunting occasions to perfectly capture what’s on your mind, so you don’t have to.

Greeting cards, tote bags, dish towels, prints, temporary tattoos, notepads. Say it however and wherever your heart desires

Have a squizz for yourself :)

http://www.emilymcdowell.com

x

"All of us used to run around like crazy. We were just kids"

The opening scene of Galore (2013) invites the viewer into the backseat of a car. Parked in the middle nowhere in the dry Australian wilderness, we find ourselves part of a rather intimate moment between a guy and a girl. They are carefree, completely content and absolutely smitten with each other. Ahh…young love.

But we soon realise it’s not all fun and games for this loved up couple as there appears to be a third person in the mix. No big deal - just his girlfriend and her best-friend, who happen to be the same person. Bummer.

Set in Canberra during the steamy summer that ushered in the horrific bushfires of 2003, it becomes evident that despite this “coming of age” drama feeling quite familiar and predictable a la “not just another teen movie” - there is something quite magical about Galore in all it’s contrasts and contradictions.

Directed by Rhys Graham and first screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival, it evokes a sense of invincibility & endless opportunity for its young protagonists. They are irrational, risk-taking, wild, exhilarated and fearless. Skateparks. Booze. Fireworks. Fast Cars. They have their whole lives ahead of them.

Yet as the narrative slowly unfolds, there is also something incredibly stifling and claustrophobic about these characters and their environment. Their entangled relationships, immaturity and inability to foresee risk and consequence causes angst, chaos, confusion and pain. Things really start to heat up as the furious flames that are circling the city ominously make their way further towards the oblivious teens.

Blind Date Books 😊📖 Such a great idea!! A local Newtown bookshop’s answer to the e-book madness. Any guesses for my lucky dates? 

#elizabethsbookshop #newtown #mysteryreading @natrobinson  (at Elizabeths Bookshop)

Blind Date Books 😊📖 Such a great idea!! A local Newtown bookshop’s answer to the e-book madness. Any guesses for my lucky dates?

#elizabethsbookshop #newtown #mysteryreading @natrobinson (at Elizabeths Bookshop)

Sunny Saturday. Treasure Hunting 😊
#foodtrucks #dayofadventures #finderskeepers #eveleigh
What a lovely day was had at The Finders Keepers indie art & design markets held at the Australian Technology Park at Eveleigh today.
The sun was shining, the winter breeze crisp, the coffee was brewing, the food trucks were stocked and the saturday shoppers were ready to stumble upon a handmade gem!
With over 150 design & art stalls from all around Australia, imagine the eclectic contents of the pages of Frankie magazine meets the quirky delights of Etsy.com, sprawled throughout a giant exhibition hall in a vibrant sea of dainty tea-towels, bearded men, pastel jewellery, well-behaved boyfriends, DIY mask kits and instagram-ing hipsters.
http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/sydney_markets.php

Sunny Saturday. Treasure Hunting 😊

#foodtrucks #dayofadventures #finderskeepers #eveleigh

What a lovely day was had at The Finders Keepers indie art & design markets held at the Australian Technology Park at Eveleigh today.

The sun was shining, the winter breeze crisp, the coffee was brewing, the food trucks were stocked and the saturday shoppers were ready to stumble upon a handmade gem!

With over 150 design & art stalls from all around Australia, imagine the eclectic contents of the pages of Frankie magazine meets the quirky delights of Etsy.com, sprawled throughout a giant exhibition hall in a vibrant sea of dainty tea-towels, bearded men, pastel jewellery, well-behaved boyfriends, DIY mask kits and instagram-ing hipsters.

http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/sydney_markets.php

The Comeback

As I dust off my laptop and remove the cobwebs from the corners of the screen, I feel a sense of giddy nostalgia, a cosy familiarity with this old friend of mine.

I slowly type “sublimecityliving.tumblr…” into the search bar and as I hit enter I wait with baited breath to see what has become of my long lost cyber-ego. Will it still be there? Has it been shutdown and taken into blog custody due to the negligence and abandonment by it’s owner who ‘once upon a time’ had a desire to be a bit ‘bloggy’; to have a creative outlet to waffle on about the various mutterings and musings that selfishly interested them. How incredibly vain. Surely that was just a phase

Oh wait, there it is! I breathe a sigh of relief, realising my blog-membership hasn’t been terminated and is very much alive and kicking.

Oh. I gulp in disappointment.

Has it really been that long? Gosh time flies! Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all. How can I possibly make up for over a year’s worth of missing posts.

Maybe no one will notice that my last blog post was in 2013?

It’s not really that obvious is it? I mean it’s not like we live in a world of ‘always on’ technology, an ever-expanding social media machine where every coffee drunk, thought conspired, cuddle given, dog-walked or outfit adorned is snapped, filtered, tweeted and shared.

Yep, no-one will notice for sure!

"Why now?" you very kindly ask.

What has brought on this ‘literary revival’?

Well, I am putting it down to a combination of things:

- Too many numbers, timelines, emails and spreadsheets

- Watching re-runs of classic ‘Sex & The City’ episodes where Carrie sits on her windowsill under the starry NY sky in an oversized 90s t-shirt, deconstructing and analysing her day that was. Turning the most irrelevant conversation or trivial event into a socio-political subject for debate - so pointless yet so real!

- Working with inspiring, brilliant people who are following their dreams, making a difference and not afraid of being passionate about what matters to them and what makes their minds tick

- The realisation that it is already halfway through 2014 and time is stopping for nobody!

So I am making a mid-year resolution to start doing more of the stuff I love and less of the stuff that I don’t quite love, or ‘love less’.

#comeback

#betterthanever

#notimelikenow

What’s your mid-year’s resolution?

xo

Intense yet vulnerable;

Manic yet controlled;

Stunning yet somewhat disturbing.

Perth born artist Anya Brock’s signature style and creative flair is immediately recognisable. By combining her passion for fashion (read: frail, starving models), splashes of both pastel and electric colours, the clash of geometric patterns and aztec inspired textures - she brings to life these incredible illustrations, paintings and sketches.

I am smitten! :)

The perfect Monday afternoon fix! :)

Love-lllly Fruit!

Want to tell that special someone how deliciously sweet they are but can’t quite find the right words to say it? Or want to pop a sneaky reminder in your partner’s lunch to tell them they are the ‘apple of your eye’ and always on your mind?

Well now you can! These adorable food-safe stickers are the perfect way to sign, seal and deliver a little love note and what better way to send it along than on a humble piece of fruit? (I’m sure vegetables wouldn’t object to being a love-letter vehicle either…)

Messages include: “You’re the Apple of My Eye, Orange You Glad You’re My Valentine, I’m going Bananas Over You, We Make the Perfect Pear, You’re So Sweet Naturally, and I love You Berry, Berry Much!”

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! :) 

(Source: etsy.com)

On my recent trip to Melbourne, whilst wandering through the cobble stoned laneways in search of the infamous street-art adorned alleys….something in particular caught my eyes.

A haunting yet stunning graphic of a skull simply oozing crystalized fluro shards … 

Only later when I again stumbled on the artist’s work in Signed & Numbered in Greville St did I truly fall in love with this talented Melbourne artist and her work.

Allow me to introduce you to ….. VEXTA

2013 is officially upon us! My how time flies……
Sunblock and beach towels are going back inside the cupboard, the last remaining (neglected) XMAS trees and XMAS lights still adorn the streets, stomachs are full, bank accounts are empty and “back to work blues” have well and truly set in according to ‘comprehensive studies’ in the news.
So much has changed since the start of 2012…

I have a new job having moved from PR to advertising
My ultimate high-school crush and role model Lance Armstrong dramatically fell from grace..and seems to keep falling (coming soon: a ‘tell all’ on Oprah..)
#hashtagsarealltherage

Jodie Foster came out
Tom Cruise has stayed in

Kate Middleton changed her hairstyle!
…but most importantly, my dedication to and love for Sublime City Living dwindled along with the blog posts that seemed to all but disappear towards the end of last year.

Not any more! After a long hiatus and some serious soul searching (not that serious) I have decided to rescue my blog from the depths of cyberspace and give life back to Sublime City Living.
So stay tuned for exciting, inspiring, quirky and random updates on all things pop culture, advertising, art, media and design related.
I am sure all my devoted readers (thanks mum) will be delighted and can now breathe a sigh of relief in knowing that their pop cultural void is now filled and dull post-work train rides enlightened!
Hope you enjoy :) 

2013 is officially upon us! My how time flies……

Sunblock and beach towels are going back inside the cupboard, the last remaining (neglected) XMAS trees and XMAS lights still adorn the streets, stomachs are full, bank accounts are empty and “back to work blues” have well and truly set in according to ‘comprehensive studies’ in the news.

So much has changed since the start of 2012…

I have a new job having moved from PR to advertising

My ultimate high-school crush and role model Lance Armstrong dramatically fell from grace..and seems to keep falling (coming soon: a ‘tell all’ on Oprah..)

#hashtagsarealltherage

Jodie Foster came out

Tom Cruise has stayed in

Kate Middleton changed her hairstyle!

…but most importantly, my dedication to and love for Sublime City Living dwindled along with the blog posts that seemed to all but disappear towards the end of last year.

Not any more! After a long hiatus and some serious soul searching (not that serious) I have decided to rescue my blog from the depths of cyberspace and give life back to Sublime City Living.

So stay tuned for exciting, inspiring, quirky and random updates on all things pop culture, advertising, art, media and design related.

I am sure all my devoted readers (thanks mum) will be delighted and can now breathe a sigh of relief in knowing that their pop cultural void is now filled and dull post-work train rides enlightened!

Hope you enjoy :) 

Just in case you aren’t one of the 9, 237, 959 (and counting) people who have already viewed this adorably grotesque animation “Dumb Ways to Die”, promoting train safety for Metro Trains, VIC - this is for your viewing pleasure :) 


During my far too infrequent but always enjoyable browse through the contagiously creative world of vimeo - I happened to stumble upon an absolutely gorgeous and mesmerising animation of an all-time favourite story of mine - The Toy Soldier and the Ballerina.

This stunning animation was brilliantly created by sbn. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

(Source: vimeo.com)

I recently discovered the perfect culmination of some of my absolutely favourite things in this world - all those good little bits and bobs that make me smile……

Street art + origami + bursts of colour + travel + imagination = the brilliant work of Parisian Mademoiselle Maurice!

These stunning images created and captured by Mademoiselle Maurice rather speak for themselves in their contagious simplicity, quirky originality and stunning aesthetic.

Thank you Mademoiselle Maurice!

(Source: mademoisellemaurice.com)

For anyone out there who went through ‘that phase’ when you used to mindlessly scribble and doodle the Superman symbol onto every surface imaginable…..this is for you.

Cinematic superheroes Zac Synder (300, Watchmen) and Christopher Nolan (Batman Trilogy..incase you’ve been living under a pop culture-proof cave of late), have joined creative forces to launch Man of Steel - set to soar into Aussie cinemas June 13, 2013. 

So let the countdown begin and pop that one into the calendar :) 

It’s time for some Friday afternoon illustration inspiration by the very talented Minjae Lee.

Fluro bold splashes of colour decorating the faces of fierce and powerful females, Lee’s work is at once stunning yet eerily disconcerting as many of his artworks portray the subject matter with a somewhat possessed stare that glares right into you or worse…right through you.

(Source: creepmachine.com)