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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)

Why I love the imaginary world of cinema :)

This is the official trailer for Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful" - the prequel to L. Frank Baum’s "The Wizard of Oz".

Starrring James Franco as the young wizard of Oz, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Zach Braff and directed by Sami Raimi of The Spiderman Trilogy - “Oz The Great and Powerful” looks, well… kind of amazing! :)


Lips red as blood. Hair black as night. Bring me your heart…my dear, dear Snow White.

Directed by Rupert Sanders, Snow White and the Huntsman is a visually stunning adaptation of the original fairytale compiled by the Brothers Grimm in 1812 and the more familiar Walt Disney version Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.

Whether one would consider it a positive in staying true to the original plot or a negative for lacking innovation and creativity - the plot in Snow White and the Huntsman is rather predictable and safe - however the outstanding visual imagery and use of advanced cinematic techniques make up for the lacking plot.

So as we all know the story goes a bit like…

Narcisistic Evil Queen (brilliantly portayred by Charlize Theron) seeks eternal youth and supreme beauty - and will stop at nothing to obtain this. 

Enter dough-eyed, permanently stunned Kristen Stewart who despite my initial scepticism towards her portraying a character that is generally conveyed as delicate, fragile and “the fairest of them all” - is surprisingly alluring, tough and engaging as the fair skinned, raven haired heroine.

The Huntsman played by Chris Hemsworth is hired by the Evil Queen to bring back the beating heart of Snow White….dum dum dum! Que the feared and forbidden depths of the dark forest that will swallow you whole!

Highlight: 

The Evil Queen’s fluctuating appearance as she emits a glow of utter perfection after acquiring the youth and beauty of her latest victim - or moans and groans on the floor in agony as a shrivelled, wrinkled and weak old lady. The transformation is seamless.

I was rather pleased with this adaptation of the much-loved fairytale Snow White - go see it :) 

I was lucky enough to stumble upon this absolute gem of an artist a couple of weekends ago at The Finders Keepers Art & Design markets held at Carriageworks…and boy was I pleased to see her - well her stunning illustrations :)

Emma Leonard is her name and magical, whimsical, flirtatious and stylish illustrations is her game. Based in Melbourne, Leonard successfully combines traditonal media with digital techniques that carry her illustrations into another dimension altogether.

Whether creating hyper-real portraits of perfectly pouting & poised, fierce yet fragile femmes or constructing quirky fine-lined fashion inspired illustrations with random bursts of colour, Emma Leonard certainly knows how to bring her subject matter to life.

Can you please illustrate my dreams?!?! :) 

(Source: emmaleonard.com)

This looks so very lovely :) 

Directed by Sarah Polley, “Take This Waltz” starring Michelle Williams as Margot and Seth Rogan as her husband Lou, is a delicate film that explores some very poignant issues including -  temptation, flirtation, love, lust, denial, confusion and that ever-daunting question - “are they really the ONE?”

Ever since I can remember I have always loved and had a special fascination with origami cranes.

I simply love their aesthetic beauty and their thoughtful intricate detail.

I love what they represent and symbolise - luck, health, prosperity, happiness, devotion, wishes.

"An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury." 

I love that they show patience and dedication in the creator and I absolutely love their contrasting, saturated, delicious bursts of colour.

So this weekend when I received a gorgeous crane as a present from the lovely waitress at a Japanese restaurant it was such a treat! (Simple pleasures for some I know…) 

The waitresses’ kind gesture in response to my shrieking “Oh my gosh I love those soo much!” was so thoughtful it has inspired me to start a crane collection. Yes - an origami crane collection. Bought/Found/Made/Stumbled Upon.

Current crane tally = 1.

Number of cranes until I am granted a wish = 999

:)