Tuesday, 23 November 2010

on favourite things

So a couple of my favourite blogging ladies cowbisuits and Baroque Boudoir have done this favourite things post, so thought I'd give it a go and give you guys a little creep in to the things I most enjoy. Here my dears, are my 10 favourite things.

1: Miles AldridgeMiles Aldridge is without a doubt my favourite photographer ever. There is something about his photography that just connects to me. Everything is just so cinematic and hyper-real, strange and beautiful and wonderful. I have yet to see a shoot my Aldridge I do not love. I swear to God I could look at his work all day. If you're not overly familiar with his work...I strongly recommend you acquaint yourself with it, I promise you will love it.

2: Comics.....in particularlyY the Last Man. I swear to God I cried my face of at the last issue. Once upon a time I used to work in Forbidden Planet and I swear to God the staff discount pretty much changed my life. I was already hooked on Fables and Sandman (because as we all know, Neil Gaimen is glorious)....but the one graphic novel that really got me...here...was Y the Last Man. What I love about comics is that they allow so much more room to develop a character than a film, and Y the Last Man just had some of the best characters ever. It was all so very human and wonderful and very very beautiful.

3: Doctor Who
This particular love of my is pretty well documented. I'm off to the boys for Christmas this year and I've made it known that I will be watching the Doctor Who Christmas special...by hook or by crook. I've always been a bit of a geek...but Doctor Who appeals to the romantic in (not in the love sense....although Doomsday may have destroyed me a little bit)...but just monsters and aliens and galaxies being torn apart in the sky. The stories are brilliant and I love the variety the show offers. Pretty much standard viewing in the Stuart household.

4: Events Management
photo credit Grant Alexander McDonald
It's what I'm studying and I've been lucky enough to put on a couple of my own successful events and quite frankly I can't imagine ever doing anything else. The hours are insane but I honestly have fallen in love with it. I've met some of the most passionate and hard working people through events and it's just...all sorts of brilliant. I love being able to work toward something tangible and see it all come together. What really interests me is the idea of transforming spaces and uses unusual venues for unique events. I want to make the kind of events I'd like to go to....all a matter of funding though eh? ;)

5: Nail polish but especially Barry M
It's a rare thing indeed to see me without nail polish, and while recently I've been dabbling with Topshop's own make...Barry M still wins out. It's cheap and has a nicer formula than more expensive brands (I'm looking at you NailsInc.) I've never had a problem with a Barry M polish and some of the shades are absolutely brilliant.

6: Tom WaitsHere is a man who has never looked young and who I will never tire of. Tom Waits...pretty much my favourite musician ever and for also the origins of this blogs name. Everything this guy does is golden. Funny,talented...and just an all round legend. Bone Machine remains to be one of my favourite albums of all time.

7: Drag Queens and Drag Kings....but especially RuPaul
Utterly shameless, always fabulous and very much the fiercest bitch in town, RuPaul is my favourite. Drag Race and Drag U never fail to cheer me up.

8: DariaNa na na na na. Yeah. Very very few things I enjoy more than Daria.

9. Betsey JohnsonBefore I even fully acknowledged I liked fashion I love Betsey. She's my first designer love and as much as my tastes change I always have room in my heart for her.

10: Kurt Vonnegut....among othersI love reading. I've fallen out of the habit recently but with a Christmas reading list prepared I'm ready to fall back in love (not that I ever fell out...but you understand.) My favourite author ever is Kurt Vonnegut Jr and I don't think there is anything he's put to paper that I haven't adored. Very witty and just plain brilliant. The way he uses language is magnificent. Your gateway drug to Vonnegut I'd say is Welcome to The Monkeyhouse...some of the best short stories ever.

By the by my Christmas reading list for those who care: Margaret Atwood - Year of the Flood, Phillip K Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and John Ajvide Lindqvist - Let Me In.

Anyway...let us know what your favourite things are yes?


  1. Loved this - and you MUST MUST MUST read Year of the Flood. I found it a bit fragmented in parts but really affecting. But then I am hugely biased! I'll defo check out Vonnegut after your recommendation :) xx

  2. Betsey and Ru <3

    Do you have Ru's album? I love it! My fave song is LadyBoy hahah

  3. Cowbiscuits - I'm dying for Ru's album. I want his book more than most things...he flogs it like a total pro on Drag U. <3 God fucking love him.

    Kirsty - Dooooooo it. It's like 7ish pound on amazon? Slaughterhouse 5 and Breakfast of Champions are his most well known works....but Monkeyhouse is great to dip in and out of. I can't wait to get to Year of the Flood. Working on Let Me In just now and it's glorious.

    kisses to you both

  4. Love all those polish colours!

  5. Always wondered about your Blog name, now I get it.

    RuPaul.. ha ha mind the song in the 90's! Take me back

    LOVE Barry M too, such an easy addiction

    Might do this Tag too xx

  6. Totally agree...Miles Aldridge is such a legend. Have never tried Barry M, but I want to. :)SarahD

  7. just going to pick up on the barry m thing, it's true! they're quite cheap, and they always seem to last ages, whenever i wear them


  8. @rebecca - i'm dying to try that barry m nail effects stuff. it looks brilliant. still the best polish i've used. hit and miss with models own.

    @sarah- can't beleive you've not tried barry m. going to try there lipsticks soon. asked boyfriend for some miles aldridge books for christmas. swoon.

    @music-fashion-clutter - rupaul is fucking a. everything about him is fucking a. total icon.

    @3ate4 - i know...i'm in love with orange shades at the moment.

    kisses for you all

  9. Yay, Doctor Who! Barry M nail polish too, especially since Boots always seems to have it o na 2 for £5 offer. I know it's not a huge saving, but every penny counts...Have you tried the nail effects over one of the glitter polishes? I have a feeling it would look right good :)

  10. this was a great wee read :) you are the coolest geek I know! <3 xx

  11. Cool choices!!


  12. Omg forbidden planet!! We have one of those up in dublin and even though i dont travel up there that much i still make sure to spend at least 2 hours in that shop! Sigh..... good times

  13. @Julia - they used to go that all the time in superdrug but for some reason it's stopped. that said...they seem to have a deal on the lipsticks

    @Ayden - Ta missus =) Hope you enjoyed the hungover owls

    @Aofie - Yeah it was pretty much the best job ever. I loved my lunch breaks curled up in the basement with a cheeky wee comic.

    @Indigo & Abigail - cheers m'dears

    kisses for you all


  14. we have an awful lot in common - the love of vonnegut, comics + barry m! x

  15. your blog is really amazing! and I love your fashion sense!
    keep on blogging!

  16. ha ha yes to daria!!!!

    used to watch it all the time! ha ha love it

    loving your blog



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