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Choya Umeshu Wine

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By Emma Gardiner in New Food and Packaging on Friday 23 September 2011

If you’ve maxed your liver credits on standard drinks why not try your luck with Choya Umeshu Wine? This sturdy elixir is made from ume, a green plum-like fruit that is native to Japan. Mix it with soda water for a refreshing spritz and nibble on the hyper-alcoholic fruit floating in the bottle.

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Stephanie Têtu ‘Age of Innocence’ paintings

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By Emma Gardiner in New Art on Friday 23 September 2011

There is no one on earth who wouldn’t like a bunch of Stephanie Têtu’s exquisite flowers delivered to their door. The works in her ‘Age of Innocence’ collection have names like Madame Bovary, Courtisane, Mademoiselle Beatrice and Eurydice. Pure romance for old-fashioned hearts.

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A Tavola’s Primavera slow food dinner

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By Emma Gardiner in New Food and Packaging on Friday 23 September 2011

This week I was lucky enough to be invited along to A Tavola’s Primavera Slow Food dinner. The eight-course menu showcased organic produce from the Northern Rivers region, matched with Byron Bay craft beer Stone & Wood and biodynamic wine from Mudgee’s Thistle Hill.

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Li Wei photography

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By Emma Gardiner in New Photography on Friday 23 September 2011

This is not Photoshop. Chinese photographer Li Wei uses real life hardware such as wires and mirrors to construct his ‘impossible’ pictures. Monkey magical.

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How scent rules your life

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By Emma Gardiner in New Trends on Thursday 22 September 2011

According to this recently published New Scientist article, humans are right up there in the animal kingdom’s super-smellers. Not wearing deodorant today? Uhh, you might want to rethink that.

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Poetry scarves by Julie Paterson

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By Emma Gardiner in New Fashion on Thursday 22 September 2011

Artist Julie Paterson from Cloth Fabric was so inspired by the rhyming couplets of Keats, Shakespeare and Winnie the Pooh that she decided to immortalise their words in her new hand-painted range of silk scarves. Gives a whole new meaning to being rapt.

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Cupcake sprouts

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By Emma Gardiner in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 22 September 2011

Yeah, yeah, so you’ve eaten a thousand cupcakes … whatever, right? Not so fast; there are still some really fun things happening out there like the sweet sprout cupcake toppers and pot sets that you can score from Mimi Cafe Union. Kinda puts a new spin on mud cake.

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Andreas Englund superhero paintings

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By Emma Gardiner in New Art on Thursday 22 September 2011

It’s not often that you think about what superheroes do when they get older. Do they retire? Hell no, according to Andreas Englund’s captivating series on the daily travails of a slightly weathered ass kicker.

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Living bridges

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By Emma Gardiner in Architecture on Thursday 22 September 2011

Bridges that look like the handiwork of fairies? These beautiful 500 year old structures exist for reals in Meghalaya, India. Because of the torrential floods that plague the region, clever locals decided to come up with a better solution and the ficus elastica root bridge was born.

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Gala darling

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By Emma Gardiner in Cool Websites on Thursday 22 September 2011

Do you like pink? Gala Darling (yes, that is her real name) really likes pink too. She is Wellington, New Zealand’s raddest daughter and now she lives in NYC with her husband Mike and her dogs, Hank Williams and Dolly. She is the founder of the Radical Self Love Bootcamp, blogs about fashion and makeup and generally makes the world a more sparkly place by being in it.

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Jack Carty’s One Thousand Origami Birds

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By Emma Gardiner in New Music on Wednesday 21 September 2011

Jack is the kind of musician who bewitches you with his poetic lyrics but who also makes you want to throw your undies at him. The kid is hawt. But back to his songs, oh boy. His new album One Thousand Origami Birds is at times wistful and at times rollicking – just like a […]

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Ivan Goodacre landscape paintings

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By Emma Gardiner in New Art on Wednesday 21 September 2011

When I was a teenager, I would have laughed in your face if you’d told me that I would come to love photorealistic paintings of Australian landscapes. I would have told you to talk to my Dad (who has a lot of paintings of gum trees and sheep and paddocks). And then I found Ivan Goodacre so now I have to take it all back.

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Terry Gillespie’s weird landscape photography

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By Emma Gardiner in New Photography on Wednesday 21 September 2011

Terry is a pretty laidback dude but his photography makes you there is something broody and thinky underneath his beautifully tattooed exterior. In his collection, Terry shoots widescreen scenes that make you feel kinda small.

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Meet Me At Mike’s: Still so good

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By Emma Gardiner in Cool Websites on Wednesday 21 September 2011

I have been in love with Pip Lincolne from Meet me at Mike’s for, like, ever. She writes with such whimsy, gentleness and affection for her readers, tells heart warming stories about her friends and family and inspires her crafty devotees by sharing her wild creative projects. J’adore, j’adore, j’adore!

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Lydra handmade bags

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By Emma Gardiner in New Fashion on Tuesday 20 September 2011

Lydra bags are made in the exact opposite of a sweat shop. Take Fiorina; one of the artisans that creates these beautiful bags made from recycled and sustainable fabrics. She is 81 years old, she volunteers at the op shop down the road and she is a skilled stitcher, having spent her life working as a seamstress. Fiorina is a ninja with a Bernina and she loves putting her skills to good use.

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