Author: Lisa Kladouris

SOMEBODY

The powder room was empty. She put on her lipstick, her favourite shade “Fire Truck Red”. She saw him in the mirror, standing in the doorway. “You should lock the door” she told him. He did as she said. He walked over and stood behind her. She felt the hairs on her arms stand up on end. He sighed and kissed the side of her neck. He smelled good she thought. “I’ve stared at you across the table all night, who are you?” she asked him. “Somebody” he answered. “Is this OK?” he asked as he slipped his hand down the front of her trousers. “Would you still do it if I said it wasn’t” she replied, answering him with another question. “No” he said, pulling his hand out immediately with no hesitation. She smiled and pushed his hand back in. This had always been her fantasy, a consensual encounter with a stranger or somebody she just met. She never understood the appeal of the fantasies some of her friends had back in college, of …

THE DOG IN PHOTOGRAPHY 1839-TODAY BY TASCHEN

This beautiful book has more than 400 portraits of our favourite four-legged best friends from the 19th century to today, and includes works by Man Ray, Eric Fischl, Wolfgang Tillmans, Donna Ruskin, Fatima NeJame, Vincent Versace, Elliott Erwitt, William Wegman and Slim Aarons. The Dog In Photography 1839-TODAY, Bibliotheca Universalis format by TASCHEN. Image of Joan Collins and pooch by Slim Aarons, c. 1955. Visit: taschen.com

HERBIVORE PRISM EXFOLIATING GLOW POTION

Herbivore Botanicals describes their new Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion as “part essence, part serum, pure potion”. Containing naturally exfoliating fruit acids combined with hydrating vegan Sodium Hyaluronate, soothing Rosewater and brightening Vitamin C-rich Kakadu Plum, a rainbow of ingredients for your skin. Visit: herbivorebotanicals.com

IN THE MIX: SUCH A GOOD MOVER

It was a hot summer’s day in New York City. As Lisa walked Broadway, shopping for a new pair of trainers she saw a tall slender woman dancing in front of the windows of Dean & DeLuca, moving like her body was a piece of elastic. It was a surreal scene as no music was playing, it was as if she were dancing to a Silent Disco that only existed inside her head. A teenage boy also admiring her dance moves asked the tall slender woman “What are you dancing to?”. “Well you know I’ll dance to anything, from Daft Punk to Debussy, but today I’m mostly dancing to Chic” she answered. The boy looked puzzled, probably too young to know who Chic was, but nodded his head and smiled. He was thinking the same thing as Lisa, no matter where she had come from that morning or where she was going that evening, right there in that moment, dancing in front of the windows of Dean & DeLuca, the tall slender woman was happy to be alive, and she was such a good mover.

Listen to the Playlist on: Apple Music

You Make Me feel – Sylvester
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Everybody Dance (12″ Mix) – Chic
Haven’t You Heard – Patrice Rushen
Got to Give It Up, Pt. 1 – Marvin Gaye
I Need You – Sylvester
Brothers On the Slide (Brooklyn Mix) – Patchworks Ginger Xpress
Everybody Be Somebody (Original Mix) – Ruffneck featuring Yavahn
Promised Land (Club Mix) – Joe Smooth
Teardrops (Extended Remix) – Womack & Womack
Kiss – Prince
Machine Gun – The Commodores
You’re the One, Pt. 1 & 2 – Little Sister
Jive Talkin’ – Bee Gees
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
TSOP – The Sounds Of Philadelphia – M.S.F.B. Feat. The Three Degrees
Bite The Apple – Rainbow Team
More, More, More – Andrea True Connection
Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) – Chic
Got To Get Your Love – Clyde Alexander
Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste Of Honey
Born to Be Alive (Mix 79) – Patrick Hernandez
Get Up (Everybody) [Parade Mix] – Byron Stingily
Can You Feel It – The Jacksons
Easy – Groove Armada

WORTH ANOTHER LOOK: UNDER THE SKIN 2013

Under the Skin is an eerie tale of an extraterrestrial being who has taken on the form of a human woman as she drives around Scotland luring unsuspecting male prey into her van, before taking a journey of her own self discovery. Directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring a vacant-eyed, strange and seductive Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin is mesmerizing, haunting and unsettling from start to end, with a perfectly matched score by young British composer Mica Levi. Under the Skin 2013, directed by Jonathan Glazer, based on the novel by Michel Faber and Starring Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams and Lynsey Taylor Mackay. Score by Mica Levi.

Lonely Can Be Sweet

ENJOY THE SILENCE

Tom ordered a Gin and Tonic with a slice of lime and flicked through the in-flight magazine. A morning TV talk show host listed her must have carry on items for long haul flights: an overnight face mask, a Pashmina shawl and noise cancelling headphones. A famous acting couple, celebrating 25 years of marriage romanticized about favourite holiday getaways: Tahiti, Bora Bora and a private island off the coast of Australia they didn’t wish to name. “Tahiti looks nice” Tom chuckled to himself, remembering the catch phrase from a TV commercial when he was a small boy. He took a sip of his Gin and Tonic, crunching a couple of ice cubes between his teeth and returned the magazine to its holder carefully so he didn’t disturb the person sitting in the seat in front of him. Two business men sitting in the seats either side of him in 6A and 6C, both dressed in ill-fitting suits and badly knotted ties had fallen asleep before the plane had taken off, impressing and annoying Tom at …

REMEMBERING KATE SPADE

I remember my first trip to New York. I was living in London at the time, it was my birthday, and the first thing I wanted to do as soon as we landed at JFK Airport was to visit the Kate Spade store and treat myself to one of her bags. This was pre-2006 before Kate Spade sold the company and it turned into the multi-million dollar business that it is today. I remember walking into the store in Soho, and seeing it for the first time: a black fabric tote with the most exquisite embroidery on the front (not frou-frou at all, more vintage boho-chic), sassy pink lining on the inside and glossy cane handles that reminded me of an antique umbrella. I fell in love with that bag there and then. I’ve seen many similar stories shared on social media today following Kate Spade’s sad passing, I really hope she knew how much joy she gave to so many women.

CHAPTER 11

It was Christmas Eve the night Erin and Sean moved into the apartment in the Rosemont Building on Railway Terrace. They’d met at a party only three month’s earlier through a mutual friend who predicted they’d be slow dancing by midnight and living together by New Year’s Eve. Sean was an art school drop-out with wild raven hair that made him look like a cross between a young Robert Smith from the Cure and a Japanese Anime character. He had a lazy, effortless style, oversized grey sweatshirts worn with baggy indigo denim jeans, half-tucked into paint splattered boots which he scuffed and stomped around in like a moody teenager. Erin was definitely Sean’s type, a tall icy blonde of Danish descent with a 60’s vibe borrowed mostly from Edie Sedgwick. After the party Erin went home with Sean and never left, which irritated Sean’s housemates who felt she was living there rent-free. Suffice to say, this living arrangement didn’t last long, so Erin and Sean soon found themselves three month’s… read more

MOZART IN THE JUNGLE ON AMAZON

I’m so in love with this show and devastated it’s been cancelled so maybe I’ll just have to watch seasons one to four all over again. Bingeing on the sex, drugs, love, ambition, ego and classical music of Mozart in the Jungle.

Mozart in the Jungle, created by Alex Timbers, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman. Starring Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows, Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell.

Inspired by the book “Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music” by oboist Blair Tindall and produced by Picrow for Amazon Studios.

JASMINE CRISP

I visited my hometown Adelaide in South Australia over the weekend and like most I ended my stay at Adelaide Airport on Monday morning, waiting for the fog to lift and the departure boards to announce the time of my delayed flight back to Melbourne. Rather than use this time to scroll though social media, take a nap on an uncomfortable airport departure lounge…read more