Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sweetness and Light

A still life that contrasts colours and textures beautifully, from the portfolio of stylist Kim Ficaro.


This week's links. Enjoy.

Unearthing Treasures in Paris
My idea of a perfect shopping expedition — jewelry designer Gaia Repossi gives a tour of her favorite vintage clothing shops in the City of Light. Via English Muse.

Top 10 Books on Colour
Fascinating selection by author Peter Forbes of books about colour — in fiction, art books, to science and poetry.

Yohji Yamamoto in London
Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto is currently having a retrospective of his work at the Victoria & Albert in London — follow the link for a slide show.

Dos and Don'ts of Diary Writing
Fun piece by Michael Palin of Monty Python on how to keep a diary.

Olga Kotelko: the 91-year-old Track Star
Watch this short interview with Canadian senior athlete Olga Kotelko and be inspired by her remarkable zest for life. Wonderful.

The Rise of the Personal
Katie Roiphe looks at the movement towards a more informal style of decorating in today's interiors, or "undecorating."

How Not to Handle Bad Reviews
A self-published author gets a bad review ... and it goes downhill from there. Wow.

Simple Salads
20 salads from Saveur, any of which would make a nice transition from winter eating to lighter spring fare.

(lovely photo by Morten Holtum via cherry blossom)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Moments of Beauty

Sarah Jessica Parker, photographed by Mario Testino. I've always thought that SJP has a face that's more old Hollywood than new — it's all elegant line rather than mere prettiness.

(via MissBgd on Pinterest)

Family Paradise

Twelve years ago Domitilla Brion and her family were beginning to find their summer holiday home rather cramped, so when her older sister, Chrystal, told her about discovering the island of Yeu in the Atlantic, she was intrigued. "She came back telling us of our childhood in Brittany, the sea that moves, small trails, the smell of heather, nature and modest homes." So she and her other sister, Angela, didn't hesitate long when the following summer they decided to each rent a house on the island. Enchanted with what they found, Domitilla and her family eventually became the owners of this lovely cottage. Two years later, they bought the house next door, allowing them to unite and extend what they had, eventually creating a harmonious family nest combining both private guest areas and shared spaces — a place where the three sisters and their families spend holidays in happy harmony, all in a beautiful house on the island of Yeu. More (in French) here from Marie Claire Maison.

(photography by Philippe Garcia for the May/June 2010 issue of Marie Claire Maison)

Sponsor Spotlight

The lovely Australia-based Lobo Luxe shop not only offers beautiful handmade contemporary jewelry by artisans from all over the world, but exceptional customer service, too — not only do international customers automatically receive 10% off jewelry purchases at checkout, but if you sign up for the Lobo Luxe Newsletter, you'll always be eligible for the monthly draw to win a $50 gift certificate! And until April 30 2011, you can use the coupon code “lobo luxe” in the coupon redeem box at checkout to obtain $10 off your shipping costs — a perfect time to think of indulging in something lovely like the new line of humorously romantic jewelry by Flick Pope, such as the Queen of Hearts Ring shown here, available in sterling silver with a choice of crystal quartz, jade or rose quartz for the gem. Happy shopping!

White Moth Jewelry has an exciting giveaway on this month! For a chance to win one of their gorgeous Soviet Military Stamp Necklaces, visit the website, then head over to the White Moth blog, become a follower and leave a comment telling them which Soviet Military Stamp Necklace is your fave — with luck you may just win it! Contest closes April 4 2011, so don't delay!

Looking to add a little vintage sparkle to your spring wardrobe? 100 Applegate Vintage has a fun giveaway on right now — a chance to win a $50 gift certificate! Visit the shop, then leave a comment on the 1oo Applegate Vintage blog about the vintage piece you like best. Extra points for becoming a blog follower and/or for adding the shop to your etsy favorites, too! The giveaway ends midnight on April 4 2011 — good luck to making your April a little more pretty!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Brief Pause

I've been fighting off a really bad flu for the past few days, and it looks like the only way to get it over and done with is to just stay in bed. But don't worry — I'll be posting as soon as I can!


(lovely photo by William Waldron)

Monday, March 28, 2011


A delicately pretty still life for your Monday. Have a good one.

(lovely photo by Ellen Silverman)

Study in Contrasts

Love the idea behind this editorial piece from Marie Claire Italia — soft white tones with a bit of black for contrast. From here on Marie Claire Italia.

(photography by Adriano Brusaferri)

Friday, March 25, 2011


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. We're planning on heading to a local café for a bit of sunshine and a leisurely Sunday brunch — how about you?

(great photo by Douglas Friedman)

Big Style, Small Budget

Neither Camilla, who is a child care worker in Copenhagen, nor Peter, who works at a catering company, have careers notable for making a lot of money. What they do share is a highly developed talent for finding beautiful things and arranging them to great effect in their home. Their look, Camilla says, is all about mixing styles — investing in a few items of good quality (found through online auctions) with more affordable pieces discovered in local second hand shops. "There's no reason to buy everything from new," is Camilla's sensible explanation of how she and her boyfriend can surround themselves with great things on a relatively modest budget. The result is a home that's fresh, pretty and definitely inspiring. Article (in Danish) and more photos here. Via Boligmagasinet.

(photography by Tia Borhsmidt)


Love Vivienne Westwood — so brilliant at melding classic English style with true English eccentricity.

(photo from the Vivienne Westwood f/w 1987 collection via Audrey Hepburn Complex)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sweetness and Light

This pretty wall display is a great example of how a simple colour palette can make a collection of unrelated objects really shine.

(lovely photograph by Mikkel Adsbøl)


This week's links. Enjoy.

The Bawdy and the Beautiful
Simon Doonan has a lovely and funny tribute in Slate to the magnificent Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away yesterday at the age of 79. The last of the great stars.

A Timeless Beauty
More Elizabeth — Vanity Fair has a wonderful slide show of Elizabeth Taylor during the 1950s and 1960s.

Inside the Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Check out this slide show of stills from director Werner Herzog's new documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, a rare look inside the Chauvet Cave in the South of France, one of the best-known and most important prehistoric painted caves in the world. Created by early humans and dating back over 32,000 years, these paintings are renowned for their artistry and realism.

The Mother of Possibility
A long and interesting essay on appreciating idleness.

The Shocking Wuthering Heights Novel
Hard to believe now, but when Emily Brontë's novel Wuthering Heights was first published in 1847 (under the male pseudonym Ellis Bell), it was considered by some critics to be shocking, one going so far as to describe it as " ... a compound of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors." Goodness. Follow the link to read more outraged contemporary reviews.

Godfathers of Glam
Great slide show of legendary musicians looking good in suits — check out Iggy Pop, Brian Ferry, Nick Cave, Ray Davies and David Johansen, among others.

A Collection a Day Wallpaper
Artist Lisa Congdon's fab A Collection a Day project (and now book) is now a wallpaper! Follow the link to download one of three beautiful designs for your desktop, iPhone or iPad.

Fennel and Mushroom Pie
This sounds delicious — layers of winter veggies and cheese baked in one dish. A bit of prep to do, but it would make a lovely Sunday supper. From Ezra Pound Cake via Tastespotting.

(lovely photo by Melanie Acevedo)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Moments of Beauty

Love this Hockney-inspired image by photographer Elisabeth Toll — beautiful composition and colours.

(via lundlund)

Pattern Recognition

Love the attention to detail in the light filled Finnish home of a stylist and a musician — colourful and pattern-filled little vignettes everywhere make this minimalist space endlessly interesting and personal. More (in Finnish) here from Plaza magazine.

(photography by Kristiina Kurronen)

automatism vintage

I've added new titles — and updated many of the current ones with freshly shot photos — on automatism vintage, my vintage book shop on etsy. Hope you can pop by for a look!

(photo by me)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Simple Pleasures

Finding beauty in the ravages of time.

(lovely photo of Saint Mary's, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana by William Waldron)

Atelier: Jeremy Miranda

I love the mysterious and adventurous atmosphere that infuses the work of artist Jeremy Miranda — and I particularly like his iceberg series of paintings, which really capture the frozen remoteness of the polar regions. Prints and originals of his beautiful work are available from his etsy shop here.

(via The Jealous Curator)
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