Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sweetness and Light

There's something truly charming about a small cake.

(photo by nikole herriot of herriott grace. via cabbagerose)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Vogue in Bloom
Vogue magazine welcomes spring with this lovely slide show of flowery inspiration from its fashion archives. Wonderful.

From Horseradish to Ketchup and Beyond
Fascinating look at the rise of packaged foods, through the history of Henry Heinz and his condiment empire.

The Body Language of Designers
Recently AnOther magazine invited body language expert Dr Nicola J Davies to analyse the designers at the most memorable finale moments of the autumn/winter 2012 womenswear shows, including Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Miuccia Prada and – taking their final bow – Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent and Raf Simons at Jil Sander. Fascinating.

Will Ferrell's Zen Comedy
Great profile of comedian Will Ferrell — excellent insight into how he approaches his work.

Venus With Biceps
Check out this indepth illustrated review of the new book Venus With Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women by David L. Chapman and Patricia Vertinsky — it's a truly fascinating area of social history.

From Psalters to Downloads

Fun short history on how we've bought music through the ages, from music sheets to MP3s.

Who Was Casanova?

Known now mainly for his romantic escapades, Casanova was in fact a true Enlightenment polymath — his memoirs reveal a cultivated man who hobnobbed with Voltaire, Catherine the Great, Benjamin Franklin and probably Mozart. He also traveled extensively, survived as a gambler, an astrologer and spy; translated The Iliad into his Venetian dialect; and wrote a science fiction novel, a proto-feminist pamphlet and a range of mathematical treatises. Fascinating look at a highly complex man.

Vegetarian Recipes for Spring
Take advantage of delicious early spring veggies such as asparagus, peas, fava beans, artichoke and more with these lovely recipes from Saveur.

(photo by dabito of old brand new for front & main. via brick house)


Today I'm smitten with the paintings of Nicole Cohen — and her video of a painting in process, called Watching Paint Dry: A Little Movie By Sketch42, is a great peek into how she works.

P.S. Nicole's gorgeous home was featured in Rue magazine — have a look here.
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