Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sweetness and Light

A gorgeous photo of grape tomatoes, from a lovely and simple pasta recipe on The Vanilla Bean Blog. Must try this one.

(photo by sarah of the vanilla bean blog)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Eighteenth Century Women Painters in France
For International Women's Day, the Met Museum posted a link to this fascinating piece on their site about the all too brief flowering of women painters betwen 1780 and 1810. Be sure to check out the slide show of their work — just gorgeous.

Why We Love Repetition in Music
Fascinating piece on Aeon about why we listen to our favourite music over and over again — it's because "repeated sounds work magic in our brains."

The Top Ten Imposters in Fiction
From the Wizard of Oz to the talented Tom Ripley, novelist Stephen May unmasks literature's most compelling pretenders.

A Century of Party Dresses
Lovely Collectors Weekly article on the style evolution of the party dress. Great illustrations and photos.

A Peek Inside the Homes of 8 Starchitects
See what the homes of architects such as Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and David Chipperfield really look like at the upcoming Where Architects Live installation at Salone del Mobile in Milan in April, which features life-size recreations of the living rooms and entryways of 8 of the world's most acclaimed architects.

The Fox and Mr. Anderson
For Wes Anderson fans — short fun video that compares shots in Fantastic Mr. Fox with his other films. Really underlines his personal directing style.

Four Simple DIY Face Mask Recipes
Olivia Jensen shares four face mask recipes — hydration, radiance, anti-ageing and blemishes — that you can make in your own kitchen, using such healthy ingredients as avocado, honey, oats, yogurt and carrots.

Creamy Carrot Orange Soup
With March bringing with it ever erratic weather (we've had spring-like warmth and a blizzard within the last three days alone), this cheery soup from The Vanilla Bean Blog is perfect for brightening your lunch or supper no matter what's happening outside.  

(photo by jonas bjerre-poulsen)
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