I have a new French blog on the Blogs Abroad roll! It’s called Le Divan Fumoir Bohemien. And it’s fantastique.
(Thank you to What Possessed Me for the find.)
QUESTION: What would this girl have on her bookshelf (besides herself, of course!)? Any ideas?
I think about one of my former editors so often these days. She left the rat race to study pastry making at an incredibly prestigious baking school in Paris. She now works as a pastry chef at the sweetest little restaurant on the edge of the Arroyo Seco. She creates the most divine cakes, breads and sugared cookies. This photo reminded me of the possibilities and opportunities you can find in places you don’t always expect, like colorful little pastry cups waiting to be filled with the stuff of a happy life.
On days like this, I think about Lennie. It makes me think of warm buttered bread and calm. And I’m sure that everything will be ok.
(Photo by the fantastic Jen at My Polaroid Blog.)
The weather was beautiful here today, balmy with wispy clouds. I decided to get out of my office and get some air. It was so lovely to watch the sun dip into the western sky from my spot (sitting on an old palm tree stump at Pasadena’s Central Park). Here are a few of the Polaroids I took during my little outing: the clouds, the palm trees, a leafless willow and one of the turrets at the glorious Castle Green — across the street from the park. (A very hardy old rose bush is still at it, despite the season.)
Hello Everyone, I love the Penguin UK edition of the Curious Case of Benjamin Button. (Their cover design is always marvelous.) The story was originally written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of my all time favorite authors.
And the original post. (Let me know if you want to add any books to the list.)
It’s very hard not to be fascinated with Edie Sedgwick, Warhol’s muse. Here’s a fantastic video by the Velvet Underground — found by Eyemurmur on YouTube — that captures the glamour and tragedy of Sedgwick’s life. (She died much too young of an overdose). The clip is set to the song “After Hours,” written by Lou Reed and performed by Underground drummer Maureen Tucker. More info about the song here.
I’m quite smitten by D. Kim’s wry illustrations on Etsy. Above: A jumble of glass lanterns, a new take on the silhouette and subway entrances. (I need directions to the station that takes me many moons away!) Kim is a Brooklyn artist, with humor, talent and an edge. Bravo.
Hello everyone. It’s very late here but I’m wide awake. They were serving chocolate martinis and trays of Godiva bonbons at the Elton John party. I’ve had way too much sugar. And now I’m on the Internet and watching Oscar recaps on TV. So, what did you think of the Oscar fashions? The colors were very neutral this year, with fewer diamonds. Bling is out. White is in. Everyone looked like a bride. I’m longing for the days when Nicole was wearing chartreuse.
I loved Kate Winslet as Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility and she was brilliant as Clementine in the Eternal Sunlight of the Spotless Mind. (It was horrible the way people criticized her for gaining a few pounds after Titanic.)
She looks beautiful (and charming while crying during acceptance speeches.) Can’t wait to see how she does tonight. She has stiff competition though. What an amazing group of actresses!
Comment from the talented Tina Tarnoff: “She is just amazing, so strong and vulnerable at the same time. I loved the interview and the amazing photos of her as Deneuve in the December Vanity Fair. Here’s the link. I do hope she wins!”
(Photo credit and lovely Kate wallpapers: here.)
Hello everyone, I spent the day trying to organize the millions of magazines in my work studio. It’s a task that will never be finished. I always get distracted and end up sitting on the floor reading. I found an old issue of Australian Vogue Living from two years ago. As I flipped through the pages I instantly remembered why I bought it: It was for these photos (above), of Linda Gregoriou’s home in Sydney. The objets in the top photo are beyond beautiful: The antique Chinese screen, the pink peonies, the bright painting, the turquoise Balinese pot. Then the following photos: The memo chandelier and the tattered rug. The art, the flowers, the white floor, more pink. Bliss!!
I love this photo of Jennifer Lopez wearing the now iconic sequin and tulle Oscar de la Renta dress. I cut this out of a magazine awhile back. Of course now I can’t remember where it appeared. (Do you know!? Vogue, perhaps). It’s gorgeous! Would you wear a short dress like this to formal event?
UPDATE: The photo is from Elle magazine, September 2005. Thank you anonymous!
What kind of book do you want to write?
From Sara, of One Long Road, in Cairo: “A reflective, contemplative autobiography!
one that would represent my culture in the context of being Egyptian “
Such charming “roadside photographs” by Jen Zahigian of Oakland, California. (They’re for sale in her Etsy store.) The palm tree photo reminds me that I need to make a trip to Two Bunch Palms to soak in the hot springs. There’s so much to love about the California desert.
This photo by Chris Nicholls for the New York City Ballet made my heart leap. So beautiful! (I so love the ballet…) See the full photo here. I imagine her dancing to Tchaikovsky.
A comment from Charlotte, lovely reader:
“More than any other choreographer whoever lived, Balanchine understood that the fascination of ballet was the motion of beautiful women. That was the glorious vision at the heart of the glorious company he created…”
“I am a former pro ballerina and wanted to tell you that that photo is in costume for a ballet called “Vienna Waltzes”. The music is, I’m sorry to disappoint, not Tchaikovsky but 3 separate composers…Johann Strauss primarily.
Also, the photo looks like the dancer Suzanne Farrell, but as the photographer appears (in his bio photo) relatively young, I don’t think he took this at the time she was dancing (60′s – 80′s). Still, the face is hers I’m pretty sure.
Anyway, lovely blog. :)”
(Thank you!!! I so appreciate your wonderful comments! Tina)
Or on a CD? Another beautiful dilemma, yes? I always think about the scene in Bull Durham when Susan Sarandon is blasting Piaf on her turntable. (And Tim Robbins calls her the “crazy Mexican singer.”) There are certain singers who just sound more romantic through the speaker of a record player. What do you think?
Hello everyone. It’s been a very long evening of work. I’m so tired that I can’t sleep. It’s soothing to flip through beautiful photos. I especially love the red elements in this collage. Red roses, red dress, red pom-poms on a hat. The photo of the lights in the snow is magical…The blue china reminds me of Oscar Wilde. How does that quote go again?
So now I’m going to bed…until tomorrow….
UPDATE: Thank you Miranda! Wilde said he was “trying to live up to my blue and white china.”
That must have been amazing china. I wonder if it was Burleigh or Spode.
(Photo credits at my I Heart It.)