Archive for February, 2009

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In an effort to keep magazines and newspapers from taking over my house, yard and garage, I started clipping my favorite articles and pictures for an inspiration file about five years ago. Now, the file has grown to (at least) several boxes. I wanted to give you a little look inside.

Here are some of the things I pulled out randomly today: A story from the New York Times magazine on lipstick queen Poppy King; A photograph of colored shirts (Great Gatsby, anyone?) in Real Simple; My dream desk, flanked by books and Hermes boxes; There’s an Elle magazine book page, which is always excellent. The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg is featured. (Bragg once asked me out on a date, many moons ago); There’s a picture of Hayden Panettiere in the ultimate Burberry coat and an inspiration board featured in the April 2008 issue of Domino magazine (don’t get me started on how much I already miss Domino); From Bazaar, there’s a Fashionable Life profile of Isabel Toledo. And my favorite: A watercolor of a pink coat (from a review of “Drawing Fashion: The Art Kenneth Paul Block.”) As usual my eye is drawn to anything pink.

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My former Times colleague Veronique de Turenne blogs beautifully about Malibu and often takes photographs from her morning hike. There’s a lot of wild nature left where Los Angeles meets the Pacific, and not all of it involves stars’ parties. It was raining here today and Veronique’s photo captures its impact on one of the world’s most famous beaches. (More of her photos on Flickr).

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Amelie

Feb 14, 2009

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Here’s the Amelie movie poster — in mulit-languages. The dog wearing the cone around his head (over the bed) made me laugh. My favorite scene in the film: When Amelie finds the treasure box hidden behind a tile in the bathroom. Fantastic! It’s a great date-night movie (at least on my idea of a date!)

UPDATE: The paintings in Amelie’s apartment are by the German artist Michael Sowa. Thank you Clever Pup!

Did you see the movie? What’s your favorite scene?

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Time and Love

Feb 14, 2009

Time and Love
I love this photo (via Lolita). It says: “Time has been invented by people unable to love.” (Even the taggers in Paris are romantic!)

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve seen written on a wall? (For me: I saw “hang up” written on a stucco wall in Santa Monica, a nod to LA’s cell phone addiction.)

From English Muse readers:

In the Second Street Tunnel in Los Angeles:
“The white lady on TV lies.”

In a bathroom at Sarah Lawrence College in New York:
“Eve was framed.”

And on a wall in Melbourne:
“/war”  between “< >”

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Hearts

Feb 14, 2009

My creation

Hope your day is filled with everything (and everyone) you love.

(Photo credits: Here).

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Valentine

Feb 14, 2009

You are a  jewel beyond price…Happy Valentine’s Day.
(Photo credit: Here.)

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The Last Domino

Feb 13, 2009

The last Domino magazine arrived today in the post. Very sad. 

(Photo credit: from the “Merge, Purge, Compromise” article.  Previous Domino photos here.)

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Thursday Favorites

Feb 13, 2009

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Hello everyone! I wanted to share with you some of my favorite images for this chily Thursday evening. I’m especially fond of the girls in tulle. (Top right, Kate Moss)  I love the ballet, but I can’t dance. Alas.
(Photo credits: here.)

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Beauty

Feb 12, 2009

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Who is more beautiful… Monica Bellucci ?
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Or Angelina Jolie?
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They’re both beautiful.  At the moment, though, I’m fascinated by Italian actress Bellucci.
She was mesmerizing in Malèna. (Reminds me to rent it again on Netflix.) 
What do you think?

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Botanical Prints

Feb 10, 2009

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A modern twist on an old favorite:  Master printmaker Lindsay Ryan’s contemporary botanicals on Etsy are so very pretty.  I’m especially fond of the thistle one. 

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Tuesday Collage

Feb 10, 2009

Good morning! Here are some more of the beautiful things that caught my eye on We Heart It.  Favorites: the full moon (did you see it last night?!); blue china; Venice; antique books with jeweled bookmarks; a seed pod shaped like a heart; rainy weather.  xoxo

(Photos, credits and more lovely things on my I Heart It page!)

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Lolitas.se

Feb 10, 2009

From Lolitas.se, the absolutely charming Swedish blogger.  I LOVE the moving profile pic on her site. Wonderfully original!

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Continuing with my obsession du jour — silhouettes — I was thrilled to find these beautiful papercuts by San Francisco artist Tina Tarnoff on Etsy.  

She says: “I like the female shape and I like the sense of movement, and I use that a lot in my papercut art. I think what attracts me to papercut is very much the sense of building something, a sense of sculpting, the clean cut aspect of it and the immediate result. ” 
She blogs too!

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I’m still savoring Jen’s Simply Breakfast blog, even though she finished her project there on Jan. 1. I love going back through her old posts….

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Hello everyone. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I wanted to share with you a quick cut-out collage I put together of some of my favorite images from We Heart It, the new photo sharing site. I can’t decide which one I like the best. They’re all so lovely: Pink tulle, white tulle, an old record player, Marilyn Monroe, a carnival ride, a blue typewriter, red shoes…. Bliss. I have everything I need.

(Photo credits: the links and more details are on my I Heart It page. This website breaks down a lot, so be patient!)
Have a happy Monday.
xoxo

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French Blogs!

Feb 08, 2009



Alas, the tea party is over.  It’s raining again. I spent some time this evening reading my favorite blogs in Australia before moving over to France. At the moment, my most visited French decor + photo blog is Gris-bleu, created by the incomparable Phillippe, a graphic artist and photographer. (See above)  It’s like falling into a Marie Antoinette fantasy land. He has fantastic taste (and blog links!) Also recommended: Ciel d’OrageLa Mule de Pape and Les Jardins de Kahlan.  

Update: I’ve started a “Blogs Abroad” category to list some of the wonderful blogs overseas. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
xo

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Silhouettes

Feb 07, 2009



I’m crazy about black and white silhouettes. Country Living recently did a fantastic slideshow, including some of the images above, on its website. (The chair silhouettes in the second photo are my favorite.)

PS: I couldn’t resist ordering one of Lucky Me Beads’s silhouette pendants on Etsy last week. 

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Coffee Break

Feb 05, 2009

Good morning, Loves. I’m rushing this morning to finish my column for tomorrow’s paper. But I wanted to share with you another amazing photo by Petrina Tinslay. I find her photographs beautiful and comforting. By the way, I’m working on a very special post for you for later today!  xoxo

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Evening Toast

Feb 05, 2009

It’s evening and I finally have a chance to relax. I’ve been continuing to flip through the Toast catalogues online. I spotted this picture. I love this look: Boots with black tights and a print skirt. I also love how the scarf matches the jacket. What do you think?

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I adore these images from Toast, the UK version of Anthropologie. (The catalogues are awe inspiring — and online.)  The robe in the top photo is gorgeous and I love the staircase… And now I’m off for my real tea break.

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Love Note, Found

Feb 04, 2009

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Thank you…

Feb 04, 2009

….to everyone who visited my little corner of the Internet today. (And thank you to LA Observed for the mention!) The Pulitzer Prize winning critic Jonathan Gold proclaimed my blog “girly.”  A compliment, indeed! Stop by again….t.

(photo credit: Corrie Bond.)

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These embroidered handkerchiefs by illustrator Kate O’Connor made me laugh. I especially like the Facebook one. I was recently rejected on Facebook by someone who went on to friend my husband. Ha! O well. 

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Charms…

Feb 03, 2009





..for a happy life, as captured through the lens of the amazing Sydney-born photographer Petrina Tinslay.….

1. A green velvet curtain with silk embroidery and trim, with little tassels. A flea market painting of pink roses.
2. White linens, preferably vintage. Red shoes, with rosettes.  A white organza dress.
3. Travel books, to faraway places.
4. Moroccan slippers and a blue silk cushion from India. 
5. Little cakes with sugar frosting. And raspberries. 
Which do you like the best?
(PS–there are even more beautiful things on Petrina’s webpage.)

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