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Le Divan Fumoir Bohemien

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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.)

Photo by Tim Walker via Le Divan

QUESTION: What would this girl have on her bookshelf (besides herself, of course!)? Any ideas?

For Lennie

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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.)

Late Winter Light

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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.)

New Etsy Crush



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.

Girl, Interrupted

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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.

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