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Anarchy on Anarky

The latest installment in my “writing on the wall” series: Finally a copyeditor has arrived on the scene. (Photo by andric via design for mankind.)

Le Divan Fumoir Bohemien

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?

World, Jewel-Box Sized

The vanilla and blue world of Emilie79*, as captured through her various Polariod cameras. From her Flickr set. Haunting. Lovely.

For Lennie

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 […]

Late Winter Light

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 […]

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

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 […]

White. It’s the New Black!

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 […]

Kate’s Moment?

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 […]

J Lo in Tulle

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? […]

The Writing on the Wall

This is becoming an ongoing series here at the muse:  pictures of love notes written on walls!  Here’s the latest from my Internet perusing…found on Le Love. (My earlier post: Time and Love.)

Got Books?

What are you reading these days? (Illustration via Lolita.)

Lucky Day

What kind of book do you want to write? From Annabelle, of My Life…In To Do Lists, in Australia: “Haha I love it! I’d love to write a memoir of my life at about 60 years of age, I hope to have lived a lot by then!” From Sara, of One Long Road,  in Cairo: […]

Dancing in the Light

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 […]

Stars, Unlit

The neon lights from a carnival ride, in sepia. I love this photo, found on We Heart It via the fantastically talented Dyxie.

Les Etoiles

I also found this in my files today. It’s a (very large) gift tag. I think it’s so cute…xo

Inside My Inspiration File

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 […]

Rainy Day in Malibu

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 […]

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 […]

The Last Domino

The last Domino magazine arrived today in the post. Very sad.  (Photo credit: from the “Merge, Purge, Compromise” article.  Previous Domino photos here.)

Thursday Favorites

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.)

Botanical Prints

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. 

Tuesday Collage

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 […]

Silhouettes, Part Deux

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 […]

On This Rainy Morning

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….

A Favorites Collage

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 […]

French Blogs!

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 […]

Coffee Break

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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