Month: March 2009

A Blog of Note

Polaroid Girl

Hello Everyone, Welcome to the blog I started in earnest after Christmas. I suppose the song “Only the Lonely” could apply to newbie bloggers. You feel like you’re talking to yourself in an empty room. I can’t tell you how many times I thought about quitting. Some days, I had only one visitor. Other days, maybe 15 max (most of them me.)

I took out an ad on Joanna Goddard’s amazing blog, A Cup of Jo, and finally there was traffic. It’s continued to increase steadily since then — because of the help of many kind and generous bloggers. (Thank you!) I’m happy I stayed with it because something amazing happened this week: named English Muse a “Blog of Note.” My site visits are up tenfold.

So please bookmark me and come back to visit in the days and weeks ahead. I have lots to tell and show you. In the meantime I want you to know: I’m so happy that you’re here.

My warmest regards,


PS: I’m not sure who is in charge of deciding on the blogs of note. Whoever they are, I love them!

PSS: Photo via Lolita.

California Cabin


Hello everyone! We’re back from a our weekend getaway at a lovely little cabin…


…in a canyon amid the California chaparral: Eucalyptus trees and prickly pears, yucca plants and orange poppies, pine trees and oak trees…


We were cooled by an ocean breeze and kept warm by a campfire. Of course, I had to bring along vintage blankets, an orange enamel teapot (with white polka dots), and thrift-store yarn for knitting….My favorite part…


…was drinking wine in the evening on this front porch swing. And listening to the birds sing. It was bliss.

So now I’m back at work. Sigh. It’s Monday.

Miss Lily

Weekend Cabin Getaway

Cabin Getaway

We’re going away this weekend! I’m so excited. We’re renting a cabin (no, unfortunately not the one above.. More on that in a minute.) I have so many romantic ideas of cabin life. Vintage blankets, linens and quilts, flannel shirts, mismatched enamelware, an iron bed, an old fashioned stove, homemade pies, pottery vases filled with wildflowers. Oh, and yes, the outdoors.

Did you ever see the movie Always, with Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter? I watched that movie 20 times, it seems, just to study the decor of their little cabin. So magical. (And remember when he bought her “girl clothes”? She looked like an angel.)

So you can imagine how delighted I was when the Los Angeles Time’ Home section ran this feature (and online slideshow) recently of Suzan Fellman’s wonderful cabin, pictured above and below, in Big Bear.
(Photography by the talented Stephen Page.)

Here’s a little tour of Fellman’s mountain abode:

more cute photos

An adorable bathroom with a clawfoot tub (and I love the giant ball of yarn!). A cute little dog, an essential trip companion. And look at this kitchen…

cute kitchen

…and cozy living room…

cozy livingroom

The cabin we’re renting is more basic. But I’m sure it will be charming. All you need is four walls, the wilderness, and a few (dozen) lovely vintage accessories. My husband assures me that there’s WIFI, but I’m not sure…So if you don’t hear from me until Monday, you’ll know I had a computer glitch — or an encounter with a California black bear.


UPDATE: Saturday. We’re at the cabin. It’s very cute! Getting tons of pictures. And we have wifi! Thank you everyone for your lovely comments! So happy! BBQing for dinner…

UPDATE: Sunday.. Hello everyone! Here sipping coffee and reading a stack of magazines. Can’t wait to show you my Polaroids. Will upload them as soon as we get home this evening..have lots to tell you!


Jeanloup Sieff


…He was a Parisian photographer who loved….


…the feminine form…
…He was most know for this amazing photo…

ysl mesh back dress by jeanloup sieff

….that defined his style.

My favorite Jeanloup Sieff photo is the top one, taken in Palm Beach in 1964 for Harper’s Bazaar. I’ve often wondered: What does that beautiful woman think of that guy?

What do you think?

Sieff died in 2000, but his estate maintains a wonderful website in his name. Browse through all the gorgeous photos {here}.

Spring in LA

Spring in LA

This is my favorite time of year in Los Angeles. The air smells like a spray of perfume — white star jasmine mixed with orange blossoms. Here are a few snapshots from various locales. (The swans are at the Hotel Bel-Air! The telephone wires are, unfortunately, from my backyard. ) There are camellias blooming with azaleas. And all the fruit trees are flowering.

I’m happy until I get an allergy attack, like now. I have a headache from all this beauty!

Wouldn’t you just…


…love to spend the day with the curtains drawn….


…eating popcorn and watching….

Scarlett eating massive quantities of popcorn

…movie after movie?…

What would you like to see? Casablanca? Les Quatre Cents Coups? There’s Something About Mary? Say Anything?

Anything at all?

(The credits: top illustration by Colorfly Studio and middle picture by
Distorted by Time. I have no idea who did the Scarlett GIF. Whoever they are, I applaud them!)

Happy watching, darlings!

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