Archive for June, 2009

What are you doing this weekend? I’m attempting, yet again, to organize my magazines…always a major project! xo

(Photo by *toni.r)

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There is nothing courtly about Screaming Lulu’s embroidery….Check it out:


A scowling Susan Boyle


Curse words…




It’s the juxtaposition of prim and irreverent. I love it.

“I am a textile artist who loves to work with stitch and thread, producing ‘stitchures’ – images and text that have a narrative,” Ms. Lulu explains. “I like to use humour in my work and I hope that you too will be amused whilst also seeing the serious message which I am trying to convey.”

You can find her {here}.

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A new photo from flickr sensation Rosie Hardy. What do you think?

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After hammering stars to the sky a couple weeks ago (see post here), Hanna L. continues with her Mary Poppins theme on her flickr page, this time styling a photo of a woman flying with an umbrella. I think Mary would be excited about the colors in this brolly. But I wonder what she would think about the dress.

Hanna explains in Hungarian in the photo caption: “Always wanted to have a similar atmosphere of a smiling picture of Mary Poppins:).”

I’m looking forward to the next installment!

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I would love to take a little trip to NYC this summer to see the Isabel Toledo exhibition at the Museum at FIT. (It opens on June 17.) I couldn’t resist tearing these ads for the show out of my Harper’s Bazaar this month.

The ads are by Nordstrom and they’re awesome. Photography by Ruven Afanador. Typography by Isabel’s husband, Ruben Toledo. And designs by Isabel, who is featured in the top photo. The gorgeous Crystal Renn is in the second photo followed by Alek Wek and Carmen Dell’Orefice.


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This set of photographs — called “Things Worth Knowing” by Sivan Lewin — reminds me of that scene in Amelie when she opens the little tin of treasures found behind the tile in the bathroom.


(via All the Mountains.)

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I’m very partial to black but I think it would be lovely to wear love, at least for summer…Such a clever sign by The Love Shop on Etsy (via Design is Mine).

See you in the morning dolls.

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Looking for an afternoon pick-me-up? Check out this blog, Trend Land. Have you seen it yet? It’s a fantastic, dizzying experience. Sort of like seeing a blog in 3D on high def.

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Polaroid Sky

Ah, it’s Monday again. It’s been so dreary here in Los Angeles. We’ve been suffering through a thing the weathermen call “June Gloom.” We’ve had rain for the last few days, which I think is illegal. It’s never supposed to rain in Los Angeles after March.
I’m hoping for puffy clouds giving way to blue skies this week.

Hope you have a lovely one.

PS: This photo is one of my favorite sky Polaroids, taken on an early morning
in San Marino recently under better weather conditions.

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I’m always dazzled by the images Katarina at Lolita finds for her blog ( and her tumblr, Tatielle. It’s one of the most original collections on the Internet. I love this image (above) on Tatielle of Anne Hathaway against a Fornasetti backdrop.

I met Katarina, via email, when I first started blogging and she was wonderfully helpful and kind. Recently, Sophie at Fix on This did an article on her. She is beautiful (photo below) and immensely creative. She’s been studying theatre in Stockholm (she’s graduating next week) and talent runs in her family (her mother is a fashion illustrator.)

Here’s the link to her interview.

Katarina at Lolita.

More about that Fornasetti wallpaper over here.

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10 magazine
Ten Magazine’s summer issue is out on newsstands this week with an article listing the fashion tome’s top ten favorite blogs, twitters and email addresses.

Writer Richard Gray asks: “Is blogging the new crack? Twittering the new caffeine? Virals the new, erm, Fendi Baguette?” (I’ve never tried crack but I drink lots of caffeine while blogging, so my answer would be, well, YES!)

I thought it would be fun to share with you the blogs/twitters/emails that made the cut. Some of them I’ve heard of, others were completely new to me. Have fun exploring.

Here they are:
(They send out Wednesday emails with details about parties they’re holding in London on Thursdays)
(more on Karl here.)

Also, here’s the link to the magazine.

PS: The picture above is from 10 Magazine. I love the tiara on the sunglasses. Although the expression on the model’s face was probably similar to the one I had upon discovering that I had been left off 10’s top ten list. Maybe next year! xoxo

(The sunglasses are by BLESS.)

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Do you want to go to the mountains, the village, the ocean, or the shore?

(I’m living vicariously through Eames Daedelus vacation photos from Nicaragua at the moment. I really need a getaway!)

What are you doing this weekend?

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One of my projects for the summer is to explore the art of Lomography. And I love the idea of using 35 mm film in my Holga camera, which usually takes the more expensive 120 film. I came across these amazing photos recently by Stephanie Kac on flickr. I’m amazed at how she got the double exposure of the Eiffel Tower on 35 mm film! It’s genius!

It seems easy to convert the camera to the smaller format film (it involves a couple of sponges and some duct tape.) Has anyone out there done it?

Imagine the surprise of the photo clerk who develops the film! There’s lots of photography secrets and tricks on the website. Dazzling inspiration.

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I love this photo by Hanna L. Everything about it is fantastic: the boots, the stars, the skirt, the girl and, of course, the tiara. It’s whimsy exemplified.

You can find the clever Ms Hanna {here}.

Hope everyone is having a nice Wednesday. The sky is rumbling in Los Angeles. Any minute it’s going to rain.

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Audrey Wallpaper
The umbrella post reminded me of this Audrey Hepburn photo. It’s one of my all time favorites. For awhile I was using it as the wallpaper on my laptop. It looked gorgeous. I saved it large on my flickr account if you want to use it as wallpaper too! xo

The link is here!

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There’s this amazing place in Seattle called Bella Umbrella where you can rent vintage umbrellas online…


For every occasion…


Their photo gallery is so gorgeous…


…Makes me want to throw an afternoon party. No one will care if it’s too rainy or too sunny…

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I’m crushing on London illustrator/photographer Kat Heyes. Her watercolors are so charming, it’s impossible to pick a favorite. And her photography is really wonderful too. (She did a lovely book with her sister-in-law called The Happy Campers. It brings back so many fond summer memories for me.)

Heyes, a girl from mid Wales, also has an impressive list of clients: Gucci, Vogue, Elle, Calvin Klein, Marie Claire. It’s easy to understand why!

She has a beautiful website {here}.

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Hello everyone, It’s been several months since we started the International Society of Girls in Flats to celebrate beautiful — and comfy — shoes. (You don’t have to give up your heels to join.) The group has now grown to more than 400 members on Facebook. (Katrina Tan of Pugly Feet is serving as the Doyenne of Flats.)

Check it out here!

I hope you have a lovely Tuesday. I’m fighting off a cold. Such a bummer.

PS: The photo above is by the talented Irene Lamprakou.

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Old signs from the Las Vegas strip

Are put to rest in an odd sort of cemetery

Where the glittery excesses of the past are left to decay.

I love these photos by Chick Pea Studio of a Nevada neon sign graveyard. Beauty is fleeting even for Vegas marquees

UPDATE: Here’s a link to a gorgeous shot taken by Maia at Une Envie de Sel. Thank you Maia! I want to organize a trip to visit this place!!

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Katarina at Lolita discovered the most fantastic German blog called Mädchenblogt, by the lovely Nicole Kellmann. Nicole is constantly traveling through Europe (and posting the most beautiful photos). Here’s a little sampling above. I love the “don’t take it serious” sign. That’s going to be my new motto!

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I love looking at the pages of Miss Paq’s journals on flickr. It’s assemblage as a form of self expression and inspiration. Plus it’s an interesting glimpse inside a creative mind. I know there was life before flickr, but I can’t imagine it now.

Miss Paq also has a fantastic blog, How to Make a Baby Elephant Float.

Hope you have a lovely week!

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