Archive for July, 2009

Well, hello there and happy Friday to you! I’m so, so thrilled to be guest blogging here. I truly adore Tina’s blog and have been a fan for quite a while!

I’m Julie, and my husband and I are the duo behind Duet Letterpress. When I’m not busy designing or pedaling away at our antique Pearl press, I can be found here where I blog daily about our shop and our studio. It’s also where I jot down inspirations and ideas and document things I love.

Today, I thought I’d share with you some photos from a friend’s wedding. Her photos are truly gorgeous. And magical. I’ve never seen anything like them, and I thought you might find them beautiful too.

Those colors up there? I could get lost in them for days.

Congratulations and thanks Dana + Hunter.

Also, thank you Tina for having me here.

[Photos by Chennergy Weddings]

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via Glamour (?)

via Fifi Chachnil

via here

via W Magazine, July 2002

via Courtworth

It is certainly a pleasure to guest-post on The English Muse; a blog that has inspired me for many months with its eye-candy. I hope to be able to return the favor and inspire you!

Allow me to introduce myself: I am Alison (aka Mademoiselle Frou Frou) from the Frou Frou Fashionista, which is a luxury lingerie blog that features upscale intimates as seen in photography and in my boutique, Faire Frou Frou (which my mom and I own)!

This post is simply a dedication to the color pink. I think pink gets a bad rap for being too girly or ‘frou-frou’ (that shouldn’t be a bad word!), but the reality is that it is sweet, soothing, and undoubtedly feminine. From fuchsia to pale pink, there’s a shade that can work for everyone. Don’t you agree?

See you next time with another color dedication!

P.S. – Tina, best wishes to you as you take this time off. Nothing is more important than family.

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A little pick-me-up for this afternoon, lovelies.

Photos all found on fffound.


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hello pretties!
first off, i’m so excited to be guest posting on english muse 
while tina is away. i think tina is just a doll 
and like you, i’m a big fan of the blog.
by the way, i’m naomi {known from my blog as taza}. 
you can find out more about me in my little space, 
it’s where i blog about my life adventures, 
the man i get to spend forever with & the little things i adore in life.
today i thought i’d gather up my most favorite images 
from around the web to share with you. 
these are the photographs i keep coming back to 
when i need inspiration. the color, the details, the beauty…
to me, they are magical. don’t you agree? 

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Hello Readers of English Muse,

I am Maggie May fromFlux Capacitor, married to my love Mr. Curry with whom I have three children- Dakota, Ian and Lola. I am a novelist and poet, so I thought it fitting that my guest blog be full of photos of amazing, fascinating women writers. Let’s begin with Queen Poet, Sylvia Plath, and this lovely color photo of her and her children, Frieda and Nicholas. Look at her hair, the braids! I wonder if they’re real? Did they even have fake braids back then?

This is Marguriete Duras, the French novelist. I found my first of her novels in a pee smelling used book store and fell in love with her surrealist, gorgeous, engrossing style. She wrote ‘ The Lover ‘ , a novel based on her life experience that was turned into an erotic and gorgeous movie. She was a beautiful woman, with a lovely wide brimmed hat here!


I can’t tell you who this is! She’s the makings of many a post on my blog, my newest hero and obsession….

Anne Sexton! I remember the first time I read the Collected Works…I was in heaven. Her subject matters are nothing less than life, sex, love and death (what else is there? really-) and her poetry is so interesting, so passionate, so good to the brain. She was gorgeous and mysterious and gave readings to throngs of women who were feminists or becoming so. She inspired us and she showed us a way to self expression. She wrote a wonderful poem about women, ‘ Her Kind

The glorious, brilliant Joyce Carol Oates. Ah. I remember reading ‘ We Were the Mulvaney’s ‘ and feeling intimidated: Holy Hell! How could I ever hope to measure up the scope of information on human life in this novel! And so I fell in love. Her novels are She has a terrifiyingly human and tactile grasp on life, on our experiences and the ways we fail, the ways we love. I think she looks like a silent film star! Of course, this picture is from the sixties.

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Hello to my new friends who read this fabulous blog!
I’m so happy to be joining the talented bloggers who are helping take care of English Muse while Tina’s away. First things first…allow me to introduce myself!

My name is Lindsey and I am a graphic designer turned wedding photographer. I blog about all the things that make my days great and full at A GreatFull Day. I love all things pretty and swoon over ruffles, lace, bows, ribbon, frills and the like. Recently I did a fun little post with more about me that you can check out here.

So without further ado, let’s get down to the good stuff! From the age of two years old until I was eighteen I danced at a local studio. I loved all styles but the days of the week when I did ballet were always my favorite. Something about putting on a pair of pointe shoes makes one instantly feel pretty and ladylike.

Can’t you just imagine she’s adjusting a pointe shoe here?

When I found Caroline Seikaly it was like finding a designer who customized her line with my loves in mind! Her gowns remind me of pretty ballerina costumes–so delicate, shimmery and feminine all at once. Gorgeous photography, intricate details, and timeless designs really seal the deal. Do you think that a vow-renewal after only 3 years is an option?

Do pretty dresses, girly frills and all things lady-like make your heart flutter too? Who are some of your favorite designers? I hope my first post adds a little happy to your day. Thanks for having me here…see you soon!

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Hello all — so lovely to meet you! It’s Lori of automatism today, happily taking a turn as guest blogger on the always inspiring English Muse while Tina takes a well earned break. In my non-blogging life I’m a collage illustrator — you may have seen the lovely post Tina did about my work a couple of months ago — but in the blog world I’m devoted to whatever I find inspiring, interesting, or simply beautiful in design, art, illustration and other creative fields. Today I’d like to share with you a series of gorgeous magnolia-themed images by one of my favourite photographers, Janne Peters. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

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LA, from my view.

Jul 28, 2009

Hello, I’m Julia, Tina’s friend in Paris. A few months ago, Ms. Tina very graciously helped me design my blog, Sugar Pop Tarts. When I heard that my old friend from my days in LA needed help, I wanted to volunteer.


I decided to pull together some pictures that remind me of our hostess’ hometown,
Los Angeles.


They were taken by photographer Sam Hessamain.


Aren’t they fantastic?

I would love for you to visit my blog, but beware. Don’t do it at work. It has the Blogger warning on it…Merci! — Julia.

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A little break

Jul 25, 2009

My dears, I’m taking a little break from the blog for the rest of July and August. I wish I could tell you that I’m going away to somewhere marvelous. But I’m not. Just staying put amid my ongoing family matters. (Nothing terrible has happened. My dad came home from the hospital today.) I’ll still be carrying around my Blackberry, so email me! Meanwhile will you promise to meet me back here after Labor Day? Will miss you…

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Life is on newsstands this week with a new commemorative issue on Marilyn Monroe. The editors of the magazine certainly have a huge archive to draw from. The photos of the star with husband Joe DiMaggio are so charming. But the most exciting bit of ephemera is this:


Monroe’s old passport is signed “Norma Jeane DiMaggio.” I love it!

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Jul 21, 2009

I love this photo, although at first I thought it was a giant bubble. It’s actually a mirror….It’s very clever…

Found over {here}

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Normally I would be posting on Domino tonight, but I got distracted by these photos in the newest issue of Country Living. It was the Cath Kidston tent (above) that did it…


Or maybe it’s because my secret dream is to live in a little cabin somewhere…


I just flipped over these photos…


I’m really longing to go to our little rental cabin in the High Sierras.


I don’t know if I’ll make it this year, but I’m so daydreaming…

(Photos by Marcus Nilsson. More details about that Cath Kidston tent and other things on the Country Living website!)

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Girls in Flats

Jul 18, 2009

Our Facebook group, the International Society of Girls in Flats, has now grown to 680 members! Check it out here! (Don’t forget to join!)

Hope you have a lovely Saturday. Depending how my dad is feeling, we might try to make a little trip to the beach for lunch.

(The photo above is from an old Anthropologie catalogue.)

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Happy Weekend

Jul 17, 2009

These beautiful photos of Huntington Gardens in San Marino were taken by my friend Scott Martelle, journalist, author and blogger.


The Huntington is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It has an extraordinary English rose garden, a Japanese garden, an Australian garden and a Chinese garden…


I want to go (and take my Holga 35 mm camera!)

What are you up to this weekend?

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Dazzling Diptychs

Jul 17, 2009


I love these diptychs fashioned by the uber-talented Neville Trickett of the Saint Verde blog. Neville is the creative director of a large fashion retailer in South Africa, according to sfgirlbybay (who is also an amazing diptych creator.)

Inspiration, doubled.

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Miss Granger

Jul 15, 2009

I love these photos of Harry Potter star Emma Watson…


They appeared in this month’s Teen Vogue (yes, I bought a copy…)


Have you seen the movie yet?

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She: loves homemade chocolate chip cookies. shampoo. maps.
tea parties. birthday candles. holga cameras.
(She’s also a recent grad of the juilliard school. the fierce dance class of 2008.)

beach polas 4_2

He: likes strawberry pop tarts. homemade ginger cookies. italy. jpmorgan. crew team. music.
(he’s a proud columbia university grad. now works 15 hour days in DC.)
he hates mayonnaise + slim jims.

beach polas 4_3

Me: I’m completely in love with their blog, the Rockstar Diaries.


These very cute newlyweds, Naomi and Josh (aka Taza and the Prince), have one of the best couples blogs on the Internet (I think!) They post
gorgeous pictures — taken with Polaroid, Holga and Diana cameras — of their various trips to exotic locales.


It’s a Lomographic feast!

It also made for a wonderful visual escape at the hospital today, where I spent six hours with my dad, who underwent a blood transfusion to address his severe anemia. (Thank you Huntington Hospital for having free Internet service!) Throughout the day, I showed him my favorite blogs and read him your amazing, beautiful comments. (He thinks you’re all lovely!)

I wish I could adequately tell you how much I appreciate/love/need/cherish your kind words of support.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
so much. so much.


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My Dad

Jul 14, 2009

As many of my dear readers of this blog know, my dad has been very ill over the past few months. Recently he was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome, a lethal bone marrow disease.

I’ve decided to take a leave of absence from my job at the newspaper to help with my father’s care.

I want you to know that I will continue posting on this blog. The English Muse — which I started in January as a form of creative expression — has become my respite. Your kind comments have kept me going…
Thank you.

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diana camera

diana camera

Diana photos, as promised!

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This story about Maria Noel’s Buenos Aires apartment ran in the June 2006 issues of Domino Magazine. I remember immediately falling in love with this upholstered bed…

Domino: Buenos Aires

I love how the blue reading lamp is attached to the headboard.
Very undesignerly.
The black and white chairs in this photo below are wonderful….

Domino: Buenos Aires

This little settee with the grouping of old Japanese prints is lovely. (I love settees, maybe because I’ve spent so many years living in small spaces in expensive Los Angeles.)

Domino: Buenos Aires

And here’s Domino’s Buenos Aires shopping guide.

Domino: Buenos Aires

The San Telmo neighborhood looks so charming!

Domino: Buenos Aires

I’ve been enjoying revisiting my old issues of Domino here on Sundays. Today’s post was especially a welcome distraction. I’m facing a major decision this week regarding my father, who was recently diagnosed with a terrible bone marrow disease.

I will keep you posted. I promise.

(Just click the photos above if you want to see them large on my Flickr page! All the credits are there as well.)

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The Weekend

Jul 10, 2009

I really want to dig out my Diana camera this weekend…


And take pictures of things simple and lovely


Like a table set for Saturday lunch.

Thank you again for all your kind comments about my dad. He’s home and doing ok at the moment. (Deep sigh of relief!)

What are you doing this weekend?

PS: These wonderful photos, above, are by Stephen Norman.

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Jul 10, 2009

This photo is so soothing to look at, I think.
Warmth and cool at once.

Thank you for your amazing comments.
Thank you for your kindness.

Photo by Danske

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Jul 09, 2009

There’s something I haven’t told you, not in awhile anyway. My father is still very sick. Everyday, it seems, brings a new setback. I know this is part of life, but it doesn’t make the fact that we’re losing him any easier. I’m exhausted in a way that no amount of sleep can fix. This blog and the comments from the lovely people who read it keep me going…I just wanted you to know. Thank you.

Photo credit: Ryan McGinley, Kate Moss, W Magazine.

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Kings Road

Jul 07, 2009

1920s apartments and hair salons with catchy names
define the neighborhood around Kings Road in Los Angeles…

But my favorite spot of all is this place…

Kings Road newsstand

The Kings Newsstand, packed with foreign magazines. I love buying copies of French Vogue and the World of Interiors before heading next door to the coffee house, where they make lattes decorated with hearts…


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