I shouldn’t be thinking about these things at midnight because it just wakes me up and now it will be 3 a.m. before I get to bed.
O well. Happy Tuesday everyone!
Pink sunglasses and iPhone.
Hello everyone. It’s been such a long day with work. I’m heading to bed a bit early. But I first wanted to share with you this photo of the waxing moon, by Mountaintails on flickr. It’s starting to set in the west in Los Angeles…
I also wanted to tell you that Becka delivered the baby! (Sounded like it was an all-night affair!)
Have a lovely evening. See you tomorrow. xo Tina
Aren’t they lovely? All those red cheeks are just too good.
These photos were taken from the latest version of Jeu de Paume’s Paris Kitchens, a charming little tome that I’ve only been able to find in LA’s Little Tokyo. (With text in Japanese!)
I love the colorful tins and the make-shift shelves with mismatched crockery.
Here is a snippet from the description of this fine work, called Peter the Kitty, acquired from the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Hyde Park, Mass.
“Stirring in its portayal of feline angst. Is Peter hungry or contemplating his place in a hungry world? The artist has evoked both hopelessness and glee with his irrational use of negative space.”
This lively painting is called “Circus of Despair.” It was found in the trash and put on display at MOBA — located in Boston. The artist is Unknown.
A few words from the museum site:
“This joyous, frightful circus romp is emblematic of, and yet somehow transcends, Unknown’s entire body of work.”
And finally “Eileen,” another trash-can rescue. A review: “Remarkable in its simplicity, this passionate portrait of a girl with green eyes appeals to every emotion. Which passion was uppermost in the painter’s heart? Knife stroke follows brush stroke. The hint of a second signature in the top right corner suggests a struggle. An infinitely interesting and sometimes disturbing neo-primitive portrait.”
Also noted: “The painting has what appears to be a knife slash in the canvas — adding an additional element of drama to an already powerful work.”
Donations to keep this museum running are always welcome and, well, sometimes begged for. If you’re in the Boston area, you can stop by and see these paintings in person. (Although Eileen was stolen and never recovered, despite the $6.50 reward.)
Ok, my dears, that’s all from me today. There’s a big Twitter conference in LA tomorrow and I’m going. Very excited to meet Biz Stone, one of the pioneers of Blogger. Yes darlings, our Blogger. (Oh, and he also co-founded Twitter…) I’m sure if I had grown up in the 1990s, my mother would have given me this important advice: Marry a man who knows html. You’ll always float right.
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Hello everyone! The latest Audrey Tautou Chanel 5 commercial just aired here during a red carpet show before the Emmys. Here’s the long version, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who worked with Tautou in Amelie.
The commercial was based on a scene from A Very Long Engagement and it was filmed in a railway station in Nice and on the Bosphorus in Istanbul! If that’s not romantic enough, it also features Billie Holiday’s “I’m a Fool to Want You.” Ok, I’m swooning.
Can’t wait to see Tautou in the Coco Chanel movie! Have you seen it yet?
I always spend Sunday mornings catching up on my reading: Newspapers, magazines, blogs and, this week, runway photos from New York…
I love Marc Jacobs’ new designs for his casual Marc line…
So colorful, like chic magpies. I’m trying to pick a favorite…The girl with the purple plaid shirt and the blue flowered skirt? Or maybe the one wearing polka dots? What do you think?….I wonder if I could get away with wearing the big bunny-ear bow. Probably not. But it provides fodder for such a lovely game of mental dress up!
Hello everyone…Thank you for the birthday greetings! For my birthday dinner tonight, we had nachos and Helados Mexico popsicles and watched Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday. Overall, a lovely time. One of my favorite gifts was this set of Polaroid Notes, 20 notecards featuring — well — Polaroids. The red balloons are especially wonderful, I think…
The set was curated by Jenifer Altman and printed by Chronicle Books, which produces very cool stuff. …
I was in Urban Outfitters the other day and they had a shelf of cupcake cookbooks, cards, mugs, etc..etc…
So for today, I would like to proclaim that cupcakes are the perfect food…
It’s also my birthday, so I would like one with pink sprinkles!! hah! Have a happy Thursday everyone!…
or here, the Santa Monica pier….
or here, a flower field….
but she is also a complete artist, tremendously talented with line drawing and illustration, as here…
AND! she also offers step by step instructions on many of her beautiful creations, like the lanterns above, and the seed kit below. The steps are illustrated with photos and careful instruction.
visit her at A Field Journal
Have you seen Lula Magazine? It’s my new favorite. The magazine’s website is still under construction, but there’s a fantastic Lula fan site on Facebook — with lots of pictures. I especially love the photo of the girl with the polka-dot tears. (The photos of Kirsten Dunst and Keira Knightley are pretty wonderful too.)
What are you doing this weekend?
Here she is on the cover of Pop Magazine, on newsstands this week. And that’s not all…
Her Blogspot blog, Style Rookie, was featured in today’s Wall Street Journal. It turns out Tavi’s blog inspired the latest designs of fashion house Rodarte…
She’s in New York for Fashion Week (with her dad) and Rodarte’s designers, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, have invited her to sit in the front row of their show on Tuesday.
“Tiny 13 year old dork that sits inside all day wearing awkward jackets and pretty hats. Scatters black petals on Rei Kawakubo’s doorsteps and serenades her in rap. Rather cynical and cute as a drained rat. In a sewer. Farting. And spitting out guts.”
(photos by Jamie Morgan for Pop Magazine)
A couple of the cakes I recently baked for some friends’ birthdays.
Just thought I’d leave you with some sweet treats as I bid you all farewell from The English Muse! Just want to thank Tina for letting me hang my hat here for awhile and to thank all of you for reading and commenting along! I hope to see you ’round “The Bedlam” and you know we’ll see each other here!
A small sampling from a marathon cupcake baking session. Chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream and cocoa-dusted vanilla bean buttercream. Gotta say… they were tasty.