Archive for September, 2009

White walls and color…

Love!

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I was going through some of my old files and found these photos of Sofia Coppola’s 2008 ad campaign for the bags and shoes she designed for
Louis Vuitton.

The bags seemed typical LV to me. But the ads were fantastic, so Sofia.

Especially love the Polaroids. (Ok, love the red shoes too…)

What if Sofia did a personal style book with nothing but Polaroids? Could you imagine it? She could take photos of her closet, and her office and all her interesting friends….
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!

One more!

Pink sunglasses and iPhone.
xo

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This amazing zoetrope, created to showcase Temperley London’s Spring 2010 collection, is like a giant windup music box. It’s enchanting, with animated film loops and vintage stills. All set to jazz.

Have a look. What do you think?

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Happy Weekend!

Sep 25, 2009

Hope you have a lovely one! What do you have planned? I really want to go to the beach — where it’s cool — with my Polaroid camera.

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Moonlight

Sep 25, 2009

moon and mountains, originally uploaded by mountaintails.

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

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what I wore today

Sep 23, 2009

Hello lovelies! Becka here, I’m so excited to be back here sharing a bit of daily inspiration with you all this week. Thank you for having me, Tina! I wanted to show you all this fantastic flickr group I have recently come across, ‘What I Wore Today’. I already love browsing through blogs and photo pools like Wardrobe Remix to see what people are wearing. I love that its real people wearing their own unique style. While this group isn’t technically real people, I think it may now be my favourite. You see, this group is drawings only. Yep, everyone who posts in the group whips up a wee sketch of what they’ve worn that day to show off to us all. Not only are there so many fantastic drawings, but most come with the best little descriptions of what is being worn and why. Love!

Here are a few of my favourites…Photo credits from top: carolyn alexander, gemma correll, tinysketchbook, lizzy stewart, hellojenuine, neithlocay, alma rosa, Sarah McNeil (aka one of my favourite, favourite artists).

Aren’t they lovely? All those red cheeks are just too good.

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Paris Kitchens

Sep 23, 2009

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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!)
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I love the colorful tins and the make-shift shelves with mismatched crockery.
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So charming!!

The first day of the Twitter conference is over…I’m so tired! Going to bed early! See you tomorrow. xoxox

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Yes, there really is a place, besides my living room, where bad art is proudly displayed. You can view the collection at MOBA online…Of course, the angry, bitter cat caught my eye (maybe because I live with two of them)…

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.)

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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?

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Parisian Salon

Sep 21, 2009


The beautiful Parisien Salon offers all things for the Francophile: Places to stay when visiting, the best fashion and accessory shops, eateries, wine tasting, chocolates, movies, all!

xo, Flux Capacitor
Making blog posts short and sweet
since 2008

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Hello…Happy Sunday….
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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!

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Polaroid Notes

Sep 18, 2009


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. …

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Fashion Foods

Sep 17, 2009

Do you think certain foods are more fashionable than others?

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!…

Photos from We Heart It, where there are 45 pages of cupcake pictures.

xoxo

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almost famous

Sep 17, 2009
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For more polaroids of models before they hit it big, look here

xo, Flux

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Meet Livy, an art student and truly extraordinary blogger. Her blog is one of the most beautiful, unique (everything is created by Livy herself) inspirational and practical I have found. Not only does she supply beautiful photos and collages like the one below, of my town San Diego….
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

xo, Flux

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see his work here: Tod Brilliant
maggie may ethridge
making blog posts short and sweet
since 2008

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Meet Andrea Eames, blogger, thrifter, fashionista and novelist. Andrea blogs her daily fashion
choices at her blog, A Cat of Impossible Color – most pieces she wears are cleverly thrifted by Andrea herself. Andrea has one published YA book and now her first novel has been purchased by a Random House branch, due to be published in 2011, and entitled Ngozi, meaning ‘ venegful ghosts’ in zimbabwe (sorry the capital z is broken on my keyboard!)


Andrea has a light hearted writing style while addressing working from home, writing ideas and discussions, and fashion. As you can see she prefers a very feminine, old school vintage look. I’ve been reading her blog for over a year and love her daily updated photos of outfits and the writing life.

Here is the blurb of her novel, Ngozi :

Being a white Zimbabwean in the 1990s is a near-perfect life. Your clothes are always clean and ironed, there is always tea in the silver teapot, gins and tonics are served on the verandah, and, in theory at least, black and white live in harmony. As Mugabe’s presidency turns sour, however, this idyllic and privileged world begins to crumble into anarchy. Told through the eyes of a young girl, Ngozi follows the struggle of one troubled white family to stay afloat in the collapsing economy and escalating horror of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. When the farm invasions begin, the violence threatens to destroy their way of life forever, and escaping the vengeful ghosts (‘ngozi’) of their past seems impossible. Can they stay, or must they go?

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Are you going to see The September Issue,
the documentary about Anna Wintour and Vogue?


I can’t wait to see it. My friend Mary Pols reviewed the documentary for Time Magazine last month. She wrote: “The Wintour we meet is still capable of the kind of arbitrary intimidations that might inspire a damning best seller. But this empress definitely is wearing clothes. Flattering ones.”

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Lula

Sep 14, 2009

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.)

xo

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vimeo beautiful

Sep 13, 2009


Hauschka – Morgenrot from Jeff Desom on Vimeo.

What is rushing toward us on the internet tide is a seemingly endless array of art- the ugly, mundane, and here- the beautiful, the haunted:
it is September. We do not forget.

Flux Capacitor

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Happy Saturday

Sep 12, 2009

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Hello everyone. Happy Saturday! Hope you’re having a lovely day. I wanted to share this Polaroid with you. I took it last week on the beach in Santa Monica. (You can sort of see the Ferris wheel in the background on the Santa Monica Pier).

What are you doing this weekend?

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Tavi

Sep 12, 2009

Meet fashion’s latest — and perhaps youngest — muse:
Tavi, the-13-year-old fashion blogger from Chicago.

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Here she is on the cover of Pop Magazine, on newsstands this week. And that’s not all…

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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…

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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.

This is how she describes herself:
“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.”

Love her!

(photos by Jamie Morgan for Pop Magazine)

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Beefy Bakes
A couple of the cakes I recently baked for some friends’ birthdays.

Yeah. Sorry, Kids. Yes, I just went all Tori Amos on ya’s with that title. But I couldn’t help it! Just always seems to come up when I’m baking a cake. Forgive me. And, stick a toothpick in me, Kids, ’cause it looks like your Uncle Beefy is done!

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!

Have a wonderful weekend, Kids! Thanks, again!

Salted caramel cupcakes.
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.

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