Archive for September, 2009

Labour & Wait

Kids, your Uncle Beefy has entrepreneurial aspirations. Even after years in the service industry, and some hair-raising tales to go along, I still dream of a little something to call my own one day. Call me crazy. (Seriously, it’s fine. Others do it all the time… only they also roll their eyes usually.)

I’m always looking for sources of inspiration and trying to visualize what I might like to conjure up. And that typically has me drooling over one British retailer or another! I don’t quite know what it is but I just find the British sensibility for merchandising extremely appealing (I know, insert gross generalization here). So many of the shops I come across have that homey but sophisticated feel. Thoughtfully curated without feeling contrived. Anyway, it certainly boosts my Anglophile nature and makes me long for a British accent. (But we all saw how that worked out for Madonna… so I’m steering clear of that move!)

This, Kids, is one of my favorite inspirations and a shop I’m dying to visit! Labour & Wait. Isn’t this just about perfect? It makes me want to plant roses and bake shortbread and drink tea and wear wellies while walking the corgi! I mean who wouldn’t relish going positively domestic with all these offerings for inspiration?! Seriously. But for the moment I’m afraid I’ll just have to [Labour &] Wait.

Labour & Wait
Labour & Wait
Labour & Wait

All images from Labour & Wait website.

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Emily Forgot

Sep 11, 2009
Ceramic plate by Emily Forgot.

Good Friday morning, Kids! A lovely day to start off what I’m sure we all hope will be a lovely weekend! Do we need some tea? Coffee? Oh, could you pass your Uncle the cream? Thanks muchly. Well now, just a wee offering to start off the morning…

Love these fantastically graphic plates from London-based graphic artist Emily Alston of Emily Forgot. Spot on brilliant! Don’tcha think? And available in her shop!

Ceramic plate by Emily Forgot.
Gee, can’t imagine why this one would be a stand-out selection for your Uncle? Hmm?

Ceramic plate by Emily Forgot.

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High-heeled paparazzi go wild getting celphone pics of Olsen twins!

Crowd twitters as girls give out lemonade at Bergdorfs!

I’m living vicariously through the Twitter posts on NYC Fashion week this evening. New York Magazine’s @cutblog was especially funny/mean. They offered this observation on the Olsen twin frenzy: “Fundamental issue with Olsen melee: The girls are simply too short to be visible when surrounded by a crowd. Midget fail.”

Beware of fashionistas with wit and twitpic.

(Photos by @Fashion_Picture and @livefashionweek).

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La Victoria

Sep 10, 2009
La Victoria

Admittedly, your Uncle Beefy is not especially drawn to Ms. Beckham. But upon perusing the offerings over at fave blog Lost and coming across this image of “La Victoria” on the cover of the October issue of Elle even I had to take pause. Despite the armless camera angle she looks pretty spectacular.

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Oh Zooey!

Sep 10, 2009

What is it about Zooey Deschanel?
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I’ve noticed her everywhere lately on all my favorite indy fashion blogs…

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Is it her charming new movie, (500) Days of Summer, featuring her trademark vintage style?

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Or her fantastic collection of sunglasses for Oliver Peoples? (I want the pink ones!)

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Or maybe it’s because she sings swing songs with a cute guy in a band they call She & Him?

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What do you think?


xo
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From artist Annie Bastine Koelle.

Good afternoon, Kids! Your Uncle Beefy has returned again! I was at least hoping for “morning” but there’s no getting around that now. I trust and hope that you all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend? And now here we are at mid-week! Something of a two for one bonus with a Monday holiday, huh?
At any rate, between long weekend personal obligations and beginning of the week work obligations I’ve been rather pressed for time on the blogging frontier. (Believe you me, the crickets have been mighty noisy over at my blog as well!) Clearly, Miss Tina managed to scrape together a TON of terrific posts which invariably helps to pick up my slack. As always, Tina, much obliged.

From artist Annie Bastine Koelle.

I did want to share with you some amazing artwork from Annie Bastine Koelle while I’m here. Aside from her Etsy offerings, Annie also produces some fantastic assemblage pieces! I love the way she mixes rustic and refined elements along with rich colors and white texture. Though the cut paper details make my hands hurt just thinking about the process! So perhaps I should just model instead. (Yes! I could model! Who do you think came up with that infamous “pointing at the watch” Sears catalog pose?! It wasn’t Tyson! But I digress.) Annie also does printmaking, clothing, etc., making her one serious annie-of-all-trades. This woman could provide a serious creative showdown. [Glue]guns blazing!
From artist Annie Bastine Koelle.
From artist Annie Bastine Koelle.

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End of Summer

Sep 08, 2009

huntington lake
huntington lake
huntington lake

Hello everyone. It’s been two weeks since our trip to Huntington Lake in the Sierras outside Fresno, and I’m just now uploading some of my Polaroids and Fuji Instax photos. I promise to do a proper post with more photos later this week. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites, taken with the Fuji camera on our last day at the lake. Our little cabin is in the second picture. I miss it already.

I’m going back to work tomorrow after six weeks off to help care for my father. I’m happy to report that my dad is doing much better. The doctors are managing his bone marrow disease with medication and occasional blood transfusions. So I’m hopeful he’ll be ok for a little while.

It will be good for me to get back to the office. I’m especially looking forward to Wednesday because I’m meeting someone really amazing: Michael Heilemann, tech genius and creator of WordPress’ groundbreaking Kubrick template. By coincidence, Michael is in Los Angeles this week. Check out his fantastic blog, Binary Bonsai, where he is currently chronicling his trip through Nevada and California.

Finally, I want to thank all the guest bloggers who helped keep this blog going during my leave. I love them. (Several of them will be making cameo appearances in the coming weeks!)

Hope you have a nice Tuesday.
xo

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T Magazine

Sep 07, 2009

Have you seen the New York Times’ T Magazine site?  It’s so fantastic, with a horizontal Flash format on WordPress.  And the content is beautiful too.

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LIFE may have stopped monthly publication in 2000, but the magazine is alive — and thriving — on the Internet. The LIFE site hosts one of the largest on-line repositories of photographs, from never-before-seen photos of Marilyn Monroe to WWII pics. This month, the editors of the vintage tome are spotlighting some of their old fashion covers. Love.

Ok dolls, that’s all for me tonight. I guess it’s clear how I spent my Saturday. xoxo

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Joanna…

Sep 06, 2009

Joanna Goddard’s mom posted this beautiful photo of Joanna on Facebook! I can’t wait to hear all about the wedding. While Joanna’s away on her honeymoon, she’s been having a fantastic group of guest bloggers writing about the secrets to a happy marriage. So romantic…I love her blog, A Cup of Jo , which now has nearly 5,000 Google followers!

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Fall

Sep 05, 2009



















The main reason to look forward to autumn: the clothes — although fall seems very far away at the moment in LA, where it’s 100 degrees today. I’m living vicariously again through the Toast UK catalogue. I especially love the pink tights with the black ballerina flats. How’s your weekend going?

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Oh. So fantastic. Who wants to go? We’ll stay with my friend Elaine and eat macrons all day. And sip hot chocolate…

(photos from the New York Times.)

xo

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First Comes Love

Sep 04, 2009

Good Friday morning, Kids. Yes, your Uncle is back with coffee in hand and a soft smile on my morning face. The sun is shining on the yellowing leaves outside my window. A long weekend that, for once, I will get to enjoy in its entirety. What about you? Any Labor Day Weekend plans? Well, whatever you’re doing I thought I’d help you ease into things.

I posted about this piece of Josh Goleman’s amazing work up above almost two years ago now. I’ve watched it a million times and it never ceases to bring on a wave of heart warmth. Every. Single. Time. So, I thought, why not bring it out of the archives lest any of you haven’t seen it. Watch it. You won’t regret it.

And you certainly couldn’t ask for a better way to start a weekend… or a life together.

(If you wish, you can see photos here.)

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A Right Anglo

Sep 03, 2009
From British retailer Rockett St George.

One can hardly take in the title of The English Muse without tapping into one’s inherent Anglophile nature. Are you with me? Okay, your Uncle Beefy typically refers to himself as a “Franglophile” given his love of things both French and English but for the moment I shall focus, Kids.

I love to armchair travel on a constant basis… pretending to flit about from shop to virtual shop admiring the wares, the merchandising, and the glorious accents used to offer me assistance while I try to muffle my desperate need to be seen as fashionably international. (This requires enormous mental fortitude and imagination when sitting at the ‘puter in one’s pajamas… just sayin’.)

From British retailer Rockett St George.
One favorite virtual fix is Rockett St. George! They have a vast array of goodies of all sorts that will have you conjuring up images of us having tea at the window of my London flat as we secretly mock the American couple down below (in matching satin bowling jackets) inquiring about the possible whereabouts of an Applebee’s. “Ha, ha, ha!” as we throw our heads back. “More Earl Grey? Or shall we have a Pimm’s Cup? Nonsense! Let’s grab a bite at Albion and then do some shopping!”

To blog perchance to dream…. sigh.

From British retailer Rockett St George.
From British retailer Rockett St George.
From British retailer Rockett St George.

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favorite things

While Holly from Decor8 has been getting settled in her new home in Germany, she asked a number of us to contribute pictures of our favorite things…

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I was very honored to be included in the series. I have a few more photos of my home over here.

also, please visit my guest post today on Automatism!

xo
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The Missing Link

Sep 02, 2009
Uncle Beefy

So how do, Kids? Did you miss me? Have you been loving ALL of my posts here at The English Muse? Whaaaat…?!?! You haven’t the foggiest notion of that lunatic up there in the top hat? Posts? What posts? Believe me, it’s likely the same reaction that Tina is having at this very moment due to my excessive tardiness in finally coming ’round to “The Muse”. But here I am now in all my dysfunctional glory! (And, let’s face it, you’ve had some pretty stellar guest bloggers guiding the way thus far. Wouldn’t you say? Round of applause, I say!)

So, allow me to briefly introduce myself by telling you all that I write for the blog “The Bedlam of Beefy“. I hail from the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. where I do the best I can to keep the damp conditions from mossing over my brain. (Not always successful I fear.) I am a jack-of-all-trades, if there ever was one, but have a personal affinity for printmaking and baking. Along with that would be strong leanings toward design, fashion, pop music (Yes, I admit it.), food, France, England (Of course!), and perhaps a dash of eccentric mental instability! What fun, eh?

I’ve laboured over what musings I should share with you. Where should I begin? And if I have talents aside from rambling it would most certainly lie in the “over-thinking” category. “Just start for heaven’s sake!” Am I right? So here goes…

Missing Q Press 2010 Calendar

Kids, this blogsophere we sail through is a pretty amazing place. It’s amazing the connections that are made far and wide. (Like Miss Tina & Uncle Beefy for example!) Often times we orbit around one another but every once in awhile the stars align and galaxies collide in the best possible way. This was the case a short time ago when some Texas bloggers and crew ventured north to Seattle and I had the distinct pleasure of meeting up with Sam of the phenomenal blog style/SWOON & the amazing Jason of Missing Q Press.

Jason just released his 2010 Calendar and it is one spectacular beauty to behold! He does some seriously fantastic work, my friends, and this would be one gorgeous way to start off the New Year. He did some business cards for me that I have the absolute hardest time giving away! I know, not the point, but certainly a testament to the man’s talent for seductive letterpress. You can feel the spell coming over you already… can’t you? Well, with an edition of only 150 you better get your mitts on ‘em while you can! So go on now… skeedaddle! Get thee to Etsy!

Missing Q 2010 Calendar Full View

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… which is a shame, but never mind. If your place is anything like here, it’ll be bright again in a couple of weeks, before winter kicks in and gives us snow and quality television specials.

But if a place is worth visiting, it’s worth visiting in September, right? So here are a few NYC yellows and reds from September last year. Or was it two years ago? Was it even September?

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Los Angeles Fires

Sep 01, 2009


Time Lapse Test: Station Fire from Eric Spiegelman on Vimeo.

Check out this amazing Vimeo video of the Los Angeles wildfires. Over the weekend, we could see the flames some miles away on the San Gabriel Mountains from our frontyard. So far the blaze has consumed 105,000 acres — and it’s still burning out of control. (We’re staying inside with the air conditioning on.)

Here’s a photo from our vantage point:

This photo from LA City Hall was taken by my friend Terry Benichou:

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