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The shoes I’d wear to the party…

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Gold ballerina flats with gold grosgrain ribbons. (The rest of the outfit is over here!)  Happy New Year!! PS:  The photo above was taken with an iPhone and then polarized with the free desktop application,  Polardroid! Can you tell the difference??!

iPhone photos: Buttons & Beads

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The sorts of things I collect and can never part with no matter how useless they are.

Where I am this week…

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My dears, I wanted to tell you that I’m guest blogging this week at Daydream Lily! Please come visit. I just posted a really sweet Vimeo film featuring Peppermint magazine covergirl Rhiannon of Liebemarlene Vintage (that’s her in the photo above). Let me know what you think of the film!

Xmas in LA

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I went out searching today for an open coffee shop to get my afternoon latte. I happened upon this little alley garden. A few snapshots: The camellias are already blooming, along with the last roses of the season…Hope you had a lovely holiday…

Happy Christmas!

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Sending you warm holiday wishes! Thank you so much for visiting my blog this year. I started English Muse in November 2008, but I didn’t really start blogging on it until Christmas week last year. So, I guess it’s my blog’s first birthday, as well. I’m sending you all virtual hugs for helping me through […]

The Holidays: At a snow-covered cabin

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We’re staying in sunny Los Angeles for the holidays. So this post, my dears, is pure fantasy. Where I’d like to be: and here…. and certainly here… Happy Holidays! I’m doing last minute Christmas shopping today — as usual!! What about you? Photos and credits listed {here}.

Lori Shepler: Artist Extraordinaire

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In addition to being a fantastic, award-winning photographer, my friend Lori Shepler is turning her artistic abilities to another medium: painting. Examples of her colorful work: And one of her celebrity portraits (my favorite!) of the singer Shakira: Lori was caught up a year ago in the insanity of the ongoing layoffs at the Los […]

Ta-da!! English Muse Reading List Updated!

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A week or so ago, I asked everyone what they were reading. And now, with all your responses reviewed (and savored), I’m happy to announce that the official English Muse reading list on Amazon has been updated! It’s in no particular order and there are now more than 160 books on the list. But I […]

Anthropologie: Winter Solstice

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The Anthropologie catalogue this month was one of my favorites… White washed… Funky… Cool… Definitely saving this one! I keep the Anthro catalogues in a magazine case, along with the Urban Outfitters catalogues. Free little luxuries!

Handmade Collage Holiday Card

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I’m attempting something new this year: handmade collage holiday cards. This one is my first: I was really nervous about posting it because I’ve never really tried collage before! I suppose it’s giving a new use to my old magazines.

When the going gets tough, the tough go to…. Paris

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I’ve been thinking that maybe I need a little break from all this layoff angst. I’ve decided to take a trip to Paris (leaving on Jan. 20) to sip hot chocolate and stroll through the 7th arrondissement with my friend Elaine, who lives there with her husband, Jean-Loup. I’m doing this on the cheep because […]

Discovered: Fabulous Fashion Polaroid Blog

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World renowned fashion photographer Antonio Barros honored me this morning by stopping by my blog and leaving a comment (from the Ukraine) on my snow post. He was kind enough to leave a link to his blog, the Singular, which he started in June…I had to click over and take a look! Wait till you […]

Snow Day

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For about three weeks out of the year (starting around now), I really wish I lived in a place where it snows! I grew up in Albuquerque, NM on the base of the Sandia Mountains. We could always count on a few snow days during winter. I especially loved nighttime after a snowstorm. The ground […]

Happy Weekend…

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It’s cold and rainy in LA, and I just want to stay tucked in by the fireplace — sipping chai, listening to my new Norah Jones CD and reading…What are you doing this weekend? (Photo by Thiago Lopes.)

The Creative Spaces of London Fashion Designers

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The Guardian has been doing this fabulous series spotlighting one room in the homes of major designers and artists.  Here are a few of my favorites: Lulu Guinness Erdem Alice Temperley I love Erdem’s collage wall!

Stars like jewels…

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This photo, taken by Thomas Shahan, is one of the most beautiful pictures of the Milky Way that I’ve ever seen.  It’s magical.  Have you ever stayed up half the night just to watch the stars and planets move across the sky?  I did it once on a moonless night at Yosemite, with a group […]

What books are you reading?

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And which books do you want for Christmas? I figured it was time to update the English Muse reading list…. So please leave your answers on this post… And I’ll report back with everyone’s favorites later this week! PS: I usually read a couple books at once….so now I’m reading Once on a Moonless Night […]

Taylor Swift? Is that you??

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Tis the season for transformation …Taylor dons a frothy little Chanel dress in this photo by Raymond Meier for the NYT’s T Magazine. The sunglasses are sharp! More {here}. …

Mod Cool: Aline Weber

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Tom Ford cast the Brazilian runway beauty in his debut film, A Single Man.  She looks so chic in her black pencil pants (styled by Madonna’s costume designer, Arianne Phillips.) But I’m most loving her hair! A few more of her photos: From Italian Vogue: (Polaroids of models are always interesting…)

Zooey Deschanel? Is that you?

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I almost didn’t recognize her with the blonde hair. Then I saw who took the photo: the goddess of transformation, Ellen Von Unwerth. But what do you make of this photo?…(i feel like i’m alone on my blog today. where is everyone?)

Neville Trickett, Diptych Master

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South African artist and stylist Neville Tricket produces the most interesting diptychs. Here he juxtaposes modern clothing tags against old fashioned sewing notions. Have a look: There are even more on Trickett’s blog, Saint Verde Digest.  Let me know what you think!  Creating diptychs seems so easy to the casual observer, yet it’s actually very […]

Girls Who Wear Glasses…

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I’ve been trying to decide for a few months now what sort of glasses I should get. Perhaps something bold, Anna Karina style… But should they be round or square or oblong or heart shaped? Like these…. Or perhaps like these?… I have a new life, so I decided to do something unexpected:  Big,  gold, […]

Charming Stockholm Apartments

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I love these photos from the Jeu de Paume series, which I found in my favorite bookstore in LA’s little Tokyo recently! These little apartments have so much style. Have a look: From the apartment of Cajsa Bratt & Pontus Frankenstein. I love the pink fabric. From the apartment of Linda Karlsson. It’s such a […]

Now introducing: Lily & the Muse video sharing site…

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There are so many photo sharing sites out there on the Internet, everything from We Heart It to ffffound,  but there are few places “curating” the sorts of videos we adore — like the Sofia Coppola Miss Dior ad and the Temperley Zoetrope film. So this week Liss at Daydream Lily and I are launching […]

Red

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So lovely…I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday. (All from We Heart It, here)….

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