Archive for March, 2011

I love finding inspiration journals on flickr — like little windows into other people’s creative souls. This one was created by Rachel Duarte. Her “rules for being human” are so lovely and true.

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Hello everyone,
I usually do my media round ups on Mondays, but here it is Wednesday! Here’s my little list of interesting things. Please check back and let me know what you think!

Colette has more punch than Proust?

Ten movies that were better than the book.

Five perfumes for nerds.

A new portrait of Edith Piaf.

The ultimate fashion website blogroll.

Dumb stuff overheard in bookstores.

Have a lovely day!

(Illustration by Aidan Koch.)

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I love this little bookshelf. It seems perfect for bedside reading. My nightstand is stacked with so many books and magazines at the moment, there’s barely room for the lamp…

Photo, above, from here. Bookshelf, by David Design, for sale here.

Hope you’re having a lovely week!

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There was lots of buzz this weekend about Natalie Portman’s body double — ballerina Sarah Lane — claiming she did most of the dancing in the movie Black Swan. Portman’s face, Lane says, was grafted onto her body by film editors.
(Example of the movie’s very cool special effects above.)

It’s another interesting twist in the making of this fascinating movie. The Wall Street Journal has a Q&A with Lane HERE…

Do you think Lane’s claim diminishes Portman’s Oscar win?

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The weekend…

Mar 25, 2011

Happy Friday everyone! I wanted to sign off for the week with a link to this interesting New York Times story, headlined “Gadgets you should get rid of (or not).”

In sum: Dump the desktop, keep the books (with one exception-cookbooks???)

Have a lovely weekend!

(Illustration by Vivienne Strauss.)

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I admit it: I love vintage clutter. This South Bronx house, featured in this week’s NYT, is especially fantastic.


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Elizabeth Taylor

Mar 24, 2011

Brave and beautiful.

My small tribute on tumblr.

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Mark Medley, the National Post’s books editor, has the most wonderful essay out today
on his life as a book hoarder.

He explains:

“Between my girlfriend and I me, there are probably between 1,000 and 1,250 books in our apartment, a number I consider rather paltry. Ideally, I’d like to double that number once we buy our first home — we currently rent — and I’m no longer faced with the prospect of hauling countless boxes of books between addresses.

“No, the problem, in my opinion, is not the number of books I own, but that I am unable to get rid of any of them. I own some terrible, terrible books — you wouldn’t believe how many crap books get published in this country — but cannot, for the life of me, part with a single one. I am a book hoarder, which, in my line of work, is a troublesome problem to have.”

Medley adds:

“When A&E’s Hoarders premiered a couple of years ago, I watched with morbid fascination; that’s me, I thought, in 25 years (OK, five years).”


This is me — right down to watching the Hoarders episodes on A&E! I have a friend who is merciless about getting rid of her old books (she leaves boxes of them on the doorsteps of second-hand stores late at night.) She says I should be less sentimental, but somehow I just can’t…

What about you?

(Photo by Magic Magic Magic.)

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What do you recommend?

(Photo by Party Tights.)

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Photographer Irina Werning has long been fascinated with old photographs, especially the ones that capture the goofy poses and dated interiors.
“Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today,” she explains on her website.“A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.”Her subjects dug out their old photographs, and — with a little creative staging — allowed Werning to recreate their past.The result is amazing:

GAHH, people are so funny! I love them.

Werning — who took most of these photos in London and Buenos Aries (where she’s living at the moment) — has more photos like this on her website.

She looking for new subjects for her Back to the Future II series.
If you’re in New York or Boston (in May) or in Europe (in June)
and don’t care about reliving your past,
drop her a line!

BTW, she has a hilarious set of photos that she took of her friend’s hairless dog, Chini.
(Via Better Shelter Blog.)


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Here’s a little round up of some of the things I found interesting and inspirational around the Internet this weekend. Have a lovely Monday!


Op-Art: Scenes from the Tsunami

Could this book kill the Kindle?

Unearthing treasures at Paris vintage clothing stores

Stylish homes of Berliners

Anthropologie adds home design studios to 12 stores

Collage illustration (above) by Lillianna.

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This is an amazing effort — largely by women style bloggers — to raise funds for Japan.
The goal was to raise $5500. As of this evening, more than $45,000 was pledged.

Grab the banner and donate here!

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The Weekend…

Mar 18, 2011

I’m looking forward to staring my new book this weekend — The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery. And, I really want to go to the flea market to search for lovely little treasures to incorporate into the jewelry I’m making at the moment.

What are you doing this weekend!?

(Photo by Aeioux.)

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By Rachael Rifat

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So heartsick over what’s happening in Japan.

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I’ve been thinking so much this weekend about the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. More than 1,000 people are confirmed dead and more than 10,000 are missing. Parts of the country have very little electricity and no water supply. People need food, blankets and shelter.

I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to donate to the relief efforts. has a good list of charities that are responding. HERE’S THE LINK if you’re interested in giving too.

(Photo by Masaaki Miyara.)

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Monday Media Bits

Mar 08, 2011

Happy Monday/Tuesday! There were lots of interesting stories on the Internet over the past few days. Here’s a little round-up of my favorites — lovely, strange, bitter and beautiful:

A Brooklyn couple turns their house into a haven for cool flea-market finds.

William Styron’s Darkness Visible — a memoir on depression — remains, two decades on,
a beacon of hope.

Alice Walker’s daughter is carrying around a lot of bitterness towards her mum.

A treasure trove of royal wedding memorabilia. (Is it really next month?)

Charlie Sheen’s sad, strange poetry.

(Illustration by Samuel Castaño.)

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I haven’t been doing much reading, or blogging or anything except settling into my new job….
I need to get back into my old routine…

Any book suggestions!?

PS: What did you think of Colin Firth winning the Oscar!?

(Photo, above, by <a href=”” title=”Untitled by tinylights, on Flickr””>Tiny Lights.)

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