Archive for September, 2011

Happy Weekend!

Sep 30, 2011

My plans: reading…sleeping…reading…sleeping…reading…

What about you?

(Photo by Stefany Alves.)

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…the small treasures of others, that are so fascinating…

{Ismay Ozga}

new inspirations.

{Rachel Duarte}

Spring inspiration wall

{Mundo Flo}

Flea Market Loot Today
{Holly Becker}

{little branches}

Coleção Mi
{Marcado Imaginario}

house of thoughts
{Sabine Timm}


When I was in elementary school, I collected rhinestones and little wooden animals.
I wish I still had them!

Why are the small collections of others so interesting?

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Banned Books Week

Sep 30, 2011

Time to dig out Lady Chatterley, it’s Banned Books Week! My favorite banned books: “The Sun Also Rises,”
“I know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Beloved” and everything by D.H. Lawrence.
How can you pick just one?

What’s on your banned books list?

(Posters via An Oddly Calm Teenager’s Life.)

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The new Lula is out. Previously I bought it at Borders. Alas. Now I need to find a new source!

Looking forward to seeing what’s inside.

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Well why not?

Some outlets here (with the exception of Starbucks) are giving away free coffee today because, somehow, Sept. 29 has been declared National Coffee Day in the US.

Out of fairness, I think we should have a National Tea Day as well. Don’t you?

(Collage by Indie Rocket. Click for photo credits.)

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This is AMAZING. I can’t wait to see this movie!!

The little boy is a 13-year-old Jeopardy winner. He’s making his acting debut! And Toms Hanks is the dad…

Of course it’s based on the brilliant book by Jonathan Safran Foer.
(He dedicated the book to someone very special.)

This made my morning.

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The Oxford Comma

Sep 28, 2011

The debate over whether or not to use the Oxford Comma was actually a Google trending topic today…

It’s surprising and interesting that people have such strong opinions about it. Here’s one explanation from comma supporters: The Oxford comma is the difference between “We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin” (3 attending the party) and “We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.” (2 attending, and both are strippers).

I used to be a newspaper reporter and Oxford commas were banned —  as a means of saving money on ink. Since space on the Internet is infinite, I guess we now have the luxury of using them.
But I think it’s too late for me…

As long as no one’s banning the exclamation point, I’m happy!

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Do you have a signature scent or do you prefer to mix and match?

penhaligon's bluebell

For awhile I was doing a lot of mix and matching, but lately I’ve been wearing only L’Artisan Parfumeur’s La Chasse Aux Papillons. I love it. It’s so light and beautiful like its name, chasing butterflies. I just have a tiny bit left, so I’m saving up for a new bottle!

What about you?

PS: If you love perfume, the blog Now Smell This is fantastic for information and reviews…

Photos by Pink Bow and P. Engel.

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This is fantastic! I have no idea where it’s located or who took the picture. (Do you know?)
Looks like it was taken in a parking garage, perhaps. It’s a mural of books on cement stairs!


UPDATE: Thank you Judy for discovering the origin of the photo: It’s from the blog A Life in Focus. The mural was created by the Greenville Literacy Assn. in Greenville, South Carolina. And it is indeed in a parking garage. (Yay for Google Image Search.)

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I’m in the middle of “One Day” and I positively love it. I’m at the point where I really don’t want the book to end. Maybe this explains why I’ve been reading it so slowly…Who knew One Day could take three weeks?

I’ve also been swamped with projects, which I’m really happy about! So I’ve been slipping in my reading time here and there — mostly in the two minutes before I fall asleep at 1 am.

What about you?

By the way, thank you for taking my little survey. I will reveal the results at the end of the week!

Photo Credits: All Over Print, Ghost Ships, Susannah * Photobird.

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Use them as wall art! Why not!?

(Home of stylist and interior designer Jo Berryman, via Door Sixteen.)

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“My Book Club Only Reads Wine Labels.”

This made me laugh. Maybe it’s because I have very fond memories of drunken book club meetings.

From Not on High
via Swiss Miss

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Artist Wendy MacNaughton, one of the collaborators on the brilliant Circles of Influence chart, produced this wonderful illustration recently for the New York Times. She also has a fantastic illustrated column called “Meanwhile” on The Rumpus.


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Happy Friday everyone…Like half the world, I’m completely addicted to Instagram.
Here’s a list of five photographers definitely worth following:

#1 Calivintage
This California fashionista always has interesting takes on her locales, whether it’s the Golden Gate Bridge, a used bookstore, or backstage at New York Fashion Week.

#2 Taza
Best known for her blog Rockstar Diaries, Taza brings her eye for the charming and cute to the small screen. Expect lots of photos of Kingsley the dog and baby Eleanor.

#3 Bec Winnel
The big sis to Liss Winnel of Daydream Lily, Bec is a noted artist in Australia. Her Instagrams feature her artwork and the things that inspire her. That beautiful, etherial sensibility runs in the family!

#4 The Original 10 Cent
Lori Andrews of the blog The 10 Cent Designer is on the cutting edge of a new genre, the fashion gram.
I always love to see what she’s wearing.

#5 Sandra Juto
Sandra is a Swedish artist living in Berlin. She captures the city so beautifully in her Instagram photos. She’s also an avid knitter/crocheter and has become known for her charming “wrist worms.”
I think she’s amazing!

Who are your favorite Instagram photographers?

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Claudia Alves Carreiro has filled her home with painted furniture and vibrant textiles:

Living room.
corners of my home.
living room
at home
at home
lazy moments...

I want to move in and hang out on the couch with the cat…

(More photos by Claudia here.)

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pand p

A very organic interpretation (above) by Dinky Dot on flickr…

What makes The Princess and the Pea so endearing? The princess part? Pretty linens and feather beds? Marrying the prince? Out witting the queen? Maybe all of these and more…

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Favorite Things

Sep 21, 2011

Just enjoying life today.

(Photo credits: Broken Skyline, petits mots petites morts, Time is as a River.)

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I love this candid photo of It Girl Elle Fanning, the Super 8 scene stealer, heading home from Fashion Week in New York. She’s really displaying a strong sense of style these days, especially for someone so young.
She’s becoming known for her statement glasses.
I love the ones she’s wearing in this photo, by French eyewear designer Francis Klein.

What do you think? Is this a hit or miss?

PS: Don’t forget to enter to win the beautiful (and very pink) Vanity Fair book in this week’s giveaway!

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Hello everyone, I’m very excited to announce this week’s giveaway: The very pink new edition of William M. Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, with illustrations by Donald Urquhart. This lovely book is part of the Four Corners Familiars series that invites contemporary artists to illustrate and produce a new edition of a classic novel or short story. Urquhart’s drawings are inspired by the fashions and iconography of 1930s Hollywood.

You’ll love it!

The winner will be picked Friday. Leave a comment and
please follow English Muse for news about future giveaways!



The winner is #91: Daiana!

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In honor of Milk + Bookies day here in our corner of the Internet,
I wanted to ask the question: What’s your favorite children’s book?

Mine was Snow White and Rose Red, one of the Grimm fairy tales about two girls living in the most enchanting forest cottage. (And of course there’s a handsome prince involved.) I remember they had two rose bushes growing on an arbor — one was red and the other was white. At age five growing up in the desert, this sounded so wonderful to me. I wanted a little cottage of my own some day covered with climbing roses.
All these years later, it remains my enduring ideal of home.

Books have so much power to change the way we see ourselves and the world, which is why it is so important to read to our children. I’m very honored today to take this moment to talk about Milk + Bookies, a charity I learned about through my friend Melisa at The Lil Bee.

I was lucky to have a lot of books growing up, but not all kids do. That’s where Milk + Bookies comes in. The group raises funds to purchase books for underserved children. It also encourages children and their families to donate new copies of their favorite books to youngsters in need. The idea is to instill not only an appreciation for reading, but also an understanding of what it means to give back to the community. It was started by several moms here in Los Angeles. I really love the idea!
There is much more information on the Milk + Bookies website if you’re interested.

Thank you for reading!

So what’s your favorite book?

(Illustration by Hollie Chastain.)

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A Glimpse

Sep 19, 2011

For a very short time a girl named Paulina kept a flickr page
called “Irony on my tongue,” a beautiful visual diary…

My choice is the old world — my choice, my need, my life.
More of my pretty Christmas things
Pretty things
In my bag

She photographed some of her favorite things: books (Henry James and Jane Austen), a vintage black dress, Miu Miu ballerina flats, macarons, a pretty pink package.

She neatly displayed the contents of her leather satchel: a little beaded purse, a pair of glasses,
a tube of red lipstick…

The page offered a candid look at her life as a young woman seeking to define her style
and her place in the world.

And then, without warning, she posted this in August:

Moving on.
She explained: “Hello, I have decided to abandon this flickr,
I cannot say why but it just feels like I ought to do it….”

It was a reminder of how fragile the web of connections is on the Internet.
Without notice, a person can be gone, leaving little more than a broken URL.

Several weeks later, Paulina started posting again on another flickr pageand on tumblr — and I am so glad.

The gossamer glimpses into other people’s worlds are beautiful but often fleeting.
They are always best savored in the moment.

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Happy Weekend!

Sep 16, 2011

Tomorrow is my birthday and I’m seriously celebrating this year…

wrap me up


Looking forward to a new year!

What are you doing this weekend?

UPDATE MONDAY: THANK YOU so much for the lovely birthday wishes. I think you sent me good luck because it turned out to be THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!

Photo credits: {impossible princess}, Yvette Inufio, a bit coquettish, Heather Smith Jones.

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I think of you…

Sep 16, 2011

Austin Kleon turned black-out prose into a trendy art form. There are lots of marker poems out there now, but this one — created by a 20-year-old artist named Kitkat Pescon — is really special.

“I think of you in the in-between spaces. In the pause before the next heartbeat. In the clench of my chest before I exhale. In the swell of courage before I say hello. And perhaps, one day, our lives will occupy one space. Touched shoulders. Clasped hands. Shared secrets.”

(Via KitKat Pescon’s Tumblr page.)


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