Archive for September, 2011


My Google Reader wrap-up:

Patti Smith rants about war during Paris show, rips strings off her guitar.

Sense and Sensibility Redone for Modern Times

Pretty Marchesa Dresses

Should we fight to save indie bookstores?

Heartbreaking Borders photo.

What is Steampunk?

Hope you had a lovely Wednesday!
I’m still getting lots of traffic on the Shakespeare post. Amazing what takes off on the Internet!
Bodes well for the future of books.

(Photo by Girl Hula)

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The latest issue of New York Magazine is out this week with a fantastic profile of Zooey Deschanel, who is getting a lot of attention these days for her TV Show, New Girl. Some people say she’s too cute, too precious, too girly

She shoots back: “That people equate being girlie with being nonthreatening … I mean, I can’t think of a more blatant example of playing into exactly the thing that we’re trying to fight against. I can’t be girlie? I think the fact that people are associating being girlie with weakness, that needs to be examined. I don’t think that it undermines my power at all.”

Is she too cute? Yeah, cute like a fox.

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I’m so in love with this house featured in the May/June issue of Marie Claire Maison.
The Chinese paper lantern hung from an old ceiling medallion is my idea of fine decor!

Have a look:

The photo spread features the house of Myriam and Dominique, who traded in their life in Paris for a more spacious abode in Nimes. According to the story: “Not only did they earn square meters, they also gave new priority to their life: freedom, fun and creativity.”

I can’t decide which room I like the most: Maybe the library? But the bedroom is pretty wonderful too.

(Photos by Vincent Leroux.)

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While she maintained a quiet and demure public image, the first lady had very strong opinions about some of the people she met while her husband was president. Hearing her views for the first time, as part of a newly released series of taped interviews she gave to historian and Kennedy aide Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. in 1964, shows that Mrs. Kennedy could land quite a punch in her white kid gloves.

Here are some of her comments in the tapes, as reported first in the New York Times:

On women: “I think women should never be in politics. We’re just not suited to it…”

On Martin Luther King: “I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible….[John F. Kennedy] told me of a tape that the FBI had of Martin Luther King when he was here for the freedom march. And he said this with no bitterness or anything, how he was calling up all these girls and arranging for a party of men and women, I mean, sort of an orgy in the hotel, and everything.”

On Lady Bird Johnson: “She was sort of like a trained hunting dog.”

On Indira Gandhi, the future prime minister of India: “She is a real prune – bitter, kind of pushy, horrible woman.”

On Charles DeGaulle, French general and president: “That egomaniac.”

About Nikita S. Khrushchev’s daughter-in-law: “She looked like some Wehrmacht blonde who ran a concentration camp.”

On JFK’s view of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “He often thought he was rather a – charlatan is an unfair word – you know what I mean – a bit of a poseur, rather cleverly.  You know, that he did an awful lot for effect …”

”Her comments here seem so striking because of the many paper-doll versions of her we’ve played with for so long,” wrote the New Yorker’s Amy Davison in blog post today. “How many people have been the object of so much fetishization, of so many kinds—fashion, political, tabloid?”

So it turns out Jackie was a trash talker. Does it really matter?

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Carey Mulligan is in Sydney, Australia at the moment filming The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio. This photo, from a screen test on the Baz Luhrmann remake of the classic film, is slowly starting to make the rounds. I think she looks amazing. I can’t wait to see her as Daisy. Luhrmann picked Mulligan for the part over a number of other A-list actress, including Natalie Portman.
(Last time I wrote about this, some of you were unsure of DiCaprio as Gatsby…)

Did you see Carey in An Education?

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Becky, a 20-year-old English Lit geek living in London, scribbled out this list in a Moleskine notebook at 3 am
a couple nights ago. She posted it on her Tumblr page,
and within 24 hours, more than 11,000 people had saved it in their favorites file.

She was astonished. “I still don’t know how something I scribbled in a hurry at 3am got so many notes in the space of a day? Shakespeare is clearly too awesome,” Becky said in an update on the post today. “I spelt “bated” wrong, awk … Someone said this looks like a serial killer’s notebook, which made me laugh a lot. They’re not wrong, I’ve been a sleep deprived zombie lately.”

She certainly is a girl on a mission.

On her birthday on August 30th, she set a challenge for herself: Read a book every week until she turns 21. “Lately, I’ve gotten into the terrible habit of buying books but never reading them.
Gradually I’ve been reading less and less,” she said.

She put together a list of 52 books (heavy on Palahniuk, Murakami and Hemingway) and posted it here.
“I thought it would be a good way to encourage others to read more too.”
Want to take the challenge? The details are here.
She’s also giving away the books she reads.


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Sep 11, 2011

Collective Memory - Bryant Park - September 9, 2011 - 00076

Keep peace in your heart.

(CREDITS: New York Magazine, Extra Credit Projects, Byrant Park Collective Memory Project.)

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Happy Saturday…The October issue of The World of Interiors is out this week with a profile of the Hudson Valley retreat of architects Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown. It’s really charming, compete with gingerbread:

I love the modern touches in this room mixed with old fashioned textiles:

This kitchen is so cute with the vintage stove and the incredible staircase.
I imagine it leading to a little sleeping loft…

World of Interiors is such an interesting magazine. The houses they feature are never over stylized. You get a realistic glimpse of peoples’ living spaces. Sort of like Domino, but more eclectic.

This little house is one of my favorites.

I hope you’re having a lovely Saturday. I’m reading magazines at the moment, which I guess is obvious from this post. I need to stop procrastinating and do chores…

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Happy Weekend

Sep 09, 2011

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so glad it’s the weekend. I have almost nothing planned, except a trip the farmer’s market and one bummer chore: I dropped my iPhone into a puddle and now it’s on the blink. I have an appointment tomorrow at the ol’ Apple store…sigh…

What do you have planned? What are you reading?

(Beautiful photos by Simple Pleasure, Emma Daly, Abby Trys Again.)

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Friday Media Bits

Sep 09, 2011

the Sea of Pink

Hello loves, Happy Friday.

Some interesting items on the Internet today:

Keira Knightly is set to play Anna Karenia in a new film version of the classic book.
Jude Law will play her husband.

“If you love your books, let them go:” a worldwide book-sharing project.

Photos from Fashion’s Night Out (Justin Bieber sang at D&G?)

Alexa Chung on the October cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK


Tips for Staying Inspired

Have a lovely day…I’ll be back later!

(Photo by Paul Octavious)

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Things to love

Sep 09, 2011

Some of the things on my wish list:
I especially want the new Design Sponge at Home book!

Marimekko… Mod Cat Bed…Nars Lipstick.

Ensemble Print…Collage Letters…Le Creuset.

Canvas Cart…Design Sponge at Home…The Catcher in the Rye iPhone Case.

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When I first moved to Los Angeles, someone told me that summer doesn’t really start here until September.
It’s true: it was 105 degrees today in my little suburb. It’s hot.

So here are my hot weather beauty tips:

Put on a jaunty linen hat…

Or go for a twist…

Maybe add a little decoration…

Try to stay cool…


If worst comes to worst, there’s always this…

lost at sea

And be happy.

(I know this probably wasn’t the best DIY you’ve seen,
but it’s too hot for the glue gun.)

Photo credits: Belinka, Spotted Moth, Leslie Kerr, Lidia Comacho, the Girl Who Tamed the Tiger.

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I love French decor magazines and this week I’m completely enthralled with the new issue of Côte Paris.  This edition features the 6ème Arrondissement apartment of Charlotte de La Gràndiere, the owner of a furniture and clothing textile store called Rue Herold, near the Jardin du Palis Royal.

The beginning of the Côte Paris story is very Ludwig Bemelmans: “Behind a gate of the VI Arrondissement, high enough to let in the carriages, the paved courtyard of a mansion now houses the bikes of its tenants…” Charlotte de La Gràndiere noted that detail — and many others at the charming garden estate — when she was looking for her new home.  Her second-floor corner of the building is tiny, only 30 m², but she’s creative and resourceful.  Here’s a look at her place:

The apartment is very much like Charlotte’s beautiful store: White with accents of black and gray. Since she lacks closets, she’s clever about how she uses the space.

Her shoes are lined along a wall. Papers are stored high on a shelf in black boxes. I adore that wood chair, and of course that herringbone wood floor is magnificent.

Everything is color coordinated (toothbrushes included!) I love how she displays pieces of clothing. And her inspiration boards are treated as wall art.

A number of the walls are lined with shelves, housing books, trinkets and the sort of objects that give a place soul. I’m intrigued by the collection of mechanical mice. I would love to know the story behind them.

She’s used a canvas curtain to turn a hallway into a closet and she’s built shelves for her shoes, openly stored in cardboard archive boxes, each tagged and decorated with a black silhouette of a shoe. With the exception of her bedroom, the apartment is basically one large room.

I have a friend — also skilled at living in small places  — who only buys furniture that can serve several purposes. Charlotte’s chaise lounge chairs could also be beds. Her dining room table serves as both a desk and a display surface for some of her books and magazines.

If you’re interested in Charlotte’s store, Rue Herold, the website is here.

Some of her other resources:

Bed linens by Adele Shaw for Society Limonta.

Books from L’Ecume des Pages in the 5ème arr.

And ribbons and such from Shindo Paris.

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Zine Culture

Sep 07, 2011

Do you read zines? I was noticing today that the online store Ooga Booga has a large selection of them:

Also, Time magazine has a story this week profiling the highs and lows of Zine culture.
(One of the highs: Girl Crush Zine, my favorite!)

Do you have a favorite Zine? There are so many out there, it’s hard to know which ones are good…

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If you’re a devotee of the street style blogs, you’ve probably already heard of Miss Frey, a fashion design student living in Paris. With her short, cropped hair and her effortless style
she’s been a stand-out at every event around.

Photographer/blogger Vanessa Jackman met Anne-Catherine, who is in her first year at ESMOD, in March during fashion week and stayed in touch with her. She recently profiled the girl from Luxembourg on her blog.

“She had that gamine/Audrey Hepburn/Mia Farrow/Audrey Tautou look going on….not to mention the fact that she bears a remarkable resemblance to Natalie Portman (does anyone else think that?),” Jackman said. “When I went to Paris for men’s fashion week we took the opportunity to meet up and do a little shoot together.”

Anne-Catherine has a personal blog, called A Truly Intriguing Subject,
where she writes about her fashion adventures.

I think she’s adorable!

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A few links to interesting stories around the Internet this week:

New Yorker writer Susan Orlean blogs about the dilemma of
putting all her music and books on electronic devices.

Publishers Weekly asks: Are UK book designs better?

Vanity Fair features Jackie Kennedy on its “best dressed women of all time” list.

The new Wuthering Heights movie debuts at the Venice Film Festival.


The Selby profiles New York artist Aaron Young, with as sampling of his book collection:

Hope you’re having a lovely week so far!

(Top photo from a 2007 J. Crew catalogue. Another one here.)

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Writers in Love

Sep 06, 2011

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On Friday, I picked up a copy of Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”

As always, the first thing I did was look at his dedication page. I’m sentimental that way.

He wrote: “For Nicole, My Idea of Beautiful.”

Hmm, I wondered, who is this beautiful Nicole?

On Saturday, I stopped in the bookstore to pick up a couple magazines.
I spotted a copy of Nicole Krauss’ “The History of Love.”

I started to flip through the pages. It occurred to me: Is it possible Krause is The Nicole.

The answer was on her dedication page:
“For Jonathan, my life.”

Maybe everyone in the world knows that they’re married, but I guess it was new to me.

So I wanted to tell you…

(Photo from the lovely PoppyTalk blog.)

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Florilège Vintage

Sep 06, 2011

The September issue of Marie Claire Maison
has a feature on the home of Léa Bawnager in southern Sweden. The magazine calls it “florilège,” which translates in English to anthology, a bouquet of verse.

The house is filled with treasures from Ms. Bawnager’s store, Affär, in Copenhagen.
(The store has a website featuring a selection of beautiful things that you can order via email.)


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Both have their drawbacks: You need an iPhone (at the moment) to use Instagram. And Polaroid film is expensive and difficult to find.

But if you had your choice, which one would you pick?

(Polaroids in the photo via Matt Dolphin.)

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I can’t remember how I started down this permalink path tonight that lead me to
Pope Saint Victor’s website. Maybe it was a link on a friend-of-a-friend’s flickr favorites page? But here I am, three hours later, with the results of my little journey. I’m in love Mr. PSV’s photo/art vibe:
building conversations
those that are movable, and those that move.
who can deny this pure design?
Elzie Dukes Hooker - Bravo Max - Album Covers
"tree of life" at the belcourt theatre.

Pope Saint Victor (also known as Victor Samuel Huckabee)
is a Nashville-based graphic designer and photographer.
Of course he was an instant sensation on Instagram.
And his website is brilliantly original, especially this post.

Ok, it’s 12:30 am in LA. Where does the time go?

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Happy Weekend!

Sep 02, 2011

It’s Labor Day weekend…

Last chance to wear your white shoes!
(Does anyone really believe that?)

Have a wonderful holiday, taking all those Instagrams!…

La Menthe Savoy

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments this week on my blog, especially on the contemporary books post. You guys are amazing. Very glad you’re here.

(PHOTOS by: Fine Tuning, Este Pequeño Corazón, and Amy Longberry.)

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The French decor magazine Ideat has a feature
in this month’s issue on stylist Marcus Hay’s eclectic New York apartment.
It’s packed with good stuff:

I especially love the hallway filled with art!

For more: Hay showcases his esthetic sensibility on his website and on his blog, Fluff ‘n’ Stuff.

(Photos by Jonny Valiant)


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