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Happy Weekend!


My plans: reading…sleeping…reading…sleeping…reading… What about you? (Photo by Stefany Alves.)

It’s the little things…


…the small treasures of others, that are so fascinating… {Ismay Ozga} {Rachel Duarte} {Mundo Flo} {Holly Becker} {little branches} {Marcado Imaginario} {Sabine Timm} {Vamoose} 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?

Banned Books Week

banned books week

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.)

Lula Magazine, Issue 13


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.

National Coffee Day?


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.)

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” Movie Trailer

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.

The Little Prince by Moleskine


The Oxford Comma

Who Needs It?

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 […]

What’s your favorite perfume?


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

Awesome Staircase Made of Books

Fantastic Book Mural

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! LOVE! UPDATE: Thank you Judy for discovering the origin of the photo: It’s from the blog A Life in […]

What are you reading?

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 […]

A Clever Display for Artbooks


Use them as wall art! Why not!? (Home of stylist and interior designer Jo Berryman, via Door Sixteen.)

A Book Club Complaint

Book Club Totebag

“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

Snack Foods of the Great Writers

What Authors Eat

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. Smart!

Five Fantastic Instagram Photographers


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 […]

Living A Creative Life: A Colorful Home


Claudia Alves Carreiro has filled her home with painted furniture and vibrant textiles: I want to move in and hang out on the couch with the cat… (More photos by Claudia here.)

Inspired by: The Princess and the Pea

Princess and the Pea

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…

Favorite Things


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

Elle Fanning: Grannie Chic!


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 […]

Giveaway: Gorgeous Vanity Fair, art book edition {closed}


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. […]

What’s your favorite children’s book?


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 […]

A Glimpse


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

Happy Weekend!

Birthday party

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

I think of you…


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 […]

Mid-Week Media Bits

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 […]

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