Archive for October, 2011

1st Option, the premiere UK property management firm for filming and photography, recently added a Gloucestershire castle to its portfolio of amazing properties. All photos of old castles immediately make me think of the book “I Capture the Castle,” by Dodie Smith. Have a look:

I love the white walls and the stained-glass windowpanes!


All this just fuels my castle obsession. My ancestors owned a castle called Owlpen near Bath, England, for four centuries. The family lost the house in 1815 when Thomas Daunt VII nearly burned the place down while practicing witchcraft. (Sorcery seemed to be a family hobby through out the centuries.) The family also owned Kilcascan castle in Cork County, Ireland. If I ever win the lottery, I really want to buy it!

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Happy Halloween!

Oct 30, 2011

everything but the truth

22/365 - echoes
starry eyed

What are you dressing up as?

I’m just answering the door, which means I’ll be dressed up as a girl in sweats!

Photos by HoneyPie Living, Mafalda26 and Anne Symons, buttonheart, HoneyPie Living.

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A Weekend in Fall

Oct 28, 2011

Happy Weekend! What are you doing this weekend? As usual, I’m reading and sleeping…

Photos by toi ♥, Madison Lee Killough and Xavier Encinas.

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Pick one of these lovely pieces from Anthropologie:

Leave a comment on which one you want! Winner will be chosen MONDAY!

UPDATE: The winner is #41: G!

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Occasionally I like to see what sort of Google search terms lead people to my blog.
Here’s a little snapshot of the search words that turned up recently on my sitemeter:

And here are the corresponding posts:
Audrey Umbrellas, Sofia Coppola Stye Desk, New Lula Magazine, JLo Dresses, “I love Kate Spade,”  Charlotte de la Grandière, Color Pink.

I think it’s funny — and probably fitting — that a few people have found my blog by searching for “Color Pink”!
Pink Power!!

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I love to go to the newsstand every Saturday and pick up the weekend editions of the FT and the Wall Street Journal. (I especially love the WSJ’s Off Duty section!) While I’m there I usually get a couple magazines. This week I picked up filmcomment, published by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and The Hollywood Reporter, my favorite glossy!

The rest of the week, I love reading the New York Times as my daily news source. (I stopped my subscription to the local paper two years ago and I haven’t looked at it since. Long story.)

What about you?

Illustration by John Gannam, 1948 — via Colour Bomb.

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I love GIFS. I collect them on Tumblr, actually. This one is AMAZING! One of my favorites so far!
A vintage view of the London skyline.

(Via A White Blank Page and a Swelling Rage.)

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The other day I put up a survey after posting an illustration called “Things Hipsters Like.” The question was: Are you a hipster? If not, what are you? Here are the results:

So many people answered “other,” I think I need to run another survey! What’s your style, again?

all of the above

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This sweet little cottage is located on an estate in southern England. I imagine it had another use at some point, maybe as a gardening shed? The owners have turned it into the perfect little retreat, complete with wood-burning stove, a desk and a comfy couch.

It would be lovely to spend a cool fall Saturday afternoon here, curled up in a blanket,
listening to music and reading!

(Photos via 1st Option.)

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pick from
(Photos via
   The winner is: ANNA!

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The Best Medicine

Oct 19, 2011

I think I caught a cold when I was out-on-the town over the weekend!
Now it’s chamomile and chicken soup for me, alas.
Off to curl up in a quilt and read…

What’s your favorite cold remedy?

Illustration via Observando. Gif via Just Another Indie Geek.

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I love this lovely, bright loft in Gothenburg, Sweden. It’s so cheerful and charming.
My favorite detail: the ladder in use as a bookshelf!

Via Alvhem Makleri.

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Today I need a little more sleep! I’m fighting off a cold!

(Illustration via Ubeu lifestyle.)

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007 book bokeh

I just picked up “The Best American Travel Writing 2011.” Sloane Crosley (author of “I was told there’d be cake”) is the editor of this edition. I’m living vicariously at the moment through other people’s journeys to faraway lands. Looking forward to reading Maureen Dowd’s piece, “A Girls Guide to Saudi Arabia.”

What are you reading?

Photo credits. Inese Aleksa and obo-bobolina.

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A very special giveaway: a lovely teacup with polkadots and butterflies, new from Anthropologie! What sort of tea would you like to sip from this cup? Leave a message! Winner will be chosen on Tuesday!

The winner is: Shooting Stars Mag.

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Lovely paintings by New York artist Stanford Kay.

He explains: “Books as images within these paintings offer formal modernist possibilities while also serving as an embodiment of content. Both paintings and books are vessels for ideas, experience and memory. The books we read and the paintings we love and choose to live with, define us. A book requires the reader to assemble images and ideas out of its signs and symbols. Likewise, a painting asks that you translate its strokes and drips into reason and emotion.” Beautiful!

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The Great Gatsby from V Tzaj on Vimeo.

A very cool video created by graphic designer and motionographer Virgilio Tzaj. He says: “Taking my love for this amazing story and pairing it with my love of typography, I made an opening title sequence. It was a labor of love and one of my proudest works.”

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Happy Weekend!

Oct 15, 2011

I’m digging out my party dress! That’s right!

What about you?

(Photos by Rodney Smith.)

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A curated list of must-reads from around the Internet:

The Unhappy Hipsters write a book.

The rise of the Man Purse, baby!

Prada and Schiaparelli at The Met.

Hang onto your little notebooks.

Aaron Sorkin on his unexpected friendship with Steve Jobs.

National Book Award Finalists: Free Book Samples!

eBooks don’t spell the end of Literature.

Christopher Hitchens’ reading list, as told to a 9-year-old girl.

Collage, above, by Federico Hurtado.

What have you bookmarked recently?

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Colorful Penguin Covers

The Penguin classics covers just get better and better! I LOVE the ones by Ruben Toledo. Which ones do you want? Pick three and leave a message. More on the Penguin page! Winner will be chosen Friday SATURDAY.

And the winner is: NINA!

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This fantastic illustration — Things Hipsters Like by Jenni Sparks — is starting to make the rounds on Tumblr.
I like 50 percent of these things, so I guess I’m not really a hipster. So what am I?

What are you? Take the poll!

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Illustration via Hey Oscar Wilde!

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This isn’t exactly the sort of photo I usually post on my blog but I couldn’t resist. It’s really wonderful. It’s a picture of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, like 20 years ago, at a conference. Jobs looks healthy and robust, with his glossy black hair. And Gates…dare I said it? Doesn’t he look a little like Mick Jagger? What do you think?

Here’s another photo I found of Gates:

It’s his mugshot after he was arrested for speeding or some such offense in Albuquerque (my hometown) back in the 1970s. I’ve never seen anyone look so happy after an arrest. What a kid!

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Do you have specific book that you read every Autumn? I have books that I read in Summer (I Capture the Castle, for example) and in Winter (A Moveable Feast, always), but I need a good Fall book. Any suggestions? Thank you!

Photo credits: Hildagrahnat and Rachael Hyde.

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Have you seen the blog Closet Visit? It was created by photographer Jeana Sohn and it features the most stylish women (and their closets) in Los Angeles. It’s one of my favorite fashion sites! Five months ago, Jeana teamed up with fellow creative Claire Cottrell to produce Closet Visit film no.1 STELLA.

And now, for the first time, they’ll be screening Closet Visit. no. 2. If you’re in Los Angeles, the film will be showing at The Standard Hotel in downtown tomorrow evening. (See invite above.)
I’ll also post it once it becomes available online.

In the meantime, here’s no. 1 STELLA:

A Closet Visit Film No. 1 from Claire Cottrell on Vimeo.

It’s so Los Angeles in that Sofia Coppola sort of way!

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