The weatherman is calling for rain all week. There’s something about rainy days like this that makes me want to curl up under a blanket, drink something hot, and read Jeeves & Wooster–or, better yet, watch it! What about you? Are you a PG Wodehouse fan?

Until next week, here’s wishing you an afternoon on the couch with a good book!
xo~ Hannah B.

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Cycle Chic

May 25, 2012

I love riding my bike. It’s not a dream bike, but it will do for now. I love the feel of sun and wind on my skin. I like to ride fast. I sometimes have the impression I am almost defying gravity. I like to smile when I ride my bike. I shock everyone by smiling at them. I am smiling at everyone and no one in particular–I am smiling at the world, life, myself. Riding my bike has helped me overcome a debilitating fear of driving a car. Now I  love it and drive with a smile! Such a miracle for me to be driving and  thanks to my bike. What other blessings are in store for me while I ride my bicycle?

I like wearing nice things while I bike. Not exactly skirts–they reveal too much when I’m speeding, but a nice shirt, nice jewelry, stylish shorts, effortless yet cute hairstyle. Do you ride a bike? What do you usually wear? What is your definition of cycle chic?

Happy Friday Everyone and Smiles,


This is my dream bike–in white and with a basket, looking elegant and casual at the same time. And retro.


Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Marta, appearing Fridays on the English Muse.

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Hello! It’s Naomi Bulger again, filling in for Tina on a Tuesday evening.

Once upon a time, in an age before digital cameras or film or even those overhead projectors the teachers used in school, way before electricity, in fact, there was the magic lantern, an early type of image projector.

In the 1400s, a Venetian engineer by the name of Giovanni Fontana created a lantern that projected an image of a demon. Scary. Super scary if you are a 15th Century Venetian and don’t know what you’re looking at. But it was not until the 1650s, supposedly, that the first ‘magic lantern’ as we know it today was formally invented.

Picture an old fashioned lantern with a concave mirror in front of a light source (which, back in the days, would have been a candle or an oil lamp). The mirror gathers the light, and projects it through a slide with an image on it. Then the light rays cross a small opening at the front of the lantern, and hit a lens. This throws an enlarged version of the picture on the slide up onto a wall. Ta da! Big, scary demon in the house!

I saw some of these while I was in Venice last year. Somehow, the air around them still vibrated faintly with magic, the magic that tricksters and charlatans conjured when using magic lanterns to bamboozle their early audiences.

Not far from where I live in Melbourne, Australia, two artists Gonzalo and Lucy have opened a shop called Magic Lantern, with an artists’ studio out the back. The shop is a veritable emporium of curiosities and ephemera from before the age of electricity. Gonzalo kindly let me loose in there with my camera.

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A Prada Pastiche

Nov 22, 2011

At the start of every season, I try to make a point of going to the Rem Koolhaas-designed Prada store in Beverly Hills to look at the new arrivals — displayed like fine art — and pick up a (FREE!) copy of the latest Prada Lookbook.

This fall, the fashion house chose a “fantasy” collage theme for its oversized pulp book.
Imagine Margot Tenenbaum with photoshop and a glue gun and you’ve got the Fall 2011 Prada Lookbook, an amazing pastiche of fashion and retro wonderfulness.
(I would say it’s “lovely” but I’m trying to use that word less.)

Anyway, have a look:


GAH, I wish I were rich. I would only wear Prada, with occasional breaks for Chanel. Alas.

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These lovely illustrations were created by a young woman in Tehran named Maggie, who has a Tumblr page
called A Walk with Jane Austen. (She writes: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl in possession of a good tumblr, must be in want of a life.”)





Maggie, who is studying medicine, noted in her bio:
“I write under the name Maeve Melia and wish to live like a poet.”
I love this girl!


Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel, 1909.


Visit her Tumblr {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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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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Things to love…

Aug 31, 2011

Just a few things on my wish list:
Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, Illustrated…Tovicore Leather Card Case…Red Embroidered Pillow Cover…
Little Blue Birds Studios’ Owl Art Print…Joe Vintage’s Restored Red Royal…LilyMoon Aviary Brooch…
Dolan Gelman’s Found Objects Collage…Claudia Varosio’s Annie Hall Print…Vintage Fan Art Print.

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Dottie Angel

Katie Haddox

Fiona Watson

love you pillows 1 & 2

Souk@Sat Exclusives
{Jewelry & Wall Wear }

I really want to learn how to do embroidery. It’s my next craft pursuit!

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I came across these photos by Shella of Frillie Designs the other day.
They’re snapshots of her house in a little coastal village in Essex, England:



Shella’s home will be featured in a new book, called “Homespun Style,” by interior stylist Selina Lake and photographer Debi Treloar. This is going to be an amazing collaboration. Lake co-authored “Romantic Style” and “Bazaar Style” for publisher Ryland Peters & Small. And Treloar photographed “Modern Vintage Style,” “Flea Market Style,” and about ten other books on my coffee table!

In between tidying up for the photo shoots, Shella is getting ready to open a teahouse called The Loft in the seaside village of Tollsbury, England.


By the way, follow my blog with Bloglovin! I’m starting new with only four followers at the moment.

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Happy Monday. I hope you had a relaxing weekend!

As usual I spent lots of time this weekend reading (finishing the Philip Roth book and starting the new biography of Cleopatra). During my Internet newspaper rounds, I found this wonderful story in the Irish Times Magazine.

The headline says: “Wearing vintage doesn’t have to make you feel like second-hand Rose.” Indeed! I LOVE this rose colored pettycoat!

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I’m a predictable flea market shopper. I always end up on a treasure hunt for things I can bring home without much ado…
…Like postcards…
….Old matchbooks…
…Fifty-year-old bottles of “My Sin” and pink nylon slips…
perfume bottles
You know, the stuff that’s easy to carry to the car in 105 degree heat.
But someday I’m going to make a grand show of it: I’ll drive up to the flea market at 6 am in a
U-Haul truck with two brawny guys. We’ll cart off all those things I really wanted to buy but didn’t because they wouldn’t fit into the back of my old Mercedes station wagon. (And I didn’t have room in the house anyway. ) … Someday…
Happy Weekend everyone. It’s the third Sunday of the month, which means Long Beach and then coffee at Chuck’s! See you Monday!

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Apr 22, 2010

Hello readers, It’s Liss here from Daydream Lily and I’ll be posting here every few days while Tina takes a much needed break. I’ll be sharing beautiful things and words that inspire me, similar I guess to what I blog about on Daydream Lily.

So first I want to share a pretty little shop Dear Oly – its full of treasures and flea market finds from Oly’s travels. I’ve posted about this shop on my own blog before but Oly has updated it with some more beautiful things!! I also love what she writes about travel….

the point is re-discovering yourself and the world, of all those that are subtle and common,
everyday and not everyday, living and traveling, breathing slowly,
observing and also understanding, cherishing every single second when you wanna take a picture,
a spark of light, and then, go back home safely 🙂

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These photos are from the awesome lifestyle photographer Roland Bello:

For me, this is the ultimate weekend fantasy…

A charming flea market in a little mountain town…

With a delicious lunch of garden veggies and berrys…

And amazing deals on books, and jewelry and colorful vintage gadgets.


I hope your weekend is blissful!

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This amazing zoetrope, created to showcase Temperley London’s Spring 2010 collection, is like a giant windup music box. It’s enchanting, with animated film loops and vintage stills. All set to jazz.

Have a look. What do you think?

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Vintage Americana

Aug 04, 2009
New York Times Home section feature: The New Antiquarians seen here

I love this cabinet of curiousities

Sisters ( with fabulous names )Porter, and Hollister blogs here

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I was at one of my favorite thrift stores
and discovered this campy little book from 1957…

station wagon

It was compiled by Ford Motors at a time when car camping had become
“a major social phenomenon of the post-war era.”

station wagon

They offered helpful illustrations for packing…

Station Wagon

And a photos of gadgets and equipment, like the Camp-N-Wagon. (A traveling kitchen with a formica counter, drawers, water tank, faucet and two-burner stove.)

station wagon

If Ford Motors were still making stations wagons like this, I don’t think they would need a federal bailout. These cars are pure vintage genius. Just add bio-fuel….

station wagon

And you’re ready to go…

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It’s become one of my favorite Mother’s Day traditions…

flea market

After brunch, I get to slip away to the flea market…

flea market

I usually bring about $50 and a couple rolls of film…

flea market

…to buy and take pictures of whatever I want…

flea market

Here are some of the things I spotted today at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (My favorite is the pink petticoat hanging from a tree!)

I ended up buying two vintage summer dress (originally from the old Bullocks store on Wilshire Blvd.) One of them is leopard print and very 1960s! I have more photos! Will post them on flickr later.

Hope you had a lovely day!


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