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Rain, Rain is Here to Stay

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.

Cycle Chic


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.

They do it with mirrors

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.

A Prada Pastiche

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.

Wallpaper the world in chintz


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!}

Inspired by: The Princess and the Pea

Princess and the Pea

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…

A Glimpse


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

Somewhere in between
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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