Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween!

It's Halloween weekend! I haven't settled on my costume yet, but I'm hoping some last minute inspiration will come to me before tomorrow. I would love to hear about your costume plans! Whether you're going to a party, trick-or-treating, or staying in to watch a scary movie, I hope your weekend is lots of fun (and that there is some candy involved).

See you on Monday,

Image from The Black Cat, via Chilling Scenes of Dreadful Villany.

Risotto Heaven

Four mushroom and brie risotto from Voodoo and Sauce. I don't think I will ever have enough synonyms for "yum" to describe how I feel about this meal.

The Month in Books : October

The Future of Academic Freedom, edited by Louis Maynard (1998) - This collection of essays gives an enlightening overview of the current state of academic freedom across university campuses. Written by scholars and professors from a variety of disciplines, I read this for one of my classes this semester. While it does not, contrary to the rather grandiose title, offer much with regard to the actual future of academic freedom, it does furnish readers with an aggregate source of lucid perspectives on topics such as curriculum decisions, speech codes, and research pursuits.

Drood by Dan Simmons (2009) - I was enthralled by Dan Simmons' The Terror this summer, so I was very excited to start his novel about Charles Dickens. Told from the perspective of fellow author Wilkie Collins, Drood explores the last years of Dickens' life and the inspiration for his final novel: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Simmons' historical accuracy and fleshy characters were gripping in The Terror. Here, however, the same attention to detail seems ponderous and overstuffed. The plot, which started off as taut as a wire, slackened off about two-thirds of the way through and as the book is a mighty 784 pages, that left a lot of meandering discourse. More than once I found myself wishing for more rigorous editing.

The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh (2007) - Young adult fiction is one of my favorite genres, especially when there are elements of fantasy or science fiction. Marsh's debut novel takes on the myth of Orpheus and sets it in contemporary New York City. Though I appreciate its creativity, the novel's frequent clunkiness and lack of rich character development kept me from fully being immersed.

Summer Half by Angela Thirkell (1937) - Thirkell's barbed wit is set loose yet again among the British upper class, and the results are simply effervescent. She's never cruel in her assessments of people's foibles, which is perhaps what keeps her novels charming as opposed to snarky.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (2005) - This was my second reading of Kostova's novel, and it was just as suspenseful and fascinating as the first time I read it three years ago. I love adaptations of the traditional vampire myth (minus any and all glittering subspecies. yeesh.), and Kostova's highly historical take is an excellent addition to the Dracula bibliography. The frequent textbook-like exposition frustrated some readers, but I found her deeply detailed research fulfilling.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Girl Crush

I just can not get over these gorgeous pictures of Clémence Poésy. They may be slightly out of date according to internet standards (April 2010 issue of Vogue U.K.), but she's wearing rich, leafy colors and a coat, so it's contemporary enough for me. So, so pretty.

via Fashionography.

Lauren Nassef

Brilliant drawings by Lauren Nassef. Simultaneously elegant and inviting, I can't stop combing through her portfolio.

Top: Ceremony II (2008); Krazy Kat Treehouse
Bottom: My Dog; Oscar Wilde in a Very Fancy Room (2009)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ghost Pops!

Oh my gosh, these are so cute! Sometimes I dream of having grown-up parties with adorably themed cake pops that I will not immediately devour after making but share nicely with others. What can I say? I dream big.

Even more adorable photographs (pumpkin pops!) and the recipe can be found at These Peas Are Hollow.

Paris vs New York

I am adoring these visual comparisons of Paris and New York. Are you a bagel or a baguette?

via Coudal.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monster Crazy

Does AMC still do MonsterFest? I really hope so - for years that marathon defined the days leading up to Halloween for me. That's where I first saw movies like The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula, Wolfman, The Pit and the Pendulum, and probably dozens more that are buried deep within my psyche, giving me a fascination for the macabre. I know they may seem a little hokey now, but that is what makes these movies so delicious and spooky! I wish I still had cable so I could snuggle up on the couch with a bag of candy corn and watch three in a row.

Images via Monster Crazy.

World View: Romania

All photos by Paul Ion.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Candy Hierarchy

1. What, no York Peppermint Patties? That's a little insulting. And don't even try to convince me that Junior Mints are an acceptable substitute.

2. In my candy universe, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups beat Twix and Rolos any day of the week.

Other than that, I approve. Any addendums of your own?

Via The World's Best Ever.

Etsy Find: Flour Clothing

Some finds from Flour Clothing, a well-curated collection of vintage dresses and jackets. Their range of styles and sizes makes this one of my favorite places to go when I have something notable coming up on my calendar... or I am in the mood to look at pretty dresses. So essentially, I am a frequent visitor.

Be sure to also check out their separate shop for accessories and children!

Friday, October 22, 2010


Lately, I've been feeling rather thinly spread. I think I've had something going on every night for the past two weeks, which is highly unusual for my home-centric, introverted self. While I have definitely been having a lovely time with my friends, the other commitments in my life (work, overtime work, health, school) seem to have grown three heads. Each. All at once. Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to a quiet couple of days where I can concentrate and replenish. Things on the docket: a trip to Beacon's Closet to sell some dresses, research for my two term papers, and this chili recipe, although probably about twice as spicy. What are you up to this weekend?

See you on Monday,

Mineral Paintings

Smoky Quartz 2, 2009

Rhodocrosite, 2009

Amethyst 1, 2009

The meticulous detail of these oil paintings by Carly Waito is almost mesmerizing. None of the pieces in this series exceed 6" x 7," which I find further enhances the jewel-like quality of each work as a whole. Small things seem more like treasure somehow, as if being able to hold something in the palm of your hand makes it more precious than if it were three times larger.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Built by Wendy

Built by Wendy Fall 2010

This might be my ideal fall wardrobe: slim pants, sleek jackets, long sweaters, and a sweetly feminine dress every now and again. It feels very student-adventurer, which may be my new favorite fashion/life concept.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pucci Bracelet

Emilio Pucci Spring 2011

The roughly cut/shaped stones (turquoise maybe?) make it look like a natural cluster. Gorgeous.

Etsy Find: Flora and Fauna Press

I've been a fan of Flora and Fauna Press for quite a while, but when I saw the great outdoors-inspired 2011 letterpress calendar above, I knew I had to share these designs sooner rather than later. Founded by Christine Brandt in 2006, Flora and Fauna Press is an eco-friendly letterpress studio that draws upon the natural world to create elegant stationary, journals, and calendars. One of my favorite qualities of this studio is that Brandt hand-draws all of the designs used in her stationary, and that artistry and dedication is evident in every piece. You can see even more of her lovely work at the Flora and Fauna Press Etsy store or website.

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