Thursday, May 26, 2011

Migration


It's moving day!

The trek to Dallas has officially begun - the boxes are packed, I'm living out of a suitcase and there are approximately 23 hours of driving ahead of me (don't worry - my parents and I are going to trade-off). Access to internet will probably be spotty during my cross-half-country drive, so I'm signing off for the next few days. Hopefully it won't take too long to get connected at the new digs, so I should be back sometime next week.

Have a wonderful weekend! I'll see you in the South... :)

*liza

Photograph by Brad Lou Tennant (2010).

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lost in Wonderland





This editorial by Elouise van Riet-Gray is fulfilling all of my wear-a-fancy-hat-and-walk-through-a-tropical-garden fantasies. I didn't even know I had those.

Elouise van Riet-Gray for Ben Trovato.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mish Mash




A group of collages by Colette Saint Yves. These make me want to start cutting and pasting (the old-fashioned way) again.

Discovered via curiouser & curiouser.

Little Hodgepodges




These scrappy hardware trucks from The Best Things are so sweet.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Howkapow



Some of my favorite things from the newly-opened Howkapow. Founder Cat How sent me a sweet email the other week introducing me to her store and I was instantly intrigued. Howkapow only features independent artists and designers, which is a supportive endeavor I can definitely get behind. The collection of pillows and stationary are great, but it was the double-sided stamp scarves by Inca Starzinsky that really got my attention. So clever!

Congratulations Cat & Rog!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cheese Fiend




Gorgeous, no? Photographer Katie Quinn Davies knows how to make cheese look good. Extra good. A meal that centers around a cheese plate is one of my all time favorite dinner ideas. I love the variety of flavors (and smells!) that can come out of it, and it always seems a little luxurious. These marbled slabs of deliciousness hail from The Gourmet Grocer in Balmain.

Venice Sun

Fanny Ardant

I love this photograph. Fanny Ardant photographed for French Vogue in 1991, via Famous Fanshionistas.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lookin' Sharp



Oh you know, just some utterly crush-worthy, utterly out of my price range looks from Totokaelo.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Long Time, No See




Aren't you glad I resisted the pun in today's title? It could have so easily been turned into something overtly nautical, but puns and I... no. I'm sorry for disappearing for the past few days. Blogger was down for a little while last week, so I never got to finish up the post saying I wouldn't be back until today. And once you hear my rundown of activities, you'll understand why: parents in town, graduation, packing up all my stuff, moving it down three flights of stairs and driving it down to Annapolis! So many exciting events in a 72 hour period! I'm finally a master (I walked around saying that all week. Master!). And I'm no longer a New Yorker. I'm stopping in Annapolis for a couple weeks with my parents before we all move back to Dallas. I'll continue my job search from there... with Corbett! For the first time in almost two years, we'll finally be in the same city. The mere thought of that is so great I can barely stand it. Ahh, how was your weekend?

While I start unpacking the necessities (before I have to rebox everything), I thought I would get into the mood of my new coastal digs with these paintings from the Boston Public Library. I love the giant, billowing sails on these historic ships. They were originally a part of four murals commissioned for the Public Works Art Project for the Jefferies Point Branch. That location unfortunately closed in the mid 1950s, so the murals were divided up into smaller works and relocated. The above are my favorites from the collection, but you can see all of them on the BPL's Flickr page.

All by Frederic Leonard King, 1934-35.
From top to bottom: Frigates, Constitution and Boston; Topsail schooner, Enterprise; Brig, Sommers; Old Salem Bark; Dreadnought, The Sovereign of the Seas; Ketch; Drake's ship, Golden Hilden.
From Ships Through the Ages at the Boston Public Library.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cracks

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Cracks_MissG_teal
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I can not wait to see Cracks. Adolescent rivalry at a British boarding school, complete with an increasingly unhinged teacher? And in the 1930s? Divine. It seems to blend chicness with a hint of creepy, which is just the sort of atmosphere I love in period pieces.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Beautiful Forms



Looking through Kirra Jamison's portfolio is like peering through a magnificent kaleidoscope. Each work has hundreds of little parts, all of them unique and tile-like, falling together in a seemingly random pattern. Together though, they form bright compositions that are at once geometric and figural. In other words, lovely stuff. See more here.

From top to bottom: Wish I Might (2007); Papillion (2010); Not Even I Can Save You (2009); Cosmic Might and Sunset Rider (2011); Then I Was a Dreamer (2007).

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Little Bit Longer



There is something inherently elegant about these longer dresses from No. 6. I'm happy to see a range of hem lengths become fashionable again because it means more variety when I go shopping. No more deciding between short or too short!

But how does it look if you're not a model for No. 6? I'm around 5'6 and decidedly non-willowy, which makes me wonder whether this midi length will actually work for me. Has anyone else tried on this style? What do you think? I'd love to know!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

strength of spirit

I love you, Mom. You really are the best and most inspiring woman I know.

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms and mamas-to-be out there!

Strength of Spirit by Francisca Pageo.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Before the Fog Clears





Haunting, moody landscapes from the aptly named Windy Lane Studio.

Setting sun at russian river; Salmon creek surf; Silhouette of cypress.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

English Party



This spread for Marie Claire Italia from a few years back is achingly beautiful. The supposed warmth of the seaside combined with its actual chilly winds and surf is so springlike -- you want it to be warm so so much you'll do almost anything to trick your mind into thinking that the season has changed, including bringing overcoats and nubby sweaters to the beach.

I think what I love most about this photo shoot is how much it reminds me of an upbeat version of the classic Edward Gorey introduction to Mystery!. All these glamorous people gathered together for a weekend of fun... until someone drowns in the bathtub/is shot during a game of charades/eats from a batch of poisoned crumpets. Sorry - I just can't help it sometimes! I'm sure this particular weekend won't end of a sour note. Just look at all those charming gentlemen in their vests and glasses. They definitely have more of an E. F. Benson vibe.

Photographs by Wendy Bevan for Marie Claire Italia, November 2009.
Via Noir Fa├žade.
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