Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My Friend Gabrielle

I actually considered titling this something witty like Hot Coco (too pageant-ish) or Sweet Coco (misleading because she was know to be quite cold) and I finally decided just upon 'My Friend Gabrielle.' Not many people know that the iconic Coco Chanel's real name was Gabrielle (and a very pretty name I think too.) I could get into the whole history of her growing up in a convent then being a stage singer, then seamstress etc. etc. but you could just rent one of the the marvelous movies about her life (see Coco Before Chanel or Coco Chanel (TV)) Anyway, dear Gabrielle holds a special place in my heart, not only for being the creator of one of my absolute favorite fashion lines, but as the stars would have it; we have the same birthday: August 19.
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Capricious Traveling

New obsession: Etsy. This online store-sight features some of the best vintage and hand-made items ever, if you know where to look. One of the places you must look is a little wonder called Capricious Traveler. When sifting through, I saw that it has a wonderful mix of vintage pieces that I can just see old-fashioned travelers walking along Venetian canals in.
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Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen

I just finished watching Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen (BBC). I really enjoyed this interpretation of Queen Elizabeth's reign. If I ever was in the business of movie-making, and happened to make a movie about Queen Elizabeth (both of which are two unfathomable if's) then this is exactly how I would have made it. Ann-Marie Duff, the actress who plays Elizabeth, surprisingly lacks what is known as contemporary beauty. But, I think it lends a great authenticity to the film, especially as no Hollywood retouching has been incorporated, and many of the actors have (or at least are shown as having) horrid teeth. Never have I seen a movie that gave me such inspiration for the Renaissance Festival.
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Braided beauties

I have a bit of an obsession with braids. These wonderful pictures are from the European designers Noa Noa.
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Monday, April 5, 2010

Holden Caulfied- complex, chaotic, complete?

I tried to find a really swell picture for you all, I swear I did, but they all looked like phonies. So this is all I got:

Origin and creator of pic unknown 

There was my bit of channeling Holden Caulfied. That name just makes me think 'Gosh, what a trip.' You see, Holden is one of those characters; the kind that everyone is so defensive of that if you represent one stitch of his sad little hat wrong, If you say fakes where he would have said phonies, then watch out. He's the kind of character people love because he's complex, yet everyone swears they have him figured out. Maybe they do, maybe my next sentence will prove me as one of those people just by default. But, I believe no one has or can figure Holden Caulfied out. Maybe not even his creator J.D. Salinger (the late, R.I.P, and whom this post in in honor of) because Holden is really a complex, brilliant, pathetic work of art; one of who's main purposes is to show that he cannot figure himself out. I've always viewed Holden as an anomaly; something best left as is. I don't try to put my ideas on him, or mold my views to be shown through him, because honestly this kid of a character can't handle them. If you haven't read The Catcher in the Rye, then this will make zero sense, and if you haven't-do. Simply for the fact that it is a classic. Do not regard it as the gem of all literature (unless you yourself believe it to be) and above all else, Do Not use it as a moral compass. Holden is that person you shake your head at, but appreciate. You do not support them, and never ever try to understand them. My sophomore year, I had the um..duty of reading The Catcher in the Rye and came away with mixed feelings, to say the least. I deemed it as a book that succeeded in depicting a lost youth, having a completely broken moral compass, and containing characters that are either inconstant, or being constantly in suspicion of having no point. But the one brilliant thing of The Catcher in the Rye is the one thing than can sum up all I doubt in it; it's messy- by design. It is not meant to be perfect, or even realistic. But it is mean to be ranting, constantly on the edge of sanity or morality (usually both). But with decisive, futile points. Somehow J.D. Salinger created perfect chaos, and that is why I celebrate him.

I just ordered the only other book in my library by Salinger, entitled Franny and Zooey; we'll see how this goes. Maybe I'll tell you about it, maybe not, because you know; you shouldn't 'tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.' Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. ~Henry David Thoreau

This is for everyone who has wondered where the other sock went to in the wash, or what place the remote and keys visited on their trip away.

Easter by the River

                                                                                                                                             I took a little walk down by the river on Easter morning between the sunrise service and the Easter breakfast. The light in the first picture just yells: "He is Risen!"
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Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold. ~Judith Olney

I must say that my mom always finds the best Easter desserts. This year Lauren and I both got "Chocolate Flame Eggs"; a large hollow egg filled with truffles, one of which is wrapped in red. Then the egg is wrapped in gold foil and then wrapped in golden, metallic, paper. She also gave us chocolate truffle eggs; which are gorgeous. and a Crunchy Bar! I was so excited to see that I can buy these delights at the Tecumseh's British Pantry (a great little British-theme tea house). Ever since going to Northern Ireland I have loved Cadbury's chocolate-covered honeycomb bars. (but even better is honeycomb ice cream, but i don't see much chance of it being shipped here.)
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Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~Rabindranath Tagore

There was a wonderful sunset the other day. I loved how the light played on the woods behind our house, I was lucky to catch a picture because it only lasted a few seconds, the bottom picture is after the light had gone. 
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Friday, April 2, 2010

Smile: Charlie Winston

It's official: I have a new favorite musician. His name is Charlie Winston. He's British and brilliant. I haven't heard a song of his that I don't like. I've put one of my favorites below, but you must see "kick the bucket" and "In your hands" it's all just radical in an old-fashioned kind of way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfQbvn2ACzc

Garden Nymph

Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.  
~The Qu'ran
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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Miss Celie's Blues

If you have not seen the movie The Color Purple, then I suggest you see it very soon. It's a wonderful tale with very powerful acting, and some amazing singing. I cannot get past Tata Vega's voice, so I included one of my favorite songs here, but If you like what you hear and have a bit of time; check out the scene where she sings Speak Lord here.

Knightley Visitor

As you may know, I adore Keira Knightley. Yes, she has her thin moments, but her classic beauty and style of acting is wonderful. So, I was delighted to see another shoot of her in Vogue; here's a bit of an excerpt for you..
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