Monday, June 28, 2010

Great Balls of Fire

This is actually from a while ago, but I just got the pictures off of my phone. These are from the Milan fireworks and fair. It involved explosives, mass amounts of vanilla wafers, and one very memorable willow tree.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

These are all from the lovely etsy shop Hoolala. I love how all the different pieces tell a story, and how British everything is. hmmm. what a wonderful place to buy me a birthday gift from.....just a thought......

Why "Keep Calm and Carry On" keeps carrying on......

In England you see it everywhere, the white letters standing against a punching red background, all topped off with a little crown; Keep Calm and Carry On. I've seen it, over here across the pond, and just assumed it was some sort of subculture or pop culture trend. Nope, I was way wrong. It started with a little known government poster to the people in 1939 and ended with unwarranted, and unimagined success out of a bookshop in 2000. If you want to read (and trust me, you need to) the whole story go here. This particular depiction of the famous saying in a brooch is from a little shop called Hoolala (but that's for the next post). just know that I want it. badly.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The World: Made by Hand

Pia Jane Bijkerk is a genius. She has created the 'made by hand' series. these little booklets take a certain city and then show different wonders and hard-to-find places where you can buy one of a kind things, all made by hand. from fashion, to art, and practical items, Ms. Bijkerk is changing the way a tourist wanders one city at a time. So far She has two out: Paris: Made by Hand, and Amsterdam: Made by Hand. I'm definitely taking them whenever I visit a city she has written about.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Winslow Boy

I recently watched the 1999 film version of The Winslow Boy, a play by Terence Rattigan. It is a lovely little rainy-day film. A simple, but thought-provoking plot with touching undercurrents of feminism and romance. It isn't like many current films where main characters kiss passionately or run off into the sunset at the end, but the simplicity allows for it to seem very possible; it gives you space to imagine how the characters would continue their lives.
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Natural Poetry: the work of William Morris

Rose 1883

William Morris was an English writer, artist, and textile designer. His tapestries are rather famous and are definitely incredible. I love the English-garden portrayal in artwork and fabrics, and no one does this better than Morris.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lady in the Water

These are from the interesting online magazine Sesame, I happened upon them from a different source ( as Sesame's website is very confusing). I love the grace of the ballerina in the water, they are very storm-esq beautiful.
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Love: Art Nouveau

I have run out of space in my room for all the prints I want in there; such as my new discovery of Art Nouveau. The above picture was done by Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) a bit of his history is given here. I must either add on to my room (not an option), move to a bigger place (also not an option) or weep bitterly (definitely an option).
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Portrait of a Woman: Alexandra Cousteau

As I was reading the new Boho magazine (which I will undoubtedly blog about later) I came across a new hero of mine; Alexandra Cousteau. She is the granddaughter of the famous underseas explorer and activist Jacques Cousteau, and has dedicated her own life to water conservation with her Blue Legacy Foundation. Currently, the foundation is traveling all over the world to investigate water crisis in multiple different countries. For a more in-depth (pardon the pun) interview go here to Boho.
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I swear, If I was rich half my closet would be Ralph Lauren

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Cover Story

So okay, I'm sorry, two posts about Rachel McAdams in one day. But honestly, the other one focused on Irene Adler more. Anyway, I've been meaning to post these for a while, but just today I found a video to go with them which I cannot resist. These pictures are from a cover shoot of the talented actress for Vogue. They are just so vintage-amazing that I have to share, and I love getting the 'real' look of an actress from a video interview. (it amazes me how often even their voices are different from on-screen.)

Portrait of a Woman: Irene Adler

Although ficticious, I have great respect for Irene Adler. She is the sole female who recieved undying admiration from Sherlock holmes, and is also the sole woman Sherlock described to Watson as  " a lovely woman, with a face that a man might die for." Even the King of Bohemia described her as having "the face of the most beautiful of women and the mind of the most resolute of men." Although the king laments that he could not marry her when he was young because they were born on such different social levels, after meeting her, Sherlock tells the king that miss Adler is on a much different (and essentially higher) level than the king. Anyway, the reason for this post is to show you how abosolutely happy I am that the adorable Rachel McAdams plays Ms. Adler in the (relatively) new Sherlock Holmes, and to share the gorgeous stills of her from that movie. (and was anyone else surprised that the man playing Watson was Jude Law, doesn't look anything like him.)

The New Country

This is the best 'British country' themed shoot I have seen in a while. I absolutely adore it! The tartan, taxidermy, and leather boots, mixed with general quirkiness is an amazing combination. As is the use of non-clone-like models and mixing up different ages. Magnifico!

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Prosperous Poppies

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Poppies are my absolute favorite flower and I just happened to buy a whole bunch of them for the herb garden. these are my mother's that came back up from last year, and I am so happy to see them. The poppy is the only flower that I can stare at for hours and is never parsimonious with it's splendor.
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