Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

 Two youngest of four sons...several years ago.  Do you like their pumpkins?

Friday, October 29, 2010

icon: Samatha Bee
"I’ve had three babies in the past four years. When my husband, the “Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones, and I are done with the show, we’re going to open an onion farm, and we’ll need workers."

I love her!

NY Times 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Down a Paris Alley, a 19th-Century Dream House"
"The French describe love at first sight as a coup de foudre, or a lightning bolt. That’s what Charles and Julie Carmignac said they felt in the summer of 2009, when they first saw the house they now share in the 14th Arrondissement on this city’s lower Left Bank."
In Paris, a Threadbare Home From the 1800s
 via: ny times

The Chesterford Suitcase (No. 1926)

Swaine AdeneyLuggage from the venerable firm of Swaine Adeney Brigg Ltd. has been favored by the English upper crust since the days of King George III.
luggage ;here
image: myparisianheart

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Women we admire-redux

Feeling adventurous?  Visit: The Clever Pup's Paris Notebook

Other women we admire: 
We met a schoolteacher in our French class last year. She had been through a bad divorce and a worse bout with breast cancer, so at the age of 57, she took a chance. Online, she found a garret in the heart of the left bank of Paris. Two days after school was out, she boarded a plane and spent her summer walking the streets of Paris, discovering things she never would've known about the city and herself had she gone on a tour. When we met her, she was planning her third summer in the same apartment, a small room at the top of an ancient, iron spiral staircase. She had never learned the language. Everyday she was in France, she would pick up a new phrase. Now she had decided to take a class. It wasn't courage that had led her on her journey, she explained. It was a decision to live without regret. "Non, je ne regrette rien," Edith Piaf.

A Writer's Paris, by Eric Maisel, will have you longing to take a chance, as will two websites: escapeartist and fusac But it doesn't have to be Paris, or travel abroad. Taking a chance requires that you step outside your comfort zone. "...throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain

Silver Cloud Dress


Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I keep coming back to this jacket...
A wardrobe must—insanely flattering knit version of the classic tuxedo jacket in felted wool jersey.

icon/activist/provocateur: Nancy Cunard

The following excerpt is from Let's Bring Back (Chronicle Books, November 1):

NANCY CUNARD (1896 - 1965)
Nancy Cunard began life as a coddled British heiress to the Cunard ship fortune; her life might have been very mannered, but instead she scandalized her family and class by becoming an outspoken writer, publisher, and political activist.
Still adored by today's history-minded fashion editors and designers, Cunard grew famous in her time for her rail-thin body and the bangles that always covered both of her arms from wrist to elbow. Her contemporaries also venerated her and she became a muse to some of the twentieth century's most distinguished writers and artists, including Wyndham Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Tristan Tzara, Ezra Pound, Louis Aragon, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Constantin Brancusi, Langston Hughes, Man Ray, and William Carlos Williams.
In 1928, Cunard became romantically involved with African-American jazz musician Henry Crowder; they moved into an apartment in Harlem together, prompting outraged tabloid headlines on both sides of the Atlantic. This relationship was the first step in turning Cunard into a lifelong civil-rights activist. Her own mother's alleged reaction upon hearing the news: "Do you mean to say my daughter actually knows a Negro?"
Cunard subsequently published the pamphlet "Black Man and White Ladyship," an attack on racist attitudes. She also edited Negro: An Anthology, collecting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction primarily by African-American writers, including the now-iconic literary giants Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, Samuel Beckett, and Zora Neale Hurston.
She had her gentle, romantic moments as well. One of my favorite quieter anecdotes about Cunard describes her late in her life, standing on a palazzo balcony in Venice, the site of once wildly decadent fin de siècle and Roaring Twenties parties:
Nancy, in a black satin gown and her signature "barbaric jewelry" and forehead bandeau, had been suddenly overcome by a vision of the past. She poured a glass of champagne into the Grand Canal--a "libation" for her former beloved: "For Henry," she said in a soft voice.

(Quote excerpted from the 2007 biography Nancy Cunard: Heiress, Muse, Political Idealist by Lois Gordon)

crop - Fair Isle
 the grayling cropped sweater



Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Hot Wax"
I know.  I know.  But I can't resist boots like this - they age beautifully, last forever, and you can really walk in them.

"Barbour, the U.K.-based outerwear company and holder of the warrant to supply “waterproof and protective clothing” to England’s royal family, has created a limited-edition collection of boots with the New England-based shoemaker Rockport. The signature rain-resistant waxed cotton used in Barbour’s weatherproof jackets has been hand-stitched to rough, textured leathers in three styles of boots that incorporate the advanced technology in walking comfort for which Rockport is known. Though a bit rugged for most workplaces, they’re a perfect match for the tweed pants and suits now hitting stores for the coming winter — and will most certainly weather any storm, be it in a peat bog or a concrete canyon."
NY Times

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Alice says: "...resolution, resourcefulness and resilience."
"At age 92, Mrs. Tuttle (best known as Faity, her childhood nickname) wrote a memoir with the prescient title “No Rocking Chair for Me” (iUniverse) displaying an acute memory of events, names, dates and places that she retains as she approaches 100."

NY Times
listen to the stories

Friday, October 15, 2010

Eye catching

I had to post this.  We have added two retirees from The Seeing Eye to our family - the kindest and bravest creatures in the world (I think so anyway).  Don't they look festive for Halloween?

Taffeta dancing skirt

Maira Kalman: Cherubim and Seraphim 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dauphine Street Hat
felted wool, embroidered tulle,  grosgrain-and-velvet flower...
Watch: video

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Vintage now Madame Alexander Dolls
"Ralphie, with brown eyes, is dressed in a typical 1940's: a plaid flannel jacket, grey wool pants, a scarf, hat, mittens and black boots. Includes the lady's leg lamp his dad receives as a gift in A Christmas Story."
J. Crew