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English Muse: May 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Katarina at Lolita discovered the most fantastic German blog called Mädchenblogt, by the lovely Nicole Kellmann. Nicole is constantly traveling through Europe (and posting the most beautiful photos). Here's a little sampling above. I love the "don't take it serious" sign. That's going to be my new motto!


The Art Journals of Miss Paq

I love looking at the pages of Miss Paq's journals on flickr. It's assemblage as a form of self expression and inspiration. Plus it's an interesting glimpse inside a creative mind. I know there was life before flickr, but I can't imagine it now.

Miss Paq also has a fantastic blog, How to Make a Baby Elephant Float.

Hope you have a lovely week!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Happy Weekend!

Hello lovies, what are you doing this weekend? With my laundry crisis over, I plan to spend the weekend reading Lisa See's new book, Shanghai Girls! bliss...

PS: Photo by the fantastic Rosie Hardy. She's 18 years old and already an amazing photographer. (Her myspace page and flickr pages here.) Her work is not without some controversy and mystery, however. (Check it out here. And Rosie's response.)


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Folk Art Yard Sale

yard sale

One of my neighbors recently had a yard sale

Yard Sale

He sold of some of the old paintings that he and his father created in their garage workshop

Yard Sale

Of course, I had to lug home the giant matador and various pieces of Mexican folk art

Yard Sale

I can rarely resist a yard sale, especially one this colorful, which I guess explains why I have too much stuff.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Funny Moneygami

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Perhaps this is further evidence that I spend too much time on the Internet (if that's possible). While cruising around I discovered Moneygami on a site called Fun Fever.

It's so clever (although I feel bad for the guy who was made into a potted plant). I think Thomas Jefferson er I mean Alexander Hamilton looks especially dashing. The hat is a much nicer alternative to the powdered wig. And look at The Queen. So lovely in her little chapeau. I couldn't quite figure out who made these, but I applaud them.

UPDATE: You guys are so funny! Your comments are making me laugh!

A couple:

Amazzzing...I can only fold paper-plane! ;(

Brian Miller said...
lol. nice job whoever did it. and i am sure there wil be an annoyed cashier out there because of this guy.

I couldn't resist: Here are a few more!


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Miss Liss

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I simply adore lovely Liss and her beautiful blog, Daydream Lily. She finds the dreamiest photos.

Laundry Crisis Over!

My dears, I'm happy to report that I have finally finished my laundry, hung up all the coats that were slug over a chair (since December), and put away all my shoes...
Although I'm still missing one pair of leopard print flats, I'm ready to face the world again with clean socks!!

More pictures from the momentous effort here!

Hope you're having a lovely evening!

Black Cat, Observed

As the proud person of two black cats, I love these sketches by Olkazavr, found on flickr. They remind me a little of Peter Alexander's series on his beloved cat, Romance.

Hope your Tuesday is off to a good start! xoxo

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Ultimate Inspiration Wall

I could spend hours looking at this collage by interior designer Diane Bergeron. Click here to see it under a virtual magnifying glass. It takes just a few moments to load. xoxo

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Many Shades of Ocean Blue

I love this photo by Yosigo on Flickr. Seemed fitting for the holiday. How was your weekend? I spent the weekend trying to catch up on laundry! I haven't been able to reach the bottom of the laundry basket in weeks. (Usually I just give up and head to Target to buy socks and knickers.)

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Hello dolls, it's Saturday night and here I am with computer and scanner. I had to post this picture. Maybe it's because I love pink, especially when found in a glamorous Paris apartment. This is a photo from one of my favorite magazines, Cote Paris.

"She was blue
She then chose pink
For her new world..."

Why not?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Fuji Instax 200


I know it's not Polaroid...


But maybe it will do?

Fuji Intax 200

Once all the Polaroid film in the world is gone? Do you think Fuji will work?

I was dismayed to discover that my local source of Polaroid film (at $18.99 a pack!) was running out....I figured I would give the Fuji Instax 200 a try...It doesn't have the quirkiness of Polaroid (the weird light patterns, the spots, etc), but it is still instant...

I know I should get a good digital camera and forget about it. But I can't. I can program an HTML but I can't seem to figure out all those buttons and settings on a fancy camera!

UPDATE: Comment from lovely Magda:
"Actually there's a hope that there will be new polaroid films produced...
there's this impossible project and besides this month the Polaroid company is going to be sold and it's possible that the new owner will produce films again !"

I hope so!!

PS: The photos above are from my front yard :)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Helena Christensen's Bohème Abode


Paris Vogue this month features the model's fantastic NYC apartment...


I love her inspiration walls and tattered art...


And makeshift furniture...


A sophisticated magpie, indeed...

"Tous les objets, et il y en a des milliers, sont des souvenirs vrais ou adoptés chez les brocanteurs du dimanche, à Chelsea ou à la campagne." Loosely translated: She has millions of things, collected in Chelsea and elsewhere, that have elicited memories -- real or adopted.

And there's even a wall for Polaroids. A girl after my own heart.

PS: It was photographed by Carole Sabas at The Selby!!

The International Society of Girls in Tulle?

What do you think? Should we form a Facebook group? The Washington ballet photo reminded me, yet again, of my favorite fabric. (Even though it has the texture of a Brillo pad, it's so, so lovely.)

PREVIOUSLY: The International Society of Girls in Flats.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tutu, too?

Hello everyone. How was your Wednesday? This photo of some of the members of the Washington Ballet made me laugh out loud! It was taken by Cade Martin and is now making its way through the Tumblr world. I want to walk around town in a tutu!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hang On

Hello loves. I know it's probably Wednesday morning where you are. And I'm just now doing my Tuesday post here at the hospital with my dad. It was one of those days.

My dad decided today that he's had enough of the hospital and wants to escape. I don't blame him. We spent the evening discussing details of this getaway. (It involved using a back elevator and leaving the monitors in the alley). I made him promise that he wouldn't leave without me. He worries me, though. I am so worried about him.

I know someday he's going to make the grand getaway, and I'll be sad without him. In the meantime, he's still cracking jokes. Such sweet medicine.

PS: Photo found here on ffffound!

PSS: By the way, I'm woefully behind on responding to emails at the moment! I'm catching up slowly, so please don't be offended! I love you all. xoxox

Monday, May 18, 2009

Inspiration Collage

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Hello darlings, Thank you for all your wonderful comments. I loved reading them.  They've cheered me up. (Tina Tarnoff, I can't believe you're still reading Revolutionary Road!) I'm here in my dad's hospital room waiting for him to be wheeled to surgery. I've found it so calming looking through the beautiful photos on RedBubble. Here's a little collage of some of my favorite images. What do you think?

The credits and links: 

UPDATE: The surgery is over and it went great! Yay!!


Hello everyone! Happy Monday. I hope your week is off to a good start. I find the colors in this photo by Alexandra Cameron very soothing this morning. The sky is the color of the Caribbean Sea. I had a very stressful weekend at the hospital where my dad is now in ICU. He has another important surgery today. Please keep your fingers crossed that all goes well. I'll keep you posted!

In the meantime, please tell me about all the lovely things you did this weekend! I love to hear your stories!

By the way, I have a very special giveaway for this week!


Friday, May 15, 2009

Happy Weekend!

monet gardens, by CharlaneG.

A gorgeous photo by my girl Char!

Miss Isabella

Hello darlings. Hope you're doing well. Are you looking forward to the weekend? My dad will be in the hospital for a few more days. We've certainly had a lot of ups and downs. Yesterday was definitely one of the up days: The doctor is pleased with my dad's progress. And, after returning from the hospital, I found a lovely letter in the mailbox about my daughter. My ten-year-old girl (that's her in the Polaroid photo with the word "study" written on her hand) penned a poem that won the notice of the judges of a national children's writing competition. They're going to include it in an anthology with other children writers. I'm so proud of her, that cutie!

This is what she wrote:

Earth is the wet rain that falls on your head
Without the Earth all the flowers would be dead
Earth is the sun that shines up, up above
Without the Earth there would be no more love
Do this favor so the sky can be seen
Do us this favor and keep the Earth clean!

Good advice from a fifth grader! xoxo

Thursday, May 14, 2009


This makes me smile!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hot Vanilla Sky

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It's hot and sticky out today, one of those days in Los Angeles when the sky has turned blue-grey mixed with patches of vanilla (In other words: fog mixed with smog.) I'm so tired I feel jet lagged. My dad had a relapse on Monday and was readmitted to the hospital. I spent the night there on a lumpy cot last night -- the longest night ever! It makes him happy when I blog (and show him the pictures). So I'm blogging like crazy. You spend your life knowing that your parents will get sick someday with something that can't be cured. I'm just not ready for this to be the day....

sunset plaza

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Garden Roses

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Hello everyone. Here are a few more Polaroids of some of my garden roses. I'm especially fond of the big fluffy purple one. (It's a David Austin rose called Othello.) I think the yellow one is Henry Ford, but I'm not sure. I lost the map I made of the rose garden a few years ago, so now I'm constantly mixing up the names. How do they come up with these names for roses anyway? Would Henry Ford even want to be a yellow rose? Maybe red is more his style.

garden roses

Afternoon Eye Candy

Hello my dears, I hope you're having a lovely Tuesday. Since my dad got sick ten days ago, I've been looking for little respites. Lately, my favorite is watching perfume ads on YouTube. (Call it Perfume Porn!) I know it sounds weird, but it's a beautiful escape. I found this one last night of Keira Knightly for Chanel. I love the part where she dabs the guy with the perfume.
What do you think?

UPDATE! Here's the Chanel commercial with Audrey Tautou.


Cecil Beaton

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I would love to be in London this week...


For the last few days of the Cecil Beaton exhibit
at the Chris Beetles Art Gallery...


The retrospective features 64 images that cover more than 40 years of Beaton's career. It would be so lovely to see the exhibit and then head over to the Tea Palace in Notting Hill for tea, don't you think?

(PS: The third photo is my favorite. Can you imagine the caption: "Dear, I found the most fabulous little fixer-upper for us!")

More on Chris Beetles website.

Monday, May 11, 2009

So Charming...


I LOVE these embroidered illustrations by Stephen Campbell...


It would be so lovely to walk my dog (or cat?) in London...


Or navigate the Tube with this fantastic map!


I can't sew a stitch but I adore whimsical embroidery. And Campbell's is brilliant!

There's more of his designs over here!


Sofia Coppola


...I love her photography...

sofia well as her movies...


...It's all so very delicious...


...but I'm especially in love with her Miss Dior commercial...

And this website, Life With Sofia.

It's like having pink macrons for breakfast! Happy Monday!