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English Muse: June 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009



This is really where I want to be...


Drifting along on a boat. It can be anywhere. Even in someone's backyard swimming pool...


Or maybe strolling along with my little parasol, trying not to blind the tourists with my incredibly pale legs...

Or standing on the pier at dusk, watching the lights of the city flicker on...

I'm so restless for a proper summer vacation. I want to be off somewhere. Sigh.

For now, I have to be content with looking at these photos, above, from the Toast catalogue website. (They stopped sending me the catalogue in the mail, I guess because I didn't order anything.)

I can't wait until August, when we finally head out to the beach and then the mountains...

Monday, June 29, 2009

Bisbee, Arizona

Kate Spade

I was so excited when this Kate Spade ad campaign debuted
a couple years ago...

Kate Spade

I spent six years in Arizona before heading to California...

Kate Spade

And one of my friends grew up in the small town of Bisbee. (And I'm certain she would find the gold jacket and big blue flower quite smart!)

I can't wait to see what the new Kate Spade ads look like this fall. (I usually tear them out of Vogue and stash them in a folder.) Have you seen Kate Spade's Behind the Curtain website? It's one of my favorites!

I hope you have a lovely Monday! What do you have planned this week?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Domino Favorite: Black and White

domino favorite: black white and cool all over

I love this photo of black and white treasures displayed against a dark gray wall. (Check out the little black dress and white sweater, upper right!)

A Domino Favorite: Black and White

This series of photos appeared in the December 2005 issue of Domino magazine as part of an article, "Black and White and Cool All Over"...

A Domino Favorite: Black and White and cool all over

I especially love the black chandelier....

Domino Magazine: Black and White

And the curtain tied back with a black grosgrain ribbon. (Also cute shoes and cat!)

Hope you had a lovely weekend.

Credits: photos by Mikkel Vang, styling by Christine Rudolph.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Happy Weekend!


Hope you have a lovely weekend. I'm getting my hair done and then I'm going to an afternoon garden party! I've also resolved to listen to the stereo and avoid obsessive viewing of CNN. (I was watching until 1 am last night, fixated on every detail of Michael Jackson's death. Poor man.)

Photo credits: Macabre Photographer, All Roads, Vimeo


Thursday, June 25, 2009



One of my favorite French blogs, Gris-Bleu, has a new address: Gris-Bleu.Fr


The blog is an amazing showcase for the photography and illustrations of the very talented Philippe.


I'm especially in love with these gorgeous photos from the Tuileries. Ah, summertime in Paris. Wish I were there...

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Ms. Werbowy. So very chic.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Price of Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia


Bonhams just recently closed its auction for some very interesting Marilyn Monroe memorabilia. Some of the items -- and the price they fetched -- might surprise you. Have a look:

A sepia photograph by Cecil Beaton, 1956
Sold for $2,074

A receipt for Monroe's hairdo for JFK's birthday party, 1962
Sold for $488

Two Marilyn Monroe rare black and white photographs by Andre de Dienes
Sold for $366

A set of never-before-seen black and white 'wardrobe shots,' 1950s
Sold for $110

A Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller group of airline tickets, 1960
Sold for $427

A group of never-before-seen black and white snapshots from Korea, 1954
Sold for $2,196

A receipt for a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne
Sold for $397

Another pair of rare black and white photographs by Andre de Dienes
Sold for $366

And a set of documents relating to Monroe's purchase of her Brentwood home, 1962
Sold for $488

The Beaton portrait is my favorite and worth far more than the winning bid, I think...

There's more Marilyn memorabilia at

I wonder who walked away with the Dom receipt!

The Paris Apartment


Found in an old issue of Marie Claire Maison is a profile of a luminous Paris apartment...


My favorite details: The painting of the woman in the yellow dress over the mantel in the pink salon; the mirrors and art in the kitchen; the red painted bookshelf (with books facing forward); the deco vase filled with knitting needles; and the cat perched on a stool.

The article -- a bit tattered from hanging on one of my inspiration boards -- appeared in the May/June 2008 issue of Marie Claire Maison. Photography by Adrien Dirand.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Beautiful Iran

These beautiful photos were taken by my friend Shokoofeh. (You can see them on her flickr page). I'm thinking today of her and all the women of Iran, with much sadness over the death of Neda Agha-Soltan.

Nivea Made Chic


Who knew a face cream could be so glamourous...


This ad series in Italian Vogue makes the cream look like La Mer...


I have to admit I love Nivea's vintage packaging. I bought two little blue tins in a Rome pharmacy. (They were much easier to pack than the stovetop milk steamer, the 20 wool shawls, and the tomato masher!)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Crazy Blog Crush

Love her blog. She went away to London a week ago and took a break from blogging. I was lost. Funny how that happens. Now she's back. Life can resume.

Black and Light

Random bits of inspiration:
A page from a 2006 Anthropologie catalogue (above)...and Mario Sorrenti's portrait of Kate Moss from 30 Days of Fashion (below)...

kate moss by mario sorrenti

An image torn from a March 16, 2009 copy of The New Yorker...


It's an unattributed photograph from "Valentina: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity," at the Museum of the City of New York.

All wonderful...

A Monday in Summer

This is such a lovely photo. It reminds me of summer vacation in the mountains (I wish I were there now)!

Happy Monday everyone!

UPDATE. Sale alert. Farmhouse Wares is having a 15% Summer Solstice sale!. Link here

(Photo via Art Star.)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Domino Favorite: Carolina Herrera Jr.

Domino: Carolina Herrera Jr.

I love this article about Carolina Jr.'s Madrid apartment

Domino: Carolina Herrera Jr.

It appeared in the Domino premiere issue, Spring/Summer 2005

Domino: Carolina Herrera Jr.

I adore the blackboard, the Moroccan mirror, the antique Suzani, the red tupils. And the vintage copy of Kenneth Tynan's Bull Fever...

Domino: Carolina Herrera Jr.

The settee as bed footboard is so clever.

Domino: Carolina Herrera Jr.

And look at this fantastic bathroom. The clawfoot tub is wonderful amid the antiques.

Domino: Carolina Herrera Jr.

And here's Carolina's shopping guide to Madrid:

Domino: Carolina Herrera Jr.

I'd love to spend an afternoon at the Rastro flea market!

Click photos to see them large on my flickr page. I'm hoping to post Domino articles every Sunday. You can visit last week's feature {here}. xo


PS: Speaking of shopping, I wanted to mention that my friend Tina Tarnoff is having a sale on her wonderful papercut silhouettes in her Etsy store. Buy one, get one free! (For two days only).


Sale ends tomorrow night. Here's the {link}!