Thursday, December 31, 2009


It's been really cold this week. Every day I wrap up in heavy solid cardigan, scarf, coat, hat. Olive green, cream, brown, gray. But after seeing some of the spring/summer 2010 shows, I've been wanting to wear more floral prints somehow...

the end!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

off-center buckle

pouch... and then...


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

happy tape

Gift wrapping time!
Re-used packing paper painted with patterns + happytape.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

white and cream

I can be swayed by just about any color combination, but I'm always drawn to white, tan, and cream, especially in nubby materials like knits. Maybe with a little red, pink or rust thrown in there.

amazing shoes on etsy


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

momentary harmony

I just came across this this editorial by David Brooks, and this part really hit home:

  "... it is possible to achieve momentary harmony through creative work. This isn’t the good life through heroic self-analysis but through mundane, self-forgetting effort, and through everyday routines." 

Now I am thinking of this photo of Mike Mills's house, by The Selby:

This picture is so inspiring to me. 

That mustache poster, staring from above, could be my Keep Calm and Carry On. I wouldn't mind doing some everyday routines there.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

a huge paper heart

I saw Julie & Julia the other night and here's how I felt about it:


I really enjoyed the whole film, but the parts with Julia and Paul Child I lovedStreet markets, beautiful cars, tailored below-the-knee skirt suits, patterned silk ties, dinner parties, powder rooms, train stations, mid-century modern fabrics. Oh my gosh.

Stanley Tucci (as Paul Child) is so dapper and supportive in this film.

And there's one lady who shows up really late in the movie...Mavis? Avis de Voto, played by Deborah Rush. She's in the movie for about 5 minutes, but she wears the  best thick black framed glasses and plaid pants and pours what I imagine to be a stiff mid-afternoon drink. 

I love you, Deborah Rush as Avis de Voto.
And I love your chair.

Top photo is from Columbia Pictures.
(Other images are screen captures I made.)

The director is Nora Ephron
The director of photography is Stephen Goldblatt
The costume designer is Ann Roth
The production designer is Mark Ricker 
The art director is Ben Barraud
The set decorator is Susan Bode

I had to give props to those people.

Friday, December 11, 2009

special delivery

My Rifle Paper Co. cards took a bit longer to ship than expected, but were they worth the wait? ONE MILLION TIMES YES.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

todd time

When I was 14, my family was gifted cable TV. I was granted a peek into the world of high fashion via MTV's House of Style, CNN Style with Elsa Klensch, and Fashion File. Saturday mornings, I would watch the latter two while recording them on our VCR for future reference. I watched the Prada and Miu Miu Spring/Summer 1996 shows over and over again, obsessed with these shows' color palettes (olives, browns, avocados, blush, peach), flat brown shoes, and the barefaced, gawky beauty of the models.

Prada ad, 1996

MTV's House of Style was generally a let-down, but the Todd Time elements hosted by Todd Oldham were like the friendlier bits of Sassy magazine come to life. Crafts! Thrift stores! Vinyl records and decoupage and fake fur and glue guns! Lower East Side! Probably! I might be remembering this incorrectly!

Around this time, Todd was designing clothes bedazzled with checkerboard patterns...

 bright Southwestern prints...

(reminding me of Pendleton for Opening Ceremony and Mociun)

and grungy-but-saucy plaids.

(all Todd Oldham pictures via Getty Images)

This feature in New York Magazine got me thinking about Todd again. He's doing some sweet things now...

This Charley Harper book

 Hey, this vintage Todd Oldham design looks a lot like the Charley Harper book cover!


I love this quote from Todd:

“I like old-school PBS and CBS Sunday Morning. Fifty-five seconds of a quaking-aspen leaf looks good to me.” - via new york magazine