Thursday, April 29, 2010


I recently saw the film Cleo from 5 to 7 for the first time in ten years. I'd remembered the beautiful lead actress, and that the film basically followed her wandering around Paris, but somehow I'd forgotten that the film has a pretty clear idea to get across. It also has one of the best title sequences I've ever seen.

Monday, April 26, 2010

oxford blues

i've got oxford blues. i've really wanted a pair of oxfords for three years now, and you'd think with the huge oxfords resurgence it would be easy to find the right pair. but, no. my search has not been successful so far....but i'm getting high hopes for dieppa restrepo. the leathers and colors look amazing.
how beautiful are they?
the patent ones are like candy.

all photos from dieppa restreppo 
except bottom one (denim slip ons) from maryam nassir zadeh

Friday, April 23, 2010

smiling animals and vibrant fruit

i've been eyeing these plates by nathalie lete for a while, and i'm glad to see they're still available through anthropologie. chouette! 

plates here
more here and here and here

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


The first comic book I really loved was Ghost World. My older brother, Mike (bless him), brought a copy to our Mom's house one summer, and I stayed up all night reading it in bed.
The movie adaptation is pretty different, but it maintains the look and feel of the book. Some scenes make me crack up just because the extras remind me so strongly of Dan Clowes' drawings. Like this scene! The Satanists in this scene get me every time.
Actually, of my favorite extras in the movie look like they stepped right out of a Clowes strip. This keyboard scarf-wearing guy is another one:

Daniel Clowes is coming out with a new comic book, Wilson, next month, and I'm pretty excited about it!
See a preview here


Unlovable, by Esther Pearl Watson, is a comic I discovered in BUST magazine. It's based on a diary by a high school girl named Tammy Pierce. Esther draws Tammy's manic attempts to wear '80s fashions, her delusional crushes on out-of-reach boys, her shopping excursions at the local mall, and her desire to get to a restaurant called Pizza Trails. She nails a kind of teenage hyper-anxiety about looks and boys and friendships.

Garfield is such a nice touch

George Michael was one of the first men I found truly "sexy" as a little girl. I had no idea. I just thought his dancing in the Faith video, his close-trimmed beard, and everything about Father Figure smoldered. Captain Jean-Luc Picard was another one.
Anyway...I really recommend this! It makes me crack up so bad, and forget whatever awful things may have happened earlier in the day.

Unlovable has been compiled into two huge volumes, which you get buy hereSee more pages from the books on Fantagraphics' flickr page and Esther's website.

Monday, April 19, 2010

maryam and manu

I keep reading about Maryam Nassir Zadeh, a store downtown owned by a woman of the same name. The store looks sparely beautiful, with items hanging artfully on the walls, or laid on tables, bazaar-like. I envision lots of sunlight and rough wood, two things I adore. But I also envision being totally intimidated by the coolness of the space and prices of some of the items. I visited the website and was surprised to find an under $125 section, which is where I found all these beautiful leather bracelets by Manu:


Maryam herself is beautiful and, unsurprisingly, wears clothing in a lovely way.

three photos above: Kava Gorna for Refinery 29 
(Kava Gorna's photos are always so good.)

She and her store appeared in The Selby's first shoot for Cole, Rood & Haan. I love the way she wore this knee-length peach day dress with rich black oxfords.

photo: The Selby

That outfit reminds me of the brown shirtdress and black oxfords Winona Ryder wore in Reality Bites. (Wish I could find a good shot of the oxfords.)

I found a little New York Magazine interview with Maryam, and she lists her style icons as: Jane Birkin, Isabella Rossellini, Camille Bidault Waddington, and Georgia O'Keeffe.

I've never thought of Georgia that way, but the first three are on my all-time list. I wrote a little about Isabella, and her book Some of Mehere

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

adding machine

guess what today's the 5th anniversary of?
me doing my taxes the evening of april 14 every year for the past five years!

this is not helping me get my work done:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

miss stubbs

I watched An Education the other week, and Cary Mulligan really is terrific. Olivia Williams, whom I loved in her role as Miss Cross in Rushmore, has a small part as another teacher, Miss Stubbs. One scene near the end (spoiler alert) occurs at Miss Stubbs's apartment. Carey Mulligan's character says, "this is lovely," upon entering the space, and I totally agree. So much so that I had to make screen grabs.*

Her apartment seems like this very cool enclave she's carved out for herself; she gets to put up whatever she likes, paint it purple, read all afternoon, and jam on that piano when the mood strikes.

"The apartment that Miss Stubbs lives in in An Education kind of made for a happy ending. You just thought, you know, the girl’s going to be all right being an academic and a teacher. It isn’t so bad if you end up in a groovy boho apartment like Miss Stubbs’.” -- Olivia Williams, via here

I stumbled across this Tovata shirt on the interweb last night. After falling in love with the dusky purple & blue tones of Miss Stubbs' apartment, I kind of want to wear this every single day.

*if anyone at Sony Pictures, BBC FilmsWildgaze FilmsFinola Dwyer ProductionEndgame Entertainment would like me to take these images down, please let me know.

An Education is lovingly (you can feel it) directed by: Lone Scherfig
Cinematography: John de Borman
Production Design: Andrew McAlpine
Art Direction: Ben Smith
Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
Costume Design: Odile Dicks-Mireaux

PS: Just about every actor in the cast is fantastic. In my dream life, I would be helping to make movies like this, whether tracking down antique lamps for the set decorator, grabbing coffee for the actors, or being an extra who keeps mouthing the lines of the other actors and looking into the camera at the wrong time. I just love creating a space and mood, and putting on a show. 

Saturday, April 10, 2010


these photos of the fall 2010 j. crew collection are so pretty. the dark backdrop, full-length poses, and color schemes made me think of paintings by edouard manet. 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

cool sandwich

gia coppola and tracy antonopoulos directed this video starring kirsten dunst and jason schwartzman for opening ceremony.
my love for all things coppola, dunst and schwartzman continues. 

also: wendy mullin & sofia coppola collab!

with three sleeves, it's hard to bend your arms

The New York Times revealed that Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd are working on a follow-up to The Official Preppy Handbook, the classic 1980 dissection of preppy culture.


I'm not sure how I feel about the follow-up, but I love the original for many reasons. 
#1 It goes into minute detail. 
#2 It has a lot of drawings. 

#3 It's got some hilarious bits, little things inserted in the diagrams that make me crack up, like "with three sleeves, it's hard to bend your arms" (see illustration above).

Another reason I love this book is because I grew up in Connecticut, so flipping through its pages brings on waves of nostalgia.  If you drive just one town over from where I grew up, you will probably find this couple within 15 minutes:

The women's accessories section reminds me of rummaging through my mom's closet, hoping to find flashy stuff so I could dress up like Madonna, but instead finding 25% of the items pictured here:

basket bag? yes
cloth bag with wooden handle? yes
headband with bow? check
circle pin? i believe so
grosgrain ribbon belt or watch band? yes

My boyfriend, Ben, is from Cleveland. I showed him some drawings from the book, and he said, "What? We didn't have people that look like this." 

I've always liked the way European actresses wore preppy basics.
 Anna Karina in a plaid kilt; Jane Birkin carrying a basket as a purse.
The kilt and basket seem like practical, breezy choices, rather than elements of a strict sartorial code they subscribed to.

I could write so much more about preppy style (and I did, but then I went back and edited it out)...but instead I'll just leave you with this helpful guide to men's shoes.