Bikes chained to eachother

January 31, 2009

2 bikes

Aw. How romantic. Can’t wait for spring with my sweetie.

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Chanel bottle

January 31, 2009

chanel bottle

Okay, I swear Im not obsessed with Paris lately. I just came across this tidbit and had to share. So, you know how I like things with a back story, it turns out Coco Chanel designed the Chanel no. 5 bottle to be in the exact proportions of Place Vendome where she practically lived at the Ritz for many years. Pretty cool when you see a side by side comparison, right? What a piece of fashion folklore to bust out at your next  round of Trivial Pursuit. Or maybe no one plays that anymore since Cranium came on the scene. Read more about it here.

Laduree boxes

January 30, 2009

Laduree

 

On my first visit to France a few years ago, I set eyes on this place Laduree, and it was everything I expected Paris to be. Piles of macarons in pastel colors, little cakes, stacks of handmade chocolate, chic girls with cropped haircuts at the register, elegant pots of tea. C’est magnifique. And…something tells me I should be expecting one of their signature green boxes any day now…which really is the next best thing to being there. No one does packaging like the french. Look at the sugar packets alone!

Domino magazine

January 28, 2009

vintage penguin books

Word on the street is that Domino magazine is closing which is very sad and terrible so I thought I’d post a picture from an issue as an homage. I don’t really understand why they are closing exactly because it happens to be one of my all time favorite magazines and they have such a following. It could be that awesome blogs like this one are the magazines of the future! For free!
But wait, I don’t have the same bottomless photography and travel budget…

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Kitchen knives

January 27, 2009

Knives

 

I want to design a whole house around this photograph. I don’t even know where it’s from. For some reason I just picture myself on wide plank floors with linen apron on, tying meat with twine. And there is fresh rosemary involved somehow.

Weird sign

January 27, 2009

weird sign

Let me start off by saying I’m not sure how one is supposed to celebrate Chinese New Year if one is not Chinese. But if one were to attempt, I would saying going to the duck duck in Brooklyn might be a good idea. There, you might find a party complete with chinese decorations, a gong and dancing man with a dragon head (and no pants, strangely). And if one were to attend such an event and somehow consume too many “angry dragon” shots then awake the following morning with a staggering headache that makes it difficult to appreciate things one likes to look at, because looking at anything at all is painful and squint- inducing, one might feel that the only antidote to such a situation is a bacon, egg & cheese sandwich with strong coffee. And if while waiting for said antidote one were to see this strange sign, the randomness of it might ignite a little chuckle. Im just saying. Theoretically.

SAG Awards

January 26, 2009

Kate Winslet

Well, I know everyone is waiting with bated breath to hear my take on the fashion at this years SAG awards. Not really. Truth is, I didn’t even know it was on until my mom alerted me and since I’ve convinced myself I’m coming down with some sort of strep throat, I decided to eschew the plethora of more exciting invites I received this evening (ok, just bowling) and stay in to watch them.
Thing is, high definition TV has ruined practically everything for me. Aside from the fact that I’m still begrudgingly paying it off on my best buy card, it has exposed a multitude of celebs that have bad skin and everyone seems to be plastered with makeup and spray tan. But two things stuck out to me during this program. No, Im not talking about Susan Sarandon’s boobs (we get it, you are an ageless sex symbol!) but the amazing Kate Winslet and Paul Newman.
The former is stunning and can really hold her own in the high def world. Her dress was an amazing color and fit, and didn’t fall in with the bubbly one shoulder trend that everyone else seemed to be donning. Best dressed of the evening, IMHO.

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And as for the latter, I think Im just too young to have really appreciated the beauty that was that man to it’s full capacity. I always saw him as a handsome older guy that had good vibes and great salsa, but during the retrospective I realized: the younger Paul Newman is a dream boat! I think James Earl Jones had the quote of the evening when he said, “Paul, somebody down here likes you.” (I don’t know why I selected the pic below, I guess cause it has a funny dog in it and it still manages to look macho.)

Paul Newman

Oh yeah and I saw “Slumdog Millionaire” today. It really is great and deserved its Best Picture win. Go see it if everyone you know hasn’t told you that already, and stay for the Bollywood ending.

Orange polenta cake

While perusing the latest issue of Gourmet I came across this lovely orange polenta cake. It satisfies that winter craving for fresh citrus and seems like something that would be perfect to have around to sneak a slice, day or night. It calls for orange flower water which if you are a lover of the classic cocktail Ramos Gin Fizz like I am, you already have on hand. If not, you can buy it here.

And psst… as an extra bonus why don’t you listen to my new iMix: “Songs for a homebody” while you are puttering around on this lazy Saturday? Because lets face it: what fun is baking without some good tunes?! Click here to get it from iTunes.

Recycled art

January 24, 2009

treestown

I always thought there could be some cool use for these toilet paper roll center thingys. Although I do have one that I use to keep my silpat all neatly rolled up. Now, there’s a handy tip for you bakers out there. (And while we’re on the subject of silpats, how in tarnation do you wash one without feeling like you are trying to put a bathing suit on a live fish?) I digress. The bottom pic comes from the movie “Science of Sleep” which is a movie that fascinates me, because I’m kind of in love with the look of it, love the lead actors, want to learn how to make those horses she makes, etc. I just don’t know if I actually enjoyed it as much while I was watching it. Kinda better the way it just dances in your head. Ah, such is life.

Dog sleeping in the sun

January 23, 2009

Maya

Oh to be a dog in the sun…

Cups with stuff inside

January 22, 2009

teacup with chair

My morning cup of coffee was a little dissapointing today, I must say. One, because I accidentally put too much agave syrup in it which is never a good thing. Two, because I do not own either one of these delightful mugs that have a surprise inside. 

purple rose mugThere are from one of my new favorite online shopping destinations lamadesigns.com Yes, I know Llama is spelled with two “L’s” but they don’t, so just be nice and don’t mention it when you visit this cute site. (Actually, it stands for Latin America for the modern age) Also I’m thinking llama’s are pretty cool. They have soft fur, long lashes and they aren’t as played out as the deer head.

Llamas are cool

Lost

January 22, 2009

Lost

Yes, Im sorry but I have to get a little “Lost” geeky for a moment. If you aren’t a fan stop reading now. And good riddance. What? Oh sorry, you were supposed to stop reading. Anyway, I know TV isn’t an especially artful thing to look at but I don’t care about that right now. I mean can you believe this week?

Monday : MLK day, no work, bask in the nation of change and impending presidency, reflect on how far we’ve come while baking pie and googling a whole bunch of things. 

Tuesday: Bask in aforementioned presidency becoming reality, admire First Lady’s apparel choices, well up all day long even when they did contrived first dance to Beyonce on Neighborhood Ball.

Wednesday: Go to friends house for Lost screening and Tacos. Delight in convoluted plot twists and mind games whilst enjoying sour cream covered meat and passion fruit margaritas. 

I mean, what is tomorrow going to bring? Shoe shopping and hot stone massages? I can only imagine.. Oh wait its 30 Rock night tomorrow. The fun never ends!

P.s. I did the Sawyer nickname generator and he came up with Bluebeard. Weird huh? I think “Freckles” is more accurate but I suppose that’s taken.

Lego Inauguration

January 20, 2009

Lego Washington

What an exciting day in the history of the United States and how better to commemorate it than a scene made entirely of Legos? I especially like Aretha’s lego boobs. Awesome.

Check out the whole project here.

Polaroids

January 19, 2009

Faux Poloroid

The digital generation is great and all. I especially love that you no longer run into situations like returning from a trip to the Maldives, excitedly go to develop your film, only to discover that you really needed a flash and end up with nothing but a roll of dark blurry photos and no record of your amazing journey. I’ve never been to the Maldives but I imagine that would be really unfortunate.

Anyway, the only thing about this newfound convenience of digital cameras is they they have somehow killed off the oh so wonderful art of the Polaroid. Have you tried to buy Polaroid film recently? Well its virtually impossible and will set you back around 80 bucks. Yeah, I suppose you could just do some of the effect in Photoshop, but its just not the same. Humph. Hang on a sec, negative Nancy: have I got a link for you… Poladroid.net Its an application here you drag your photos into a little camera icon and it converts them to Polaroid form. Complete with the foggy nostalgic look, camera sound and developing time. They really have thought of everything, haven’t they?

Amelie’s bedroom

January 19, 2009

Amelie's bedroom

This is one of my favorite movies. I think the majority of what I like about it is the production design. I’ve often daydreamed about dousing my apartment in the warm red color scheme but then I realize it wouldn’t really be the same without the careful lighting of a film set. I think the feeling of Paris streets waiting outside your doorstep and having Audrey Tatou as a cute french inhabitant helps too. I also love silly pictures of animals wearing jewelry and was happy to see the artist of the ones in the film, Michael Sowa now has prints for sale online. Though it would be hard to not expect them to burst out talking every now and again like they do in the film.

So tell me readers: how many  quirky pictures of animals can you have in your apartment before it crosses the line from offbeat to creepy? 4? These are things I need to know because I already have one of a dog wearing diamonds and am kinda in love with these.