Sunday, February 26, 2012


Also, the Oscars are tonight and I do love a fancy soirée. My pick of the nominees of which I have seen would be Midnight in Paris, though I wish I had made it to the theater for the Artist.

Happy Weekend

I love nothing more than when Anderson comes to visit.

*{Elle Spain February 2012, via MILK via Studded Hearts}

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The basic theme of that essay I still have to write...

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Louis Vuitton

The Art Nouveau details of Louis Vuitton‘s original workshop in the Parisian suburb of Asnières reminds me of Antoni Gaudí's Casa Batlló. Isn't it whimsical?

I suppose I should really stop stealing everything from Miss Moss, she really has impeccable taste, but I promise this is the last. This video from Kinfolk Magazine is calmingly beautiful, simple and fascinating.

*The story of the honey harvest by sarah winward

Drawn From My Father's Adventures: The Royal Receptionist

Looking through Sophie Blackall's work I found her current project, Drawn From My Father's Adventures, and I fell in love. Her drawings give life to her father's words and the stories are intriguing to say the least.

My father’s office in Hamburg was in the former Gestapo HQ. It was the North German Station of MI6 and of course I never actually got inside his office, only to a small reception area which, I remember, had a two-way mirror. When he came to collect me he would say ‘Ah, I see we have you in the interrogation chamber’.
But before I could even get that far I had to approach a sort of cinema-style ticket booth with bars separating any visitor from Vera, the multilingual receptionist. Her full name was Princess Vera Constantinovna (Romanov) and she was a great-granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I, the last Tsar of Russia. My father had previously worked for an organization which screened the hundreds of thousands of displaced persons left in post-war Europe. When he moved across to Intelligence he took Vera with him. She was always very nice to me. At Christmas she received masses of greetings cards, many from other European royalty such as Queen Mary, the Queen Mother, the King of the Belgians and others. She would pass them to me through the bars of her little keep so I could see the royal signatures.

When I next visited my father’s office in the summer vacation I found that she had gone, moved to Paris so my father said, where she was looked after by the Russian Orthodox Church. Later I heard that she moved to New York and worked for the Tolstoy Foundation.
I remember my father saying that Vera was the last surviving member of the Romanov family who could remember Imperial Russia. And she was my friend.

Girl with a Swan

Missed connections beautifully illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Missed Connections

Handmade Portraits: Sophie Blackall from Etsy on Vimeo.

*Please check out Miss Moss to read more.
** I would also really like her book

Trouser love

All you need is a little color.

- street peeper one & two

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


I did it! I am going to CHINA. I feel so blessed. Oh summer now you really cannot come fast enough.