Friday, September 30, 2011

tomboy chic

Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Zurich, 1934

Ruth von Morgen, Berlin, circa 1933

aren't these great?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

my commute to work...

not exactly certain what the No Butt No Putt comment means...enlighten me.
*update: found out what it means.... it's a little racy if I do say so myself!! 

while we were out

Brian snapped these on a trip to San Diego recently, a bit more of a manly eye here...I like it!
the color of the Porsche is beyond perfection, don't you think? 

Monday, September 26, 2011

swatch love

Rene Baueclair designs, 1900

Thursday, September 22, 2011

pleased to meet you:

fun facts:
  • born in Amsterdam, 1926
  • studied design at the Instituut voor Kunstnijverheids Onderwijs (now Rietveld Academie)
  • taught typesetting and layout at his alma mater
  • he quit teaching and moved to Switzerland to pursue illustrating
  • he wanted to stay, but unfortunately renewing his visa proved difficult
  • in 1956 he moved to Ireland to work for O'Kennedy Brindley Advertising, he settled in Dublin
  • he maintained a successful freelancing career in Ireland, designing at least 170 book covers and 35 LP covers between 1958 and 1988
... and no big deal, he just had a rockin' goatee.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

peace, man

today is International Peace Day!

artwork by Cor Klaasen (more on him and his work tomorrow)

wardrobe wednesdays!

I've got Missoni on the mind (thanks to the madness that the recent Target collab created...did you brave the crowds at all? I sure didn't, but kudos to those who did! well done)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

while we were out

                                                                             *bargello, remember? yay.

Monday, September 19, 2011

just call me scott

this is my sartorialist attempt at photographing street style... I spotted this woman and her lovely jacket at the Long Beach flea market this past weekend. she very sweetly allowed me to take a photo of her and she said she made the jacket from all her flea market finds! love the pompoms and just about everything about her style, don't you? so fun.

Friday, September 16, 2011


sure, a picture is worth a thousand words, but these home movies from Roddy McDowall's personal archives are pretty telling too. it's fun to see the fabulous in such a casual manner, not to mention what they're wearing!
in another (reluctant) attempt to say goodbye to summer, I give you these videos from a summer in 1965...  

featured: Paul Newman and his Busch beer and short white shorts (!), a plaid swimsuit looses a strap, red gingham paper plates, raucous volleyball playing, pretty Jane Fonda in a pretty yellow bikini

featured: captain's hat, funky dances, Lauren Becall giving sultry looks, cute playsuits and pretty parasols

here's to hoping our weekends have at least a little of this vibe!
thanks to ACL for the tip on these videos

Thursday, September 15, 2011

a gathering

inspired by the color pick in this month's newsletter. a deep green that feels very fall.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

josef hoffmann

a fabric sample (designed by Josef Hoffmann) and it's application on a pinafore dress, c. 1910-15

wardrobe wednesdays

Monday, September 12, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

frantzy pants

these are Frantz's pants, in case you weren't sure.
1940s WWII denim pants, hand-painted name on back

hortense house

a few more pictures of our Hortense Miller Garden visit.
the house was completed in 1959. 
i don't know about you, but i wouldn't mind moving in! 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

pleased to meet you:

picture of Alice // 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5
fun facts:
born in Pennsylvania in 1900.
attended Philly School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art and Design).
took a summer course in portraiture, where she met her future Cuban husband Carlos Enriquez.
when, as she put it, "they expelled [Carlos] for not doing much more than taking evening walks with me, I left also"*.
has a nervous breakdown and later attempts suicide after her husband and second daughter leave for Paris (not enough money for all to travel together).
trouble starts with Carlos and Alice's relationship. She starts dating Kenneth Doolittle, a seaman.
in a rage, Kenneth burns more than 300 of Neel's drawings and watercolors and slashed more than 50 oil paintings. (!!!) Alice moves out...
her beliefs sided with the Communist party, although she was never an official member.
by the mid 1970s, Neel had gained stature an important American artist and became an icon for feminism.
she painted Andy Warhol's portrait.
she lived until she was 84.

she had an eventful life, that Alice...I'd like to see this documentary about her.

what do you think about her art? like or no?

*Patricia Hills, Alice Neel, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1983, p. 17

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

while we were out: hortense miller garden

a couple weekends ago we took a field trip to the Hortense Miller Garden in Laguna beach and apparently Hortense was one feisty lady (and I like feisty). she loved to garden, so much so that she requested that her potting area (not her living room or kitchen, mind you) be positioned in the space with the best view on her property. I also am a fan of her approach to gardening: "I just buy something and walk around and look for a place to stick it," she said. "If it doesn't do, I put something else in...I don't like to have to coddle them and beg them and compliment them and urge them to grow." Amen, sister. (although I've been known to lovingly dust off each and every leaf on my fig I guess there's some coddling going on there)
thanks to Brian for the pics!

I'll post more pictures of the house (a neat mid-century modern) later this week. it was pretty cool.

Friday, September 2, 2011

everything about this vintage blanket is cool. 
the colors, the different shapes, the solid blue edge, the subtle pink checks...
preeeetty good, right?

have a relaxing/rambunctious long weekend, friends!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

pleased to meet you:

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 
fun facts:
Edith (1911-2005) was born in Iowa.
went to college in Chicago at the Chicago Teachers College.
after graduating, she enrolled part-time at the Art Institute of Chicago taking her first ceramics class (yay!)
she relocated to San Francisco with her husband, Brian and became an art teacher there.
she founded her own company/studio un the mid-40s.
her pieces were picked up by Gump's in San Fran.
many of her pieces have permanent homes in museums, for example...MOMA in NYC (kind of a big deal)
Heath ceramics is still produced today. every piece is made in the original Sausalito, California factory.

click here to visit Heath Ceramics' site