Street-Style Romance

Am I the last person in the world to know that Garance and Scott Schuman are dating?? I mean I suspected it since they frequently mention each other on their blogs and travel together, but I finally googled it and it is confirmed. What a 21st century couple... two power-bloggers dating! And taking the fashion world by storm!

Do you think they just dress up and take pictures of each other when they are alone?

Prints and the Revolution

Bold and graphic photos by Malick Sidibe, a photographer from Mali.

Would you believe the above three photos are from this year? Not only are they current, but the models (his family members) are all dressed head-t0-toe in clothes from designers' African-inspired spring collections from last year, including Marni, Dries van Noten, Marc Jacobs, etc. It's all about context, eh? Would you have ever guessed?
Shot for the NYT Style Magazine, "Prints and the Revolution" (I stole the title), April 2009.
More photos there.

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Random Acts of Creativity >> A Love Letter For You

LOVE this mural project, called "A Love Letter For You," in Philadelphia spearheaded by Philadelphia-born artist Stephen Powers. Powers, who grew up in Philadelphia and used to use the neighborhood walls for graffiti, is now an artist with his work shown in places like the Venice Biennale (one of my favorite events ever) and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.

Many of the messages and designs reference the original signs that might have been painted in those locations, like this one next to a barber shop.

Made to be viewed from the El train, the blog about the project captions each photo with a description of what train each mural can best be viewed from.

Who can resist a love letter?


Defintion: High Maintenance

A green leatherLouis Vuitton "travelling case" filled with "accessories de voyage," including Baccarat crystal bottles, flasks, and jars, and rare blond tortoiseshell-encased brushes, mirrors, manicure set, and frame for a photo.

Bellman, you can put that right by my Goyard steamer trunk, yes right there, thank you.

From the Pullman Gallery on 1stdibs


Val Verde In My Mind

You know those kinds of memories where you're not really sure whether it is a real memory, or a memory of watching yourself in a home video, or even a memory of how you imagined a story someone told you?

Well, I recall going on a hike with my sister soon after she moved to Montecito, when I was about 14, and that the trail, which she had found with a friend on a previous hike, took us right up to the backyard of an abandoned mansion.

I remember peering through bushes for glimpses of the mansion in its slightly decaying glory and my sister telling me that there were rumors that one of the descendants of the former owner still lived in there and tried to keep it up, as evidenced by the still-pruned shrubs and other such details. Supposedly sometimes hikers (trespassers) spotted someone swimming in the pool, but neighbors never saw cars come or go.

She also told me that in the 1920s, when the house was in its heyday, the owner often held glamorous days-long parties for celebrities up from LA and East Coast polo players who vacationed in Santa Barbara.

I asked her years later where that hike was, and she didn't have any recollection of it, and said the story I described didn't ring any bells. That is sounded somewhat like Val Verde, but that Val Verde was run by a foundation and that there's no way some squatter lived in there.

Love the stripes above. The clock propped on the floor makes this shot perfectly eery.

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A token of one's affection

A lot of wonderfulness rolled into one piece of jewelry - it's old, it has a locket photo, and it includes a fragment of a letter!

I love this antique Edwardian pendant with a piece of a letter on one side and a portrait on the other. What a wonderful idea. Clearly I have somewhat of an obsession with handwritten letters anyway, for their sentiment and beauty, and incorporating a little snippet of someone's handwriting takes the locket concept to a much more personal level. Apparently, this was the woman's brother.

It's from the Paris Hotel Boutique, which has lots of wonderful stuff in addition to antique jewelry. I can waste a lot of time browsing their offerings, including this vintage Gucci horse goblet:

These suitcases...

This old cast iron shaving mirror and tray (for some reason I am nostalgic for the era I didn't live through in which shaving for men was a much more decorated ritual, with shaves done by barbers, pretty razors, shaving cream brushes, etc., it was quite a handsome thing and elevated a mundane task)....

and odd, fascinating bits like this antique French hand warmer, which, according to the translation, you boiled in hot water to warm it up. Again, way to make a boring thing pretty!


Two For the Road

I recently watched Two For the Road and couldn't get enough of the styling and visuals-- the colors, the outfits, the scenery, the cars, it's all pretty much perfect. It's the kind of movie that makes you want to live IN it. Interestingly, Design*Sponge featured the movie on their "Living In" column, which shows you how to give your home the same style of the movie, as though you were... living in it. I absolutely love the feature. Below, the blog equivalent of a "retweet," with images from their post, as well as more stills I grabbed off the netflix.

I love a good old document. And I love that there used to be passports for couples!

An awesome British racing green car and belted trench never hurt anyone's look. Also notice plaid suitcase with leather trim.

Love the sneakers, they're like my fave Bensimons! The preppy classic button-up + sweater doesn't look so staid with cute sneaks + sexy hair.

A very pretty picnic.

Red, white, and blue = a classic combo. Those American flag makers knew what they were doing. Although, they probably just copied the French and British. Also, why can't cars still be painted with these one-tone pure lacquer colors? Rather than like, pearlescent glittery colors?

I even like the canvas bag in the foreground with the leather straps.


Hello Picasso

I LOVE these fantastic photos of Picasso playing with light. They were inspired by work by Gjon Mili, who also photographed him here "drawing" with a small flashlight in a dark studio.

Via Cup of Joe and more cool photos from the series on Life's website.

And, they reminded me of a book I've been wanting - Goodbye Picasso by David Douglas Duncan. It's an intimate look at Picasso in his studio and home. The cover is a self-portrait by Picasso of himself as an owl done in ink with a photograph of his eyes collaged in.

From the bookjacket:
"[The book contains a selection of] tens of thousands [of photos] taken during the next seventeen years when David Douglas Duncan often shared the simple meals, the constant work, the gaiety, the countless explosions of creativity.

After other guests had gone, Duncan still remained in the studio — by now his second home. Thus was born a friendship unique in the lives of both men. Two minds, two hearts, each discovering a special communication with the other.

While photographing hundreds of Picasso's paintings, surrounded by myriad other works that overflowed the studio, Duncan also recorded many of the emotion-charged events at the heart of the household."

Picasso sparring with his son Claude.

Picasso and Jacqueline, Picasso showing his dear Lump a plate he has made bearing his portrait.

Picasso at work.

His studio at Villa la Californie, full of his works just propped here and there. Notice Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (image below), 1907, in the background. This shot gives a good sense of how big it is! This photo was taken in 1960-- I didn't realize this painting remained in his private collection that long. It now hangs in the Moma. Or maybe this was a sketch for it? The ground looks much darker than in the image below, but maybe that's just the lighting. Also, I love the textile draped on the rocker by Jacqueline.

His own collection included works by Matisse, Degas, Modiglianis, Cezanne, etc.

A rare posed-looking shot amongst mostly intimate, casual candids. Also, I love that he seems to be shirtless (and/or pantsless) most of the time. The more photos I looked through, the more apparent this became. His total comfort with partial nudity, combined with his often very engaged, active stances, gives him such a vital and alive look, like he was just bursting at the seams with creativity.

Picasso and Jacqueline.


Just my imagination...

running away again. I know I already wrote about it, but I love this blog for the imagination fodder it provides. Here are few new faves:

We shared a bear suit at an apartment party on Saturday night.
I asked for your number and you gave it to me, but somehow I don't have an area code written down. I had a great time talking with you, and I don't trust Chance enough to wait until I see you in the elevators...

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