Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Fleet Foxes

Sounds good ... I hope their new album proves to be just as addictive as their self-titled which I still play constantly on repeat.  Seems they're going for a bit of an Edward Sharpe vibe with all the spliced traveling footage.

Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean from Fleet Foxes on Vimeo.

Tomboy Style

I just cannot get enough of Tomboy Style.  The other night I compulsively browsed through all the archives.  A recent favorite feature:

VIA THE AMAZING TOMBOY STYLE -- Photo of Jane Birkin in Paris, 1974 via Vogue Daily.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

'Daft Punk is Playing at My House' is playing at my house

Countdown to Saturday.  I am on a music diet of all LCD Soundsystem (at the expense of the new Fleet Foxes) and considering my options for a fabulous black and white outfit.  'Daft Punk is Playing at My House' is literally playing at my house.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Oh no, no, no, no, no, no, no

Mad Men Season 5 Will Air in 2012, Season 6 Talks Continue

Don Draper fans are going to have to be patient—AMC announced that a fifth season of Mad Men is a go, but it won’t air until 2012. The cable channel said the hit series is “getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations.” There is still no word on whether or not Mad Men creator Matt Weiner will be attached to the newly greenlit Season 5 since he is only contracted through Season 4. It was reported earlier on Tuesday that Weiner is pulling back on a rumored deal with AMC and Lionsgate to join on for the fifth season and add a sixth season of the hit series, which he would also allegedly be a part of with the new contract. But, according to Deadline, Weiner is refusing to cooperate on three stipulations from AMC and Lionsgate: more product placement in the show, cutting two minutes from each episode, and eliminating or reducing some regular cast members to save money. "This is their storied franchise, and they want it shorter and cheaper," an insider told Deadline about the advertising-based show. "The negotiations are about to collapse as a result."

Bathroom with a View

Wowza, wouldn't you like a nice soak in that tub, and then to go for a walk a get some gelato?!  When in Rome...

Via Curbed

Monday, March 28, 2011

Frederick Douglass Slept Here

I got so excited when I came upon this plaque in Tribeca the other day.  In New York City it's easy to just rush past everything, but really we are in the midst of so much history!

PS. For some funny & fake history, this is always good for a laugh.

Photo by Oh MG

Montreal Home

Check out this awesome home in the Plateau that appears in this month's Dwell.  Love how it is modern but homey and has great outdoor space.  I would like to live there, wake up in the mornings, and walk here for brunch.  (Photos by Alexi Hobbs for Dwell.)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Week in Review #9

Via Tomboy Style:  Photo of Katharine Ross with Robert Redford and Paul Newman on the set of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, 1969 via allstarpics
Happy Friday.  Looking forward to seeing my extended family this weekend!  Have a good one.  XO
PS. I just love the above picture - oh, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (and Etta Place).

For Seinfeld fans: The Real Peterman.

Check out these magical-looking gardens.

Organic farming and slow food book list.

A nice dose of spring cleaning.

Leave it to Eater to populate a map of New York's Most Insane New Bacon Dishes.

Woohoo, SFGirlbybay and Sacramento Street update the D*S San Francisco Design Guide.

Are you a book hoarder?  I am trying not to be.

Awesome postcards to friends.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Spring Carry-All

Recently I picked up this lovely bag:
It's perfect for spring and in-stores with the Give-and-Get deal it was only $11!  Alas my recent purchase made me think about other lovely spring carry-alls.  For example ...

Clockwise from top left: Refinery 29 via Oh Joy!; Madewell;  Kate SpadeFossil.

IFC's Top 50 Title Sequences

Title Scenes are everywhere these days.  Last month IFC posted their picks for the Top 50 Greatest Opening Title Sequences of All-Time.  It's a fun list that made me want to re-watch some classics.  The Graduate anyone?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Classics

Last week Liz and I made an impulsive decision to go to the movies and ended up at Jane Eyre - and we loved it!  Since neither of us had read the book, the whole story was new to us and kept us guessing (is that a ghost in the inner chamber!?!?!).  It also got me thinking that, sadly, I am familiar with the British classics only through the movies.  In high school I had the choice to take either Brit Lit or American Lit and I chose American (Faulker, Dos Pasos, Salinger, Flannery O'Connor, etc.).  I should probably add Jane Eyre to my ever-expanding reading list, along with some Jane Austen.

PS. I liked The New York Times' take on previous Jane Eyre film adaptations.

Photo by Laurie Sparham/Focus Features via

Public Health in Japan

Yesterday at school I went to a very interesting lecture about the public health implications of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant incidents in Japan.  It was a great way to gain perspective on some of the health issues that are not being covered by the mainstream media outlets.

While radiation exposure is indeed a risk for plant workers, for the general population common risks like securing food, water, and shelter are of more urgent concern - especially for vulnerable populations like children, those with chronic illnesses, and the elderly.  The speakers referenced Hurricane Katrina a great deal and emphasized that the longer it takes to re-settled affected populations and get people back to participating in social networks and communities, the longer the psychological and psychosocial effects of big disasters last.

On another note, Mrs. French over at Bliss put together a beautiful round-up of benefit prints that have been created for the relief effort.  Below are two of my favorites.
by DesignTwentySix

by Linda Yuki Nakanishi at Society6

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Health, Wealth, and History

Wow, what a quick and fascinating look at demographics and population health.  Check it out.  Via Steph's Facebook.

Alexa Chung for Madewell

Oh dear, Madewell sent an email this morning featuring Alexa Chung and her spring picks.  Love the look -- it's a great preppy-tomboy-rocker mix.  Would love to update my wardrobe with this in mind and find my old doc martens.

Lovely Room

I heart globes, Eames rockers, and a lovely reading nook with good lighting.  From an article in The New York Times about an apartment in Vienna.

Photo by Josef Polleross for The New York Times

Monday, March 21, 2011

Song of the Day - Marathon

I know I am a bit late to the party on Tennis, but now that I know of them I just can't get enough!  The song Marathon has been on constant repeat of late.  This morning at school my friend Elizabeth said she saw Tennis at South by Southwest last week - jealous!

First Day of Spring

Yesterday was the first day of Spring.  Spring in Montreal always meant it was almost time for Tam-Tams!  Sigh, I miss Montreal.  XO

Tam-Tams circa 2004 & 2008.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Week in Review #8

The Cliffs of Moher.  (c) Ryan Donnell, via National Geographic.

Very fun montage of movie title scenes.

To continue the Founding Fathers theme this week, check out Ben Franklin's daily schedule.  "What good have I done today?"

When You Awake does it again ... love this!

OMG, via Hilary, look at this photo.

Perfect for St. Patty's Day, Design Sponge's Best of Green.

These make me want to have a cocktail party.

Very interesting article about fats & dieting.

Oh dear, another yummy & healthy blog I just might have to follow.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


I was browsing through my new issue of Whole Living and saw this water bottle that has a screw-off storage container.  What a fantastic idea for when you want to run to the gym without your bag and wallet!

Some Scenes and Facts from the Road

Ice cream in a pretzel cone is just heavenly!

It's always good to have a word of the month.

Virginia was home to the most battles of the Civil War.  Visit Fredricksburg if you are ever in the market for Civil War bullets.

South Street Brewery is one of the few places to get food in Charlottesville after 10:00 PM (believe you me, we tried many a restaurant).

Check out Consignment House and Circa in Charlottesville for amazing vintage browsing.  More on my fabulous finds later.  Hello Barcelona chair.

The dumplings at Marco & Luca in Charlottesville were delicious.

The yellow paint in the dining room of Monticello was the first paint to utilize synthetic colors.  Additionally, Thomas Jefferson had a special closet above his bedroom for "off-season" clothing - it was well ventilated and let light in to combat moths (how very practical, Carrie Bradshaw would be jealous).

Thomas Jefferson was 6'2".

Virginia is the 5th largest wine producing region in the US.  I enjoyed a flight of Virginia wines along with a delicious dinner at Staunton Grocery.

Before heading back to DC, we stopped in an old rail station in Staunton, VA.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thomas Jefferson's Boots

Yesterday afternoon Sarah B. and I returned from a little road trip we took to Washington DC and Virginia.  We were only gone for four nights but we sure did fit a lot in.  More to come, for now, a glimpse at one of the coolest things we saw: Thomas Jefferson's riding boots!  Just sitting there in his Monticello bedroom.  Goes to show a classic riding boot never goes out of style.

Cruising Music

There has been a ton of buzz about Tennis around the blog world these days, but I hadn't heard them until I came across this video.  Love it!  Would have been the perfect soundtrack for my recent roadtrip (more on that later).

From NPR: "In the dead of winter, it's nice to be taken on a journey, if only in our minds. A new album called Cape Dory does just that. The retro-pop record was written and recorded by the band Tennis, the husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, while they journeyed on the Atlantic. After saving up together, the couple bought a 30-foot sailboat and embarked on a yearlong tour of the Eastern Seaboard.  Although the stories of the journey have now materialized as songs, music did not play a significant role during the couple's time spent sailing."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Et tu, Brute?

The Ides of March (LatinIdus Martii) is the name of 15 March in the Roman calendar, probably referring to the day of the full moon. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months.[1] The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius BrutusGaius Cassius Longinus and 60 other co-conspirators.
On his way to the Theatre of Pompey (where he would be assassinated), Caesar saw a seer who had foretold that harm would come to him not later than the Ides of March. Caesar joked, "Well, the Ides of March have come", to which the seer replied "Ay, they have come, but they are not gone."[2] This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to "beware the Ides of March"

Monday, March 14, 2011

Pet Accessories!

We have a cat, who is the BEST, but no other pets.  Regardless, I can eye up some fun pet accessories, right?

Cat Hammock, Design*Spongevia
Modular Fish Hotel, SwissMiss, via
Bow tie for Dogs!  Via
Pet Cabin and Pet Teepee also via
Humanga Stache, Available at Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store
PS. I want this dog too!