Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day

Happy Leap Day! In addition to an extra day, this year also has the Summer Olympics and a Presidential election. Oh and I'll be graduating from my Master's program too. Woohoo 2012!

Via the BBC, here are some fun facts about Leap Day - all the info about Julius Caesar make me want to go home and watch an episode of Rome:

  • Until Julius Caesar came to power, people observed a 355-day calendar - with an extra 22-day month every two years. But it was a convoluted solution to the problem and feast days began sliding into different seasons. So Caesar ordered his astronomer, Sosigenes, to simplify things. Sosigenes opted for the 365-day year with an extra day every four years to scoop up the extra hours. This is how the 29 February was born. It was then fine-tuned by Pope Gregory XIII (see below).
  • Why is February 29, not February 31, a leap year day? All the other months have 30 or 31 days, but February suffered from the ego of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus, says Stewart. Under Julius Caesar, February had 30 days, but when Caesar Augustus was emperor he was peeved that his month - August - had only 29 days, whereas the month named after his predecessor Julius - July - had 31. "He pinched a couple of days for August to make it the same as July. And it was poor old February that lost out," says Prof Stewart.
  • Explorer Christopher Columbus used the lunar eclipse of 29 February 1504 to his advantage during his final trip to the West Indies. After several months of being stranded with his crew on the island of Jamaica, relations with the indigenous population broke down and they refused to continue helping with food and provisions. Columbus, knowing a lunar eclipse was due, consulted his almanac and then gathered the native chiefs on 29 February. He told that God was to punish them by painting the Moon red. During the eclipse, he said that God would withdraw the punishment if they starting co-operating again. The panicked chiefs agreed and the Moon began emerging from its shadow.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Can't Wait to Read ...

... The New York Times Magazine article about Stella McCartney. I'm a big fan of her work and dedication to not using leather or fur - way to practice what you preach. Also, who can resist her effortless blending of classic rock 'n' roll style with modern fashion? Alas, I was busy all weekend with homework and chores and prepping for my Oscar Party, so I'm adding it to my to-read list.

Photos by Damon Winters for The New York Times.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Happy Birthday to My Aunt Mo

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Aunt Mo! Here we are circa 1986 in Ghirardelli Square - we're both pretty cute if I do say so myself. Hope you are having a great one Moey! XO

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hello Insane Week

Why is it the short weeks are often the craziest? In lieu of an actual post I'll share a slew of things I've had starred in my Google Reader over the past few days. Don't worry though - they're awesome things.

Like this little nugget of info via Eater. How much more genius can the Momofuku guys get? They will deliver a date night party pack - crack pie, beer?!?!
From the official Momofuku Milk Bar Twitter account: "Brooklynites, Williamsburg milk bar delivers!! Check out the menu and get to ordering!" The delivery menu includes a date night party pack, which is two pork or veggie buns, two slices of crack pie, and six beers for $32.

Oh and this, now that Downton is done my Sundays are free for the return of Mad Men - it hasn't been on since Fall 2010!!!

And no big deal, Michelle Williams just hanging out with Lady Mary. But ick, why does insufferable younger sister Lady Edith (far left) have to be there too? 
via PopSugar
Lastly, some more DA fun via Sarah B. - trading cards!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

For the Love of Sushi

Welcome to Oscar week. Unlike last year when I saw all ten of the Best Picture nominees, I am waaaay behind and will probably only be able to squeeze one more film in before next Sunday (maybe Hugo). Since there is no true frontrunner, my ballot's going to be all over the place. 

Speaking of movies, check out trailer for a documentary coming out on March 9th called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Looks amazing! Makes me want to go out for some gourmet sushi or splurge on a meal like this.

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Day Off According to Kate Spade

I wish I could do all of these fun things that the gals over at Kate Spade suggest (minus playing Words with Friends - I'll leave that to John). However I am currently at my second coffeeshop trying to tackle a to-do list that is approximately 1,385,583 items long. The only thing keeping me going is the anticipation of watching the season finale of Downtown that we DVR'd last night. Crawley family here I come!

Graphic via Kate Spade

Oh, and it IS President's Day after all! Maybe fit some presidential history if you can. Here's a good one: who is the only president to serve non-consecutive terms?

via Time Magazine

Friday, February 17, 2012

Week in Review, 2/17/2012

Photo by Anna Spiro. New pillows at Black & Spiro, via Absolutely Beautiful Things.

Ah, it's the end of a long (classes, work) but good (amazing dinner at Applewood) week. Luckily, it's a three day weekend. Though one day will be entirely devoted to homework and avoiding a little something called a Capstone paper (i.e. Master's thesis), I also plan on just laying around and trying to tackle some more Oscar films and maybe doing some cooking. Oh, and the season finale of Downton Abbey is on Sunday! I don't know whether to be excited or sad. Happy weekend!

All Downton all the time: here's a round of today's fashions channeling DA and a funny recap (they totally nailed Jane).

This goes down as one of the most ridiculous photos I have ever seen.

Savory muffin recipes other healthy stuff - spring rolls & barley soup. Do you do Meatless Mondays? According to Mark Bittman, "If everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, over a year, the effect on emissions would be the equivalent of taking 7.6 million cars off the road. (Another aside: if for two days a week you don’t eat any meat or cheese until dinnertime, you’ll accomplish something similar.)"

Can't all post offices be like this? I'm talking to you, Post Office on 9th Street in Park Slope.

Simple spring outfit inspiration.

Like so many others, I fallen prey to browsing this amazing archive of cabins.

I am liking the look of The Hunger Games soundtrack!

Oh, and a Valentine's-related post from last year.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Gno Way, That Gnome is Skiing

My sister LOVES gnomes (and pigs), so I'm often on the look out for gnome and pig-related gift items. She has a full-sized gnome named Squats, but she doesn't have one that can accompany her on her many travels. So, for Christmas I got her a Gnome & Garden Gnovelty Kit at ABRGS. Little did I know what a fabulous life the little gnome would soon have.  For the last few weeks I've been getting texts and email updates with photos of everything Gnoman Rockwell (yes that's what she named him) has been up to. He even skis Lake Tahoe! I can gnot wait to see what he gets up to next - perhaps a trip to India in March?

Photos courtesy of Gnoman Rockwell.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Artist of the Day: Julia Margaret Cameron

A few years ago I saw an awesome exhibit at the Met on photography pioneers and I was particularly struck by the photos of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1849). At the age of 48 Cameron received a camera as a gift and soon began taking photos of her friends, family, and acquaintances, many of whom were prominent in Victoria society. Makes me want to get out my real camera (with film!!)

From the MetCameron's technique was unorthodox. She purposely avoided the perfect resolution and minute detail that glass negatives permitted, opting instead for carefully directed light, soft focus, and long exposures (counted in minutes, when others did all they could to reduce exposure times to a matter of seconds). No commercial portrait photographer of the 1860s, for instance, would have portrayed Sir John Herschel (1792–1871)—the nation's preeminent scientist and mathematician, considered the equal of Sir Isaac Newton—as Cameron did in 1867 (below).

All photos by Julia Margaret Cameron.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Loving Lately

The outfit in the first photo is my favorite fall/winter look of all time - way to layer it up and have a fantastic pair of boots. And who doesn't love a turquoise necklace like the one in the second photo? So fabulous!

Via Et pourquoi pas Coline?

Ruby + George Via Gretchen Jones

Just Because

The number one phrase said by women in their late 20s on Saturday night: "you know, The Bodyguard Soundtrack was my first CD."

Hard to believe how many hits she had in the 80s! And I LOVE her headband when singing the National Anthem - so Jazzercise chic.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Week in Review, 2/10/12

Illustration by Sophie Blackall, discovered on Miss Moss

How charming is the above print? It's part of a series by Sophie Blackall who had the brilliant idea of illustrating Missed Connections posts. I was delighted to read about this on Miss Moss earlier in the week and I'm glad to know there's a blog about the project and now a book too. Anyway, happy weekend. Maybe you should check Missed Connections in case there's something about you. Herewith, some links I've liked this week ...

This might be useful for dressing up your Valentine's Day - found via Fieldguided.

Useful Prospect Heights happy hour guide.

This song is so relaxing you shouldn't listen to it while driving.

Cool first ladies with cool people: Eleanor & Shirley and Michelle & Jimmy.

Anyone looking to buy what seems to be an awesome property in Malibu?

Working from home never looked so lovely.

Wow, Pinterest has really reached a tipping point - Pinners to follow and Design*Sponge joins in.

Two chickpea recipes to try.

Neil Young on The Tonight Show 1993.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Vogue, Vogue, Vogue

I was at the dentist today (fun, I know) flipping through the October issue of Vogue when I came across this awesome photo spread by Peter Lindbergh of model/singer Karen Elson and actor John Hawkes.  The styling and vintage-inspired clothes are fabulous. I would quite like to rock the wool wrap coat and huge sunglasses ensemble from the first photo. 

Photos by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue, October 2011. Via Fashion Gone Rogue.
And BTW, Karen Elson is also a singer and this track is one of my faves. Model, singer, guitar player ... basically she's just too cool.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sea Ranch: Lovely and Amazing

In January I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Sea Ranch -- and Oh MG it was joyous. Sea Ranch consists of hundreds vacation homes built upon a 10-mile stretch of preserved land on California's Sonoma coast. It's absolutely gorgeous up there and the perfect place to relax and spend quality time with friends. One of the things that is particularly special about Sea Ranch is the awesome architecture and how everything is built to compliment the ocean and grass. Below my snapshots are some very cool photos from an architecture firm that has built a few SR houses.

Following photos by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects. Though certain to be out of my price range, I wouldn't mind checking out one of these next time I visit.

First five photos by Oh MG, remaining by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Girl and Badger, Finally Purchased!

Photo & Poster by Jenny Brandt

I'm pretty much obsessed with the blog Dos Family. I've been reading it for a couple of years and its one of the few blogs I still get excited about when I see a new post in my Google Reader. It's run by Jenny and Isabelle and it generally makes me feel like things are a lot cooler over in Sweden. Jenny also runs a online print shop where she sells posters of the awesome photograph Girl and Badger. Today I read there were only a few posters left so I simply had to snap one up. Can't wait to frame it and get it up on the wall.  I also really wish I understood Swedish so I could watch Isabelle's show Fix Rummet where she works with kids to make their rooms awesome or to build playhouses. So fun!

Game Face

Photo via Sheila's Facebook

How absolutely amazing is this photo?! It is the last second of the game and the Giants are about to win the Super Bowl. Everyone is beyond excited - Sheila is mid fist pump, Claire is jumping out of her seat, John can hardly believe it ... and I am confused. Welcome to my life as a sports fan.

Great fun to watch the game though and to hang out with everyone.  Most importantly, I had a little snack that I cannot wait to make sometime soon: a slice of fresh french bread + an apple slice + extra crispy bacon + cheddar cheese all stacked together and then broiled for a few minutes. Twas divine!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Different Types of ...

Just a few comparisons of various things to get Monday morning started. Last night was a late evening of enjoying the Super Bowl and eating (okay, mostly eating). For the record I am partial to the coffee cup lids in the upper lefthand corner and the third one in the second row - Dunkin' Donuts!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Week in Review - 2/3/2012

Via Design Scouting via a Pin (of course)

Woot, it is finally Friday! Lots to look forward to this weekend - finally seeing The Artist(!), hanging with lots of friends, a few good meals, sleeping in at least one day ... everything a weekend should be. Drumroll please ... some great posts from this week:

fab list of the good and bad aspects of being an American in Paris. Obvs more good than bad! No yoga pants in public!

Oh my, Hilary's reading list puts me to shame - love the idea chronicling what you read, watch, and listen to!

Kennedy Compound donated to the EMK Institute.

Ahhhmazing video of Yosemite - it'll make you want to go right now!

Beautiful vintage photo from The Sartorialist. Doesn't the setting remind you of the Italian house where Michael went to live in The Godfather?

Very fun art installation.

Great slideshow of Michelle Williams' fashion evolution - maybe the early 2000s were just bad for everyone?

McGill is better and cheaper than Duke.

The Brooklyn of old had farms.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wowza, check these out

Ahhhhhhhhh, look at these photos from the London Evening Standard. Pretty much to die for. Oh Matthew, I've been thinking about you ever since Sunday's sad reveal about your current health status. And Lady Mary, looking good! WARNING: do not read the text of the Evening Standard article - it refers to things that have already aired in the UK but us Americans have no idea about. Seriously gorgeous photos. PS. What do you make of this random entertainment news item?

Via London Evening Standard
Via London Evening Standard

On Safari

Seeing Nick Brandt's photos on HonestlyWTF earlier this week absolutely took my breath away. It feels like forever ago that I was in Uganda seeing some of these very animals! Though my point-and-shoot photos are garbage in comparison, it's fun to take a trip down memory lane. Also, if you're in the market, all of Mr. Brandt's big game photos are for sale and will benefit the Big Life Foundation. Check them all out (and maybe invest in some wall art). Aren't his zebras totally awesome!?! Also, I would not want to get that close to lionesses who are about to hunt!

Photo by Nick Brandt
Zebras at Lake Mburo. Photo by Oh MG
Photos by Nick Brandt
Elephant & Cape Buffalo at QENP. Photos by Oh MG
Photo by Nick Brandt
Lion at QENP. Photo by Oh MG.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My New Shoes

Photo by Oh MG. Bonus ... a view of my dresser, and yes that is a postcard of Winston Churchill.
They may not be No. 6's but I got them on super sale since they were the very last pair at one of my fave shops in Brooklyn and they've made me super happy over the last few days. Love the external zipper and the fact that they are 3" and actually comfortable. Never had a pair of Dolce Vita's but thumbs up so far. Oh, and if Liz & Gina are reading this, sorry to break my MB exclusivity! XO