jane austen's manuscript mystery

Yesterday, an unfinished Jane Austen manuscript sold for $1.6 million at an auction house in London. She began the manuscript, titled “The Watsons,” in 1804 at age 29. No one is quite sure why she never finished it, but there is speculation that it is somehow tied to her father’s death in 1805. Those who have read the manuscript said that had she finished it, it could have been on of her great works! “The Watsons,” which was only valued between $330,000 and $490,000, was purchased by a mystery buyer over the phone. I’m just dying to know where the manuscript ends up!


bon bastille day!

Being the francophile I am, I just had to post something fun in honor of Bastille Day! So, I scoured the internet in search of vintage Vogue Paris covers - these are my favorites. Did you know that there’s a book dedicated to the magazine's covers alone? Paris Vogue Covers: 1920-2009 was published last year (it’s now at the top of my Amazon wish list). Vive la France! 


miu miu + hailee steinfeld

A few weeks ago, Miu Miu (a favorite fashion house of mine) rolled out their Autumn ’11 ad campaign. The ads, shot by Bruce Weber, feature 14-year-old fashion darling Hailee Steinfeld - isn’t she a doll? I find it interesting that Miu Miu chose such a young starlet to be the face of the collection, but it works... perhaps because Miuccia Prada’s whimsical designs are near-ageless. I’d practically give my left arm for a pair of those sparkly shoes or that blush-colored floral dress. Can't wait 'til these ads appear in the glossies so I can tack them to my inspiration board :)


want of the day

Someday, I wish to have an entire gallery wall dedicated to the artist Hugo Guinness à la Kate & Andy Spade. Mr. Guinness’ simple prints have earned the approval everyone from Rita Konig to John Derian (who sells his prints and products in his famed Manhattan storefront). If you’re a big fan, click here to see another fantastic Guinness gallery wall (as featured in Real Simple) and here to see the home he shares with wife and fellow artist Elliott Puckette. I think his work would make a great gift, don’t you? 

(Photo courtesy of The Selby)


a podcast primer

On my recent twenty-three hour road trip, I had a lot of downtime and the poorest of cell coverage. Luckily, I spent a few hours the day before I left searching for new podcasts to entertain me en route. I found several gems that I can’t wait to share! Whether you’re taking a long road trip or commuting into the city, these three podcasts are sure to make the time fly by - trust me

1. Stuff You Missed in History Class

As a self-proclaimed history nut, this podcast was by far and away my favorite. Run by Sarah Dowdey and Chakraborty (both editors at, the women discuss events in history as you’ve never heard them before. Each podcast includes tons of juicy details and, best of all, is peppered with bits of fashion history. There are over 300 episodes available for download, each averaging out at twenty minutes a piece. I highly recommend listening to “Josephine Baker, The Toast of Paris” and “The Amelia Earhart Mystery” episodes first. After that, I just know you’ll be hooked :) 

2. The Sound of Young America

Those who follow the male fashion blogging community have probably heard of Put This On, the popular blog and web series that teaches men about fashion. The show’s host, Jesse Thorn, also runs The Sound of Young America. It began as a radio show while Mr. Thorn was in college and, in 2008, was picked up for syndication by PRI. The Sound of Young America features interviews with intersting people such as Glenn O’Brian and Scott Schumann. Listening to this podcast is an easy way to stay current. 

3. BBC's Woman’s Hour

This might be my single-sex education talking, but I love that the BBC devotes an entire hour of programming each day to discussing women’s issues. Though at times it’s not 100% relevant, matters that affect British women are often times matters that we women in the States are facing, as well. If only NPR would add a women’s hour to their programming... sigh

Other podcasts I enjoy are This American Life, WNYC's Radiolab, The Skirted Roundtable, New Yorker: Fiction, and Slate's Culture Gabfest. I'm on an eternal hunt for a fashion news podcast (think an audible WWD), but to no avail (yet). I'll be sure to keep you updated with future finds! If you have a chance to check out any of above, let me know what you think. As always, feel free to leave your comments below :)