Thursday
Jun162011

I heart viv strauss

While trolling Etsy a few days ago, I stumbled across artist Viv Strauss’ storefront. I simply could not be more smitten by her work! In addition to just being plain fantastic, her pieces have the most whimsical titles, I.E. “Florence Vanderploeg and Otto take a drive and enjoy the early fall foliage, September of 1938.” I think I need to purchase the first watercolor above... I can’t stop thinking about it. The banana leaf wallpaper featured in the piece is clearly inspired by the wallpaper at Indochine, an iconic New York eatery (I strongly suggest that you read Heather Clawson’s post about Indochine’s wallpaper here). When you have a moment today, why don’t you browse through Ms. Strauss’ shop? I promise you’ll find it time well spent. 

Thursday
Jun162011

jackie uncensored 

Shortly after her husband’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded a series of seven interviews with historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. regarding her life in the Kennedy White House. She knew that Camelot had had a profound effect on the American public and felt it her responsibility to preserve her memories and observations for history’s sake. This September, 20/20 will air an abridged version of the interviews during a prime-time special hosted by Diane Sawyer. CDs of the recordings (which total a whopping 8.5 hours!) will also be available for purchase in conjunction with the feature. Should you so desire, you can pre-order it on Amazon right this second. I’m so thrilled to get my hands on a copy, I can’t even begin to tell you! We all admire Jacqueline as a style icon - to have the opportunity to understand her as a person is truly a gift.

Wednesday
Jun082011

on this day in history...

1949:
George Orwell's 1984
is published. 

(image)

Monday
Jun062011

off to california!

Darlings: I hope you had a blissful weekend! I’m jetting off to Los Angeles for a week - I’m beyond thrilled to get a bit of relief from humid Kansas City (where one need not iron their clothes as the humidity renders them wrinkle free in seconds). While in California, I plan to visit the new “Paris: Life & Luxury” exhibit at the Getty and hit up loads flea markets... but other than that, I’m free! I’ll be in the Silverlake area with lots of time to spare - drop me a line if you’re in the area :) 

(Photo of Ms. Kelly courtesy of Life)

Monday
Jun062011

kate spade music

In 2005, Kate & Andy Spade produced “Kate Spade Music,” a lovely CD featuring songs by the British band Beaumont. While the music itself isn’t particularly to my taste, the CD comes with a square booklet of images that entirely makes up for it. I scanned in a few of my favorites - aren’t they wonderful? If you’re interested, copies of the CD are still for sale on Amazon for less than $20. Even if you don’t like the music, the booklet (which is well worth $20 in and of itself) would be a great addition to your inspiration board :)