Wednesday
Jul132011

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 HowStuffWorks.com), 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 :) 

Wednesday
Jul132011

ip + mr. famous

The fact that Audrey Hepburn had both a yorkie and a fawn makes me love her even more. Ms. Hepburn acquired the deer while filming Green Mansions in 1959. The movie called for a little fawn, and Audrey’s then-husband, Mel Ferrer, who also happened to be the film’s animal trainer, convinced her to care for the deer off-set as well. Pippin, whom she nicknamed Ip, stayed with her long after the film wrapped. Ip and Mr. Famous got along swimmingly. I love the photo of Audrey and her fawn in the grocery store - she, of course, took him with her around town. I want one :)

(photos by Bill Willoughby; via Sally Jane Vintage)

Tuesday
Jul122011

"toto, I've a feeling we're not in kansas anymore."

Last Wednesday (which also happened to be my birthday!), I picked up my things and moved to Los Angeles. I already miss Kansas City, but I’m so happy to be on the West Coast. It all seems a bit surreal! If I’ve any readers who are familiar with LA, would you mind sharing your favorite spots - cafés, boutiques, parks, galleries... - with me? I’m living in the Silver Lake area (which is darling), but I can’t wait to go exploring. If you live nearby, feel free to drop a line! x

(Photos by Bonnie Tsang)

Thursday
Jun302011

a royal estate

I’m infatuated by the Parisian home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Situated in the Bois de Boulogne (a park in the 16th arrondissement of Paris), the Windsor Villa was quite remarkable. The couple was said to have moved into the estate after Maison Jansen, the famous Paris-based design firm, redecorated the home under the supervision of the Duchess. I was thrilled when I found photos from a 1939 profile in Life Magazine! My only complaint is that I could not find an image of the legendary pipe organ in their entryway. Wallis thought it an eyesore, so she had a library painted over it in trompe-l'œil. How brilliant was she?

Thursday
Jun302011

hamish bowles: the home front

I know I posted about Hamish Bowles last week, but I just can’t keep this editorial to myself! Titled “The Home Front,” it appeared in the November 1992 issue of Vogue - Hamish was it’s fashion editor. Previously, I had not seen a fashion spread edited by this man! From the velvet embroidered slippers to Osa Johnson’s I Married Adventure, the editorial undeniably has his touch. And I love it. Though he does a phenomenal job as Vogue’s European editor-at-large, I selfishly wish he were still on the fashion side of things. Don’t you?!