These Things No.18

a pretty hefty edition of these things – this past week (and a bit) i actually bookmarked stuff i had seen & liked instead of relying on my terrible memory to pull my favourite internet things from the depths of my brain.

in the hall with a candlestick: an editorial photographed by alix-rose cowie, styled by kate desmarais with clothes from kate chauncey aka the pessimiss & her rah-rah room

kirsty white’s cover design for perfume –  via design work life

colour autochromes via stay fancy free

building block via my love for you

maurine & noreene – twins through the years via les yeux sans visage / lincoln taft

this cacti filled house

this cake

emily’s rainbow shirts

rachel rose silk tees via the shiny squirrel

the work of kyle bean

always remember: life lessons with lucidity via wit + delight

the work of kate shaw via it’s nice that

rebecca goldschmidt’s house

daureen southwood summer 2011

charlotte linton via the pessimiss

this girl photographed by dam style

apolis global

good night, day

the virgin spring for acne paper via fashion copious

this shop

this video

and lastly, i’m not sure how i missed this – but the Duke Silver Trio has a website

 (if you don’t watch parks & rec… shame on you.)

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Valentino Fall Couture 2011

what i find pretty strange is that i’m often labelled as a fashion blogger – something i have never called myself. i don’t pretend to know anything about fashion, my knowledge of what goes on in the industry is on par with any other girl (or guy) that occasionally buys vogue or glances over the latest runway shows. my interest in it is purely aesthetic. sometimes it manifests itself in what i choose to wear, though i’d like to think that a person’s taste develops over the years rather than being plucked from the pages of a magazine or whatever trend is running rampant on the runways.

i hope that this blog is more than just a ‘fashion blog’ to you too. i don’t go by any kind of formula for what i choose to post – some weeks there are more fashion posts than anything else, mostly because i’m kind of a tart for a well cut blouse and a nice handbag… just felt i needed to get that off my chest before delving into the Valentino Couture collection. hah!

this has to be my favourite of all the couture collections… except maybe maybe maybe for Givenchy – though, i did not revisit it as much as I did Valentino. i’m not easily swayed by anything too pretty, girly or flouncy when it comes to designer gowns (or clothes in general) – so this collection really hits all the right notes with its medieval & gothic influences.

runway images courtesy of vogue and style.com. image credits from top to bottom: NYPL one & two ; Peacay ; Botticelli ; Piero della Francesca ; Giovanni Bellini

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Found, but not lost.

this past week has been pretty weird – my car was broken into, some of my favourite things were stolen and i’ve been wrestling with an irritating head cold that has overstayed its welcome. but, you know, it’s just a shitty time that will be quickly forgotten and supplanted in my memory by better days and great weeks to come – there’s no point in moping about and feeling sorry for yourself, right?

so i turned to the internet for some cheering up (this usually always works) and after a whole lot of browsing my eyes began to glaze over and i was just about to give up when i discovered the found photo collection of anyjazz65 – made up of over 4000 vintage photos which he has helpfully sorted over at his blog the lost gallery.

all photographs from the collection of anyjazz65

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The Seventies

The 1970s is a set of photographs by spysgrandson. click on the pics to be taken to the original photo.

friends, May 1972, El Paso desert. Annette the cussing poet and Bob the voice of the opera–taken with Polariod Land Camera

long haired leaping gnomes, sand dune, 1971, east of El Paso. Paul, the Zen wine salesman, Annette, the cussing poet, and Bob the voice of the opera–and of course there are stories behind each of these titles

trust, on the Mekong, Vietnam, 1970

1971, a smile for a lonely soldier. while I was in Vietnam, my buddy (who was in ‘nam with me) had a sis who sent me letters and pictures to cheer me up–did a good job–mail call was a big deal, especially when it came with a picture of a sweet Cailfornia girl

“you won’t get him to go any faster by talking to him…” just before being drafted, my bud from Vietnam, hanging with unknown cow rider–this was taken early 1971 in the pasture behind his Yorba Linda suburban home–it is no doubt all California suburbia now

The “Hair Days”. Camping in the Davis Mountains, spysgrandson at 23 in August, 1975

tres amigos en El Paso, hippie wedding day, 1975

sprouts and pines. my friend, Dan, hair in ponytail, eating a sprout sandwich in the Sierra Nevada in 1976–the sandwich was on whole wheat–I knew that was important to some of you

the conversation, courtesy of the old Canon F-1. with friends, August, 1976–this beach is at Bodega Bay, the site where Hitchcock’s “The Birds” was filmed a dozen years before–love the clarity of this image taken with the Canon F-1 back in the days before digital.

On top. Organ Mountains, southern New Mexico, 1974, spysgrandson with friends

mysticos in the Sierra Nevada 2, 1976. I found my slides and had them converted into a CD–this pic was previously posted after being scanned from very small original–the 3 men in this photo are the “Tres Amigos” in a photo in my hippie set–this is a year later than the Tres Amigos photo–I had cut my hair to be “establishment”—if that term in that context is strange to you, you will be around long after I am gone–peace

French beauty in the Land of Oblivion. I don’t remember her name (it was 37 years ago)… I only know my friend had a thing for her and she climbed well–she made it to the top of one of the peaks in the Organ Mountains in New Mexico (and she looked much better in real life than in 2D)

desert dwellers, happy hippies hiking. in the Organ Mountains in New Mexico–1970s

all photographs by spysgrandson

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Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre

i was recently given a beautifully designed scarf as a gift, which i am tempted to have framed because the design itself is far more interesting to me than actually wearing the scarf. now i’m having second thoughts after seeing these silk scarves designed by textile designers Amélie Charroin & Marie Colin-Madan for Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre – which means 1984 in french, the year of birth of the two designers. it’s quite awesome to see how such interesting designs transform depending on how you  wear the pieces.

Based in Lyon, the historic cradle of silk, and passionate about art – they decided to play with the codification of the silk scarf and create their own collections of printed squares. Their printed scaffolded four hands are steeped in both the traditional world of square flat frame and a contemporary design influenced by the music, clips, videos, painting, art history… Their images combine unique mixed media, drawing,painting, photomontage.

(google translated from french)

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Revu.

I am loving Revu.

Revu. was born out of an encounter between two personalities and two creative worlds. Laetitia Hotte is a French photographer with a sharp eye and a passion for the vivid stories captured by images, while Sara Eriksson is a Swedish fashion designer, a stylist and a master of fashion in all its guises. They both share a love for vintage. Revu. is their Paris-based e-shop. It provides an answer to Laetitia and Sara’s quest for original, unique and affordable vintage and second hand pieces.  It also celebrates sustainable style rather than disposable fashion.

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