An escape to Lake George

i couldn’t find more information about this series of photos, taken for LIFE Magazine by Nina Leen, apart from the title ‘Lake George’. i think they must have been taken sometime in the early fifties, and i’m pretty sure the models are not a real couple – though they do look pretty…

Georgia O’Keeffe: Horizons of a Pioneer

Light edges over the darkened cliffs. Through the sage a woman walks silently, a stick in her hand to ward off snaked. She scans the mists in the far-off mountains. She picks up a stone and smooths it, touches the twisted branch of a piñon tree, toes a patch of…

Sophia’s Baby

who wouldn’t aspire to the glamour of Sophia Loren, 7 months after her first baby was born. that eye make-up! the red outfit! the tie! the string of pearls (also a handy toy for baby). these photos were taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt in 1969 for LIFE magazine. the setting is…

Children’s Fashions

i’m not exactly sure when this series of photographs were taken, looks like sometime in the fifties, but damn are these kids sharp. i mean, obviously they’re not dressing themselves – but whoever did really needs to give me some sartorial lessons. most of my clothes have spit up on them,…

Seeing Eye Cat

something fun for your Friday! oh how i wish i could find the original article for this series of photos, but all i know is they’re tagged “Seeing Eye Cat” and they were taken in 1947 by Loran Smith for LIFE magazine. now clearly, this cat is the world’s WORST seeing eye…

Old Photos, new memories

i often wonder, if we still only had film cameras – what would our memories look like? my memories as a kid are heavily influenced by photos from my childhood, and there would often only be a handful from any event (if one at all!). now of course we have…

Marilyn in the Wild

it’s always interesting to see lesser-known images of Marilyn Monroe, like these of her “hiking” in what look like the hills above Hollywood (or at least somewhere in L.A.). she would have been 24 here, and how cute is the little MM embroidered on her top? quite like seeing the ever glamorous…

Vintage Olympics

i’m not a sports lover by any means, but like many people i tend to get swept up into the excitement of the Olympics. of course it’s pretty different these days to what it was like decades ago – far simpler, not such extravagant opening ceremonies, perhaps even not as competitive…

Old Crafts Find New Hands

i found this interesting article about the American Craft scene in a 1966 copy of LIFE magazine that i feel could have been written today… The whole movement runs startlingly counter to the drift of our times. Working with the simplest of tools (no electronics), using the oldest materials (no…

Playtime

one of the things that modern parents have to grapple with is how much screentime to allow your kids, and it’s something i think about often considering that i am absolutely unashamedly addicted to my phone. i mean, i have been kind of addicted to the internet since our first…

Kids ❤️ Animals

one thing i’m really excited about is introducing Axel to animals. i mean, right now he can barely recognise my face let alone appreciate how cute a kitten is – but before we know it he’ll be picking out his first puppy… and it’s highly possible i might be more excited…

🎂 Seven Years 🎉

my brother and i on his birthday. more on that below… this month marks SEVEN years of this old blog being in the world! i never knew how long i would be able to keep it up, seven years is beyond expected! if this blog was a child it would already be in…

Lonesome Dove

last week Anton and i got sucked in, deep, to the classic 1989 western mini-series Lonesome Dove. it got to the point where i was texting him during the day saying “don’t watch LD without me!” even though my husband is partial to the occasional cowboy film, we were both oblivious to its existence. which…

Tasha Tudor

this post began when i came across images of Tasha Tudor, a children’s book illustrator whose nostalgic throwback lifestyle (she lived in a replica of a late 18th-century New England farmhouse) included spinning flax into linen to make her own clothes, milking goats and sleeping in a featherbed “with her nose pointing north”. according to her…