persephone classics

persephone books reprints neglected classics 20th century women writers. the titles are chosen to appeal to busy women who rarely have time to spend in ever-larger bookshops and who would like to have access to a list of books designed to be neither too literary nor too commercial.

alice, finally.

GUYS i’m going to go watch alice in wonderland tomorrow. not just tomorrow, tomorrow morning. yes, that’s how eager i am. there’s always something strange about sitting in a dark cinema when it’s light outside, but there you have it. anyway, in honour of this momentous occassion, i thought i’d share some alice in wonderland imagery i enjoy.

i just died and went to vintage opel heaven

ooooh i spent way too much time yesterday perusing this collection of pics from a vintage opel calendar. WHY don’t car companies still make awesome stuff like this? now it’s just these flashy photos of big shiny black cars cruising along with light beams flashing past them and what what. BORING. i want to see my car in fields of lavender and reflected in some pristine lake in switzerland. WITH PEOPLE. who are dressed nicely.

cars

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2485/4077800899_e118d31786_o.jpg

i’m still dreaming of getting an old car. mostly i just want to buy one cash and not have to worry about car payments, but i suppose there are so many other things to worry about (it breaking down, using more petrol if it’s a gas guzzler, not having *air con*, spending more cash on fixing it up than it would have cost to buy a new car bla bla bla).

pin-up

am i becoming precitable? apologies but i can be a bit of a tart for vintage – especially if it’s bordering on kitsch. most of these pin-ups certainly fit the profile, and a couple of them are even rather classy. nothing like some fifties babes to start your weekend off on the good foot, though.

rétrofuturs

stéphane massa-bidal is a french illustrator & web designer who combines vintage imagery with thoughts & proverbs about life. he says, my global concept is called “retrofuturs”: mix the past, the present, the future and shake it! i especially like the car series.

silky soft doo wop wonders

the fleetwoods – come softly to me (1959)

i’m not sure where i heard this song the first time, perhaps in the background of a video on youtube. but i LOVE it. sometimes doo-wop can be slightly annoying, but this is just right – would perfectly accompanying a scene in mad men.