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Oh Bill

If you follow basically anything fashion you might have heard about this amazing man, and the new documentary that features his life and work.  I’m a sucker for a fashion documentary, having seen The September Issue, and Valentino: The Last Emperor.  I love street style photography, where I think you get a more realistic glimpse of fashion.  Well Bill Cunningham was one of the first, remains one of the best, and now we get to see his story, Bill Cunningham New York.  I can’t wait.


If you have a chance, please watch this movie.  This is about a man, who at 80, is dedicated to his passion and work, and who treats everyone with respect.  His principals have guided his personal and professional life.  Bill puts the idea of fashion, cut, line and design, above all else.  He is not motivated by money or driven by the possible celebrity or wealth of his subjects.  He knows exactly what he wants and he goes for it.  We can learn so much from this rare individual.



Saturday, March 26th Earth Hour


At 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour.

I participated last year and will try to do it this year, but I’ll be on the first day of my vacation and am not sure how it will work out.

Please think about participating and even how you too can go beyond the hour.



© 1958 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.; photograph from a private collection

Inspired… Elizabeth Taylor

This week we lost one of the last great legends of hollywood.  I have loved her movies for many years.  She was a beautiful person inside and out, and her tireless work for aids awareness and fund raising for research will go down in history.  She had such a strong presence every time she was on the big screen.  I would be lying if I said I didn’t love her style both in fashion and jewelry.  I sure wish I could have just a little peek into her jewelry drawer… vault.

MGM’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) is one of my favorites.  I love the tragic beauty and complexity of the relationship between Maggie and Brick.  Eventually they realize that only together can they rise above the growing conflict within the family.  I find it humorous though that, in the typical hollywood ending, the promise of a baby erases the difficulties of the past and solves all the families ongoing problems.  I’ll have to check and see how this compares with original ending Tennessee Williams wrote.

Picnik collage peapod and silver collage

Stylish Blogger Award


Nancy, thank you so much for including me in you list of lovely reads and awarding me the Stylish Blogger Award.

I am so grateful.

When receiving this award the rules are to:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Award to 10 great bloggers.

4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award.


So here are 7 things you might not have known about me…

1. I LOVE good food and I’m pretty good at making it.

2. I come from a fun, loving family filled with wonderful parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  We originally come from the prairies, but many are now spread around the globe.

3. I LOVE coffee!

4. I love my day job (teacher), but spend a lot of time on my other jobs… designer, creator, blogger, business woman… etc.

5. I love a lot of great movies, t.v. shows, books, and music, but I’m especially crazy about good historical fiction; books and movies.

1. Elizabeth, 2. Sense and Sensibility, 3. Pride and Prejudice, 4. The Young Victoria, 5. Persuasion, 6. Tess of the D’Urbervilles, 7. Marie Antoinette, 8. Elizabeth: The Golden Age

6. I grew up in the mountains, where I ran wild, getting cut with a friends jack-knife, cutting myself with an axe, nearly impaling myself after falling off a huge log in our backyard, jumping off our roof into an enourmous pile of snow and having the local bear take over the best fort ever.  (In later years I survived two weeks tree planting, but that’s a story for another day)

7. Last, but not least… I love my planet, nature, creation… whatever you want to call it.  I share this love with my dearest friend, my sista’ and her husband. (plus a few others who happen to join us for a visit outside watching swallows swoop and dive overhead while enjoying a cupa’ coffee or tea)

1. yellow monkey-flower, 2. spring gold and camas, 3. sword fern, 4. camas, 5. yarrow, 6. dragonfly (when I remember what it is I’ll let you know), 7. cattail, 8. nodding onion


Here are 10 of the many blogs I’m currently following.

1. ivory vintage market

2. every little thing

3. Kerrisdale Design

4. A Schematic Life

5. JAX does design

6. hodge:podge

7. A Day in the Country

8. Lovin That!

9. Marcus Design

10. ivory home furnishings


Color Palette… not just black and white


I recently saw Cold Mountain for the second time.  While the story is quite tragic in and of itself, I was especially struck by the stark beauty of the final scenes.  I love the tonal black and white of the winter mountains and forest, juxtaposed against Nicole Kidman’s blond hair and peaches and cream complexion.



Were the mountains a metaphor for the way lives were affected by the American civil war?  Does the blush on Kidman signify the hope for the future?  O.k. that’s a bit deep for me, but …. maybe.

Clockwise from left: aL-baum, Summer-breath, Andreas Wonisch, shine on

As much as I’m about color, I also love the moody tones of light and shadow in a snowy forest scene.  Here I’ve picked out shades of grey and blue.

Have a good week, hopefully it’s not too snowy.