Friday, July 31, 2009

Red Headed

"While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats."
-Mark Twain

There is something extraordinary about red heads.
Maybe it stems from their rarity in number or possibly due to the spectrum of beauty they can posses. In college I was friends with one of the most gorgeous red heads I have ever met. She was half Cherokee Indian and half Irish- not to mention her genes made her a train wreck when it came to drinking but, that's another story. She was an rare beauty to say the least. A naturally red bob and tan skin is an unusual combination indeed. After college we drifted apart, as friends do when they move. I sometimes wonder what ever became of her.

We all have had people in our lives that are only there for a short while, yet for some reason we never forget them. So cheers to the unforgettable people, may they live long in our memories and happy Friday everyone!

Ghost Busters (1954) trailer

I wish it was real, but sadly it is not the secret black and white version of Ghost Busters. I would like to think that it exists and has been collecting dust in the back of Columbia Picture's movie vault for the last fifty five years due to some steamy scandal between the director and a movie executive's mistress. This trailer is actually the work of a very talented film editor, Ivan Guerrero.

Several movies were used to splice together this trailer:
Ghost Busters, The Three Stooges, Scared Stiff, Ghost Breakers, Topper Takes a Trip, Abbott and Costello meet the Invisible Man, Star Trek, Ghosts on the Loose, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Spooks Run Wild, Flubber, Son of Flubber, The Caddy, 100 ans d'histoires de Bibendum

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cheep, like the budgie.

We all have a soft spot for animals... well most of us anyway.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Keiko Murayama

I came across the work of Keiko Murayama this morning. I love the playfulness she brings to each illustration. Her website is equally amusing and interactive.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Today's to do list...slow down.

With all of the things I try to get done I have become the queen of to do lists and lists in general. I actually have a weekly list, monthly to do list and the "when possible list" for big projects.
So, today I need to give the cat a bath, run the usual errands, call so and so back, wrap a birthday gift, make sure and mail that thank you note... does this sound familiar?
It goes on and on, huh!

I think we all need to slow down every once in a while and enjoy the day. It is beautiful outside so why not today. Put off all of the little things until tomorrow (the ones that wont get you fired or make your life impossible later). On your way home from work stop by the farmers market and pick out what ever looks amazing and a bottle of decent wine. I swear, if you hate cooking just grab some fresh sour dough bread, buffalo mozzarella, basil and heirloom tomatoes. Add a little kosher salt, balsamic vinegar and olive oil and it is practically a meal in itself. Once home pour yourself a glass of wine, put on some great music and dance barefoot in the kitchen. You will wonder why you don't do this more often.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Cupcake Social

This selection was inspired by the chiffon party dress on top. With all the sherbert and frills of a 50's social. You might not even need a cupcake... these colors alone can give you a sugar rush!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Jump for...

The joys of warm weather... bright colored flip flops, pretty white summer shirts, and eating chilled watermelon in the afternoon. Don't forget day trips to the beach, cooking outdoors and living life at your own pace! What are your summertime favorites?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Alice in Wonderland

"How Doth the Little Crocodile..." the famous poem from Lewis Carroll's book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Printed in cool blues and greens, this large giclee if available at Farouche.

Modern Love - Modern Green

The work of Flora Grubb has a strikingly fresh take on what gardening can be. The San Fransisco based landscape designer has worked along with her fiance, Kevin Smith and Seth Boor, both architects to create several vertical plant installations similar to the one pictured above. Her arrangements and installations seem more like they have been curated rather than simply being planted greenery.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Oh, my goodness!

Can you believe how sweet these Gary Fisher bicycles are?!
So loverly, I gasped when I saw them. The colors remind me of an ice cream parlor. There is glossy aqua bike with white accents, a pale mint one and a creamy sand one too!

Bring the meadow indoors...

I stumbled upon Graham and Green this morning. They have beautiful housewares and gifts. Not to mention the largest selection of inlaid furniture and mirrors I have ever seen. These little bird vases especially caught my fancy. They are so darling, I may just have to order a few.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Constant Gatherer

The work of the Constant Gatherer is created by Katie Runnels, a mixed media artist and designer from Arkansas. Her pieces all have infinite details that provoke a feeling of whimsy sewn together with a sense of discarded history. Katie’s home and design ideas have been exhibited internationally and displayed in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. The Constant Gatherer Etsy shop features her lighter art and found work. For much more eye candy and fine art pieces please visit the Constant Gatherer website.

Put the Blame On Mame

Rita Hayworth was absolutely gorgeous in Gilda. So glamorous that she even out did herself. Rita was often quoted as saying, "They go to bed with Gilda, they wake up with me."

Hayworth was the quintessential star in the golden age of Hollywood. She was strikingly beautiful with a perfect smile, voice and figure. When it came to dancing she could easily keep up with Fred Astaire and make it look like a walk in the park. The movie Gilda made her such a star that they even made paper dolls with her likeness for little girls to play with. Today, fifty years later, Gilda makes Rita Hayworth seem larger than life. I guess you really can put the blame on Mame!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Flotsam and Jetsam

I once met the captain of a sailboat who was born on the ocean. His mother went into labor while they were out to sea and as a result his birth certificate has the longitude and latitude listed as the place of his birth. That sure sounds more interesting than place of birth: Memorial Hospital.

I have always wanted to sail around the world with the same sense of adventure that existed in the late 1800's. The truth is I just don't have the courage. Sure, I could take a cruise ship and feel safe. A cruise would just take out all of the interesting parts like the tall tales of sea monsters, exotic harbors and mysterious superstitions. Instead I will have to be content with dreaming about flotsam and jetsam with these nautical beauties.

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