Monday, November 28, 2011

"Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. It even has a watermark. "

So the irony of the situation is this:

a. I just finished reading The Great Gatsby last night.
b. It is far too late for me to still be up reading blogs, but here I am.
c. I was literally just getting ready to close up the 'ole macbook when whaBAM, I came across the coolest art that I've found in a while.

Christmas wish list item numero uno - The Heads of State Great Gatsby "Business Card" Poster Print

Its description according to the site:

"Chapter four of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby reads like a VIP guest list of the Jazz Age. Taking inspiration from those pages, this poster is comprised of the business cards and personal stationery of the movers and shakers that attended Gatsby's parties in the summer of 1922."

And sure enough, pp. 61-63

"From East Egg, then, came the Chester Beckers and the Leeches, and a man named Bunsen, whom I knew at Yale, and Doctor Webster Civet, who was drowned last summer up in Maine...From West Egg came the Poles and the Mulreadys and Cecil Roebuck and Cecil Schoen and Gulick the state senator and Newton Orchid, who controlled Films Par Excellence...Benny McClenahan always arrived with four girls...I have forgotten their names...and their last names were either the melodious names of flowers and months or the sterner ones of the great American capitalists whose cousins, if pressed, they would confess themselves to be...

...In addition to all these I can remember that Faustina O'Brien came there at least once and the Baedecker girls and young Brewer who had his nose shot off in the war."

Oh, and I mustn't forget the lovely Miss Golf Pro Herself...


[Btw, the title quote is Patrick Bateman on business cards in case you were stumped.]

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Leave it to Nylon Mag...

to include this French rendition of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" in one of their Nylon TV specials.

Absolutely adorable.

Muguette - "Ces Bottes Sont Faites Pour Marcher"

cat woman.

Spring/ summer 2011 collection campaign of Atsuro Tayama directed by Emmanuelle Peck.

ATSURO TAYAMA Spring-Summer 2011 from Emma PICK on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

peaches 'n cream and tiffany blue.

I simply cannot get enough of my new necklace and messy buns.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

little fig.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

"Strangeness & Charm"

-Florence & The Machine-

"On sped my rainbow, fast as light;
I flew as in a dream;
For glorious rose upon my sight
That child of Shower and Gleam."

pp. 317 Jane Eyre; Mr. Rochester's song.

Copper Tubing Beaded Charm by Betsy Youngquist - 3D Non-Functional Jewelry

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wake Up.

"You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken."

— Anaïs Nin (The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1)

Reblogged from Paperdollblewsaway.


My three favorite perfumes as of late:

Fig by Royal Apothic

Antique and powdery. My kitty's name is Figment, Fig for short. Naturally I had to have this scent. That, and Oprah loves RA.

So Hooked On Carmella by Benefit

Vanilla and lilac. I gave this to my best friend Ash. The packaging fits her personality perfectly.

Pipe by
Patch NYC for Soap & Paper Factory

Nutty and smooth. Like my Great Grandpa Walt. He always smoked a pipe.

Patch NYC Art

Currently listening to:

"Like Lions Do" Right Away Great Captain

Familial Conversation.


A GIRL is sitting at the kitchen table eating lunch while her FATHER is bustling about grabbing at her deli chicken and potato chips.

GIRL: Wait, so what course are you going to again?

FATHER: It's a course on concealed...[pauses and mumbles something inaudible]

GIRL: Wait, what was that?

FATHER: A course on carryingconcealedfirearms.

He walks out of the kitchen and down the hall.

GIRL: [pause and then calling after him] Uhh, you know that's not legal in our state, Dad.

FATHER: I know it's not. It's only illegal in two states: Wisconsin and Illinois, thanks to our dumb governor.

She takes a bite and laughs.

GIRL: We should move.

Monday, September 12, 2011

"Like heath that, in the wilderness, the wild wind whirls away."

I very much liked this outfit.
Going for pizza at Pino's with Alex tonight.
Today we decided that we want to have a dog some day and name him/her Pilot, like Mr. Rochester's dog in Jane Eyre.

Title: "Fallen is Thy Throne"
A poem by Sir Thomas Moore

Quoted pp. 131 Jane Eyre

Marcus Foster: I Was Broken

This song is beautiful; I'm catching a slight Mumford vibe.

The cinematography is pretty stunning too. I love that the two of them have an intent conversation by looking directly at the camera, making us, the audience, their middle man.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

This girl...

I just can't get enough of Flo.

As in Flo & the Machine.

She's so earnest and whimsical, just look at her website.

My new favorite song:
[Currently on my 47th listen.]

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Paon Rouge.

Translation from French: Red Peacock in Red Peacock Designs, with which I have simply fallen in love.

Designer Kristen Gosselin (based right here in Rockford!) uses quirky and ethereal odds and ends to create truly unique jewelry: vintage dominoes, typewriter keys, skeleton keys, pocket watches without innards, and Clue game pieces from the early 90s.

It just so happened that she was working a tent at an art fair right outside the restaurant I work at, and when she came in to buy a key lime bar, I couldn't help exclaiming over the peacock necklace she was wearing. "Thanks! It's a domino," she replied casually. "I made it myself. You want to buy it?"

[I love when the shopping comes to me.]

So naturally I went out to look at the rest of her wares during my break and came across all sorts of wonderful, dreamy treasures, the best of which are pictured below.

Kristen (the sweetheart) even hand-delivered this Ferris wheel vintage domino necklace to my work today after making it special for me. Now that is what I call service!

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Wooden domino inspiration

It instantly reminded me of Carnivale, so naturally I had to have it.

Typewriter key inspiration, the first of which I snatched right up. I'm an English major, I love punctuation!


Skeleton key inspiration


"Miss Peacock in the Billiard Room with the rope."

"Mrs. White in the Hall with the candlestick."

"Mrs. Peacock in the Dining Room with the knife."

"Mr. Green in the Kitchen with the wrench."

Pocket watch inspiration

Mrs. Peacock did it...again.

Melamine domino inspiration

I'll end with a little nostalgia...

Go check out Kristen's stuff! You won't be disappointed.

Below My Feet

Alex posted this new M&S song on my Facebook last week, and since then I've listened to it, but I hadn't really listened to it...if you know what I mean.

The lyrics are sincere and spiritual. I need to be asking God of the same things more often I think.

[I'm emotional tonight.]

Excellent news though; my sister Erika and brother in law Philip are in town for a few days, and we're going to New Glarus, WI tomorrow to go to the brewery! They also get to see the show on Sunday night along with my other sister Alyssa, all of my extended family, and a couple friends from work.

Life is so good, and I'm so blessed.

"You were cold as the blood through your bones
And the light which led us from our chosen homes
Well I was lost

And now I sleep
Sleep the hours and that I don't weep
When all I knew was steeped in blackened holes
I was lost

Keep the earth below my feet
For all my sweat, my blood runs weak
Let me learn from where I have been
Keep my eyes to serve and hands to learn
Keep my eyes to serve and hands to learn

So I was still
I was under your spell
When I was told by Jesus all was well
So all must be well

Just give me time
You know your desires and mine
Wrap my flesh in ivory and in twine
For I must be well

Keep the earth below my feet
For all my sweat, my blood runs weak
Let me learn from where I have been
So keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn
Well keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn

Keep the earth below my feet
For all my sweat, my blood runs weak
Let me learn from where I have been
Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn
Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Fincher's Tribute to Larsson

After much perseverance, I have finally finished reading Dostoevsky's The Double and am now very excited to move on to Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I understand that I may be jumping on the bandwagon a tad late, but no matter! I'll very happily move from one psycho thriller to the next.

Here are some promo photos from W Magazine for David Fincher's American film version (Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander). Kinda racey...

Can't wait to start my new read and certainly can't wait to see it on screen. Expected theatrical release December 21, 2011.