Daughter

I first saw daughter in a dingy basement in Bath, England. I paid approximately 5 pounds and really enjoyed her soothing voice and talented band. I love listening to her when I’m simply overwhelmed.

Daughter keeps me calm and I hope you find her quiet nature as delightful as I do.

Kirsten Dunst


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small brunette female 1: “I really like Sophia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’…..

small brunette female 2: “…. really?…. ME TOO.”

Friendship established. 

Does anyone remember the period where both Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and Kirsten Dunst were just simply disliked? I think people still fall asleep on the regular while watching Marie Antoinette, but people loved to hate Kirsten Dunst for a solid chunk of time.

I have never been one of those people. I’ve adored Kirsten Dunst since “Little Women.” Yes, I was 3 when that came out. Whatever. My love was set in stone after “Bring it On” and then I shouted it from rooftops after “Marie Antoinette.”

Who What Wear did a “Kirsten Dunst’s most stylish movie moments” and it’s definitely worth a look. My favorites are from Marie Antoinette, The Virgin Suicides, and Melancholia.

Now for a collection of my favorite Marie Antoinette photos…

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 absolute. perfection.

*all images via google

Wool and the Gang

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Wool and the Gang is a great website for the super cool knitter in all of us. What I really love is that they will provide everything you might need for a particular project. Don’t have the right size needles? No worries! Easily add them to your cart. It’s the perfect time to start a project so that you’ll have a  comfy jumper once fall rolls around. And maybe you can take style hints from the lady above and wear them with shorts right now. Ha! Just kidding. It’s way way way too hot for that.

*Click on the picture for a direct link to the knit your own project.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

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A book series that has caught my attention in the last few years is The Secret History of the Pink Carnation Series by Lauren Willig. I love to describe it as “my Napoleonic Historical Romance Espionage series.” There’s a potential acronym in there but I prefer the extended version for the raised eyebrows I usually receive from my friends.

Each novel focuses on a different English spy part of the Pink Carnation’s network. Narrated by a Harvard History grad student living in England to explore these spies, the series has a great back bone and Willig isn’t afraid to resurrect old characters to make it truly feel like a community and also make you feel like these are old friends.

I just finished The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, a book that I skipped over due to my initial dislike of one of the characters from a previous novel in the series. While it was not my favorite, it was nice to read about the characters with rougher edges. It was also the book that made me realize that I’m reading two series at roughly the exact same time period. The other series, which I’ll discuss at another time, most likely occurs a good 10-20 years after this series but it didn’t stop me from jumping up and down due to overlapping characters. The history major in me says I need to do some factual reading on this period…

Museum Babes

Joanna Goddard, a woman I really admire, has had a blog for seven years and is the main reason I have my own blog now. Her posts are thoughtful, smart, funny, and extremely relatable – aside from the baby posts…

She recently posted a photo from the museumbabes instagram account and this led to an exploration of a really sweet (using the delightful definition) and fun collection of photos. museumbabes appeals to the art history nerd in me (majored in art history/history in college) and my love of fashion.

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of course Solange is a museum babe. Duh.

Pocket Princesses

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Isn’t this just precious?? Pocket Princesses is a comic created by a talented artist, Amy, who can be found at her tumblr page, My Junk Drawer, and on facebook. Her comic is intelligent, clever, and beautifully designed. I love her exploration of the character’s personalities and friendship.


I love fairy-tales. Still. Possibly more than when I was a child.

Here are some intelligent folks justifying my love of fairy-tales:

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman Coraline

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” – Audrey Hepburn

Populaire

I saw the 2012 film Populaire last night and absolutely adored it. I’m pretty reactive when I watch tv shows or movies so that was definitely me squealing and screaming during the competition at the end. My roommates gave me the side-eye…

This movie made me smile for the typical reasons – great acting and writing and visuals – but also because I stopped the movie half way through and looked into how hard it would be to recreate the beautiful skirts and dresses worn by Deborah Francois. I fan girl’ed over those skirts so badly. My boyfriend thought I would be someone who already knew how to sew so I’ll take that as a sign and hopefully spend the rest of my life attempting to recreate the wardrobe from this film. How much is a sewing machine anyway?

I really enjoyed this film and recommend it. Romain Duris was a heart throb – as usual.

Update: It looks like it will be very hard and expensive to recreate her wardrobe…

Izziyana Suhaimi & Sucré

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Izziyana Suhaimi creates beautiful works of art.

“My work primarily involves the use of embroidery. I am interested in collapsing the boundaries between traditional and popular cultures and exploring the links that exist between these two.”

In addition, she has awesome taste in music! Below is a video she posted on her blog by Sucré. If the vocalist sounds familiar, Stacy Dupree-King was once a part of Eisley.