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Thursday
Feb022012

Follow Peripatetic on Tumblr!

I've finally done it...I have a Tumblr up and running as a place to showcase all of those OTHER random images and moments that I love that may not be entirely appropriate or timely for Poetic & Chic. The name, is "Peripatetic", in keeping with the original lyrics of the song "One" from A Chorus Line, where I derived the name "Poetic & Chic".

"She walks into a room and you know she's uncommonly rare, very unique, peripatetic, poetic and chic..."

The word "peripatetic" is an adjective meaning "traveling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods." Noun synonyms include "wayfarer" or "traveler".

How very appropriate...n'est ce pas?

The content of Peripatetic will be just that: one thing today, another thing tomorrow. Thus far it's pretty vintage and elegant and wistful, but a few playful things are up there too. It's a lot of simple imagery with no text - I can say all I want to say over here. This is where words don't need to happen.

Please follow Peripatetic on Tumblr & enjoy!

Friday
Dec302011

Goodbye Eleven, Hello Twelve!

Just like everyone else, this week has been about looking back at the past year and giving it some thought. In my case, I was reminded once again of what a banner year 2011 has been for me and Poetic & Chic. I am still amazed at all of the wonderful opportunities and people that came my way this year, and which have developed into more good things to come in the next year! I'm filled with gratitude for all of it.

In 2011, I continued my intermittent series of Bang Envy posts, P&C Questionnaires, and of course the Postcard of the Week. Of all of them, I was surprised to learn that the postcards mean the most to my readers. At a recent gathering, I was told time and again about how much people look forward to the postcards and the little stories I dig up about them. Nothing could have been more enlightening! The postcards rarely seem to get comments, but I was told this was because they go "too deep" and bring up so many things that it's difficult to put together a response. To me, they are a little bit of ephemera - a little journey to take at mid-week. It's always interesting where they lead me, which I suppose makes them equally interesting to all of you. I'm so happy to learn that they are appreciated.

The year began with a bang for me, as I interviewed two very famous people on THE SAME DAY. What are the chances? The first was Vogue Magazine's European Editor at Large, Hamish Bowles, about his exhibit, Balenciaga & Spain at the de Young Museum. This was a privilege that I will cherish and remember forever. I sincerely hope our paths cross again some day.

My second interview that day was with the very talented Darren Criss, who plays Blaine on Glee. Darren and I are alumni of the same high school, so the interview was ostensibly for our alumni magazine but premiered on my blog. All I can say is this: if you ever want an explosion of blog traffic, write about a teen idol. Suddenly my interview was copied and posted all over the internet (without permission), and now I'm even one of the links on Darren Criss' Wikipedia page. Oh my.

Riding the momentum form these two wonderful interviews, I ended up getting nominated, and even reaching the top 3 fashion blogs on the SF Weekly Web Awards. This honor was totally unexpected and I still feel undeserving, but it was so nice to be recognized in this way! Because of this, I was invited to host a little Fashion's Night Out gathering at Jonathan Adler, which was such fun for the gang of bloggers and stylists I have come to know and love this year. Likewise, I was equally honored to have my first feature story in Matchbook Magazine this December, as a lead-in for the San Francisco Fashion Film Festival which will happen next Spring. All of these things were more than I ever expected this year.

Of course, the main even of the year for me was the 5th anniversary of Poetic & Chic. When I launched this site in 2006 I had no idea I'd still be here this many years later. I cannot even believe it myself! So, when some friends suggested that I throw a party for this milestone, I could only agree. What a wonderful night! I'm so happy so many people came out to celebrate, and honored that so many of my creative friends sent me their "fives" for the blog... The whole occasion is something I will treasure.

Here are some of my other favorite posts of the year...

The Best of 2011:

Coachella Style: Does Anyone Care?

Speculation: Miss Middleton's Wedding Dress

Life Lessons From Working Girl

Picasso, The Steins, and Modern Art in San Francisco

Cheetah Chic

On the Make: Glitter Reduxed

Influences: The Winged Messenger

Fashion's Night Out at Jonathan Adler

Influences: Cleopatra

Here's to an equally fulfilling 2012 with more challenges and opportunities, new work, creativity, fun, and friendship! Once again, I feel that this quote bears repeating, especially at the top of a new year! Sending lots of love and best wishes to everyone for the New Year!

Monday
Sep262011

Tintype Portrait from PhotoboothSF

There's a few reasons why I actually let myself get photographed at PhotoboothSF the other night.

1. I was with a lot of good friends who'd had their photos done and theirs were simply...beautiful. I loved the nuanced grays, the textures, and how the lighting blew out their usual coloring & features. It was them, but not them, and the change was incredibly interesting.

I was also really intrigued by the format - the tintype isn't exactly everywhere these days, and it was such a throw-back that I thought the portraits looked like something from a Ken Burns documentary...

Dear Mother -

The cab ride from The Marina took an eternity. Upon arriving in the Mission I was set upon by hipsters who plied me with a hand-rolled cigarette of sorts, which made everything even more confusing. Their faces were covered in hair, but their heads had none at all, which is why they covered them in baseball hats. The plaid was everywhere. So too, the Wayfarers. The night was dark and the corner we stood upon was active - there was music and laughter and I no longer knew or cared where I was after being absorbed by the general joie de vivre.

I didn't understand the cold touch of a metal can against my lips, nor the correct way to pronounce the word on it's side which was spelled "TECATE". I had forgotten that beer sometimes came in cans.

How did I get here? How do I get home? Are the ATMs safe on this side of town? Will a return taxi accept a credit card? Will you all remember me when I return? Or will I be so changed by these starving, hysterical, naked minds?

I send you my love...

2. It was a rough week. I deserved a fun night out, but I think I was still trying to shake off the mountain of stress I'd absorbed since the Sunday before. When Michael, the photographer, met me. He told me I looked intimidating. Me? Since when is that the read perfect strangers get from looking at me once?

He said "there's a lot of meanness around you." To which I replied, "well, there's been a lot of meanness coming at me this week."

"Well," he said, "it's time to give it back."

3. I was drunk. Yeah. For the first time in a very very long time. Normally I avoid cameras as much as possible, but I'd had just enough to drink to take the edge off of my fear. That, and Erin Dudley positively MacGuyvered me with the fastest hair and makeup session right before my turn. That girl has glamour to go in her little handbag...amazing.

Not that any of it mattered. I still look like a drunk crack whore. Or, as a friend said "it's a sexy mugshot"... Anne Sage of Rue Magazine said it looks like I was "picked up out of a flop house in the Haight in 1968..."

I'm not sure what was in my mind when I sat there trying to hold still for the full three-four seconds it takes to burn the image. I didn't feel angry or sad or any of the emotions that the image seems to convey, which, I suppose is what makes this type of portraiture so interesting. (That, and I think my necklace from Madewell provides a certain graphic texture that's really intriguing.) It's an intense moment - that camera is very close and it's a one-shot process, as opposed to our usual shoot & repeat of the modern, digital age. I had no idea that this "me" was the me that would come out...

It sort of looks like me, but it feels like this person is a stranger to me.

Friday
Jul082011

Bon Weekend!

Labokoff offers a gorgeous array of odd and colorful artwork on Etsy. A mix of photography and painting, the effect is dreamy but bright. The perfect mix! I love this luscious orange combined with a distant view of a beach full of people... so summery, yet surreal.

"Pole Orange" is available for $30 from Labokoff.

Sunday
Jun262011

Show Me Your Fives!

"The Figure 5 in Gold" by Charles Demuth, 1928

I think that July 16th of 2006 was a Saturday. Was it? I'm not sure. I just remember being on my sofa with my laptop, trying to make my utterly pedestrian photo of a bookshelf look like a stylish blog header. Yes, it's been FIVE YEARS since I first started this blog (well, it will be in about 3 weeks) and I think that's something to celebrate, don't you? 

I always joke that Poetic & Chic is my longest relationship. As any blogger knows, keeping up with this project/hobby/journal/art form takes serious devotion. There are always days when you don't want to be bothered, when you get a nasty comment, or simply cannot muster the muse to put forth even the merest bit of witty drivel. But, you do. So here I am five years later and feeling rather proud of the whole thing.

Let's face it, I'm not one of the usual bloggers with self-protraiture, Polyvore collages, and photos of perfectly styled stacks of vintage books and over-bloomed flowers. No, that's not my thing. I'm never going to win the contests of the mosts: most commenters, most readers, most followers, etc, but I never wanted to be one of those bloggers. I could have done things differently of course, but I did what I always thought was true to me: quality content; a mix of old world and new; thoughts on luxury, style, trends, history, art, culture, and what-not; and a bit of humor on the side.

Every time I've even considered hanging up my keyboard I'm drawn right back into the fray. My strong and stalwart group of fans raise a ruckus and I reconsider. Hence we arrive at the 5th Anniversary of Poetic & Chic.

Now it comes to you. Won't you help me celebrate this momentous blog birthday? I'm compiling a celebration of FIVES... Send me your fives in any shape, image, or photo before July 16th and I'll put them together in a birthday post that day. What's a five? Anything you want. Five of anything: big rings, birds, kids, fingers, red shoes, clouds, cracks in the sidewalk...what ever you can conjure! Send it to me poeticandchic [at] gmail.com, and I'll round them up for a celebratory post. I thought this was a fun, artsy way to get everyone involved and make the blog a living work of art in honor of the 5th anniversary!!!

I cannot wait to see what your fives are!

Thursday
Jun162011

Picasso, The Steins, and Modern Art in San Francisco

Pablo Picasso, Paul as Harlequin, 1924. Musée National Picasso, Paris

One of the highlights of my Spring reading included Amanda Vaill’s Everybody was So Young, a fantastic biography of Sara & Gerald Murphy. Their presence is at the very core of the Occidental art world after World War I. They supported the artists that created the “Lost Generation” culture not only financially, but also with their loyal friendship. The Hemingways, Dos Passoses, Picassos, Porters, MacLeishes, and Fitzgeralds all met together around the Murphy family. As it usually happens, this book was just the beginning of this year’s fascination with this time period in art, writing, and culture. It seems Woody Allen is also obsessed with this time period, and luckily a few San Francisco art museums are too.

The only glaring flaw I found in Woody Allen’s charming new Midnight in Paris, was that of the omission of the Murphys. How could all of these other wonderful artists and writers come to life without a mention of them? (It is thought that Picasso even may have had an affair with Sara Murphy, having drawn her a number of times on the beach in the south of France. Hemingway was also known to have a crush.) Personal criticism aside, the film provides a lovely glimpse into the Parisian art world of the 1920s and gives lively form to the relationship between Pablo Picasso & Gertrude Stein. If you’re even awake in San Francisco this month, you’ll surely be aware of two major art exhibitions involving these two. Picasso – Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is now open at the de Young Museum, while The Steins Collect graces the walls at the SFMOMA.

Just as Balenciaga & Spain was heightened by its neighboring “fashion” exhibit, Pulp Fashion – The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave, we now have an entirely new dialogue between masterpieces, collections, museums, and even between one singular artist. The fact that the two museums showing these exhibits are only a few miles apart makes it all the more wonderful for the city of San Francisco.

Both shows provide a unique perspective on Picasso, but it is when the shows are taken together that the artist becomes even more complete.

The Picasso exhibit at the de Young draws from the Musée National Picasso in Paris. In 1968, France passed a law that allows inheritance tax to be paid in works of art – as long as the art is important to the French national heritage. This law, called dation, was perfectly timed for the death of Picasso in 1973. The bulk of the collection was amassed in 1986, upon the death of Jacqueline Picasso. It was then that Picasso’s heirs – Paolo, Maya, Claude, and Paloma (the jewelry designer) – made a new dation to the French state from their father’s own collection.

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937. Musée National Picasso, Paris.

Because the collection from the Musée National Picasso is comprised of the artist’s own personal collection, it is vast but also a little overwhelming. As anyone who’s studied Picasso knows, his great works are so momentous that it’s difficult to see anything else in the room. However, when his works are mere attempts or not pushed far enough, they show their battle wounds right at the surface. While some of the great Picassos are among the collection of the Musée National Picasso, the collection shows the artist’s preferences for smaller, quieter, more personal work. Some of the works are even unfinished sketches, or mere gestures made by the artist’s hand. Is this why he kept them? Was there something in a line, a form, a figure, or a sketch that though only hinted at, it was enough for Picasso to want to hold onto it his entire life?

In this regard, I think the exhibit is the perfect classroom for art students and lovers of the creative process. It shows how Picasso worked, how he developed ideas, and how he experimented. It also provides an overall timeline of his career, showing how his work changed while it still remained inherently Picasso.

Two of the best paintings shown are presented in a genius pairing right next to each other. The famous Portrait of Dora Maar is hung with Seated Woman in Front of a Window. The two women appear to be talking to each other, from their respective chairs but each shows an incredible difference in style - remarkable given that both were painted in the same year, 1937. Here are two paintings in which Picasso is fully realized.

Apart from these, I also loved the examples of Picasso’s Analytic Cubism with Sacré-Coeur from 1909-1910, as well as Man with a Guitar and Man with a Mandolin, both from 1911.

Although I understand the exhibition’s curators wanting to focus exclusively on Picasso, the Musée National Picasso’s collection also includes works that the artist collected from colleagues such as Cézanne, Degas, de Chirico, and Matisse, among others. It would have been nice to see some of these pieces included in order to give the collection greater context.

Of course, The Steins Collect at the SFMOMA is the perfect opportunity to gain such a perspective. Showcasing the collections of Gertrude, Leo, Michael & Sarah Stein, and tracing their roots directly to the SFMOMA, The Steins Collect is not only grand, but also moving in its intimacy.

This exhibition not only shows the works the Steins gathered during their years among the Parisian avant-garde, but also their own paintings, drawings, letters, and family snapshots. It is truly mind-boggling how many major works passed through the Stein family over the years. As collectors, they purchased the best of what they could afford, creating a collection of remarkable and daring pieces for their time. This makes the exhibition less of a jumble and more of a tightly focused journey through early modern art. Works include Renoir's Study, Torso Effect of Sunlight from 1876, a minor, but charming Manet entitled Ball Scene from 1873, Matisse's Joy of Life from 1905-06 now at The Barnes Foundation, as well as his remarkable Blue Nude: Memory of Biskra from 1907. Other artists in the collection include Gauguin, Cézanne, Manguin, Weber, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Vallotton, and of course, Picasso.

Henri Matisse, Woman with a Hat, 1905. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The Steins' early support of Henri Matisse and his Woman with a Hat from 1905 (now the darling of the SFMOMA’s permanent collection,) made the Steins the center of modern artistic circles at the time. So many people came to see the scandalous Matisse that they had to hold open houses on Saturday evenings for years to accommodate requests. The Steins' support of Matisse was loyal and steadfast, carrying on for decades. I was particularly charmed by a series of lithographed Matisse nudes from the mid-1920s, shown in a series.

Here too is Picasso’s portrait of Gertrude Stein from 1905-1906 (which features prominently in Midnight in Paris,) as well as some truly remarkable works from his blue and rose periods.  Indeed, Strolling Player and Child from 1905 from Sarah & Michael Stein’s collection is considered to be the transitional work between Picasso’s blue and rose periods. Young Acrobat on a Ball and Boy Leading a Horse, both from 1905 also show this exceptionally beautiful time in Picasso’s oeuvre, and echo back to sketches seen at the de Young exhibition. It is also in The Steins Collect that one sees a series of heads Picasso created after seeing an African mask Matisse brought to the Steins one afternoon. These heads then found their way into the masterpiece Les Demoiselles d’Avignon from 1907, Three Women from 1908 (at the SFMOMA), and Three Figures Beneath a Tree from 1907-1908 on display at the de Young. The Stein collection also includes work from Georges Braque - Picasso's significant counterpart in the development of Cubism.

Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, 1905-06. The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

The beauty of The Steins Collect is also in the way its curators re-created the Steins' spaces. Lfe-sized images of their apartments show exactly how the family hung their collection, while the associated exhibition room has those very works on the walls. It’s a simple presentation, but it makes perfect, cohesive sense.

Between these two exhibitions San Franciscans currently have a rare treat to experience some exceptional artwork. Indeed, I think that the shows are made even better by their juxtaposition to each other. Taken together, there is an even more intense dialogue created about art, society, family, and the creative process, and from some of the most important figures in the 20th Century’s cultural history.

In other words, do not miss these!

´╗┐Picasso, Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is at the de Young museum until October 9, 2011. Tickets are $25 for adults; advanced reservations required.

The Steins Collect is at the SFMOMA until September 6, 2011. Tickets are $25 for adults.

Wednesday
Jun152011

P&C Questionnaire - Reverie Daydream

Yes, it's Wednesday not Monday, but yes this is a P&C Questionnaire! These past few weeks have been so busy that I can't seem to keep my deadlines organized. I'm doing postcards on Fridays and "Bon Weekends" on Sundays...one of these days I'll get back to normal, I promise!

In the meantime, the lovely Melissa McArdle of Reverie Daydream has joined the ranks of P&C Questionees with this transporting submission. Melissa has a beautiful online boutique filled with artisan gifts of every variety, and her blog of the same name celebrates this aesthetic. I love this glimpse into her world - a reverie indeed!

What is your occupation and how did you arrive at it?

 

For as long as I can recall, I've always been a perfect gift finder for others, and throughout our travels, I have met talented artisans along the way.  Supporting these creative souls as well as finding great joy in offering gifts that have a story, led me to open an online boutique filled with well designed goods from artisans all over the world. 

Name three things that inspired you this week.

Clouds so magnificent that I felt I was walking through a beautiful landscape painting.

Fresh blueberries from the farmers market which were the stars of Friday morning muffins.
 
The lush green leaves of the vineyards.

What is your personal style "uniform"?

Most days you will find me in black ~ a simple dress, jeans with long fitted t-shirts/tanks, and/or long skirt with layers of thin shirts.  For the most part, I'm very casual and dress up my daily style with beaded jewelry, large rings, and lots of bangles.

Name one type of clothing, shoes, or accessory that always makes you stop and stare, and explain why.

I always admire any woman who dresses beautifully from head-to-toe, walks with confidence, and wears an effortless smile.

Do you buy vintage? If so, what piece in your collection is your favorite?

I'm not an avid vintage shopper, but I do have an incredible faux leopard coat I picked up 10 years ago at a Nob Hill Estate sale.

Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong time? If so, what era would you like to have lived in and why?

Perhaps the late 1800's-early 1900’s in Paris should have been my era, for I constantly dream of living in the city of light with so many artistic bohemian greats during this time period.

What current trend do you like the most?

The focus of farm to table food...I hope it is just not a trend but becomes a lifestyle for everyone.

What current trend (in your opinion) cannot disappear fast enough?

Honestly, I'm so "not with it" when it comes to trends, but I would definitely say Uggs.

What film could you watch over and over and still find something inspiring? Why?

The Rape of Europa never becomes tiresome.  I admire and highly respect all the war-inflicted individuals who went above and beyond to protect art and history.

If blogging didn't exist, how would you fill your extra time?

I would read more, cook non-stop, and practice yoga longer. { Hmmm?  Perhaps, I sense a re-evaluation of priorities.}

Images: 1, 3, & 5 - Reverie Daydream's Pinterest; 2 - "Dans les Nuages" by IreneSuchocki on Etsy; 4 - "Le French Can-Can" by Jean Gabriel Domergue; 7 - Reverie Daydream's Tumblr

Friday
Apr152011

Bon Weekend!

I'm very in love with the playful retro stylings of Inaluxe on Etsy. A little bit vintage and a lot of mod, these are the kinds of pieces that bring a smile without dumbing themselves down. Maybe I like this one because it's just the type of pattern you could maybe find on a piece of barkcloth someplace. It's perfectly Sourdough, but fresh and new.

Best of all, it's called The Happiness. On Etsy for $35.00.

Monday
Apr042011

P&C Questionnaire: Little Augury

Here it is Monday again and I never even got around to posting a Bon Weekend for all of you! Isn't it a good thing that I have a fresh P&C Questionnaire for you this morning? Today's question-ee is none other than Patricia Gaye Tapp of the gorgeous, ephemeral, and incredibly inspiring blog, Little Augury. This is the first case of the P&C Questionnaire begatting the P&C Questionnaire - I learned about Little Augury last year when Victoria Thorne mentioned her among her favorites when she did the questionnaire... It's a deep well of inspiring aestheticism here on P&C!

 

 What is your occupation and how did you arrive at it?

 

I have been an interior designer and decorator since the mid 80's. I don't know if I had a choice really. I started drawing floor plans, rooms and scenes at the age of 8 when my parents started building a house. Their architectural drawings were on the table in the dining room for two years, penciling in changes, and I was sitting right with them taking it all in. Along with this, my first job, I spent hours pouring through the pages of my mother and grandmother's Vogues and House and Garden.

Name three things that inspired you this week.

When I think of inspiration- I think of people rather than things. I had the most wonderful chat with Charlotte Moss about her new book. When you admire a designer and then find that admiration goes far beyond the work it is inspiring. Charlotte is completely -real- in every way. Inspired is hardly the word.

Something my niece sends my way always inspires me - Usually it is just her. She is a graphic designer and has it together-that's all I can say.

Seeing the beautiful images of Elizabeth Taylor, she was inspiring-she was the package. I think it all comes back to seeing the real thing-an original.

What is your personal style "uniform"?

This is quite telling! My uniform is a caftan, meaning, I don't "dress" every day. If I don't have appointments or errands, I wear a caftan. I have found them in various places - J. Peterman always has something to offer. I have several older vintage ones and a couple of ebay finds too.  I also collect unusual fabrics and have someone run them up on the sewing machine into caftans. An old J. Peterman caftan serves as the perfect pattern. I dressed *UP* for work every day for 27 years - remember this was in the 80's! Then it was the works: mostly dresses and suits. I opted for a lifestyle change when I bought a house that had an office at home. I now dress more casually - Welcome Home. Now once again, I have simplified. When I have to "dress" my preference is Black - it still does it for me-head to toe. Baudelaire wore all black -long before it was trendy. Black  was his “uniform livery of grief”- his bereavement of man's individuality. He was not a trend follower.

Name one type of clothing, shoes, or accessory that always makes you stop and stare, and explain why.

In thinking this one over- I am mentally scanning my own choices and think I must really snap it up a bit! I think this questionnaire may be therapeutic . It has to be the handbag. If the go-to bag is chosen well it will go with everything. It will look expensive, even if it isn't. If you opt to wear an expensive bag (logo bag) you've dumbed down your own style.

Do you buy vintage? If so, what piece in your collection is your favorite?

I do buy vintage- I have a collection of Chinese robes and jackets and Japanese kimono. I do wear them and love them all.

Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong time? If so, what era would you like to have lived in and why?

Always-doesn't everyone? There are times when I might think-any other-however realistically thinking about cumbersome petticoats, painful corsets, streets of mud and worse- gives me pause. Any period in history offers a plethora of hardships for women. If I have to select hardship and all- I think the Belle Epoque-  everything was being transformed, women were still on pedestals-but showing a lot more leg there- Hats were In. Women were curvy and Men loved that. The first World War had not decimated humanity. Proust was writing his social manifesto. Picasso and Freud were romping around along with Degas and Baudelaire.

What current trend do you like the most?

Honestly I can't think of one trend I love. It's the label of trend that makes it problematic. It makes people wear clothes that don't flatter. You know exactly what I mean. I like longer skirts-will always prefer them- and never wore anything above the knee always mid-calf. I haven't worn a short skirt since I was 14. It is about proportion, suitability-it's everything. I will add- I do love gloves- would love to see them de rigueur once again along with a parasol for sunscreen and a fan for flirting. All very useful and very Belle Epoque!

What current trend (in your opinion) cannot disappear fast enough?

Yes, You guessed it- all of them. If we could just do beautiful things and make everyone understand to make choices that work for them and not a tall, willowy 15 year old model.  I occasionally see something that looks even terrible on them and I think who could possibly be buying that-but someone always will.

What film could you watch over and over and still find something inspiring? Why?

There are actually many- and though it isn't necessarily my favorite movie of them all by any means, that question would never be answered. The Mike Leigh movie Topsy Turvy is always viewing perfection.  It has everything. The film's central story is the frustration that grows between librettist W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, composer- as the famous team of Gilbert and Sullivan. A visit to an 1887 Japanese Village in Knightsbridge Humphreys' Hall takes Gilbert to turn to the Orient for grand inspiration, and so begets The Mikado- all in harmony with the Belle Epoque too. Glorious performances by James Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Shirley Henderson fill the screen.  It is chock full of dialog laced with humor and innuendo, opera, fashion, costume, culture-social mores &theatre. What more could anyone want?

If blogging didn't exist, how would you fill your extra time?

Whatever I did before - more reading no doubt - right by the book... walk the dog.

Images: 1) Patricia Gaye Tapp 2) collage by PGT 3) Vogue, 1967 4) Olive Kinch as Yum Yum in the 1899 opera The Mikado 5) Belle Epoque postcard from PGT 6) Degas sketch 7) poster for Topsy Turvy, 1999

Friday
Feb182011

Bon Weekend!

Field Poppies I by Joanne Poole - available on Etsy for $40