Tuesday, February 12, 2013

i spy: disheveled ladies, pink hair, gorgeous libraries, the divine Waltz

Good grief!  I can't believe we're almost halfway through February and I haven't yet posted my favorite images/inspirations from January.  There was so much good stuff I had to pack it into two groups: one (roughly) black and white, and the other (roughly) in color.  As always, follow me on Tumblr and Pinterest for more of this stuff!

1 / Clarissa Merton, London, 1959, photograph by Patrick Lichfield / Chris Beetles Fine Photographs
2 / Sawston Hall (UK) library, ca 1970 / Sawston Village History Society Archive
3 / Thom Brown pre-Fall 2013 / Style.com
4 / title page, Tenants of the Trees by Clarence Hawkes, illustrated by Louis Rhead, 1907 / archives.org
5 / the beautiful and talented Christoph Waltz / couldn't find the source, but first saw it here

That image of Clarissa Merton just grabbed me hard...I love the combination of an elegant wardrobe, but ruffled and windblown.  Fantastic.  Also, I just want to say that I fell in love with the new Thom Brown collection before I knew the First Lady was going to wear him at the inauguration, so I'm feeling all smart and ahead of the curve.

And can we talk about Christoph Waltz?  (If you follow my Tumblr, you know that's about the only thing I talk about lately.)  I was knocked out by his performance in Inglourious Basterds (which is one of my favorite Tarantino films), and for those who don't know, it was this performance that earned him, a 52-year-old Austrian/German actor basically unknown to American audiences, the Oscar and worldwide fame and attention.  I kind of forgot about him after that, until just last month when I saw him as Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained.  And it all came back to me...I was just enraptured by his performance.  Between these two films, his excellent performance in Roman Polanski's Carnage, and the hilariously silly bits he's done for the Jimmy Kimmel show, I'm just in love.  I strongly urge anyone who hasn't seen his work yet to check out these films.  I'm pretty sure he's going to take home another Oscar again this year.  And now I'm embarking on a most enjoyable journey to check out the rest of Waltz's many years of work (much of which is in German.  No subtitles.).

1 / "The Downs by Moonlight," a carte de visite portrait of a couple by water in the moonlight, ca 1870 / via
2 / Meri, Helsinki street style / Hel Looks
3 / Mina Perhonen printed coat / via
4 / amazing French silk nightgown with woodland motif lace and tree trunk embroidery on the bodice, ca 1936 / Metropolitan Museum of Art
5 / Schrank sleepwear ad: "But just once...just one little night...you get to bed by ten and...sure as Schrank, somebody comes borrowing something!" Sure as Schrank! / The Pie Shops

I'm loving pink and purple hair lately (did you see Helen Mirren's pink hair at the BAFTAs?).  Also, make sure you click the link to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see that 1936 silk nightgown in all its embroidered glory--a jaw dropping piece!  And finally, I have so far been unsuccessful at my new year's resolution to adopt the phrase "sure as Schrank!" into daily usage, but maybe having posted this cool Schrank ad here, I'll now remember.

Küsse und Umarmungen


  1. First off, Helen Mirren can do no wrong. I go through phases of wanting not-naturally-occurring hair color but my hair is curly and dark enough that it would have to be bleached first and I just think that it could be a total disaster. I'm thinking of it as something to look forward to when my hair goes gray or white. Mrs Slocombe is going to be my hair inspiration.

    I saw the photo of Sawston Hall and thought, "I've been there!" but actually I haven't. There's a similar room at Lacock Abbey, though, so maybe that was it.

  2. That image of Clarissa Merton is gorgeous and I've noticed your obsession with the divine Mr Waltz. ;) I've only seen him in Inglourious Basterds but I'm wanting to see Django Unchained.

    I agree 100% with Lauren, Helen Mirren can do no wrong!

  3. Yep, now I'm wanting pink hair, thanks to Ms. Mirren. And that's something I never thought I'd say!

  4. And I'm beginning to really, really love Thom Brown.


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