Oscars for Milk?

This Oscar moment, above, was in honor
of Mr. Hughes and Mr. DiCaprio, and
the homage wouldn't have been complete
without Howard's favorite beverage.

This year, it's all about Milk, again...
but the players have changed.
Sean Penn's brilliant portrayal of Harvey Milk
has garnered him another nomination for Best Actor.
The film itself received eight nominations.

Clicking each of the Oscar photos, here and following,
will allow you to examine everything in detail.
(This one's especially full of vintage goodies.)

concept and style: victoria thorne
photography: rick e. martin

A Little Limoges: Picnic In the English Countryside

styled this for the mercury news, a few years ago

Vintage Elegance: Party with Oscar

this weekend,
i'll be running photos
from an Oscar Party
shoot (merc. news) that
i put together a bit ago

the gloves belonged
to my grandmother.
the rest of it: found.
it was a fun shoot
to shop for, 'tho there
wasn't a ton of time
to do so. still: a
perfectly delightful
experience, thanks
to the team.

More Subway Sis

originally uploaded 
[note: lisacat does amazing rescue 
work with animals in nyc. 
definitely worth taking a good 
look at her sweet photos,

originally uploaded by lovegreenkitty on flickr

more sis in the subway @86th and lexington
nyc - ues


Peter Sis: 86th and Lexington, NYC

from Peter Sis and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, via flickr, this is part of the marvel at 86th and lexington...lovely caption courtesy of photographer, "lisacat," as follows:

"A Czechoslovakian-born illustrator and children's book writer, Peter Sis moved to New York City where he has also gained attention in 2004 for his subway art installation at the 86th Street Station of Lexington Avenue. Of this piece, he says that 'It's a celebration about the creation of 86th Street. I've been here for 20 years now, and I hope we will all live together post-9/11.'

Sis has used glass mosaic and precious stones from various countries to create a gigantic eye that is looking at the city. The eyeball is surrounded by architectural details of neighborhood landmarks of the Lexington Station. The circular form is also a carousel where children are playing and riding on whimsical animals. Of this he says, "They are symbols of harmony. They are all children from different cultures and traveling musicians playing different instruments from different countries."

The installation by Sis is part of the Arts for Transit Program of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority." (lisacat, 21.06.07, flickr)

There's more on unforgettable subway art, from Steven Heller, here.

NYC - UES: 86th Street Subway Station

"Peter Sis' 'Happy City' glass and etched stone murals line the walls of the station. Sis is a Czech-born artist who also designed the 'Subway Whale' posters found in the R142/R142A cars when they first arrived in New York City. " (wallyg, flickr, 20.03.07)


a moment to breathe

just a moment to breathe...

praise and style

A little more than a year ago, my darling daughter told me to stop hunting down the Thursday Style Section that I loved so dearly and check out this fabulous blog: no waiting.

How right she was.

Still love that Thursday Style Section (thanks, nyt). But The Sartorialist does provide more immediate gratification. And classics like this and this, both above.

Love it.

[A note on the serenely chic woman in camel and gray...one of the comments on the blog reads as follows:
"elle de jour said: She is Eloisa Bercero, one of the few women in the world that buy haute couture dresses. She has an amazing closet and is considered as one of the most elegant women in the world."
oops...but then, there is this:
"Anonymous said:
Hello to everyone!
A few mysteries revealed:
The coat is Paul Harnden —
Attenzione, the lady's NOT a granny (yet) —
And she's NOT Eloisa Bercero
Trust me, she's MY MUM."
Well, lucky anonymous, with a gorgeous mum. This makes me think of our gorgeous mum, known as mim...talk about amazing...we are the lucky ones!]


Obama's Mind-Reading Favs: Jon Favreau, Rock Star?

This is absolutely fascinating, from 
"...Jon Favreau, 27, is, as Obama himself puts it, the president's mind reader. He is the youngest chief speechwriter on record in the White House, and, despite such youth, was at the centre of discussions of the content of today's speech, one which has so much riding on it...
Obama is an accomplished writer in his own right, and the process of drafting with his mind reader is collaborative. The inaugural speech has shuttled between them four or five times, following an initial hour-long meeting in which the president-elect spoke about his vision for the address, and Favreau took notes on his computer.
Favreau then went away and spent weeks on research. His team interviewed historians and speech writers, studied periods of crisis, and listened to past inaugural orations. When ready, he took up residence in Starbucks in Washington and wrote the first draft. The end result will be uttered on the steps of the Capitol."

We all know how this turned out. Pretty cool.  
Favreau, above. Looking kind of like the rock star that he is.

Dave Winer on Newpapers

"Someday you'll tell a child 
that news used to be
 printed once a day on paper, and they 
won't understand what you mean"

How To Do An Interview, Via Dave Winer: Twitter

"BTW, this is the way to do interviews. Post a few soundbites on Twitter, write a blog post. You're on the record. Quoted accurately, usually"

via DaveWiner on Twitter

image, kongicon/DaveWiner

And He Said His Hand Was Cold.

pretty impressed with this, first official pres. sig., especially since I (glued, all day, to visuals redolent of history) was fascinated by his "my hands are cold," and "they said don't swipe the pen," statements as Obama signed first documents on camera yesterday

(i just wanted ms. F. to stop talking so we could hear the new president; those nbc cameramen picked up a remarkable amount of stuff with their mikes...)

happy to see this, via swissmiss and daylife, first thing this a.m.

it's a nice signature, by anyone's reckoning, isn't it? and he's a lefty. did one of the nbc announcers say that the last five presidents have been lefties? did I hear that right? what's with that? using both sides of the brain better, perhaps?

(well, some of 'em. sorry...can't help it.)

The Sis Exhibit

opened yesterday in
Munich, Germany.