alvina rocks

"The accordion would be her dream, playing 
schottisches and polkas at weddings and dances."

[i really can't tell you how much i love alvina
you have to get the book to find out why.]

"What? An old salt like me?"

"...he would say back.
And I would laugh and laugh."

[click book, better look]


and sauce him with poudres of gynger

Maxine: model, muse, matriarch, medieval scribe.

"Take a crane, and unfolde his legges, and cut off his wynges and his legges, and sauce him with poudres of gynger, mustard, vynegre and salte."

Maxime de la Falaise: The New York Times 
Seven Centuries of English Cooking

revisting the fringe benefits of failure

"Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. So I think it fair to say that by any conventional measure, a mere seven years after my graduation day, I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew."

J.K. Rowling on The Fringe Benefits of Failure
This one's for you, Bricolage...

love letterpress

[started a twibe]

From Fabulous Mrs. Blandings: All the News that's Fit to Print

What could be better?

cool beans


wicked moxie

 from foster huntington at a restless transplant: 
[the video is priceless..."it's wicked good stuff"]


(this one, a tribute to an HTJ post) 
from JP of

JP's knowledge is encyclopedic; his is one 
of the most fascinating blogs you'll find. 

He's an alum. of 
Ralph Lauren, 
Hart Shaffner Marx &
Lilly Pulitzer.

[simply amazing stuff]

Here, The Selvedge Yard on
the new Lilly Pulitzer,
Grey Gardens (and it's 
just the beginning)...

def. a hold up

snagged this from

Jackling | Woodside

photography: jonathan haeber


open books

these are so wonderful, and so much better HERE

Open Books: MB Goffstein

You can also click on any of the books
above for a much more delicious taste

time warp

you know what makes kate and leopold the perfect movie?

watching it with your amazing daughter who is
getting on a plane to go back to that city tonight

[i love the time warp near the brooklyn bridge:
"a beautiful 4D pretzel of kismetic possibility"]