Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hot town summer in the city

Hot town summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirt and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city
All around people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk hotter than a match head

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come on, come on and dance all night
Despite the heat it will be alright
And babe, don't you know it's a pity
The days can't be like the night
In the summer in the city
In the summer in the city

Cool town, evening in the city
Dressed so fine and looking so pritty
Cool cat lookin for a kitty
Gonna look in every corner of the city
Till I'm weezin like a bus stop
Running up the stairs gonna meet ya on the roof top

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come on, come on lets dance all night
Despite the heat it will be alright
And babe, don't you know it's a pity
The days can't be like the night
In the summer in the city
In the summer in the city

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Patron Saint of Matadors ~ Macarena

La Macarena is the patron saint of Matadors and a favorite of Spanish gypsies.
The Seville-born matador Joselito spent a large portion of his fortune to buy four emeralds for her statue.
When he died in the ring in 1920, the Macarena was dressed as a widow for a month.

Correction from a Reader:
Hello, i'm from Seville. This virgin doesn´t is "La Macarena", is other virgin called "La Amargura", of other "cofradía". Also, this virgin neither is the matadors's patron saint, or the emeralds were donated by Joselito, but Juanita Reina, who lived in that neighborhood.

Quote ~ Nietzsche


Summer Delight

source: vintage harpers bazaar


Oh no !

The photographs you are about to see show how a very determined male bird tries to save his female mate that has been seriously injured.

Here the female bird is injured and her condition is not good.
The male bird brings her food and attends to her.
Although he tries to help her, she is too badly injured and dies.
He is shocked over her death and tries desperately to bring her back to life, trying to pull her up and make her move.
He finally realizes that she has passed away.
He stands by her side, calling and crying for help.
Finally realizing that she will never return to him, he stands beside her lifeless body, unable to leave her side.
The photos of these two birds are said to have been taken in the Republic of the Ukraine.
The photographer sold these pictures for a small price to one of the most famous newspapers in France. All the copies of that newspaper were sold out on the day they published these photos.

I want Gelato !!!!

artist: paula castro

Before they were famous ~ Meryl Streep

Fresh as a daisy on a filthy NYC Subway, back in the day.source: Life Magazine


I want to sleep....

Working a lot, moving house, the heat.... I want to sleep like a teenager again, they sleep like 13 hours.

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The Fashion Cycle

Style Inspiration ~ Lime Green Tweed

I am going crazy for this lime green tweed piece Penelope Cruz is wearing in a vintage editorial.
I don't think I'll find it in a store, will have to make it myself.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Carly Simon ~ Style Inspiration


Viscount Alexandre-Isadore Leroy de Barde (1777-1828)

Leroy de Barde

Viscount Alexandre-Isadore Leroy de Barde was born in Montreuil, Pas-de-Calais, France in 1777, and developed an early interest in art, particularly still-life painting. He appears to have been an entirely self-taught amateur, but was recognized as a virtuoso while still in his 20's. He and his monarchist family moved to England in 1792 to avoid the Revolution. In 1797, at the age of 20, he was admitted as an “honorary” exhibitor at the exhibition of the British Royal Academy (he showed two still-life paintings, entitled Grapes and Fruit.) His obvious skill earned him a place in subsequent Royal Academy exhibitions of 1800, 1801 and 1802, where he showed flower paintings and one entitled Moths and Butterflies. In 1803 he began a series of paintings depicting natural curiosities (including minerals)primarily from the Bullock Museum in the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, London. He returned to France ca. 1815, following the restoration of the Bourbon Monarchy, and accompanied Louis XVIII to Ghent during the Hundred Days. In his later years he opened a private museum of natural history in Paris, exhibiting 2,192 minerals, birds, shells and stuffed animals plus various antiquities and ethnographic objects. In 1825 he sold this collection to the town of Boulogne-sur-Mer for the establishment of a public museum, today known as the Château-Musée or "Castle Museum." De Barde referred to himself as “Le Chevalier de Barde” and signed his works that way.

De Bard's masterful Bullock Museum series of still-life paintings depicting natural history objects typical of the times (all in watercolor and gouache) included Still-life of Exotic Birds (ca. 1803), Selection of Shells Arranged on Shelves (1803), and Minéraux en Crystallization (1813). The entire series of paintings, including the mineral painting, was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1817, and purchased by Louis XVIII (they are now in the Louvre Museum, Paris). The minerals were apparently drawn not only from the Bullock Museum collection but also from various British collections including that of Charles Greville. Some of the specimens are still identifiable today in the Natural History Museum, London. De Barde, appointed Premier Peintre d'Histoire Naturelle in 1816 by Louis XVIII, is known to have produced two other mineral paintings following his return to France: Minéraux (1819) and Minéraux tires du Cabinet particular du roy (1822). His mineralogical works mark the zenith of mineral art in the 19th century, with their exquisitely rendered detail far beyond that of any other mineral artist up to that time and for many decades thereafter.


The Grove Dictionary of Art (2000), Macmillan Publishers Limited.
Pinault, M. (1991) The Painter as Naturalist, from Dürer to Redouté. Flammarion, Paris, 287 pages.

A Small Garden Design