Sunday, May 29, 2011

Messy Braid

I was trying out some new hairstyle....

Heat Stroke

picture by UvZ

Classic Gen-X

My favorite Pen


Love ain't easy....

Diana, the Huntress

picture by UvZ

A Prayer

picture by UvZ


The perfect place to read and think....

Picture by UvZ

XO ~ Best Friends Forever

A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.

picture: MdlR

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

source unknown

A Night out...

A Napkin

Morning Dew

picture by Moises Oscar

Quote ~ Buddha

Saturday, May 28, 2011


picture by UVZ

Vintage Map – Plan de Paris by Turgot, 1739

This post is not about the Christian Dior dress but about the vintage map from 1739 by Turgot you see in the background. I have seen them a few times and I can spend hours looking at it and marvel at the detail and sheer size of the print.
When I have my own house, this is the first thing I will buy!

Louis Bretez and Michel-Etienne Turgot's monumental 1739 map of Paris during the reign of Louis XV. Michel-Etienne Turgot, Louis XV's Prévot des Marchands, commissioned this plan in 1734 from Loius Bretez, a sculptor, painter and perspective specialist, who used the conventional bird's-eye representation. This was the last major example of this type of plan and is an important record of the architecture and gardens of Paris at that time. Turgot's plan of Paris is possibly the most ambitious urban mapping ever undertaken. Shows the whole of 18th century Paris and offers a wonderful perspective on the city prior to Baron Georges Eugène Haussmann’s 19th-century redesign.
Turgot, who held the mayor-like office of Prévôt des Marchands de Paris, commissioned Louis Bretez and Claude Lucas to produce this map in 1734. Oriented to the east on an axonometrical projection, this map is best understood as an aerial view where in every building, window, tree, shadow and park is shown. It took the team nearly five years of exhaustive sketching and surveying to assemble this masterpiece. In order to produce the thousands of sketches and surveys required to complete this map, Bretez was issued a permit to enter every building in Paris. The completed plan which consists of twenty individual sheets, can be assembled into a massive and striking display roughly 8 feet by 10 feet.

The map at Antony Todd's Store in NYC

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Esprit d’Oscar ~ A new Scent !

Design house Oscar de la Renta gets its perfume license back and announces a new fragrance named "Esprit d’Oscar".
"Esprit d’Oscar" is the updated and modern reinterpretation of the debut fragrance Oscar from 1977.
Retaining the original oriental – floral character, the new composition begins with citrus notes of Sicilian lemon, bergamot and citron, leading to the floral bouquet heart of Egyptian jasmine, orange blossom and tuberose.
The base is oriental, creamy, smooth and very long-lasting with musk, heliotrope, tonka and vetiver.
Perfumers Frank Voelkl and Ann Gottlieb collaborated to create this marvelous composition.
The perfume bottle design is also an update of the original version,
with more elongated shape and the glass stopper resembles a flower.
The fragrance is available as 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum.
Photo: Moises de la Renta

Dance of the Flower Maidens

Dance of the Flower Maidens by Salvador Dali

Tuesday, May 17, 2011



Some of Christian Dior's most beautiful Dresses featured elaborate floral embroidery. This example is called "Vilmorin' (detail shown), from the Spring/Summer 1952 collection and features delicate Daisies that seem to grow from an organza ground.
photo by Sacha

Out of Focus