31 October 2011

bubbly

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I love Melvin Sokolsky's famed "Bubble" series, photographed for the Harper's Bazaar Spring 1963 issue. It's fascinating to consider that in a time before Photoshop, these  pictures were achieved by actually dangling large glass spheres from cranes. That was one brave model.

Learn more about the shoot in this interview (apparently Sokolsky was partially inspired by Bosch's triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights). He also created a bad-ass "Fly" series, which seems so perfect for Halloween. Check it out!

Seen via Pretty Zoo, with other images found here.


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28 October 2011

vintage vendredi: matchbox labels

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Isn't this collection of vintage matchbox cover art wonderful? These were made mostly in Eastern Europe in the 1950s and 1960s. Many of them portray public service announcements in cute and quirky ways, with a forward-thinking design aesthetic that really intrigues me.

All images are from this flickr. Maraid Design explains more about the collection here.

First seen via Isabelaniel!



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27 October 2011

fall getaway

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Inspired by these gorgeous photos....next autumn I'd love to try and take a trip to the mountains I missed this year.




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the charlotte.

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26 October 2011

san fran

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Friday I leave for Berkeley, a place I have long dreamed of seeing! I'm going to visit my very own Tobias -- and hopefully spot some sea lions.

We're spending Monday in San Francisco and I'm a tad overwhelmed trying to prioritize where we'll go. Any suggestions (especially for FOOD :) are much appreciated, both for this visit and to file away for next time.



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my neighborhood

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In my neighborhood...

...you can see the whole Manhattan skyline from the park.
...there are dozens of amazing, cheap bakeries, many of which waft the sweet smell of sugar skulls this time of year.
...I live on one of the last historic all-brownstone streets in Brooklyn.
...the avenues are lined with vendors selling roasted corn, churros, and candy-colored aguas frescas (I can drink horchata anytime I want, yay!).
...you will find the best Mexican and Chinese restaurants ever.
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25 October 2011

19 October 2011

before fame

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While finding images for this post, I came across these stunning pictures of a young Brigitte Bardot.

The story behind them is quite fascinating:  The wife of Life photographer Pierre Boulat recently discovered these previously unseen photographs in her basement:

"My husband always spoke about having photographed Brigitte Bardot but we could never find the photos or the negatives," Mrs Boulat, 72, told The Sunday Telegraph.

"Then recently I was sorting out the cellar at our home and throwing lots of stuff out when I came across an unremarkable brown envelope. I was going to throw it on the pile with the other stuff I was getting rid of, but when I looked inside I saw the contact sheets of around 30 photos of Brigitte Bardot."

She believes the photographs were taken in 1951 when the photographer lived in Rue de la Pompe in the chic 16th arrondissement of Paris, where Bardot was also living with her parents and younger sister Marie-Jean.

Bardot was probably 16 or 17 when these photos were taken. At the time she was studying to be a dancer.



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