Saturday, October 30, 2010

Winter's Bone

I really, really enjoyed this.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Do songs ever haunt you?

limited edition print (of 50) from hunting bears. buy me one. please.

This song follows me everywhere. When I saw blog posts from Mixed Plate and A Cup of Jo on prints of Smiths songs done as vintage Penguin covers, it freaked me out because this particular song hovers in the back of my mind (and often the front) very frequently. I need this. Or at least I want it real, real bad. Apparently prints relating to songs are my thing, lately.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Radical Face

Radical Face. I like it.

One of them days.

The weather is strange and I feel strange and I'm wearing one of my favorite dresses and listening to dreamy music, sipping hot coffee, pondering why I keep getting crushes on guys from these history books I work on. Men that are probably long dead, but completely charm me, captured in sepia or black and white, young and strong, staring earnestly into the camera with suspenders and bow ties and handlebar moustaches. Heaven help me if I don't always pick the unpickable.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

American Skins

At first I was going to say, "This had better be good, because they have a lot to live up to." Then I realized that it looks like the same exact storyline as the first season of British Skins. Womp womp.

I know it's a show for teenagers, but if anyone is ever looking for anything to watch instantly on Netflix, Skins is where it's at.

Worth watching for a charming post-About a Boy, pre-A Single Man Nicholas Hoult, great soundtracks, gorgeous Effy, teen drama, amazing outfits, and teen drama. Also, teen drama.

I will probably give this MTV version a shot, but I'm not feeling optimistic. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tout va bien.

This song is so dreamy and the music video is so makes me kind of sick. In a good way, of course.

(Thank you, Black*Eiffel, for the heads up.)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

October thrifting.

I've embarked on a few thrifting expeditions in search of new finds to prepare seek vintage's booth at the Lowcountry Artist Market in a few weeks.

This lace blouse is so romantic. The only part of the whole blouse that isn't semi-sheer lace is the horizontal panel across the front. It drapes so beautifully. I'm obsessed.

I love this color blue, and the dress drapes in such a goddessy way. The gold belt is from a later thrifting expo, pictured again below.

This vintage Emanuel Ungaro silk dress is my favorite recent find. With a pocketed tulip skirt and the most insane shoulders, this dress is not for the faint of heart. But it's incredible, nonetheless.

This blue bean-shaped evening bag is cute and fun.

I call this the Pirate Belt. The hardware brings it to another level.

Waynesville, NC:

This dress confused me at first, but once I put it on, I loved it. I think it will look so cool this autumn, worn with black tights and black knee-high boots.

The first thing I'm always drawn to in a thrift store is anything with beading and/or sequins. These jackets would look so amazing with tight black pants and a simple white t-shirt underneath.

Camel coats seem to be the big fall/winter trend. They're all over every magazine. I accessorized this collarless, buttonless camel jacket with the belt seen below.

I love this belt. It looks like reptile scales, but the gold keeps it classy.

I can never stray from stripes.

Animal prince.

I'm not generally one who goes for a lot of animal prints, but I think a classic leopard-print coat is something that never goes out of style. I also think it goes great wit other stripes.

I have been looking around for ages and finally found the perfect jacket:

It's still out of my price range, but I'll be stalking it until it hopefully goes on sale.

Friday, October 22, 2010

A print.

I want this print.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

We'll miss you, Keiko.

Does this ever happen to you?

You know how you can have a friend for a long time and then one day you look at them differently and all your feelings for them grow really strong and then you fall in love with them? OK, that's never happened to me, but it seems to happen in movies all the time.

However that's kind of the relationship I have with bands. I like them, I appreciate them, and then one day, I hear a song in a certain mood, and it just propels them straight into my heart and I daydream about them and replay their songs over and over.

Anyway, I have always liked and appreciated Ra Ra Riot, but then on the way to work this morning, this song came on and it felt so perfect and right and now I just...I don't know. It makes me feel funny in such a good way.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I love movies. Is that obvious?

OK, I'm done now. For the moment.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Today's a Mirah day.

Guy Sigsworth remix of "La Familia" by Mirah.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Autumn is everywhere.

Just home from my autumn weekend. All things accomplished. Thrifting (amaaazing finds), wandering with the pup. A riverbed stroll with my Dad. Bites of fresh apples. De-stressed. Invigorated. Reignited. Filled with wonderment, curiosity, and hope.

This is a view of the street from the front porch.

 This is what you see if you walk off the porch, in to the yard a bit, and look up.

 This is the bridge we use as a shortcut to visit neighbors, across McClure Creek.

 This is the view of our little Berghaus as you come up the road.


A daytime moon.

Mostly green tomatoes.

A river walk with Pa and Pup.

Pigeon River.

 For some reason, I took pictures of my feet a bit:
My feet on river rocks.

My feet near the creek.

My personal favorite, my feet on my favorite reading rock.


Today's poem on The Writer's Almanac is just beyond.

"The Past"

by Nin Andrews

If she closed her eyes, she could see it
in the dark room of her mind,
the jukebox of her soul
developing so slowly,
she especially liked the way
he said the word, blouse,
when he unbuttoned her
silk blouse, blue blouse, flowered blouse,
his favorite one was pink
and hung on a green lamp
like a flower on a stem
now that he was gone,
and so was she
and no one lived there anymore,
the town kept lighting up without them
as if it were the first dusk.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

On hightailing it.

Tomorrow after work I'm making my escape. I'm packing up the pup and heading towards the Blue Ridge Mountains with an hours-long mix of "Music for Melancholy: A Mountain Drive." Hours of songs to make one ponder. To try to make head and heart connect. To reason with reason.

Once I'm there, I'm unplugged. From computers and cable, from city noise, from everyone. I'm going overboard on piles of books, bonfires, and down blankets. I'm going to find hidden treasures in dusty country junk shops and pick the perfect apples.

Sometimes it's good to run away and hide, whether in a mountain valley shack or under the covers, to shut out the world and listen to the sound of your own breathing.

It is the birthday of the poet I love most.

"We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit."

~e e cummings

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Groove Me"

BESTIE x BESTIE! everyone who spends a bit of time with me knows how obsessed I am with Marcel (the Shell with Shoes On). Dean Fleischer-Camp, the same guy who did the camera/editing for that, worked with Jenny Slater of recent SNL fame (and more importantly, the voice of Marcel the Shell) and her platonic life partner, Gabe Liedman, on "Bestie x Bestie." I can't wait for more of these.

!!!!!!! [BESTIE x BESTIE 1] !!!!!!! from Dean Fleischer-Camp on Vimeo.

"They have medium/OK personalities and neither one eats bugs. They've never seen each other naked."

Thanks, VSL, for the tip.

Edited to add:

I just found this from the trio. Hilar.

"the Girlfriend" from Gabe & Jenny on Vimeo.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Blue Valentine

I am already in love with this. It is going to be so sad.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


 The best one came down for a long weekend:

* Mexican food and dive bar trivia
* morning vinyasas and coffee on a sunny patio
* Goodwill expeditions, where I dug up some great finds for seek vintage, including an amazing 1980s Ungaro dress, navy blue Stuart Weitzman heels, a cute short-sleeved button down (for my soon-to-be-launched guys' section of seek), and a bunch of other cute finds that I'm keeping for my own closet.
* late-night noodles and champagne (girl dates are the greatest)
* an early walk with pup and pal, down to the Ashley River
* fun, adventure, and chainsaws at Kulture Klash
* brunch at Rue de Jean
* a Sunday stroll down King Street, where no cars were allowed all afternoon
* a little non-thrift shopping that netted me the most beautiful navy blue beaded dress, worthy of the shimmiest flapper, and this incredible linen coat 

In other news, here are some things I enjoyed today:

"Would Hemingway Cry?" in the New York Times' Modern Love

"Marilyn and Her Monsters" in Vanity Fair 


Thursday, October 7, 2010


I've gone weeks and weeks without having written anything of significance on the blarg, while at the same time my paper journal is being filled with pages of crossed-out scribblings.

"I think I would like to be married to a poem..."

Word of the moment.

su·sur·rous adj. \su̇-ˈsər-əs, -ˈsə-rəs\: full of whispering sounds

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


All images of Milan Fashion Week by the talented Tommy Ton for GQ.

Military, gray, trenches, denim shirts...looks just as good (if not better) on the men as the ladiez. Also, I hope people keep wearing Ray-Bans forever.

Thinking about 2002/The Streets

I had it BAD for Mike Skinner.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

Beautiful things for a Friday.

I loved this movie. There's one scene in particular that I just want to watch on loop.

amiina Kippi og vinir í Undralandi from amiina on Vimeo.

Amiina. So much beautiful music comes from Iceland.