Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday Faves

1. Retro Swimsuits

OK, yes, I know it's still March, but this 70 degree weather has me dreaming of summer.

These next two suits and more can be found at Modcloth.
Seriously, how did I live before Modcloth?

2. Orange Soda

When I was little and my family lived in Germany, we used to drive to France on Sundays and pick up a case of Orangina. It was such a treat and tasted like pure heaven. I still love it, and these days you don't have to drive to France to get it.

Izze makes a Clementine soda that is all natural, and completely delicious.

And the classic orange Fanta. Aber natürlich!

3. Seatbelt Camera Straps

We've all seen seatbelts recycled beautifully as handbags, but as camera straps? I LOVE it. So does Nathan. He has two of them.

4. I've always loved Vespas.

I love that they look almost exactly the same today as they did fifty years ago. Austin is the perfect city to ride a Vespa to the grocery store, library, coffee shop, anywhere. Also, they use a really small amount of gasoline, so they're more environmentally-friendly than owning a second car. Honestly, what's not to love?

5. The Blanton

The collection at The Blanton is absolutely incredible-- especially their modern art wing (shown here).

Here's the stunning foyer, which is an homage to Donald Judd, one of my favorite artists ever.

Another one of my favorite works is this installation piece called How to Build Cathedrals.
This piece has some kind of magic, I swear.

As if that's not enough, the museum has a lovely cafe and a fabulous gift shop. that has any number of things you simply won't be able to live without.

Art, coffee and shopping. All at the same time. As if that weren't enough, every Thursday, admission is free. Free!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

All things Alice

On Sunday, Nathan and I saw Alice in Wonderland at the Alamo Drafthouse.
It was just what I'd hoped for-- full of whimsy and fun.

In honor of the newest version of this beloved story, here are some Alice-inspired thises and thats.

Why have a pocketwatch, when you could have a gorgeous pocketwatch necklace?

Or, if you don't want to wear an actual pocketwatch, you could always wear a scarf featuring one.

I love this unique glass teapot
and this more traditional ceramic teapot.

Presenting the cutest sugar dish and creamer ever.

And you must have a cup to drink that tea, after all.

I adore these vintage playing cards.

This green frock is by Catherine Malandrino, and so very Alice, I think. Must be the ruffles....
Here's the designer herself in (nearly the same) dress, but I must say I prefer the pintucks on the bodice on the other one.

Here's a Calvin Klein sleeveless shirt dress that's also very Alice, if she were to go to a garden party in 2010.

The original illustrations by John Tenniel show Alice in Mary Janes. These are a tad more grown-up.

I personally always pictured Alice in patent leather ballet flats like these.

Roses for the Red Queen.

We own this peppermill, which would be perfect for the cook and duchess whenever they want to make soup.

I wish we owned these white rabbit bookends.

And here's a classic chessboard.

Lastly, the cupcakes... ah, the cupcakes.
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