Monthly Archives: October 2010

Grab Bag- Vintage Cameras

Pottery Barn is offering some fantastic vintage cameras for sale.

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Grab Bag Series

Fashion Inspiration- Cameras As Accessories

For The Love Of Polaroids

My First Real Camera

Family Album #7: Halloween


I came across this picture and couldn’t help but smile. As kids we had a lot of fun making our own Halloween costumes. One year we created masks out of paper bags. That’s me sitting on the ground with blond paper hair and ribbon. Mom, wearing blue paper hair, is holding my sister Sarah on her lap. Paul, my older brother, and some neighborhood friends are standing behind us.  Next to them is Grandma.

(Photo- Dad)

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Happy Halloween, 2008!

Halloween Costume #1: The Man With The Yellow Hat

A Page From…

…British Vogue, October 1980.

Fashion- Velvety brushed coat by Kenzo, fairisle sweater at Edina & Lena with wool tartan scarf from Paul Smith.

(Photo- Bruce Weber)

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A Page From…British Vogue October 1974

‘Niblets’- The Zine

At the end of the summer I asked a bunch of bloggers to participate in a zine project. I gave them simple instructions- Come up with something that means autumn to you (a photo, an outfit, a story, etc.) and send it to me. When I received all the contributions I went to work putting them into a small zine measuring 2 3/8″ x 2  3/8″ square. I didn’t let any of the bloggers see the finished product until it arrived in their mailboxes. This photo shows the zine’s front cover with a pressed leaf in the opening. Curious to see inside? Linda, who was one of the participants, posted about it here.

Note- To all those who were part of this- a hearty thank you!

(Photo- Linda of  ‘Each Little World‘)

Chic Weekender

Looking back at Fall 1993-  Laura Ashley’s weekend wear wouldn’t be complete without classic British knits and wool coats. Fairisle cardigan, floral scarf (left) and cable stitch sweater and riding breeches (right).

Looking back at Fall 1993- Layers include a fairisle cardigan, suede vest, print skirt and white petticoat (left).

Looking back at Fall 1993- Always great combinations – a cable knit sweater and soft cotton floral skirt (left) or tweed coat, floral tapestry vest, silk shirt with corduroy pants (right).

Looking forward to Fall 2010- Harper’s Bazaar answer for cold weather dressing is lots of warm coats and chunky sweaters. D&G coat and Boss sweater.

Looking forward to Fall 2010- Weekends in the country or city are made for this checked coat, wool pants and fisherman’s sweater all by Tommy Hilfiger.

Looking forward to Fall 2010- Photo perfect in over-sized coat by Etro. Plaid skirt from Rochas and striped sweater at Vince.

(Photos- John Balsom for Harper’s Bazaar)

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Vocabulary #1: Week*ender

Women In Menswear

The Long Silhouette

Winter Weekend Clothes

Fun Halloween Mask

Sailor Mask

(Photo- Martha B.)

Book- ‘Lettering’

Plate no. 7  from the booklet ‘Lettering’ by Harry B. Wright, 1950.

Shop Your Closet #15

My friends Margot and Hope are joining me in a series of posts called ‘Shop Your Closet.’ The idea is to take pieces of clothing from our three separate wardrobes and put them together in fresh, creative ways. We hope you’ll enjoy these and feel inspired your own closet!


I can’t believe my last post from this series was back in March. The three of us have been busy with other commitments. But we finally were able to clear our calendars last week. We met at my house and stacked our clothing on the dining room table. Then for the rest of the afternoon we had a fun time creating and photographing some outfits.

Here’s our take on the current military fashion trend.

We loved the idea of using my dad’s authentic army jacket with something unexpected like this navy/cream striped dress. Then we tweaked it further by layering a bright orange shirt underneath!

Fashion Details-

Jacket & hat, dress (J.Crew), skinny leather belt (Gap), ankle boots (Union Bay) and Grandpa’s watch- from my closet

Button down shirt (Talbot’s)- from Margot’s closet

(Photos- Martha B.)

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Shop Your Closet #14

Memorial Day


Like giant tomb stones, these two chimneys are all that remains of an old house in North Carolina.

(Photo- Martha B.)

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mARTha’s photography #20, #15

Vocabulary #48: Mystery Novel

mystery novel- mystery is a genre of fiction in which a detective, either an amateur or a professional, solves a crime or series of crimes.

Note- I enjoy reading mysteries especially those written by British author Agatha Christie. She had penned over sixty detective stories in her career. One of my favorites was ‘Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case.’ An interesting fact about the book- it was actually done by Christie during the Blitz (WW ll) and stored in a vault to be brought out upon her death. However, it was published in October 1975 with a surprising obituary for Poirot in the New York Times. Christie died in January 1976.

September 2008- Tapes Offer Clues to a Master of Mystery

(Vintage book covers- Flickr)