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3 Mar

Hello Kittens!

How has your week been? Can you believe it’s March already?! I’ve got big plans coming up this month, and as I look back on the past two months, I can only shake my head at how quickly they were here and then gone. I celebrated my 34th birthday (I don’t mind stating my age; I certainly don’t feel or look my age), the third anniversary of the first date with my fiance, the first anniversary of this blog (!!!), and a rush of excitement at the prospect of making this space a bit more special.

All in all, a great start so far to 2012!

Speaking of “special” things, I’ve decided to bring back the weekly “Loose Buttons” feature, where I share with you some tidbits that kept me humming all week long. I hope you find it enjoyable!

♥ OMG Ponies!!  NO, really! PONIES! Wild In The Pryors is a delightful blog documenting the adventures of various bands of wild horses that roam the Pryor Mountains in Wyoming. I lost a few hours catching up on the archives this week! ; )

♥ The artwork of Liza Bliss Corbett has kept me enthralled and going back for more. I got lost in her gallery sets a few days ago, and can’t stop thinking about these paintings. Haunting. Stunning.  She has just opened a shop to sell her prints and I may have had serious heart palpitations looking at her shop. I want EVERYTHING!  She even has a few iPhone cases!!!  I bought ‘St Bride’ and cannot wait for it to arrive!

LIza Corbett The White Snake

The White Snake by Liza Corbett

Liza Corbett Ars Moriendi

Ars Moriendi by Liza Corbett

Liza Corbett A Lamentation

A Lamenation by Liza Corbett

♥ While we are on the subject of Society6, there is so much wonderful artwork there, and much of it is extremely affordable. I love ‘It’s There! Beneath the water, under the bridge.”, ‘The Lights’, ‘Nothing More’, ‘Unusual Suspects’ (aaaahhh, Fantastic Mr. Fox characters as the Unusual Suspects, brilliant!), and lastly, ‘Everyone Gets Cold. DO click that last one if nothing else. It’s awesome.

♥  I am so excited for the upcoming Tu Fawning album, A Monument, in May. They’ve released the “flagship” song, ‘Bones’, for streaming (and you can listen at the link). It’s become an addiction for me already. Don’t judge me if I play this song five hundred more times next week.

Tu Fawning is a super-group in my opinion, mostly because I adore Corrina Repp (major lady crush; she’s a drummer!), and I’m obsessed with Joe Hague, 31Knots, and his solo effort, Vin Blanc.  ‘A Felt Sense’ from Tu Fawning’s debut album, Hearts On Hold, perfectly captures the strange harmonies and echoing vocals of Corrina and Joe, laid down over a jilting and almost tribal drum beat. I’m so drawn to this sound, I go days not being able to get it out of my head.

 

Viva La Violette has been publishing a set of extremely helpful articles about “building a solid SEO foundation” on your blog. It’s free, packed full of easy-to-understand information and visual examples. It’s a series that is definitely worth a look! SEO Bootcamp

♥ If you are a fan of historical novels and fancy a great read, I recommend checking out Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran. The novel chronicles the life of of Cleopatra & Mark Antony’s children, Selene and Alexander after the death of their parents and “adoption” into the family of Octavian Augustus I. The Roman Emperor was essentially the enemy of Egypt and responsible for pushing Cleopatra and Antony to desperate measures including the taking of their own lives. Rich in detail and written from the perspective of Selene, the story unfolds to tell of her observations about living in the house of her parent’s mortal enemies, and adapting to a new Roman culture that is vastly different from her own Hellenic-Egyptian upbringing. I won’t spoil the ending, but history tells us that Selene became a co-ruler of Maurtania, a reign that brought peace and prosperity to the region. It’s a wonderful novel that pieces together the events of her early life.

♥ These 1939 shoe designs by French designer Steven Arpad are incredible. Does anyone agree that a lot of these styles are being re-created today? Especially the platform shoes. I want the gold-and-black fan pumps!

A recent article in Intelligent Life features a conversation with Cate Blanchett about running a theater in Sydney with her husband. I love reading about pretty much anyone who runs a business as a couple, and it’s no less fascinating to read about celebrities doing just that. Blanchett seems very down to earth and humble; she is one of my all-time-favorite actresses and it’s great to read about her doing something she’s so passionate about, outside of the Hollywood machine.

♥ For the fella in your life, or any fella’s reading, here is a visual guide of “The Hierarchy Of Beards”. My favorites are the ‘Patchy McGee, ‘Lose Yer Keys’, and the ‘Bunny Down’. Ha!

Ranunculus Market is a pretty cute Etsy shop; I’m rather fond of her crepe-paper flowers.

That’s it for now! Stay cool, be merry and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

xoxo,

Mlle Remi

Liza Bliss Artwork Courtesy of Liza Corbett. Please Credit Responsibly!

 

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Loose Buttons: Wherein I Apologize With Links

5 Apr

Oh my, I have a lot of explaining to do, don’t I kittens?  After an incredibly long absence, I think its better to flash a coy smile, shrug my shoulders, and say “oh so sorry!” to all of you for the lack of posts.  I’ll even sweeten the deal with a massive round-up of Loose Buttons!  Hold onto your britches my dears!

♥ Remember the kooky rumor that your astrology sign may have changed, due to shifting of the earth’s axis in connection to the constellations? Did you scramble to make sense of the impact on your long-held astrological personality traits? Fear not, my dears; the queen of amazingly-accurate forecasts, Susan Miller, has de-bunked the claim and explains what is really happening. Your sign has not changed! Thank goodness! I’m still an aloof & quirky Aquarius, yay!

♥ Are you a bookish gal who gets hot & bothered around stacks of books?  Do you spend hours re-arranging your book collection by spine color?  Is a good book your favorite thing to cuddle with? Then Bookshelf Porn is just for you!

♥ Need an emotional pick-me-up? Neil Patrick Harris has a perfect recipe for going from BLAH to RAH!

♥ Speaking of pick-me-up’s, spend five minutes breathing in synchronicity via guided-breathing exercises at {Do As One}. This is a pretty neat concept where you learn how to breath with consciousness and purpose, energize your chakra, and unite your body energy with positively-charged intention.  Drop into any of the guided “breathing rooms” and join thousands of other users breathing in sync simultaneously. NEAT!

DIY Leopard-print nails are very much in fashion right now.  I wish I could stop biting my nails, because I would totally rock this look!  Via {Beaut.ie} (an Irish beauty blog that is SOOOO cute).

♥ More DIY inspiration from the lovely {Belle Maison} design blog.  This DIY focuses on re-purposing salvaged items in new & interesting ways. My favorite is the ladder-turned-garden-potting-shelf.

♥ This “crown jewel” cake is some kind of crazy! What….I don’t even….cannot fathom how this might taste. {via Sprinkle Bakes}

♥ Perhaps these raw chocolate brownies might be a better choice than that crazy crown jewel cake?  These brownies are virtually guilt free, made from good-fats and sweets:  walnuts, dates, cacao powder, coconut, and agave syrup.  YUMMY! {via The Rawtarian}

♥ Need a break, or maybe even a nap? Here’s a great playlist of “songs to lie on your bed and stare off into space to”.   Nevermind that I just ended a sentence with a preposition, okay?

♥ I love this collection of urban Skelewags graffiti!

♥ The tumbler “Aled Knows Best” of London-based artist Aled Lewis is chock full of his ironic & unexpected “toy stories”. I was looking at these with the Mister and my niece and we were all laughing so hard.

♥ This short film by Lina Piloplyte presents an inspirational look at “Advanced Style: Age and Beauty”, told by amazing, kooky and stylish women including Iris Apfel, queen of textiles and accessories. I love hearing how these women have evolved their personal style, and seeing how they put outfits together. Watching this video also makes me realize I’m not wearing enough jewelry, ever! More bracelets, stat!! {via Nowness.com}

‘Watercolors by Grzegorz Wrobel’ is a gorgeous collection of unusual watercolor paintings. The artist is an architect by profession and you can see that come through in his artwork.  I’m enamored with the way he captures light and texture in such detail with watercolors!

“The most difficult thing when working with watercolors is to control water! You just cannot control it 100%. I use a lot of water and I think it is the greatest thing to observe how it flows on your paper and creates magical things.”

♥ These editorials by Andy Julia are stunning, sexy, ethereal, gothic, and dark. LOVE THEM ALL. So much beauty!

Alright my darlings, this should keep you busy while I fluff the knicker drawer and find new frocks for you to admire.

xoxo,

Mlle. Remi

Loose Buttons: Super Long Friday Edition

25 Feb

There are many, many loose buttons this week!  I’ve had lots of internet time I suppose!  I do get things done however, I assure you.  ; )

♥ I would be keeping a delicious secret if I didn’t share this amazing raw chocolate milkshake recipe from Sarah Britton of My New Roots.

My New Roots ~ Sarah Britton

My New Roots ~ Sarah Britton

Oh my goodness, this milkshake is sooo yummy.  I know it might seem indulgent at first, but you can’t go wrong with banana, avacado, chia seeds and cashews.  Add in the antioxident-rich cacao powder and you’ve got superfood!  The cacao could be substituted with coconut milk and orange juice for a sunshine explosion smoothie!  Over.the.top!

♥ Sarah’s food blog in general has had such an impact upon my dietary landscape, as well as Shutterbean, Golubka, and Rawmazing.  While I’m not quite to the stage of dehydrating all of my food, I certainly do eat a mostly raw diet.  Not gonna lie though, I am still trying to give up meat.  But I’ve succeed in quitting sugar, bread, wheat & dairy (though I am weak in the vicinity of goatsmilk cheese).  I’ve replaced all of that with delicious, healthy options and I am so happy!

♥ I’m quite smitten with the photography of Jane Heller, especially her ‘Vintage Boudoir’ series.

Vintage Girl Boudoir Print by Jane Heller

Vintage Girl Boudoir Print by Jane Heller

♥ I can’t get enough of this article, Send In The Gowns’, from February 2010 which appeared in LA Times Magazine. I’m fascinated by the evolution of the ‘gown’ throughout Hollywood & film history. The 90s were soooo bad, yikes!  I am all the more grateful for a return to old-world charm & style in fashion. Let’s never revisit 90’s fashion, okay? Aside from the that, the article is also a great resource of classic films to watch (perhaps for the first time, or revisiting old favorites).

♥ This Calvin & Hobbes “motivational” poster is so bittersweet. When I was a young lass, I was addicted to C&H cartoons and loved to imagine what kind of adult Calvin would grow up to be. I always believed he’d never forget Hobbes.  I am now completely reassured that childhood dreams and imagination are not forgotten, only passed down to children.

♥ Have you seen Craft Gawker? Its a really fantastic aggregater of DIY craft projects, home decorating ideas, a plethora of etsy products, and lots of up-and-coming artists & designers.  Its not completely commercial, and there’s a large number of DIY tags to work your imagination into a froth.

Craft Gawker

Craft Gawker

Here are a few of my favorite projects from Craft Gawker:

Indoor Tabletop water garden

Ruffle Necklace

Bookpaper Wreath

[See also Food Gawker for a compendium of food blogs, recipes, and resources from all over the world wild west web.]

♥ I love the haunting artwork of Albert Lee; the shading, light-work, and realism is stunning.  There’s a kind of deadly look in ‘Wednesday Adams’ eyes, the apathetic daughter, darkly psychopathic.  The shimmering water and candlelight in ‘Girl, tub’ is a bit hypnotizing.

Wednesday Adams by Albert Lee

Wednesday Adams by Albert Lee

Girl, tub by Albert Lee

Girl, tub by Albert Lee

♥ Oh my, California Home Design’s website is soooo drool-worthy.

A Compendium of Beards!

Cute idea for gift-giving! Make your own vanilla extract!

♥ This Russian Blog and this painting.  Does anyone recognize this, or know the artist?  LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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♥ This performance by Andrew Bird at Nigel Godrich’s studio.  Bird’s solo-performances are so incredible to watch; he lays down his own tracks, loops and weaves different instruments together seamlessly.  He’s also adorably dapper, plays in his socks, and puts over-tired babies to sleep.  Not that I have a baby!  I’ve just heard that from moms who do!!

♥ Nigel Godrich’s “From The Basement” dvd & videos.  Radiohead, Sonic Youth, PH Harvey, QOtSA & so many more have all recorded in his studio, filmed in HD.  You might remember that Dead Weather debuted in the UK live from Nigel’s studio with a 20 minute set.  Pretty neat.  The videos are GREAT.

Well kittens, I hope I’ve kept you busy, inspired, electrified & radiated!  Get out there and dance!

xoxo,

Mlle. Remi

Loose Buttons: Planting Seeds Edition

20 Feb

Hello Darlings!  Welcome to another edition of Loose Buttons where I gather up any number of whimsical, frilly, pretty things for your peepers to feast upon.

Agent Provacateur

Agent Provacateur

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Loose Buttons: Laundry Day Edition

17 Jan

Happy Monday my dearies!  I’m tackling the mountain of laundry that has piled up in my house while the Mister busies himself with video games.  I plan on wearing pajamas all day long while I cozy up on the bed, because that’s just how I do it on laundry day!

I’ve enjoyed the little mini-vacation that I’ve been on for the past week.  I didn’t accomplish as much as I had hoped I would, but overall it was relaxing which is just what I needed.

Here are a few links & goodies that I gathered up; its a light list due to internet troubles at Mairose HQ, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

Explore the World’s Largest Cave, a 2.5 mile cavern located in Vietnam, carved over thousands of years by annual flooding, with subterranean eco-systems, jungles, and enough space to fit a New York city block.  The photos are stunning, interactive overview is pretty neat too!  Via National Geographic.com

NPR’s 50 Albums of 2010 should keep you fairly busy discovering some new bands and tunes.

I am so intrigued by the idea of a luxury hotel opening at the Palace of Versailles!  I have a deep obsession with the Palace, and I’m definitely adding this to my life list.  I also wouldn’t mind spending a night or two at Josephine Bonaparte’s Chateau de Malmaison as well!

This new community and shopping experience is brilliant!  The founders are still seeking funding to support the project but it looks very promising!

“Genderplayful is a plan for an online clothing marketplace that celebrates diversity in gender presentation and body types. This is for anyone who can’t easily find what they’re looking for in a typical clothing store, with special support for androgynous, unisex, butch, dapper, femme, gender-bending, gender-transgressive, and gender-fanflippingtastic clothing solutions for all kinds of bodies.
Genderplayful cares about custom solutions, and the marketplace will host a lively community that finds and creates those solutions together. Vendors will include indie designers, crafters, clothing makers, tailors, and people selling things from their closets and local thrift stores. Community members will pool notes on what they’re excited about, and vendors will take cues from buyers on what to create more of. The goal is to create a culture-rich gorgeous Internet bazaar for the playful, the exquisite, and the just trying to get dressed in the morning.”

~ via Feministing

Well, this was an interesting publicity stunt! Virgin Holidays kicked off their annual sale by staging a Guinness World Record event; 200 burlesque dancers braved freezing temperatures to dance for five minutes in chilly Trafalgar Square in London, attempting to set a burlesque world record.

I’m endlessly fascinated by the stories of early burlesque dancers, and “the original garter girl”, Lynne O’Neill is no exception. She was known for throwing her garters into the audience during each performance, sparking a cultural phenomenon of ‘garter collecting’. Although Lynne passed away on October 9, 2010, collectors can still request autographed garters from her estate guardians. What fun!

Here’s a smart solution for drying your freshly-washed dainties.

That’s all from me, for now!

 

xoxo,

Mlle. Remi

Loose Buttons: New Year Edition

2 Jan

Happy “first” Sunday of the new year!  I hope you had a lovely holiday.  I spent New Years night with my fiance and several of our closest friends at a house party.  There was lots of champagne, laughter, and enjoyment.  When the bells tolled at midnight, I spent a few minutes looking around the room at everyone and saw so many special moments happening.  So many happy faces!  I am so grateful to have such an amazing group of friends who support each other, like a family. ♥

Now that the major celebrations have passed, its time for me to get serious about my lazy Sunday! The Mister and I had a delicious breakfast of coconut-french toast & bacon, and then we watched a few South Park episodes from a gifted “Butters” box-set. Now, the Mister is off to watch the Patriots game with the guys, and I’m enjoying some quiet-house time.

Here are some “loose buttons” that kept me going during the past week.

How cute are these {Lavender Postcard Sachets}!

Lavender Post-Card Sachets

Lavender Post-Card Sachets

I’ve got sewing on the brain! I want to make this {Amy Butler Blossom bag} just as soon as my sewing skills improve! So cute!

Amy Butler Blossom Bag

Amy Butler Blossom Bag

This woman is amazing! {101-year-old Woman walks to work every day} via Jezebel.

Kris Carr’s {Healthy Beauty Products} list is a must read for anyone looking for products that are consciously produced without harsh chemicals or animal testing.

Florence Welch was featured in a short video on Nowness. The film comes from a series videos shot by director Tabitha Denholm, during Florence & The Machine’s fall 2010 tour of America. This video was shot in L.A., and perfectly captures Florence’s ethereal energy in a sunny, hazy and breathtaking way.  {Florence Welch Letter From L.A.}

{“Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens”} by Liz Goldwyn looks divine! The book peaks into the world of burlesque culture, costumes, and theatrics, and is a companion to the 2005 HBO documentary “Pretty Things”, from Hollywood movie studio legacy, fashion stylist, and historian Liz Goldwyn.

I’m slightly fascinated with Liz Goldwyn! Here’s a cute little {Nowness interview} with Liz prior to the launch of the book.

‘My friend Dita Von Teese is funny to go shopping with, because she will never tell me something is too much. She will say, “You definitely need that piece”—this thing, dripping with sequins.’

{Liz was also featured} at Stylecaster with a look back at her own career and the influence of early burlesque. Definitely worth checking out!

I love this adorable {engagement photo shoot}. The lovely couple look like they are soooo in love with each other. Very sweet. Via {le wedding party}.

The new Blonde Redhead album Penny Sparkle is streaming on their website. Nice!


I love you (me either) ~ Cat Power & Karen Elson


The Truth Is In The Dirt ~ Karen Elson

I hope the last week of 2010 was a good one! Here’s to a new year my pretties!

xoxo,
Mlle. Remi

Loose Buttons: Lateness Edition

30 Dec

The Christmas holiday was a blast and I was so busy celebrating with my family and friends that I sadly neglected this little corner-blog.  Life happens, right?  Another sad tale of neglect is that I didn’t take any photos this year of holiday shenanigans so my memories will have to suffice.

My sweetie-pie Mister must have been keeping a close eye on my Christmas posts because many, many pairs of tights were gifted to me including two fleece-lined pairs that are soooo warm and cozy!  I also received a sewing machine (!!!), a lovely new cashmere scarf, a gorgeous crystal necklace (from my dearest friend L.), and lots of other goodies.  More importantly, I got to spend lots of time relaxing and enjoying the holiday spirit.

You may remember that I hinted about making gifts this year, and I can now reveal that the Mister & I made several kinds of hand-milled soap including Olde Fashioned Shaving soap, a Shea-butter & Goats milk oatmeal blend, some lovely lemon-lavender & aloe soaps for the ladies, and soap-on-a-rope for the menfolk.  We also gifted lip balm and massage bars, all created with a bit of time & lots of love. ♥

A few other highlights:

♥ hilarious/hysterical phone calls to my sister about our crazy holiday stories
♥ champagne toasts with out-of-town relatives to celebrate my engagement to the Mister
♥ sharing the first hour of Christmas with our closest friends at their lovely home
♥ waking up on Christmas morning to the smell of bacon frying (mmm!) in the kitchen
♥ long drives & heartfelt talks about the future & goals
♥ giant snowstorms & porch igloos (seriously!)

Anyhooo, despite the lateness of this post, here is this week’s Loose Buttons: a collection of images & links that kept me happy over the past week.

I can’t get enough of The Civil Wars! Haunting, emotional & soaring music full of harmony.

The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars

I loved this article from Adore Vintage about how to date vintage lingerie from old advertisements. The post is full of great tips and cute images, including this one.

Peek-A-Boo, Naughty Nightie!

Peek-A-Boo, Naughty Nightie!

More vintage advertisements from Dior

Vintage Dior

Vintage Dior

 

Etam Lace Body Suit

Cassandra Smith for Etam Lingerie A/W 2010

Cassandra Smith for Etam Lingerie A/W 2010

 

How amazing is this boudoir?!  This is my dream closet!

Gorgeous, sultry dress.  This dress from Shabby Apple would be an amazing New Years party dress, perfect for smoking in dark hallways and drinking champagne out of crystal flutes.

Shabby Apple "Ski Bop" Maroon Dress

Shabby Apple "Ski Bop" Maroon Dress

Okay my sweets, that concludes this Loose Buttons Edition for the week ending December 25, 2010.  I hope you had a very merry holiday!  Let’s look onward to the coming celebrations of another year closing doors while opening windows into next year!  Cheers!

Xoxo,

Mlle. Remi

 

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