February 28, 2011

A love letter to Colin Firth

Oh, Colin Firth, how I love thee. I was chuffed to bits (to use an expression from your blessed homeland) to see you win an Oscar for best actor for The King's Speech. The film was clever and winningly entertaining, and you were marvelous in it. And in interviews you come across as incredibly genuine and charming, intelligent, kind, and self-deprecating in a way that only a British gentleman can truly be. I can't think of anyone more deserving of this honor than you, my dear. Congratulations!

P.S. You will always be Mr. Darcy to me.

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February 23, 2011

Judgmental Bookseller Ostrich

The Judgmental Bookseller Ostrich cracks me up. I heart book snark.

For more bookish fun, click here.

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February 16, 2011

Street Chic

I love the cozy insouciance of a wooly gray scarf draped over the shoulders just so. The layering of the leather motorcycle jacket with the grandpa cardi makes for a cool, interesting juxtaposition. And the graphic handbag adds a bit of blingy texture that ties it all together. Simple and effortless.

And then you have my fashion idol. Enough said.

{Images via here and here}

February 11, 2011

E-Valentines from Kate Spade

I heart these E-Valentines from Kate Spade. They're perfectly adorable and quirky in every way. And eco-friendly to boot. What's not to love?

{Images via Kate Spade}

February 7, 2011

Google Art Project

If you have yet to check out the new Art Project by Google, then by all means I suggest you start exploring this very moment. This amazing new website allows you to visit the world's most famous art museums by a simple click of a button. I really get a kick out of gazing at some of my favorite works of art from the comfort of a cozy arm chair (I adore Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, as shown above, which is located at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence). For those times in life when a plane ticket to Europe seem out-of-reach (read: now), it's comforting to know I can still indulge in a bit of culture without breaking the bank.

I remember the first time I saw Holbein's The Ambassadors (above) at the National Gallery in London. At the time I was an English student at UCLA and had the supreme good fortune to spend the summer studying Shakespeare in London. I have long been a fervent anglophile, but I credit my abiding love for London with this first-ever trip to The National Gallery. I remember feeling mesmerized by the rich, saturated use of color, as well as by the weighty stares of the gentlemen staring out at me from the canvas. The painting is so heavy with importance.

And here's an up close shot of Van Gogh's The Starry Night. Check out those thick brushstrokes! Wouldn't it be fantastic if Google continued to add more museums from around the world to the website? I'm looking at you, Museu Picasso.

February 3, 2011

Year of the Rabbit

Welcome to the year of the Rabbit!* Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year, and people the world over are celebrating. In Chinese culture, rabbits are a symbol of longevity and they can also symbolize the moon (apparently ancient Chinese believed there was a rabbit living on the moon. And no, he wasn't up there just twiddling his paws; he was busy making herbal medicine, according to this tale). I'e never actually participated in Chinese New Year celebrations before, but I do find it rather fascinating to read about. Some information about the Chinese New Year can be found here, here, and here.

*I'm especially tickled about this new year's animal because my last name in Portuguese means "rabbit". So naturally I believe 2011 is going to be a very good year for this rabbit (here's hoping, anyway!).

{Images via UK Vogue and The Daily Bunny}

February 2, 2011

Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day! I don't know about you, but this still image from the movie Groundhog Day makes me laugh. Especially when it's accompanied by the following bit of trivia: "Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting." For more fun tidbits about this much-beloved film, click here.

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