Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mad About Mona

I have always been intrigued with the Mona Lisa, and especially enjoy seeing her with a little "touch up."
Which one is your favourite?

Le sourire du chef, Richard Rein
A little red lipstick does wonders!

La Joconde, musee du Louvre

Paul Giovanopoulos

Marcel Duchamp

Vincent Raynal

Mona in all her glory

The coolest...Leonardo Da Vinci Action Figure
Yes, he can hold the brush with both hands!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Recycling in an Innovative Way...

I would love to have this on my desk... alas, I was too slow, and it had already sold on Giddyspinster's Etsy shop. I wonder if she has the pair available? See more of her creative upcycling here.

Monday, August 24, 2009

My Baby Is Off To Kindergarten

My youngest is off in kindergarten today...I am sad and worried, but have to say I am enjoying the peace and quiet!
His great grandmother in kindergarten above...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Karl Lagerfeld's Homage to One of my All Time Favourites

I was absolutely thrilled to see Karl Lagerfeld's recent shoot in Bazaar inspired by one of my favourite women, Peggy Guggenheim. The shoot is gorgeous, and I love seeing a modern take on her life. One of the most influential and flamboyant patrons in the history of art, she is fascinating. Every time I go to Venice, I make a point to go to her last home, The Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, now the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, filled with the treasures of twentieth century art that she collected.
photo by Karl Lagerfeld, Bazaar
The colour palette in these photos are just dreamy...I am crazy about them!
photo by Karl Lagerfeld, Bazaar
How I love Venezia...
photo by Karl Lagerfeld, Bazaar
In the enchanted garden of the palazzo, Peggy installed a marble Byzantine throne. Somewhere I have a picture of me sitting here...

Those colours again....
photo by Karl Lagerfeld, Bazaar
Peggy had her own gondola, and enjoyed cruising the canals.
photo by Karl Lagerfeld, Bazaar
photo by Karl Lagerfeld, Bazaar

She was well known for her eclectic assortment of glasses, which are now on view in the museum.
photo by Karl Lagerfeld, Bazaar

The Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, now Il Museo di Peggy Guggenheim on the Grand Canal.

Peggy's salon. The home is filled with fabulous mobiles by Calder. This one is made of Murano glass.

This is Peggy Guggenheim's autobiography. It is out of print and may take some searching, but what a great read on a fascinating woman.
images taken from Bazaar magazine ...photo's by Karl Lagerfeld, "Out of This Century" by Peggy Guggenheim, and "Peggy Guggenheim" by Laurence Tacou-Rumney

Monday, August 17, 2009

Aging....

Arnold Schwarzenegger
As I finished the last of my yearly "Well Visits" and labwork today, aging was foremost in my mind, and how much work it is to keep the body healthy, well, and looking good. So it was funny that when I got home I came across these pictures, and the accompanying article by Jack LaLanne, who, at 93 is really quite amazing, a role model for sure! In his words...."People don't die of old age, they die of neglect."
Hmmmm.... I had better keep busy!
Many thanks to those of you that entered my Gratitude Eye Pillow Giveaway...
The winner is...."La Belette Rouge!" I will be doing another one soon...
Nathalie
Alec Baldwin
Pierce Brosnan
Russell Crowe
Clint Eastwood
Brendan Fraser
Richard Gere
Val Kilmer

Jack LaLanne in 1954
Jack LaLanne at 71
Jack LaLanne looking good at 93!
Visit Dr. Mercola here for an article on how he has maintained his health and physique.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Magnificent Marcello..."I Remember"

I have been on an old classics movie binge lately. I'm sorry, but the actors of the moment just do not hold a torch in comparison to the actors of the past. Something sparked me and I remembered this documentary that I had watched when it first came out, right before or at the time of Marcello Mastroianni's death, and I thought that I would search for it and get a copy, as my eldest son's name is Marcello, and he is quite interested in drama. It is no longer being made, but I was able to purchase a used "New" copy on Amazon...so glad I thought of it now while I could still get a copy. I watched it over two nights, as it is almost four hours of Marcello being filmed by his partner for the last 25 years of his life, Anna Maria. Hearing him talk about his life in cinema, his thoughts on life, clips of all of his classic movies, stories about people that he worked with...incredible. Really an amazing documentary that I highly recommend watching if you are a lover of Italian films and Marcello Mastroianni. It is in Italian, he speaks quickly...and the subtitles are not the best. So make sure that you are not too sleepy. I am sorry, he says that he always disliked the latin lover title that he was given, which is why he started choosing roles in which he portrayed older, obscure characters. But I truly enjoy his young handsome visage in films like"La Dolce Vita". No one quite like him.

A very deep and pensive man....
Ciao, Marcello....
all images via google search

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Dolce Dreams Gratitude Eye Pillows Give Away

I have been working on this project for a while now, and finally have it done. Quite a while ago, first on Carla Coulson's blog, and then from other places, I voraciously read about the shop "merci" in Paris. I really was inspired ...
A) About the incredible awesomeness (southern California comes out in me sometimes) of the store...I cannot wait to go!
B) About the concept of seeing "thank you" everywhere. What a great reminder of a simple thought to keep with you all day.
C) I wanted to give back in some way.

And so, this is what I came up with. All of my eye pillows are hand embroidered on dupioni silk by myself, filled with english lavender buds from Provence, and organic golden flax seeds. They are available for purchase in my Etsy shop to the right.

HOWEVER....I am going to do a giveaway of your choice of colour and language of choice, to be announced next Monday, August 12. Just leave a comment with your favourite colour combination and language preference, and I will use random.org to determine the winner. If you mention this on your blog, leave a second comment to get twice the chance of getting one! I will make the donation to St. Judes Ranch also...

merci, danke, thank you,grazie, gracias, arigato......
Happy Sunday!
Nathalie





Ten percent of the purchase price of my Gratitude eye pillows will be donated to a local charity that I support, St. Judes's Ranch for Children.
Please visit their website, www.stjudesranch.org
for more information on how you can help.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

It is 106 in Vegas and I'm Dreaming of The Beach...

It is hot, very hot, and I am visualizing myself by the sea today...
With the help of some great Etsy Artists I may succeed!
white water green sea 11 by green island studios
Nothing like a surfer to get you dreamy!
Dawn Patrol (Surfed Out), Cornwall, UK
You may see more of Green Island Studios cool work on her etsy
shop, or visit her blog here.