This is Jasmine. You might think she's an Edwardian lovely who's excited by the very latest telephone technology circa 1914, but you'd be wrong. She is in fact a retro loving, L.A. dwelling, 2014 existing cutie! She bought her beautiful candelstick, rotary dial, lift off ear piece vintage phone last weekend at her very favourite flea market. And her silk and cotton kimono style house coat, possibly made in 1910 or thereabouts, she purchased online. She got it for a steal at $30 US dollars minus postage and delivery. And as for her plans this weekend, well she's holding a girlie cocktail party on the roof of her apartment and the theme is "Dress as your favourite early 20th century female". I think it sounds delightful! You can find her in my shop here.
Long before Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov there was Vaslav Nijinsky.
I absolutely adore the top image which is a costume design by Russian painter and set designer Léon Samoilovitch Bakst for the ballet L'après-midi d'un faune (Afternoon of the Faun). Nijinski choreographed and starred in this ballet which was performed by the Ballet Russes in 1912. You can see Nijinski with his co-star Lydia Nelidova mid performance in the photograph below.
I can't decide what I like most about these interiors: the artfully arranged pot plants scattered throughout the rooms against the windows and white, or the high, ornate ceilings combined with the minalmalist furniture and panelled floor. These photos are from Danish design house &Tradition (which is currently being renovated).
Did you know that the 2nd of October 2014 marks the 64th birthday of Peanuts? On this day in 1950 Peanuts was published for the very first time in seven newspapers. Like a lot of people, I have a tremendous soft spot for Peanuts. Reading the books that were given to me for birthdays and as Christmas presents was an absolute treat. I couldn't definitely tell you who my favourite character was or is, but it might be Snoopy.
I think it's almost officially party frock season here in Sydney. It's getting very warm (33 degrees yesterday!) and the holiday season fast approacheth. If you are scratching your head about what to wear, may I recommend popping over to The Metropolitan Mueum of Art's web site for some historical inspiration. Their online archive of dresses and frocks ranging from Patou to Lanvin is every glamorous girl's dream. The two evening dresses above are from the '20s. Aren't they sweet? However, it is this cute, mod, poster dress below that has stolen my heart. I can't imagine why!
I found out this week that I'm a finalist in the Etsy Australian Design Awards! How nice is that? Specifically, I'm a finalist in the Art and Illustration category. There is some major talent in the final set of shops for the art and illustration category, so it's an absolute thrill to be included. If you'd like to vote for me and be in the running to win a $250 Etsy voucher (WOW!) click here: