Wikipedia informs me that there are over 12,000 species of fern. They are the world's most ancient plants having been found as fossils in 400 million year old rocks. Coal is largely made up of fossilised ferns and finally, some ferns are edible (although I'm not sure which ferns are the ones you can eat or where you can find them!).
A stylish Times Square and below that The Rockefeller Center, Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building as depicted in two very fine vintage postcards courtesy of blog A Walk in New York. I'm not sure exactly when they were published, but my guess is the 20s or 30s.
I've found this very interesting, quirky blog called Beatpie. Unfortunely, I am unable to read it as it isn't in English, but it sure is good to explore! Below is one of my favourite posts which is titled "domesticated". I'm a real sucker for a tree with personality and chutzpah, aren't you?
Vivien Leigh, apart from being a well respected actress, was also a very beautiful woman. I think everyone knows that, don't they? Well, here are seven things you possibly didn't know about Vivien Leigh:
1. She was born in Darjeeling, India.
2. At the start of her career Vivien's agent suggested she change her original name, Vivian Holman, to 'April Morn'. Fortunately, she instead decided to change the spelling of her first name (Vivian became Vivien), and take her then husband's middle name of 'Leigh'.
3. She won two oscars for Best Actress in her most famous film roles: Scarlet O'Hara in Gone with the Wind and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Interestingly, both of these characters are 'southern belles'.
4. After reading Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone With the Wind she told her American agent to contact film producer David O'Selsnik and suggest that she would be perfect for the role of Scarlet O'Hara.
5. Like Scarlet, Vivien's parents were French and Irish.
6. She was a cat lady. Her most beloved pussy cat was a handsome siamese called 'New Boy'. You can see a picture of her here with him.
7. She was fluent in French, German and Italian.
I got my facts from this very good fan website: Vivien Leigh.
I came across this gorgeous Kenzo dress at Meet me at Mikes blog. It started me off on a night of Kenzo image hunting. The man is the master of pattern, is he not? ...and cut!..and colour and texture! I wish I had the occasion, bank account and chutzpah to wear his creations every day of the week!
Illustrator and print maker Phoebe Wahl is a senior in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. I really, really like the retro/ old school style she has going on. She also makes amazing felt and wire creatures and people. See more of her work here at her blog.