Wednesday, April 23, 2008

our picnic

i love that photo of your grandma + co. having tea in the woods at savary island.
what a exquisite moment in time!
on our next visit, i propose our own picnic and rather than tea, perhaps a crisp white and a few of these plump pea dumplings.
[i added a little mint to mine.]
o x
your dumpling darlin'

pied a terre

maybe before we go running off to an island and set up our distillery, we should spend a little time in paris. i was admiring this grandiose paris apt. in the latest issue of british elle decor with its glorious hits of colour. spring is here!
we'll do our fall retreat at dragon rock and spend the days painting and making sculptures out of empty sake bottles.
sound good?
o x dreamer

p.s. also from this same issue, the inspirational studio of silvia massa, an italian interior designer with a sideline project in wall stickers.
lots of colour going on in her milan loft... grab a copy + take a look.

Monday, April 21, 2008



Been ruminating on this picture - it's on Savary Island, probably just before the Second World War. My grandmother's in there, Dodie, and perhaps one or two of her sisters (there were four girls). I love this tea in the woods, with proper china, probably on a day when the beach was just too beastly hot.

The Baroness of the Trees

dragon rock at manitoga


Here are some pictures of Dragon Rock, a retreat Russel Wright built in upstate New York. He was an early eco-warrior, camping on the land before building and eventually landscaping the 80 acres surrounding the house.
It's not quite as inspired as a castle in Bushwick though! There's something very Jane Austen about that one.


PS Maybe we should move to one of the Gulf Islands and start a micro-distillery? My grandmother was apparently famous for her bath tub gin, and I'm pretty sure it's in your blood too...

Sunday, April 20, 2008

sunday styles

seems isabel marant is the 'it' girl at the moment...c's mother was just here and bought one of her dresses + you're right, she has some really great pieces.
i'm still in bed perusing the sunday ny times and thought this might go well with a new frock.
maybe sip it here at zeb's new castle in bushwick...the photo above and the article also in today's paper. ok, back to business.
o x j-bird

Friday, April 18, 2008

isabel marant

And this would be my summer dress, or a variation thereof. It's not exactly the one I saw, and this image certainly doesn't do it justice. It's old lady floral chiffon, but edged in all this North African meets India embroidery. But truthfully, I would take anything from Isabel Marant's summer collection - it's perfect. Found here.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

a spring frock

thinking a new spring frock from my one of my favourite stores,
built by wendy.
it's helpful that i have a credit note as the IRS just cleaned me out.
just noticed the repeating pattern in the lotus root and her metal prop.
a happy accident.
o x ms. lattice

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

lotus land

i'm not sure what it is about lotus root that always reminds me of you...trying to remember where you would order it but my mind is still in a palm springs heat daze. it was bloody hot out there!!!
love the crazy chandelier and the juergen teller article.
can't wait to see the one thousand dollar dress.
right now i want a big bowl of this lotus root stir fry or in my perfect world, a congee date with you. o x j

Saturday, April 12, 2008

my schizophrenic taste

is it hot enough for you?
are you by the pool?
lovely here today, wandered up south granville, spent an imaginary grand on a dress, came home and found this fine Josef Gocar chandelier.
dream on.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

juergen teller

This story in the New York Times had me laughing out loud - the part where Juergen Teller describes his collaboration with Charlotte Rampling for the Marc Jacobs ads. Very funny.
Love on a Thursday,

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

reach for the sky

Hey Honey,
Check out the fine western gear a cowgirl left on our doorstep. It's a bit big for the Cy-man now (at two), but give him a year and we'll need to find a pony to go with.
I am totally intrigued by the lash hormones. I've read about the stuff, but don't know anyone whose tried it. It freaks me out a bit - the lashes would be a terrible thing to lose. But who can say no to little extra flutterby?
Have fun in the desert (dessert?)
Lone Ranger

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

the latest lashes

okay doll,
that was your moment of zen and now back to business.

here it is... the latest beauty craze sweeping this nation is revitalash. i had just read an article on it in the ny times style mag and then recently went to a dinner party where women were already using or had just bought some, and apparently the shit works. i know longer lashes is probably the furthest thing from your mind and for $150 a tube, it should be. i think it might be a great alternative to eyelash extensions but i'll wait till it goes on sale.
ciao ciao, j

Monday, April 7, 2008

a fine balance

those are darling!
+ a nice clean image compared to my blurry i-phone pics.
thought i would start us off on this monday with a little zen moment to counterbalance our longings for these worldly goods. i took these pics for you on the first day of this year and thought you might enjoy. also watched a great little video last week on stuff , which may curb your shoe shopping enthusiasm for a minute but then you'll be off to VV in no time. o x j

Sunday, April 6, 2008

more new shoes

j (and a)
those red louboutins reminded me of these shoes I was admiring at gravity pope only yesterday. jellies, taken to a new height, and slightly more affordable (than the loubous).
but as comfortable? i can only guess...
happy sunday.

sunday's musings

baroness von shoeberg,
you are right about erin...very talented painter. how was the opening?
i went and visited the monkey up on the hill and she had the barney's shoe catalogue so we picked some lovely shoes out for you.

bright red louboutin's for your sunday outing
[we all need these for spring!]

some spat inspired prada's for monday,
[though i do like your other find better]

and toeless margiela boots for tuesday...
[probably not great for the rain in vancouver
but i adore them!]

happy sunday...wish we were enjoying dim sum together
o x miss sandalhappy

Friday, April 4, 2008

erin mcsavaney

Our good friend Erin McSavaney has an opening tomorrow afternoon at Atelier Gallery.
He is a really fine painter, technically brilliant. He gets the light, whether its a bucolic scene of rolling hills, or East Van at dusk. His surfaces are just so beautiful, but most importantly, he is a wicked guitar player and fearless with a skateboard.
We'll be there,

Thursday, April 3, 2008

big guy in bushwick

this one taken by my neighbour zeb. o x j

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

more photos 4 u

miss s.
it's all about random photos this week.
these from wakaba noda.
o x lady j

random photo

yummy looking buns! and it's a b word! as is building.
like your towels, something about this photo makes me smile. taken by photographer katie coleslaw. okay back to that blank canvas. miss u much, o x j

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

nice buns

Good morning.
Cheesy title, but who can resist. These are the finest veggie buns I have yet to find (besides the buddha buns in the China Moon Cookbook). (Thank you Barbara Tropp.)
Also, some new thrifted dishtowels that make me happy every time I use them.
Happy Tuesday,