Archive | November, 2010

An English Cottage

30 Nov

As I said in my Things to Accomplish/Bucket List, I’d love to own an English cottage–style house someday. When I think of lovely cottages, this home from the 1992 film adaptation of Howard’s End comes to mind. It’s the quintessential cottage (although maybe a tad large to be a true cottage) in look and character. Something with less square footage would be nice but a cottage needs a cozy fireplace and winding trees and greenery climbing the exterior.


Bucket List

26 Nov

I’ve had a bucket list since I was 16, only I usually refer to it as a Things to Accomplish list, which is certainly cheerier. Over the years, my list has evolved. I’ve marked through things I’ve done, deleted ones that are no longer priorities, and added new items. So, I thought I’d share a portion of my list as it stands now.

1. See the Great Wall of China.

2. See the Egyptian Pyramids. (November 2009)

3. Live in London.

4. Write a book…

5. …and have it published.

6. Read a 1,000-plus page book.

7. Learn to sew well.

8. Go to New York City. (November 2006)

9. Visit the Musée d’Orsay. (July 2002)

10. Pass the R.D. exam. (October 2005)

11. Visit a concentration camp.

12. Float in the Dead Sea.

13. See Jane Austen’s house in Chawton, England. (July 2002)

14. Attend a symphony. (2005 in San Francisco)

15. See Fiona Shaw perform in the theater.

Nicholas Le Provost and Harriet Walter in Much Ado About Nothing, 2002. Image courtesy of

16. See Harriet Walter perform in the theater. (July 2002 in London. She played Beatrice [my favorite Shakespearean character] in Much Ado About Nothing [my favorite Shakespearean comedy].)

17. See Kate Mulgrew perform in the theater. (June 2005 in San Francisco. She played Katharine Hepburn [one of my favorites!] in the one-woman show, Tea at Five.)

18. See Cherry Jones perform in the theater. (October 2010 in New York City. She played Kitty Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession.)

19. Skydive. (Summer 1999)

20. Go on safari in Kenya.

21. Go to Turkey. Visit Istanbul and Cappadocia.

22. Go to Peru and see Machu Picchu.

23. See a space shuttle launch.

24. Work as an illustrator.

25. Own an English cottage–style house.

26. Visit all seven continents.

27. Visit all 50 states.

28. See the salt fields of Bolivia.

Image of the salt fields courtesy of The New York Times

29. Study Spanish and gain some level of fluency.

30. Become fluent in French (or any language).

Fantastic Font

23 Nov

I simply love this font! As a devoted Jane Austen fan, how could I not?

And check out the numbers:

The best part is you can download it for free right here. Enjoy!

Rue, Issue Two

22 Nov

I’ve looked at the latest issue of Rue from cover to cover. There are lots of great things inside these virtual pages. Here’s what I liked most:

1. There’s a lot of content—297 pages worth.

2. There’s variety. Some of the features appealed to my aesthetic, others didn’t, but all of them were visually interesting.

3. My favorite article was the piece on lingerie designer Jessie Zinke of Zinke Design. I love her home! And I thought the opening spread of this feature was the best of the issue.

4. The images of designer Katie Ermilio and her home by photographer Jamie Beck are simply stunning.

5. I also enjoyed the images of Brooke White and Summer Bellessa a.k.a. The Girls with Glasses by Feather Love. The image quality and styling was really interesting and fun.

I enjoyed this issue and will definitely be back to see the third!

Travel Wish List, U.S. Edition

17 Nov

I love hopping on a plane to go to far off places and experience new cultures, but I also love traveling here in the U.S. Here’s my current top-five list of must-visit domestic locations.

1. Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire (We’re planning to go here on our honeymoon!)
2. Seattle
3. Austin (A friend is getting married on a ranch outside the city, so we’ll be heading here in June.)
4. Raleigh, Durham, and Wilmington, North Carolina
5. Tuscon and Scottsdale, Arizona

Top five places in the U.S. I’d like to visit again:
1. San Francisco (I always want to go here.)
2. New York City (Here too. Anytime.)
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Chicago
5. Boston

What are yours? Is there a city in the U.S. you’ve been dying to see?

Image courtesy of here.


16 Nov

A new online lifestyle publication is hitting the virtual newstands in January: Matchbook: Field Guide to a Charmed Life.























It comes to us courtesy of a trio of charming and talented ladies—Katie Armour of The Neo-Traditionalist as editorial director, Jane Lilly Warren of Lox Papers as creative director, and Fallon Hogerty of A Lovely Being as associate editor. I read and enjoy all three of these blogs. Each of these ladies has an interesting aesthetic, voice, and editorial eye, and I’m excited to see the results of their collaboration on these pages.

You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook.


14 Nov

I’m ridiculously excited about seeing Burlesque, which is due out on November 24. Cher! Does it get any better? Yep, it pretty much does when there’s dancing, singing, and Stanley Tucci involved. And Christina Aguilera is one pretty talented lady, so I can’t wait to see what she does in this movie.

If you haven’t already, check out the trailer: