Monday, February 22, 2010

A Weekend in Photos

I can't get over the weather we've been having here in Victoria. This has been such a gorgeous February. Here are some photos from my wanderings this weekend.



















xoxox,

K

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Last Dress

I ordered a beautiful spring dress last week that I've had my eye on for a while and for some reason my clothes shopping days now feel quite over for the time being. I have no need of anything and have now instituted a 6 month (or longer) clothes shopping hiatus. I have so many pieces I love, and so little storage space, and so... this, my friends, is the last dress.



The Anastasia Dress

I'm excited about this. I'm feeling the need to be more mindful about my consumption of things. I know I often buy things as a means of self-expression because it's easier to purchase things than create. I'm hoping that this self-imposed break will cause me to think more about my consumption in other areas of my life as well. It's going to be a good experiment for me.

xoxox,

K

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Velvet Hearts and Moulin Rouge

Valentine's started early for me this year. The Mr. and I attended a performance of Moulin Rouge by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on Thursday night. It was a beautiful and tragic story of two star crossed lovers set circa 1900 at the Moulin Rouge. Sound familiar? There were many similarities to Baz Luhrmann's story but not the over-the-top-ed-ness to the production... and once settled into the tone, I adored it.


the only photo I could snap inside the Royal Theatre before the performance


I've had far too much chocolate today. I got very spoiled and have been working on this velvet heart box of Roger's Chocolates. For those of you who have visited Victoria, B.C. you've probably seen Roger's. It's a gorgeous little jewel of a store first opened in 1891.


I'm going to keep this short and sweet, but do hope you're enjoying a lovely Valentine's Day everyone!

xoxox,

K

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Mystery of Antoine Labelle

It seems I come from a long line of musicians with day jobs. I had heard stories about my great grandfather Antoine Labelle's ability to pick up any instrument and play it within mintues. I had heard stories of him being out all night, playing at dance halls and the conflict it caused between him and his wife. Other than that, I heard little.

But according to a Census taken in 1911, he was a simply a weaver in a cotton mill with a sideline in music...



This, before he mysteriously disappeared sometime in the early 1920s. The family didn't know what had become of him (my great grandmother told everyone he was dead) until it came to light in the 1970s that he had lived out his life as a gardener at a monastery.

I keep searching for clues...

xoxox,

K

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Christian Dior - Spring 2010

Well it seems that old cliché is more than true. Everything old does seem new when re-interpreted so very well.

I saw photos of the Christian Dior Couture Spring 2010 show today and I became pretty giddy with excitement. A quote from Style.com:

"Haughty, crop-switching equestriennes in top hats, veils, and impeccable riding habits; incredible ball gowns swathed and swagged in dozens of yards of duchesse satin: This was one of those occasions when John Galliano pushed a Dior couture show into the realms of sensory overload."

Does this...



not remind you of this?



xoxox,

K

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Hot One Inch Action

Dear friends of mine have been selected as Medalists at the Hot One Inch Action button show in Vancouver this weekend. I'm way over here on the Island and thinking of them and missing them terribly, so I bought some buttons of my own. (I found these Gibson Girl buttons on ebay! How could I resist?) Have a great show, Luvs!



If you're too far to travel to Vancouver for this fun button trading/art event but feel in need of some pinback buttons, Etsy is always a great place to look!

Mucha buttons

xoxox,

K

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Madame X

Sometimes searching for one thing leads you down such a rabbit hole of other things. I was looking for some youtube clips of the soundtrack for Ragtime, the film based on the E.L. Doctorow book that features Evelyn Nesbit as a central charcter. Well, the search for Evelyn lead me to another infamous beauty of a slightly earlier time... a certain Virginie Gautreau, better known as Madame X.


This John Singer Sargent painting is striking, isn't it? It makes me wonder if this started the appeal of the little black dress. Certainly, I think fashion was leaning more toward bigger shapes and more yardage at the time it was painted in 1883. When Madame X was shown at the Paris Salon of 1884 it created a scandal due to the placement of one of the shoulder straps. Originally a strap was slipping off a shoulder and caused enough of a stir for Sargent to repaint the strap firmly on the subject's shoulder.

Some famous beauties portraying Madame X...







And the little video that I found on youtube...



If you're interested in reading a fictional telling of Virginie's story, I am Madame X was an entertaining read. The link is to the author's website who has provided a lot of fantastic background information.

xoxox,

K

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Current Obsession - Cameo Glass

I don't know what's been going on with me lately but I'm consumed with cameo glass... vases, lamps, bowls. I bought a large vase years ago, not knowing it was a Gallé reproduction and not knowing there's a wealth of other lovely objects in the world like it. Now that I know, oh my... there's trouble.


my vase


the lamp I ordered today from lookintheattic.com


Émile Gallé seems to be the name that comes up the most in my searches. He was a prominent glass maker in the Art Nouveau period and created exquisite nature-inspired decorative glass so appropriate to the tastes of the time. Of course, the real thing is quite expensive, as it should be for such gorgeous work. It's reproductions for me as I swear the real thing wouldn't last long with the cats in the house!

xoxox,

K

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