Thursday, March 15, 2012

5 days and counting.


Spring is near! Even though the first few days of Spring Forward are always painful, that extra hour of daylight (or in today's case, sunlight) is a welcome reward for those grumpy mornings. The feverish energy is building and it seems everyone on the street is sporting a smile and feeling, dare I say, a bit bold. Case in point: this evening at the grocery store while I was trying to select a jar of pickles, a fellow passing by said to me, "I can tell you are a pickle lover." It's strange what a shift in a few degrees will do to a city smothered in clouds.

Despite this bizarre encounter I am still eager and excited for this new season. Some reasons to get jazzed about spring:
  • Wedge and stacked heels with no tights
  • Liberty print blouses and longer hemline skirts
  • Rhubarb
  • Trench coats
  • 3/4 length sleeves
  • New plants and the start of herb gardens on the deck
  • Strawberry and lemon sorbet
  • Rose wine
  • The return of the bicycle
  • Scarves, scarves, scarves (this is true of any season, really)
  • Cashmere cardigans and the magic of layering
  • Listening to Give Me Just a Little More Time on repeat
This weekend I have a date with some lemon cream cheese buns, tea, and the Sunday New York Times, followed by some closet cleaning. I cannot think of a better activity to usher in the spring.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Don't See It: L'Amour Fou




















I had been wanting to see L'Amour Fou for a while. I had heard good things about it. I enjoyed reading The Beautiful Fall, a great book about the rise of YSL and some good party stories about Marrakech in the '70s with Betty and Loulou.



















(Perhaps the book is better because it is also more about the fashion industry and YSL's rivalry with Karl Lagerfeld, and some generally great zeitgeist-y stories). But this film was really lame. Sad, rich Pierre Berge has to part with his half-billion fortune in antiquities and art from the massive homes he shared with Yves. He wanders around. He stares contemplatively out his gilt-framed windows. He says boring things. Cry me a river.


Synth Britannia!

...and if you're really interested in the development of British synth music, from Wendy Carlos to New Order, watch this excellent BBC documentary:



Sidenote: Dave Gahan used to be so adorable.


Friday, March 9, 2012

OMD!



















Rainy Friday nights with one of my favourite albums of all time.



The songs are great, but the dance moves are amazing:

Monday, March 5, 2012

I am not exactly sure what is happening here, but I'm into it.

Pina


This past weekend Laura and I went to see the new Wim Wenders' film Pina, a 3D documentary on the influential German choreographer Pina Bausch. The film is elaborate and beautiful and while you may not leave with a firm understanding of Bausch or the Tanztheater you will easily be seduced and exhilarated by the movement and the cinematography.

Those Germans mean business.