I just saw this post about beautiful abandoned sites around the world. It shows a variety of structures in varying states of ruin, and there is indeed a spooky beauty about them.
I held my breath while looking at the underwater images:
Yacht in Antarctica
Christ of the Abyss, San Fruttuoso, Italy
They reminded me of being at the USS Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor:
And warm woolen mittens… brown paper packages tied up with strings… These are a few of my favorite *winter* things. And right now I am especially liking all the shiny copper I keep seeing.
Top design ~ Void light and Hex champagne bucket by Tom Dixon
Classic ~ Copper cookware via Apartment Therapy
DIY ~ Copper leaf gourds via Martha Stewart /// pendant light via woon blog
Awesome ~ Copper bath hardware by Bisazza via Remodelista
Here’s some collage work that I’ve been admiring.
Ma + Chr
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The Peter Pan collar reappeared in fashion a couple of years ago – and now it’s all over the place.
The origin of what we call the Peter Pan collar was the costume of actress Maude Adams, who played Peter on Broadway in 1905. A similar collar appeared on the character of Claudine in Claudine a l’Ecole – a novel by Collette published in France in 1900. (It’s possible Claudine’s look influenced Adams’ costume designers, but no one seems to be sure.)
Maude Adams’ Peter Pan costume popularized the style in the fashion of the day, and it has reappeared over the decades. The past year has seen a lot of accessory versions of the shape, which can be worn with multiple looks.
To me they conjure up schoolgirl images and feel a bit twee. As Julia Felsenthal suggests in this Slate article, young women who wear them are likely fans of Zooey Deschanel and adorable kittens.
Recently though, I’ve seen a different take on the shape – dresses with a sort of reverse Peter Pan look, via cutouts at the top of their bodices. This is a bit more edgy and I’m kind of digging it.
Heidi Klum in reverse Peter Pan neckline via tomandlorenzo
Dress from Honor Spring 2012 collection
Meanwhile, Francophiles continue calling it the ‘col claudine’ (Claudine collar) - here’s a site which features multiple accessory options.
Perhaps one in leather, to counter the demure associations.
May I suggest sitting still for a few minutes and perusing the wonderful photos at Dan Pearson Studios garden designs.
I love the naturalistic plantings of perennials and grasses, creating the most lovely English gardens. These properties are more grand than what most of us have to work with, but there is inspiration to be drawn from Dan Pearson’s designs. Or at least you can daydream about taking tea or gin & tonics with loved ones in a beautiful garden.
All photos via Dan Pearson Studios