Thursday, March 25, 2010
Courtesy of Gilt.com
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Books I have read and love:
- Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
- Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
- The Beach by Alex Garland
- Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes
- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
- Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
- A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
- Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Books I have not read, but plan on reading as soon as possible:
- Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
- Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Le Moulin de la Galette is definitely one of my favorite paintings of all time, painted in 1876 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. I have admired Renoir's work ever since I was a little girl when my Opa bought me a huge coffee table book of the artists various paintings. I remember admiring that book for hours and hours on the floor of my bedroom as a little girl. In this particular painting it is evident that unlike his friend Monet, Renoir maintained a deep interest in figurative painting. He was quite interested in social types, he observed the attire of his subjects very carefully; what kind of hats they were wearing, the style of the jackets or dresses, the way a woman wore her hair, how she held her body. He painted particular social types that were recognizable. This trend towards social types tells us something about the painter as well, it shows us how impressionist painting is from a psychological and physical type. Renoir invites the spectator into the scene, by adopting that very standpoint. The character thus that the painter is embodying is the casual male observer of modern life of particularly Parisian life, a character that is known as the flaneur. He paints all of these social scenes that are open to him (cafes, bars, dance halls). Le Moulin de la Galette is a very colorful scene, an idol pleasure of relaxation, and portrayal of popular Parisian life. Some of his friends appear in the image as well, but his main aim was to convey a joyful atmosphere at this popular destination. The look is carefree, glamorous, and flirtatious. This study of the moving crowd is full of natural and artificial light. He used quick short brushstrokes and quick dabs of brilliant color, which is what animates the work.
Courtesy of Xiamen Red Fire Art Co., Ltd.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Located on Notre Dame St. Ouest, Montreal is a small and cozy restaurant owned by the man of the famous Joe Beef and McKiernan. The atmosphere was the deal breaker; I fell in love with the artsy SoHo, New York styled eclectic decor and warm feel of the place. It had two separate small rooms, the first was the entrance with a gorgeous bar and in a little doorway to your right was the seating area that was small and intimate. There were paintings hung up around the entire venue along with randomly placed bookshelves and antlers...I instantly fell in love. I started off with braised octopus salad with chickpeas and then moved along to rabbit rolled and stuffed with truffles and a thin slice of bacon on top of a light risotto which was amazing. It was definitely on the more expensive side, but well worth it. I had a fabulous time drinking loads of wine and discussing the Communist Manifesto with the people I love most in life.
Photos courtesy of 'rationalpassion2' (photobucket)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Surprisingly this was something that my Dad out of all people told me about! I signed up to be on the waiting list for this site so I have not seen exactly how it works, but basically once you are accepted into the site they email you daily informing you on a handful of items of high end designer clothing, accessories, etc...that are up to 70% off! You only have a couple of hours to purchase these items on a first come, first serve basis. This epic site is the ultimate fashionista's haven that resembles a secret blow-out high designer warehouse sale in some loft in Manhattan. Sound like fun? Sign up now! http://www.gilt.com/