Friday, May 8, 2015
Leave her to Heaven won the Academy Award for best cinematography in 1945, but that’s only part¬†of why I’m suggesting this film.
The color throughout the movie is beautiful, a dreamy palette of teal and white, but to me this film is all about Gene Tierney. Specifically in the infamous boat scene above. I watch this movie for that scene alone.
She embodies the perfect idea of 1940′s fashion. ¬†Great hair, perfect makeup, gorgeous sunglasses, and of course big shoulders. Not to mention she plays a great femme fatale.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
For those of you planning some time in Italy this summer, over the next couple of weeks i’ll be sharing a few tips of places you really must visit.
Florence is an obvious must see for ANY trip to Italy.
Tucked away on Via del Porcellana,¬†is Trattoria Sostanza. I hate to use the phrase “it feels like old italy“, ¬†but this place really does.
It’s tiny and it’s crowded, but it’s so charismatic and the food is SO good. You have to try the chicken dish (i don’t remember what it’s called exactly….but I bet you could just say Chicken!!! and they’ll know). The last time i was there, I had the pasta (pictured above) and it was equally as good.
I think it’s usually pretty packed at night, so lunch seems like a better option. Whichever time of the day you choose is up to you, but make sure you spend at least one meal at Trattoria Sostanza.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Sometimes it can be very hard figuring out who to follow (even harder trying to sift through hundreds of accounts to find one that might actually inspire you).
The Costume Institute Library (@costumeinstitutelibrary) is a great surprise because a library within a museum would typically be the last type of institution you’d expect to find using a social media tool such as Instagram to their advantage.
Several photos are posted each day from The Costume Reference Library at The MET Museum of Art. Photos are taken daily by¬†Librarian¬†Julie L√™.
How clever to take something that would usually be quite private, and make it so easily accessible to many.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
I actually bought Volume II about six months ago and fell in love with it immediately. (Ive been looking for volume I ever since). Luckily on my last trip to Milan I found Volume I at Rizzoli and bought it immediately.
As you can see from the images, this is the best book on Italian interiors I’ve ever seen.
HOWEVER, I’d love to hear if you guys think there’s another book that’s even better than this.¬†Please share it with us.¬†It will make a win win for everyone.
Antiques IL Gusto Classico Negli Interni Italiani Volume I
By Roberto Valeriani
Photographs by Mario Ciampi
Published by Verba Volant Ltd.