Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Picture of Pretty: The Audrey Hepburn Effect

Lily Cole / Elle Russia

Audrey Hepburn in her ingenue years (early 1950's to early 1960's) is my all-time favorite style icon. Elements of her style -- both on-screen and off -- continue to inspire me and countless others. Audrey "looks" have a distinct pedigree; they are unquestionably classics. An enduring lesson in how to be lovely.

My latest post at The Picture of Pretty is a study of that style as it continues to inform modern fashion. It was a bit of work and a lot of fun. 

See it here … and enjoy!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

I Came, I Saw, I Blogged It!

Well, I've been threatening to do it for a long while now. Start another (yes another) blog.

So I did. I mean, I ACTUALLY set it up on Wordpress (I'm learning -- boy howdy it's pretty easy!) and have blogged. Once. One post, so far, on The Picture of PrettyIf you care to view it (I'd say read but it's mostly pictures), it's here:


I don't know quite what the future of Buttercup Bungalow is. Nor can I predict what this new blog will (or won't) be. I only know that I have more energy and ideas that I can confine to a single blog. Or two blogs, apparently. I suspect that Buttercup Bungalow isn't going anywhere soon, though it may lie fallow for a while. Wouldn't be the first time. 

Then again, in a month, I could be so tired and brain fogged that I can barely get my primary blog done (The Daily Corgi), but let's just do today. For sanity's sake, stay in the day. It's worth a shot. 

It is good to have more creative energy than I know what to do with. Sometimes it just goes that way. The depression and relentless anxiety clear away enough to permit me room to DO, to MAKE, to spend my time doing something other than just BEING. Maybe the longer days and arrival of Spring have something to do with it? It certainly isn't working against me, after the long New England winter!

Can't wait to see the first flower or blade of grass. It's been a brutal one here.

Happy Spring! Happy new things! Yay!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

On the occasion of Heidi's birthday, Elvis has a message ...

… because a legend never REALLY leaves the room.

Hey little lady, I hear it's your birthday. I've got a smooch with your name on it.

That one's between us. Don't kiss and tell.

I bought you three teddy bears. Because your friend Laurie told me you like teddy bears.

Won't you be my teddy bear?

For you, birthday gal, my best blue steel gaze. Are you weak in the knees yet?

It's not true that I ain't nothin' but a hound dog. Those rumors are all piffle and nonsense, babe.

So tell me this, darlin'. Are you lonesome tonight?

Will your birthday candles be alight?

I got enough candles to light your fire. Forget about that handsome husband.

Let me serenade you. I can rock your bobby socks. You know it, I know it.

It's a one night only offer, my Iowa peach. I donned this tux just for you. (My gold suit is at the cleaner's).

Just close your eyes and I'll be there. 

(p.s. Don't tell your husband. If I go mano to mano over a woman, I always win).