(in the grass of a clearing)

June 22, 2009

♥ I really love vintage maps, both because they’re often very beautiful, and because it’s fascinating to see the ways in which various parts of the world were depicted/known at the time of the map’s creation.

This one is a world map from 1864, from VintageMaps.com. It’s much too pricey for me (most are), but I love to look at them and would really like to have one on my wall someday.

♥ A couple of musical things that are making me happy lately:

This live performance of The Bird and The Bee’s cover (from the Please Clap Your Hands EP) of The Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love” is beautiful, swoon-worthy, and so gorgeous:

I quite like their music in general, but this is especially lovely.

& This is Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists), performing a solo version of The Decemberists’ “We Both Go Down Together,” one of my favorite of their songs (and, ha, yes, I will admit that part of the reason that I love it is that my name is in it (“Meet me on my vast veranda/ My sweet, untouched Miranda/ And while the seagulls are crying/ We fall but our souls are flying”), and my name doesn’t appear in songs too frequently, but it’s also just a gorgeous and lovely song overall), a version of which appears on his wonderful live album, Colin Meloy Sings Live!. This was apparently recorded in an elevator in Amsterdam in 2007. It’s a beautiful and adorable performance:

♥ I really like this darling dress, from Only Hearts’ spring collection:

And this one, too, from Odd Molly’s spring collection:

They’re both so wonderfully ethereal and pretty and summer-y!
(Images taken from their websites.)

♥ And, oh, how I love this wonderful bag that I recently ordered from Topshop. It’s important to me that my bags are big enough to hold quite a few things, have a long enough strap to go across my body if I want to wear them that way, have a top zipper, and are not leather, and this one is all of those things, plus it’s so soft, too!:


(Image taken from their website.)

And me & the bag, yesterday. I love that coat that I’m wearing, too:

i love my new bag so much

& This was taken at my parents’ house yesterday. More coat love!:

in one of my parents' bathrooms, today

(I’ve redesigned the blog quite a bit, and have moved it from wordpress.com to .org (in order to have more control over the design), and that has changed the url for the feed, which is now feed://www.burningtheletters.net/?feed=atom Thanks!)

♥ More soon!


we should boycott women who don't cry

June 15, 2009

Anna Karina is so delightfully pretty and wonderful!:

(The first is from Une Femme est une Femme, the second from Bande à Part)

And here’s a beautiful video of Anna singing “Sous le Soleil Exactement”:

Oh how that makes me want to be on a windy beach on a slightly overcast day, romping about in lovely clothes and with windblown hair, giggling and enjoying the wistful beauty and ephemerality of it all. ♥

It’s from Anna, a French television special from 1967, with music by Serge Gainsbourg (who also sang “Sous le Soleil Exactement.” I much prefer his version, but Anna is so charming and lovely that I quite like hers, too.) I haven’t yet had the chance to see it in its entirety, but would love to, as the clips I’ve seen are wonderfully beautiful and dreamlike.

& Another adorable clip from Anna, with Anna and Serge:

That’s really quite delicious! ♥

Lots of loveliness, indeed.

(The subject line is a quote from her character in Une Femme est une Femme.)

More soon!


we should boycott women who don’t cry

June 15, 2009

Anna Karina is so delightfully pretty and wonderful!:








(The first is from Une Femme est une Femme, the second from Bande à Part)

And here’s a beautiful video of Anna singing “Sous le Soleil Exactement”:

Oh how that makes me want to be on a windy beach on a slightly overcast day, romping about in lovely clothes and with windblown hair, giggling and enjoying the wistful beauty and ephemerality of it all. ♥

It’s from Anna, a French television special from 1967, with music by Serge Gainsbourg (who also sang “Sous le Soleil Exactement.” I much prefer his version, but Anna is so charming and lovely that I quite like hers, too.) I haven’t yet had the chance to see it in its entirety, but would love to, as the clips I’ve seen are wonderfully beautiful and dreamlike.

& Another adorable clip from Anna, with Anna and Serge:

That’s really quite delicious! ♥

Lots of loveliness, indeed.

(The subject line is a quote from her character in Une Femme est une Femme.)

More soon!


god save tudor houses, antique tables, and billiards

June 7, 2009

I love early summer

Early summer is delicious and so very cheering. ♥ That’s a polaroid photo of a tree outside of my apartment, and, to photograph it, I laid it on one of my favorite vintage sheets. Prettiness!

The quote is from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 56, one of my favorites:

Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said
Thy edge should blunter be than appetite,
Which but to-day by feeding is allay’d,
To-morrow sharpened in his former might:
So, love, be thou, although to-day thou fill
Thy hungry eyes, even till they wink with fulness,
To-morrow see again, and do not kill
The spirit of love, with a perpetual dulness.
Let this sad interim like the ocean be
Which parts the shore, where two contracted new
Come daily to the banks, that when they see
Return of love, more blest may be the view;
Or call it winter, which being full of care,
Makes summer’s welcome, thrice more wished, more rare.

This morning, I had an errand to do, and I drove around listening to The Kinks (specifically, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, which is lovely. “The Village Green Preservation Society” is one of my favorite songs ever (the subject line is from it.)) and drinking some yummy coffee. Here I am on my porch after getting back:

She hearts her coffee

♥ Here’s a video of them performing “All Day and All of the Night,” from 1965. Totally adorable & cheeky, too!

I love it when Dave Davies does his wacky-cute guitar solos. Angus Young totally copied some of those moves :)

More soon! xo


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