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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

DOCUMENTARY: The Kon-Tiki Expedition

Six hardy Norwegians and one haughty parrot named Laurita recreate a prehistoric voyage from Peru to Polynesia. Adventure, anthropology, and an Oscar. Watch it here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

MUSIC: Those Dancing Days

Yves Saint Laurent shades in the darkness.

Monday, February 27, 2012

LOST ART: Buon Fresco

Painting in pigment mixed with water on "fresh" plaster.  
First developed in the ancient world and experienced a huge revival
with the masters during the Italian Renaissance.
That's me enjoying the 21st century comeback.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

EAT: Oysters

First, you need something like this to open the beast.
What does it taste like?  Who the hell knows.  
I usually just say it tastes like the ocean.  'Cause it does.

Always good raw (a squeeze of lemon, a spot of horseradish)
but this recipe is kickin!

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Tough stuff

Friday, February 24, 2012

STYLE: Band of Outsiders

NY Fashion Week.  Band of Outsiders Fall 2012 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

TRAVEL: Bristol, UK

Home of a suspension bridge and Archibald Leach (aka Cary Grant).  Jane Austen's heroines were frequent visitors.  Next time you're in the UK, take a ramble through this beautiful city.

This little shop was a favourite haunt of mine.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

DRINK: Templeton Rye

Prohibition-era recipe. 
Al Capone's whiskey of choice and a fave here at BnB.
Read about it here.  Buy it now here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

READ: Ogden Nash

A poem by Oggie always brightens the mood.

Case in point...

The Termite
Some primal termite knocked on wood 
And tasted it, and found it good! 
And that is why your Cousin May 
Fell through the parlor floor today.

Monday, February 20, 2012

EAT: Catfish Cakes

If your mouth ain't waterin' right now...then I don't know nuttin.
Grab your cast iron skillet and whip these babies up! Recipe here.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

HUE: Tangerine Tango

The 2012 Color of the Year is Pantone 17-1463, Tangerine Tango.
A brilliant reddish orange full of energy and charisma, 
very much so complementing the Dragon (see Chinese New Year post).
Read more about color here.

Friday, February 17, 2012

SHOE: Freda Salvador

These shoes and boots are right up BnB's alley!  Check it out here.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

POWER COUPLE: Charles and Ray Eames

The First Couple of Modern design.  He was an architect, engineer, and a steel-laborer.  She was a painter and textile artist, and graphic designer.  Together they epitomized American mid-Century style.

Fall in love here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

HERITAGE: Valentine's Day

The first commercial Valentine's Day card created and produced by Esther Howland, an 1847 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and a contemporary of Emily Dickinson.  She was 19 at the time.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

WAKE UP: Rockapella

Friday, February 10, 2012


The graphic designer behind many a film's title sequence.
Above video is a montage of some of his juiciest openings.
Below is the capstone, the title to Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.
Read more about Saul here.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

CLASSIC: 100 Years of L.L. Bean

L.L.Bean celebrates its first hundy this year.  Hot dog!
It doesn't get much better than Leon Leonwood Bean's first product,
 the rugged, functional, classic, good-looking Bean Boot.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

ARTIST: marketadotdotdot

With whimsy and humor, Marketa's style is unmistakable.
She's taking pointillism to the next level.
Pick up a painting or a sock monkey here

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

SCENT: For each, a season

Monday, February 6, 2012

BE: Audrey

Then dance your heart out.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

DRIVE: Station Wagon

1948 Woodie, 1968 International Scout, 1973 Series 3 Land Rover, 1990 Volvo 240, 1983 Mercedes Benz 300TD
Because all the best cars were once farm equipment

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