Sunday, August 31, 2008


I caved the other day and asked my Mom for advice on buying Dansk cookware from ebay.  She advised that up to $50 for any of the large pots with lids and up to $45 for the paella-type pan would be reasonable considering that these are no longer made and collectable for undamaged ones.

So I set a few maximum bids and let them run their course (not my usual ebay strategy).

And I ended up winning the one I wanted most!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

teak furniture

This must be another continuation of things my parents love that have been passed to me.  I found these pieces while searching for Dansk teak silverware (which I did find some sets of, we'll just have to see how the auctions fare price-wise, I'll let you know ;) ).

These pieces of teak furniture are so beautiful.  I really love teak wood, it's warm coloured and smells lovely.  These 50s and 60s shapes, with extra touches, like shelves and secret cabinets just make me fall in love with these.

This is a piano-shaped desk by Lovig (a Danish furniture workshop), dated 1964.  It has a bookcase and a lockable cupboard at the back, and three drawers in the front.  The top drawer has a sliding pen tray and is also lockable.

The back of the desk with the bookcase and lockable cupboard.

Drawers with tray

Teak framed coffee table with glass shelf.

These teak furniture pieces reminded me of the teak turned wood door handles and knobs that we make for our business.  My favourite ones have knots in the wood and sporadic lines, though not all customers are as enthusiastic about natural 'flaws'.  

Turned Wood Turning Handles, £44 the pair

Various turned wood knobs, £8 each

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


I have to admit that I do read horoscopes when I come across them.  I try to take them with a grain of salt, as most of them are so ambiguous that of course they become relevant to almost everyone who reads them.

However, recently my Mom forwarded me my horoscope from Harper's Bazaar USA for August 24th to September 23rd:

Work is daunting and colleagues have more confidence in your abilities than you do.  You should always take your career seriously and yourself less so.  You're getting wiser now, having recently pondered life's larger questions.  Let go of excess caution.

All I can say to that is.......

Thank you universe.

Maybe the next time Theo or David go on about how I am such a lucky person (like a good luck charm, not lucky for how things are) I will stop, let go of my caution, and just agree.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

itunes play count

I find it interesting to go on to my iTunes music and see what are the top played songs and the recently played songs.  I suppose it may give some insights into my personality...

Here are my top 15 played songs:

1)  No Bad News- Patty Griffin, Children Running Through (23)

2) Sleeping Lessons- The Shins, Wincing the Night Away (22)

3) Sugar Baby Love- The Rubettes (18)

4) The Melody of a Fallen Tree- Windsor for the Derby (18)

5) I Think I See the Light- Cat Stevens, Harold and Maude Soundtrack (17)

6) I'm the Man Who Loves You- Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (16)

7) Little Green Bag- George Baker, Reservoir Dogs Soundtrack (15)

8) Stars and Sons- Broken Social Scene, You Forgot It In People (13)

9) I Feel It All- Feist, The Reminder (13)

10) Naked As We Came- Iron & Wine, Our Endless Numbered Days (13)

11) Queen Bitch- David Bowie, Hunky Dory (13)

12) Heavenly Day- Patty Griffin, Children Running Through (13)

13) The 59th Bridge St Song- Simon and Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (13)

14)  You Are My Face- Wilco, Sky Blue Sky (13)

15)  The General Specific- Band of Horses, Cease to Begin (12)

* I do have to keep in mind that iTunes only changes these counts when I play the songs all the way through and don't skip to the next one, which I have to admit rarely happens

tuesday inspiration: keira knightley

Although I know that Keira Knightley isn't a favorite for most men, I think that she is really chic, and not the typical pretty girl. She doesn't seem to be too self-conscious either, just a wake-up and throw-on-whatever-is-near type of girl.

Some of these pictures of from the film The Edge of Love, about Dylan Thomas.  I haven't seen it yet, but I would really like to.  I guess now I will have to wait until it comes out on video.

Monday, August 25, 2008

fifi lapin

Recently I discovered that my mom reads Fifi Lapin as well.

I can't remember when I found this blogger, but I love how she combines fashion with fiction, creating a blog that revolves around a fashionable bunny, which manifests itself in hand-drawn pictures of Fifi wearing cutting-edge fashion.

If you haven't seen her before, I whole-heartedly recommend checking her out :)

Fifi is located in London and she did a recent post on the non-existent and rainy summer we have been having... 

A spread in Vogue on Fifi

I like her statement leopard coat with simple greys to not overwhelm.

I like this coat, it reminds me of Paddington Bear with the pop of yellow underneath

I love this floral dress, makes me think of a beautiful dress to wear for a formal occasion, or for after a wedding

I've seen that furry (real and non) coats are going to be back in style this winter.  This purple is too fun, I don't know if I could pull it off, but it's pretty cool.

Chic gold dress 

I love long cardigans

Beautiful cape and glasses combo

I like how Fifi doesn't always have to be uber-chic, she can also throw on a coat, jeans and matching scarf/hat during winter

Friday, August 22, 2008

covent garden night market walkabout

Here's the pictures from the Covent Garden Night Market I mentioned in my previous post.  Lots o' good food.

It made me conclude that I miss wholesale mushrooms.  Yes I do.

southbank walkabout

Last week I did a walk around the Southbank with SJ.  Here are some of the pictures from it.  We went to the Covent Garden August Night Market (only on in August) afterwards, but I'll post those pictures later this afternoon since there are a lot.

View on Lambeth Bridge, Parliament on the left, London Eye on the right.


'Statue' along Southwark, Tutu Hitler

Massive chair outside National Theatre

Carpets drying outside the National Theatre, maybe for Ralph Fiennes' Oedipus?

View of St. Paul's and the Gherkin

Sand artists

Bohemian sand artist making a frog prince

Steps down to the Thames.  When the tide is in you definitely can't go down...

Interesting rig in the Thames, maybe for a dive?

Art on the Tate Modern

Statue outside St. Paul's that looks like that faun in Pan's Labyrinth.

On to Covent Garden Night Market later...

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