Austen v. Bronte

We all know Jane Austen would win. If you don't know that, then maybe you should find another tumblr.
philamuseum:

In the film “Versailles ‘73: American Runway Revolution,” director Deborah Riley Draper illustrates how ten women and five American ready-to-wear designers challenged the five lions of French haute couture in a showdown that transformed the fashion business forever.Watch a screening of the film tonight with an introduction by the director. Tweet your best questions to #Versailles73 and she will address them during the talk.Patrick Kelly, Spring/Summer 1989 Collection, Photograph by Oliviero Toscani

philamuseum:

In the film “Versailles ‘73: American Runway Revolution,” director Deborah Riley Draper illustrates how ten women and five American ready-to-wear designers challenged the five lions of French haute couture in a showdown that transformed the fashion business forever.

Watch a screening of the film tonight with an introduction by the director. Tweet your best questions to #Versailles73 and she will address them during the talk.

Patrick Kelly, Spring/Summer 1989 Collection, Photograph by Oliviero Toscani

leevesandberries:

I don’t know about you but I can hardly believe it is already almost October. There is something about summer that makes time feel the need to speed by way too fast. I can’t say I am not ready for fall though. Although summer as a whole seems to have flown by there were some days in there where the heat made it feel like we had been in summer for 100 years. 

My husband and I got a chance to escape the summer heat with a trip to San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest (post coming soon!). It was such a lovely time spent with some greatly missed friends. Between having some amazing seafood on the coast and reading Sprouted Kitchen’s post about Alaska and salmon I have been having some mad cravings for fish- especially salmon. 

I found this recipe buried in my computer and though I can’t remember where it came from I do remember it was one of my favorites. You can’t beat the simplicity of these ingredients and the minimal time that it takes to prepare. At first glance you may think that this would produce something rather bland in flavor but I promise you that is not the case. It’s all in that slow cooking method! 

For some other goodies: I finally got to watch Ernest & Celestine (twice) and fell in love with it. I can’t wait to share it with my future little ones someday. I’ve been reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and only being a third of the way into it I am already enchanted. I’ve been listening to TW Walsh’s album Songs of Pain and Leisure an embarrassingly amount lately. Oh and this video had me dying of cuteness.  

Slow Baked Lemon & Thyme Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of salmon, skin on
  • 1 tbsp of fresh chopped thyme
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  •  sea salt and pepper
  •  2 lemon wedges (for serving)

Method:

1. Pre heat the oven to 275 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place the salmon on the prepared baking sheet, skin side down. 

3. In a small bowl  mix together the chopped thyme, olive oil and lemon zest. 

4. Evenly spread the thyme mixture over the salmon filet then season with salt and pepper. 

5. Allow to stand for 10 minutes for flavors to meld then bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until salmon is just opaque in the center. Serve with lemon wedges. 

thekhooll:

Saltscapes San Francisco Bay Cris Benton

Benton’s images allow us to slip our earthly bonds and see the world from new heights, his aerial views offering a fresh perspective on familiar landscapes. Surprising and sublime, Saltscapes can be enjoyed equally as a collection of art photography and a portrait of ecological transformation and resilience.”

(Source: archatlas)

obitoftheday:

Obit of the Day: The Royal Milliner

For more than thirty years Philip Somerville served as the milliner to Queen Elizabeth II, a busy job since Her Royal Highness was never spotted without something atop her head. Mr. Somerville made approximately 50 hats a year for the Queen.

Born in England, Mr. Somerville did not began his work with hats until his early 20s after trying his hand in the Merchant Marines and as an actor in Australia. In the late 1960s he returned to England ostensibly to work for the Star Hat company which had sent him abroad, but instead he was hired away by Otto Lucas, a designer of couture headwear.

Working on his own after Mr. Lucas’ death, Mr. Somerville was invited to design hats for Queen Elizabeth beginning in the 1980s. (No specific year was listed in the sources.) Not long after, her daughter-in-law Princess Diana also requested her own line of Somerville-designed chapeaus.

He credited Diana with returning the hat to some level of prominence in British society as young people became attracted to her choices of headwear.

Mr. Somerville’s designs were eventually seen on the heads of upperclass women across England. He even designed the headwear wore by Xenia (Famke Janssen) in the Bond film Goldeneye and Elektra King (Sophie Marceau) in The World is Not Enough.

Nearing the end of his career, Mr. Somerville designed a black and white, broad-brimmed feathered cap for Kate Middleton in June 2008. She wore it to Prince William’s induction into the Order of the Garter. The hat was later sold at auction in 2012 for £3,222, more than 10 times its original price.

Philip Somerville, who retired in 2008, passed away at age 84 on September 14, 2014.

Sources: The Telegraph and The Daily Mail

Images:

Top - Queen Elizabeth II wearing a Philip Somerville straw hat to the Buckingham Palace Garden Party, June 2014, courtesy of royalhats.wordpress.com and copyright of the Associated Press

Center - Princess Diana wearing a turban hat during a visit to Dubai in 1989. The hat was specifically designed to keep her hair concealed in a small attempt to honor the dress code of the United Arab Emirates. The photo is courtesy of Socialite Life.

Bottom - Kate Middleton wearing the above mentioned Somerville creation to the 2008 Order of the Garter ceremony. Courtesy of hellomagazine.com

Also relevant on Obit of the Day:

Murray Arbeid - Dress designer for Princess Diana

Raymond Hudd - American couture milliner

Lady Pulbrook - Royal florist

(via omgthatdress)

bookstalker:

books:

Tumblr Takes The Brooklyn Book Festival!

This Sunday, 9/21, hundreds of authors and plenty of your favorite publishers, bookstores, and librarians will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival. If you can be there, you totally should. But if not, our team of Tumblr Correspondents will be able to make you feel like you are with photos, gifs, drawings, quotes, writing tips, advice, reviews and more.

Follow this ace team at lastnightsreading, bookstalker, pith, yeahwriters, brooklynbook, jenhedonia, brooklynbrooke, and twentysomethingvagabond, or stick to books.tumblr.com where we’ll post their highlights all day long.

Are you coming too? Share your coverage with the #BKBF tag.

Sweet. I’ve always wanted to be part of an ace team!