This Week Inspired By:

BIRTHDAYS! Okay, my birthday in particular. I will be turning [insert random age here] on Friday! So it’s time for a happy birthday week, inspired by some of my favorite things.

Mad Men

The return of Mad Men has made me so happy. I feel like I’ve stepped back in time with them. And I’m loving Don’s new apartment.

Song of the Week: Young Forever by Jay-Z

(Yes, I remember the original by Alphaville.)

Quote of the Week

Harold and Maude
Just watched this movie for the first time last weekend. What timing! This movie is all about someone older who embraces life and wants to truly live, who meets a young man who wants to die. Quirky, weird, unorthodox, and beautiful.

Michelle Dockery

Guess who’s on the cover of Vanity Fair?

I’m sorry, Juliana Margolies, Claire Danes, and Sophia Vergara. You are gorgeous women, but Michelle Dockery really is the standout here.

English Rose done to perfection. She also played one of my favorite literary characters ever, Susan from Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather.

What’s inspiring you this week?

This Week Inspired By…

Everybody needs some inspiration. My inspirations for this week:

Lola Montez

Not admirable, but jaw-dropping. In brief (there is so much more than this!): An Irish girl who went to Spain, learned to dance (badly), went to Bavaria (pretending she was Spanish), performed a tarantella dance where she pretended there were spiders all over her skirt (just so she could lift it high). Carried a whip. Bedded a king (Ludwig of Bavaria), who built her a castle. Got chased out of Bavaria by angry Bavarians. Opened a cabaret in California during the Gold Rush, where she was the only performer. Died alone and unrecognized on the streets of New York. My favorite Lola story is as follows: She had an affair with composer Franz Liszt (a notorious womanizer himself). His exit strategy out of that relationship was to lock her into their hotel room while she slept, and leave money at the front desk for all the furniture he knew she would break when she woke up. And yes, “Whatever Lola Wants” is based on Lola Montez.

My Daguerreotype Boyfriend

This Tumblr account is rocking my world.* Pictures of hot guys throughout history.

*(This guy’s plaid pants are also rocking my world.)

The Week’s Mantra:

Song of the Week (or the month, or the year, or until I get tired of it, which seems like will NEVER happen)

Gotye featuring Kimbra
Somebody I Used to Know

What are your inspirations for the week ahead?

What Have I Done For You Lately?

Having this blog makes me happy. It channels something I already do (incessant internet searches for cool, reasonable stuff), into something I can share. Sometimes I write about stuff I already own, and sometimes I write about what I want to own. This blog has even gotten me to pull my credit card out from time to time; because of this blog I have bought a LOT of MAC Cosmetics, a dress, a pair of driving gloves, and matching flocked hangers for my closet.

So I was wondering: have you ever bought anything because of this blog? Maybe subscribed to Birchbox or bought some amazing Zoya polish because you saw it here? If the answer is yes, I’d love to know what you bought! Comment below, so we can share in the shopping!