21 November 2011

Please and Thanks

How lovely and elegant are these Thanksgiving platters from West Elm? I love the calligraphy and gold on white. In fact, everything at West Elm has looked really good to me lately.

I thought we (we as in the city of Pittsburgh) were supposed to be getting a store in Bakery Square? Pretty please? I was so excited for that prospect.

I am also very excited to celebrate Thanksgiving. It means baby's first plane trip and introductions to extended family members he has yet to meet. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for this year.

14 November 2011

Fabulous Faberge at the Frick

A must-see in Pittsburgh: Faberge at the Frick, which runs through January 15th. My mom was in town this weekend, so we strolled down the street with baby to see a collection of exquisite objet d'art commissioned for Russian and northern European aristocrats and royalty at the turn of the 20th century.

The house of Faberge used a variety of metals, enamel and colored stones to create functional luxuries, such as a stone page turner, a gold encrusted doorbell cover, jeweled desk clocks, and sparkling cigarette cases, which look more like very expensive Blackberry and iPhone covers in today's age. It also makes me wonder what other luxuries are quietly commissioned today. Most people, including myself, think first of the eggs (there is not an egg in this extensive collection).

My favorite was the little dunlin, a bird carved out of rose jasper with the natural formations of the stone appearing like delicate feathers.

There has been much ado about this exhibit, and the behind the scenes blog is quite interesting. I hope to get back and tour Clayton, the Frick mansion, which is currently holding a special complementary exhibit: All that Glitters: Luxury in the Golden Age.

09 November 2011

Ballet in the Sky

If you haven't already seen this video gone viral of a starling murmuration in Scotland, you must watch. The perfect choreography of the flocks movements puzzles even the most renowned scientists. It reminds us how beautiful and purposeful nature truly is.
Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

08 November 2011

Crafty gift ideas

Somehow it's already that time of year again-- the super-sized indie craft fair Handmade Arcade is this Saturday. I don't mean to sound whiny, as I am just one modest shopper seeking some creative stocking stuffers for friends and family, but I miss it at the Armory and in December, no? (I am also one of those who really doesn't want to celebrate holiday cheer until after Thanksgiving.) The upside of it at the Convention Center is that it is huge and full of interesting vendors, and maybe less hectic being in early November and all.

01 November 2011

Film Festivities

The Three Rivers Film Festival begins this Friday, November 4th  and the lineup looks pretty interesting. A nice variety of foreign, indies, documentaries and dramas, the festival also has a shorts competition and other special events, including some screenings hosted by the directors.

Showing on November 8th and 9th is the just-released third design documentary from Gary Hustwit, Urbanized, which focuses on designing environments for urban growth.

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