Life has been a whirlwind since I returned from Baltimore and DC.  The museums were lovely…I just wish I had more time to see everything!  Here are a few pics of works of art from the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art.  More to come soon!


The Metropolitan Museum of Art just might be my favorite place in the world.  I got to spend a little time there while I was in New York last week.  There are so many amazing works of art to see that I took photos so that I could continue looking at them even after I returned home.  Enjoy!

1885 Wedding of Mary (May) Primrose and Major Herbert Littledale from the Victoria & Albert Museum

I’m working on a lecture about fashion and glamour in works of art, and I’ve discovered that the Victoria & Albert Museum in London has vast online resources in their “Fashion, Jewellery, and Accessories” department.  From Wedding Fashion to 1960s Fashion and Textiles to Corsets & Crinoline and lots of things in between, this is a treasure trove of images and essays about the history of fashion.

Click on each image to link to more info on the V&A’s website.

Hair ornament in the form of an orchid, made by Philippe Wolfers, Belgium, 1905-7, Victoria & Albert Museum

Day dress, England, c. 1836-1840, Victoria & Albert Museum

I spent this past weekend with my three sisters for our second annual sisters weekend.  We met in Oklahoma City, and I found a little time to visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.  I looked past the abundance of Chihuly glass and found several lovely ladies in their collection, which I thought was fitting for this particular weekend!  Click on each photo to see a larger version.

My 2010 Kate Spade calendar is hanging on my kitchen wall, and I’ve used the last week of vacation to get things in order for the new year.  My home and yard are tidy, my wardrobe and shoes are mended and polished (and a few new essentials have been added!), and my car is currently in the shop for maintenance.  I love the feeling of starting the new year on top of things.

I have lots of goals for 2010 including reading more books, sewing more garments,  seeing new places, running regularly, improving my posture, and having more fun.  I also want to cultivate elegance in my everyday.

These photos by Richard Avedon epitomize elegance and glamour, and I hope that they inspire you as much as they inspire me.  Best wishes for an amazing 2010!

A few years ago I was at the Whitney Museum in New York, browsing through their bookstore.  I came across the exhibition catalog for Alex Katz Paints Ada, a 2007  show at the Jewish Museum.  This book explores the subject of Ada as muse for her husband’s paintings.  Ada is an elegant subject, and I love the idea of the artist’s wife as muse.  Visit the Jewish Museum’s website to see several of Katz’s portrayals of Ada.

I visited Houston last weekend to see the Menil Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.  I especially love the Cy Twombly Gallery, and I visited the Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall for the first time.  The Menil Collection neighborhood is beautiful and a great place for taking photos.

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