Thursday, May 29, 2008


Oh my, I just rewatched Pasolini's mesmerizing Medea, and was again enraptured by the organic scenery and fantastic costumes. Bead-encrusted lapis lazuli vestments and heavy golden necklaces in Colchis (patchwork blankets in all kinds of blue for the horses!), and in Thessaly tie-dyed robes, filmy veils and feathery layers in every color under the sun.

Unfortunately, I could not find any photos on the internet, but if you appreciate arty films and imaginative costume design, this oneiric experience is definately a must!

Maria Callas as Medea

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Missa of Thrift Candy also quirk tagged me: 
"The rules of the game are to link the person who tagged you, to tag 6 other bloggers and let them know where the rules are found, and then to post 6 of your quirks". 

Quirk No. 1: When bathing, I have to get in the tub as soon as the water is let in. I lay there and scrub while the bath fills and as soon as it is full, it's time to get out! For reasons only Freud can decipher, I cannot abide still water in a confined space.

Quirk No. 2: Globs of butter and dollops of cream are a must in every meal I prepare. Somehow nothing tastes good to me unless it's full of creamy richness. In our diet-obsessed world, people usually turn up their nose mumbling "calories...", or start lecturing me on clogged arteries. I'm not a porker, however, and the last blood test showed low cholesterol. If you ask me, obsessing and chastising ourselves makes food stick, while indulging in what we enjoy (to a moderate degree of course) allows the body to relax and lose excess pounds!

Quirk No. 3: Occasionally I don't want to see anyone for days, and hole up reading, pottering, painting or going on thrifting forays nobody knows of. Maybe that explains why "The Hermit" Tarot card always was one of my favorites, and even at 16, before learning of Tarot, I was strangely drawn to the artwork on the Led Zeppelin IV album.

Quirk No. 4: Battle scenes in movies give me a thrill - not that I'm bloodthirsty, but I do enjoy a skillful scuffle with phallic weapons or Roman infantry tactics.

Quirk No. 5: I collect novels that are set in cold, inhospitable climates. Detesting and suffering terribly under low temperatures myself, It is my way of vicariously taking part in adventures I physically wouldn't be equipped for. Especially in the summer, I love to reread a favorite while sweltering in the tropical heat that seems to have become the norm here.

Quirk No. 6: I love all things round and organic (read: lop-sided, asymmetrical) whether vegetable or mineral (don't think animals come in such a form).

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Ohmygoodness, I've been tagged - by the lovely Missa of Thrift Candy! I feel so honored. Here goes...

5 things found in my purse:
  • a registered customer card for Volkshilfe W├╝rfel (Austrian thrift chain)
  • Clinique Mango Tint superbalm
  • a rescusitation mask
  • my battered and loose-at-the-ends Nokia phone (once it even fell down 3 flights of stairs - and survived!)
  • flyers for a petition to save certain concert venues in Vienna from being taken over by a dodgy agenda
5 things found in my bag:
  • a floral print umbrella recently given to me by a friend
  • Tom Ford sunglasses bought cheaply off another friend whom they didn't suit (lucky for me!)
  • a piece of one of my vintage lucite tulip chairs the cats broke. I know it can't be repaired, but I keep thinking when I pass an arts and crafts  shop, I will pop in and ask
  • my Kodak EasyShare digital camera
  • lots of tissues - sniffles in winter, hayfever in spring!
5 favorite things in my room:
  • several little thrifted vases found all in one day, arranged on a chest of drawers
  • the beginning of a vintage cushion collection (so far only 2)
  • a periwinkle thrifted nightie
  • 2 colorfully striped shoe boxes that hold 2 pairs of black boots from Shu!
  • my Rider-Waite Tarot Deck
5 things I've always wanted to do:
  • travel through Andalusia again (I felt so totally at home there the one time I visited)
  • visit cowboy country (after reading Annie Proulx's books and books she recommended on her website)
  • have my own shop offering wonderful thrift finds as well as tea and good chats
  • restyle a few ladies of my acquaintance - rid their wardrobes of unflattering clothes and shop for pieces that pull the whole thing together
  • do the same with someone's living space
5 things I am currently into:
  • thrifting, thrifting, thrifting!
  • a positive outlook - after years of being a grumpy old bag, optimism is sooo much more fun
  • going to concerts
  • wish lists
  • colors
5 impressions on Missa:
  • I love her natural/hippie vibe!
  • She has a great eye for flea market finds...
  • well as for throwing clothes together in individual ways
  • I like her writing style, it flows and draws the reader into getting excited about the things she is excited about
  • She just has great taste overall!

The quirks game is next!

Friday, May 23, 2008


Two items I never thought could be worn outdoors without looking like a) a cat lady or b) a Golden Girl: t-shirts with feline faces on them and jumpsuits. These girls caught by Facehunter pull them off wonderfully!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Lonely Melon

The color of watermelon was so striking against the grey road...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Serial Fleamarketing

Peregrinimarkt, Servitengasse, 1090 Vienna

The thrifting gods are certainly smiling down on me these days. Not only did I find the decorative duckies below at the Peregrinimarkt this morning, but yet another book I have been wishing for - on the healing power of herbs and plants. It has lovely color illustrations, and the fact that it is in German won't have me running for the dictionary whenever I want to try out some new concoction.

Why am I constantly thrifting lately? The fleamarket season has opened! Well, at least in my area. Tomorrow, the Schubertkirche will be holding one all day in the Marktgasse (1090), the legendary fleamarket in the Neubaugasse (1070) takes place on the 30th and 31st May, and on the 31st May and 1st June, the Kolpinghaus (1090) will be selling second-hand ware for charity. I plan to visit every single one of them!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Thrilled to Bits

The Christ Church Vienna is having a book sale today and tomorrow, with the largest selection of English second-hand books in town. There is material for historians, art-collectors, those searching for books on philosophy and psychology, literary criticism, plays and poetry, not to mention trashy novels galore! New children's books can be had too, and pretty coffee table books on interior decor, home improvement and crafts. I was there today and paid less than € 20.- for 11 books:

To my utter amazement and delight, I found a copy of the book accompanying Jane Brocket's wonderful blog, Yarnstorm. I was planning to order it from Amazon as soon as I am flush again, but it found me instead!

Christ Church Spring Book Sale
Fri 16th May, 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 17th May, 10:00 - 17:00
Salesianergasse 24, 1030 Vienna

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Market Day

I sniffled my way into town for an allergy test this morning, and decided to go back home via the Naschmarkt. Its colors and smells are always so inspiring. How I managed to walk by the fruit and veg without buying some of everything is a mystery to me. Instead, lots of fresh herbs landed in my bag...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

An Apple a Day...

I've been ill since the weekend, but in spite of a heavy cold (in May!) and major hayfever, have gone out once a day so far to catch some of the beautiful weather. That probably wasn't the best idea, so today I am spending the entire day at home watching episodes of Columbo ("One more thing..."), playing with my camera and some water-colors. Hopefully, my bowl of fruity goodness will keep me from having to visit the doc.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Smiling All the Way Home

I picked this scarf up at my local thrift store today, loving its colors and texture. It was only on the bus on my way home that I checked the label - Missoni! I should have known, but wasn't really thinking "designer" while burrowing through rummage goods. Needless to say, I am rather stoked...

Monday, May 12, 2008

Purple Haze

Bag: gift from a friend
Ballerinas: D'Ambrosio

"From ancient times, violet has been known to be the color of spirit. It enhances spiritual power and creativity. (About wearing it:) To some people, violet indicates the dreamer, the mystique, and the lonely thinker."


16, Yppenplatz

Seen during my wanderings today...

20, along the Donaukanal

Friday, May 9, 2008


From a 60s women's magazine found at my grandmother's.

She might be love-sick, hung-over, or just having a bad attack of the blahs. Illustrating one of the obligatory soppy love stories included in most German women's magazines of the 60s and 70s, the girl is probably mooning over some guy and waiting (hopefully not in vain) for him to call. 

I love reading the advice columns of yesteryear (it's amazing how little has changed since then), but cannot bring myself to indulge in the romances. It seems paradoxical to warn girls of rogues in real life, but then have happy story endings in which she miraculously reforms him. The mixed messages continue in the 80s where...

"...the fashion pages of magazines such as Cosmopolitan now seem to specialize in telling the career girl what to wear to charm the particular wrong type of man who reads Playboy, while the editorial pages tell her how to cope with the resulting psychic damage".
- from The Language of Clothes, by Alison Lurie

What was it in the 90s? And today? 

Thursday, May 8, 2008


Oh to be a cat.
Get away with everything,
at least in my house.

2 Souvenirs...

...I brought back from Turkey last summer.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


After subjecting my pale complexion to years of muted tones, it now demands bright and deep hues, and has me rushing around the thrift stores in a frenzy to satisfy it. I found this scarf yesterday, and am just crazy about its colors. Looking at them was affecting me in some way I couldn't figure out, so I read this. For those of you who share a love of indigo: 

"By wearing indigo clothes you show that you have an unconventional way of being. You seem individualistic and radical. You show that you are interested in others and new ideas with a philosophical and universal background".


Thursday, May 1, 2008

One of Us

In light of the horrific discovery made in Amstetten of late, I'd like to share an excerpt from Khalil Gibran's "The Prophet":

"Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as thought he were not one of you, but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world.

But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,

So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.

And as a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree,

So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all.

Like a procession you walk together towards your good-self.

You are the way and the wayfarers.

And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone.

Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who, though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone".