Wednesday, December 31, 2008


This top has always reminded me of Hokusai's Great Wave or View of Mount Fuji. It's a size small (says medium though) and is made of acetate/elastane (stretchy!). I have not worn it in an age, but it always seemed too special to chuck in a recycling bin. So, for those who are interested in receiving a New Year's package, leave a comment on this post! If there are more than one of you, I will draw a name on Sunday and let the winner know who s/he is and if in Europe/elsewhere, send it (and a scarf out of my collection, check here) in the next weeks, if in the States, when I am there as of the 18. January... 

As the year draws to an end, 
I also want to say a big fat thank you 
to all you regular readers (and comment posters)
and wish you a happy new year!

Sunday, December 28, 2008


I've got a thing about nutcrackers, but until this Christmas, never had one of my own. The way their huge mouths open so wide fascinated/frightened me as a kid, and still does. At ballet school when I was a tot, I once interrupted a dancer in his routine by innocently opening the door to the studio in which he was practicing. He was in the middle of a jump and it looked like he was coming at me with his mouth gaping, his eyes blazing, his hair flowing out behind him. It took me forever to calm down, and I still recall it as if it were yesterday.

The object was originally designed by often frustrated miners in Germany who made them to resemble powerful people like kings, policemen and soliders thus placed at their service to perform the lowly task of cracking nuts!

Starting with the little ornament below, I may just start a collection...

Friday, December 26, 2008

"Despair has It's Own Calms"

Someone was listening when I was pining for a pair of long black leather gloves! AND to my raving about Werner Herzog's adaptation of the Dracula legend. I loved Bram Stoker's novel, and Coppola's rendition is highly entertaining, but as in the words of one imdb user: "Nosferatu's Count Dracula (sic) is not a charming eastern European gentleman with a quirky bloodsucking habit and a lovesick soul, he is a wily, terrifying, inhuman, obsessive predator". I guess I'm a stickler for keeping to original text. If you are like me and don't require nonstop action and special effects, the stark but and stunning cinematography of this motion picture will captivate you too!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Snow Queen

Margaret Tarrant

There's been no snow in Vienna yet, and because I am kind of missing it, I reread a favorite childhood story to get the feel again. It's amazing how much gets lost over time. I had forgotten what a long tale it is, and all about the robber girl, the old woman sorceress and the crow. Come to think of it, it's one of the few stories I know in which a female sets out to save a bewitched boy....

Edward Dulac

The Morning After

Flex, Donaukanal

It's tradition in Austria to serve a simple repast on Christmas Eve and go all out on the 25th. We, of course, couldn't wait, and dished up a sumptuous meal already last night. The weather being beautiful today, a digestive walk along the Danube canal like I took a while ago when I shot this picture would be in order - alas, I simply cannot budge.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays Everyone!


Things have gotten a bit busy around here lately and outfit pics all turned out lousy - to explain the lack of posts. I'm working until the 24th and will be shopping when not - gotta have enough goodies around the house to make the holidays cosy and warm. This year, apart from gaining the obligatory few pounds, I want to relive a little childhood by listening to The Nutcracker, rereading (or better yet, take turns reading out loud) favorite fairy tales and lying around in my pyjamas all day! 
Wishing everyone a happy, fun and relaxed Christmas!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


All the pre-Christmas chocolate surrounding me 
is starting to affect my outfits!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

I Love Her Umbrella

seen and sneakily photographed  on Liechtensteinstra├če, Vienna

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Frills and Hedonistic Principles

After a long absence of outfit posts (it's been too dark in the morning, ditto when I come home in the evening), this is what I wore to our work Christmas lunch at Haas&Haas. The skirt is thrifted, the blouse thrifted and altered, and the shoes old ones of mine which I had reheeled (from stilettos to big fat comfortable block heels!) to be able to wear them more often.

Dining at H&H is highly recommendable (I had delicious pikeperch in a parmesan crust, and Gateau Natalie, a kind of death by chocolate) and afterwards, you can go crazy over their selection of teas, coffees, jams, honeys, chocolates, and gifts in the shop part.

From their website: "The development of the scope and business of Haas&Haas has always been characterized by hedonistic and aesthetic principles". Just my kind of philosophy!

Haas & Haas (tea selection)

My lovely Christmas wreath (gifted!)