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watercolor me in love

I’m a sucker for watercolor, especially when it looks this gorgeous. These watercolor paintings by fashion illustrator Cate Parr are absolutely beautiful and her dreamy use of color is stunningly seductive. Check out Parr’s Etsy shop to see all the lovely prints – I could hardly tear myself away!

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ground control to major tom

Say what you will about David Bowie’s make-up and wardrobe choices, Goblin King alter ego, and awkward music video collaborations… because obviously what you’re going to say is “Yeah! So awesome!” Right? Well, obviously. And his music? Ok, also pretty awesome. I was first introduced to Bowie’s Space Oddity, when my mother, um, I mean when someone I know, recalled how once, after leaving a party and while sitting in the car on her way home, the radio vibrated and she heard an eerie voice calling out to her “ground control to Major Tom…” And just like that the car’s dashboard, with it’s blinking lights, transformed into a spaceship’s cockpit and the car began to float off the road and into space. Mighty powerful lyrics, huh? (Or some mighty powerful something… it was the early 70’s and she was a hippie leaving a hippie party so draw your own conclusions).

Clearly a song that can inspire such an imagination and/or hallucination has the makings of a wonderful children’s book. Don’t you think? Illustrator Andrew Kolb must have had the same epiphany because in his latest project he created children’s book illustrations to accompany the song’s lyrics. So fun!

Ok, so maybe the story is a tad bit scary for a children’s book, but I still love the idea. The whole book was available for download on his website, but it looks like the download has since been removed. You can still visit to check out his other work.

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wills and kate

After spending a week touring Canada, Prince William and Kate Middleton (excuse me, ahem, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) arrive in California today to spend the next couple days in L.A. Although I’m not the type to rush out and buy a replica sapphire engagement ring in the name of royal wedding fever, I have to admit that I did drag myself out of bed at 3am to watch the royal couple say their I do’s. The dress! the church bells! the carriages! I loved the old-world tradition and timeless romanticism of it all.

And while I’m not investing in a knock-off piece of costume jewelry, I do rather like the design of this commemorative biscuit tin by Kate Forrester. The illustration is seriously cute, and who doesn’t love biscuits? If Will and Kate were visiting my neck of the woods, I don’t think I could resist turning out for a glimpse of the royal guy and the fashionable Mrs.

{images via www.kateforrester.co.uk}

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