I'm off for vintaging and visiting with loved-ones in D.C. for the holidays, but before I split, I wanted to give a gift straight from my heart . . . click here for a compilation of cozy tunes I created just for you, dear fellow vintager. May it inspire you through your Wintertime hibernation, or be the perfect soundtrack for making angels in the snow.
Playlist as Follows:
1. A special message from Marc Bolan
2. It's Raining ~ Irma Thomas
3. Coldest Night of the Year ~ Vashti Bunyan
4. I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without You ~ Margo Guryan
5. Evening Star ~ Brian Eno & Robert Fripp
6. A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid ~ Fats Waller
7. Winter Wonderland ~ Darlene Love
8. Stormbringer ~ John Martyn
9. If There is Something ~ Roxy Music
10. There's a Moon Out Tonight ~ The Capris
11. Wintertime Love ~ The Doors
12. Christmas Wrapping ~ The Waitresses
13. Walking in the Rain ~ Walker Brothers
14. Walking in the Rain ~ Grace Jones
15. Starlight ~ Electric Light Orchestra
May the moon and the melodies be with you in 2011 (and always),
I can't think of a more dramatic stocking stuffer than a 1970s "crystal teardrop by Ells and Farrier". I'm fantasizing that it is a totally easy-to-find Ren Faire item, but it's doubtful. Back to crying actual tears of envy . . .
I've decided to make everyone's holiday gifts this year by hand, so as you can imagine . . . i've been working my digits to the bone. Loved ones will be recieving a variety of prezzies; decoupaged vases, seashell jewelery, CD compilations, moon & star-shaped cookies, fresh-baked granola, and custom journals.
I'm also in the process of designing our holiday card, which i'll share soon, but for now, here is a totally adorable and inspiring Christmas card, created in 1964 using sparkly tinsel and special effects, by surrealist photographer Angus McBean:
So sad to hear about the passing of Elaine Kaufman, proprietress of the landmark Upper East Side eatery, Elaine's. Since 1963, It's been a favorite hang for the gliterati, including regulars Jacqueline Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, Bianca Jagger, Tom Wolfe, Liza Minnelli, George Plimpton, Michael Caine, Martha Stewart, Kurt Vonnegut, Nora Ephron, and Diane Keaton.
It has been immortalized in films such as Woody Allen's 1979 film Manhattan (above, left), as well as Billy Joel's song Big Shot, and was mused about in the 1994 book, Everyone Comes to Elaine's. It was a favorite date spot for Madonna and Sean Penn (above, right), and also happened to be where Woody and Mia Farrow first met.
(Above, L): Robert Altman and Lauren Bacall entering Elaine's (R): Geraldine Chaplin, Lauren Hutton and Shelley Duvall (Lillian Gish in the background) at a fête celebrating Altman, c.1977
For any writer, sitting on one of Elaine's scuffed black bistro chairs is akin to rubbing the Buddha's belly, so it was where I chose to celebrate my birthday, as it was a few blocks away from our NYC pied-à-terre and the walls were lined with good luck. Sometimes when I was running errands, i'd walk several blocks out of my way just to peek in the window at the acrobat sculptures and carousel horses hanging from the ceiling. It emitted such a cozy vibe that i'm sad I didn't spend more time there, basking in the larger-than-life presence of Elaine herself.
(Above, L): Celebrating my 35th at Elaine's with Christina Caruso, the very glamorous designer of Isaac Mizrahi jewels. (R): My photo of Elaine's magical and whimsical decor.
Her staff has announced that Elaine's will go on, operating as usual, and in a city where historic hangs are disappearing like mad . . . three cheers! Be sure to stop by for spaghetti and meatballs next time you're in Yorkville.