Sunday, October 31, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Weekend


Happy weekend! Hope it's a good one, with a little bit of spine tingling fun in there, too. We'll be handing out treats and watching bad monster movies for Hallowe'en — how about you?


(lovely photo by Ivan Terestchenko, via florizel)

Where Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops









The October issue of W Magazine features a fantastic shoot by the always wonderful Tim Walker — styled by Jacob K, it's all inspired by classic film The Wizard of Oz. This just makes me smile. More (with couture details) here.

Smile


The wonderful Veronica Lake, looking sweet for Hallowe'en.

(via my ear trumpet has been struck by lightning)

Sponsor Spotlight



Connie of Simply Defined Design is having another fantastic giveaway on her blog, 100 Applegate! This beautiful antique 1937 Horse Medal on Sterling Satellite Chain (a $225.00 value) can be yours simply by leaving a comment (or becoming a follower) before midnight on November 5, 2010. Good luck!!






Liza of Small Equals has a stunning new collection of one of a kind necklaces made by Saada, an artist/jeweler from Mali. The one shown here, made of wood, ebony and silver with little shells from Mauretania, is a gorgeous statement piece that works equally well day or night. Liza will also be a vendor at the Queen City City Holiday Craft Bazaar in Burlington Vermont, an indie craft fair happening on November 20th at Union Station, where she'll be featuring her wonderful Keepsake Card Kits. Do stop by and say hello if you're in the neighborhood!






White Moth Jewelry is having a wonderful giveaway right now! For a chance to win the gorgeous WM and CO Signature Sterling Silver Medallion on a Sterling Ball Chain (a value of $115.00) visit the website and leave a comment on the blog (or follow it). This necklace would be great either on its own or mixed with other jewelry pieces for a modern urban look!





Ayse of Ayse Kozaci Jewelry has a wonderful offer just for automatism readers! From November 1 to December 31 2010, receive 15% off all items in her shop simply by entering the discount code '2011' when you check out. Ayse is currently adding new pieces to her collection, so keep checking in to see what's new — I love this fun little Cork Board Ring, complete with tiny push pins to attach little notes!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sweetness and Light


A ghostly and ephemeral room, softly lit and ready for mysterious assignations ...


(by Studio Toogood, via today you inspired me)

Buffet


This week's Hallowe'en-themed posts. Enjoy.

Top 10 Ghost Stories
Author Kate Mosse picks her favourite ghost stories, ranging from Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart to Edith Wharton's Bewitched. A great list — and perfect reading for a long winter's night.

Vintage Hallowe'en Candy Ads
Design Crave has a fun post featuring vintage Hallowe'en candy ads — I particularly love the great illustrations.

Patience Worth: Author From the Great Beyond
Pearl Curran, a St. Louis housewife, channeled a 17th-century spirit to the heights of early 20th-century literary stardom. Extraordinary true story.

Ghost Towns
Tumblr collection of photos of ghost towns from all over the world. Eerie, sad and fascinating.

A Dressing Down
Pondering on costumes had me reading this opinion piece on The Smart Set with particular interest, positing that the relaxed dress codes so often viewed with dismay these days can also have the opposite effect: since anything goes, why not dress up?

10 Spooky Animated Shorts
The always great NFB (National Film Board of Canada) has put together ten spooky animated shorts for Hallowe'en on their site — grab some nibbles and settle in for some creepy fun!

10 Literary Hallowe'en Costumes
Looking for inspiration for the weekend costume party? Some quirky ideas from Lit Drift, for those who want something a bit more interesting than the usual mummy or vampire outfit. Via Random House on Twitter.

Fleur de Sel Caramels
Looking for a more sophisticated treat this Hallowe'en? These delicious little morsels are from Ina Garten of the Barefoot Contessa.


(photo by Frances Janisch, styled by the wonderful Sweet Paul)

B-Movie Ecards



This Hallowe'en, send your designer friends one of these fab B-movie typographic ecards! Created and designed by TDC member Will Staehle, they're available in six different designs and can be found here. Via How Magazine blog.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Moments of Beauty


I think this is the kind of dress a stylish ghost would wear — beautiful and ephemeral.


(lovely photo by James Merrell)

Baroque Beauty








Not far from the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris, clothing designer Eric Bergère transformed a squat ravaged by years of neglect into a sublime space that reinterprets baroque splendor. Read more (in French) here. Via Marie Claire Maison.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Simple Pleasures


Checking out the great Hallowe'en decorations in the neighborhood.


(photo via Martha Stewart)

Walter Helena








I love the dream-like and ethereal atmosphere of Vancouver-based photographer Nadine of Walter Helena's work — beautiful, impressionistic and slightly otherworldly. Prints are available from her etsy shop, too.


(via art hound)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday


A little seasonal still life, to start a week of Hallowe'en-themed posts here on automatism. Boo!


(cute pumpkins via sweet paul)

Rock Chic










Chocolate Towers is the London home of the very glamorous Sera Hersham Loftus, an interior designer with rock star clients — the natural audience for her wonderfully fin de siècle sense of style. See more of her home here. Via Living Inside.


(Photographs by Michael Paul)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Weekend


Hope your weekend is a tranquil and happy one. We'll be having a fairly quiet one ourselves — how about you?


(photo by Christopher Baker via habitually chic)
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