Friday, April 27, 2012

Vimeo Film Awards

Do you guys visit Vimeo? I, myself am a member. Infact I'm not sure I could live without it! I have featured several Vimeo movies from various film makers here and one on La Bottine too. It's voting week for the Vimeo Festival and Awards. Please be sure to go over there and check the films out if not just to support these independent and talented filmmakers but also to choose your fave!

Here is an example of what you'll find...

This film is by Everynone and you can see more of their films here!


Monday, April 23, 2012

Poor Henri!

Im not in the mood to write something today. Lame, I know. But it just goes like that sometimes. It's not even that I'm lazy, it's that I busy with other junk.

Salvador Dali and friend.

So...I love this kitty. He's so sad. He simply can't stand this hot weather... And he makes me giggle...May I introduce, Henri: Paw de Deux!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Beet Cake - Not Just a Pretty Treat

The soft breeze of Spring. A sweater but only in the evening. No bad bugs - yet. The sweet smells of citrus blossom and Lilac. The first al fresco dining. A cup of tea and a good friend in the kitchen. And fresh new beets...


The song on this video by Tiger in a Jar is an ethereal tune called "Babe" by Evenings from the album North Dorm EP an Extended Play that leaves you wanting more. Just like this little video. It really touches on the sensuality of cooking...the feel of flour in your hands, the sound of eggs cracking on the bowl. No wonder I love's more than the mere taste of the art!
Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bikram/Hot Yoga


When I was 9 years old, I went to Los Angeles with my sister to visit my grandparents. That would have made my sister 4. My Nana was (and still is) a fashion forward, free thinking, cultivator who tried unique things and hobnobbed with fantastic people. She had lipstick made in exactly "her" shade and kept care of her body in extraordinary ways.

Her most potent fitness regime was with Bikram Choudhry the Yogi of the century! My sister and I would often accompany her to Bikram's studio. In those days there were no mats and towels as are used today. There was a floor and your body and that's it!

We loved this class. I recall asking Nana, "Will we go to see Bikram today?" Bikram once sat on my back during the half tortoise pose, I must've been 11. In attendance, we'd often see Martin Sheen and Raquel Welch. Looking back now that seems pretty weird.

Bikram moves you through 26 yoga poses that each have a specific link to a biological function. And after each class you feel strengthened, accomplished and relieved.

I've never in all these years completely given up my Bikram practice. And yesterday I committed to a 40 class package. I'm looking forward to all the changes that my body will endure in the following several months.

I highly recommend reading up on Bikram his story is amazing. Bikram Yogi Raj went to Japan and that is where he discovered the heated room.

You really should try this amazing practice. It will change your life.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bubbles - Waiting for Spring

In an effort to patiently wait for Spring, I watched a Doris Day movie last night and began to think of this post. I promised Kelly from Little Paper Planes that I would post a song for her. I got the inspiration from a tweet of hers where she said, "Where is my head?" It spurred a knowing smirk from me and comfort in knowing I'm not the only one.

As I lay on the couch with my feet freezing despite the fact that it is, ahem, Spring, I scurried to the kitchen to make some bubbles. Hoping to warm my feet, solidify this post in my mind and create some fun all at once!

Here is the recipe:
1 Tablespoon dish liquid
6 Tablespoons water
Mix well and dip fork into mixture (or pipe cleaner or wire hanger or beading wire)
Blow...It's sort of magical!

Spring, Spring, Spring...get on it already mother nature!

Charles Edward Wilson
"Blowing Bubbles"
Thomas Couture

Ch. Chaplin
"Blowing Bubbles"
Bubbles - A Track List
1. Where is My Mind - Pixies
2. Heaven or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins
3. Paris Collides - RUFUS
4. Rumour Has It - ADELE
5. Daniel (Death Metal Disco Scene Remix) - Bat for Lashes
6. Animal - Miike Snow
7. Breaking It Up - Lykke Li
8. Stand and Deliver - Adam Ant
9. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
10. Sugarbush - Doris Day and Frankie Laine

Bubbles from poppiesandpaperbacks on 8tracks. Painting Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin "Soap Bubbles" 1733