Because there's just too much ugliness.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tres Jolie

I have rediscovered the elegance of Chanel.

And this is what my fairytale life will be.

Monday, December 6, 2010


You know those movies and moments you just always seem to use in real life? Just those 2 lines that come up, and then you look around the room to see who else caught them. I love that. Movie quotes are my favorite.
I just had to give a presentation in my film and literature class, and so quotes came up. That seems to be one of the most quotable movies of all time:

And then I got to thinking about some of the other scenes my family often references...

There are literally hundreds. But every time I hear someone reference a line I know, I feel a little...connected. Familiar. I guess that's what I love. Its like an instantaneous bond.

Here's to bonds.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fashion update

and maybe I'm going absolutely crazy, but I think Rihanna has been looking fabulous lately. I love her red hair and her strange glamour:

Friday, November 26, 2010

Until The End Of Time

Oh for the melancholy...

This is the song that I've grown up with, that me and my siblings used to sing all the words to and take turns with the parts. I only recently watched the movie in all its emotional magnificence.

This is Moulin Rouge. Overdramatic, ridiculous, but absolutely gorgeous.

I don't know why Ewan didn't become a singer...his voice is unbelievable.


Today, what I think is beautiful is being carried away. Carried away by bike or carousel, I don't care, but to be carried. Taken away from the time and present and pressing and off---elsewhere. Lean back, eyes closed, taken on by the whirl that is ever so pleasantly just beyond your control.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Scrumptious as a cherry-peach parfait

I really was only going to post the first video...but I got carried away with it and I really couldn't not post one of these scenes, they're all too wonderful.

I used to watch this movie with my dad when I was a little girl (we fast-forwarded the scenes with the creepy child catcher). It has lost absolutely none of its magic for me.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

she's counting the diamonds on rings..

Tap dancer instead of a drummer?
Meet Tilly and the Wall.

I don't know how I just recently learned about these guys...they're excellent!

honestly, the way the tapper moves her arms i find really irritating...but the girl with pink lips and white/silver hair is my latest crush.

As She's Walking Away

Zac Brown Band. Alan Jackson. Beautiful music makers.
Down to earth, decent, simple, straight up, hearty.
I love their music individually, and together they put together this easy, gracious song. This is the kind of song that melts my concerns and just immediately puts me in a better world.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

street style

not exactly sure why I'm in love with this girl, but I am.

photo cred: the sartorialist


Introducing David R Daniels, a watercolorist.
Its vibrant and bright and beautiful...and so airy!

This is the one I found first, that I'm doing a paper on for art class:

oh the magnificence of color:!

anyone interested can find more of his work here.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

recent favorites

Some really outstanding red carpet looks lately, finally the celebrities are having an upswing!

I think Michelle Williams is beautiful always, but she's stunning in this dress by Jason Wu:

I'm not sure why I love this, but its such a fitting look for her, with the bangs and the eyeshadow. Its cool, almost cold, but stylish.

and here Natalie Portman is just perfect. I'm crazy about her hair:

oh to broaden horizons

Step one to finding lots of lovely: be less picky.

So far, I've been holding to only a few varieties of happiness, which were all marvelous, but I'm gonna be a little bit more flexible and available with what I post.

This is just a silly, creative video my little brother found. Love the idea!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

well its been a long day,


what I was really thinking was "its been a long time since I posted something here"...but somehow that led to this song coming front and center of my memory until I had to track it down and listen.
One of those old musicals I can't help but loving, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Although I always did hate the guy...he's such a twerp.

Anyway. The terrible, horrible truth of the matter, friends, is that I stopped posting because I couldn't find anything lovely. Isn't it sad? Everything I found was kind of refried and stale.
Which brought me to the obvious, though somewhat depressing truth: there's a whole lot more ugly than lovely.
And I know, I know I started this whole blog to combat all that ugly, and I'm not giving up...
but la la land of pretending there IS Nothing But Lovely doesn't make sense to me anymore.

So I'm not sure what to do. I'll think about it.
But I shall try to continue to post....just what I"ll post, I'm not sure. But something. Something [hopefully] worthwhile.

So. I have not fallen off a bridge or disintegrated, and the sunshine is still quite lovely.

Friday, July 30, 2010

good news

Finally Starbucks Pick of the Week has something I love! I always take their song suggestions, but never like them...until this week! I've known the song for months and couldn't get it out of my brain, so I was literally about to go buy this song as I found the voice so captivating, when i saw it here for free. isn't that marvelous?

anyway, here's the song, if you like it, go enjoy a starbucks drink and download it!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Better late than never...

I just remembered I forgot to share the rest of couture week like I promised! Couldn't let that slide, since there were so many pieces that were perfect.
This is some of Chanel's collection. The beading and sequins are so intricate!

Anna Selezneva's outfit stood out because none of the rest of the collection was silver metallic, but i think its gorgeous:

every girl was wearing stacks of bangles, a look i've always loved:

Of course, Abbey Lee wears my favorite look:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Regina for your week

Its about time for some more Regina! The video gets a little repetitive, but the song is so gorgeous it makes up for the shortcomings.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My mind is being rearranged..

...because I dont understand how this is possible.

My vocal coach's daughter is in the a cappella group at James Madison University, called the Low Keys. She said she wanted me to listen because she loved it, and I thought she just wanted to show off her daughter Jamie.
But I think its unbelievable! There is absolutely nothing but human voices here. I think its gorgeous.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Color Me Katie

This is one of my all-time favorite blogs...all the things this girl comes up with!! make sure you go back far enough to see the paper decorations she puts all over her house. I swear, she makes sure to live her whole entire life by the Nothing But Lovely standard.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Maybe lovely?

I happen to find these very charming illustrations. But this could be my poor taste exposed. Did they bring you a blissful moment? Let me know, and then i'll know whether to stop bothering you with my sillyness. or perhaps maybe you're just a touch happy with these whimsical pictures, too.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Summer Celebration 1

All I've eaten today are millions of cherries.
I'm not even hungry for anything else.

They couldn't get any fruit-burstier
Summer celebration 1

Thursday, July 8, 2010


I have a confession to make:
I really want to see Salt.

Yes, that new Angelina Jolie movie.
I know-

But I do. I think Ms. Jolie is striking and powerful, and I'm honestly quite excited about it.

This goes against all my cool, indie, I-only-like-Zooey-Deschanel-and-Grace-Kelly movies self, but I cannot deny it.

know I typically don't share personal thoughts, so why this?

Well, it occurred to me that no matter how artsy or hipster or fashion forward we make ourselves, that only turns us into caricatures anyway. And erasing our lame corny quirks is a) impossible and b) undesirable. I'll never be a fantastic book or movie character; I might as well just enjoy the horribly normal human I really am.

I found the thought rather freeing.
And freedom (along with Angelina Jolie) is quite lovely.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

couture week fall 2010

I'm saving the Chanel show for its own post because I couldn't pick few enough favorites, but heres a selected recap of the past 3 days:

Elie Saab was very...Elie Saab-y. ie, lots of flowy gowns:
I think Elie can go a little over the top often, but i love the cut and drape of this dress:

Givenchy featured just 11 gowns in white and gold, every extravagant:

armani prive gave us rustic metalics and artfully tailored jackets:

this is my favorite look, its so confident:Valentino didn't really thrill me, it was mostly solids in white, tan, and a bit of red and dusty blue, but I thought the cage idea was interesting: