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Julie Muszynski:  Art Maven Extraordinaire

Julie Muszynski: Art Maven Extraordinaire

Author and artist, Julie Muszynski, recently took some time to chat with me about her Henley series of children’s books and her creative process. As you will read, Julie’s approach to illustration is very unique! Julie is quite inspiring for all artists who have struggled over the years–artists who have a vision, but not always … Continue reading

Petite Sophisticate

Petite Sophisticate

Madeline inspired a genre of whimsical children’s literature set in stylish cities that appeal to lovers of art and fashion alike. Along with Madeline (1939), two others stand out in style: Eloise (1955) and Henley: A New York Tail (2005). Ludwig Bemelmans drew from many sources to create Madeline. When he was hospitalized next to … Continue reading

The Devil’s Life

The Devil’s Life

Miranda Priestly from “Devil Wears Prada” is my all-time-favorite movie character.   I was ecstatic when I learned that Lauren Weisberger is working on writing a sequel to the “Devil Wears Prada”, called “Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns”, due out in June 2013.  Both Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt have said in recent interviews that … Continue reading

The Book Nook

The Book Nook

Winter is at last here!  What a perfect time to curl up inside your warm home and catch up on a little reading, while looking out the window at the falling snow. If you don’t have a designated spot in your home for reading, perhaps now is the time to set one up.  Find a … Continue reading

Tips for Dressing like a Parisian

Tips for Dressing like a Parisian

This summer, I became obsessed with Parisian fashion style!  I read three books—Stuff Parisians Like: Discovering the Quoi in the Je Ne Sais Quoi by Olivier Magny,  Paris in Love by Eloisa James, and Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange and Sophie Gachet. Each of these books had tips on helping … Continue reading