About Anjou

This is me.  I love the sound of running water, snow at the ocean, fancy things, science and history, and classic literature.  Especially Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Jane Austen, and Fernando Pessoa.  Although my day job consists of totally logical scientific investigation, I spend my free time in the best of ways: sewing, writing, painting, adoring cats and champagne, and practicing a supreme use of escapism. Generally speaking, I want you to go on an adventure with me at any given moment.

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This is my modus operandi: 

I am a believer in whimsy and chiffon and in practicing escapism each and every day. In being avant garde and wearing red lipstick. In mixing prints and daring, not to be different, but to be yourself; daring to jump on a plane to Paris tomorrow or to put too much creamer in your coffee or to bury yourself in so many projects that you can hardly breathe because they excite you so. I believe in convincing people of something they might not initially agree with. And I believe in people; in the pure genius that lurks in all of us and stumbles out in the most surprising moments. I believe in the lilting rhythm of words such as didacticism and ostensibly; in the effortless beauty of tragic French films and F. Scott Fitzgerald and in my perfect daydreams. In honey and lemon verbena ice cream and in the color lilac. I guess you could say that I am a romantic at heart. A simple silhouette filled with the complexity of the stars at work.

This is Papa.  He is obsessed with fishing (mice that he keeps stocked under the fridge), balloons, me, and lettuce.  He talks.  A lot.  He is a Prince and is treated as such.

Siamese Cat Feather

This is Hattie.  She is a spaz and enjoys sunning, climbing up screens and hanging there, chasing imaginary shadows, wet food packets, and she sleeps like roadkill.  She also meows like a tiny baby mouse.  She’s lucky she’s cute.

Korat

Most of the time, they chase each other around my one-room apartment, but sometimes they actually get along.  For about a minute and a half until licking turns to biting.

Siamese Korat Brother and Sister

This is my tiny flat complete with lace curtains, blank canvases, and tutus under construction.  It is in the most Narnia-like city in the world: Portland, Maine.  I have never found a city to be so charming…and I’ve been to a lot of places.

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See? Narnia.

Portlan Maine boatyard

Or perhaps, Hogsmeade

Portland Maine Wharf Street

This is my favorite meal.  I could and pretty much do eat a smorgasbord of farm (or winery) fresh food for every meal.  Kind of French, n’est pas?

Picnic Spread

I used to have an Etsy shop called Anjou, but I am currently on a possibly-permanent vacation.  My personal boutique is still up and running, though.  Go on, click on it.

Anjou Shop

Anjou has been featured on: Rock ‘n Roll Bride, Belle the Magazine, Wedding Chicks, Emmaline Bride, Closet Confessions, Plumetis, and Etsy’s Pinterest.  This blog has even been ‘Freshly Pressed’  here on WordPress.  Boom.

Anjou tulle skirt

Every day, I wonder why I couldn’t have been born as Ginger Rogers.  I think she is, in one word, exquisite.

Ginger Rogers

Bette Davis is alright in my book, as well.  I don’t know, I guess it’s something about her eyes. …

Bette Davis

This is my favorite city.  I know you were expecting me to say “J’adore Paris!”, but there is something about the gothic and winding streets of Barcelona that has my heart.  I blame it on Gaudi.  And the paella.

Barcelona

This is my favorite cocktail.  Still.  Though ole what’s his face at Library Bar in Hollywood makes a drink for me that I could die a thousand beautiful deaths in.  The ‘Figgy Smalls’ has fig liquor, beaten egg whites, and motherfucking magic.

Old Fashioneds at the Biltmore, Los Angeles, 2012.

Old Fashioneds at the Biltmore, Los Angeles, 2012.

And, of course, like you all, I desperately want to find old stocks and bonds hidden in my floorboards and spend it on a decadent and obscenely large vintage wardrobe, Russian and French language teachers, cello and piano lessons, flats and cottages and villas around the world, a cat sanctuary, and a 1920’s Duesenberg.

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toujours. always. xo

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Comments

  1. Can you make me a dress like the one betty Davis is wearing???

    • Oh hey hey, pretty lady <3 Well…I could practice A LOT and then hopefully? haha. It's so gorgeous and is my total dream dress, but requires some serious skills and total. fabric. control. How 'bout you be my fit model and lovely guinea pig for this slinky little bias-cut number, eh eh? ;)

  2. Oh, I do love this “About”…you are so talented! And such a wonderful eye as well. What a pleasure.
    anne

  3. Hey, I just wanted to stop by and let you know I nominated you for an award <3 Come check it out! http://magikdolls.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/beautiful-blogger-award-3/

  4. fivereflections says:

    Hello
    David in Maine USA

  5. Just happened on your blog from Freshly Pressed and LOVE it! You’re quite gorgeous missy, and ahem….a picnic like that just so happens to be one of my favorite meals too!
    Stop by my wee space of internet sometime and say hello!

    (PS….you fancy moving to Maine, but are you currently in Los Angeles? Or were the cocktails from a vacation?)

    xo
    Nicole
    http://www.hourglassandbloom.wordpress.com

  6. mothcaterpillar says:

    Hi!
    I love your blog and have nominated you for Liebster Award. I hope you chose to participate :-)

  7. I just stumbled upon your site and its simply charming! I love your apartment too… oh and big thanks for tutu-tutorial :)

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