Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Welcome, beautiful dreamers!





I have noticed lately that my readership numbers are slowly but steadily climbing.  I'm flattered and excited to think that there are others who want to follow me down the path of my own beautiful daydreaming!






If you have recently joined -- welcome!  If you've been a faithful follower for a while, thank you!  Buttercup Bungalow does lie fallow for long stretches at a time, but I always come back to it.  

I need to have a corner of the world to exult in -- and share -- the beautiful things I find.  The world can be a rough place, harshest on even the sturdiest of souls.  We need our hideaway places to come and refresh ourselves, to dream our loveliest dreams and renew ourselves with reveries.



Lilac and lavender loveliness ...














Victorian Cameo Brooch
Mid 19th-century



































Friday, January 20, 2012

Glamour Spot: Yves Saint Laurent





Sometimes the detail photos in runway shots are a lot more interesting than the entire outfit. These are from the Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2012 RTW collection, as seen at Vogue.com.

There is something perpetually 1970's about Yves Saint Laurent -- in the best sort of way.  There was a liberated spirit about that decade, one of the few truly modern eras in high fashion, marked by kind of rebirth of sophistication, a serious return to the elements of design and a desire to innovate.  Fashion "broke the mold" in the 60's, but it came of age in the 70's.

I think of YSL as "hard-edged glamour" -- but never trashy, never crass.  Some YSLs from 40 years ago can easily compete with a lot of contemporary fashion and will probably outlast them 40 years from now.

The YSL woman is confident, cosmopolitan and eternally sophisticated.  I like to believe there is a YSL woman in each of us!