Guest-Pinner: If Beatrix Potter Pinned

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beatrixpotterpinThis week I’m starting a new blog-post-theme, or more like a new goodwill quest: giving vintage muses the opportunity to become part of the Pinterest world by pinning (in their honor of course) things I am certain they would adore. What would Grace Kelly’s Pinterest look like I wonder? Hepburn? Monroe? What about Virginia Woolf? Perhaps a little dreary, ok…what if Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice were given a username? Gertrude Stein? Are you intrigued yet?  To start things off and in honor of Easter peeking around the corner, today’s “guest” pinner is the brilliant and lovely Beatrix Potter.

Besides publishing twenty-three books during her lifetime and being perhaps one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time, Potter was also a conservationist, purchasing “Hill Top Farm” in the English countryside and successfully preserving almost all of what we now know as the gorgeous “Lake District” of Britain. The scientific community during her era was also very interested in her work and illustrations in mycology, as well as her sheep breeding. During a time when women weren’t really welcome in the education and work-world, Potter successfully created her own illustration and print business with her adorable and now universally well-known creature characters and was respected in many spheres for her devotion to nature, articism, and creativity. If Beatrix Potter pinned, I’m pretty sure I’d be a devoted follower.

Bio info via Beatrix Potter Society | Repins Via: Poppytalk | Adored Vintage | Jepsen

– <3 A. 

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Plain Jane

jane austen sketchPlain Jane: “If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I would have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love… I love… I love you. And I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”

Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice 

Jane sure knew what a good proposal sounded like, perhaps that’s why she never married, she could always top the proposals of the men proposing to her, and, lets face it, what woman wants that? Mr. Darcy has not one but two knee-melting propositions to Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice and at last, number two did the trick.

Men of Austen Week: Bingley Stylin’

Sadly, poor Charles Bingley of Pride and Prejudice can’t get out of his wing-man label to the overpowering personality of Mr. Darcy. Often said to be too yielding, Bingley is forever playing second fiddle to the wealthier, more mysterious, and more attractive Mr. Darcy. Take Darcy out of the equation though, and you suddenly see quite the stylish guy. Bingley, though a very eligible bachelor, never gets the celeb-status like the other Men of Austen. Perhaps because he is too agreeable, too charming, and too good, Austen leaves him be. Since he never gets the credit I think he deserves, I decided a post dedicated to him would be just the thing to say, “Bingley, you’ve got some serious style.” 

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Chesterfield men’s coat from uniqlo | Monogram tie clip and cufflink | Florsheim Boots | darcy and bingley print

Besides giving him a little more publicity, I was too intimidated to figure out a modern view on Darcy, Knightley, or Colonel Brandon’s style. Those guys can take care of themselves. Getting man-gifts is one of the most difficult things in the world. Surprisingly, they’re extremely picky, and whether their style is a good one or not, they’re loathe to give it up. When I near the birthday/Christmas seasons for my guy, I always teeter paralyzed between “he would love this, or, he would hate this,” and I’m never completely assured of its success. Bingley is so content and jolly though, I think shopping for this guy would be a breeze.

When I am in the country, I never wish to leave it; and when I am in town, it is pretty much the same. They have each their advantages, and I can be equally happy in either! -Charles Bingley, Pride and Prejudice

**Want to know more about the Chesterfield coat I picked? Check out this article for lots of great info on men’s outerwear.**

shaving supplies edwin jagger black PORCELAIN shave bowl | Parker chrome and enamel vintage safety razor | Col. cronk shave soap in bay rum

There’s nothing vintage or modern about a good shave. Universally, no matter what the era, a good shave is a good thing. Recently though, there’s been a resurgence of men wanting to shave away their stubble the old-fashioned way. If your guy isn’t quite ready for the Sweeney Todd-esque straight razor, the safety razor is a good second option. Plus, you still get to use the old fashioned shaving bowl and frothy soap without the worry of  scary, too-close-for-comfort-cuts. If you’re already suffering from those cuts, check out this article for some tips on healing or this one  for tips on how to get a better close neck-shave without the ouchies.

If you’re stuck on man-gift ideas, don’t forget Bingley! He’s got some great stylin’ that still works in 2013. Classy men are always classy, regardless of the century.

– <3 A. 

quote source: Pride and Prejudice, Austen, publ. by penguin books

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Plain Jane

jane austen sketchPlain Jane: “I am sure I never heard a young lady spoken of for the first time, without being informed that she was very accomplished.”

-Jane Austen’s Mr. Bingley in Pride and Prejudice

Wouldn’t knowing Charles Bingley be such an ego-trip for us ladies? Though never thought of as a leading man, Bingley holds a special place in my love for the Men of Austen. I think Jane may have been particularly fond of this character too, why else would she make her namesake, Jane Bennet, fall in love with him?

Plain Jane

jane austen sketchPlain Jane: “I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”

-Jane Austen’s ‘Mr. Darcy’ in Pride and Prejudice

It’s the first day of the Men of Austen Week! I couldn’t resist beginning it with this quote, and this man: Mr. Darcy. A character who perhaps possesses the most romantic lines in all of literature, Mr. Darcy stops short of being an empty, “too-good-to-be-true” character by also being characterized by real, human failings that make him both lovable and real. Jane, despite never giving her heart to anyone, definitely knew what the female heart was tender for.

Plain Jane

jane austen sketchPlain Jane: “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

-Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice 

It is of course Jane’s character Mr. Darcy who says these words about his love for Elizabeth. I think the best sorts of love are the ones you find yourself in the middle of without seeking out the beginning of it. Darcy and Elizabeth didn’t try and make anything work, it suddenly just did when they both recognized their own failings were so much greater than the flaws they thought they saw in each other, and they loved each other all the more for having been loved through their own shortcomings. I think modern love could learn quite a bit from Jane Austen, despite her romance and fiction, there’s a whole lot of real emotion and real character flaws that her characters learn to love, and live, very happily with.

Plain Jane

jane austen sketchPlain Jane: “I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.”

-Jane Austen in her letters

That’s a Monday-saying if I ever heard one. I think Jane was much like Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, once her good opinion was lost, it was lost forever.