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from the shelf // a guest post

paris / lady in chair / illustration / painting / library

This month’s from the shelf post takes us to the sidewalk cafes of Paris, take it away Sierra:

“A Farewell to Arms” made me want to be a writer. “A Moveable Feast” made me want to live like one.

Although Hemingway states several times throughout the book that these were lean times for his young family, it’s difficult for me to accept his use of the word “poor” to describe this period of his life. Yes, there were days when he went without lunch or sustained himself Aladdin-style with only a baguette, but he was still a writer living in Paris. His days were spent tucked away in a Parisian cafe, sipping café au lait, pencil in hand, empty notebook pages before him.

While Hemingway does acknowledge this as an overall happy time in his life, I don’t think he truly understands just how lucky he was to have had these experiences and what a 24-year-old girl from Michigan would give to be a Writer.In.Paris. Even if it meant taking a weekend road trip with an erratic, hypochondriac F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Since Paris and Fitzgerald are both out of my reach due to finances and simple logistics, losing myself in “A Moveable Feast” will have to do.

“There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be reached. Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it. But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy.”



from the shelf // a guest post

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**I’m a total slacker you guys, this is actually Sierra’s June from the shelf post and I failed at bringing it to you on time. Is it just me or did June fly right by? I digress, in this edition of from the shelf, Sierra discusses Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. :

In season 2, episode 6 of the award-winning AMC drama “Mad Men,” the creative team of Sterling Cooper asks 1960s women: Are you a Marilyn or a Jackie? Little did they know that the film adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” would soon have them answering “neither.”

Instead, many women wanted to be Audreys—or more specifically, Hollys. Miss Holly Golightly was a free-spirited, self-sufficient “wild thing” at a time in American history when gender roles clearly deterred women from that type of independent behavior.

Sam Wasson’s “Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.” goes behind the scenes to explain how “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” not only altered the course of a talented actress’ career, but how it helped change American’s views on women’s place in society.



top photo Luca Bortolato / Lovers

Lover’s new line for Spring, White Magick Capsule Collection, exudes all things lovely. White lace is an ageless spring staple.


cravings // blue

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I accidentally made this week’s product round up color-coded. I noticed that a lot of the things I was gravitating towards were in various shades of blue so I just decided to run with it! Plus, I came across this great cover photo last week (via Dee’s tip on The Pursuit Aesthetic) and was itching to use it some how.



Do you guys remember the lovely Lo who provided an awesome guest post while I was on vacation? Well, I have wonderful news, she is now an official regular guest contributor over in these parts! Huzzah! As an added bonus, I will be a guest contributor on her blog, so after reading this post, go on over to Lo’s blog to see what I’ve shared.

Hello, Everyone! So excited to be back as a guest contributor here at Tenacious Dee. I  am constantly inspired by all things design and art related and am eager to share some of my favorite things coming out of this world with you all here on Dee’s thought organizer.

This week I would like to share with you the work of Bethan Laura Wood. Wood creates pieces of art that depict rock and geographic formations. Her work reflects the nexus of art as an object of function/fashion. Her “Rock” series is carried out through furniture, accessories, and scarves. Rocks (if you haven’t noticed from the name of my blog) are a constant source of inspiration for me.

Thanks for sharing her lovely work Lo! xo

the personal series // 2

 photos by Anni Glissman / photo styling by Anni Glissman and Dennise Saxton

As promised, here’s the last installment of the personal series-the urban rooftop picnic edition. I hope you are inspired to pack up some goodies and go outside and have a picnic of your own this weekend. xo

the personal series // 2

photos by Anni Glissman / photo styling by Anni Glissman and Dennise Saxton

Today I’ll be sharing the last two installments of my photo series with Anni, of course, she and I are already planning our next adventure and we can’t to share it with you. Happy Friday!