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April 14, 2014

Those Lapins and Liévres

AS EASTER MAKES ITS WAY INTO our midsections with bunny-themed confections, I give special prominence to the ancient symbol of fertility with a treat that won't result in muffin tops or toothaches. R. and L. Lambry's Les animaux tels qu'ils sont offer a charming step-by-step guide to illustrating over 60 different animals, including the rabbit and the hare, presented with appropriate, though normally overlooked, distinction.

Often confused as one and the same, les lapins differ from les liévres in their choice of habitat and in the way they are born. Whereas rabbits mainly live underground, hares live above ground in flattened nests called "forms". Without the security of a burrow, hares come into the world able to fend for themselves with good hair and vision, while rabbits are born hairless and blind. The two also differ in physique, with hares being larger in build, endowed with longer ears and hind legs.

Not exempt from this generalization is the Easter Bunny, commonly perceived to be a rabbit. With origins in pagan Germany, the Osterhase or "Easter Hare" traces back to the goddess Ēostre, said in legend to have been carried by hares.

Introductory pages from Les animaux tels qu'ils sont:

Bunny species aside, Les animaux tels qu'ils sont from Agence Eureka's Flickr stream is a golden egg of a resource that not only instructs in drawing but also pairs its illustrations with lovely, loopy cursive. Should you find yourself without Easter holiday plans, the nearly-100-page drawing guide makes a worthwhile alternative to egg-decorating.

Unfortunately, no amount of drawing can distract me from those chocolate bunnies. Chocolate hares anyone?

Les animaux tels qu'ils sont by R. and L. Lambry. Images from Patricia M. (Pillpat) of Agence Eureka,

April 7, 2014

Those Meriendas de Montserrat

IN THE SPRING OF LAST YEAR, we hosted three lovely girls from Madrid, who were visiting Barcelona to see the architecture. Angélica and Mónica were flatmates and Architecture students. Giulia, who also took up Architecture, wasn't a flatmate but was nonetheless indispensable to the sisterhood.

From Madrid, the girls came bearing rosquillos, home-baked and hand-carried across the peninsula. It turns out that the three are avid cooks and bakers, preparing treats for tea and dinner parties they would hold back in their flat. Number 16, Calle Montserrat provided the setting for such get-togethers; a tradition begun by Mónica, who was not only the first to live there, but also lived there the longest.

Four years saw the tradition grow in attendance, as well as grow beloved by the girls and their guests. But as student life came to an end, so did its traditions. With Giulia having graduated, Angélica on Erasmus and Mónica now finishing her studies, the girls no longer occupy the unit at Montserrat, each finding themselves in a new flat, new city or country. Before parting and departing however, they made sure to keep the memory of Montserrat alive with a tribute video depicting one last merienda there.

The Spanish equivalent of an afternoon snack, a merienda is typically had late in the day, in between the country's infamously long, late lunches, and even later dinners. Las meriendas de Montserrat documents a charming slice of student life, of lovely characters making delightful use of scarce free time, and of meriendas prepared and shared in good company.

Sweet. Sublime.

Las meriendas de Montserrat by Andrea Dorantes Otero, Fran Avilés and Mónica García Koewandhono,

March 31, 2014

That Iridescence

ALBERTO GUARDIANI'S SPRING-SUMMER 2014 FLUTTERBY SHOES are light and bright and dreamier than any midsummer night's dream. In multiple shades of iridescent calfskin laminate, the wing-heeled sandals take flight like never before, in a blissfulness perfect for the warmer months.

As with every shoe in the Flutterby line, the round-toe sandals employ Alberto Guardiani's innovative craftsmanship, with a stabilizing steel post concealed within the heels. A nude sole makes for dainty steps, and gold details add a touch of luxury to the rainbow of metallics.

On its fourth season now since launching in 2012, this season's Flutterby has metamorphosed yet again. A shining, shimmering, splendid new way to wear the iconic pair.

Flutterby Spring-Summer 2014 by Alberto Guardiani,


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