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J.B. Taylor
New York
Author, vintager, art director at Thunderwing: Studio of Design, editor of TheLibrarian.com
Interests: Vintaging, road trips, interior design, historic movie palaces, paper maché, collecting LPs and rare books on design, classic films, Biba, Celia Birtwell, Art Deco, typography, handcrafted jewelry, letterpress, Marilyn Monroe, Pugs, and Mr. Taylor.
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Hello, you! I'm sorry it's been a while, but hopefully you'll forgive me when I launch the website I've been developing for the past year (more to be revealed soon)! As a gift to you for my absence, and also... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at J.B. Taylor
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Love and organic Cadbury Creme Eggs (a girl can dream), — J.B.T., Andy & Edie And if not familiar with what this post title is in reference to . . . watch this unfortunate pop culture artifact. Photo: Jean-Jacques Bugat,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at J.B. Taylor
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I'm currently fighting the dreary Wintertime blues out here in our country cottage in NY—missing the California sunshine I grew-up with. So, in desperate need of colorful inspiration, I decided to re-visit the stunning documentary on the Ballets Russes (which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at J.B. Taylor
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Above: New years eve at Studio 54, circa 1978 A rumor has it that It's getting late Time marches on Just can't wait The clock keeps turning Why hesitate You silly fool You can't change your fate Let's cut a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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My sister & I grew-up loving our family tradition of walking down Fifth Ave. at Christmas time to check out the spectacular holiday windows. My parents were both in the fashion 'biz, so we were brought up with the sense... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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Giving thanks for everything and everybody in our lives today, along with sending strong vibes of abundance to those who are having troubled times. Hoping you have a wonderful, inspiring and warm dinner with family and friends tonight, and please... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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Spooky painting from the gothic gatekeeper of Ghost Ranch, Georgia O'Keeffe. Happy Hallow's Eve! Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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Like many starry-eyed little girls growing up in Hollywood, my first love was Marilyn. I'm sure it would be hard for any aesthetically-minded human not to be moved by her innocence, genius, and dreamy aura. I've read many books about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
I'd be so happy to have my collage featured on your awesome blog! If you link back to my blog post, you have my permission. Merci! Faithfull 4-ever! ~JBT
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2012 on Faithfully. at J.B. Taylor
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Wishing I could post more often, but my husband & I are currently forming a new company (exciting details to be announced soon), on top of tending to our burgeoning design studio, which is currently a wonderful madhouse due to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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After reading news of Estelle Ellis Rubinstein's death in WWD last week, I wanted to pay homage to this inspiring, enterprising woman. After working for Popular Science in the 1940s, she went on to publish Seventeen in 1944, which became... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
Danielle, So happy you appreciated my crazy luau look. Wish I could still spend that many hrs. a day on make-up and hair : / I'd love to know where you went on your VLA tour! What location was your fave? Did you discover some new stuff not in the book? Do tell!
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2012 on Cake Walk. at J.B. Taylor
Merci for le b-day wishes. Even though I'm organic/farm-to-table food obsessed, I'll always adore old school bakery cake. That frosting makes me weak every time!
Toggle Commented Jul 7, 2012 on Cake Walk. at J.B. Taylor
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When looking through a recent auction catalog of contemporary art, I fell head-over-heels with American photographer Sandi Fellman's 1990 Incantation series . . . each shot a still life-of-sorts, luxurious messes of pattern and textile, with a mysterious David Lynch-ian... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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On June 19th I turned the ripe ol' age of 37. Officially making this the first birthday that has totally freaked me out. I'm not sure why 36 didn't have me hiding under a blankie and pondering self-medication, but a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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As alerted to by Rose Apodaca . . . my ultra-chic friend and fellow Cali-style expert, THIS SUNDAY is the final day of the epic LACMA exhibit, California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way. So if in L.A., and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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"One day in Berlin, Eno came running in and said, 'I have heard the sound of the future!' . . . he puts on I Feel Love, by Donna Summer. He said, 'This is it . . . look no... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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Devastated to hear about the passing of hairdressing legend, Vidal Sassoon. My husband & I have actually been trying to emulate his positive lifestyle after viewing the wonderful 2010 documentary, How One Man Changed the World With a Pair of... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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I remember once hearing a record shop owner being asked by a customer who Marianne Faithfull was. His reply was "just some Rolling Stones groupie", and I immediately wanted to punch him in the face. Never just Mick's muse (he... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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Never one to pass up a good double-dare, I'm acting on a challenge posted here by Cat Party editrix, Chelsea Fairless, where she asked fellow bloggers to fearlessly post a screenshot of your insane desktops. So here for your viewing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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My dark and rainy morning was made infinitely more inspiring after discovering these tripped-out videos of performance artist and mother of re-purposed textiles, Evelyn Roth. In the 1960s, before the concept of recycling was of any global importance, Evelyn began... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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Saddened to hear about today's passing of legendary multi-instrumentalist, Levon Helm. Most known for being an intrinsic member of The Band, he is also beloved for his rip-roaring Midnight Rambles . . . star-studded concerts he regularly hosted on his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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A few weeks ago I wrote about a lost 1968 Shirley MacLaine film I've fallen in deep crush with called, The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (currently streaming on Netflix), which features fantastical, psychedelic dream costuming designed by Jocelyn Rickards, who... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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I'm in the midst of a major Spring cleaning, switching out my Winter pullovers for warm weather caftans, and attempting to organize my Hoarders-worthy vintage jewelry collection into one single chest. This is a major feat, considering I have hat... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at J.B. Taylor
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After becoming an item in the '70s, my parents moved from their Westwood apartments into a beachside love-nest in Malibu. Yet they were sad to find, that after a while, the morning commute to their fashion jobs in Downtown L.A.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at J.B. Taylor