It’s sunny.

I would have fared well during Victorian times when pasty complexions were all the rage. I am physically unable to tan.  I burn and then freckle.  Pale skin has yet to make its comeback, but luckily for me, parasols have!

Cancan Sun Parasol by Guy de Jean
Vogue, January 1963

Photo via We Heart Vintage.  (Okay, I know it’s not current but I love the photograph.)

Parashell Parasol by DiCesare Designs
Sakura flower parasol series
Sakura Flower Parasol by DiCesare Design
Planetary Parasol
Clock Parasol by Kota Nezu

I love this idea.  Never wear a watch again…carry a parasol!  Japanese designer Kota Nezu created a parasol with a built-in sun dial. Find out how it works here.

food & food-ish

It’s raining.

April showers in September… Since Monday, my umbrella has not left my side. It will probably stay there for the rest of the week.  Oh well.  Enjoy these images with umbrellas!

From Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies:

published in 1963

A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.

B is for Basil assaulted by bears. C is for Clara who wasted away.

D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh…

The Morton Salt Umbrella Girl 

Morton Salt Umbrella Girl (1914 - today)
(1914 - today)

I’ve always wondered about the Umbrella Girl on the cover of Morton Salt containers. Since 1914, she has had five makeovers but hasn’t been updated since 1968.

Movie posters for the 1964 French musical film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg