Thursday, 22 December 2016

Internet Scrapbook: the Christmas Edition!

With Christmas being so close you can almost taste the egg nog, so to up my Yuletide game here at Ellie & Co, I've put together a special Christmas edition internet scrapbook – let's call it my little holiday gift for you. Enjoy!

1. Carrie Fisher, in Finse, Norway during the filming of Star Wars, 1979.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

25 Sweet Reasons to be Naughty this Christmas

It goes without saying that Christmas really is not the time to be on a diet. That can start in January, so until then, see if you can

Friday, 16 December 2016

The Brighton Hotel I Could Live In

I often get asked by readers planning a trip to Brighton to recommend a charming and inexpensive hotel, so in absence of an Ellie & Co Hotel Guide (which my lovely readers I can

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Abandoned Building Art Installation

I'm intrigued by abandoned buildings so when I came across this, I did an animated double take. It looks like one of those cool Palm Springs Modernist homes in photos like these, left

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Tuesday Giveaway!

As 2017 creeps a little closer, the beautiful vintage stationary brand based in San Francisco, Cavallini & Co, is giving Ellie & Co readers the chance to win one of its 2017 desk

Nostalgic Christmas Cards

Do you send out Christmas cards? Just when I was about to tell everyone I wasn't going to send them this year, I bumped into these. Aren't they beautiful? They're from

Monday, 12 December 2016

Christmas in an East London Time Capsule

We stood nervously outside the imposing black front door at 18 Folgate Street in East London, tip toeing inside when it opened slowly... The smell of Christmas past,

Thursday, 8 December 2016

The Ellie & Co., Inc 2016 Christmas Stocking Fillers List

I've been making my list and checking it twice, and here are a few curious gems I think we deserve to ask Santa for this Christmas... OK let's do this!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A Compendium of London's Most Curious Places

eltham palace peter dazeley

If you own one photography book on London's most curious places and spaces, it should be this one (maybe this one, too). I've been following Londoner Peter Dazeley's work over

Friday, 2 December 2016

Meet the Ice Skating Cocktail Waiters

This has been making me laugh! While I do love an excuse to nip to a festive pub for a mulled wine or four over the holiday season, how good would it be if we didn't have to tussle for space at the crowded bar... but could click our fingers and out pirouettes our very own waiter on skates, coat tails flapping, with your next round of drinks - all without spilling a drop! Now that, my eggnog-loving friends, would be a Christmas drinks party to look forward to!

If you went on holiday to the Grand Hotel les Bains in St Moritz, Switzerland, in the 1920s and 30s, this is the service you’d expect. This winter playground of the rich and famous, was famous for the serving of drinks on its ice terrace by skating waiters, made famous by head waiter Renee Breguet, pictured above.

Obviously these kind of skills took some time to perfect, and watching the dramatic stacks were half the fun. Luckily, the press, including LIFE magazine’s Alfred Eisenstaedt was on hand to capture the scene of the resort’s golden age… 

I wonder how many bones were broken and delicious cocktails lost in the quest to perfect the art of the skating waiter? The mind boggles...

Obviously, while the waiters perfected their turns and toe loops, the rich and famous hung out at the ice bar...

Make mine a triple Baileys with a twizzle!

Via the Life Archives and Mashable

A Backstage Tour of Hidden London

Photographers have the best job. They get to discover all those amazing hidden places some of us can only dream of seeing inside, let alone know about – just because it's

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Meet New York's Fashionable Grandpas

So, this is why I think Instagram is amazing: here's an account dedicated entirely to hunting out the fabulous fashionable grandpas of New York City. It was started by

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Vintage National Geographic

This morning I was looking for a mindless distraction in between copywriting projects and took a dive into a Tumblr pool of photos dedicated to Vintage National Geographic. Some of

them offer a humorous take on the world, others look like they could today, but mostly I just enjoyed them for some escapism. Maybe you will too.

Giant sponge off Roatan Island in the Carribean, March 1977

La Jolla's cliffs in San Diego, January 1942 

Boot shaped pool in Texas, April 1980

Marshall Islands, September 1945

Diver with a baby porpoise at Marineland in Florida, July 1947

Aurora borealis in Troy, New York, October 1990 

Cabin on porcupine creek, Alaska, February 1994 

Snowflake, an albino gorilla, March 1967 

Hula dancer in Tahiti, January 1949 

Brown bear cubs in Alaska, September 1975 

Cluster of observatories atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano, June 1983 

Heads of State stand neck and neck with other famous and infamous figures
from Madame Tussaud’s wax exhibition in London, October 1979 

Abandoned house keeps company with dairy cattle in Penobscot County, Maine, June 1977 


Viennese and their guests gather in the Great Gallery, showroom of Schönbrunn, June 1968 

Ioanninan shoemaker making slippers in Athens, March 1940 

Flooded and abandoned Russian Orthodox chapel in Russi, June 1994 

Members of the San Diego Ballet rehearse The Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker, July 1969 

New Guinean warriors pound drums, July 1969 

Maori grandmother and granddaughter near Reporua in New Zealand, October 1994 

Wild horses are rounded up at Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon, April 1979 

Greenland tots, December 1973 


Meadow in the Crest of Tirsuli, Himalayas, August 1952 

Indian outside the Basilica of Zapopan, Mexico, March 1967

Dive into the Vintage National Geographic Tumblr feed here.

Pssst! Three more amazing Tumblrs: My Parents Were Awesome and Awesome People Reading

Friday, 25 November 2016

Inside Brighton Pavilion at Christmas

Have you ever been to the curious Brighton Pavilion? This oriental-style seaside pleasure palace built for George IV, a hedonistic prince, is open nearly every day for tours, but this

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Replica Hollywood Mansion in Brighton

So, it turns out there’s a Hollywood mansion on my doorstep and I didn’t even know it! On a recent late-night real estate browsing session, I came across this gem which has just sold

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A Snowy Forest Hiding in a Brighton Cocktail Bar

Snuggle up in a faux fur coat and grab a rum-laced hot chocolate. Then sit back and watch as snowflakes fall softly through the air, foxes dart in front of your feet, inquisitive reindeer