This And That – Little Moments Of Beauty In Everyday Life

This week I want to show you little glimpses of everyday sights in my life. I went for a walk through our apartment with my iPhone and snapped away at the many unexpected things of beauty that I found.

First, books… I love looking at bookshelves, I love arranging them. I especially love looking at other people’s bookshelves. So for the similarly inclined book voyeurists among you…


books 3

books 2

Come with me now on a tour of things I love, that struck my fancy in the past week, contain happy memories or that are simply beautiful.



City walk

Hermès Caleche


LV b/w

wedding photo

Winter 13

What did you see this week that made you think about beauty?


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66 Responses to This And That – Little Moments Of Beauty In Everyday Life

  1. brie says:

    I think by far my two absolutely favorite pictures were of your son sleeping and those very old books in your collection:)!!! And if that was a wedding picture of you I must say you are stunning!
    The most beautiful thing I saw this week was pictures of vibrantly colored flowers on another blog.Made me happy looking at them yesterday on the first day of spring!
    Enjoy the day,B and thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures with us!

  2. Jordan River says:

    I saw your photos! And they reminded me of sweet sweet Beauty which I will now go looking for.

  3. haefennasiel says:

    I love your wedding portrait! And your little boy is so adorable – can you kiss his cheeks for me, please? ^_^

  4. Sandra says:

    Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Undina says:

    Today I saw (and made pictures of) dozens of very beautiful bouquets – I’ll share those pictures soon. But I have to say that the wedding photo that you’ve shared is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in a while. Thank you.

  6. Lady Jane Grey says:

    What a beautiful bride !!!

  7. andreawilko says:

    You look just like Grace Kelly in your wedding photo, beautiful, timeless and classy. 🙂

  8. poodle says:

    You were a beautiful bride. You both look so happy.

  9. Tara says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous collection of photographs. You were a radiant and stunning Grace Kelly-esque bride. I love the lace, was it a wrap? Thanks so much for sharing that personal photo. Your boys are as adorable as ever.

    Re-arranging bookshelves – now that is relaxing! I’ve been sorting mine according to genre just this week.

    Very generous of you to include Laduree after the grief their macaroons inflicted on you 🙂

  10. ringthing says:

    Thank you for sharing some of the beauty in your life. Your wedding picture is stunning and your husband looks so proud and happy.

  11. masha7 says:

    Wonderful photos, and I’d love to take a peek at that library! We had a library of about 4,000 volumes in Germany, but gave away a lot before we moved Stateside. Now I think we’re down to about 3,000, but I still have a “to read” stack of about 50, and continue to buy books, as does my DH….
    Like you, I love taking a walk with my camera and just snapping images of the intriguing or beautiful things I see. It’s great doing that with kids, because they often spot things I didn’t notice.

  12. I loved seeing your “little moments of beauty”, Birgit. Especially the books. 🙂

  13. Dear Brigit
    What a wonderful collection of photographs.
    You truly were a radiant bride and your child is the most tender of all the images.
    I will also put in a special mention for the wonderful Caleche and it’s packaging, why does nothing seem so padded and plush these days?
    Despite the weather being not quite what it could be, the persistence of purple and white crocuses to keep flowering whatever may come is my most beautiful found image of the week.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  14. tigerlily04 says:

    Your pictures are beautiful! I have two teenage sons (both of whom are now taller than me) and your pictures of your little boys made me very nostalgic for when they were so small and cute!

  15. Suzanne says:

    These “everyday beauty” posts are the best. There is a sense of intimacy about them – just the right amount – such that I feel like I get to peek into your heart. The photos are all beautiful … your boys, and you and your husband on your wedding day are especially gorgeous, and I like the way you fitted them into this collage of elegant things from your home and city.

    To answer your question, today I’m going into a quaint little town with lots of artsy shops and beautifully restored Colonial homes (to go to my hairdresser). So, just walking around that town and hopefully coming out of the shop with my hair shaped up nicely will put me in a beautiful state of mind.

  16. Farouche says:

    You got me at book voyeur…just ordered a copy of the Hermes scarves book from Amazon. I didn’t know such a thing existed!
    Love the photographs of you and your family. You are such a kind, sharing person 🙂

  17. Hey Birgit!
    I love those photos. The husband is the proudest husband alive in that shot. Even on the rubbish days I bet he still can’t believe his amazing good fortune.
    I am also loving the LV windows this season with their gilt typewriters and gold backed letters. Beautiful.
    Portia xx

  18. Lila says:

    Reminds me of, I believe, a Vincent Van Gogh quote, ““Find things beautiful as much as you can, most people find too little beautiful, poetry surrounds us everywhere.” I happened to catch a rare moment where my cat Clyde was looking quite beautiful. Most cats are quite beautiful but he usually looks kind of nerdy and awkward. 🙂

  19. Tomate Farcie says:

    Just came across this quote of Confucius- -“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

  20. brie says:

    You know I have to put in a final word…everyone has commented on how gorgeous you are in your wedding picture (and this is so true) but “the husband” is also quite handsome (I love a guy in glasses- intelligent looking is quite sexy in my book 🙂 !!!) Now he won’t feel so left out!

  21. odonata9 says:

    Lovely photos! That one of your son sleeping looks carved from marble! Only the sweater material gives it away. I love the Nouveau old book spines – had to go and look up Schiller. There is plenty of beauty right outside our front door lately. We are renting a house where the previous owner planted tons of rose bushes. I’ve never really been a fan of roses, but they are lovely and it is truly amazing the difference in scent between the bushes. My favorite one has a very citrusy scent. When we first moved in last fall, only a few were still blooming, so they’ve been a surprise as they have started to bloom. Several of them are simply exploding with flowers and I can barely keep up with trimming them, as I’ve been told by a gardener to make sure to clip the blooms as they die. There are so many, I clip a few extra to put on the table. We are in San Diego, so things start a bit early here! There is also a jasmine flowering as well. It’s not the real kind – I believe it is called pink jasmine, but it smells nice just the same!

  22. rosiegreen says:

    I love the photos, your boys are adorable. We are having our usual spring weather here, gray clouds, rain, the occasional hailtstorm and then… out pop the blue skies with puffy white clouds and everything is the most intense colors, green grass and trees, golden daffodils, cloudy pink cherry blossoms and the earliest tulips. It is my favorite season, even with all of the allergies.

  23. Ari says:

    I don’t know what the fool cast Nicole Kidman in the new Grace Kelly movie instead of you was thinking. 😀

  24. Philipp says:

    I love you wedding picture. You look so so radiant.

  25. Vanessa says:

    Love the book photos in particular and of course the exquisite wedding snap. Quite a bold and intriguing position for M’s hand! I would also suggest that you too are an außergewöhnliche Frau who has most certainly changed the blogosphere for the good! And oh boy, you reminded me of reading Kleist by the yard – back in 1977 or so. In those days, it is *just* possible that I knew more German words than you. Just… You have overtaken me in German – and probably also English! – since. : – )

  26. johnoehler says:

    It’s always fun (sort of a voyeuristic fun) to gain a peek into someone’s home, to see the things they like and hold dear. George Carlin referred to it as “stuff,” and it does reveal character. For what it’s worth, I like your stuff and your character.

  27. rickyrebarco says:

    Hello, I just stumbled onto your lovely blog and enjoyed your pictures very much. I am surrounded by beauty in my home as well, lovely perfume bottles, hand blown Viking glass and other mid-century treasures for my wonderful mid-century modern house.

  28. What wonderful photos! Thank you so much for sharing! A few years ago, someone gifted me a Kindle. I was never one of those people who deplored the e-book as something evil or unnatural. I live in a small studio apartment, so the fear of being swallowed alive by my books and magazines was very real! The thought of being able to put hundred and hundreds of books on a device that weighs less than a few ounces was awesome. But it has meant that I don’t get the chance to accumulate that many beautiful books nowadays.

    The photo of your son and your wedding are gorgeous. That is one beautiful dress on a beautiful bride!

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