I’m Alexandra Fallows, and this is my blog. It’s a compendium of marvels I stumble upon or think of as I go about my day. My main interests are art, literature, fashion, travel and design, so the vast majority of posts will relate to things of that nature.

I chose to call it Musie because Muse is actually my middle name.

If you want to pretend to infer things about me, the “Unfortunately…” game* is always a good way to start. Let’s see those results:

– Unfortunately, Alexandra likes to act too crazy…

– Unfortunately, Alexandra was a carrier of haemophilia, inherited from Queen Victoria through her mother, Princess Alice.

– Unfortunately, Alexandra fell twice and finished in eighth place.

– Unfortunately, Alexandra soon finds herself with a long list of suspects.

– Unfortunately, Alexandra’s curiosity is aroused by something dark and mysterious, lurking in a bucket.

– Unfortunately, Alexandra hooks up with the author!

– Unfortunately, Alexandra is a virtual recluse.

– Unfortunately, Alexandra told a story.

Make of those what you will. Google knows everything, you know.
*Wherein, while very bored, you Google “Unfortunately [your name]” and then make mad extrapolations about the results.

But biography, because I’m bored and self-obsessed:

I was born in Rome to two American parents, and grew up in Italy, mainly in Turin, which is up North, near the French/Italian border. The Winter Olympics were held there? And they have the shroud? And FIAT? Yeah, I know nobody’s heard of it. Sigh. There was also a year in Paris, where my dad was living at the time. At fourteen, I packed myself off to boarding school in the States, which is where I perfected my grasp of American pop culture. I took a year off after high school, trekked around the Rockies for three months with NOLS because I’m a latent hippie, and then went to Beijing for six months to study Chinese, teach English and soak up furrin’ culture. SARS happened then, so I mainly didn’t do much but field phone calls from my panicked parents and look around in amazement at what happens when an enormous city goes into panic mode.

I bopped around a bit more, then I went off to merry ol’ Cambridge, MA to start my undergraduate career. I had a rather rough time there, for a variety of reasons, but in the meantime discovered the glory of film studies and Russian lit (my major). I lucked out and got to spend a couple summers studying Russian in St. Petersburg, which is one of the most awesome cities on earth. then meandered my way through the rest of my studies and graduated. I then made my way further south to New York, where I currently reside, in an apartment with two male roommates and six closets. I’m working as a paralegal to pay the bills, but am trying to figure out a way into my dream career in fashion journalism. (Anyone hiring?)

Aaaaand… that’s my story. I like to travel. I like to read. I like languages, a lot, and I speak six of them– English, Italian, French, Russian, Portuguese and Mandarin. I love making things with my hands, particularly jewelry and knit objects. I like watching obscure foreign movies and trashy reality shows on VH1. I really wish I could get around to learning how to take good pictures. I like cooking. I like dancing, even though I’m not too coordinated. I adore singing, but I got some gravel in that voice of mine.  I like yoga, a lot.  I like hiking and outdoorsy stuff, and that’s the one thing I hate about New York. I’m obsessed with Sweden right now. I know lots of random facts.

Anyway, that’s some of me. Say hi sometime and tell me about you.

Contact me at afallows [at] gmail [dot] com.



  1. hello Alexandra,

    just want to say thanx for your blog. Beside great photos to watch, there is amazing editorials.

    Trying to get the inspiration from the Annie Leibovitz works, unexpectedly met you in the www.

    I like your language. Thanks for the tip about RJ SHAUGHNESSY PHOTOGRAPHY.

    I have a muse… ))


    • Thanks for the comment– I’m so pleased you find my blog inspiring!

  2. You have some awesome photos Musie! You asked me about Parsons in an earlier post and It’s definitely a great experience. If you want more info email me!

  3. Hi,

    Thank you for the great quality of your blog, every time i come here, i’m amazed.

    [url=http://blackhattitude.video-2-grosse.com]black hattitude[/url].

  4. Ummmm……hello! So, my name is Alexandra too. I am the daughter of two non-Americans (a German and a Mexican) but was born in California. I speak German but not Spanish. I went to Cambridge, MA for my undergraduate studies and then moved to San Francisco where I was a paralegal til I could figure out what the hell to do with my life.

    Methinks we have a few random things in common girlie. ‘Cept I’m probably much older than you.

    Just found you after you added me on twitter and I’m so glad I did. I love fashion. And I suspect I’m gonna luv yer blog. I’m a vintage addict and typically blog about that, photography, illustrators and other things that inspire me. Thanks for the add!


  5. Ciao Alexandra
    Molto interessante tuo blog. Mi piascuto tantissimo!
    A presto

  6. Hi Musie

    Nice blog! Just got here from randomly clicking around on goodreads when I really should be studying instead. Guess that will have to wait for a couple of hours more. You seem like a person you could spend hours talking to. Btw, what do you do when you obsessing with Sweden?

  7. I love your unique choices…keep up the good work and luck will knock your door!!!I am trying to do things in the fashion field as well…we will see!!From now on I am one of your readers!!

  8. I like your blog a lot too. Can’t remember how I stumbled upon it. I know I’m supposed to be doing somethink else…Oh I found it because I did a Google Search for Casas, this catalan artist I never heard of before seeing a painting of his on a placemat in Cannes. I liked it and so blogged to discover more and found your website. Interesting collection of beautiful female things. I hope I stay in touch, I put it as a favorite. I too have a blog which appears on IndieWIRE and IMDbPro as it’s about the international film business.

  9. Hello. I’m wondering if you’d be able to provide me with a source for the image by Ramon Casas, Sensualitat, which you have posted on your website on July 18, 2009. I’m a scholar who would like to use that image on the cover of a book soon to be published, and would like to be able to locate the owner of the work to seek permission to reproduce the image. I’ve already written several museums in Catalonia, without success. It is not one of Casas’s best known paintings, so it is not easy to locate, though I do have several art historians in Spain helping me locate it. Thank you for any help you might be able to offer.

    • Hi Akiko,

      Unfortunately I’m not sure where I found it. I should have sourced it better. That was sloppy on my part. Regardless, I hope you found the image. Best of luck!

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