Wednesday, July 28, 2010

public access

We were talking about Zach Galifianakis over the weekend -- seems there's a part of him (or lots of parts) for everyone. The table's love for him was universal. Have you ever seen Between Two Ferns
At work yesterday I saw we had a copy of the new GQ with him on the cover. GQ asks Zach (and Tracy Morgan and Paul Rudd) what things are never not funny.

Zach: You know what is always funny to me, also? And this is pretty specific. It's the tuba. ... Actually, horns in general. For some reason, I can't keep it together when I hear trumpets at a wedding. I have to leave the wedding, because I'll just start laughing.

Friday, July 23, 2010

friendship and bracelets

I've been eyeing Lauren Manoogian's natural leather bracelets for a few months, ever since I saw them on the Maryam Nassir Zadeh website. When I modeled for Jenny the other day, she let me borrow her own LM bracelet to wear with two of the outfits. When I got home, I thought, "Ok, that's it, time to buy that little red zig zag."

I got these two from Pour Porter and I can't wait to wear them today.
In other news, my very best girlfriend, Alison, and her husband and son are coming to visit this weekend. We haven't seen each other in two years, and I know we will have lots of delicious catching up to do. I am such a homebody, but whenever she visits we both treat ourselves. Try cute little restaurants and find jukeboxes to dance by. Photo boots to linger in. Patios to sip beers upon.

She really is the most lovely person. We met ten years ago when we both worked at Black Ink in Boston. When I was posing for Jenny, I tried to channel her grace.
Above photo by me, from my flickr.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

chalky pastels

I'm always really drawn to chalky, pastel colors. Things that have a quiet hum to them, like paintings by Giorgio Morandi.

Giorgio Morandi, Still Life (1956)
Lauren Manoogian cuff from Anica Boutique

Mociun Diamond Dress, Arches Print

Giorgio Morandi, Still Life

Shabd Tank Dress from Anica Boutique

Giorgio Morandi, Still Life (1961)

Dieppa Restrepo oxfords from Anica Boutique

Giorgio Morandi, Still Life (1953)

I just discovered the store Anica yesterday.
It's so nice.
I even love their logo.

I clicked on their blog and here's what I saw:

So beautiful! Love everything about that.

ps: I visited the Museo Morandi when I was in Bologna a few years ago. You can sit for hours among all the still lifes. It's great.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

dancing by the jukebox

I love this photo from the August issue of W Magazine.
Photographed by Alasdair McLellan  
 Styled by Jane How

So many elements in this editorial remind me of Twin Peaks. The sweaters and kilts. The shoes. Those curtains. The landscape painting.
Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne

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I think she's crossed over to the Red Room in this one.

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All non-Twin Peaks photos:  Alasdair McLellan
Twin Peaks photos from around the interweb.

Monday, July 19, 2010

smile with your eyes

Wow. I was so lucky (and completely surprised) to be asked to model for Jenny of Wiksten. I still can't quite believe it. I've been a fan of Jenny's blog and her designs for a long time, and it was hard to imagine myself doing her clothes justice. For one thing, I'm not a model. But the clothes did a lot of the work for me -- they're so beautifully made, such beautiful colors and prints, and they're really flattering, too. I honestly think everyone would look good in the chambray ikat dress (sort of like the magical jeans in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, not that I've seen that film or its sequel and thoroughly enjoyed them both or anything*). The jewelry Jenny had was awesome, too. I left the shoot realizing I need more necklaces in my life. I love thisthis and this one from Alyson Fox.  

I felt such nervousness last night and this morning knowing that Jenny was going to post the pictures today. I knew my blog views would increase from a modest average of, oh, let's just randomly say 4 people to about 7,002. I felt extreme writer's block. And fear. I had no idea what to post. 

So I posted something. And then erased it. And now here I am, just telling you about the experience instead. 

So... Thank you, Jenny! And thanks to everyone who left nice comments, too. I'm overwhelmed, but I'm going to try to get back to everybody. It will be nice to have some more blog friends.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

mad men

I cannot wait for Season 4.
photo: Mike Yarish/AMC

 i love this show -- the writing, acting, costumes, sets, camera work, pacing, everything. we don't have cable, so last season i'd purchase each episode from itunes. this year i'll be smart and buy the season pass.

ps: interviews with cast members and the costume designer here.  

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

razzle dazzle

The Chanel Couture show for Fall 2010! Oh, Karl Lagerfeld. You frighten me, and then you dazzle me. Sort of like the severe but brilliant ballet impresario, Boris Lermontov,  from the film The Red Shoes.
View more here, here and here.

Dazzle number one: a massive golden lion.

Dazzle number two: cranberry red.

Those beautiful, heavy coats against a backdrop of snowy white, along with the recurring lion motifs throughout the show, made me think of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which I loved as a child! (The BBC version, of course.)

Dazzle three: the finale pieces, which reminded me of the beautiful Medieval tapestries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I really love these other pieces from the collection, too, but they don't quite fit into my Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe/Medieval theme...

Chanel Fall 2010 Couture collection: all photos from
Medeival tapestries: both South Netherlandish, from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Database
The Red Shoes: The Criterion Collection

Saturday, July 10, 2010

problem solving

Stanley Kubrick. I 'd forgotten (or maybe never knew) that he started out as a photographer and was a staffer for Look magazine. His photographs are unsurprisingly great. Love this interview.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

pretty things

my brother mailed me a package in 1995 (!) with these stamps. i will never, ever get rid of this little arrangement.