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Monday, January 31, 2011

Sneak Peek at The Vintage Laundry Spring Catalog

The past couple of weeks I have spent a lot of time washing, ironing, steaming, sizing, and fitting clothes - vintage ones, which is more or less, as pathetic as it sounds, but not entirely without purpose.  I broke out the domestic goddess imitation in preparation for The Vintage Laundry's Spring Catalog photo shoot.  And, today I thought I'd tease you with a little sneak peak.  The catalog will be published  in February - so stay tuned!

These marvelous photos were shot by my beautiful daughter Olivia Stephenson on first or maybe her second paid gig!  I'm slightly biased and everything, but I think she's an amazingly talented photographer.

Photos courtesy The Vintage Laundry and Olivia Stephenson

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Little Love Notes

 Image courtesy Reform School Rules

With Valentine's Day looming in the next couple of weeks, I've decided to start leaving little love notes for everyone.  I've got some that are a little bit mushy, some that are a little bit funny and some that are little bit jaded - just to cover my bases.
The above image makes me think of something Lily Tomlin has been quoted as saying, "If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?"  That would be a combo of funny and jaded or a "faded" love, if you will.

Next up is something I read as a teenager, wrote down and used as a kinda check list when dealing with affairs of the heart.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Inspiration: Color Me Happy!

Janis Nicolay is a marvelous talent and a dear blog friend.  
This breathtaking image can yours, check out her Etsy.

This marvelous image can be purchased on her Etsy .

Debi Treloar is originally from Zimbabwe, studied art then photography and she has lives and works in London.   She shot this fantastic photo for Emily Chalmers .

Courtesy Debi Treloar

Courtesy Debi Treloar

Courtesy Debi Treloar

Best selling author and stylist Selina Lake has always provided such inspiration for me.

Courtesy Selina Lake
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Simply Brilliant

Tim Walker Photographer

Decorated tree outside of Penelope’s Durston‘s beautiful shop Cottage Industry
Photo courtesy The Design Files

Tim Walker Photographer 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Narrow Waist Seeks Broad Mind

At the moment, I'm doing what I normally do every January . . . . that being, looking at the pattern of my life and deciding that I don't like it and working on a plan to change it. 

So here's what I've been thinkin' . . . . In June of 2011, I will celebrate my forty-sixth birthday.  The thought of being a middle-aged person has never appealed to me.  It doesn't seem like a job I'd apply for.  I always imagine a personal ad that reads something like this:

Narrow Waist Seeks Broad Mind
Narrow waist seeks opportunity to change places with a broad mind.  Warning:  When waist trades places with mind everything on your body will hurt, and what doesn't hurt won't work any longer.  Also, your body might develop some food allergies, and every time you eat, it will break out into fat.  This will cause self-loathing through most of your 40s and 50s, and a few years afterward, and intermittently for the next twenty-five years or so. 
Applicant must have degree from the School of Creative Mathematics so that you honestly do not know how old you are.  Also, when calculating your age in dog years, you must be dead. 
No pay.  Possible opportunities for "pay back," "paying it forward," and "paying very little attention" but, no actual compensation. 
Nursery school or equivalent. 
You won't have to drink alcohol anymore - you can get the same effect by just standing up fast.  Also, you get to boast that you're not forty-five years old, but eighteen with twenty-seven years experience.

To get a jump start on the New Year, my therapist has suggested a daily regimen of finishing what I have started, and I have stead-fastly stuck to it, too!  Here's proof... so far today, I have finished a 6-pack of Diet Dr. Peppers and a Haagen-Dazs Dove Bar and I feel pretty accomplished.  Next she suggested a "do-not-do-that" list.  First on the list is making statements like "Jeez I'm getting such a muffin top!" or "Would you look at my ka-donkey-donk butt?!" -Inevitablly I get a response like "You look great," which is a lie but said out of kindness and love and is code for "I noticed that you've put on a little weight, but if you think you're going to get me to agree with you, you're nuts." 

In a nutshell, my New Year's Resolution plan includes these rules of thumb:

•  Change my exercise routine.  Instead of running my mouth, pushing my luck and jumping to conclusions, do an occasional sit-up or take a jog.

•  Avoid contact with things that raise my blood pressure.  Including, but not limited to, things that possess tetanus, tires, or testicles.

•  Stop eating food and switch to bark so that I can look better naked.

and finally . . . .

•  Die young as late as possible.

Happy New year everyone . . . see you tomorrow!

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