Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fantasy - The XX

Tangents & The Times: Episode 1 from S. Zissou Ross on Vimeo.

I got a few chuckles while watching this.

My poor, poor generation. We are so confused on so many levels. It was as we were born with this idea implanted in our heads that the world has bestowed upon us some sort of golden paint brush. But with the recession, it's pretty hard to paint anything when you don't have the money for the acrylics or the brush. Don't get me wrong, I work hard. Very hard. But I'm also a shameless daydreamer.

"It may be years until the day
My dreams will match up with my pay" - Mushaboom, Feist

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lovesong - Adele (The Cure)

Hi Lovies, I'm back.
I hiked in the woods.
I slept under the stars.
I drank some tasty wine.
I ate everything placed in front of me.
I got teary eyed as two close friends said their vows.
But lastly . . . I wore my bitchin' Marni dress and didn't ruin it.

And that's how vacation is done!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Work** - RJD


. . . and when you need help, revert back to this list. I am in San Francisco for the entire next week. Posting will be here and there. But rest assure, I am having an awesome time! (And feeling inspired!)

(Poster and video from here)
** Means the song is one of my favorites.

Chez Les Yé-Yé - Serge Gainsbourg

Of course I want this Sessun bag.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Excerpts Of Whatever The Hell - Pogo

You know when someone leaves you a comment rebuttal on a website which makes you think they're a little shit? Happens all the time to me. I must be a target for trollin'. Anyways, Joel Hentges left me such a cheeky little comment in which he declared that he bet he had better music taste than I. Not being sure how to respond, I simply wrote back:

"Maybe (shoulder shrug)?"

It is doubtful that he has better music taste than I but you know, I would care a lot more if I were 18 years old . . . which was around the age I first started listening to Phoenix, alas I digress. Turns out Joel Hentges is a really talented graphic designer/illustrator. I really love his work.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Tame - Pixies

APC's summer sale has started.
I only allotted myself one piece. (Which I hope isn't sold out, they seem to have a problem with updating their stock on the website).
But if in the event it is, any of these pieces shall serve as satisfying replacements.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Rise - Craig Armstrong

It's safe to assume that ballet is my healthy addiction. The more I dance, the better I become, the better I become, the more I want to dance. See how that works? It is an insatiable desire. It has been a most positive and beautiful influence on my life, even when times are rough and I can't seem to find the light. This week has been yet another doozy filled seven days with more downs than ups. One of my most favorite teachers (and friends) taught her last class before she moves to NYC. She and I hugged and she told me that watching my improvement in two years has been completely rewarding for her. It made my eyes water. But next week I'll be in San Francisco! And I'm definitely looking to take a ballet class while I'm there. Anyone got any suggestions? Many thanks in advance, loveys.

(All photos by Christopher Peddecord)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bonnie and Clyde - Serge Gainsbourg

Mike and Lisa are that couple that most people are envious of. Day jobs and passions! In the 'burbs, you don't always come across that, so when you find it, you stick together like glue. We were first introduced at a wedding where Peas was my date. We all sat at the same table and it's been friendship ever since. I love these two so much that when I hear they called up my parents and went out to brunch with them while I was out of town, it tickles my funny bone. We're all at an age where everything just plateaus and we are one of the same, both parents and kids.

So when Lisa told me they were doing an anniversary shoot with a Bonnie and Clyde theme to make up for their wedding photos (which they weren't pleased with), I was totally loading my shot gun and rarin' to go. APC to the rescue! Pulling clothes for this fun shoot is about as close as I'm going to get to an actual fashion shoot, so I went to town collecting everything brown and creme from my wardrobe. The result was extraordinary! And I'm so happy when my clothes get more use. I want them to have a life well worn.

All photos by Procopio Photography.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Vogue - Madonna

ME AT NINE, PERFORMING TO MADONNA IN SUMMER '91! from Robert Jeffrey on Vimeo.

My two current favorite things.
Have a great weekend! Dance a little.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fullness of the Wind - Brian Eno

I often find myself pondering the pros and cons of having a lot of money vs. very little. You know, in case one day I actually get a real occupation which makes me wealthy, I'd like to have a plan of action for money spending. Here's a pro: that I could buy Donna Karan's collections every spring season and look very put together with minimal effort.

That first outfit is so darn elegant, I can hardly stand it. A woman who wears clothes like this, moves like the wind and leaves everyone wondering,
"How does she do it?"

(Photos from here)

Sweet Georgia Brown - Django Reinhardt

Last weekend's Seersucker Social brought out all of DC's finest dandies in honor of bike riding, gin drinking and the playing of lawn games. I probably could have had a better time putting had I decided to give it a go pre two gin and tonics rather than post. The weather was great and everyone was in such a fantastic mood. I even made a couple new friends. That's what I call a success!

Vina, you missed out! Next year, yeah?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bluebeard - Cocteau Twins

"Your sister came over today and ate an entire carton of my blueberries just as quietly as a thief in the night. And no. Before you ask, it was not a small carton".

"Wait, wait don't tell me. She blamed it on the baby".


Blueberries are one of those amazing super foods that you should never deny yourself. They taste of summertime, good vibes and beautiful mornings (like this Cocteau Twins song). I enjoy mine in my oatmeal. Because I often feel guilty buying seasonal food out of season, I keep my freezer stocked with them. I first melt a dollop of butter in the pot. Then I add a generous spoonful of brown sugar. I add the frozen blueberries and allow them to soak up some of the butter and sugar while they melt. I never measure my oats because it doesn't really matter, I just stir in amount that looks like a small bowl. Last the milk, turn down the heat and stir. Voila. A fast, tasty, healthy breakfast in a matter of minutes.

Eat your blueberries, dears. Just don't eat your Mum's and blame it on your fetus.

Sway - Voxtrot

I am nothing if I am not a sucker for great packaging. Mr Porter never fails in this category, even if it's just two pairs of Paul Smith socks. Receiving one of their packages is such a joy, that I ran over to my parent's house in the dark to pick it up. I love the personalized name tag and the simplistic gift bag which comes with black tissue paper.

Darling Swan, I think a simplistic black swan is all the logo you need. What do you think?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Crest - Tortoise

The Arctic Light from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

The fact that someone I know and care about very much lives within the vicinity of such alluring scenery makes me feel like maybe the world isn't such a bad place at all. There is so much beauty in the world if we are clever enough to find it and surround ourselves in it. I miss our regular penpaling schedule, Agathe.

Crimson Red - The Rapture

When I first perused the H&M collections this bright and colorful collection immediately caught my eye. I think I liked the 70's style glamour paired with bright, citrusy summer colors. Then I remembered this shot I took of Jerry Hall in a beautiful Halston dress. It came from a magazine I was reading while having my hair cut (please excuse the photo quality, I know it's terrible). Slightly derivative? Yes. Though I wish H&M had left the bottom half of the dresses alone instead of adding those layers which will make any women with hips look like a frosted cake.