2-18-19 Ephemera (The Fashion Edition)

An exhibit from ‘Dior: From Paris to the World’ (image by James Florio)

Lately I’ve really been focused on the world of fashion. This might be due to some recent travel which saw me killing time with lots of fashion mags while waiting for one delayed flight after another.  And while spring is just around the corner the Fall ‘19 New York and London Fashion Week collections may also be to blame.  Finally, there are two exhibitions taking place which I NEED to see: the V&A Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams (through July 14th) and the Met’s Camp: Notes on Fashion (opening May 9th). ‘Camp’ kicks off with the Met Gala on May 6thand I can’t wait to see what the two High Priestesses of Camp, Rhianna and Lady Gaga, bring to the red carpet.  I doubt I’ll get an invitation to the Gala, and travel to the Big Apple and/or London probably isn’t in the cards either, so I’ll have to be content trying on fashion-related articles I’ve stumbled, including…

…Here’s hoping you are having a fashionably good time, whatever you’re doing!

Happy new year darling…

Ma patronne – Louis Welden Hawkins ca. 1903

I love the time between Christmas and New Year’s since I can hang out with the family and live life at a slower than normal pace… 

One of my greatest gifts is the time to go to the movies or snuggle up on the couch to bingewatch whatever catches my fancy.  This week, I’ve seen The Favorite (highly recommended), The Death of Stalin (darkly funny), the win-at-all-costs sports doping documentary IcarusThe Marvelous Mrs. Meisel (season 2), The Wire (season 3), Maniac, lots of sports (Go Eagles! Go Notre Dame! Go Sixers!), and the newest seasons of The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition and Great British Baking Show. I am still planning on seeing The Mule, Mary Queen of Scots, and The Green Book before I head back to work later this week….

Speaking of the Great British Baking Show, here’s a fascinating article about the artist who creates the dessert drawings… 

I am not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions but last year I did decide to track how many books I read during 2018.  I am part of a Book Club at work (with our current pick – Tara Westover’s Educated – up for discussion in January) and took part in a summer reading challenge, achieving ‘Reading Rockstar’ status.  Turns out I’ve read over 130 books this past year…

My favorite reads of 2018 (in no particular order) include: James Frey’s Katerina, Christina Dalcher’s Vox, Sarah Bird’s Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen, Josh Malerman’s Unbury Carol, Jonathan Miles Anatomy of a Miracle: the True* Story of a Paralyzed Veteran, a Mississippi Convenience Store, a Vatican Investigation, and the Spectacular Perils of Grace, John Connelly’s He, and Dara Horn’s Eternal Life

I may not believe in resolutions but I am a big planner. I’ve got some personal art projects I am working on, a few art installations to oversee (including the January ArtLab and April ‘Autism Arts’ shows), and continued travel (Miami, Denver, Mobile, and Philly for sure with more day trips and weekend getaways to follow).  

How about you? Do you make resolutions? What kinds of dreams do you have for the new year? Here’s hoping you achieve success in whatever you set out to do next year. All the best for 2019!

*Happy New Year Darling – Lonnie Johnson

Do you believe in magic…

Horn Sweet Home Unicorn Wall Décor  |   Pegacorn Large Art Print  |   Unicorn Snow Globe Night Light  |  Handmade Kids Party Gold Unicorn Headband  |   Galaxy Unicorn Pegasus Handpainted Converse  |  Banned Mane Attraction Unicorn Crossbody Bag  |  Unicorn USB Flash Drive  | 3D Printed Unicorn Sweatshirt |   I Love Unicorns Yarn Crafting Kit  |  Sassy Flashy Exquisite 18K Gold Plated Hand Painted Unicorn Ring   |  Just Add Magic Mug and Spoon Set   |  Loosen The Reins Flats   |   Majestic Night Puzzle  |   Unicorn Soap   |  Esoterical British Unicorn Mug   |  Crochet Rainbow Unicorn Hat        

Unicorns have been part of our world psyche since time began.  We must be experiencing a resurgence in their popularity because wherever I look these days I see horned products on sale for young and old alike. 

Over the next two weeks I’ll be posting gift ideas for aspiring cooks, fashion junkies, music lovers, adventure seekers, voracious readers and of course, unicorn lovers.  If you need a gift for someone who is a fan of – or obsessed with – this mystical creature the 18 ideas pictured above would make for a magical present to give – or receive…

*Do You Believe in Magic – The Loving Spoonful

My true love gave to me…

12 Days of Countdown Calendars

I don’t know how I missed this holiday development but Advent Calendars have certainly come a long way in the last few years. While I’d never say no to the old school $1.99 cheap chocolate version found at any grocery store these grownup versions of the Christmas Countdown calendar take it to a whole ‘nuther level.  Here are 12 unique calendars guaranteed to keep you on someone’s nice list all season long…

 (1) Ciate London Mini Mani Month Nail Set  
(2)
Give Them Beer Advent Calendar  
 (3)
Neuhaus Winter Wonderland Chocolate Advent Calendar
(4)
Lindt Bear Advent Calendar
(5)
Jo Malone London Advent Calendar
(6)
Felted Forest Advent Calendar
(7)
Godiva Advent Calendar
(8)
Clips Advent Calendar
(9)
Aldi Wine Advent Calendar
(10)
Lush 12 Days of Christmas
(11)
The Body Shop Enchanted Ultimate Advent Calendar
(12)
Molton Brown Advent Calendar

*The 12 Days of Christmas – Bob & Doug McKenzie

10-29 Ephemera

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200 Years of Frankenstein and counting

It’s almost Halloween, a holiday I love but in reality rarely execute well. Case in point – my Halloween mantle dream.  I could have made my idea work if only I hadn’t traveled every weekend in October.  Instead of my vision what is actually on my mantle is a color-changing lantern which an unknown neighbor gave us as part of a ‘You’ve Been Boo’d’ surprise.  Still, even if I don’t decorate I always give out full-size candy bars to trick-or-treaters who ring the doorbell.  Here are a few full-size treats from around the web for you to enjoy too…

…Hope you get to pull a prank or two on Mischief Night followed by a frightfully fun Halloween!

7-27 Ephemera

 

 

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One Sky #61-72*

Life is demanding a lot of me right now, and my creative time, not to mention actual creativity, has been impacted dramatically.  I have managed to find a bit of time each night to fall down the rabbit hole of the web and managed to lose escape reality getting lost in the following…

As for the weekend, I’m heading south to help a child move this weekend and if I’m lucky will get to spend a few hours swimming in the gulf.  How about you?  Here’s hoping you have a great weekend enjoying whatever it is you like to do during your down time…

*Images from ‘One Sky’ – A collaborative project with almost 90 artists and one instruction: look up.  Led by Wendy MacNaughton and Julia Rothman, co-founders of Women Who Draw

 

O’er the land of the free…

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Lithography from 1832

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation… Continue reading “O’er the land of the free…”

You can’t always get what you want…

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Apres’ Lotion  |   Turkish Towels  |  Swimsuit  |  Palazzo Pants  |  Nail Polish  |  Earrings  |  Sunglasses  |  Sandal  |   Perfume  |  Beach Tote

Last week I was in a shopping mood so I headed out to Nordstrom’s.  I left the store empty handed, feeling saddened and disenfranchised and vowing to write to the CEO.  Why?… Continue reading “You can’t always get what you want…”

5-25 Ephemera

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To read or not to read? That IS the question

The weekend is here and most of us are looking at a three-day holiday on account on Memorial Day (aka: the start of summer).  I am looking forward to a few leisurely days spent cooking, gardening, working on long-ignored embroidery and painting projects and wasting some time surfing the web.  Here are a few things I’ve recently stumbled upon that might help you waste some time too…

  • The Great American Read asks how many of the top 100 you’ve read (the books I’ve read are highlighted) and lets you vote on your favorites. PBS – we seriously need to discuss 50 Shades of Grey and great in the same sentence!
  • Ever wonder how the whole 4-20 thing got started?  My money is on the Waldo theory.
  • The ultimate groupie reminisces about rocker love and lust in the 70’s
  • Mr. Boddington makes me want to write long letters to my favorite peeps while sipping a mint julep
  • Doesn’t this dessert look yummy? I’ll let you know next week since I plan on trying the recipe this weekend.

Hope you all have a great opening summer weekend doing whatever you like to do with whomever you like to do it with!

 

 

 

 

Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married…

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Entering the Chapel

I came down with a serious case of RWF (Royal Wedding Fever) this weekend and am only now recovering.  Did you tune in to watch Megan marry Harry? I could not bring myself to get up at the crack of dawn to watch live but have spent a LOT of my free time since Saturday looking at all of the pictures and video of the event and am still captivated by each image from the ceremony, all of which show the radiant couple beaming with joy and love… Continue reading “Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married…”