Friday, July 29, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Purple Fashion Magazine

S/S 2011 issue 15 explores nudity as an indicator of the seasonality of fashion - I really enjoyed this issue. I especially enjoy the contrast between the 19th century sculpture by Artistide Maillol and french-mega-model Laetitia Casta, as shown on this cover. I love the exploitation of sex in fashion. No one is exempt! Even the most modest of frocks has a certain sensuality about it.

Beautiful country wedding

Friday, July 22, 2011

" Part of my liking to work from them naked is for that reason, because I can see more ... I like people to look as natural and as physically at ease as animals."

In remembrance of a genius. 

(self portrait)

A zen experience

Two nights ago I attended a Buddhist chant. The setting was a beautiful upper west side apartment and the participants were a group of truly diverse, yet unified, individuals.  It was a very interesting and powerful experience. It brought me back to that warm afternoon in Brazil when we visited a natural spring waterfall.

The parallels are endless, both experiences were cleansing, invigorating, and awakening. More than anything they both brought forth a sense of unity or connection. At the chant I realized that we are all made up of those people who "chant" with us. At the waterfall I felt nature's power to support and renew us.

p.s. Who says that we shouldn't go chasing waterfalls? TLC!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Stand Still a Moment

Agitated, busy people, stop and stand still for just a moment.
Look at the blue sky.
Close your eyes and take a deep breath.
If you do this, you will change and the world will come to life.

-Lee Ufan

Ximena Sariñana


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Amor confundido

Isn't all love confusing? Don't we sometimes wonder why we feel that unstoppable urge or pull towards someone. Between us, I'm pretty sure that when I'm throwing a (mild) tantrum my husband is wondering how he ended up with a fiery diva like myself, instead of a calm and collected lass who is more like him.

Interested in reading a love story that will fill you with warmth and all make you wonder about the emotion all together? Try Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Important note: SKIP the movie and read the book). This story of unrequited love excites me to my core.

Musical accompaniment to this post:

I'll share a story about sneaking into a Gipsy Kings concert in a future post...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

In medieval times this would be considered treason

Off with their heads! 


In honor of a master whose accomplishments are many.

Fun in the sun

Did you know that I once met a professional skater (skateboarder) at a music festival who proceeded to call me at my house to only get the wrath of my 3-year old brother. Yup, that's right folks. I could be Mrs. Victoria Skateboarder Extreme. I could be.

Music festivals are a great way to enjoy the summer months, assuming it doesn't rain. But should it rain that is an opportunity for a little muddy love. Everyone remembers Kate Moss's infamous fashion statement at Glastonbury music festival a few years back. If you don't, just know that after she rocked the "wellies" to the concert hunter boots started to appear everywhere. Wellies were once reserved for stable hands, fishermen and other sloppy lads, but after Miss Moss wore them rubber chaos ensued.

Speaking of England...just passed is the infamous Cornbury festival in England. The July extravaganza was such a success that the producers are selling a compilation CD of some of the 40 (or so) bands who performed. Pre-order your CD here and maybe throw your own music festival... a one day adventure that includes a backyard mosh-pit.

I've heard great things about the yearly music festival, Coachella from my friends on the west coast. I took a peak at the 2011 lineup and needless to say, I was floored. Picture yourself sun-kissed and dancing to the likes of...I can't even name one favorite. That would take away from all the rest.

Single-day passes are still available for the truly infamous, Lollapalooza - August 5-7, Grant Park, Chicago, IL. Take cue from Miss Moss and BTB to Chicago for a weekend of coldplay, my morning jacket, muse, cold war kids, foo fighters, and ween. Hehe, yup, I said weeeeen.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Walking on a dream

Happy summer everyone! Lately my imagination has been running wild. Perhaps it is my new addiction to the Game of Thrones fantasy series, I really don't know what it is.

Every weekend has been a time of celebration. A big congrats goes out to my dear friends Scott and Beth. S&B congrats on your nuptials. I'll post some pictures from their celebration soon.

In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer as much as I am.