Sunday, September 30, 2007


Here are some books that changed my life as a kid:

Saturday, September 29, 2007

My Dream Girl Posse

I always talk about my "Girl Crushes." These women are the kind of women who fall in (at least) one of these categories:

a. I like their style
b. I find them to be uniquely beautiful
c. They have a talent that I envy
d. They are inspiring to me in some way
e. All of the above

I have decided to finally gather these lovely ladies here today. This list may grow or change at a moment's notice.

Zooey Deschanel

Fantastic actress, great style, singing voice that I would trade a kidney for, sings in a cabaret band called "If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies" and plays the ukelele. Need I say more?

Miranda July

Looks like a cherub, made Me and You and Everyone We Know, wrote No One Belongs Here More Than You, and is part of the art project Learning to Love You More. Not only that, but she is also part of this subscription art project called "The Thing" where an artist creates art on something usable. Miranda made a window-shade that says, "If this shade is down I'm begging your forgiveness on bended knee with tears streaming down my face." Perfect.

Mary-Louise Parker

Loved her in Fried Green Tomatoes, LOVE HER IN WEEDS. This woman is an all-around talented actress. Plus, she has overcome some serious difficulties in her personal life and seems to be all the stronger for it. I find that inspirational.

Rachel Roy

Smart as a whip, stunning, and her designs look half-modern, half-Grace Kelly.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Matt Pond PA, "So Much Trouble"

Heartachingly beautiful.



"Where I was born and where and how I lived is unimportant. It is what I have done and where I have been that should be of interest."

Painting and quote by Georgia O'Keefe

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Mary-Louise Parker

Thanks to Netflix (my lifesaver, my lifeline, my happy ending)this woman is my new goddess. I love her.

The show, Weeds, is so incredibly awesome and hilarious.

If you don't know what it is, it's about this woman who is raising her two sons alone after her husband suddenly dies of a heart attack. When the show begins, she has already started her life as a pot dealer in this very typical California suburb, Agrestic.

When I first heard about this show, I thought, nah...this isn't for me. But I'm a huge fan of Mary-Louise, and now, with extra time on my hands and a free month of Netflix (with 4 movies at a time) I thought, "Why not try it?"

I'm so glad I did. Watching this woman try to piece her life together after an incredible loss...feeling overwhelmed and lonely, but managing, situation-by-situation, to get through it all, is actually inspiring.

I know that I, too often, find myself connecting to fictional people, but I love this woman. I want to sit down on her couch, in between her morning weed drop-off and her kid's afternoon soccer game, and pour out my life to her. And I feel like she'd understand perfectly.

And then she, her family, or one of her random friends or stoner buyers would do something hilarious and all would be right with the world.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

WCBD-Channel 2

So apparently Kelly (Love Johnson) and I were on the news, riding our bicycles. Even after Kelly asked the camera guy, "Are you filming?" His response: "Nah."

Well, obviously he was.

Why am I always on the news for the most random things? One time, my church's youth group did a stupid thing of The Dating Game, and Steven Jaynes and I went on together and were the only ones of the 3 couples that weren't actually dating. We just acted stupid, but knew enough about each other that we won dinner and a movie. For some reason, a news crew was there, and when the news did a piece on "teen dating" they played clips of Steven and I talking.

I also remember being interviewed for something in the East Meck parking lot. I think Mr. Diggs, my AP Psychology teacher, won some award. I don't really remember, because I was so petrified with a microphone and news camera in my face that everything about that incident is completely blank.

I guess I should be thankful that I'm not on the news for any more dubious reasons. Look at me, Mama! Are you proud?

Overheard in New York...

Professor: Don't get too excited--I'm not putting you into groups. Yeah, I saw you all sitting there, looking around, thinking, "Which of these fuckers is going to do all of the work?"

--Fordham University

I miss college...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Happy Birthday, Shel.

"Where the Sidewalk Ends"
by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

Shel Silverstein was the first poet I ever read. His poems were humorous and sometimes serious, and seemed to perfectly say all the things I felt as a kid, but could never put into words.

Here is his poem that applies to my life most right now:


Last night, while I lay thinking here,
some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
and pranced and partied all night long
and sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I'm dumb in school?
Whatif they've closed the swimming pool?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there's poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
Whatif I don't grow taller?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won't bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don't grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems well, and then
the nighttime Whatifs strike again!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

"The Power of Wind"

So, Epuron, a German company that works with alternative energy sources, won the highest award (The Golden Lion) at the International Advertising Festival in Cannes for "best advertising spot" for their advertisement, "The Power of Wind."

The commercial is genius. I love Germany. I love alternative energy sources. I love commercials.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fall Fashion

So, I decided to do some lusting over some Ready-to-Wear fashion. I scrolled back to's Fall 2007 shows and picked out a few things that I loved.

Vena Cava

Vena Cava has such great layering and shapes. I want the first outfit to be in my closet NOW.

I also loved Balenciaga.

I've been obsessed with this collection since I saw the Keira Knightley "Out of Africa" themed shoot in Vogue. The colors, the scarves, and the angles are perfection.

My favorite collection, however, was Rachel Roy. She is so tasteful and I love everything.


I looked through Rag & Bone's collection, and while the womens' fashions were nice, the mens' were FANTASTIC.

The last image is from Spring/Summer 2008, but it was too good to pass up. If guys dressed like this in real life, I don't know what I'd do with myself. Really.

Carmen Marc Valvo's entire collection was perfect. It was all structured coats and gorgeous cocktail dresses and gowns. Everything he does is perfect.

BCBG paired every outfit with sheer gray tights. I never realized how complementary gray is with most colors.

Does anyone have endless amounts of money to aide me in my clothing addiction?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Nothing Gold Can Stay
by Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

Monday, September 17, 2007

In the land of make-believe...

I don't know what kind of magic some stories hold for me, but somehow, certain books and films can transport me to a place of such comfort and safety. Even though Amelie, Emma, and Vianne (Chocolat) are characters created by some fantastic and creative individuals, part of me believes that they exist. That somewhere in life, people are this happy and people are that wonderful. I think, sometimes, it's what keeps me going.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Agnus Dei

Agnus dei
Agnus dei
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Agnus dei
Agnus dei
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona nobis pacem
Dona nobis pacem
Dona nobis pacem