Stand in the Sun Son!

Lifestyle, Other

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On the eve of my birthday – yes folks I’m about to be another year wiser– I couldn’t help but reflect on some thangs.

As much as I would like to wax lyrically about material things I’m hankering for, various projects in the pipeline and lifelong ambitions, I’ll stick to the stuff that has been weighing me down.

As I naively tuned in to the latest instalment of political raunchcom Scandal (too much blubbering over boys Olivia, just too much), I never expected it to teach me a much needed lesson, but such is the power of Shonda I guess. *shoulder shrug*

Stand in the sun, the way I choose to interpret it, is to distance oneself from as much as trifle as humanly possible.

Just stand in the light and let the b******t blow in the breeze.

And in the spirit of brutal honesty, I have failed at that very simple thing again and again this year.

I’ve let things so petty nearly break my spirit, I might as well be illegitimate offspring of Mr Glass.

I repeat stand in the sun.

My mantra from this day on, so help me Kanye.

Ep.i.thet

Lifestyle, Other, photography

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After much deliberation, I’ve decided to turn a new leaf.

A ghost from the days of future past* told me my tombstone might read a little something like:

Here lies that petulant little shyster. That broad who couldn’t take a step back. Gain some perspective. Maybe even do a happy dance for a second. She sure was something else. She had a mouth on her too. Do we miss her? I mean REALLY miss her? Show of hands..”

So my new yellow-tinted leaf is all about pausing to say thank you and then retreating to my chambers to continue my vow of bullsh***abstinence.

There’s a long list of people who have been acting as my corner men** and gin-and-juice drinking buddies, and I’m forever in their debt. And by forever I mean until December 31st. New year, new rules baby!

Hey when life gives you lemons, you shut up and build a lemonade stand right? And then you lie in wait for someone gullible to come along and charge em’ extra for it.

*see X-men writers, that still doesn’t read or write good as a title

** a boxing reference from a woman who’s never even watched a match, bravo!

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Lifestyle, Other

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I may need to be schooled on patience

I absolutely need to be schooled on patience.

Yet that hasn’t, nor is it likely to stop me from going with my gut.

Like Captain Kirk* I’ve found that it’s up to you whether you want to play by everybody else’s rules or..NOT.

The past 9.5, 10 weeks have been gut wrenching because I’ve assumed people would come through with their promises, which will always be a rookie move.

Again, much like my good buddy JT Kirk who had to be beat down on multiple occasions**, I learnt the hard way.

It’s ok to say no.

It”s even ok-er to pave your own damn way.

*that’s right born again trekkie here!

**I’m talking the reboot here folks.

Jamón HA-mon

Fashion, Lifestyle, Other

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Till this day my parents know nothing of my controversial movie watching days and I’m a-ok with that.

Call it batsh**-boredom-on-the-account-of-living-in-the-middle-of-nowhere or a silent rebellion against boring, but experimenting, changing things up (not like tongue wagging Miley. I repeat NOT like Miley) once in a while has been my go-to since I was a young’un.

While I’ve avoided and VOCALLY objected to dressing like I’m about to engage in battle, I can feel winter’s evel charms beckoning me to channel a gothic sci-fi diva.

Between you and me, its my mission in life to see if donning something drastic will help sell my poker face better.

Cause canary yellow sure isn’t doing the business.

Or maybe I’m just being too nice?

As per usual.

Over-ture

Lifestyle, Other, Other Loves

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I have over 45 would-be posts patiently awaiting their fate, so forgive me if I forget where and when I found the below questions.

All I know is I tagged myself, like all kool kids do!

1. What is the most-played song in your music library?

Without a doubt Flying Lotus ft Ahu- ‘Added Efforts’ and Alice Smith’s live performance of ‘Fool for You’. Watching Alice perform on BET actually gave me the chills! One.fly.lady!

2. What is your favorite thing about your current occupation or job, whatever it may be?

As a freelance copywriter, f0r the most part my schedule is flexible, which gives me the breathing space to think about other things. Starting an online magazine for one. Becoming the next Nigella a close second.*

3. City or country?

New Orleans, its got that charming something that thoroughly appeals to a sap like myself.

4. What is your coping mechanism after a really bad day?

Music, lately anything by Hidden Orchestra. Some mat time. Any candy I can score.

5. Favorite item in your closet right now? 

My yet to arrive  deep V slinky as hell dress by Solace London. Second would my cherished VERY heavy vintage leather shorts.

6. Skill or craft you still want to learn or work on?

Learn to Sew or die. The fact that I can’t confidently sew a button is PATHETIC DOT COM. And skateboard like a champ!

7. What is your most precious keepsake?

I thought long..ish about this and couldn’t come up with an answer. This might me a good thing folks, I may be less shallow and materialistic than I thought. Jeah!

8. What’s at the very tip top of your holiday wish list this year?

Morocco/Scottish Highlands.

9. What’s your favorite spot in the town/city/state you currently live in?

Give me a park with a great view and foot friendly cobblestones and I’m happy girl-not-yet-a-woman!

* minus the man/courtroom drama.

I can’t stop pointing to the beauty

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Another day, another inspiring selfie floating the interweb.

This time of Lou flaunting an awe-inspiring print.

I’ve been wanting to spruce up my bedroom walls for a while- just how long can a person “reserve” blackboard paint in their shopping basket?

In the spirit of honesty/full disclosure I have to admit that fear has been holding me back, ruling it all.

Fear of not living up to the endless stream of wall inspiration…pinterest and EVERY single design blog that has ever lived, I’m looking at you!

Fear of changing my mind.

and ultimately fear of accumulating ugly sh*t.

Which is why the time has come to unleash years worth of my neglected collages on those lonely ashes walls *

Thank you and goodnight!

*please wait with bated breath for the finished product.

50 shades of geek

Lifestyle, Other

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Every now and then a week drops so much knowledge on you, you can’t help but share;

  • Sleeping is what the cool kids do to stay upright and lucid.
  • Only JCrew the Great can get away with using like a champ.
  • Why did it take you a full 140 minutes of The Great Beauty to discover the Torino Ensemble? Huh why?
  • Whole Foods holds the power to bankrupt you one day.
  • You may never grow into the mushroom hair look/cut.
  • Drop repository into a sentence and watch the magic unveil.
  • Read. the. f*&%*ng. care. instructions. before. washing. a. designer.dress. you. idi$*!!
  • Who is this E person and how do I track this wise woman/child/ man down?
  • Ok Charlie Hunnam, you got me. Time to tackle that chick lit crap.

The Night is Yale

Fashion, Other

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Not sure when my love affair for maxi’s started, not sure I even care to know.

What I do know is “less frivolous grooming, more Game of Thrones”. Words so wise Yoda himself would grow greener with envy.

Fact is, who needs reality when you can spend time days dreaming of keeping dragons and ruling over the best city that ever was and ever will be!

please note the use of the word keeping, NOT training! 

A place beyond the grimes

Lifestyle, Other, photography

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Don’t know about you, but its been a while since I’ve laid eyes on a cherry blossom or anything resembling one.

This little beauty was taken a year ago, that’s right, back in 2012 when spring was in bloom and Kanye West was somewhat single and rapping in vernacular tongue.

As much as I try to fight it, I’m a hippie at heart. Meaning I need me some dense forest and general chirpiness of songbirds, otherwise I get a little angsty. Angsty enough to start indulging in ridiculous searches like ‘clean air’.

Seeing a Polynesian dancer sway her magic hips the other day didn’t exactly help me shake this feeling of being trapped on a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

*I wouldn’t put it past my neighbours to have “taken care” of the birds.

Radar;

Fashion, Other

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Pressing resolution number one: Buy more(or really one would be a good start) bright body hugging frocks, and rock them like I’m a permanent fixture of the Kardashian entourage.

I’ve been toying with the idea moving somewhere warmer, if and when the tax-man says ‘yay’. Because, after much soul searching I can finally admit to myself and others, without shame or hesistation, “I’m not built to suffer withstand winter frost, gale winds and icey ice conditions, my future should be ATOMIC TANGERINE dang it.”

You can do it too. Forgo the dark (side). Your skin will thank you.

I know mine will!