So my resolution for 2013 was inspired by Mariah Carey. I will "Make It Happen" (yup, old school frizzy hair pre-poom poom shorts Mariah) Today I wrote a business proposal for a huge opportunity. Mariah, you nailed it: if you believe in yourself enough, and know what you want, you're gonna make it happen!
Or the old lady who lived in a shoe. Or the girl with the red dancing shoes. Or Carrie Bradshaw. Any of these fairy tales will illustrate how the right footwear can make or break you. And with Ann Taylor Loft you know you're getting a pair that's fun and fresh at prices that won't ruin the fantasy.
I don't know if it's that magic they always talkin' about, but I kinda want this star print shirt on this model
Maybe it's the capital in the background or the subway campaign being completely shot in my old backyard of D.C. but I am feelin' this shirt with my French Connection red shorts and no shoes. And margaritas. Ah, the countdown for the Memorial Day four day weekend has begun, honey!
This is Gremlin, "It Can't All Be Dior"s resident houseplant. Like all green things, he's not faring well with our black thumbs around here. But this morning, in the wee hours, I replanted him and fed him. What else are you supposed to do when you're up sneezing and coughing? Stupid early Summer cold.
Hope Gremlin fares better. He too is "under the weather".
Tomorrow morning, bright and early, Mr Taurus and I are on a Delta plane to Des Moines, Iowa. I know: jealousy! But Ms. B.J. is becoming Mrs. B.J.Z. and it's time for a real barn dance to celebrate, honey! Iowa style. But what do I wear....
"I find it much more beautiful when you create a story with an actress. It's about communication. It's about collaboration. Call me old fashion, but I love to construct something with someone"
-Haider Ackermann on red carpet dressing, Women's Wear Daily
How much do you love this intimate approach to designer relations and dressing? Haider has always had women who influence his work and in turn he designs romances for the red carpets for them and we, the audience, get to watch as the tale unfolds. Obviously Tilda Swinton comes to mind as his protagonist Her world alive with the dangers, awe and magic of this talented Colombian designer
Last week we got quite excited at the "It Can't All Be Dior" offices when Kerry Washington was the Elle Magazine June cover gal. Finally a woman of color stands there to lure readers. We remarked then how appropriate a subject she is since she's in a crazy popular show with a loyal following (ie: built in fan base = built in readership = money$$$) Well with natural journalistic intrigue, we went back and happened upon a nice trend: Elle has put three consecutive women of color on their covers
Rita Ora KILLED it in couture on the May 2013 cover
And Nicki Minaj got the "natural" treatment for the April 2013 cover
Now, it is true that Rita Ora was one of a series of covers for May 2013 featuring current musical ladies that rock, but of the three possible covers, TWO were women of color (Alicia Keys being the second and Adele being the white gal)
And it is also true that Claire Danes, Jessica Biel and Taylor Swift have rounded out the year as thus far, but to paraphrase Meatloaf: 3 out of 6 ain't bad.
(Kerry Washington causing a Scandal in Marc Jacobs on the cover, June 2013 ELLE)
A HUGE hit show, a role in an Oscar winning movie and the latest Tyler Perry cash machine, a great sense of style and charisma for weeks... there's no reason Kerry Washington shouldn't be all over the place right now.
Oh boy Google has a real treat for us today with the Google logo re-interpreted through multiple famous Saul Bass movie openings in honor of Mr Bass' 93rd birthday
Well known for mid-century movie openings that with their graphic visuals and jazzy tunage quite often competed or eclipsed that actual feature presentation, Saul Bass was a visionary and still inspires graphic designers and style hounds today. I've written about one of my favorite Bass' montages before with the black cat slinking through an alley for the Capucine / Jane Fonda / Barbara Stanwyck whorehouse vehicle, "Walk on the Wild Side"
Obviously Bass did many, many other brilliant openers and definitely give the Google logo a play today. It'll make you smile how many you can guess!
Madonna may be a lot of things, but she's never been one to miss an opportunity. The Met Ball's theme this year is Punk and Chaos and having come up in the New York post-punk dance and art scene, Madonna has a special proto-version of punk and how it affected the NYC scene
Mostly, though, this b*tch knows how to shut it down
She is workin' that custom Givenchy (although the color choice of her Casadei shoes, hot pink, as punk is a little too Hot Topic in my opinion)
And extra props for the padlock necklace with the very special duplicitous "M" in the signature Met font
One of the many, many reasons I love furniture from the 50's and 60's is how the designs we're so advanced in their duplicity. The world was moving fast and everyone was thinking about the future and how to anticipate the needs of the future if right now already demands a lightening pace to keep up.
This George Nelson for Herman Miller side table is a great example of the multi-functionality trend in mid-century furniture. Yes, it's quite the sleek and sexy place to perch coffee cups and high balls alike, but with the built-in overhead lamp one could sidle up with that coffee and the latest Look Magazine to see what those naughty Kennedys are up to now. And in case a neighbor unexpectedly pops 'round, the back openings make quick storage for magazines you want tucked away or remotes or what have you
Man how great would it be to refurbish the back slots for planters. My heart is racing at how well this lovely would fit in me and Mr Taurus' home.
Man, it's been a long time since I book clubbed. Since my last entry I have covertly read books about "The New Jim Crow", The Mayan Empire and Tuesday Weld (yup, that's the mix in my head. Don't be jealous.) Well now I wanna share with you this little gem of a memoir from notorious and glorious porn star turned accused (but acquitted!) assaulter Jenna Jameson And while no one 'round these parts is advocating a life of porn, this self-made woman sure has some really good career advice no matter what your path (Pick a goal, focus on it, always be on time and professional, make friends with the behind the scenes people, be nice to everyone no matter how "small" a role they seem to play, etc) Oh yeah, and sex. There's sex advice too