In Memoriam, Inspired: October

31/10/2013 § 1 Comment

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Even Cowgirls Go Back To School

03/09/2013 § 2 Comments

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Yep, it’s that time again. Even if you’re not headed to class today, there is an unmistakable sense of change in the air. While summer will always remain my absolute favorite season, there is something fresh about the transition to fall. It’s a clean slate; a new beginning that somehow feels different from the first of the year — perhaps because I always feel justified in refreshing my wardrobe in the spirit of “back to school” shopping.

In keeping with that spirit, today I’ve got some great photos taken by Peter Stackpole at the University of Arizona in 1947 for Life Magazine. Why?  First of all, I really shouldn’t have to justify this.  Did you miss how awesome these girls are? But more importantly because, yes, even cowgirls go back to school too.

Happy
September.

In Memoriam, Inspired: August

02/09/2013 § Leave a comment

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Rabbit Hole: The Getty Museum Open Content Program

14/08/2013 § 2 Comments

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Second Avenue Lunch, 1933.
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South Street, 1932.

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Coney Island Boardwalk, 1929
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Girl in Fulton Street, 1929.
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Couple at Coney Island, 1928.

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A bench in the Bronx on Sunday, 1933.

I discovered an exciting bit of news today!  In an effort to encourage the free exchange of works of art, The Getty has placed online over 4,600 high resolution images of artwork in the museum’s collection as part of their Open Content Program.  As long as they are properly attributed (see below), the images are available for anyone to use, publish or modify for any purpose.   The collection currently contains a wide range of media, everything from paintings to manuscripts to sculpture, including these amazing pictures taken by Walker Evans in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s.

 Find more information about Open Content at The Getty here and here.

Search the Open Content images yourself here.

Last but not least, you can see an earlier post about Walker Evans here.

All images courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.

Girlcrushing: Daria Werbowy for Vogue UK, September 2013

04/08/2013 § 1 Comment

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Ugh.
So.  Good.
Officially even more excited for those impending September issues.
Shot by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue UK, via Studded Hearts.

Perfect Nonchalance: Bambi Northwood-Blyth for Vogue Netherlands, July 2013

09/07/2013 § Leave a comment

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Bambi Northwood-Blyth stars in an editorial shot by Annemarieke van Drimmelen for the July 2013 issue of Vogue Netherlands that perfectly captures all that I’m feeling this summer.  It’s been a long while since we’ve looked at an editorial together, as I wanted to hold off until I found something that really spoke to me, and I’m so happy that I did…

Images via Visual Optimism, which is kind of a great source — check it out!

Mariah Can’t Cook: Sweet Potato and Kale Frittata

25/06/2013 § 3 Comments

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I will freely admit that I am not an expert when it comes to cooking, nor is it something I frequently do.  In fact, at home, I actually keep my shoes in the kitchen cupboards where my pots and pans should be.  My cardinal rule is that if I make something that you can consume, it’s to be considered “cooking” — and this includes cocktails, natch.

That said, I do enjoy eating well and luckily I have a someone to help me hone my (lackluster) culinary skills: my good friend Tara Cole, who is a holistic health and nutrition counselor.  She patiently spent a recent morning cooking with me and passed along this super easy recipe for a sweet potato and kale frittata that looks a good deal fancier than it actually is.  So whether you’re making an effort to impress the in-laws or to simply step up your home brunch game, I can attest that anyone can make this.  Even me.

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Frittata ingredients:

  • 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes (thinly sliced)
  • 1 red onion (sliced)
  • 1 pepper (any color, diced)
  • 5 stalks of kale (de-stemmed and ripped apart)
  • 6 eggs
  • goat cheese
  • fresh thyme
  • 3 tbsp almond milk (optional)
  • olive oil (for cooking)
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1-2 scallions (sliced for garnish)
  • grape tomatoes (sliced for garnish)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of fresh nutmeg (optional)
  • red pepper flake (optional)

Salad and dressing ingredients:

  • mixed greens
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ lemon (juice)
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Note: must use an oven-safe pan (no rubber handles).

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Preheat oven to 450F degrees.

Saute sliced sweet potatoes in olive oil in a medium-heat pan for 10 minutes, (season with salt and pepper) stirring constantly. Once fork-tender, add in the onions and peppers and season, saute for 5-7 minutes (you may need to add a bit more olive oil). Add in both vinegars, stir, add kale and season, mix for 1-2 minutes. Whisk eggs and milk together, add thyme, nutmeg, and red pepper flake, and pour into pan. Ensure that the egg mixture is evenly distributed in pan, add as much goat cheese as you like. Place pan in preheated oven and bake 10-15 minutes or until the eggs are cooked. Serve with diced tomatoes and scallions on top, and side salad (recipe below).

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Salad: In a bowl, add olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard,
and salt and pepper, mix together then toss in lettuce.

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Voila!  Fancy (looking)!

Tara assures me this is a great basic recipe to get creative with.  She suggested substituting in things like mushrooms, Gruyere cheese, fennel, and/or spinach.  If you have any questions — or would like more recipes — hop over to Tara’s site and she will set you right up.  Enjoy!

The Surfing Life: John Severson, 1966

20/06/2013 § Leave a comment

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“We could be in the middle of putting out the magazine, but if someone
said the surf is up, this place would be deserted in five minutes.”

In honor of International Surfing Day today, a few pictures I’ve been saving for awhile of John Severson, the original founder, editor and publisher of Surfer Magazine, taken in San Clemente in 1966 by photographer Bill Ray for Life Magazine.  At the time of the feature, Severson was 32.  The photos show a bit of his life at the office (where he preferred to spend only 3 hours a day…in flip flops), as well as with his wife Louise, and their two daughters, Anna and Jenna.  I especially like the one of the girls parading while Severson plays the tuba.

“I had an attache case once and found that the more I kept it around, the more things I found to put in it and bring home from the office.  So I put it away and get along just fine without it.”

“Each year when you go back to the surf, there is a certain amount of fear of the waves to conquer.  Anyone who hasn’t been on the waves in quite a while and says he’s not afraid when he first returns is a liar.”

If you would like to read the original article, you can find it here.

Field Notes: A Road Trip to Nashville and Back

19/06/2013 § 2 Comments

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As I mentioned a few weeks back, I had the pleasure of hopping into a car and making the drive from New York City to Nashville — all 737 miles of it — with my lovely friend (and talented Art Director) Amelia Tubb.  Mainly because we both were itching to get out on the road and I was already dying to get out to Nashville — but when we realized it just so happened to be the same weekend that Northern Grade would descend on Music City, the decision really seemed to make itself.  The photopalooza that follows is a combination of Amelia’s gorgeous photographs and a few of my Instagrams.

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While still in the planning stages, we decided it made the most sense to make a stop on each leg, so that we didn’t go too crazy.  On the trip south, I figured the midway point in Virginia was near Roanoke and dropped a pin on an AirBnB map.  From there, I poked around the available places until I found an amazing little guest cottage near a town called Floyd.  Located off the Blue Ridge Highway — which at night was completely spooky and dark and Amelia kept making Blair Witch references — we eventually pulled up slightly (entirely) later than expected to a tiny, twinkly cottage to the rear of our host’s large home, both built c. 1880.  Comfortably furnished and completely adorable, we had little time to appreciate its charm before heading off to a peaceful sleep.

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It was in the morning light that the cottage really showed its potential for a longer stay.  No wifi, homemade granola, a lake a short hike away and the promise of an exceptionally relaxing solitude, all made for a bittersweet good-bye — especially after meeting our lovely host Susan, her husband, and their three-legged dogs.

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Flat pouch by Kletterwerks kept our camera essentials well in hand.

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 Konker Tote and Tube Pocket by Kletterwerks.

I was first introduced to Kletterwerks by Lizzie late last year and was immediately intrigued.  After getting to know some of the great folks on the team I continue to be impressed!  A climbing equipment company originally founded by designer Dana Gleason in 1975, Kletterwerks is based in Bozeman, Montana and is currently headed up by Dana’s son.  By examining the packs his father designed in the late 70s — honoring their vintage sensibility while introducing subtle updates: similar fabrics, heritage colors, laptop sleeves, etc. — Dana3 has successfully created some great stuff that will serve you equally well on an overnight hike or a hike uptown.  And when you take into account the fact that Kletterwerks is made in Montana — right in Bozeman — the value increases exponentially.  Design updates and value notwithstanding, I haven’t stopped using the Konker Tote (above) since I came home from Nashville.  Equipped with handy compartments and adjustable straps, it’s pretty much the best tote ever.

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The guest cottage.

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The main house.
We then took a drive into the center of town for a proper visit.  In the daylight, the Blue Ridge Parkway was gorgeous countryside and Floyd was a lively little town with an artistic and musical feel.

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We picked up a friend on our walk.

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Roasted in Floyd by Red Rooster Coffee Roaster.  Try their 4 & 20 French Roast if you like a darker roast — I’ve already managed to drink all that I brought home with me and am badly in need of a reorder! We picked ours up at the Black Water Loft, a great coffee shop attached to a bookshop below.

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Once we hit Tennessee, it seemed the logical thing
to go to the Willie Nelson General Store and Museum

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…and get hats.  Here I will mention that with the purchase of these hats, it brought the trip’s overall hat tally to five.  Evidently we are ladies who need options.  At least when it comes to what is on our heads.

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Hats secured, we made an immediate beeline for Mas Tacos in East Nashville– because really, the only thing I want more than a hat is some amazing tacos.  After hearing about Mas Tacos from practically everyone we spoke to before, during and after the trip, you should know that the hype is definitely warranted.  Don’t miss them.

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Kletter Day pack — really great side-loading zipper and a padded laptop sleeve.

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We then meandered across the street for some adult beverages at The Pharmacy, a rather classy beer garden and burger joint.  Now, before I go representing like I knew everything about everything, I should divulge that we received a considerable amount of guidance, help and hosting from a Mr. Cooper Samuels, of I Took the Train.  Cooper is one of Nashville’s best bloggers and someone who’s been a friend of mine for a bit, albeit of the internet variety.  So I was very happy to finally get to meet up in person on this trip.  A few of his other excellent recommendations included:

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City House, where you should get the egg on your pizza.

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Rolf and Daughters, where I happily made a meal of veggies, foie gras and rosé.

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And The Patterson House, a serious cocktail den where there’s no milling about the bar — you’re seated and attended with finesse.  I had a amazing Bacon Old Fashioned and managed a partial picture of Cooper’s hand.  No mean feat, if you know Cooper.

NashvilleUp next on the docket: Northern Grade Nashville, a men’s pop-up shop that offers apparel, accessories and gear, all made in America.  You might recall I worked the Los Angeles one, yes?  Well as Northern Grade travels around the country, one of the best features is seeing how each city has a slightly different take, as well as a slightly different audience.  It was awesome to see how an event like Northern Grade can strengthen a community of like-minded individuals interested in well-made goods and domestic production and simultaneously have a great time.

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Sanborn Canoe Co, beautiful canoeing paddles made in Winona, Minn.

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Amelia making a belt with Billy Moore of Cause and Effect

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And of course, we dropped by Imogene and Willie.

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The Leo Sawtooth in black selvedge denim.
Please say hello to my new favorite shirt.  Please also don’t be alarmed if I seem to be wearing it every single time you see me.

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On the way back, we drove threw a horrible thunderstorm at night and stayed with my Aunt in West Virginia for what felt like exactly seven minutes.  We did, however, make time to stop at the Waffle House.  Surprised it was my first visit?  Well, we don’t have them on the west coast — we do have an International House of Pancakes, but that appears to be unrelated.  In any event, it became one of our favorite places while on the road, where locals would mix in with the transient folk like us, rubbing elbows over hash brown concoctions and yelled orders.

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Perfect.

Photos by the amazing Amelia Tubb.
Instagrams by me!
Bags courtesy of Kletterwerks.

Field Notes || Myrtle

20/05/2013 § Leave a comment

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During my recent trip to Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of visiting with Whitney Bickers, the proprietress of Myrtle, a delightful boutique snuggled on a corner of Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park.  Featuring independent female designers and an excellent selection of vintage clothing, as well as accessories, books and other assorted gifty items, this adorable little shop feels more like a clubhouse than mere retail experience, completely due to the amount of personal attention Whitney provides her customers.  Shopping at Myrtle is akin to spending a leisurely time with a trusted friend, trying out all sorts of interesting designers and original pieces you may have never heard of before — almost like your personal, inside track to style.

Whitney and Myrtle first appeared on my radar via mutual friends Samantha Pleet and Lizzie Garrett Mettler, and while it may have taken awhile for us to connect in the non-internet world, I’m so glad we did.  Aside from being one of the loveliest people ever (ever!), her path to opening Myrtle is certainly an inspiration.  While working in the entertainment industry on the production side, Whitney came to the realization that what she was really dreaming of was having a store of her own.  With no formal background in retail, but armed with some good advice, a tiny bit of luck and a whole lot of hard work, Whitney took a leap and opened in 2011.  In the years since, this one-woman show has continued to evolve, expanding to e-commerce and one of my very favorite Instagram feeds, where Whitney tries on new store arrivals in the massive mirror you can see above, giving internet fans of Myrtle an early head’s up at stock that hasn’t made it to the webstore just yet — but the best part is that you can tell how much fun she’s having.  And of course, when she wanted to turn the camera on me during our visit, I immediately insisted on a double mirror portrait of our own…

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2213 Sunset Boulevard  || Los Angeles, CA 90026 || (213) 413-0004

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