Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Today, I am grateful for beauty and love, for surprises and excitement, and for friendship. I am grateful for my present circumstances, for I know they offer opportunities for growth. This past week in L.A. was amazing. Mostly, I was reminded to dream and to work to make those dreams come true.
"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true." — Leon J. Suenes
Monday, July 20, 2009
"I to the world am like a drop of water
That in the ocean seeks another drop,
Who, falling there to find his fellow forth,
Unseen, inquisitive, confounds himself."
I'm off to L.A. tomorrow. Enjoy.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
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Monday, July 13, 2009
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I love all things summer: the beach, the sun, the ocean, sand, even the smell of sunblock. I must have been a surfer or a beach bum in a past life. Have an easy breezy week.
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." —John Lubbock
"Summer afternoon, summer afternoon: to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." —Henry James
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Lately I've been reading Jaime's blog. Though I am 27 I find her posts useful. Some are things I will integrate into my life like #116: At the close of each day, fill your head with thoughts of how lucky you are. Some things I'm proud that I'm doing, for example #161: Live alone for a period of time. And some are things I would like to share with my daughter one day like #154: You can talk to me about sex. And I love the art and quotes that are mixed in. Here is one quote that I saved from post #2: Try to know what is bubbling around inside your heart.
Your heart is a great river after a long spell of rain, spilling over its banks. All signposts that once stood on the ground are gone, inundated and carried away by that rush of water. And still the rain beats down on the surface of the river. Every time you see a flood like that on the news you tell yourself: That's it. That's my heart. —Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
If were to offer anything, I'd say that it's okay sometimes to not know who you are. Life will bring challenges to question your beliefs and values and it's okay to defer, to surrender, to change, to progress, to digress. In the end if you have grown, then you have lived.
Artwork: Proteus 1984. Cy Twombly.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
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I am currently reading Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties by German poet Rainer Maria Rilke. This is my second time around and there’s still so much to digest. Here are three Rilke quotes that seem most relevant to me at the present moment:
“It is not inertia alone that is responsible for human relationships repeating themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and unrenewed: it is shyness before any sort of new, unforeseeable experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope. But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most enigmatical will live the relation to another as something alive.” Yes, Rilke is talking about human relationships, but oftentimes, my relationships with others can be as muddled and confusing, as painful and joyful, as my relationship with my self. With everything that happens or doesn’t happen, I cope again and again. Each time I see more of myself. I may be shy and wide-eyed, a little fearful, a little unsure, but I survive, I grow, I strengthen, I love. I embrace and I let go. I refuse inertia—and, in doing so, I think I may have found my best and most fulfilling relationship yet.
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” I’m not sure what frightens me, or maybe I do and don’t want to confront it. This is a scary thing... maybe one day I will have the courage to do this.
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” This is a guide to how I want to be. I want to remember in moments when I’m caught up in the details of not knowing what and when and why and how that I need to go back to the notion of trying to live in the unknown—and that, in fact, hopefully will lead to the answer.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Last week, I received my first issue of Glamour the offical replacement of Domino. Sad face. I'm glad that English Muse is posting Domino favorites from the past. Pictured is Carolina Jr.'s Madrid apartment from the premiere issue, Spring/Summer 2005.
I would define my style as easy breezy and California cool. Now, I'm craving a bit of rock star glam. If I could I would wear flip flops and tanks everyday, but all of a sudden I think I'm channeling M.J. I am loving anything shiny with sequins, beads, studs and of course black. And if I could I would purchase Erin Kleinberg's entire fall 2009 collection. It's the ultimate mix of luxury and comfort. Rock on!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Beautiful photos from The Sartorialist.
I tried to explain that if they want to become a fashion designer they should try to take photos that will inspire a certain feeling of a season, or a gesture, or a mood. The pictures that I took above are, to me, the essence of Summer. If I was a designer I would look at photos like this at the beginning of the spring design season, just to remember what it is that everyone loves about the sun, warmth, and vacation. —Scott Schuman
In Prelude to a Kiss Meg Ryan admits that she has a terrible memory and insomnia. Well, so do I. Perhaps this is a solution to restless nights, Zeo Personal Sleep Coach. Developed by scientists, the product tracks, analyzes, and guides you to blissful nights of zzz’s. Here’s how it works: Before bed, put on the jazzy headband that records patterns using sensor technology. In the morning, check out the bedside display, which is connected to the headband wirelessly and evaluates your REM, light, and deep sleep. Then head to the website, which recommends techniques, tools, and tips based on your personal data to address the things affecting your rest. Soon enough you’ll be jumping over rainbows on the back of a unicorn while making sweet love to Edward Cullen. (Via Daily Candy)