Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Two stories written and submitted, so now I'm looking at my to-do list at various writing tasks, as in research and actual writing, and it shouldn't surprise anyone reading this that it's wildly varied. So much so, I thought I'd give you a visual glimpse into my brain:
Lovely! Variety is the spice of life, at least it is mine as an author.
Anyway, so where am I going next? The eyes have it, I think.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Recently I was looking through a magazine and the fashion being shown was credited to Vintage Luxury. I was intrigued and, a few days later, went online to seek out more information.
Their store is the Fashion element of 1stDibs.com, which also offers Furniture & Lighting, Fine Art, Jewelry & Watches and Special Searches. If you love vintage clothes, then this is a treasure trove of delight, and if I had $8,900 I'd buy my dream dress:
As renown specialists in Fortuny, Vintage Luxury is always interested in acquiring the finest examples of Fortuny including entire collections.
Size is flexible due to pleating.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I love art.
I love fashion.
I love paper engineering.
Put the three together and you'll find the Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave exhibition running from February 5-June 5 2011 at the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The website describes the exhibit best:
Oh my goodness, I'm in heaven, and shall make it to this show! I must!
Pulp Fashion draws on several themes and presents quintessential examples in the history of costume—from Renaissance finery of the Medici family and gowns worn by Elizabeth I and Marie-Antoinette to the creations of the grand couturiers Frederick Worth, Paul Poiret, Christian Dior, and Coco Chanel. Special attention is given to the creations and studio of Mariano Fortuny, the eccentric early-20th-century artist who is both a major source of inspiration to de Borchgrave and a kindred spirit.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Now to the reason Misha has come to mind: tights.
Not the same as he or any other dancer wears, but tights all the same.
I saw the picture below, unfortunately don't remember where, but I saved it. As I used various terms to find the image so I could give the person credit for sparking my brain I unearthed a market I hadn't known existed.
e-MANcipate.net, but I'm afraid I stumbled upon the pantyhose for men section on the Underware Store first and that colored my image of the item in question. The tights on the latter site I won't show, trust me, it's an image you won't ever be able to wipe out of your head. I will, however, share this from the male tights page:
Smooth, elegant, silky, all qualities that women have enjoyed for years on their legs but men have been illogically left without.Thank you to The Art Desk for the picture of Baryshnikov and whomever had the tights pic, um, thanks for letting me know someone actually wanted to wear these modern day torture devices.
Okay, fair enough, but I would have thought of all the things women do and wear, tights have to be one of the most uncomfortable and they've done nothing to improve the product. Guys, come on, do something about these horrible things.
Friday, February 18, 2011
The fab S sent these to me, yes, there are more, but these are the ones I couldn't stop laughing and querying the owners sanity.
First up is the ladies.
Now for the man missing only his business suit and briefcase, although the hair reminds too much of a bad toupe plopped on an unsuspecting head.
And the young'un of the bunch, which is the saddest of them all. He's cute au naturel!
Okay, what do you think?
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wow, three events in the space of a few days, and I was totally underwhelmed with them all. What a pisser. That said, I thought I'd share a few I liked, although I couldn't find the designers names for them all. Again, what a pisser.
First up is the Grammy's, known for being outrageous and adventurous. My favorites at this event were Keri Hilson in Basil Soda [music, grrr] and Naya Rivera. Fun from head to toy.
At the same time as the Grammy's was the BAFTA's, British Academy of Film and Television, and the mood is elegant. I liked Julianne Moore in Tom Ford and Thandie Newton in Monique Lhullier. Color, glorious color, and lush fabrics - yummy!
Last but not least was The BRIT's and the outrageous abounded, but Fearne Cotton in a simple studded dress with red shoes made me smile. Those shoes said Dorothy from the The Wizard of Oz to me.
I'm ready, bring on the Oscars!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I will always make sure every chair I ever choose to purchase is not just interesting, but comfortable to use - this one does not look like I could spend much time in it.
Oh, but the man, Oliver Cheshire photographed by Mariano Vivanco for the soon to be released [March 22 2011] book Uomini, does put more than a thousand words in my head.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Yeah, Marsyas is finished, and I thought I'd share that the story takes place in Ancient Greece.
Thinking back to the four previous stories in the Mythological Messes Redux series, only one [Double Punch takes place largely in San Francisco] has a footing in contemporary times. Mount Olympus, various temples, residential dwellings, settings out amongst nature and a forge are where most of the important things take place in this series.
A great deal of information is known about what life was during this time and the scenery is also fairly well established, which offers a good base to write a story based in this period. The series is founded in giving mythological characters a second chance at a new ending and I think from the offer through to the outcome needs to be plausible. The most difficult part in writing this series is when I needed to take a known site and manipulate it enough to suit the story, without creating something that wouldn't be possible during that period.
Yes, I love a challenge, and you'll have to check out Marsyas when it's released to see how it all turns out.
Monday, February 14, 2011
This is no surprise to anyone who reads this blog, but I'll reiterate. I love books, no matter what format they're in, and so the cutie was given two books for Valentine's Day. Romantic, right? I thought so because his TBR stack was low and he didn't get the two latest books from two of his favorite authors for Christmas. That's love.
What were they?
Levithans of Jupiter by Ben Bova and Ark by Stephen Baxter
Both are part of a series and can be found in the Science Fiction/Fantasy section, go check them out for your fan of the genre.
Friday, February 11, 2011
American artist Jennifer Rubell has installed a life-sized sculpture [by Daniel Druet, careful, music on website] of Prince William, the future king of England called Engagement. Anyone can go stand beside the figure, place an arm through Wills, and slip a finger into a duplicate of the official engagement ring.
Woohoo, your engaged! Seriously, I hope some guy slips his finger into the ring, and has a picture taken. Wouldn't that be fabulous?!?
Thank you Jennifer Rubell for the picture and fun art installation, plot bunnies abound - anyone else see time travel potential?
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Personally, I'm going for the latter, but only because I honestly don't care if she's looking for a lip lock, someone to notice her lips, or whatever the subliminal meaning might be in chosing to slap a puffy set on her chest. Wait, maybe she's hiding a boob job gone wrong. No? Looking for attention? Maybe.
Beautiful woman, shoddy dress. Shame.
Sorry, I love fashion, and this was just ugly as sin.
Vent finished :-)
Oh, thank you Skinny vs Curvy for bringing this to my attention, you know which way I voted, and OK! Magazine in the UK for the picture.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Then maybe one of Carol Barton's classes, where you learn to make your own pop-up and sculptural books, is in your neighborhood. Here's her 2011 calendar:
June 11, Free Family Day Workshop, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., http://www.nbm.org/families-kids
May 7- 8, Pop-Up Workshop, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, [412-261-7003]http://www.contemporarycraft.org/
May 16 - 27, Paper Engineering Workshop, Paper and Book Intensive, Oxbow, Michigan, http://www.paperbookintensive.org/
June 24 - 25, Carousel and Tunnel Book Workshops, Focus on Book Arts Conference, Forest Grove, Oregon (near Portland), Pacific University Campus, http://www.focusonbookarts.org/
July 31 - August 6, Sculptural Books, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, http://www.arrowmont.org/
Fun, fun, fun!
Monday, February 07, 2011
Friday, February 04, 2011
as in our calendar, is the Fabulous Frogs by David McEnery.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
SAG, Screen Actors Guild, is another great award ceremony. Not to watch, but to feed my need for fashion, and I wasn't disappointed this year.
Most looked great, but I got a kick out of the risk takers. In black it was Julie Bowen in a Catherine Malandrino sleek one-piece, Christine Hendricks in a long sparkling smoking jacket from L'Wren Scott, and Dianna Agron in vintage vintage Chanel Couture. On the red side was Sarah Hyland in Max Mara Elegante and Julianna Margulies in Yves St Laurent. And then Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence brought it all together by keeping it fun, bright, and age appropriate in Prada and Oscar de la Renta, respectively.
My favorite couldn't be narrowed down from three.
Kyra Sedgwick in vintage Thierry Mugler, Rosario Dawson in J Mendel, and Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta. All are great dresses and perfectly put together on the ladies.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
A few years ago my friends and I met up at the local diner on Groundhog Day. One of the Fab 5 brought Clarissa, the stuffed groundhog they just happened to have.
It was a hoot of a breakfast and while we chatted, the five of us decided winter was over. We'd had enough. To mark the moment, we put a pair of sunglasses on our groundhog and called it done with a picture.
Well, I'm of the same mood this year. Winter has been long, cold, and I'm done with it, so out came the picture. Clarissa the groundhog stayed in her burrow, therefore winter is DONE!
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Plots come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are a straight line, others whirl about like they're caught in a windstorm, but no matter what they look like the plot usually hinge on a finite point. As I was working on the latest WIP, it came to me that the ultimate point of the plotline in this one is hybris [sometimes spelt hubris]. A rare word to think about, but not really considering the piece is a part of my Mythological Messes Redux series, all of which have starting points in Greek Mythology.
Here's a bit more about hybris from Wiktionary:
From Ancient Greek ὕβρις (hybris, “insolence, sexual outrage”).
1. Excessive pride, presumption or arrogance (originally toward the gods).
2. Unchecked arrogance
Hmmm, are you wondering how hybris plays out in this one?