Friday, September 25, 2009

don't get the wrong idea

everyone loves a wedding, right?

though there won't be bells ringing anytime soon in my future, i know a lot of people who have gotten married recently or are getting married soon. a lot of people talk about little girl fantasies of big white weddings, some people stick to them, others opt for nontraditional ceremonies and celebrations. for some reason, when i think about my wedding "fantasy," well, it just isn't. i don't really recall images of what my special day would or wouldn't look like, though i do remember holding a few ceremonies of my own for mr. and mrs. bear, witnessed by duck-duck, goose-goose, doggie, and horsey. location: my bedroom, date: around 1992, presided by: yours truly.

anyway, i've taken to checking out offbeat bride every now and then, happily revelling in the fact that there are a lot of women and men out there who are uncontent with social expectations put upon brides and grooms these days. it is definitely eye candy for those of us who lack our own bridal aspirations. see dita von teese mixing up color schemes above.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

sadly still relevant

Johann Hari wrote a great reaction to his assignment of covering this year's London Fashion Week in the Huffington Post.

Having read Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth (1991) this year, Hari points out correctly and sadly that a lot of what Wolf had to say about the control over women's images still rings true today. Sure, we've had challenges to certain stereotypes over the last eighteen years, but there are still narrow and sharply defined lines drawn around what a woman should and should not be.

I guess designer Mark Fast's choice (photo above) to use three "average" sized models at this year's show was a step in the right direction, albiet a tiny step in a field that seems to do much more to make women feel empty rather than celebrate women's strength, diversity, and intelligence. Unlike some other recent international fashion weeks (most notably Madrid), London does not require health checks for models.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Helter Skelter

I had been meaning to read Helter Skelter for years now (or since my freshman year of high school, amid my serial killer/horror movie obsession phase...) but didn't get around to it until recently. I browsed through the 50 cent and 1 dollar books at the public library near Boulder, CO where my friend works and found pal's bf Jon picked up a tattered copy of HS, "How about this?" I grabbed the book from him, borrowed 50 cents (how sad?) and dove into LA district attorney Vincent Bugliosi's account of the events of 1969.

This past August was the 40th anniversary of the Tate-LaBianca murders and as someone who did not live to see or hear the sensationalism surrounding the case, I was interested to learn the details behind that infamous image of Charlie with crazed eyes and an X carved into the center of his forehead.
After finishing the book, I started watching the History Channel's new docudrama "Manson," which combined interviews with several ex-Family members and Bugliosi with dramatized versions of the events unfolding. We've come a long way from "Unsolved Mysteries" kids. And not necessarily in a good way...I wanted to see a lot more of the interviews and a lot less of the acting. All I can say is don't skip the book for the TV version.
Learning about the Manson family murders brought about some reflection on the desensitization of my generation because in spite of Bugliosi's stresses on the grusome nature of the crimes, images from movies like Saw and Hostel flashed through my mind while flipped through the whilted-out images of bodies at the crime scenes. Would the Manson murders be as shocking to this generation as they were to the last? Of course I'm not diminishing the horror of the acts; the Family killed a lot of people in cold blood, without remorse, including a very pregnant Sharon Tate. But have our opinions of what is shocking shifted over time?
In addition to the 40th anniversary of the crimes, the Family have been in the news again recently when a dying Susan Atkins aka Sadie Mae Glutz was turned down for parole again. She was asking to be released out of mrecy because she is dying of a brain tumor.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Room of One's Own

Ms. Woolf was on to something...finally finished getting all of my stuff up the narrow stairs in the 1907 Richmond house. Thanks Mom. It's looking pretty good so far...

I meant to put before/after pics of the dresser I refinished ($30 at a garage sale). I sanded, painted the edges black, painted everything something white with a name like French meringue and sanded the edges again to let the black how through.

Pictures have been hung and I redid the inside of great grandma's old trunk with this dia de los muertos fabric:

Anyway, pics to come once Dad returns my camera to me.

Last night, I went to the University of Richmond for a free film showing of El bano de Papa, or "The Pope's Toilet." The film hails from Uruguay and is about a poor town's preparations for the visit of Pope John Paul II. The director, Enrique Fernandez is from the town of Melo, where the story takes place, and he is able to capture the disheartening sentiment of Melo's residents beautifully.

Until a run and a bike ride yesterday, I had forgotten how much I really love Richmond. It's great to be in a place with a thriving local scene of music, art, food, and community. The history of the city is exuded on every street and after being home from Japan for over a month, it's definitely bringing out the Virginia pride in me...

Heading down to Williamsburg today for a birthday celebration for Mom. In the name of all things Anglophile, what better way to celebrate than with a proper tea service at Taste Tea Salon? Speaking of tea, check out Christine Misiak's beautiful Original Recycled tea sets. I'll take the turquiose one please.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


great site with user-contributed vintage photography.
what i can't get over is the incredible quality of all of the images. most, if not all, are high-definition. that's richmond above, circa 1905.
don't just sit there...shorpy!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

thanksgiving in september

today i'd like to give thanks to a few silly little things that have entered my life (in no particular order)...

1. oh sleeper's newly released album, "son of the night." former bandmembers of between the buried and me, as cities burn, and terminal have made a great sophomore album. i have never listened to their debut, "when i am god" (2007), but "son of the night" leaves little room for improvement.
oh sleeper on myspaceat the norva october 1 with every time i die and bring me the horizon

2. military jackets and upcoming fall weather. looking forward to jackets, vests, tights, boots and of course, hoodies...the one below is from forever 21

3. nasoya's silken creations. vegan puddingy goodness. there are lots of ways to use these in dessert recipes, but i'm pretty much hooked on eating it straight out of the package. if it does reach a bowl, frozen bananas and granola make for a great parfait.