Well, my hair is growing out finally. I have lots and lots and lots of hair, and I usually give up at about this length and revert to a super short style, but I’ve been enjoying styling my longish layers.
I’ve been so busy. I have also had a weird week. This blog post is more like a mix tape to myself.
Have a good week!
I found this wonderful and totally of-the-times self help book up at my camp in the Adirondacks. There is no shortage of obscure and strange antiques up there. I’m hoping to make a trip up there in the next couple weeks and I will be sure to photograph some of it for you. But, for now:
How to Live Beyond Your Means, c. 1945 by Margery Wilson
I have been watching Mad Men non stop since I found it on Netflix, and I find myself wishing for some of the civility and politeness.
All the advice is pretty straightforward, but some of it is really good! I’m enjoying reading through it. There are lots of step by step instructions on how to run a home, which are definitely words to live by. “Make your house a home and you will save a lot of money!”
I am in the process of “tightening the belt” before school starts. I have shaved down a lot of my spending, including shopping around for new car insurance, a different phone plan, switching to the streaming only netflix plan (first world problems!), cutting down my driving and eating out. Also, I am NOT allowed to go to Target. Somehow I can not get out of that place without spending $50-100.
Does anyone have any great ideas to save money?
While Syracuse doesn’t have a lot to offer, we do have a couple cool projects going on. One is the Near West Side Intiative (which brought you the “green architecture” post in conjunction with Syracuse University) and several public art initiatives, including the Public Arts Task Force. To be honest, I think a lot of what they do is a little misguided (I live in the near west side, so their art is my reality rather than some theoretical application) but they did sponsor this.
On Saturday, Syracuse held it’s first Funky Flea, modeled after Brooklyn Flea. We DO have a large, sprawling flea market every week but admittedly it doesn’t really have as much of a hipster vibe as this did!
I was happy to go down and support, as the beautiful and talented Mother Midnight team had a fabulous booth as well as my long time friend (and birthday sharer) Marty Butts with his endeavor Small Potatoes Sales & Marketing. I hate to get all sappy here, but I could not be more proud of Marty. PLEASE check out his bloggity blog. I will be linking to it on my blogroll too. I highly recommend the Flour City Pasta (seriously. yummy.) and my friend Hannah LOVED the wasabi pickles.
Mother Midnight was kind enough to let me park behind their booth (there wasn’t really anywhere to tie up your bike!) and they DID NOT SELL IT despite receiving offers. They were also kind enough to package my stuff up nicely while I was out wandering around.
I didn’t really get too much, a couple old pieces of framed art from the ReStore and some Flour City Pasta. But I really enjoyed walking around, meeting people and seeing what everyone had to offer.
I really loved the whole concept, using an abandoned piece of property in what is my favorite part of town to put on a hip little gathering. Can’t beat it. Next time they hold it my friend Aaron (who does print making and other graphic-y things) and I may do a joint booth, for unlimited coolness.
I love the great vintage look of this lingerie campaign. Aaaaand I love Maggie Gyllenhaal.
So, gratuitous blog post, begin.
These are some pictures released from her Agent Provocateur campaign.
I listen to NPR sort of compulsively. It is tuned in on my clock radio, and plays quietly throughout the day and during naps. This morning I woke up to Prime Time, which is actually an AARP show. It is always awesome. This is what I heard upon waking up:
Since 1907… every bit of plastic that has ever been produced is somewhere on our planet, either in our atmosphere through incineration, in landfills if its been buried or if it has been disposed of irresponsibly or by mistake it ends up in our oceans or ends up in our natural environments. So every bit of plastic that has ever been produced is somewhere out there. Plastic lasts forever, we use it for a very short period of time, so it’s no suprise that these fingerprints are turning up all over our natural environments.
These are things you know. Right? We know that plastic doesn’t go away. But the idea that EVERY PIECE SINCE 1907 is still here is shocking.
(god, that image search was super depressing. “plastic trash island.”)
These gyres are the unseen consequences of our disposable culture.
Consumerism necessarily distances the consumer from the consequences of their consumption, and stewardship has been lost in our culture. I encourage you to look beyond the hipster esthetic associated with Etsy and thrifting and think about the environmental impact. Challenge yourself to use more vintage, second hand and re-purposed goods. If you are like me, you will find satisfaction in looking around your house and realizing that not only have you minimized your waste, but that you have created a beautiful and eclectic space filled with one of a kind items.
Here is some inspiration to get you started:
The other day my friend Tim and I decided to take a walk through the West Side, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while.
The West Side is a low-income area but there has been some development in partnership with Syracuse University. However, the area is viewed as unsafe so it is not an area that is leisurely walked through.
We inadvertently stumbled upon these really cool houses:
I only had my cell phone, and not my camera so I only got these two shots.
You can read more about the projects here.
Another reason to get up, right now, and talk a walk outside your comfort zone!
As mentioned before, my parents have TONS of vintage and antique stuff.
For Easter, my mom made a really cool vintage table setting. Here are some pictures!
Check out these awesome linen embroidered napkins!
A lot of our stuff is “chicken oriented.”
Instead of your standard egg dying, in our family we did a modern Ukrainian egg decorating style using wax and phase dying. Of course! Maybe next year I will do a demo post.
Never too “matchy matchy”…
My mom is a fantastic cook. These are grass fed lamb chops (no mercy!) that were locally raised within 20 miles of my parents house!
Delish white chocolate cheese cake and some kind of strawberry dressing that has an unknown amount of liquor in it. Because that is how they roll.
Hope your Easter was full of incredible food and lots of fun!
I don’t know how to even begin this post.
Colin and I broke up last week. Nothing really happened, it was just a time/priorities issue. Anyway, it is making me re-asses my approach to this year. The following was my resolution list from January that I posted to my Tumblr.2011 To-Do List
This list was written BEFORE Colin and I were dating, and as I’m sure you know things (schedules, priorities etc.) change a lot when you get into a relationship.
Between Colin working heavy hours at his Mon – Fri job and my four, sometimes five days a week waitressing (which means late hours, getting out between 10 and 11pm) we really had some scheduling issues.
So a lot of these things (like Yoga, gym, visiting Mac and reading) did not happen. Ce la vie. So, I thought after a very weird, vaguely depressed and directionless weekend by myself I need to re-focus.
I’m on the way towards a lot of this stuff. School especially. But I need to get back to working out and taking care of myself more.