See: I Am Love

Monday, October 31st, 2011

It’s been quite some time since we’ve posted anything, because our site is being redesigned, but that all changes TODAY! From here on out, we are posting everyday (except for holidays) and all posts will be inspired by our love and curiosity of the five senses – see, touch, listen, smell and taste.  The daily topics will give unique insight into gallery shows, movies, designers, music, skincare, perfume, recipes, dinner parties, etc. All the things that we love and cherish in our daily routines. Lookin’ forward to our new gorgeous site launch on November 16th, where we can properly share with you all that we find inspiring.

Today, The Five Senses series kicks off with “See”. This weekend’s snowstorm allowed me to curl up and watch “I Am Love (Io sono L’amore)”.  Believe it or not, I was keeping this movie for the perfect day. Do you ever do that, hoard something for the perfect moment, perfect party, perfect day, perfect whatever? I guess it’s the same idea as saving your fancy dishes for company or keeping your lovely new dress in the back of the closet for the perfect occasion, right? I’ve decided to stop this habit.

From here on out, I am going to use these special segments every day. Instead of waiting a year to see an absolutely exquisite film like “I Am Love”, I’m going to just jump in and watch it immediately. Embrace the present! Make every day special and beautiful. Which is in part what “I am Love” is about – the beauty that is presented in it is breathtaking – ranging from, interiors, clothing, food, history, family relations – simply all of it is inspiring and moving and brought me to tears on a few occasions. I highly recommend you watch it immediately, it will change the way you see things.

This sofa and dress and face tell you everything about the movie. Perfection.

The home plays as much of a role in the movie as the characters.

I haven’t eaten fish or meat in close to a year but this scene definitely made me miss it.

The whirlwind effect of when she meets her lover is portrayed in this overhead shot – literally the world is now spinning around her.

See: Lily, my love

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Last year I received the best birthday gift from my dear friend, Louise. We both share a deep love for animals, to the point of emailing or texting each other pretty much every day when a particularly cute dog pops up on Animal Haven, so upon  receiving a package in the mail letting me know that I was the full sponsor of Lily, a beautiful PMU offspring horse, I had a feeling that Louise had something to do with it.

Luckily last month John and I were finally able to make a visit to meet Lily and her Mom, Jill, along with the many other characters that live on the farm with Susan and Karen Wagner in Chatham, New York. Susan and Karen have dedicated their lives to making these animals days better and it shows in everything they do at Equine Advocates. They generously shared the evening with us, telling us the stories of each and every one of the horses – how they got there, where they were headed before they intervened and the importance and need for more education, space and money to allow them to keep helping the animals. Compassion and generosity radiated from them and I felt incredibly honored to share time there. If you get a chance to visit any sort of animal sanctuary, please do, the animals have a lot to share and you’ll feel like a better person after spending time amongst them. It really is magical.

My gorgeous girl, Lily.

SEE: Rescue dogs of 9/11

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

In the Lives section of The New York Times Magazine today there is a beautiful photo essay of the rescue dogs of 9/11 that brought tears to my eyes. Between that and the Adam Gopnick piece in The New Yorker on dogs, I think I love mine even more this week.  Is that possible? I didn’t think so, but it appears to be that way this Saturday morning.

I really don’t like to pick favorites but I am having a major love fest with this girl at the bottom, Tara. Those eyes look like they have seen a lot – filled with love and wisdom.

SEE: Wow.

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Not much else to say but wow. French Vogue you do it right.


Friday, August 6th, 2010

I’m sometimes struck with bouts of boredom. I always feel sheepish about it because I know there are so many things to do that will erase this feeling. I think it actually happens when I’m feeling overwhelmed with possibilities and options – I shut down because it’s all just too much to process. I now recognize this in some part of my brain but emotions take over and it’s a tricky wrestling match. It happened today but I beat my opponent. It’s refreshing when your intellect has the ability and wherewithall to tell your emotions to move along. I feel hopeful about the future – come what may. There are so many things to see and experience and time is short – as John says – you don’t have time to give in to those feelings – just use that energy towards creating. And that’s what I’m going to do – it only takes doing something daily to make great things happen. So here’s to great things in the coming months – for all of us.


Monday, January 25th, 2010

Mosa – Mohave, 1903

There is such beauty, longing and uncertainty in these photos. I was given this book for Christmas by a dear friend and can’t stop gazing into these women’s eyes and imagining their lives. I myself have some Native American by way of the Cherokees in my makeup but unfortunately don’t know nearly enough about the history and ways of these people.

The photographer, Edward Curtis, was twenty-seven years old when he began documenting and photographing the women. One of his main subjects, Princess Angeline, daughter of the Chief of Seattle, became one of his most famous subjects and was known for her temper and refusal to leave her homeland. After she passed away Edward states the following: “The passing of every old man or woman means the passing of some tradition, some knowledge of sacred rites possessed by no other; consequently the information that is to be gathered for the benefit of future generations, respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost for all time.”

Princess Angeline, 1899

I think his statement is what draws me so strongly to these images; the idea that had these never been documented, all traces of history and culture would fade away without us even realizing the beauty that we would never see. The pictures in the book show women working; making pots, harvesting rice, digging for clams; everyday rituals that make up their culture. It all speaks to my interest in traditions and heirlooms and rites of passage.  What they were facing in the months and years to come was unknown, but they did realize that their history was changing and they were moving away from life as they knew it.

A Hopi Girl – 1905

It makes me realize the value of photography and it’s ability to translate history for future generations.  Please take a look and let me know your thoughts. And if you happen to run across this book, you should definitely pick it up, it’s a great addition to any art library. Enjoy!

Untitled (Girl with Jar) – Hopi, 1900

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