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Archive for April, 2011

Nudie Cohn/Rhinestone Cowboy

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The Selvedge Yard is one of my favorite blogs, I love it…Jon Patrick does a brilliant job at encapsulating the essence of cool from times past…or I should say from certain things past and influencing present style. Harley Davidson Motorcycles, outlaw bikers (come on, where do you think that current denim craze came from), Johnny Cash, Steve McQueen, 1960s/70s Americana, and beautiful photography by the masters (Penn, Altman).

A favorite post…this one on Mr. Nudie Cohn, the fashion designer and tailor behind the rhinestone-studded, hand-embroidered suits worn by some of the best (or at least brightest) in country/rock music…Dwight Yoakam, ZZ top, Elvis, George Jones, Gene Autry, Cher, Ben Harper….

Top photo (c) Jeff Albertson.  All photos Selvedge Yard.

Gram Parsons and Keith Richards

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I’m not sure what it is, I’ve loved the Rolling Stones for as long as I can remember…saw them in concert twice in college….but for some reason reading Keith Richards’ incredibly good autobiography Life has me thinking he was one sexy dude (and how on earth does someone who has consumed as many narcotics as he has ever remember as many details). Before it was just he is one talented musician.

Not too long ago I saw “Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel,” and while I still enjoy his music just as much after watching the film as I did before I think a lot less of the man.  From reading Life and watching the film on Parsons I learned the two were like brothers for a short period of time sharing a mutual admiration for music (Parsons introduced Richards to country music) and drugs. Putting the latter bit aside what I would give to have been in the room for some of their conversations. Just to sit and listen to them talk about the music, play music…OMG!

Altman/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty

Both B&W photos Michael Ochs Archives.

Wanderlust

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Wanderlust: A desire to travel, to understand one’s very existence. Be anonymous. Listen to the music. Dream. Get lost. Discover.  Love different kinds of food.

Scotland

Who knows, who cares, I just want to be there just like this.

Absolutely, wind in your hair, salt covered skin, wet and alive.

Up, up, stretch, breathe in and out, all fresh air, all green, beautiful perspective.

Tattoo

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Here it/she is…my second (and likely final) tattoo. Thank you Brian for the font and artist Cyndi Lou at Squid and Whale for your talented application.

Bottom photo Luke Fuller from themaineblog.

Hanna

Monday, April 11th, 2011

There isn’t much to say about this film other than it is astonishingly good. I’d been wanting to see “Jane Eyre,” because of the uber sexy/brilliant Michael Fassbender (his portrayal of Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s “Hunger” is difficult and riveting), but then an Irish friend told me about “Hanna” and how impressed he is with lead Saoirse Ronan…I watched the trailer and could not wait to see the film. Now I have and cannot wait for you to as well.

Jimmy Page and Keith Richards

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Reading Keith Richards bio Life now and it is sooooo good!  The man is a great storyteller/music historian. If only Jimmy Page could put his story down this well, alas one has to rely on tidbits from books like I’m With The Band, a collection of journal entries by Pamela Des Barres a (the) groupie in Los Angeles at the height of the 1960s music revolution.

Bottom photo flickr.

Signs of Spring

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Crocuses spotted on my morning walk. Hooray!  When spring arrives in Maine, it always seems sudden and is so appreciated. After a winter with record snow fall and plenty of mornings holding at 12 or below, days with temps climbing above 50 are welcome. I actually got down on all fours to clear leaves and winter debris from around a beautiful little bunch of purple crocuses in my backyard.

Vegan Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

How precious are these?  One day in January my friend Shoshannah photographed these cupcakes I made as the  snow fell pretty steadily outside (I actually ended up needing help from her boyfriend).  They are vegan, can you believe it!?  I am not vegan, but I am lactose intolerant and was testing Galaxy Nutritional Foods new Classic Plain dairy-free cream cheese. It was such a great day hanging out with my very talented friend while she photographed and I got to bake and well mostly frost and decorate cupcakes. Recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes is from Erin McKenna’s Babycakes cookbook (p.85). Isa Chandra Moskowitz cookbook Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World has some pretty terrific recipes too. Frosting was from this site.

A couple drops of Coconut Flavor and Flakes perfected this little confection.

Rose candies from my last trip to Paris and a little rose water.

Homemade candied citrus and orange extract put these babies over the top.

All photos Shoshannah White Photography

Rainy Days

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

I’ve always loved rainy days, especially when wedged between several even lovelier sunny ones. As long as you are prepared they can be fun and relaxing. How I recommend spending a rainy day:

1. Get boots to jump through puddles. On cooler days Hunter’s Fleece Welly Sock is a marvel.

2. Wear layers and a great jacket. I love this one by Spiewak.

3. Carry a bright umbrella. How much more fun is it to carry a red with white polka dots umbrella than an old navy one?

4. Watch a favorite film. “Please Give” and “Tender Mercies” are amazing.

5. Have friends over, pour some wine, and work on a craft project. I always have a stitching or knitting project in the works.  There never seems to be time to work on them, so when there is I try to take advantage.  My friend Jackie is a star knitter, as is my friend Annie..both of whom are incredibly generous with their gift-giving of handmade items. Alabama Chanin sells the most incredible, sustainable stitching DIY kits.  This Alabama Chanin flag quilt will be my summer (and fall, okay and likely winter) project.  Annie, if you are reading this, I’ll need your help on this one.

6. Learn to cook something new…like this recipe for Linquine in Lemon Cream Sauce from the spring 2011 special issue of Vegetarian Times.   *I use Galaxy Nutritional Foods Classic Plain Veggie Cream Cheese instead of light cream cheese. It can be found in natural food stores, and by June in Whole Foods Markets.

7. Sort through that stack of magazines piling up. Diner Journal and Garden & Gun are two I read every page of…the writing is that good.

Photo FFFFound.com.

Spring Fashion

Friday, April 1st, 2011

With warm temps promised in the next couple months, I’m beginning to look at lighter clothes. These are fun.

Annette Print Dress by Calypso

EM LowRiders - Sunwashed Denim

Jeans and tee by Emerson Made