We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not.
Joan Didion (b. December 5, 1934), in Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Song: “What New York Used to Be” by The Kills
Love this combo.
I am doing all I can to keep from picking up another installment in the Game of Throne series. I need to take major book breaks when I am reading juicy, character driven paperbacks because they can suck me into a sci-fi, sword swinging infested worm hole with the quickness.
First I devoured the wonderful memoir Grace and now, in keeping with the fashion-icon direction, I am beginning the biography on Marchesa Luisa Casati, Infinite Variety. I will let you know how it inspires me. Perhaps, I will get a cheetah and go for midnight strolls through Los Feliz.
gingerbreadwinner: Marchesa Luisa Casati.
Vogue UK February 1966
Model: Grace Coddington
Photographer: Helmut Newton
I finished Grace Coddington’s memoir in record time. I couldn’t put it down. There is so much I never would have expected from her. It is filled with funny anecdotes as well as very personal takes on love and loss. On top of that, the stories about all the talented people she has collaborated with is inspiring.
The book: The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
The first sentence: “In my earliest memory, my grandfather is bald as a stone and he takes me to see the tigers.”
The book designer: Virginia Norey
This book was just recommended to me last week. How cool would it be if it came with a tiger swimsuit. Have you seen this amazing new tumblr yet? Kate Imbach scours the interwebs for swimsuits that match book covers. Kind of genius, dontcha think?
My Accountant is cooler than yours.
Is your accountant in not one, but two books covering the cool underground in NYC 80’s nightlife? Didn’t think so.
And she got me a refund. Whoot whoo!
Self reflection can be difficult. I’m not talking about the glass mirror kind of reflection. I mean, deep personal refection. If you read any self help, business help, mental help kind of book; the first thing it says is to start writing. Most say 750 words a day. That’s 3 pages. Believe me, I know. There have been periods in my life I have been a master of the Morning Pages. Impressing my friends with statements like, “this morning when I was journalling…”
But like most things that I try to do in the morning (other than hit the snooze button, I have that skill on lock down) I end up forgetting or rushing late to work or wasting too much documenting my outfit for Pose & WIWT to get the much needed inner reflection out of my system.
Thanks to the helpful people over at TASCHEN they have released Volume 2 of Keel’s Simple Diary and the witty Philipp Keel has taken the hassle out of getting it down. Whatever ‘it’ may be. My only advice is that instead of writing in the morning use the Volume 2 Simple Diary by your nightstand and fill it out in the evening after you have lived the day. The questions are funny, clever & thought provoking. Who doesn’t love a good multiple choice?
It’s the perfect gift to start the new year right for yourself or someone who needs a push in the right direction.