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Thoughts on time

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Tomorrow is my birthday. My kids are growing before my eyes at a frightening rate. I feel young and old at the same time. There’s so much I want to do in life but I also have perspective on where I’ve been and what I already have that I’m grateful for. I want to keep striding forward but at the same time want to freeze time because this moment, right now is probably as good as life will ever be unless some magical device is invented that will enable me take the accumulated moments of my life and compile and reconfigure them so that everyone I have ever loved would be here, in this place and time with me.

“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.” – Marcus Aurelius

Images: Catherine Deneuve and her daughterRomy SchneiderIris Apfel 

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Christopher David Ryan X Teen Vogue

unnamedI’m a huge huge fan of Christopher David Ryan. You could probably dig through my archives and find more than 10 posts about him since 2008 when I discovered his work. You can also just come over and see it around my apartment. I do a lot of fashion illustration but the kind of aesthetic I’m drawn to in other artist’s work is pretty much represented in everything Chris does. Geekily, I reply to all of his newsletters with some sort of compliment followed by too many exclamation marks. My favorite of his many series is the “hugs”. I dream of having him envelope my family (a photo of us) with one of his guys that are at once simple and economic line wise and yet imbued with so much love and warmth. Recently Teen Vogue hit him up to work at an event, quickly using snaps of the guests and enveloping them with his drawings. Swoon. Hollywood-09-CDR_grande
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Hey Natalie Jean asked me: What’s in my makeup bag?

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My friend Natalie asked me if she could interview me on beauty, makeup and life for her feature What’s in Your Makeup Bag, I happily obliged! We talk about how I used to wear ugly lip liner in middle school and how I have alien eyes…among other things! Check it out.

Also pick up her amazing book: Hey Natalie Jean: Advice, Musings, and Inspiration on Marriage, Motherhood, and Style (gorgeously designed by another pal Abby Clawson Low).

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Randi Brookman Harris: Anatomy of a New York Times Magazine cover

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I’m enamored by my friend Randi Brookman Harris‘s work, she’s a prop stylist but also one of my favorite commercial artists working today. We have this up in our living room and I follow along closely with what she’s working on, seeing and living on Instagram. She’s definitely one of my favorite artists and I’m so happy to be pals with her too.

Sometimes the most complicated and well executed art looks the simplest at first glance. Here’s more info on Randi’s amazing work (above) that’s nominated for cover of the year by the Society of Publication Designers. I sure hope it wins.

Last summer, Randi got a call about styling the cover for The New York Times Magazine alongside her friend and frequent collaborator, photographer Johnny Miller. The cover story was about activists working to give women access to abortion pills at home. The Design Director, Gail Bichler, wanted to evoke that emotional feeling of receiving a package in the mail when readers opened up the Sunday paper with the magazine at its core.

 “In order to protect the actual packages of pills from being recognized and confiscated in international mail, I wasn’t allowed to see what they looked like. I searched out multitudes of envelopes and mailers: every size, color, and type available. I had Indian postmarks made into rubber stamps. I had a single pill blister-pack custom made on a vacu-form machine to spec — (the image of which ended up illustrating another story).

The deadline was also the thing, of course, and it had to be shot after-hours in Johnny’s studio since we were both booked on other jobs the day we had to shoot it. We were shooting till late. Snacks were purchased at the Duane Reade well past midnight: Bananas, Doritos, Twix & Twizzlers fueled variations. I dirtied the envelopes more, deepened creases, stamped and restamped the postmarks, smoothed out wrinkles…”

I love hearing the story behind the art work and Randi always has a good one.

 

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The story of their lives, through their jewelry

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I’ve mentioned Worn Stories here and possibly to everyone I know. It’s a favorite book I’ve picked up in the last 6 months. So when I saw this story on The Cut, it lured me right in.

Six Women Tell Their Life Story Through the Story of Their Jewelry. To me, these stories have so little to do with the aesthetics or fashion of an item but rather the personal and historical significance of an object imbued with meaning.  Think of how many things in our lives we ascribe meaning to. If you had to leave your home forever in the next 5 minutes think about what you would grab and what it means to you. Would anyone else think it’s important or is it only important because of the role it plays in your life or events that took place in your life that the object reminds you of?

 

 

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