Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
gold air. who would ever have dreamed such a thing?
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I felt so freakin' british singing about east end lights. I wanted to be british so bad, it was my answer to the oft-asked question, what do you want to be when you grow up? I longed for the day that I could sit like a princess perched in an electric chair (while the electric chair experience has escaped me, I think I've captured that mood from time to time. I think I'll do it right now. try it yourself.). I could not wait to experience a haunted social scene. and later in my life, someone really did come in the morning with a truck to take me home (that's a whole other story...).
I don't know why at the tender age of eleven I instantly recognized the themes of salvation and redemption or why the notions of freedom and release and escape from captivity deeply resonated with me. in a weird way, the song prepared me for the day I really would have to walk away from a crazy love that just wasn't right for me.
like a butterfly, free to fly away.
have a listen and a look back at 70's elton. the way I loved him.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
take, for example, my lovely new watering can purchased at heliotrope in atlanta (great store!). I love it's color and that it's made of recycled materials. while driving home, I was eyeing it in the car, dreaming of my spring garden, potting, planting and watching my garden grow. october isn't even over and I love fall. what gives?
it is pretty though, isn't it?
p.s. (an update) talk about contrary: someone stole our obama sign out of our yard! something is really wrong when your right to a democratic opinion is stolen. oh well, they can steal the sign, but they can't steal the votes.
oh wait, they've done that before...
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
this little one was fascinated by the ethereal creatures at the aquarium.
this east atlanta village facade would look at home in sunny spain.
one word: chihuly.
atlanta is a lot like los angeles. it's huge and spread out and made up of a hundred quirky neighborhoods. I could happily spend a lot more time exploring. it's got all my favorite things: old diners, classic neon, vintage shops and streets full of happy diversity.
- art house theatre
- a rainbow of vintage frocks at so rare in decatur
- ria's bluebird cafe is my new favorite breakfast place in the whole world
- more at ria's
- fish tacos and organic margarita at holy taco in east atlanta village
- guess what this is
- toy rickshaws at so rare (and now I'm kicking myself for not buying one for the yard)
- old school stand-alone urban outfitters (remember back in the day when you didn't have to go to the mall to shop UO and anthropologie?)
- georgia aquarium
- at ria's (really, I did more than eat)
- mesmerizingly beautiful jelly fish
- more chihuly at the atlanta botanical garden
- a storefront in east atlanta village
- silk lanterns
- coffee is just better
- at a classic diner. the majestic is just that.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
alas, I think my scooter days are behind me. we will be heading to atlanta in the jetta wagon.
if you lovelies have any tips for fun things to do and see in atlanta, please fill me in. I'm excited about the aquarium. I'm hoping to find atlanta really alive and colorful. I've never been there, but I always have an immediate unfortunate thought of that child murderer guy when I think of atlanta. I hope this weekend changes that.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
yes, I'm a bit giddy for standing in the middle of a cemetery. here is a more "respectful" shot:
see more delightful, creative mirror self portraits here.
Monday, October 13, 2008
culina carries an amazing selection of kitchen tools, gourmet, organic and international foodstuffs and a rainbow wall of cookbooks. yesterday, I participated in my first cooking class. I think this is going to become a habit for me.
on the sunday brunch menu:
eggs benedict on homemade brioche
roasted potatoes with dried leeks, herbes de provence and caramelized onion
homemade granola on greek yogurt
hot cocoa with sweetened cream
I went primarily to master the art of poaching an egg. that was handled in two minutes: just buy the little green silicon egg poaching cups. I went away with a new love for unsweetened real cocoa (no low-carb swiss miss here), greek yogurt and appreciation for the labor of love it requires to create beautiful brioche.
I ♥ culina.
(I know, I just wanted to get in one more ♥. I'm feeling very ♥♥♥ today!)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
the photo has nothing to do with the post.
4 things I did today:
- the pumpkin muffins are back at starbucks…I resisted temptation.
- tackled a huge pile of fall catalogs and ripped out pages and pages of things I want (I post them on my board and, as the days go by, tend not to want them as much…this is a tactic my husband taught me to curb my crazy-ass spending).
- worked on a project that I’m very excited about (but can’t share just yet).
- roxy, meet the furminator.
4 things on my to-do list:
- pick my own apples (maybe this weekend) and make homemade applesauce.
- I’m taking a cooking class this sunday…finally learning to make eggs benedict.
- see the greek play at randolph college’s beautiful outdoor theatre.
- purchase tickets online for the atlanta zoo and georgia aquarium for next weekend. word on the street is that there is a carousel at the zoo featuring endangered animals. no giant chickens, but there must be some giant endangered bird I can hitch a ride on.
4 of my guiltiest pleasures:
- handbags. always on the lookout for the perfect oversized paisley print tote.
- ridiculously priced (but effective) skin care products
- gossip girl
- steak au poive et frites
4 random facts about me:
- I always thought I would be an unconventional artsy hippy chick when I grew up. as it turns out, I’m fairly mainstream. however, I live in a small southern town and I’m from california, so most think I’m like this total west coast bohemian. and I like that.
- I once went through a phase when I decoupaged everything I could get my hands on…even the phone.
- I am a very, very impatient driver. complete with temper tantrums. this is not good when you live in a town where people routinely cruise along at 5 miles under the speed limit. I’m serious.
- I daydream about running a montessori-type school focusing on creativity and being a good citizen of the world (well, not the driving world).
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
- the photography show I still can't believe happened.
- discovered an entire shelf of vintage french books at a local bookstore.
- did some window shopping.
- dinner at a local tavern (fish & chips and india pale ale).
- then snuggled up in the balcony with the mister at a concert (piano quartet this time around, in an attempt to mix it up a bit).
- sunday morning coffee and reading the newspaper at starlight (really I'm not a total narcissist...we go there almost every sunday. my photos just happen to be showing there right now.).
- the leaves are starting to turn. beautiful.
- pumpkins! (still looking for the perfect one).
- election signs are popping up everywhere. I don't care which way you swing, as long as you cast your vote (well, not entirely true: go blue!).
Sunday, October 5, 2008
so good, but you can really only eat one piece. it's very, very rich.
and iced arabic tea: black tea with rose water and cardamom pods.
it smells like flowers.
and tastes like heaven.
did I mention that I love autumn?
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I am loving autumn.
when you are behind a camera you are given a certain amount of privacy and strangely shielded from a lot of the exposure that's inherent in events such as this and really all social encounters. when the event is about you and your art, you are not allowed such an indulgence. with the camera tucked away, I felt very exposed and vulnerable. I met some really nice people, I just wish I could have captured some of it.
I'm kind of sick of talking about myself.
but it really was great. really great.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
if you are near lynchburg, we would love to meet with you at the opening tomorrow, october 3rd, from 5pm to 7pm. starlight cafe is a beautiful space inhabited by beautiful souls. it's located at 512 5th street in downtown lynchburg.
I'm still a little shocked, but feel very proud and excited at the same time.