seeing clearly

I recently watched the movie Post Grad.  The movie was just mediocre as a whole, but the supporting cast was hilarious: Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch, & Carol Burnett.  Seriously – funny.  But what really caught my eye was the dreamy Rodrigo Santoro – and not just for obvious reasons.  I absolutely loved his glasses.  They are very Warby Parker-ish.

I guess I have a bit of a love affair with snazzy specs.  I think it’s one of the easiest ways to reinvent your look.  My sis and husband both recently committed to new glasses and it totally makes me want to try out some new ones too.

(The hubs in his new specs.  He’s very Vampire Weekend-ish in this photo.)

(And these are the sister’s new glasses.  No really, I’m serious.  E-bay is a blessing and a curse!  But I don’t think she’s quite comfortable with me displaying her face all over the web, so her eye-wear doppelganger will have to suffice!)

babies on the brain

Ok, let me clarify.  Babies are not on my brain per se, but I’ve been surrounded by people having babies.  And lucky for me they’ve been girls.  It seems that just 3 years ago I knew 5 people that all gave birth to boys right around the same time; and now I know 2 new girls, I’ll meet one for the first time on Saturday, and two more in the coming months.  I’m glad because it’s given me an opportunity to make a few new crafts.  I have fallen in love with big, huge flowers on little baby girls; and they are so easy to make.  Once baby is big enough she &  Momma can share.  Wear them in their hair or on a jacket or belt or necklace or….

My most favorite model wearing this blue flower.

I’ve also cranked out some more diaper/burp cloths.

And although I’m not much of a baby person, I am really interested in seeing this documentary.  I enjoy watching movies/documentaries that can take a personal story and turn it into a universal experience despite our differences.  I don’t know if I’ll make it to the theater for this, but it’s for sure going on the Netflix list.

what your hair says about you

Hair is a big deal.  My own obsession with my hair has been broadcast from this very place several times.  And from the looks of it, a lot of other people think about hair a lot too.  This post will get on average 20 – 40 views per day; I’ve always found that so interesting.  It seems that women are always on a quest to update their do and that there is something powerful when we do.  CateGweneth and Natalie are not the only ones to experience liberation by removing most of their locks, women do it every day and I’m always astounded by the number of people directed here looking for “short hair”  & “short hair styles”.  And while is seems that having short hair makes a social statement of some sort (“I am woman hear me roar!” Or “I’m so low maintenance.” “I took control of my life by not conforming to traditional beauty standards” etc.), what I didn’t know was how big of a statement someone was making by wearing very long, thick, beautiful hair … that belongs to someone else.  Thus enter Chris Rock’s GOOD HAIR.

I watched this over the weekend and think I spent the majority of the movie with my mouth gaping open and the rest of the time laughing like a hyena.  Who knew that “the weave” had become such a symbol of cultural significance for so many women.  This fascinating and hilarious documentary let me peek into a world shrouded in secrecy… well maybe not completely a secret, but even the female interviewees admit that it’s not all that talked about.  There are a host of ethical questions raised and Chris candidly positions himself as just an inquisitive father of two young girls who will have to decide for themselves one day how they want to look and the lengths they are willing to go to get it.  He passes no judgment, but lets the facts speak for themselves and in the process enlightens us all about one of the beauty rituals of black women.  Netflix this movie and you will not be disappointed!

{Tyra did a show about “good hair” and here is a related NPR article too. }

small world

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day in the life of _________?  More than likely you will be able to fill in your blank with this documentary;  you will after all, have your choice of 8 billion different people.  Each person on this planet has a unique story, and it is the goal of 8BL to let us see each one.  With only 17 so far, they’ve got a way to go, but I’m rooting for them.  It’s a nice reminder that there are things bigger and beyond ourselves.   This ongoing documentary is for those of us with a healthy and insatiable curiosity of other bipeds…and maybe those of us who want to live vicariously, if only for a moment.


wonderland weekend

it was cold, overcast, and raining all weekend at the cottage.  so i stayed inside cozied up with a book and a magazine.  after finally finishing my august issue of vanity fair i decided to reread lewis carroll’s classic.  (incidentally it was written just down the road from here right on lake michigan.)  i can’t wait to see tim burton’s adaptation on the big screen.

alice in wonderland