Archive for May, 2011

Rope a Dope

25 May 2011

I love this rope knot necklace by Lizzie Fortunato, in collaboration with Julia Leach at Chance; I wish so much that I had thought to make it myself!   I bought some cheap clothesline to practice my own take on it, but I might have to just go in for the original. Definitely a chic-woman version of the Nantucket bracelet beloved by youth.

Sold out for a few weeks, it is now available again at Chance (see here).

Un poquito Tampico SVP

22 May 2011

I love this line of bags made in France, Tampico.  So simple and sturdy and je ne sais quoi.  Too much trouble to choose a favorite.

Maybe something in linen?

Or leather? So slouchy.

Or good old cotton?

They’re all just waiting to be filled with treasures!

(image source: http://www.tlockman.com)

Upcountry dawn

20 May 2011

And I thought, here I am, where I ought to be…

Does this resonate with you?  Perhaps it’s a primeval echo. This is where you’re from, after all.

Upcountry Kenya, 7 am-ish, May 2011

The loco in locomotion

16 May 2011

Now knee-deep in the moving process, I’ve got transitioning, transience, and transportation on the brain.

Who knew ostrich-back was once a viable means of riding around?!  Must’ve been a passing novelty; ostrich are nasty creatures.

(source: google images)

Bazaar Gypset

12 May 2011

Julia Chaplin has released a long-awaited capsule collection of weekender dresses and sarongs. You’re guaranteed to start browsing plane tickets after checking these out.  www.gypset.com/go/bazaar/

Ode to the White Shirt No. 2

11 May 2011

Sporty and chic, classic and comfortable, dressy and casual, masculine and feminine, packable and washable.  The white shirt is superlative. 

There is nothing a white shirt cannot do; there is nothing you cannot do in a white shirt.

No. 2: Charlotte Rampling

And to prove how ageless a good white shirt is…

(source: google images)

Mecca

11 May 2011

I recently visited Karen Blixen’s farmhouse, at the foot of the Ngong Hills outside Nairobi.

Ngong is a Maasai word meaning “knuckles.” How descriptive of these hills. I am sure there is a story behind this; I would love to learn it firsthand on a visit to the Mara.

For those of us with a certain nose-to-the-grindstone, love-of-the-land, romantic-nostalgic kind of nature, Baroness Blixen is a top inspiration.

Life as little boys

9 May 2011

Kids are so cute and so mischievous all in the same moment.  I love this photo of little Kenyan boys. The older one is playing tricks on his sweet younger brother, who is just trying to make friends. We all got caught in one of the abrupt rainstorms Naivasha is famous for and were sheltering under the boat shed.  Looking back, this interlude is really telling.

Sometimes you are just where you want to be

8 May 2011

There is a small lake adjacent to Lake Naivasha, which used to be part of Lake Naivasha until water levels receded and the exposed land divided them.  The small lake, Lake Oloiden, has turned brackish, and attracted a thriving population of flamingoes.  I sat watching them peacefully congregate in the shallows when without notice half the flock uplifted in dance to the sky.

It was magnificent.

Ode to the White Shirt No. 1

3 May 2011

Thus begins the never-ending Ode to the White Shirt. 

Sporty and chic, classic and comfortable, dressy and casual, masculine and feminine, packable and washable.  The white shirt is superlative. 

There is nothing a white shirt cannot do; there is nothing you cannot do in a white shirt.

No. 1: Grace Kelly plus full skirt and hat

I think it is the little detailing on each skirt that makes these standout…the texture and tiny white dots on the one above and the pocket embroidery below.  I’d love to learn more about the little bracelet (could it be rope?) she wears in both photos.

 

(source: google images)