Ode to the White Shirt No. 4

28 July 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.

Ode to the White Shirt No. 4: Bardot and Sachs, two for the price of one.

 

(image via google images and seaofshoes.com)

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Lemon Love

26 July 2011

Avalon Organics Lemon Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner are my new delights. They remind me of the grapefruit bar soap from The Body Shop that I used in middle school, but are even more morning-invigorating.  I can just feel the luscious lemon lather cutting through the grime and sweat that comes from being anything other than slovenly in this summer humidity, leaving me sparkling.  Kinda like dishsoap…in a really luxurious, organic way.

 

n.b. I also use the unscented body lotion with aloe. This brand is heaven.

(image via google images)

Fall preview

22 July 2011

What’s a better way to beat the heat than shop online and think of crisp, brisk autumn?

Boston orange is the perfect summer-fall transition hue—and one of my favorite colors. This structured skater dress from Topshop is too smart.

And I think nothing would warm-fuzzy a day like this double-faced cashmere popover from J.Crew.


(images via Topshop.com and Jcrew.com)

Summer reading

1 July 2011

I’m ensorceled by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Tennis, ladies?

24 June 2011

I’ve been working this morning to the tunes of grunting Wimbledoners.  I wondered about a time when tennis was more…demure. Katharine Hepburn seems to most adeptly toe the masculine-feminine line.

 

 

 

(image source: google images)

Ode to the White Shirt No. 3

23 June 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. 3: Ernest Hemingway

The man knows a thing or two about wearing a white shirt…

 

…and a leather vest, I should add.

 

(image source: google images and the JFK Library.)

If I were a father…

21 June 2011

…or a grandfather or anyone else, I would’ve asked for this weekender.

Tusting Canvas Explorer, Medium. Made in England. £225

Half-birthday anyone?

(image via tusting.co.uk)

Icebergs

17 June 2011

Icebergs are immensely thought-provoking. There’s the classic depth-of-life metaphor, and then there are the actual icebergs, afloat in an alien world, that really compel one to ponder the vastness and diversity of our planet.

I am astounded this morning by the photographs of icebergs taken by Camille Seaman [isn’t it incredible how often folks’ last names align with their life’s work?].  I was led to her work by the Outside Blog, which writes:

“In 1999,  Camille Seaman gave up her seat on a one-hour flight from Oakland to L.A. and scored a round trip ticket anywhere in the world. She chose Alaska. Once there, she decided to walk from a coastal town named Kotzebue across the ice towards Russia. After feeling cold, lost, and somewhat panicked, she had a moment where she stopped, looked around, and felt a connection to the earth. That one moment ignited a passion for Arctic landscapes that she turned into a career photographing icebergs.

Camille literally captures the tip of the iceberg to look deep.

(images credited to Camille Seaman, via google images)

Heart of the Sea

14 June 2011

Rell Sunn, pioneer of women’s surfing. 

Born in Makaha on Oahu in 1947 to a Chinese father and a Hawaiian-Irish mother, Rell was battling with the boys in surf competitions by age 14 and in 1975 became an original member of the women’s professional surfing tour.  After a ferocious, 14-year fight with breast cancer—through which she surfed every day and became a disc jockey in addition to fueling the women’s surf movement—she succumbed in 1998.  The legend of her gracefulness and courage continues to inspire. 

 

 

 

 

Mirella Ricciardi

13 June 2011

Mirella, another über-inspiring member of the Rocco clan.

Visit Mirella’s website, with links to her incredible photography books that also include rich prose.  A colorful childhood on the shores of Lake Naivasha primed her for marriage to the ‘Italian adventurer’ Lorenzo Ricciardi, and an eye for a beautiful picture.

One of my favorite photos below, a warrior undergoing coming-of-age ritual head shaving, from African Visions, which I often display in my foyer. So striking.