This treasured photo of my daughter is what started my friendship with Justin Hackworth, photographer and maker of art. It was taken for his 30 Strangers Project in 2009 and is one of my most valued possessions. Justin also photographed my baby sister as a bride, isn’t she stunning?
Justin and his most lovely wife Amy have since become dear friends, much to my pleasure, and we’ve made some amazing memories along the way and hope to make many more. They’re just the best kind of people, you know? Genuine, creative, funny, and just wonderful all around. I feel lucky to be included in their circle.
Justin just posted his best photos from 2014 and boy oh boy, you’ve got to take a look. I’m not exaggerating when I say I had a visceral reaction to many of them. There’s just something about an image that conveys a feeling, an emotion, inspires a response. We need more of that in our lives! Consider this a friendly public service announcement, click over and see them for yourself, and then maybe give him a call to take your portrait after. You won’t regret it, not a single bit.
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I confess. I spent the bulk of last night wrapped in a blanket, watching the Golden Globes. Mostly just for the clothes. Of all the shows recognized last night, cinema or television, I think I’ve only seen 3. But, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler? Pretty darn funny. The George Clooney Lifetime Achievement Award joke was probably the best joke of the evening, along with “…to prepare for my role as Human Woman.” Amen.
Other highlights: George Clooney’s speech, Michael Keaton’s speech (way to go, Mr. Mom!) and for goodness sakes, that beautiful Gina Rodriguez: “I can, and I did!” Fantastic. And, well, Prince. What? John Legend and Common–so good. But enough with the talk. Let’s get back to the clothes, with just a few of my favorites from the Golden Globes Awards.
1. Julianne Moore (in Givenchy Haute Couture) made an entrance with this glamorous number. Those feathers and shimmer gave such great movement and interest to the gown. Congrats on the win, also!
2. Katie Holmes–this rich plum color is gorgeous on her, and a beautiful wintery shade with lovely pleats and drape, plus that jeweled cuff bracelet. Understated and timeless.
3. Reese Witherspoon (in Calvin Klein Collection) is … >> find out more...
Winter is the perfect time to try plum lipstick. There are plenty of ways to be daring in this life, and if you’re not planning that grand and defiant uprising (yet), I would suggest utilizing the not-so-extreme but just-as-gratifying place for rebellion: make-up. Though there are an estimated ba-zillion ways to make a statement with the inky, powdery magic of liners and brushes to the face, let’s talk about one. Lipstick. Plum lipstick.
Since there is nothing “more articulate than a kiss,” your lipstick ought to be a precocious start – the accessory to the smile, the speech, or the kiss. Deep, silky purple communicates the perfect level of coolness and daring for the task. I admit my own love of dark lipsticks was once stifled by an unfortunate blitz of events: in an encounter with a potential crush I was told that dark lipstick was too intimidating for him; I found “dramatic lips” on an online list of 7 Beauty and Style Trends That Guys Hate!; and then the most disastrous reason – I didn’t have the courage necessary to dip into my spectacular, plum war-paint. I was forgetting the best style advice of all – wear … >> find out more...
A full week of 2015 has already gone, but I’m not yet ready to dim the lights on the year to which we just kissed good-bye. Not that we want to live in the past, but year 2014 brought us some unforgettable characters and events, so let’s reflect on them one last time, courtesy of my beautiful young friend, Whitney, who knows everything cool and that it’s good to remember things.
- Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir at the Sochi Olympics
2014’s winter Olympics saw plenty of heart-warming athletic triumphs, like U.S.’s first gold medal in ice dancing. But Sochi will also be remembered as the first pairing of former Olympians Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. They joined forces as well-dressed figure skating commentators and became a must-watch part of Olympic coverage. Awesome or awesomely bad. Whichever.
- Jay Leno Passes the Tonight Show Baton to Jimmy Fallon
After more than 20 years as the host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno permanently stepped off stage in 2014. Former SNL cast member and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon took his place, bringing his immediately viral skits and hilarious games to the NBC staple. Fallon’s unique spin on Tonight is … >> find out more...
There were actual squeals of joy and rows of exclamation points and proclamations of a state of emergency and frantic text messages when I heard the news today that my favorite, Benedict Cumberbatch is going to become a daddy.
Indeed, Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch and his gorgeous fiancee Sophie Hunter are expecting a baby this year! Bring on the Cumber-babies! It’s no secret that Benedict Cumberbatch is beloved around here. For several valid heart-throbby reasons. His elegant gait, his public desire to marry and have children, his deliciously silky voice and ever-dreamy accent, his old fashioned manners (the engagement announcement was very classy), his graciousness and charm during interviews and fan maulings, the way he wears a suit and tie, and of course his formidable talent all add up to one big, mad, juicy celeb-crush. I confess: his photo is the wallpaper on my phone. It’s true. He’s our favorite topic of conversation around here. And those conversations never ever include highly romantic overtones. Wink.
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We are tremendously happy for Mr. Cumberbatch and his lovely bride-to-be Miss. Hunter. She’s quite beautiful–those eyes, the cheekbones, the posture and grace. And those gowns—she has great taste. Well, obviously, and … >> find out more...
Snowshoeing is saving my life. And probably my marriage. And my family. And my sanity. Well, all that is probably a bit of an exaggeration, but it is 100% true that it’s made my life much better for 6 months of the year.
It’s like this. 7 1/2 years ago we left our cute little home in the Salt Lake Valley for another cute little home in the Snake Rive Plain. I loved all kinds of things about our previous home and life and city, but was ready for this new adventure and trusted my husband’s promises that the new place would be almost exactly the same, just smaller and slightly colder in the winter. Slightly.
That turned out to be rather an understatement. Our first winter in Idaho hit hard, and stayed grey and bitter cold for a very very long time. I was ill-equipped to cope with the biting sub-zero temperatures every single day and the accompanying wind. Icy stinging wind. I shivered and cried for 6 months. That’s how long winter lasts here.
Fast forward to my realization that I needed a way to enjoy winter. Something, somehow, to look forward to. Skiing wasn’t an option–too expensive, … >> find out more...
Time for a 2015 calendar, because it’s almost here! The new year! 2015! If one of your goals is to be more organized, may I suggest starting with a pretty 2015 calendar? I use my smart phone calendar for some things, but I’m still a bit old fashioned and like to write things down and see them all at a glance without my trusty smartphone. I’m talking about using a nice paper 2015 calendar for jotting down all of your to-dos and special dates to remember. For free! Here is a little selection of very lovely free printable 2015 calendars you can download right this minute, all courtesy of talented designers across the interwebs. Enjoy!
1. I like the black and white color scheme and darling chalkboard look of this calendar by Botanical Paperworks
2. Understated and elegant, and more of that awesome black and white, whether you place it on your desk or your fridge or your pin board, or in a notebook, from Chantel Emma
3. Seriously cute designs here, like that wood grain! From Mad About Pink
4. Bright and fresh calendar from Miss Tiina
5. Gold dots? Or maybe turquoise? Say no more! By Oh So … >> find out more...
“I didn’t know where I was going until I got there.” –Cheryl Strayed
I saw the movie Wild this weekend, and I’ve been contemplating my life and my relationships and searching my soul ever since.
2014 has been a little rough. At least for me. There have been plenty of high points and I’ve experienced lots of joy, too, but there was a lot of tough stuff happening in my life this past year. The cry until you collapse, ache until you implode kinds of things. I know you know what I mean. We all have that hard, dark, heavy stuff, the kind that sometimes forces us into a better place. Often we don’t see it that way until much later, after the rocky road is behind us, until, whether prepared for it or not, we journey through some sort of cathartic experience, and realize the grit and heart and promise that’s been inside us all along. Perhaps a bit battle-scarred, but healed and whole once again.
With that in mind, I connected with Wild from Fox Searchlight. Reese Witherspoon (one of my favorites) portrays Cheryl, at the proverbial rock bottom after a series of devastating events and self destructive … >> find out more...