Matt didn’t grow up around cats. He’s dating someone who just loves them, especially my cat Bridget, who I’ve had since she was a kitten. It’s been amusing to watch them interact. One time he very gently knocked her off the bed when he thought I wasn’t looking. Don’t worry she got him back. In March I begged him to give her a goodbye hug and she totally flipped out and bit him under the chin. I will say he went about it all wrong. He didn’t guard his face at all. Blood went everywhere. It wasn’t bad – just one of those shallow cuts that bleeds a lot. Still, we were all freaking because of the blood. Plus, I was panicking over the fact that I may have ruined their relationship before it really got to grow. I’m happy to write that when Matt was here this past weekend, both parties seemed to have forgotten about their past brawl. Sad she can’t be as sweet as the birds.
I’m picking Matt up at the airport in a few hours. Together we are going to one of my favorite annual events in Memphis. Memphis Fashion Week. Turns out it started the same year I got here, so I’ve been able to enjoy it all the way through. It’s not that I much care for fashion. Well, I do, but really am clueless. I just like all the colors, patterns, movement and music. Anyhow, since I told him we are going, he’s been sending me this link, daily. He’ll even chat it at me over the phone.
I’m so excited, mostly because it’s happening at the Antebellum Annesdale Mansion. It’s 1850 Italianate on property I imagined as a child when reading the secret garden. I toured the grounds back in October during a Halloween tour and can’t wait to see inside. It’s so unique. Memphis has some of the most interesting southern architecture. So different than the coast where I grew up.
My news director was kind enough to let me feature a Memphis Fashion Week partner business on the news this week. The brand new Henny Penny Mobile Boutique. The owner, Cyndii Jo Hartley, has the most vibrant red hair and what I think is a killer idea. You might see her and her super cool Lance Snack truck turned boutique at your next event.
Here’s a pic from the first year in 2012. With my friend and former WMC intern Nicole Blum.
I would love to hear him speak. What a story he has to tell.
Not that I’d understand much of it. I assume it would be in Russian. Above is a picture of Mikhail Khodorkovsky giving a public lecture on ‘Rights and freedoms’ at the National Technical University of Ukraine in Kiev, Monday, March 10th.
He was only just released from prison in December. He served a decade for tax evasion/ rubbing Mr. Putin the wrong way. The video of the two verbally going back and forth is fascinating. It’s also haunting as you know what happened not long later. As he stood before judge after judge, you saw the once richest man in Russia become an essay writing prisoner.
I remember the day he was released. The timing so close to the Olympics. Regardless, I was so glad for him. I want to read more of what he has to say. He came into his wealth at such a young age. He changed his moves with the fluctuating economy and made truly brilliant decisions.
In his speech yesterday he obviously spoke in support of those Ukrainians who are resisting Russian occupation. He also urged the West for assistance. Interesting to hear him make his first anti-Russian / anti-Putin regime comments.
Right now Khodorkovsky is top of mind for me. I’m in the middle of the book The Oligarchs. It details the rise of men like Khodorkovsky who, when the Soviet Union fell, were at the right place at the right time and made fortunes. Money that couldn’t have been imagined just years prior. The way they manipulated the turmoil and changing economy is simply fascinating. Many of them later ended up on the wrong side of the government. The book is a bit dated. It was written in 2001, but the history of this peculiar time is a great read.
The article I linked above says, “Following his release from prison, Khodorkovsky said he is not interested in politics and will devote himself to helping Russia develop civil society. Khodorkovsky plans to apply for permanent residency in Switzerland.” He has or at least had a grown son in New York.
Been shopping for swimsuits. whew
Mom and I are hitting the beach next month.
Ladies, you can understand the exhaustion.
Shopping for them online (the models / are they real people) is almost worse than trying them on in person, if that is possible. You know, you tell yourself, “It will look better with a tan.” or “I have a month to loose some of this extra chunk around my thighs.”
Who cares, right? Just pick one. Seems I’m not the only one googling “modest swimsuits”. What adult woman who eats a couple of meals a day can really wear those small pieces of cloth that they some how justify charging way too much $$$ for us to purchase! Plus, I don’t really want to look sexy with my mom and dad? Just want to enjoy the breeze/sun and swim?
Making myself laugh by thinking about Matt Laur on Halloween.
Just walked up to young mom in a local park in Germantown. Trying to get an interview, I started to introduce myself “I’m Lindsey…”and she cut me off there. She said, ” You are Lindsey Brown from Meridian, Mississippi”
Her husband was stationed at the navy base there. Small world or region, rather. Made my day of filling in for our Saturday morning anchor.
Women can make such creepy yet beautiful music.
Warpaint has always been my go to when I’m in a certain kind of mood, but, let’s see, how do I describe the mood I’m talking about. Maybe you are a bit aggravated, feel extra quiet, or would like to throw down a coffee mug or something, but think better of it because you happen to like the mug and don’t believe in waste? If that is you, on occasion, Warpaint is much better than breaking things you like. The band is either all female or almost all female. I don’t have enough time at the moment to get that 100 % straight, but there are enough women making the music that it’s appropriate to say – these are women who rock. Now, since I’m very season sensitive, I want to make sure I’m clear. These songs don’t scream spring. They really are later winter. With that said, don’t forget to spring forward before you go to bed Saturday night. xoxo
Warpaint – Love is to die from the new album called Warpaint
I was thrilled to hear this. It’s really good. Really good. Different and still good.
All of the ones below are from Warpaint’s 2010 release – The Fool. It was a good buy. I enjoyed the whole album.
Get to 3:06 on this one. It has a nice musical surprise.
I LOVE Shadows. I think it’s my favorite on the fool. It’s fantastic. It’s pretty and unexpected.
My bad mood started early.
We all get them.
I know why I’m in one.
More specifically, I’m half way out.
It was a long day.
I’m tired of cold weather.
Don’t want to exercise.
I just want to be alone.
To cheer myself up I’m looking at this picture.
Funny, right? It’s those stubby legs!
Although, I really want to cheer myself up with…
Matt likes to tease me by randomly texting me this picture of a rare moment of total loss of control. Instead, I ate two apples and stopped following goop / Gwyneth Paltrow on every platform. Feel much better now.
Don’t know what I’d do without my sweet Bridge. She’s been my best friend for…..almost 6 years now. Always by my side, well, when she wants to be – she only does what she wants. Today it’s sitting right next to the shower. The whole time!
Ahhh, so that’s what they are called…
Not knowing they had a name I got frustrated and bought two pairs just like these. I was frustrated because Matt freaked out on me the other day about wearing yoga pants, well, wearing them too often. Well, maybe I tried to wear them with high heels…to dinner. It was a low moment. Sorry – they are comfortable. Like most working people, I wear clothes that itch, irritate, and suck me in to the point of stomach cramps, no joke. On my free time I just want to be comfortable. Though, with Matt’s help, I thought about what I could replace them with that would look a bit more presentable. So, mom jeans they are. Mine are a lot baggier – what’s the point of wearing them if they are going to be tight? I don’t want anything constricting. Plus, mine were Old Navy so way cheap!
Below is what yahoo shine has to say about my new weekend staple-
“Mom jeans”— pleated, tapered, high-waisted pants with elongated pockets — aren’t exactly cutting edge, but the denim drawers once adored by the over-40 set, and later parodied on “Saturday Night Live,” are making a surprising comeback. Again.
Case in point: Topshop now carries Moto Blue Mom Jeans, a $66 cotton version and Urban Outfitters sells the Mom Jean, a $59 pair with a tapered, cropped leg. And Hollywood is crawling with the look— in December, Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted wearing the voluminous, drawstring version of the jeans, and Elle Fanning admitted to New York magazine that she favors a baggier look, “sort of like a mom jean.” Meanwhile, actress Emma Roberts rocked a high-waisted, skin-tight pair of dark denims recently. Hard to believe that in 2009, Jessica Simpson received flak from the media for wearing a dark blue pair of her own during a Florida concert. But back then, high-waisted denims were having a resurgence, too—thanks to street style blogs featuring hipsters embracing the look ironically, of course. This time around, we have a new explanation for mom jeans and some guidelines for wearing them.
“Fashion is experiencing a wave of ‘90s nostalgia— lots of crop tops, plaid, and layering — and mom jeans right fit right in,” Stephanie Trong, co-editor in chief of Fashionista.com, told Yahoo Shine. “But let’s be clear: These aren’t everyday jeans, and they won’t necessarily flatter your body; however, they do poke fun at fashion and make a playful statement.” Dare to try it? Proceed with caution — and definitely wear them with confidence. nostalgia— lots of crop tops, plaid, and layering — and mom jeans right fit right in,” Stephanie Trong, co-editor in chief of Fashionista.com, told Yahoo Shine. “But let’s be clear: These aren’t everyday jeans, and they won’t necessarily flatter your body; however, they do poke fun at fashion and make a playful statement.” Dare to try it? Proceed with caution — and definitely wear them with confidence.
I typically wear flats to work or heels with as comfy a heel as possible. ( really, do they exist? ) My friend, Emily, prefers crazy high heels. Don’t know how she does it, but they do look good. And, yes, they are Louboutin.
I’m getting old.
Incredibly thrilled with the latest music by Gardens & Villa.
Now, they have a new album out, Dunes. Fresh out as of February 4th.
It’s wonderful! Where the self titled songs took a while to hit their full catchiness, these songs have a hook right when they start. Colony Glenn is an immediate crowd pleaser – Echosassy may be one of the best new songs I’ve heard in a long time. It’s a little dark, but keeps moving. Bullet Train is neat, too. Just to name a few.
They are from California. A state I’d love to be in at this moment. It’s sunny here today, but I’m dreaming of even warmer days.
It’s sunny today! We have all been hit in the face with dark skies and cold air for weeks. That cold air takes my breath away at 3 AM. Hurray for tiny improvements. This wallpaper looks how I have felt today. Refreshed and inspired. We can do this, guys! My fingers are crossed Atlanta keeps melting. I have a plane to catch and a Valentine to hug.
Picture from Design Sponge