Thursday, June 25, 2009

"One is not born a woman, one becomes one"...with the help of this very cool t-shirt.

So there is this woman named Paige Orloff, who I have never met, but, who like me, used to live in L.A. and did the whole film/TV exec thing before she packed it all in and moved east. But in her case, not to a teenytiny apartment in downtown Manhattan but to a farmhouse in upstate New York. With, like, chickens.

Anyway, I had heard her name over the years and, according to Facebook, we had all these mutual friends, and I stumbled upon this fantastic blog she does with a group of other women called The Sister Project,. The other day she had a post about this very cool woman named Lindsay Keating who has a shop on Etsy called KM Stitchery where she sells these amazing t-shirts and dresses with hand-stenciled visages of feminist icons like Simone de Beauvoir (whose quote "One is not born a woman, one becomes one" was one of the millions posted on the bulletin board that I used to have hanging over my desk in L.A.) and Frida Kahlo

Both of which I am ordering.

So check out Paige's blog and Lindsay's shop.

(P.S. Can I just say I'm very proud of myself for having blogged FOUR days in a row?!)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fallen Princesses

Obviously, in light of what I write, this series of photographs by Dina Goldstein called Fallen Princesses is totally up my alley.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

And because I feel SO guilty about not blogging.

...I'm going to do two posts.

So here's the Picture of the Day. Taken by yours truly on a rainy (what else is new?) Sunday morning about a month ago.

My official-start-of-summer-even-if-you'd-never-know-it-by-the-weather blog EVERY DAY for a month.

Yeah, well, we'll see if that actually happens.
But it sounds good.

That being said, I'm reading one of those completely delicious, don't-ever-want-it-to-end-and-kinda-pissed-you-do-have-to-put-it-down-because-you-have-to-go-write-your-OWN-book books.

It's called THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by Muriel Barbery and it's a-ma-zing. I haven't loved a book this much since KAFKA ON THE SHORE by Haruki Murakami. (Even though this year I did become a huge Anna Gavalda fan.

Anyway, it's just great.

Monday, June 22, 2009

To make up for being such a horrible blogger...

....I have two gifts for you:

Okay, so as many of you know, when people ask me what I miss most about L.A., I tell them that in addition to Target, one of things I miss most is my 4:30pm M-W-F yoga class with Lucy Bivins. I know yoga's all about non-attachment, but I got very attached to Lucy. And ever since I moved to NY two years ago, I've felt like Goldilocks in terms of trying to find teachers I like. This one's too fast. This one's too slow. This one's just plain annoying. But I have to say that Katie Malachuk has become my favorite teacher in town. She's super knowledgeable and wise and funny and talks just the right amount. She teaches at the Downtown location of Yogaworks and you can see her schedule here

(BTW, I also like Keith Yzquierdo and Julie Marx a lot, too). (Oh, and I also like Paula Lynch but she teaches uptown and now that I live downtown I've become one of those annoying NYers who won't go north of 23rd Street. But she's really good and I used to take her all the time when I did live uptown.)

So one day during class she mentioned she had just written a book and because I'm nosy I said "So what's your book about?" and she told me it was called YOU'RE ACCEPTED: LOSE THE STRESS. DISCOVER YOURSELF. GET INTO THE COLLEGE THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU and it's a guide to getting into college and it sounds really amazing. In fact, you preorder it from Amazon by clicking here.

So for you guys who are going to be applying to college, buy the book. Or even if you're long out of college, buy it anyway and give it to someone who will be.

And the second thing is this:

You have to watch this amazing talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of EAT PRAY LOVE about creativity. Every time I think it's all on me to figure this stuff out vis a vis the writing (or just, like, life in general), I watch this and I start to breathe again.

Okay, I feel like I've just earned some seriously good karma turning you guys on to this stuff.