Thursday, April 28, 2011

Isabella Blow, A Life in Fashion

Isabella Blow was a fascinating woman who transformed her insecurities and pain into
a shield of artful fashion originality, thus carving herself a place in fashion history
that will continue to inspire and influence creative people for ages to come.

She was a tragic and beautiful muse...
befriending and promoting Alexander McQueen and
tomorrow's Royal Wedding Milliner, Philip Treacy.
A truly original character, who left the world,
sadly, more beautiful for her having been in it.
Even her flaws were larger than life and outrageous!

This is not a fluffy bio about fashion,
but a interesting look into a generation of British Nobility
that was raised to be ill-equipped to face any sort of reality,
as well as the take-over of the creative/fashion world by
corporate interests (in the 90's), more interested in bottom lines
than hemlines or the fragile personalities that worked in it.

I learned so much more than I anticipated when I picked this book
and I had a hard time putting it down. A very good sign!

Until next time... Miss Absinthe

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Good For Earth = Good For All


A few easy everyday things that promote a healthier planet:

1. Eliminate toxic petroleum and chemical-based perfumes/candles and switch to
fragrances (body and home) that use nature-based ingredients.
I'm a big fan of Pacifica products!

2. Launder everything in cold water - saves energy/$ and fabrics last longer.
Use plant-based detergent and softeners.

3. Make QUALITY NOT QUANTITY your mantra.
I'd rather have nothing than something cheap, mass-marketed and disposable.
Love everything you wear or bring into your home!
Do some spring-cleaning, clear your space and mind, and donate your excess.

4. Bring your own bags when shopping.
I'm still waiting to win the Bag Raffle at Trader Joes...
after bringing my own bags for 8 years!!!

5. Plot a circular car-route when you go out to save time and gas.

6. Recycle everything.

7. Save money and express your individuality by buying vintage and second-hand
clothing and decor. Besides, nothing beats the thrill of the hunt!

We only have one planet and it's already in serious trouble.
It's so easy to make little changes that have large impacts.

Until next time... Miss Absinthe

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pretty Shoe Polaroids

Lanvin pony hair ballet flats - barely worn - $75 at Crossroads Trader
I rarely pay that much for shoes... But I could not resist the call of Lanvin!
(and they are so comfy!)

Donald J Pliner leather platforms sandals - love the subtle cheetah print -
$30 at Crossroads Trader

Recently realized about 85% of my total wardrobe is vintage or second-hand.
That's one way to reduce a carbon imprint in a stylish and creative way!

Until next time... Miss Absinthe

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rainy Day Fun

First Puddle
Playing in the first puddle with my new rainboots!
(on sale from Piperlime)

Fallen Cactus Fruit
Rainy Day Still-life with Cactus Fruit

Another storm is approaching LA, and I may be the only person
who really loves all this glorious wet.
I enjoy taking long walks with Charlie after the rain...
breathing clean air, playing in puddles,
and searching for groovy shots to take!

Until next time... Miss Absinthe