HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND

The past few days, weeks, months have been a bit crazy for us but with the rain seems to be a new start for my little family and I. On Sunday, in addition to celebrating Mother's Day, Nemesia will be turning TEN! Every cliche about time passing + parenting applies!

So, to start the weekend off right (and acknowledge the crazy that's been our lives this year) here's a spectacular clip of the spectacular Tina Fey! Who vows never to wear a dress on a late night talk show again, and gives Dave Letterman a spectacular send-off!

Have a lovely weekend!



According to PopSugar...
Tina Fey let it (almost) all hang out on Thursday when she stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman in NYC. After Dave complimented Tina on how great she looks, she admitted that he's the only late-night talk show host that she gets dressed up to go see. "I realized that when you retire, this is it. Like, I'm never gonna wear a fancy dress on a talk show again," she told the CBS host, whose last show will air on May 20. "First of all, it's very hard work. I don't know if you're aware of the contraptions under here. It's almost medical. I dress up like this out of respect for you. I really do. But this is it . . . Am I gonna put a dress on for Jimmy [Fallon]? That's creepy. He's like my brother. I'm gonna wear special underwear for James Corden? That's not gonna happen. So the next time you see me, I will be playing charades in a slanket."
As a parting gift for Dave, Tina decided she wanted to give him her last ever fancy dress. She then took off her blue frock to reveal Spanx and a black bodysuit, which read, "Bye Dave!" on the front and "#LastDressEver" on the back. Watch the hilarious clip above, then check out Tina in this unmissable Amy Schumer sketch.

ETSY + LOVE : ISABELLA DI SCLAFANI

Isabella Di Sclafani is a painter / sculpture who lives and works in Montreal, Canada. Her shop features a number of paintings, print and sculptures but it's latter I adore...

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I love how she is able to translate her portraits into three dimensional figures that beautifully and simply relay her distinct style. Each piece has such personality and her use of color always seems so intentional that I love how and where its used.




Along with her original and historical portraits/sculptures, she creates custom orders! The three clay figurines above are examples of her work alongside the photos she was given for reference.

As I said, I adore Isabella's distinct style but I also love and am impressed by how she is able to capture the personality of the individuals she creates custom orders for. I am definitely planning on having one made as a gift for a loved one in the near future (in addition to one of the nude wall hangings like the one in the above)!

FABULOUS FIND : TIRO TIRO

I recently came across the fabulous jewelry line Tiro Tiro and I'm slightly obsessed! The collections somehow manage to be bold, organic, whimsical and graphic all at once. Many designs seem to include or are inspired by a variety of natural elements and even the more graphic pieces have a number of delightful variations due to the fact that they are handcrafted pieces.



More about Tiro Tiro from their site...

Tiro Tiro is a small line of jewelry and art objects designed by Teresa Robinson. Informed by traditional craft practices and 15 years of jewelry-making experience, we design enduring, covetable pieces for everyday use and enjoyment. We believe in the power of beautiful objects to inspire, delight and bring joy to the beholder, and aim to make work that does just that.  

Tiro comes from the latin word for a beginner or novice. Tiro Tiro embraces an era of experimentation and improvisation, drawing from our years of practice and honed expertise and then making things up as we go. Evolving and exploring new mediums and techniques, we allow the materials to guide us, finding that some of our best work happens by accident. In addition to jewelry, we look forward to offering limited runs of small sculptural works and complementary wares.

 

THE MAKE IT FAIR PROJECT

You might have already seen this video but it's so important and moving, I wanted to post it just in case.



According to their own description...

#makeitfair is a call for gender equality in the stories we tell, the wages we earn, and the future we shape.
The goal is vast and so, as artists, the women behind #makeitfair decided to do what they do best: create.
Our video displays the talent and passion of more than 70 women including Rita Wilson, Mamie Gummer, Annie Parisse, Kathleen Chalfant, Jessica Hecht and Orfeh, as well as an all-female production team, underscoring the wealth of female talent that often goes untapped.

The video was conceived and written by Patricia Noonan, Nadia Quinn, and Emily Tarver, and directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt. With original music by Zoe Sarnak and Nadia Quinn, music direction by Zoe Sarnak, cinematography and editing by Crystal Arnette, and produced by Patricia Noonan, Nadia Quinn, and Emily Tarver in association with Erica Rotstein. 

In it, statistics highlighting gender inequality in everything from film roles to government leadership are interspersed with a beautifully satirical song, yearning for a world where men get to have 100% of everything.

As #makeitfair moves forward, the women involved will continue to raise awareness, ask tough questions, celebrate female talent, connect female artists to opportunities, laugh, create, and broaden the scope of the stories being told.

For more information, visit www.themakeitfairproject.com

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND

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What are you up to this weekend?

The Little Miss and I woke up to a "cold" and rainy morning—an unexpected, and delightful, surprise in San Diego as of late. Given the weather, I'm not sure that our glorious plans to visit the beach will work... But, I also want to try and avoid staying inside playing video games and watching tv all weekend long!

I sometimes catch myself remembering what an amazing state we live in, what an amazing city, and am slightly ashamed of how little we see of it. As a family of introverts, its often easier to simply stay inside in the comfort of our own home and familial space. (And, as a family of introverts, we recognize that it can sometimes be absolutely necessary to do so!) However, I no longer want to look back and realize I've lived a life of comfort but rather, at the end of the day, I hope to live a life of intention.

As I said, we are blessed to live somewhere so accessible to the wonders of nature—its time we make it a priority and not just a convenience.

Have a wonderful weekend!

DARING TO BE "DIFFERENT"

Lena Dunham (the "Girls" creator, writer, producer and star) writes an essay in the May issue of Seventeen magazine about defying normalcy in high school and how she's since embraced being different.

With so many (especially young) women today heavily influenced by societal definitions of beauty, success, and value it is important to hear the importance and acceptance of one's own self.

Lena Dunham wore her mom's prom dress for her senior photo in high school / source

Whether that means our appearance or how (and when) we find success. Our only competition should be with ourselves and, as Ms Dunham eloquently points out, "most [of the] criticism we receive isn't so constructive... It's the result of people in pain about what they perceive as their own failings".

For the full essay, visit Seventeen

500 YEARS OF NEW YORK CITY'S SKYLINE

You might have already seen this video but I wanted to post it just in case...



Trade Center's observatory elevators will be able to see New York come of age, from a grassy patch on the ocean to the colossal metropolis it is today.
There's a brief period of lush waterfront stillness, and then come the Europeans. From windmills to colonial steeples, the video races along with the elevator's 23-mile-an-hour ascent, through the 1700s, the 1800s, the Post Office in City Hall Park, the Astor House hotel and a gauntlet of the city's most iconic architecture, coming and going as time takes its toll.
Eventually, 2 World Trade Center, the south tower attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, rises along with history — until four seconds later, when it fades from the screens.

via Mic