Inspiration: Diana Vreeland

Over the weekend I watched the documentary, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. I felt the need to take notes, as the film was filled with continuous truths and inspiration. The importance she puts on extra-ordinary, transformation, originality, using weaknesses as strengths, and empowerment through style was just what I needed as I've been wading through my own goals, purpose of my own work, and image I put forth. Later, Jonas and I Googled her name to confirm suspicions that she was a Libra (yep!), and discovered a site of Diane Vreeland quotes. Here are some of my favorites:

“There’s only one thing in life, and that’s the continual renewal of inspiration.”

“I think when you’re young you should be a lot with yourself and your sufferings. Then one day you get out where the sun shines and the rain rains and the snow snows and it all comes together.”

“Where Chanel came from in France is anyone’s guess. She said one thing one day and another thing the next. She was a peasant—and a genius. Peasants and geniuses are the only people who count and she was both.”

“Vogue always did stand for people’s lives. I mean, a new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later."

“I think part of my success as an editor came from never worrying about a fact, a cause, an atmosphere. It was me—projecting to the public. That was my job. I think I always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public. Give ‘em what they never knew they wanted.”

To be contented—that’s for the cows.”

“One thing I hold against Americans is that they have no flair for the rain. They seem unsettled by it; it’s against them: they take it as an assault, an inconvenience! But rain is so wonderfully cleansing, so refreshing, so calming...”

“Lighting is everything in a color.”

“Black is the hardest color in the world to get right—except for gray...”

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Oregon Sand Dunes at the Coast

Had a nice visit over the weekend with a bunch of family. My parents rented a house for dinners and gathering after adventures. Those of us not staying at the house had a room at a close by hotel with ocean views from every room. We all enjoyed the sights, each other and some incredible weather.

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Update

I'll be thinning my line of hand painted tees over the next few weeks. No more made to order designs, only listing whats in stock with limited sizes and styles. Still will be offering seconds bundles as well as my "tee" of the month club.

If you aren't already familiar, the "tee" of the month club mails out to you 1-2 items valuing between $20-$60 dollars every month for either 3 or 6 months, depending on your subscription. Hence the "tee" in quotes: sometimes you might get a scarf, or some tea towels, or a hand painted tee. It is also a rather specialized subscription that may vary from person to person, sometimes each person gets something different and you may specify that you would not like to receive clothing at all!

MUA: Chantal Ortega; Hair: Ana Cheadle; Model: Caitlin Horn; Photography: Alexandra Wallace

MUA: Chantal Ortega; Hair: Ana Cheadle; Model: Caitlin Horn; Photography: Alexandra Wallace

Items generally ship around the 20th of the month. This month for women, the Coral Shapes Hand Painted Organic Tee, and for men the Natural Shapes Organic Tee! Join the club.

Holiday Shopping

Thanks to everyone who dropped by my space at Urban Craft Uprising last weekend! It was a lot of work but a great first experience at the show. 

If you didn't want to brave the crowds at the Seattle Center, there are a few more opportunities to see my goods in person.  Up next is a small little craft show at Whole Foods Market at South Lake Union this Saturday Dec. 14 from 12noon-2pm

The last event of the year will be along the waterfront at Alki Arts (55 University St.), week four of the American Express/Delta Shop Small Pop Up. Week four will run from Dec. 18-23, a great opportunity to get some last minute gifts!