Collection of 70’s California Surf Photos

Not sure what it says about me, but I absolutely adore The Selvedge Yard. I guarantee you will lose several hours browsing through the posts.  For someone like yours truly, with a overdeveloped penchant for nostalgia, it’s a real find.

There’s a collection of some amazing photos of 70’s California surf culture by Leroy Gannis.  What I appreciate about these photos is the number of women in them that are surfing and riding skateboards and swimming – not just laying around in bikinis (although there is plenty of that, too, don’t worry.)

Check ’em out.

–Photograph by © LeRoy Grannis.  All rights reserved.

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Update: I’ve been away

So I haven’t posted too often as of late because my lovely, darling, wonderful Mother experienced a life threatening illness. She is on the road to recovery, but it’s clear that it is going to be a long and difficult road with lots of twists and turns.

We’re not 100% sure how her life will be after this, but she is alive and it’s a reminder to me that every single day is a gift. She also has an incredible spirit, strength, and grace so I am comforted by the fact that if anyone can come out of this, she can. Our family is hopeful but cautious.

My last conversation with her was on Mother’s Day, and it was a great one. No one really knows me like my Mom – she even knows things about me that I don’t know. She has supported me through every crazy thing I’ve ever wanted to do and been my champion since day one. I hope that I can support her now in the same way.

I love you, Mom.

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Frank A. Rinehart: Photographs From 1898

The Boston Public Library has some amazing photo sets posted on Flickr. Check out these remarkable images from taken at the 1898 Indian Congress as part of the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition.

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To the MAXX

Despite the fact that it is supposed to snow in New England this weekend, I am bravely dreaming of summer. Being in Austin really got me jonesin’ for some hot, hot, hot weather.  I feel like this spring/summer is going to be all about creating a modern twist on a 70’s vibe, so plan on seeing me (and probably lots of other women) in some seriously bohemian-inspired maxi dresses.

There’s something so appealing and freeing about the idea of being feminine, relaxed, classy, comfortable and sexy all at the same time. Translation: you don’t have to show all that your mama gave you to be sexy. Another awesome feature of the maxi dress is that by choosing the right proportions, fabric, and neckline variation, a maxi dress could look fantastic on any figure type. (I like these so much that I’m willing overlook the fact that fake celebrities like Nicole Ritchie are often spotted wearing them.)

Here are a few of my favorites ones to inspire you. Thift and vintage store shopping could prove to be fruitful for fabrics. Download a basic pattern here.

Ferragamo

 

Cynthia Vincent

 

Fleur Wood

 

Gucci


Matthew Williamson


Philip Lim

 

Halston

Pucci

 

A Pare and A Spare – DIY Maxi Dress

 

Ralph Lauren

 

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St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

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I’m loving this collection of short stories by Karen Russell. It’s spooky, quirky, & dreamy.

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More photos from tour and SXSW

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Assembly at the Plant: Fort Point Recording & Dopamine Records SXSW Party

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