Thursday, July 10, 2014

Taking A Breather

Juergen Teller

I am not the most prolific blogger, that's for sure! 
Posts from snow in the air are few and far between.
If I took a break in blogging I'm pretty certain that very few people would even notice.
But I am not one to sneak out of the back door at a party without saying a word.
For right now I need to take a little break from the Land O' Blog to take care of my health.
Nothing serious. Just Basic Boring Stuff. And I WILL BE BACK. Yes Indeedy.
I'll be reading your blogs and will most likely continue commenting like the chatterbox that I am.

I will be updating my dreamy tumblr
You can follow me there at :
And of course there is ALWAYS Pinterest
You can follow me there where I am known as Constance Snow



Sunday, June 29, 2014

I'm In The Fast Lane From LA To Tokyo

"First things first I'm the realist."
After my last post, many of you commented on my nice house. Thank you so much!! I'm working on it. But I don't want to give anyone the impression that I am one of those Look-At-My-Gorgeous-Home/Children/Cooking/Fashion/LIFE kind of blogs. I LOVE those kind of blogs. I really do. But around here it's more of a Warts-And-All kind of situation. 
Oops. Burned my toast AGAIN! I actually like burned food. I think that means I have some sort of vitamin deficiency or something.
I'll doctor it up with some sunflower seed butter and chia seeds. That should help.
I read the New York Times while I eat breakfast. Even though we live thousands of miles away from New York I just HAVE TO read the New York Times. I never ever read the local newspaper. I have No Idea what is going on around here.
This is my view every morning. Doggy bottom and a bag o' poop.
I lead such a glamorous life.
I know for a fact that some of you walk out of your door EVERY DAY looking like a Million Bucks.
This is how I walk out of my door.
20 year old straw hat ~ needs repair
vintage prescription Ray Bans
souvenir t-shirt from my insurance company for crying out loud!
cut-off grey sweat pants ~ classy!
Reef flip flops.  Reef makes the BEST flip flops. They have an arch support. No kidding!

"Let's get drunk on the mini-bar."
It has been so long since I've been able to wear "real" shoes that I have acquired a rather impressive flip flop tan line.
My dusty unworn shoe pile. Sigh...
This is my Inspiration Board. It explains A Lot. I haven't even gotten around to hanging on the wall.
This is Winda, the first doll I ever owned. She gives my family the creeps so she has to live in the closet.
Winda is so Punk Rock. This is her original 1950's dress.
"You should want a bad bitch like this."
The experts say that as you get older you should learn a new skill in order to keep your mind nimble. I decided to memorize the lyrics to rap songs so that when they finally haul me off to "the home" I'll probably be mumbling about pimps and ho's. I decided to start with "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea because I thought it would be easy. I performed it for my daughter and the look on her face was either Horror or Delight. It was hard to tell.
thrifted polyester lady blouse ~ Goody is right. Polyester is a good summer fabric.
8 year old floppy flares from the sale room at Anthropologie. Love the Anthro sale room.
"I can hold you down like I'm givin' lessons in physics."
All of my clothing must adhere to the Get-Down Rule. I must be able to easily Get Down onto the ground without hurting or embarrassing myself or anyone around me. Then I have to be able to get back up again. Yep.
 I inherited this beautiful 1960's fish necklace from my mother-in-law. She loved her jewelry.
So what do you do to keep YOUR brain working smoothly????? 
I be stuntin' over at Patti's Visible Monday
Hey, who dat over at Anne's 52 Pick-Me-Up?

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Get An Ugly Girl To Marry You

"If  you want to be happy for the rest of your life.
Never make a pretty woman your wife."
Do you know this song by Jimmy Soul? It was a Big Hit in 1963. Of Course it was.
You can listen to it HERE
I come from a long line of SUPERB Housewives.
Some of them were actually very Pretty.
Generations of Spotlessly Clean Rooms,  Fabulous Homemade Dinners, Chubby Scrubbed Faces, Weed Free Gardens, Immaculate Table Manners. That is the Female Tradition in my Family. And I'm pretty certain that was the plan for me.
However, My Natural Inclination is More towards Bohemian Loft Apartments, Smoky Blues Bars and Stay-Up-Late/Cake-For-Breakfast Parenting.
So I've spent my life feeling Sad and Resentful when I'm keeping House
and Giddy but Guilty when I'm Out and About.
I'm not alone here. Am I????
Anyhoo...You are Not my Therapist. PINTEREST is my Therapist!
So here is My Take on that PIN up there.
black linen blouse ~ thrifted
cotton dirndl skirt ~ made by moi - Yes, there are pockets
orthopedic sandals ~ Ecco
I Have Cherries in My Bowl.
That sounds like a Blues Song.
Rainier Cherries. YUM! Thank you Pacific Northwest!
Close-up of my crummy sewing. I avoid button holes like I avoid parallel parking.
I wore this skirt to a party where a 9 year old girl asked me if I made it myself. I guess that pretty much sums up my feeble sewing skills...recognizable by Children!
Jonathan is my long-suffering husband.
 My Mother-in-Law gave me this charm from her bracelet. She had a charm for each of her six - yes - SIX Sons!
And now a brief tour of my soon to be painted kitchen.
toujours la francophile
My Heart is in Montana
My arteries may be clogged
Roses from the garden. Martha Stewart Living. I'm trying...
Still life tableau by the kitchen sink
Lucky Little Pig
I NEVER EVER eat Pigs. They are my Friends.
Some people inherit Money or Art or Jewelry or Property.
I inherited my Grandmother's Bakelite Handle Kitchen Utensils.
See what I mean?
"Say Man!! I saw your wife the other day! Yeah, and she's sure is Ugly-y-y-y!!!"
"Yeah, she's ugly, but she sure can Cook, Baby."

joining the fruit salad over at Mis Papelicos

Friday, May 30, 2014

Not One More

photo via Pinterest
It's a Sweet Place this little Blogging Community, isn't it?
It is so nice to have Kindred Spirits as we navigate our way through a Life that is Full of Silliness and Joy and Sadness and Beauty.
I have been trying to put together a fluffy little blog post.
I have been trying to comment on your brilliant posts.
But I cannot until I get this off my chest.
This happened: 
 Click HERE to read about the deadly rampage at the University of California Santa Barbara.
This is my daughter's college. She was not there that day.
It does not matter Where this happened. It happened. And it keeps on happening.
Our Hearts are Breaking.
Please watch this heart wrenching video of the father of one of the shooting victims by clicking HERE.
Obviously there as an issue of mental health that needs to be addressed.
But the sad wretched killer with a documented history of mental illness was allowed to LEGALLY purchase guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Let's take a Deep Breath.
If you feel as frustrated and angry and sad and helpless as I do
Here are some resources for you:
Every Town for Gun Safety click HERE
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence click HERE
Hundreds hold hands to form a circle in the Pacific Ocean for a memorial honoring victims of the Isla Vista rampage.
You can read more about this memorial service HERE if you'd like. 


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Oh Those Boys

Don't you just love hanging around the nicer men's clothing stores?
I do. All that tweed and tortoise shell and restrained testosterone.
Tons and tons of choices of virtually the same thing all subtly and beautifully well-made.
Not a lot of glitz and flashy color. Decisions quickly made and paid for.
Oh Those Boys. They are such simple creatures.
 They can go on long voyages with just a few shirts, a pair of trousers, a pair of shoes and a toothbrush. I could probably do that, too, but it would not be pretty. I need an extra suitcase just for my underwear!
Classic men's styles have barely changed in the past 100 years.
That photo above was taken in the 1960's.
It looks like it was taken Today!
It's a photo from this little book.
Take Ivy was originally published in Japan in 1965 as a style guide to the American Preppy Style that was just becoming popular in that country.

All of these photos are from the book and they look completely contemporary, don't they?
With a few variations in collar length and tie width, my sartorially fabulous husband has worn pretty much the same style since I first met him in the 1980's!
I've included a picture of a Girl in a 1960's shift dress so that you can envision the era but now that I see that Shift...I Want It!!!!
But until I Find a Cute Retro Shift like that one....
I'd like to introduce you to my latest Fan.
Isn't he beautiful? All dark and woodsy. Looks like it belongs in a men's store. My husband spotted it while we were browsing in a consignment shop.
I have trained him well.
Nice simple controls. On/Off. High/Low. Just like the boys.
So today I am borrowing from the Boys.
Men's Size Large Shirt from Target
Men's watch - Timex
totally see-through linen dress - Eileen Fisher vintage
pewter leather skinny belt - J. Crew vintage
orthopedic sandals - Hush Puppies 
Oh Those Boys. I Just Love Boys.
They have the Best Shirts.
Linking up with Maricel and Selah for Thoughtful Third Thursday. 
 Also linking up with my Girl Patti at Visible Monday 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

How The Other Half Lives

Let's see. It's grey and rainy. We've stopped at a Dunkin' Donuts.
That can only mean one thing.
It is Springtime in the Northeastern Half of these United States. 
Forsythia Everywhere!
We left the Western half of the States to attend a family wedding in Connecticut.
It was lovely.
 I availed myself of the open bar and endless trays of hors d'oeuvres and generally carried on like someone who doesn't get out enough....because I DON'T. And because I like you, I will not subject you to those photos.
But this is a smattering of what we did see. 
We were in Edward Hopper territory.
A pit stop at a diner is required.
Sailboats on Long Island Sound. 
Now we're in Fitzgerald territory. 
The trees at Caramoor are just starting to blossom.
I can just imagine Jay Gatsby and Jordan Baker strolling down this hallway at
We even got to escape into New York City to visit our old neighborhood.
Our apartment was the brown one.
Did you ever see the film "You've Got Mail"?
That was our neighborhood.
And when I lived there I looked EXACTLY like Meg Ryan. Yeah, that's right.
Tulips Everywhere!
We took in Facades, the Bill Cunningham exhibit at the New-York Historical Society.
I love Bill Cunningham soooooooo much.
The restored Jose Maria Sert murals at  Rockefeller Center are insanely wonderful.
Cocktails at the Algonquin Hotel where we celebrated OUR marriage 25 years ago.
A mural of the Algonquin Round Table by Natalie Ascencios hangs in the bar.
That's Dorothy Parker in the hat. I do love Dorothy Parker. Check out these Dorothy Parker quotes HERE and you'll understand why I'm such a fan.
And it was STILL raining as we sloshed our way to the airport.