Friday, July 30, 2010

Five Things Friday

1. What do you do when you find out that one of your FAVORITE periodicals has a blog you didn't know about? Squeal like a little girl.  If you haven't checked out InsideOut, perhaps you'd better. It's kind of amazing. It's through photo spreads in this 'zine that I became obsessed with Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan's Florida home (January/February 2010) and the totally awesome Sibella Court (May/June 2008)!

2.   When Ashley left this little link on my fbook wall, I clicked and was immediately charmed and entertained by this concept. And I love the tagline, of "there's no audience like a captive audience." HA!

3. The Living Sisters' Love to Live - OBSESSED! Especially with the tracks 'Hold Back' and 'Double Knots' - but there is nothing I don't love about their slick harmonies cheeky lyrics, and old school yet fresh vibe.

4. words with friends - Do you have this app? Please play with me, my screen name is Mollister!!!

5. L. Kersh's horological collages - crazy. funky. cool.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Have You Heard?

I am kind of obsessed with the song "You and Me" by Penny and the Quarters. I found it on a CD compilation of the Prix Label called "Eccentric Soul", with a bunch of other fun songs (especially check out Eddie Ray's 'You Got Me').

Monday, July 26, 2010

A Country Mile.

This morning we were able to go to a friend's farm and pick cherries from their orchard. It was a lot of fun, and so beautiful - amazing views of Mt. Ranier and Mt. St. Helens, it kind of blew my mind. With some black cherries and some royal annes, I am excited about making homemade maraschino cherries, and other cherry delights.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The decisions are made:

(The colors aren't amazingly accurate in my photo, the marble has a lot of oranges and ambers that relate to the floor - I promise.)
After going to EVERY tile and granite store in the Portland metropolitan area, this is the decision, emperador marron marble, cream cabinets, cream subway tile backsplash and those gorgeous wood floors. Our little kitchen is getting a facelift.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Five Things Friday!

It's time for another list of five of my favorite things I came across this week! 

1. Fashionista's coverage of Berlin's Fashion Week

Mike Myer's old school hilarity. 

2.This picture from Bardot in Blue:

3. someecards!! I just love those cards - but this one in particular:
4. Whilst driving into Hillsboro, my mom and I saw this sign, and were both a little confused.
 We aren't sure who actually possesses the convenience store, is it Lu, is it Etta? Maybe Etta is a silent partner, who isn't as silent as Lu would like? Maybe it was Etta's and Lu bought it? Or maybe, Lu's name is Lu'setta, and they just couldn't afford to have all of the same sized font for such a long name? Whatever the story, I sure think this is funny.

5. Wednesday's Democracy Now was all about hidden chemicals and substances in cosmetics and the lack of regulation in the US. Pretty interesting. They told us to go to Cosmetics Database to check out the hidden, and unregulated dangers in our favorite products.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Magnificent Obsession

Last week I watched a movie called "The Magnificent Obsession" starring Rock Hudson and the intolerable Aunt Polly - er, Jane Wyman. Let's just say this movie does not hold up after 55 years. Netflix told me I would like it four stars worth; I liked it one star worth. But, the delight of the movie comes in making fun of it a la MST3K. For example, after Jane Wyman goes blind because she was hit by a car (?) she tells her nurse that she "won't see" Rock Hudson. Come on writers. Really? She's blind. Of course she won't see him. But I digress. I remembered that in the July Vogue, there is a gorgeous, gorgeous spread called, "Magnificent Obsession" with Ewan McGregor and Natalia Vodianova - who is just about my favorite model these days, and it is styled by the amazing Grace Coddington, whom I've long admired, but adore to pieces after seeing The September Issue.

It is about an idyllic 1950s couple with impeccable taste. The wife meets a James Dean lookalike and next thing we know, she's emptying the contents of the safe deposit box into her Birkin.
And, I kind of love that Vogue doesn't mention the Birkin in their product credits, I suppose the assume everyone who reads Vogue knows Hermes. The whole lush story is at

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The World Cup

Watching the final match of the World Cup today was totally delightful, despite the constant hum of the vuvuzelas. I was thinking back to when Analee and I were driving to Soweto, less than a month before the first game of the World Cup, and they were doing construction everywhere to try to get ready. The airport wasn't ready. The roads were terrible. And everywhere you looked there were giant plastic footballs ready to be installed, just hanging out on the ground.

Then I started thinking about Zambia, when my friend Heather's good friend Thelma took us on a "tour" of the compound she lived near, and that she has to walk through to get home from her job at the mall. We caused quite a stir - three white girls, two with giant cameras and sweet Thelma pointing things out. There was a pick up football game going on in an open field, and kids everywhere were yelling, "Mezungus" or white skins at us and requesting that we take their "snaps." I nearly created a riot when I complied to the snap request, they went absolutely crazy seeing their pictures.

Thelma told us that in preparation for the World Cup, her electricity was shut off during high use times, like 6-9 pm, so that they could channel it down to South Africa for the preparation and to actually accommodate the need during the month. I'm thrilled for Spain, but I think I'm more thrilled for Thelma, her aunt Sister Rose and the rest of their family that they can use electricity during peak hours again now that the World Cup is over.

My favorite thing is his Obama kite.

Friday, July 9, 2010

5 Things Friday!

I've received plenty of very welcome complaints and comments about my lack of blogging - especially about Africa. So sorry, I've been super involved in a few projects and it some how became not a priority at all. Plus, trying to sort through all of my pictures, it is quite an intimidating task. But I will try to rectify.

But until I do, here are five things I'm coveting and loving this week.

1. I have long been a fan of Elle Decor South Africa and their blog. Whilst looking through some old posts I found these amazing, amazing lights.

2. After following a trail of clicky clicky links, I stumbled on to these two kids on Martha Stweart's website, and am convinced this is the PERFECT dress - I'd like one in every color please.

3. Man Shops Globe showed this during the show - how amazing, amazing are these pieces??

I got Season 1, disc 1 last Saturday from Netflix, and have watched disc 1 and disc 2 in rapid fire succession, and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the postman with disc 3. This show is so well written, and so compelling. It is addictive and amazing. Plus, I love that Rose Byrne.

It is finally, finally hot here. For the past week, the sun has been shining and air conditioners have been blasting. It was rainy and cold up until Tuesday, despite our early glorious spring - we've been robbed of some vitamin d up in these parts. But at long last, our old friend Mr. Sun is out and doing its job. So I'm going to revel in it while it's here.