The lovely Sarah at Cloud of Secrets gave me a Stylish Blogger Award. Thanks, Sarah!
The rules of acceptance:
-Thank and link back to the person who awarded you
-Share 7 things about yourself
-Award 10 recently discovered great bloggers
-Contact these writers and tell them about the award
Here are seven things about me:
1. I’m horribly addicted to the Rachel Zoe Project. I don’t have cable so I bought used DVDs of Seasons 1 & 2, and am waiting for Season 3 to arrive any moment now! At the end of some days, when I’m wiped out or slightly depressed, I love watching this non-drama to see the beautiful clothes and vintage jewelry Rachel has access to. An instant lift!
Rachel at the 2010 Met Gala.
2. I have two kids, an 8-year-old boy and 4-year old girl. They are funny and smart and sweet and they love trains and the movie Cars. I sometimes feel as though I had twins four years apart. I have learned that 3rd grade math is harder than it used to be (algebra, already?) and that I’m not well-equipped to deal with it. That’s definitely a Rachel Zoe night.
3. I’ve run two marathons. I did the Memphis Marathon in 2004 (4 hours, 10 minutes) and the New York City Marathon in 2005 (4 hours, 34 minutes). I’ve been a runner my whole life and ran cross-country in high school but it was going through natural childbirth that gave me the confidence to train for and finish a marathon. The NYC Marathon is easily the hardest physical thing I’ve ever done, harder than childbirth! In fact in my loopy state after I completed the race I told someone I’d rather have another baby than run that course again. It is that tough, and you run it with 35,000 other people through all five boroughs. That being said, it is one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever experienced. It is New York City at its finest.
4. I would love to have a bottle of champagne and a fashion chat with Hamish Bowles, European Editor at Large for Vogue. I have seen his fine curatorial work in the exhibitions BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master and Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years. I think he has an amazing knowledge of fashion history, couture techniques, and the personalities of designers both living and dead and I would love to talk to him about it all!
Wouldn't you love to drink champagne and talk fashion with this man? I would! Hamish, call me! I'll buy the bubbly!
5. I adore going to high-end stores to chat up the sales associates and learn about certain items I covet. Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Chanel, Prada, and Hermès have all seen me multiple times and will see me again. This activity is always a lot more fun to do with someone else so if you’re ever in New York and want to look at some wonderful thing, pick a store, call me up, and let’s go! You can learn so much about how things are made and what makes them special by seeing them in person, handling them, and asking questions from a sales person who knows them inside and out. My husband is not a fan of this habit of mine but I tell him, Lookin’ ain’t buyin’ (although, every once in awhile, it is).
6. My favorite writer is F. Scott Fitzgerald. I love Tender is the Night but I could probably teach The Great Gatsby, I’ve read it that many times, including an early draft of the book when it was known as Trimalchio (thank God for an editor like Maxwell Perkins). Gatsby is the ultimate novel of New York and in the wake of the Bernie Madoff scandal feels as relevant as ever.
7. I can never get over what people will reveal to you if you show up some place and tell them you’re a writer. I could be a crazy person with a pen and notebook for all they know but people have been so generous and wonderful when I ask to interview them or to tell me something only they know and I love making that kind of connection with another person.
I now pass this award on to a few of my favorite blogs. I would love to know seven secret things from:
Everyone Loves Lipstick
Grit & Glamour
Paris in Pink
The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe
What She Found