Monday, January 31, 2011

Seven Secrets

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
Mis Papelicos
Paris in Pink
The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe
What She Found


Cloud of Secrets said...

Thanks for playing, Jill! Wonderful answers. I don't think I'll ever run a marathon, but I was mighty pleased when I was able to work my way up to 5 miles on a treadmill back before I had kids. That was amazing, to this pasty, bookish, far-from-trim geek.

I've wanted to see the Rachel Zoe Project -- must see if the current season is available to DVR, and look into DVDs of former seasons. The February issue of Elle tells me she's about to have a baby, and I assume that's going to be covered on her show.

I will totally let you know if I'm going to be in NYC by some fantastic chance; would love to examine Hermès with a supportive friend at my side. By that time perhaps I will have the gravitas to invest in (and wear) an Hermès scarf.

Veshoevius said...

No 1: I do that too! I so LOVE that series and never get sick of seeing what they are all wearing in every scene especially Rachel! Except my problem I have to watch them on youtube and it uses up all my internet bandwidth! I would DIE to get a copy on DVD but they just don't seem to sell the series in the UK.

And although I'm not really into luxury items from the big houses like Prada, LV etc.. I totally understand what you mean about going in and handling the merchandise - I do that with clothes and it's the same thing - you learn so much just from trying them on even if you don't buy - but by the times the sales come round I know if the discounted item online fits me or not!

Thanks for the tag!

sacramento said...

Thank you soooooooooooooooo much my dear Jill for thinking of me.
I am so impresed to know that you are a runner, wow. I am very far behind, I am a walker. Well, we go trekking mainly in England, but I love walking everywhere. Never, ever use the car if it not essential.

Grit and Glamour said...

Thank you, Jill! So kind of you. I happen to looooooove RZ too. Her show is fascinating!


jill815 said...

Hi Sarah, oh yes please, if you come to NYC, let's go to Hermes! It's so fun, even if you don't buy anything, and the salespeople have always been kind and helpful. About running, I haven't run in so long that when I think of it, I can't believe I ever ran two marathons. At this point I WISH I could run 5 miles! As for Rachel Zoe, I am so curious about how she is going to fit a baby into her very hectic and crazy lifestyle. I hope her husband makes her take a bit of a break.

jill815 said...

Hi Veshoevius! I'm so with you, every scene of Rachel Zoe Project I want to see what everybody is wearing. And that girl is starting to remind me of Victoria Beckham, with a Birkin in every color!

jill815 said...

Hi Sacramento, I am a total walker now. Having a second baby put an end to my running routine. If I could run one mile now it would be a miracle. I would love to go walking in England one day. Spain too!

jill815 said...

Hi V, it's so funny, a friend of mine told me she didn't like the Rachel Zoe Project so I figured not that many people were watching it, especially since it's not available through Netflix. Was I wrong on this one, a lot more people are into it than I thought. I'm glad I'm not alone!

Paula said...

#4: contact him! Go for it!
I guess most people would love to meet someone but since they never contact the person they admire, the person might have time for you!

#5: me too! My latest "acquaintance" were the Pommellato rings. Next on my list is the Burberry flagship store in Vienna.

Paula said...

PS: I read the comments by now, too. And I read you wish to be able to run 5 miles - I highly recommend the couch 25k programme. it is an easy plan, you follow it for 9 weeks and that's it! You will slide into the habit of running very smoothly and there was no run during that 9 weeks I did not enjoy.