Monday, August 30, 2010

Make Do & Mend

Since my grandpa has become ill, we spent part of August in New Jersey at the house he built when my dad was a boy. Its east facing windows look out on a backyard that saw the childhoods of eight children. At night the calls of crickets and katydids cut through humid air. It's a place that seems so little touched by change since I've known it. Our visits there have always been years apart, but somehow the details stayed with me better that way. My grandma's sewing room under the sloping gables, the smell of Pa's basement, the chestnut tree by the fence and the way the light in the kitchen feels golden.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Alma Mater

The LA apartment is packed away into brown cardboard and this feels like the true farewell. During our last weeks here, Nikki and I finally had the campus photo shoot we've talked about for so long. It was an effort to capture details that eventually escape memory's grasp - the quietude of that small arcaded corridor east of Royce. The sweeping blue fir nearby, and that ethereal way its branches illuminate the shadows. Perhaps we were also after something like the candid shots in the old twenties and thirties yearbooks I found at the library one fall - long-ago coeds posing against brick and ivy in oxford heels, cloche hats and tailored coats. Chasing that old collegiate glamor, I'm quite sure that lipstick and a good dress are indispensable. Enter Ingrid by Shabby Apple, a vintage inspired number from their 1943 collection. It checks out in my book - a high waist, versatile black and white, and ruffles that make just enough of a statement. And the best news? Shabby Apple has been so kind as to offer you all a chance to win one of their dresses. Just comment here and share your favorite Shabby Apple dress. The contest is open to U.S. residents only and will end next Friday at midnight, PST. Also be sure to leave an email or a way to contact you should you win. Good luck!Update: The comments are now closed. The randomly selected winner is comment Number 5 - Amy Kelly! Congratulations!