Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Little Escape...

Hello Friends! Hope everyone's week is going swimmingly...I've been trying to put together a post all weekend but after the unspeakable disaster in Japan and then a tragic, tragic accident that hit much closer to home I had such a heavy heart that it seemed momentarily silly to chat about the goofy things that are usually filling up my brain...so I gave up and dove into Patti Smith's Just Kids which is one the absolute best books I have read in a long, long time (thanks to all for the recommendations)...even if you are not a fan of her music or Robert Mapplethorpe's work it's impossible to not get swept up in her coming of age tale in NYC...I always knew she was a bad ass but didn't expect her to be so real, unpretentious, and eloquent...
and for all her too school for school sartorial persona, I came to realize that Ms Smith is a closet fashionista - I love this passage about packing to visit Rimbaud's birthplace in France:

"Robert took me shopping for a proper hat, and we chose one of soft brown felt with a grosgrain ribbon. Sam sent me to an optometrist where I was fitted for National-Health style spectacles, in honor of John Lennon. Sam had given me enough money for two pairs, considering my penchant for leaving things behind, but instead I chose a impractical pair of Italian sunglasses that only Ava Gardner could pull off. They were white cat's eyes, nestled in a gray tweed case stamped Milan.
On the Bowery I found an unconstructed raincoat of Kelly Green rubberized silk, a Dior blouse of gray houndstooth linen, brown trousers, and an oatmeal cardigan: and entire wardrobe for thirty dollars..."

Somehow I feel certain that Heidi Merrick's new collection would appeal to both Patti's beatnik side and Victorian sensibilities, no?
Happy Tuesday - the sun is shining here, the snow is melting (might be gone at the end of the week!!) and we all have much to be grateful for!! 
xoxo, M


  1. ooh that book is on my "to-read-list" - thanks for the recommendation. I'm so excited to start it now. Magical woman there.

  2. I also read that book recently and loved it! I loved how Patti put her outfits together inspired by movies too. I'm sorry to hear of other tragedies in addition to Japan but am glad you had such a wonderful story to sink into for respite. All the best! xo.c

  3. I finished Just Kids a few months ago; it's incredible. I haven't picked up another book since. I want it to stay with me awhile. It's THAT good. xo.

  4. Patti Smith was my husband's first crush - followed by Stevie Nicks (he's a little older than me - hee, hee). Both such cool ladies with their own unique style. I love that.

  5. I JUST finished that book a couple days ago and it is definitely top ten favorite books. it is so so inspiring.


  6. Wow ! she looks like professional model. All the cloths with different styles and look. A girl look so gorgeous in these designer cloths.


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