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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Novel in progress

I'm in the throws of writing a novel. It's exciting and intimidating, and it makes me feel accomplished every single day that I work on it. The other side is the business side where I have to research agents and publishers and small literary presses for my short works. This is my livelihood and what I was meant to do. I feel most alive when I'm writing and creating something out of nothing.

I was watching a silly show the other day and Susan Sarandon guess starred where she played a writer. She said, "they also say 'write what you know', but I say write what you don't want others to know." I thought it was inspiring and a reminder to brave. Every time that I write I am scared and that voice comes out that warns me to be careful of what I reveal.

And then there is the other voice that doubts and says, "who gives you the right to write." Ha! I just saw Billy Crystal in an interview talking about his book "Still Foolin' 'Em" where he feels like he's tricking everyone with what he's doing. I feel like that when I write. But I guess that's a good feeling because it means I'm doing something I love, and I feel like I'm tricking others.

So now I am eager and ambitious to get this novel written. I'm at 50 pages, and it's about a young girl disconnected to the world, herself and others. Of course it's much more than that, but it's always so hard to explain when you're writing about human nature. I am publishing this declaration of my writing endeavors because then I guess, to me, it makes it more real. And it's cathartic to write about the process. In graduate school I took a course about the creative process. It's fascinating to learn about others' processes--actually it's more a way of living than a process. So here I go....

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Independent Book Stores

Independent bookstores are a dying breed, and I have to admit it's just so easy to order on my Kindle or buy from Amazon, but they are so necessary for thoughtful discourse and in getting out the voices quelled by those who scream the loudest. I've always loved going to small bookstores for their recommendations, author readings, and meeting interesting people.

One great bookstore I recently came upon is called Women and Children First in Chicago. Their site is here.

If you don't know of or never been to an independent bookstore, put that on your list of things to do. It's important to always be doing and trying new things, and this is one thing that will definitely make you a  better person.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

One Direction

We have some very exciting news and a new direction on this site, which I believe was always meant to go this way. While there will still be content on fashion, food, and art, we are also going to be writing about giving and volunteering through our non-profit Silver Phrase, which you can check out here.

This site's, and our non-profit's, mission is to learn and be inspired. Having empathy, giving back, seeking beauty and finding purpose should start at a young age. Through the years I want to inspire my daughters to do just that, as they have unknowingly done for me.

Now to the logistics.

Our first order of business is to research. There are some great women and children charities out there. Soon I'll have a list of all the one's to which we will donate. If you have a recommendation, please email!

Then it's choosing all the volunteer opportunities throughout the rest of the year I'd like to do with my daughters. Making art and selling it online and at local festivals, volunteering at women's and children's shelters, and donating to the guardian ad litem program, which we've already done, are just a few that are most important right now.

Thank you for your support throughout the past two years, and I hope you continue to enjoy the quality content we've created!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Inspiration: Reciting Poems

If you ever doubt the ability children have or just need a pick me up from the droning monotony of the day, watch this video of pure innocence that only a child and only poetry can give you. I hope this inspires you, as it did me, to memorize or at least read a poem more often.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sweet treats

Pink treats for little girls

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fashion: Ted Baker

Fashion: Ted Baker

If you're an anglophile,  you'll love the designs by Ted Baker. Check out site here. From their site, a little background:

From the beginning Ted has had a very clear, unswerving, focus on quality, attention to detail and a quirky sense of humour, so much so in fact that the first stores used to provide a laundry service for every shirt purchased – something that gained the quickly growing brand the title of ‘No Ordinary Designer Label’. Everything produced under the Ted Baker name has his personality woven into its very heart.

Fashion: Milan Spring/Summer 2013

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fashion: Sea foam Green

Fashion: Sea foam Green

Bloch ballet flat, $160 / SuShilla chain necklace, $290 / Angelique De Paris resin jewelry / Turquoise jewelry / YooLa vintage jewelry / Forever 21
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