Month: November 2015

Artist Profile: Julia Contacessi

I came across Julia’s work through Minted, but immediately wanted to find more of her paintings. Her website is absolutely breathtaking, like most of her pieces. Her work conveys a very ethereal perspective of her subject matter. She excels in both abstracts and landscapes using  a mixture of both subdued and bright color palettes.
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If you’re as hooked as I am, check out all of Julia’s work on her website!

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Go Set A Watchman

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Like any avid reader, I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of Harper Lee’s latest novel, Go Set A Watchman when it was released earlier this year. This book picks up from To Kill A Mockingbird, once Scout is a grown woman of 26. Still her rowdy self, she is struggling with coming to terms with domestication and settling down. (You know I love books about young women not ready to settle down, it makes me feel less alone).

Scout returns home to find her sleepy hometown turned upside down by the growing rift between races. To Kill A Mockingbird touches on similar themes, but with the heightened tension of the civil rights movement, things have shifted. Not quite ready to let go of her youth, she still uses Atticus as her moral compass. I don’t want to give away too much, but this book, though not as touching as her first, still has a great message. Just like its predecessor it reads quickly so be sure to add this one to your reading list if you haven’t already.

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Iris

iris documentaryIris Apfel has been a style icon of mine for years. Who doesn’t love a woman who can layer jewelry, wear oversized glasses, and mix prints like a boss? Netflix recently added Albert Maysles’ documentary of Iris and it seemed like a decent way to spend a Sunday afternoon. This film follows modern day Iris as she reminisces on her life and style evolution over the years.

iris apfelModern day fashion icons and moguls (most importantly, Jenna Lyons) are featured in the film and all have nothing but overwhelming respect and admiration for Iris. Her clothes and accessories have been featured in galleries such as the Met and Peabody Essex Museum, making her fashion accessible to the public. Her career started as an Interior Designer and she evolved her career to become one of the most iconic fashion figures in the modern world. So, basically she’s living out my ideal life…I can only hope, right?

iris apfelWhether or not you are into fashion, this documentary is a fascinating look into the world of “everyday” fashion and its underlying message that how you carry yourself is more important than what is on the surface.

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