Today is my amazing grandmother’s birthday and I wish she was here to celebrate. It’s strange how as the years pass and you grow and your life changes in some ways or doesn’t change in others — you can continue to find new reasons to miss a loved one who has passed long ago. Lately I’ve just had so much I’ve wanted to talk to her about and I’ve really missed her in the role of matriarch in my fractured family. It always seemed like everyone would listen to her when they weren’t listening to each other and I’m appreciating the importance of that and new things about her and my grandfather almost daily as I get older.
I miss her supportive words and hearing thoughtful praise for the things I work on — it meant so much to me that she paid attention, recognized the hard work and gave me credit. I miss her laugh. I miss our long talks. I miss her haughty tone and single arched eyebrow when she was incensed. I miss looking at upholstery swatches and talking about thoughts on color and pattern with her. I miss watching her dance around the house when she put a favorite record on. I miss watching my grandfather fawn over her and chase her down the hall. I miss her clever mind and big heart. I miss my friend. I love you, Grammy. ♥
PHOTO ABOVE: My grandmother Ellen Jacquelyn “Honey” Kennedy McCabe.
Happy Friday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead of you and hopefully some time off to relax and enjoy yourself. We’re going to be grilling up some pizzas at home and, as we do every July 4, sitting in bed with our dog, Zelda, while she is freaks out about the fireworks. Happy we have some sparklers this year! Have fun out there! xo Jen
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IMAGE ABOVE: Vogue cover from May 1941 by amazing Horst P. Horst.
I was just perusing the stunning new Elizabeth Suzann designs for summer and the Nashville designer’s lovely new website. I love all the new Summer 2014 lookbook photos of ES classics and that the gorgeous model looks like Alexa Chung and Lauren Hutton’s lovechild — amazing! It makes me happy when designers keep key pieces in their collection, but freshen up the looks with new styling and photography from time to time. My current faves are the navy linen Georgia dress and in flax linen, the flax linen June dress, the beautiful washed linen Nora jacket and the sandwashed black silk Artist dress. More HERE.
Images courtesy of Elizabeth Suzann.
Emily Bixler’s Boet jewelry studio can be found here in Portland in the Thurman Street Studios building in the NW 23rd shopping district. Boet’s aesthetic is sculptural in nature and full of contrasts. Hard and soft elements, such as crochet and chain, easily commingle in Emily’s highly modern designs inspired by both a childhood of sailing and hot-air balloons, as well as adornments found in ancient cultures. The result is always stunning and unique. My visit Emily’s studio was both light-filled and moodily shadowed which added extra drama and furthered the contrasts of her beautiful Boet pieces on display.
As you can see, Boet creations easily double as art when not being worn. My personal favorites are the pieces with horsehair tassels which I feel are perfect talismans for anyone born in the Year of the Horse!
I love these Thunderwing foil-stamped posters and cards by Nic Taylor and Jennifer Brandt-Taylor. I’m REALLY loving the Radiate Good Vibes prints in both gold and grey — I can’t decide which one to buy! The beautiful and inspiring design was done by Nic while he recovered from a serious hand injury a few years ago. Aaaaaand it comes as a card as well. The card Surrounding You With White Light makes me happy too — it’s something I close my eyes and do pretty often for myself (especially before getting on a plane!) and for others. More HERE.
Images courtesy of Thunderwing.