Monthly Archives: April 2009

From a Place of Love

body image

What if we viewed our bodies as allies instead of adversaries?

What if we didn’t wait until we’d hit bottom, but instead crafted our routines of self-care when we ALREADY felt great about ourselves?

What if we embraced positive body talk and promoted its use?

What if we doled out compliments to women we’d never met, and learned to accept the ones we received with grace and pride?

What if we accepted that actresses and models are paid to be slender and gorgeous, and didn’t make their looks the standard? READ MORE

Random Outfit Roundup: April

Dusty rose tank, Nine West via Marshalls Oyster-white pants, Express via Turn Style Grey Suede booties Nine West via Rose-fastener sweater via a little shop in Hobart, Tasmania

This sweater is, hands down, my most beloved and prized piece of clothing. I bought it at a shop called Ruby Messiah in Hobart, Tasmania, almost exactly four years ago and knew upon purchase it it would likely be the prettiest thing I’d ever be lucky enough to own. I love it with these oyster-colored pants, but the pants themselves are tricky: light colored, and pretty long which means they must be worn on warm AND dry days only. And the sweater is so delicate that I only trot it out a couple of times a year. But when I do, kittens, it’s a good, good day. Nothing makes me feel more princessy than my gorgeous Tas sweater. READ MORE

Lauren Greenfield and "Girl Culture"

Several years ago, photographer Lauren Greenfield brought a portion of her “Girl Culture” exhibit to the now-defunct Minneapolis Center for Photography. As you know, I am married to a photographer and I am deeply invested in matters of girl culture … so we went.

I will admit to being the kind of exhibit-viewer who typically examines, evaluates, and moves on. Unless I am curious about a specific aspect of a piece, I seldom read placards and artist statements, preferring to just absorb the visuals. But at this exhibit, I read EVERY WORD. The images were incredibly compelling, but the stories behind them made them all the more moving. Body image, sexuality, identity, strength, fear, sisterhood, betrayal … it was all there, people. All documented, illustrated, and presented with an amazing combination of detachment and tenderness. READ MORE