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Thursday, May 12, 2011

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera - A Love Affair

When I was growing up in Lex Vegas, my family would often take me to The Palms restaurant. For my parents it was the social home of their courtship, and for my brother and I it served as our introduction into W&L social life. We often sat in a booth in the back, and the poster above would stare down at us. While my brother and I would marvel at this primo example of early 90s success, my Dad would say - This! This is why you will love finishing college. Great motivator, right? Thanks, Dad.

Today while driving in to school, I was reflective. My last day of undergraduate classes. What a long, strange and intensely emotional trip it has been for me. I graduated from Chatham Hall in 2003, and I had no idea what my mind, soul and body was in for. Sometimes you just don't know. But that's for another blog post...

...back to my drive in today. I was thinking about that poster my family loves and I suddenly saw a 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera drive past me. It was beautiful. Everything about it to me means quality luxury success. Something I strive for, something to motivate me, as my Dad said.

It rolled past me with its deeply romantic, throaty growl and I could not help but just stop and gape. Poetry in motion, if you will. The road we were on is considered backroads. And I knew the owner had chosen this way for the commute to stretch the car's legs, something you cannot easily do in Virginia on the highway. The next thing I thought was - if I do move to Florida and graduate from law school... I will buy this vehicle.
Here's to you, Dad, cheers and love.

Sidebar: check out Alice's post on beautiful cars at her blog, too!

[it looked just like the ones I've shared here]

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Met Gala 2011

Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci

This Monday, the annual Met Gala occurred and this year the theme was asking for incredible fashion. The theme was "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" named after the exhibition of the same name. The exhibition opened to the public today, and you can see many of his most lauded fashions now until July 31, this summer.Hamish Bowles, always dapper

I have been a huge fan of the eccentric A McQ for years and years. I loved pawing through W and Harper's Bazaar, who always seemed much more enthusiastic to feature him as opposed to the occasional spread in Vogue (not to say that they cared less, but they did cater to him less it seems... IMHO).Karen Elson in Alexander McQueen

Celebrities always turn out for the Met Gala, but this year's exhibition really lit the place on fire with flashbulbs. Some people wore vintage McQ of their own and others wore McQ from his archives. It was certainly a special night.Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

The likely-exhausted Sarah Burton, who now runs the House of Alexander McQueen, crossed the pond to listen to the most droll of questions, "How does it feel to have dressed Catherine Middleton?" etc etc etc. What a good sport!Sarah Burton in House of McQueen, her own design

Video montage courtesy of Alexander McQueen™.

Taylor Swift in J.Mendel

Doesn't Taylor Swift look elegant? I love how she banished her generic cutesy-princessy dresses for something more couture!Christina Ricci in Zac Posen, with Zac Posen.

It really blows my mind when I think how far Christina Ricci has come with fashion. Growing up on camera, she seems to have kept her %$#! together for the most part! She really has embraced fashion in the past 15 years and I have loved watching her develop her tastes.

Ashley Greene wore Donna Karan custom

Ms. Greene looked fabulous in this frothy tulle confection, using 50 yards of tulle. A generic tulle dress uses about 10 yards, imagine how light this dress must have been? Very delicate, and I hope it didn't get stabbed by any Louboutins!
One of my most favorite shoots involving Alexander McQueen fashions - Demi Moore for Harper's Bazaar.

To learn more about this exhibition, click here for the Met website.

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