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Gracing the Spring Fashion issue of New York magazine is Mad Men actress, Christina Hendricks. As a devoted fan of the AMC drama, I could not have been happier to see Hendricks on the cover. She plays Joan Holloway with perfect poise and sophistication. I think she is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood at the moment. And I don’t even really care about Hollywood.

It is so refreshing to see a woman who owns her sexuality while maintaining a truly feminine figure. Unlike some New York Times columnists, I happen to think Hendricks looks real. Not “big.” Her body is voluptuous and sexy. As a woman whose body is pretty much opposite of Hendricks, I envy her curves and large breasts. While some criticized her look at the Golden Globes, I thought she was the most striking of all.

I applaud New York for choosing a cover girl that doesn’t fit the model bill. I also commend the magazine for the entire issue, which features an insiders look at the lives of Andy and Kate Spade, post Kate Spade, and an enchanting article about Marc Jacobs’ beau, Lorenzo Martone. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the gorgeous and talented children of Carine Roitfeld, Vlad and Julia Restoin Roitfeld. And I cannot tell you enough how delighted I was to see the candid interview with Vogue Nippon fashion director, Anna Dello Russo, of whom I am a personal admirer. Thank you, New York for this fashion-packed issue. It certainly was a treat.

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Under the Sea

While in Boston with my parents this week, I took a trip to the New England Aquarium. The 80-year-old sea turtle that weighs over 500 pounds amazed me with her graceful strokes and turqouise eyes. The sand tiger sharks look fierce with three rows of jagged teeth, but the aquarium scientists assured us that they are mostly harmless. But what really captured my intention and sparked my creativity was watching the brainless, boneless jellies float through the vivid blue water. I hope you find these photos as inspiring as I do. Jellies are some of the oldest creatures left on Earth. Simply amazing.

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Feather Series

Photographed by Leslie Montgomery

Styled by Alison Nicole Grisé

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Around this time every year, I find myself day dreaming about the Oregon Country Fair and summer, too, of course.  The Fair is the most wonderful event one could ever imagine. A serene escape from the harsh realities of everyday life where the people are warm and filled with love and other wonderful things. Each year, the second weekend in July, an enormous amount of people gather in a magical forest on sacred land, where some stay only for the day, and if you are lucky enough to get a working pass, you stay and enjoy the real magic that only happens at night. People dress in fantastic costumes and adorn themselves with fairy wings, feather crowns, body paint and crinoline skirts. The fashion alone is enough to draw anyone to the Fair. Each year, I have the most fun with my friends creating costumes and revamping our “Fair wardrobes” before we venture off into the woods for a 5-day break from reality. At the Oregon Country Fair, I am truly my most happy self.

5 months and counting….

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Ode to McQueen

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Iconic fashion designer, Alexander McQueen, born Lee McQueen, died today of an apparent suicide. His death coincides with the beginning of New York Fashion Week. McQueen’s death comes as a shock to me and the rest of the fashion community. His eccentric designs often shocked audiences during Fashion Week. McQueen was certainly a visionary. He lived life on the edge and saw beauty in Gothic style, eclectic pairings and the vibrant colors of our natural world. McQueen’s innovative designs and the raw spirit that came alive during his shows will be remembered  forever.

Rest peacefully, Mr. McQueen.

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Sneak Peak

A little behind the scenes action from Saturday’s shoot. Thanks to my gorgeous boyfriend, Jeremiah, for shooting this footage. Photos from the shoot will be up in a couple weeks. Until then…

Thanks to all the beautiful people who made this shoot possible. I can’t wait to share the photos…

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