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My dear friend, Dane, is a young artist bursting with talent and creativity. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to watch him grow both as a person and as an artist. Each of Dane’s paintings tells a distinctly different story. The subjects of his work come alive with emotional expression and their connection with the Earth. Dane lives and works out near Scappoose, OR, with his parents on a magical piece of property where I have spent many wonderful evenings mediating with friends in their hand-built steam house. The place where Dane lives most certainly inspires his paintings, which most often depict the natural beauty that surrounds us all. Dane shows his work throughout the Portland area. Check out more  of his art and other musings here.

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| Casual elegance from Dries Van Noten |

| Tribal embellishment  at Lanvin |

| Polished sophistication from Stella McCartney |

Tonight along with my lovely friend, Mia, I will finally get the see Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. I will attempt to enter the theater with no expectations, but it’s somewhat difficult being that I have been obsessed with Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece forever. In honor of Alice and the magic of Wonderland, I leave you with this picture. My favorite in the series of photos printed in Vogue. Natalia as Alice, and Viktor and Rolf as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

If the film is as enchanting and well-conceptualized as the photo shoot, there is no doubt that I will love it.

Here’s hoping…

I Die.

| Christophe Decarnin has done it again |

| Nicolas Ghesquière = Genius |

More to come from the Fall 2010 runways, but I just had to post these immediately because of my sheer obsession with the two collections. Bravo, men!

Paris Polaroids

| handsome man aka my boyfriend |

| come what may |

| lovers |

| pinwheels in the park |

| le bisous |

Spring Awakening

Ladies and gentlemen, not only is it becoming time to pull out your spring wardrobes, but also, I am happy to report the flowers are blooming in Portland! After two cold, snowy weeks on the east coast, I returned to the City of Roses to find all sorts of beautiful buds abloomin’. Daffodils, crocuses and daphnes opened their petals, and their scents fill the warm spring air. Oh! How I love Oregon! Here are some photos I took today on a neighborhood walk with Kai and her new puppy, Remy.

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.