us; 253 facial expressions over a gradient color field. Rob Pruitt
at the de la Cruz Collection, expressing emotions. do we live all these emotions? we surely live some better than others. give me the heart. i am smiling, i am in love. this expression is a luvFAB luvFIND for thebestdressup now!
us; 253 facial expressions over a gradient color field. Rob Pruitt
Imagination magnifies small objects with fantastic exaggeration until they fill our soul. ~ Blaise Pascal
thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the states, and i so like thanksgiving. a day to share the table with family and friends. a day to give thanks for the small and large blessings we have. we ought to do this often. i am fortunate to celebrate today with family and friends. to be profoundly grateful and continuously conscious of the good in our life is for thebestdressup now!
it all started in a back street in nottingham. 6 byard lane. well, the business part. the creative part, he had that it in him. he also had behind him, pauline denyer, who was then teaching fashion at the city art school. in 1970, Paul Smith, in a space of 3 x 3 meters square, with a collection designed by pauline denyer, and filled with personal items, opened his first shop. six years later, he showed his menswear label in the bedroom of a paris hotel. to date, paul smith has shops globally and is britain’s most successful fashion designer. his fashion career is currently being celebrated at london’s Design Museum with an exhibition aptly named, ‘hello, my name is paul smith’. and it is a huge pleasure to meet him. the exhibition chronicles his career as a designer and retailer, aiming to give you a ‘peak’ inside his head. notwithstanding being knighted 13 years ago, on the exhibit’s opening night, sir paul smith, was his usual relaxed and unaffected self, and so approachable. just as the man i often find in the summer, in italy, riding his bicycle. entering the exhibit through a mock of the first nottingham shop, you will find that he has dedicated the exhibition to his wife pauline denyer, “without her none of this would have happened”. “Hello, my name is Paul Smith“ is a luvFAB exhibit of a most creative and brilliant renaissance man, whose designs are a luvMUST. to know this name is a pleasure for thebestdressup now!
i knew it was about a tradition, about a history. but how does a tradition begin, a history made? it has a beginning and it must have time. last thursday at the River Cafe, i told my dear friend pino, that when in london, a meal at the river cafe is a luvMUST. the first visit there was during its beginning days, and the driver had such a difficult time finding it. yet, i knew that i was about to discover a luvFIND. the river cafe is located in hammersmisth, a quick 15 minute drive from knightsbridge, but then, it was not a recognizable address. on my second visit, i had to direct the driver! Ruth Rogers and the late Rose Gray, founded the river cafe in 1987, with a focus on italian cuisine. it was as close as exquisite could be, and i must say, that with difficulty one could eat that well in italy. with its minimal decor and focus on seasonal and quality ingredients, it was unlike any other italian restaurant at the time in london. last year, the river cafe celebrated its 25th year. it has had much success, and a roster of accomplishments. rose gray and ruth rogers shared a michelin star (for food- the one that matters), and they have written 6 recipe books. April Bloomfield and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver are amongst the many successful chefs that have trained in its kitchen. at lunch, sitting by a sunny window overlooking the river thames, i felt a connection, a sense of history to this place. thank you ruthie for confirming what i felt in my heart. it had a beginning. such a luvFAB feeling to be part of your history…this just grows my heart. sharing a history in a place and time is for thebestdressup now!
Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky. ~ Anaïs Nin
after days of on going rain, the sky showed its blue hue. yes, blue. it’s a blue hue that takes your blues away. a blue hued sky can do that. we must remember that the whole sky is blue. although, we do not always see the blue hue, the sky is always blue. the whole sky is a glorious blue. keep that in mind. blue. that luvFAB blue keeps the blues away. that’s the blue for thebestdressup now!
Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet word. ~ Plautus
a luvFAB celebration. food, wine and cheer. the candles blown. what remains leaves one satisfied and at the same time wondering. celebrations do that…one is left in wonderment. some details remain unanswered; leaving questions. i believe that what remains is the truth. and as the truth goes, it’s not always discernible. that moment retains what remains. food, wine and cheer. many glasses were filled. laughter. the cheer that remains is for thebestdressup now!
A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom. ~ Ayn Rand
the CN Tower in toronto, canada, was the tallest free standing structure on earth, when it was built in 1976, and held that record until 2010. today it is the tallest free standing structure in the western hemisphere. every city has a structure that is a symbol. a symbol that gives integrity to the place, bringing honour and identity. these visible structures are revealing cultural symbols. in toronto last week, the cn tower was visible from almost every turn i took. i questioned what it represented for toronto and for canada. brought to mind the structures that represent specific places on earth, from the pyramids to the tallest building. there is much more linked to these symbols than what meets the eye. fascinating how every city has a defining structure. finding the virtue represented in these symbols is for thebestdressup now!
The symbol is greater than visible substance. . . . Unhappy the land that has no symbols, or that chooses their meaning without great care. ~ Freya Stark
this past sunday, the weather service predicted rain. it was to be a chilly and overcast day in toronto, canada. but the sun fought its way through the clouds and defied the forecast. i was expecting the unexpected. but not just in reference to the weather. i was going to see the Niagara Falls. nothing could have prepared me for the magnificence of what i was about to behold. this unexpected day turned out to be a truly glorious day. seeing the falls, from the canadian side of the niagara river, was just breathtaking. it’s no wonder that the niagara falls is considered one of the natural wonders of the world. the mist and roar of the falls is a luvMUST experience. Niagara Falls is a wonder. unexpected wonders are just the luvFIND for the bestdressup now!