Sunday Summer Girls/ Be where you are

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Without harping on too much about how Summer is ending and everyone is turning to dust, we want to take the time encourage you to do one very special thing this morning and for the rest of this weekend.

Turn your computer off. Get off Instagram. Put down your phone.

This is a weekend for being present and enjoying mother nature, not for inspiring articles and charming websites. Look to your friends, family or this beautiful weather for inspiration this long weekend.

As this mild and lovely Summer comes to a close (not technically for another 3 weeks lets remember!), be where you are. No more, no less. We are going to try our best to do the same…

Wishing you all a beautiful Labor Day Weekend!

xo

C+C

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

–  Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

A Beautiful (long) Weekend

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The New York Times looks at the surprising number of women behind New York’s urban farms,“More significant, if urban ag work comes to be seen as women’s work, what will that mean for the movement’s farming model, mission and pay?”. Read the full article here.

A beautiful blog.

A beautiful book of stories about women worth waiting for. 

A beautiful woman.

Have a beautiful (long) weekend!

A Brief History of an Incredible Woman

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Peggy Guggenheim

Another birthday and another incredible woman to celebrate today, Peggy Guggenheim. If you get a chance to go to Venice, be sure to visit her museum there. It is truly magical. 

Marguerite (Peggy) Guggenheim was born in New York on August 26, 1898, the daughter of Benjamin Guggenheim and Florette Seligman. She was born into an extremely wealthy family. Her father’s family made their fortune in smelting metals and her mother’s family was in banking.  When Peggy was 14, her father died on the RMS Titanic and when she was 21 she inherited $2.5 million dollars in a trust from him. Ever the curious young woman, Peggy picked up a job at the avant-garde bookstore, Sunwise Twane, in order to break free from her wealthy, socialite friends.

During her early twenties, Peggy flung herself into the intellectual circle of New York and Paris, discovering the works of Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse and Georgia O’Keefe and befriending Scott Fitzgerald,  Marcel Duchamp and the writer Laurence Vail. She married Vail and together they had two children, Michael and Pegeen. Though Vail and Peggy discovered the creative circles of Paris together, their relationship did not last and in 1928 they divorced. She went on to have many love affairs with various artists and not long after her divorce she married, John Holmes, a war hero and writer. Their relationship was short-lived and they divorced. 

In 1938, inspired by the recent surrealist exhibits she’d seen, Peggy decided to open an art gallery in London. The Guggeinheim Jeune Gallery was supported by her closest friends, including Samuel Beckett who encouraged her to pursue modern and contemporary art and Marcel Duchamp who educated her on the difference between Abstract and Surrealism.  Her gallery was a great success and featured work by artists such as Jean Cocteau and Vasily Kandinsky. But Peggy yearned for more and decided to open a modern art museum in London, boldly promising to buy one work of art a day for her new venture. This promise got her quite a bit of notoriety as it was made during WW2. Peggy famously purchased works by Picasso, Miro, Dali, Mondrian and more, all while the German army advanced upon Europe. 

Forced to flee Europe because of the war, Peggy moved back to New York with the Surrealist artist, Max Ernst (whom she later married and divorced). She opened her museum-gallery, Art of This Century in 1942, highlighting many unknown American artists including Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. Peggy supported Pollock by selling his works and giving him monthly handouts.

After the war ended, Peggy discovered Venice when her collection was featured at the Venice Biennale. It is here that she is credited with introducing Europe to both Rothko and Pollock and having the most coherent survey of modern art in Europe at the time. A year later, Peggy purchased Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal and made it her home. In 1949 she held an exhibition of sculptures in her garden, and in 1951 she opened her entire collection to the public. During her 30 years in Venice, Peggy continued to collect works of art and to support modern art and artists. In 1969, she donated her collection to her cousin, Solomon R. Guggenheim’s Foundation and on the 23rd of December, 1979 she passed away. Her ashes remain at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni as does her museum. 

“I took advice from none but the best. I listened, how I listened! That’s how I finally became my own expert.”

 

 

 

The Art of a Story

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Earlier this Spring when we shooting our final GIFT episode with Dr. JJ Pursell, she told us a story about The Plant People and their medicine, a tale she tells to each employee at The Herb Shoppe. As soon as she shared it with us, we knew we wanted to share it with you. See thevideo below!

That’s how stories work after all. They are told and re-told by friends and families. We tell them time and time again but infuse them anew with love and laughter. They become myths and legends around dining room tables. They are found in battered books and relayed through loving grandmothers. They are, in a word, magic. And the really good ones, when told correctly, gently guide us to our True North.

So while we are gathered with family and friends in these last few weeks of Summer; while we are making memories and honoring traditions; while we are traveling to new, exciting places and old, comforting ones, let’s take the time to collect stories and share them with the ones we love.

On Mermaids and Oyster Shells

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A little history, magic and beauty for this Thursday! Last week, I came across this article and was totally taken in by the inspirational and interesting story of the Ama (a.k.a The Pearl Diving Mermaids of Japan). The images are stunning, as is the tale of this unique and adventurous job!

Read the full article here and watch a beautiful video here (but turn the sound off, the dialogue is terrible).

 Image via http://gakuran.com. Photo by Fosco Maraini.

Image via http://gakuran.com. Photo by Fosco Maraini.

One of the lesser-known but fascinating parts of Japanese culture is that of the Ama pearl divers. Ama (海女 in Japanese), literally means ‘woman of the sea’ and is recorded as early as 750 in the oldest Japanese anthology of poetry, the Man’yoshu. These women specialized in free-diving some 30 feet down into cold water wearing nothing more than a loincloth. Utilizing special techniques to hold their breath for up to 2 minutes at a time, they would work for up to 4 hours a day in order to gather abalone, seaweed and other shellfish.

xo

Chelsey 

A Brief History of an incredible woman

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Coco Chanel

In celebration of the fashion icon and our very favorite Leo, this week’s Brief History of an Incredible Woman is dedicated to the one and only, Coco. 

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, a.k.a Coco Chanel, was born in 1883 to Jeanne Devolle, a laudrywoman and Albert Chanel, a street vendor. Gabrielle was their second child, they would have six all together. When Gabrielle’s mother died at the age of 31, her father sent the children to the convent of Aubazine. Here, she was raised by nuns until her teenage years. 

At 17, Gabrielle left the convent to become a seamstress by day and a cabaret performer by night. At the cabaret, she became famous for performing Ko-Ko-Ri-Ko and was nicknamed Le Petite Coco. 

Gabrielle had a few tumultuous affairs in her lifetime but one of her most important relationships was her love affair with Arthur Capel, who helped her finance her first shop. In 1913, she opened a storefront in Normandy followed, in 1915, by a second couture salon in Biarritz. Her clothing was revolutionary: the silhouettes we’re athletic and inspired by menswear, the materials were soft jersey and did not prescribe to the laced-up, corseted fashions of the earlier era’s. 

In 1918, all seemed to be looking up for Gabrielle. She acquired an entire building at 31 rue Cambon – one of the most fashionable districts in Paris and she was officially registered as a couturier. But, in 1919,  Arthur Capel died in a car crash and she was devastated. Despite her grief, she continued to rise to stardom and in the coming years she would become one of the world’s most acclaimed designers: collaborating with Ernest Beaux to create Chanel No.5, designing costumes for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe and Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s most coveted film stars, debuting a jewelry collection, a handbag collection and a beauty line. 

In her lifetime, Gabrielle befriended Winston Churchill, retired and came back to work (because she felt there were too many men dominating women’s fashions), invented the Little Black Dress and launched the early incarnation of the fashion boutique (selling accessories, jewelry and clothes all in her one store). She was a pioneer, a rule-breaker, a creator and a survivor. She was designing couture collections up until her death in 1971.  She endured plenty of scandal and trauma in her lifetime but she still remains the epitome of the word chic.

Happy Birthday, Coco. 

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

 

 

 

Summer Selections

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   Photographer: Anja Verdugo / Photo Editor: Daniel Lewis / Models: Skye Sarenana-Velten + Sophia Soqui / Hair + Makeup: Viridiana Cervantes

Photographer: Anja Verdugo / Photo Editor: Daniel Lewis / Models: Skye Sarenana-Velten + Sophia Soqui / Hair + Makeup: Viridiana Cervantes

Only a few weeks left of Summer and everyone we know is escaping the city for long weekends by ponds and pools!

Books on the beach, long runs in the morning, naps in the shade, trips to the ice cream parlor and a cheeky G&T as the sun sets — these are what Summers are made of.

We hope your Summer has been perfectly sweet and that it’s given you what we all look for during these hot, sticky months — a moment to relax.

If this post finds you lazily scrolling through your morning reads with a cup of coffee by your side and a relaxing weekend to look forward to, then we offer you a few of our favorite things.  Happy reading, listening, eating, drinking, watching, wearing and enjoying!

Watch: Marie TV

All you need to get psyched for September’s ambitious energy.

Read: Take Your Licks

A perfect Summer story by Amy Poehler for The New Yorker.

Listen: Haim

On repeat all Summer long. (Only ever replaced by Fleetwood Mac.)

Eat: Huckle & Goose

Your local Farmer’s Markets and CSAs are brimming with tomatoes, sweet corn and leafy greens this month. Find the perfect seasonal recipe with this wonderful site!

Browse: The GGG Blog

For stories on TravelTeaBabiesBoyfriends and Baths!

Do: Sleep in

While you can.

Drink: Brooklyn Oenology’s 2012 Cabernet Franc Rose

At sunset. Or 2 in the afternoon. As long as it’s cold, it’s perfection.

Wear: Everlane’s Box Cut Tee

Because it’s perfect with denim cut-offs or summer skirts and Everlane is a totally financially and operationally transparent company and that is totally awesome.

Here’s to a beautiful week!  

C+C