Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Getty




When it comes to museums, I am spoiled. Some of my favorite haunts are not necessarily big gunners like the Louvre or the Met, but I’ll visit the Mauritshuis in the Hague, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, or the Art Institute of Chicago over and over again. On a recent trip to Los Angeles, then, the idea of spending some leisure hours at the Getty Center Museum was more than welcome. 

The Getty is actually one of the most visited museums in the United States, and if you check the reviews online, they are almost five star. The idea of the museum with art and antiquities collected by a somewhat eccentric, American industrialist known at one time as, “the richest living American” was too good to pass up. It seemed impossible not to be impressed.

The Uber dropped us off at a designated point, and from there, a flight of stairs to the tram. The  tram very slowly ascends the hills surrounding the Getty, leaving the world of Los Angeles behind. As slow as the tram was, we were afforded a few very exciting sightings of deer in the brushy woodland slopes. The tram car came to a stop, and we were at the Getty.

Is it unfair to admit I judged it immediately? It was a white, modernistic monstrosity, looking like a large dentist’s office, or a telecommunications building. After the renaissance and neoclassical structures of museums in Europe, or the Beaux-Arts beauty of the Detroit Institute of Arts, this was…horrendous.

Placating my own disappointment with reminders that the works inside were what mattered, we ventured in. The photography wing was lackluster, mostly because wander as we might, we couldn't locate more than ten photographs, though we were told there were more…somewhere. The gardens were largely unimpressive, and I felt myself thinking they would have been better off leaving the brushy scrub, scraggly trees and errant deer. Inside, we paused to ask directions to the paintings, as I’d already seen a brochure and knew there were some gems awaiting. The museum boasts Rembrandt, Manet, Renoir, Turner, Titian, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and so as disappointed as I’d been thus far, I knew that the old masters and impressionists wouldn't fail to impress.

And they didn’t, of course. Art communicates a message across the centuries that speaks just as loudly now as it did when the paint was drying. That said, there was an emptiness to the space, still. Perhaps because the art largely came from a private billionaire’s collection, or because of the strangeness of  the history of J. Paul Getty himself, the rooms containing the artwork felt oddly flat, less stirring than the golden galleries of the Scottish National Galley or the hallowed halls of the Rijksmuseum or even the cramped Rubenshuis. Several times I purposely exited a room to step outside and peer over the side of the Getty Center, my eyes fighting the haze of LA, seeking out sights and life of the city in the distance, the beauty of every day life somehow more interesting than the walls within the museum. 

After an hour and a half, we found ourselves ambling back toward the tram and the lights of Los Angeles below us, a few deer still poking around in the bushes, sometimes staring unwaveringly into the windows of the passing tram. 

Arriving back into Santa Monica elicited a sigh of relief. The sun setting over the water provided  its own masterpiece, and a reality check— it isn't  necessary to visit the museums of the world to be spoiled by art. 

this article originally appeared in My City Magazine
Alexandria Nolan, author, all rights reserved

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Excerpted from the Novel


Another excerpt from The Word Collector, which is a fabulous book you should purchase and read in its entirety. 

Petra walked through rooms stuffed with old vinyl, antique baby prams and Hull and McCoy vases. Mismatched silverware and chipped tea sets. A case full of jewelry that had once been given and received in love, and now was the final physical proof of the exchange of affection between different sets of bones in the ground. Another right after that, and she found it. 
The room was smaller than she would have liked it to be. But there was a elementary-school-library-style low stool in the corner to sit upon and books packed floor to ceiling with no apparent organization. Petra allowed herself a smile. Perfect. She preferred this. When a shop owner attempted to catalogue the books, they often muddled it all up. This way, it truly was like finding treasure; one never knew what gem might be waiting beneath the next book in a stack or behind a pile of haphazardly placed tomes.

A particularly promising red leather book with a cracked spine called out to her. Settling herself on the small metal stool, she gingerly opened the cover and saw something magic. The title. 
“Ancient Indefinable Peculiarities, published 1803” she read aloud to herself. She smiled again, and allowed her mind to drift along with the soft melodies of Edith Piaf in a faraway room, and the specific song of the turning pages of the rare book in her hands. 

Seconds, moments, minutes later, a hollow cough interrupted the rhythm of her reading. Petra glanced up, irritably, annoyed to have been so burst in upon when she was occupied. Some other obnoxious customer, no doubt, bumbling into the room searching for something interesting to put on his reproduction coffee table. She took no trouble to hide the scowl on her face when she looked up at the intruder. 

excerpted from The Word Collector by Alexandria V. Nolan, 2016, all rights reserved. 

Order your copy on Kindle or Paperback. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Northern Winter






Growing up, I dreamed of sunshine and spring break and shorts and bikinis. I dreamt of a warmer world in the winter. A place away from dirty slush under cars and frozen fingers and starting cars 20 minutes before you have to leave. 

Now that I am woman grown, and living in Texas, I miss those cold Northern winters. I miss coats and hate and gloves and walking in the snow and seeing your breath fog in front of your face. I miss the change of the seasons and the tedium of winter and those first promising days of spring. 

I always thought of winter as a dead time. The frozen death of the year. But, now I see that I was wrong. The beach in winter is a beautiful place. Fresher, cleaner, bracing...and perfect for reflection and wandering. No tourists line a winter beach. No sunbathing, no boating, no sandcastles. But the memories of last year remain, and the excitement for the heat of the next summer is palpable. The beach in winter is a lovely place to be alone, to own the beach for yourself. And I hate to admit it, but the wintertime water might even be a little bluer, and a little more beautiful. 

Now that I live far away, I find that winter in Michigan is a beautiful thing. I only wish I'd loved it more before. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

California Dreaming

I’ve been to California a few times. San Francisco, Napa, lots of wine country gallivanting and bay area exploring. But Los Angeles was new, and to be honest, a little daunting.

We’ve all seen the pictures of celebrities around L.A., and red carpet appearances, the images of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive. Los Angeles is enormous, and seemingly full of gorgeous, glamorous people. More than Paris, more than Milan, more than anywhere I’d been, it was a very intimidating trip for me. I didn’t have any idea what to wear in the winter in Los Angeles, I had no clue just how immense the city was, and even before I exited the plane I felt a bit…overwhelmed. 

I thought I knew palm trees. 

I now live in Texas, where there is a whole mess of them, and I’ve spent time in Mexico, Central America, the rainforest…but there is something special about the palms in Los Angeles. They are inordinately tall, and they gather together in almost architectural clusters. On the drive from LAX to Hollywood, the palm trees were the first thing to pull me in. 

The second was dinner that night. The entire trip to Los Angeles was one amazing meal after the other. The freshest sushi, the most wonderful middle eastern food, the healthiest kale-kombucha-acai whatever bowls. The turmeric lattes and the cold brew coffee, the cocktails and wine selections and the atmosphere of the bubbling joy-filled eateries. Everything was delicious, without exception. Which, was something I hadn’t been expecting. I had thought to find glamour, to find glitz and inflated prices. I thought to find model-thin ladies and actor-attractive men with impressively tailored suits, but I hadn’t thought to find the bounty of absolutely divine edibles. 

But, I did. 

And after that, I cared little about the celebrity look-alikes or the poshness of Los Angeles, and instead was just excited to taste the next delicious thing. A friend  of Terrence's lives out in Santa Monica, and he invited us to visit the beach side of L.A., and we quickly went. The vibe was immediately different— slower, more chilled out, and calmer. Santa Monica itself reminded me a little of Michigan beach towns, but the atmosphere on the actual beach in Venice and Santa Monica was a world away. The elderly and the eccentric “skate-dancing”, the rolling sound of skateboards and people randomly napping, fully-clothed in the sand, a bottle of pop clutched to their chest like a treasure. 

The sunset comes early in California, and watching the bright orange of it sinking into the waves from a rooftop bar was one of the most arresting sights of my life. The waves purring quietly into shore, the light fading, and the sounds of  California nightlife growing ever louder. As soon as the sun disappeared into the darkness of the water, it was time for more food. 


Two cocktails, a glass of champagne and twenty or so pieces of the most incredible sushi I’ve ever had in my life later, we’re packed into a dark uber, heading back to Hollywood. It’s amazing to me how varied the different parts of the city are. The cliff top architecture and pink smog air of the Getty Museum, the warehouse pop-up shops and food trucks of DTLA. The pomp and old movie glam of Hollywood and Beverly Hills and the beachside charm of Santa Monica and Venice. All united by of life-altering foodstuffs and those lovely California palms.  

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Some words, ramblings and not so subtle hint to buy my book


Christmas is coming. And so are several other holidays celebrated by a myriad of different people and cultures. Whatever your holiday, I'm certain sure that you are besieged on social media by good-intentioned acquaintances who implore you to purchase whatever product they choose to shill. 

I don't have a product. But I do have some pretty marvelous novels and novelettes for you to enjoy this holiday season, and if you know someone who likes to read (there aren't as many of us as I'd like to think) then perhaps you could pick them up a copy of one of my humble efforts. For a convincer, I've included an excerpt from my latest work. AND, I 'll have you know that the next novel is going to land sometime in early to late February-- pre-order will begin in January for Kindle. 

Anyway, besides that, the adventures around here have been fairly nonexistent, as we have been battling colds and allergies and Thanksgivings and too much work to do. But, very soon expect a post on an upcoming trip to Los Angeles, and then an adventure all over Michigan (again), over to Paris (again) and then to New Orleans (again!!) Any other last minute holidays you'll read about as soon as I see fit to lose my mind and book them. 

Enjoy the excerpt, I made it myself. (Link to ALL Books)

She was peering over her wine glass watching him read. Dane was chewing on his lower lip, and alternately squinting his eyes and then widening them—and smiling. Again, she held back the new words from the pages she’d given him, but she was certain that the words were the farthest thing from his mind at the moment. 
She wished that the thoughts she was having about the bitten lip and those blue eyes would flee far from her mind as well.

Suddenly, his eyes met hers and she could have sworn they twinkled. She felt the heat in her cheeks, embarrassed to have been caught staring, but she did not take her eyes away. But whatever was about to be said or communicated in that glance was lost when Jinks yowled an undignified and unholy cat sound that scared them both—and the moment was over. 
She stood up to drop a few pieces of newly purchased kibble into the cat’s bowl, and Dane’s voice followed behind her. 
“Wow. Just…wow. This is page-turning stuff. A real historical mystery, right here in Traverston.”

“I know.” she replied, her voice somehow distant in the clatter of cat food hitting the porcelain. Petra straightened and tucked an escaped tendril behind her ear. She looked down and assessed herself. Black jeans, white T-shirt and her crazy long hair hanging in waves with no real polish or organization. She’d spent the whole day writing and translating, stopping only for a bottle of root beer, a few spoonfuls of hummus and a soft apple. She assessed the now rumpled  outfit she was wearing, only applying an extra dusting of face powder and a smear of lipstick before his confident knock had sounded on the door. And now she saw the burgundy bloom of a wine stain on her shirt and her shoulders sagged. What was she doing?

excerpted from The Word Collector, Alexandria Nolan

Be back soon with a travel post...xx

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

In the Kitchen Baking Pies With My Baby




The alternate working title for today's post was, "This is pie-related but you know I didn't have any of the actual ingredients but it still came out gloriously" 

I like baking. I do. But, it seems usually to be so much more of a precise type of cooking, with science-y type chemistry involved and not the kind of slapdash, off-the-cuff, inspiration of the moment type of cooking I normally gravitate towards. 

But, it's Thanksgiving week, which means that it is almost Christmas time, which further means that my long-suffering soul is coming back to life to the smells of cinnamon and balsam and the crooning loveliness of Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby and the incomparable Karen Carpenter. 

This time of year I begin feeling festive and homebody-ish and I feel a little bit like I still want to be a child and a little guilty that I haven't gotten around to being unselfish enough to have one of my own...and dang it I need to make a pie. 

I'm going to make Pumpkin Pie, as it is Thanksgiving, though neither myself or the Mr. are looking much forward to it. But Apple Pie? I can get behind that every day of the week and twice on Sundays. 

But, as the alternate title might suggest, I didn't actually have any apple pie ingredients besides butter and apples. No sugar, no cornstarch. So, I did what I do best and improvised. If you want a proper apple pie recipe, you're in the wrong place. (and the pie crust? I can't be bothered with flour or shortening or whatever it is people use to make them. I bought an organic overpriced one at Whole Foods and it's awaiting contents in my freezer as we speak.)

Without further bother or ado;

Apple Pie Filling
Ingredients:
4 medium apples. (I used 2 large and slightly dodgy honey crisp apples and two pink ladies)
3 tbsp water (I just splashed an indeterminate amount of water in)
2 tbsp butter (I used more like 5. Because...butter.)
1 tbsp (or more) cinnamon
1/3 cup honey (substituted for sugar as I hadn't any)
1 tbsp ground flaxseed. (or you could use 1tsp cornstarch prepared in water and added at the end) I use flaxseed for thickening most things. It adds fiber, it's good for you, and it works the same as cornstarch. 

Method:
1. Peel, core and slice apples. (I sliced thinly and haphazardly)
2. Melt butter and cinnamon over medium heat and then stir in apples, honey and water.
3. Cover, and cook. Stir occasionally for about 5 minutes, or until the apples are slightly softened.
4. Add ground flaxseed or cornstarch mixture and continue to cook until apples are soft but not mushy. Allow apples to bubble for a minute or so. Cool, and then pour into pie crust or freeze. Will freeze for up to one year. (but why, why, why would that ever happen?)

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving. I'm grateful for this blog and anyone who reads it, and for all of the magazines that publish my work. But I am mostly thankful for my handsome husband and that my newest book, The Word Collector, has garnered such favorable praise. 

Lord love a writer. 

xx

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A World Away





Recently, I took a trip with my husband out to west Texas. My husband is from San Angelo, which is a “big city” in that part of the state, but we found ourselves farther west than even that. Seven hours west of Houston, three hours west of Austin, is the tiny town of Rowena, Texas. A town with two halls--two gathering places for any kind of celebration or meeting the little town might have, which was confusing to me. Surely, there was no reason for two halls? Not in a town this size? 

The town itself was only dotted with a few houses, a couple stores here and there, and with a good arm you could probably throw a baseball down the entire main street of the place. But, it was a gathering point for all of the ranchers, farmers and others living  in that area. A place to come together for a wedding, a birthday party, a graduation, a dance. A place to hold town council meetings. Rowena is small and seemingly remote, but a gathering spot nonetheless. 

For me, a Flint, Michigan native and proud daughter of blue collar manufacturing, this might as well have been a different planet. I’ve traveled to countries all over the world, rural communities, big cities, suburbs and Medieval walled villages, but I can truly say I have never felt more alien than in that quiet part of western Texas. 

This is where my husband comes from. And when I looked at it through a lens of my own experience, it seemed as though it couldn’t be more different than my own. Not worse, or better, just so completely out of the scope of my own experience that I felt disconnected from it.  In short, no matter the negativity that surrounds Flint at the present moment, I  know I would never trade in the whir of my grandfather's machine shop for the sunshine and endless fields of my husband’s childhood. 
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After a night spent with his family at one of the halls, we drove home. The night sky in the country is unbelievably dark, and the stars are brilliantly bright. The darkness is quiet and the wind is cool, and it’s easy to pretend out there, away from street lamps and city lights, that you’re the only people on earth. There’s a romance to that, certainly, but also a loneliness. 


As much as I’ve traveled, and as far as I’ve roamed, it took that starry-skied night in west Texas to break my heart with missing my Michigan home. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Around Old Town Edinburgh








Ain't Edinburgh charming? It was definitely difficult to come home and look at the ugliness of Houston after being surrounded by such splendor. The best thing about Edinburgh is walking around, eyes glued on the buildings. Each one seems to tell a different story. And each edifice most assuredly has a story. Several. Several hundred or thousand most probably. It seems impossible to consider the history these windows have winked out on and the souls that have passed in and out of the doors. How many sunrises and sunsets, tourists and locals have came and went? That's the beautiful thing about history, isn't it? How connecting it is. 

On either end of the Royal Mile sits two castles. Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood House. Both are majestic, vast and awe-inspiring. Both are worth touring and have their own stories of mischief, murder, and intrigue. Just a few streets behind High Street is the bulk of the University of Edinburgh and its own histories and museums, students grabbing coffee and heading to the library. Just before you get to High Street you are at Waverley Station, trains arriving from all over the UK every few minutes. And near there, Princes St. gardens with sweeping lawns and green and gold and orange everywhere. The National gallery is nearby as well, and is free, the most spectacular art dotting the walls with no expense to the viewer except your eyes and attention and endurance of seeing so many works all at once. 

That's Edinburgh. 
Well, kind of. We have't even scratched the surface. 

xx




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Edinburgh, Cityscape






Well, as you can see, it's a beautiful place. Old town Edinburgh is all that you hope it would be, and then some. Absolutely dripping with stateliness, history, beauty. The air is cool, but not over-cold in October, and the leaves are just beginning to change color. On both ends of the Royal Mile are castles, and in between is the finest array of tourist nonsense that you could ever find. Tartan everything, Walker's Shortbread, whiskey, antiques, more whiskey, tourist walks and sights and tours. There are kilts for hire and kilts for purchase and oddly, several Christmas themed stores. There are taverns and pubs and restaurants, most sadly owned by the same company. There are churches and plaques announcing a historical event of some sort in this spot or that one. A man was hanged here, or executed there, or a whole swarm of people were annihilated over yonder. 

But, we loved it. And so, I'll share some favorite stops. 

The Fudge House- This one comes with a caveat. I can only recommend the Highland Cream fudge. It tastes like butter and sugar, as it should. The rest of the fudge we sampled was rubbish. But the highland cream was to kill for. 

Ensign Ewart- Cosy little pub tucked away near Edinburgh Castle. It appears to be privately owned. The sandwiches were quite good and the soup was top notch. 

Hula- In the Grassmarket area. This little green juice/healthy eating/turmeric chai supplying place was a favorite. We ate here four times. FOUR TIMES. The vegan chili was incredible and the soups were lovely. Mr. Nolandia was a huge fan of the avocado toast (but isn't he always wherever we go?) and their date and maple raw pie was superb.

Henderson's- This vegan eatery was a must after a few days of not enough vegetables. We eat a lot of veg at home, and so after a few days of traveling, we need to load up. My husband loved the vegan haggis and mash (it really was wonderful) and I had the glow bowl which had tahini and all sorts of lovely things in it, and it made me feel healthy. I wish we'd gone again

Ship on the Shore- We had the Fruits de Mer which was basically a huge platter of seafood. And we had a bottle of white wine and a glass of Pedro Ximenez. Enough said, I think. 

Woollen Mill-Among the hordes of cashmere and lambswool scarf hawkers on the Royal Mile, we though this shop was the nicest. 

A rough guide, but it should get you started. Check back next week for the last edition of the Scotland series here on the dotcom. 
Also... I'm working on a new book. I think you're going to like it. (my mom says it's brilliant)

xx

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Highlanders






What comes to mind when one hears the words, "Scottish Highlands"? Probably a romanticized version of brave men in tartans and green hills and craggy rocks, perhaps bagpipes play in one's mind.  It's a pretty picture. But though the Highlands are romantic and green and craggy... they are also cold, wet and terribly out of the way. 

We had been spending the past few days in Edinburgh. Touring castles, churches, and walking the streets. We'd bought our tartan scarves and explored the museums and galleries, and somehow Terrence got the Highlands on the brain. 

Without much discussion on the topic, he reserved a car, decided on a route and the next morning, off we were. The first challenge was getting out of Edinburgh, with its labyrinthine passages of one-way streets. But once we were out, almost immediately the landscape was green and the cows and sheep dotted the grasslands on either side of the car. We sang  along to the radio and drove, and drove, and drove. 

And drove. Our destination was Glen Coe, and a range of peaks called the Three Sisters. My companion had identified a path between two of them that was an easy walking path that we were to take to explore something charmingly called "the Lost Valley". After a little more driving, stunning scenery, and a few head-scratching moments about if we were there yet or not, we pulled the car over and stepped out. 

I should have known that there was a problem when there was no sign at all that said "path to Lost Valley" or anything of the kind. In fact, there was no information at all. Just a few different places in the brushy foliage that looked as though a human may have trespassed there before. Mr. Nolandia though, was jubilant. Wasn't this wonderful? Wasn't it gorgeous and amazing and awe-inspiring? 

Well, it was. But... where was the path? 

It turned out that he was certain he could find it, if we just wandered away from our vehicle for a while. Farther and farther away, until it was no longer in our field of vision at all. On and on we wandered, up craggy steps and jagged rocks, through boggy grass and up, up, up. The rain came in fits and starts and the wind blew one way, and then jerked your body the other. “Isn’t this beautiful?” he called down to me. “What a gorgeous view!” he exclaimed merrily as he scrambled up ahead of me. 

Now, my shoes were leather lace-ups with no traction. My coat was not rain proof and my hair was tangled up in front of my face in a hopeless mess. I was fighting tears and though, yes, it was beautiful, I was cold. I was wet. My shoes were slipping, I couldn't see the car, and I’d almost fallen off the cliff several times. The ‘Lost Valley’ was certainly up this peak we were climbing, and every step away from the car was a step I would have to take on the way back, and the path wasn’t getting any less treacherous. 

And then I slipped. My body slid down a ravine, small stones tumbling down around me. I called out, voice full of desperation and fury and Mr. Nolandia's strong arms and sure feet hauled me back up. The climbing-hike was officially over.  I swore and cursed through clenched teeth all the way back to the car, and most of the way back to Edinburgh.

The Highlands are a gorgeous, romantic windswept place when you see them in your mind’s eye. Beautiful to drive by, or to stop and marvel at. But if you’re looking for the ‘Lost Valley’, know that perhaps it’s gone missing for a reason. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Word Collecting



Yo. I've been working hard on a short novel before I finish up the Starlight Symphonies Series with the 3rd and final book. 

And this short novel, I think it's pretty rad. It has been a lot of fun and very low stress to write as I'm coming off the monster of human emotion that was The Word Collector.  I am thinking it will be ready for publication by Christmas. But in the meantime, if you have some holiday shopping to do for the bibliophile in your life, look no further than this ever-expanding pantheon of Alexandria V. Nolan books.  Support your indie makers, writers and artists, folks--we need it. 

Also, Scotland posts are at the top of my to-conquer list, so buckle up for a romp through Edinburgh, Stirling and the rest of our adventures--next week on the blog. 

Anyway, all books available here: THESE BOOKS WERE MADE FOR READING

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Boston





Boston, in two days. 

Did I see everything? No. Did I even really know what there was to see? Nope. 

But, I did my darnedest. First, Mr. Nolandia wasn't there, and since he is a human GPS, finding our way around (My mother, Courtney + I) was a bit of an experience. I was literally lost without my husband. (See what I did there?)

But, other than that, we ate some seafood, we went to the sky observatory thing in the Prudential Tower, we had clam chowder, we walked the Freedom Trail, someone said the words "wicked smaht" to me and all in all, my experience was complete. (AND we got to meet the ladies of Brass Clothing, so that was wicked awesome.)

So, my favorite spots:
Eat:

Hang:

And guys, use uber in Boston. The uber drivers I met when there were the most interesting, funny, kind and wonderful bunch I've ever had. 

That's all folks. I was only there two days for goodness sakes. 

Heading to Scotland for a bit, an update coming your way when I get back. AND.... have you read the new book yet? THE WORD COLLECTOR on AMAZON 


xx



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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Brass Babes






Let me tell you a quick story about Brass. 

First of all, this isn't an advertisement. More like, an ode. 

I discovered Brass over a year ago, I'm not certain precisely when, through a Facebook ad. I clicked over to the website, and ordered a dress that very day. And then over the next few weeks, I ordered another. And then another. And then a month or two later I ordered more. And with each purchase, because I am obnoxious, and most definitely that girl, I started to send quirky emails to the women in the company. Asking questions. Sharing photos. Telling them stories about how I was going to wear the items.  And I began to really like them. 

Now, truth be told, fashion isn't really my thing. As I write this, I am wearing a men's tailored oxford shirt, un-ironed, with the sleeves rolled up and some jeggings that are 2% spandex away from being yoga pants. And with how often we travel, we both have become extremely careful about clothing that packs well, travels well, and can be repurposed throughout an adventure. And Brass is perfect for that. And it also lends me a little polish. 

But not only did they make clothes that I found stylish and useful for my lifestyle, the more I learned about the women who started it all, the more I realized that the clothes weren't merely fabric and stitching, but representative of a lifestyle and a group of like-minded women I wanted to know better. 

So, Brass Babes began. A small group of us on Facebook talking style, ethical fashion, trends, simplifying our closets, our pantries, our lives. And then it expanded further, growing into a community of rad ladies. I had an opportunity to meet a member of the group when she was traveling in my city for work, and then we met again, and then we planned a trip to Boston together to meet Katie and Jay, the Brass ladies themselves. Boom-3 new friends.

And now, they are looking for more Brass babes to join the conversation. You don't have to buy their clothes. You don't have to buy anything. We just want your ideas. Your experiences. Your thoughts about pockets and necklines and tailoring and the best way to start conversations about  things that matter and how to find people all over the world who you might connect with--all because of a few dresses. 

Check out Katie's post on the Brass Blog if you're interested in becoming a Brass Babe, or to see a little more of what it is about. The Lowdown on the Chief Babes

Or, if you want to be as posh as I have become (sort of, still not ironing anything), check the clothes here: Snag some Brass



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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I'll be wearing black.


Hey lovers-- mama's busy this week.

Last week I traveled on up to Boston to hang with my mama, my pal Courtney (who is also a chief babe) and the ladies over at Brass for a Babefest! Courtney and I are two of the Brass Clothing Chief Babes, who mentor other Brass fans and aficionados. I've written about Brass before, but, in a nutshell, they're a badass female owned company of superladies who create curated wardrobes of fabulous clothing.

The trip to Boston was to finally meet these CEOs in person and to have some cocktails, lunch, snap some pictures, attend some events like a total BAMF and wear some lovely dresses. 

So, here's a referral link, I think it gives you some kind of discount or free shipping, or tells people we're buddies, or something. Snag some Brass here.

Anyway, I'll get my life together and put out my travel post of these adventures next week. 

In the meantime, keep it Brassy...sassy lassies.
 Too much? 
No, not enough. 

xx