Monday, April 14, 2014

greek travel PSA: don't be a pain in the ass!!

in psyching up for our upcoming honeymoon i came across a message worth sharing!

the mule taxis of santorini are one of the most iconic activities on the island.  tourists traveling from the port of fira up the cliff to the island town have the option of walking up the winding stairways, taking a cable car lift, or riding on donkey-back up from the harbor.  though many travelers choose the donkeys for their "traditional" charm, wide reports of abusive conditions and animal cruelty have plagued the practice of the mule taxi service.  extreme overwork, animal violence, and undernourishment are only a few of the offenses animal activists and laypeople tourists have reported in recent years. 

though steve and i look forward to enjoying many of old-fashioned the traditions of the island (such as our cave dwelling hotel in oia), we will be choosing the cable car service over the mule taxis... or maybe if we're feeling extra rugged after being cooped up on the long ferry ride, we'll hike the 600 steps ourselves.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

two things

1.  i am unabashedly obsessed with george w. bush's paintings
there are so many reasons why that this topic will probably need it's own post.  before i launch into a wall of text about art culture, aesthetics, the internet, social psychology, fame and personal/impersonal identity let's move on.

2.  if you're going to call yourself a yogi can you please watch this documentary first?
i don't like telling people what to do and far be it from me to play cultural appropriation police, particularly in a realm as ambiguously nuanced as the relationship between americanized yoga and eastern religions, but it's tough not to cringe when a chick in lulu lemons inadvertently compares herself to an ancient saint just because another chick in lulu lemons told her the definition of the word 'asana' once at the YMCA.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

hair! (not the nudist musical)

now that we're actually planning a real live wedding, i feel like anybody who follows me on pinterest knows exactly where my head is at every step of the process.  speaking of where my head is going to be (hopefully on top of my neck) the latest decision making process has involved selecting a hairdo.

i've been growing out my hair ever since getting a pixie cut in february of 2010.  i'll admit i miss short hair (my favorite style to wear is a layered bob) but since committing to growing a long mane for maximum updo options it's finally coming down to the moment of truth.

you can probably tell that there's something of a pattern among the options i like the most.  since our wedding is a bit of a mad men / rat pack era vintage night club theme i like the modified victory roll combined with the embellished pin curls.  i've never had my hair done professionally in my entire life (i was always the one doing my own and friends' hair for high school prom and such) so i'm awfully excited to play pretty princess dress up!

which is your favorite?

Monday, March 31, 2014

icy beach etc etc

saturday night we met my parents and my grandmother at marcos bistro in grand rapids to celebrate my birthday.  we hotwired a deal on a plush hyatt hotel room and decided to hit the beach sunday morning since the snow has finally let up long enough for us to make it to the west side of the state.

we had hoped the weather forecast of 55 degrees would prove correct (i know, foolish of us right?) but we still had our coats packed and enjoyed the sun while the chilly wind swept over the beach.  steve tested the icy water, and decided we probably shouldn't try swimming (ahahahahah).

on the whole we had a very fun weekend catching up with pals on friday, stuffing our tummies with family on saturday, and braving the cold in the name of vitamin D on sunday.

and now that's it's monday we actually HAVE gotten some of that 55 degree weather!  happy week starter!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

turning 24 and other things

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it has been quite the time lately.  things seem so up in the air these days i'll admit i've been avoiding the blog a little because it's hard to know what's going on from one minute to the next.  while things haven't exactly settled around here (except the cold temperatures... they have settled in and will not budge) it's time to check in and announce a few things that we actually do know for sure at this point.

1.  my birthday is saturday!  steve and i are planning on heading out of town to the west side of the state to inaugurate me into my mid-twenties.

2.  we have officially booked our flight to greece and will be making a brief rome-antic flight connection in italy!  sadly we won't have much chance to explore, but at least we'll get a feel for the airport for when we decide to go back! ;)

3.  our wedding is less than six months away!!  woo hoo!

i'll leave you with that for now, but there's things brewing that i hope i get a chance to come gush about later!  happy thursday!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

happy women's history month!

in case you didn't know, march is women's history month.  though i missed my opportunity to post this on march 8th, national women's day, i didn't want to skip out on sharing with everybody some of my favorite women in history!

alexandra david-neel (1868-1969)

alexandra david-neel was an explorer, spiritualist, buddhist, anarchist, writer, and general all around badass.  i read her book magic and mystery in tibet for a summer class on buddhism during college and have considered her the ultimate she-ra ever sense. in 1924 the city of lhasa tibet was forbidden to foreigners, but she went anyway and documented it in her writings (she had been travelling the region for some time by this point and was sneaked in disguised as a chinese doctor).  she was a female freemason, co-wrote an (at the time) unpublishable anarchist treatise, was prima donna of a touring french opera company, and adopted a sikkimese monk who had long been her travelling and meditation companion.

hedy lamarr (1914-2000)

hedy lamarr (who apparently answered the vanity fair proust questionnaire 97% similarly to me) was an actress called "the most beautiful woman in europe,"and the inventor of wifi.  ok, maybe not officially the inventor of wifi, but she and composer george antheil co-invented an early technique for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, which laid the groundwork for modern wireless devices and was considered so essential to the national defense department its details were considered unpublishable by government officials.  her birth name was hedwig, which means she's featured in harry potter too.  awesome.

julia child (1912-2004)

julia child was, obviously, the media cooking personality "the french chef" extraordinaire, as well as a decorated research assistant for the secret intelligence division of the US government during world war two.  during her war experience, where she was honored with the emblem of meritorious civilian service, she met her husband who introduced her to the magic of french cuisine.  her 726-page debut book, mastering the art of french cooking, was an american sensation and she established the julia child foundation in 1995 which now issues grant funding to various non-profits.

lois long (1901-1974)

lois long was a writer and socialite of the 1920's whose career as the new yorker's nightlife writer "lipstick," earned her her reputation as "the epitome of a flapper."  she became a media darling, despite her longstanding anonymity while writing under her pseudonym, for her wild escapades, satiric wit, and immersion in the jazz age 20's decadence.  an icon in an era of american hedonism, she and her assistant decided to wear roller skates in the new yorker's office because their cubicles were too far apart.