August 31, 2011

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My grandmother, Baroness Walravine Mathilde van Heeckeren van Molecaten, born in Java, Dutch East Indies, May 25th, 1916. At 95 years old, she passed away in the night on August 31st, 2011. She did so as she did all things, with grace and dignity and a gentle spirit.

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In her life she exuded elegance, grace, style, bravery, restraint, and intelligence. She grew up on a vineyard in Marin County in the early part of the century after emigrating from Java. She was an excellent horseback rider, attended Berkeley College where she once directed Gregory Peck in a theater production, she married a dashing Naval engineer who moved her and their 4 children to Madrid in 1952, where they lived in a thoroughly modern home (a refrigerator in the kitchen! a car in the garage!) and bought fruit and meat from the donkey carts. Upon returning to the States she survived the death of her youngest child, and raised the rest of her children with faith and strength in Marin. She remained active her whole life, regularly attending aerobics classes well into her 70’s. She never ceased to be kind and gentle and elegant, and though her last years saw her grow weak she will live on as an inspiration to me, as a model of grace and good health.

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Rest in Peace, Nana!

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May 16, 2011

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“These punks are business punks.”

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May 2, 2011

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Ode to the weekend…home manicures that weirdly match my dining chair, Naked Lady Brunch at Afton’s, the Do Over party in the sunshine at Produce Row. Throw in a fast and hilarious joy ride in a luxury car and hangouts with amazing friends and you basically end up with Total Perfection. I think we nailed it this weekend.

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April 14, 2011

Fleet Ilya A/W10 and S/S11.

April 4, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Ibiza, 1980’s. Via.

 

 

February 18, 2011

From Tuesday, when I attended the first in the series of  lectures by Ryann Bosestti, that will explore hair as a creative medium. This one was a dream-like performance in which a woman’s hair was pressed and curled, brushed out and cut flat, all set to chamber music and Diana Ross. Wild stuff. This is what it looked like:

Oh, and this little Ewok was just hanging out too, no big deal…

February 11, 2011

 

 

 

Narciso Rodriguez/ Anna Molinari.

February 9, 2011

 

Lauren Mangooian.

November 8, 2010

On Saturday night, Heather and Illick got married, and I got to spend the evening in a room full of party dresses and suits. Win/win.

November 4, 2010

Storm Tharp at Nicole Klagsbrun/ Portraits of Ashby.  Current exhibition.