I just finished watching the CCN documentary GirlRising and had to share it’s link. It was awesome! So good. If you have a couple hours, please watch this documentary to help support the movement. It is airing again on the 22nd of June. Then go to girlrising.com to see how you can help uplift the girls and women of our world. We must help one another. It is going to be amazing to see what can happen in a society when the girls are educated and uplifted instead of being treated as property, objects, and servants. We are worth are so much more than that. God took the time to make each one of us in His image especially unique with our own spirit, will, and voice just as He made men.
You will probably be just amazed as I was to hear the stories of these 9 girls, tear-jerking and at the same time uplifting and inspiring for the courage and determination they have despite the hardships they have had to endure. This documentary made me realize once more just how blessed I am and was being raised in a 2 parent household in the United States of America. I had struggles as a girl child. I had someone hurt me to my soul and I went to my mother, in particular, to help me through the ordeal. I leaned on God to ease the pain and help me forgive. In addition, in my home at times I know my parents struggled but we were truly blessed to never lose our house or live in a shelter or anything of that sort. We had one another and some type of way God always blessed us.
This truly moved me so I had to share before I went to bed. Goodnight!
Guess where I was earlier this week?!??! NEOCON in Chicago. It was my first time to NEOCON and my second time to Chicago. The first time I was 10 years old for a Youth Conference at my church so I barely remember anything about the city. It is a lovely city too. I arrived in Chicago early Monday morning, dropped my bags off at the hotel Tremont and caught a cab to the Merchandise Mart for my first appointment at 1030am with Sue Krug to see ICF Group, Arcadia, Martin Brattrud, Nessen, Arcadia and Bright.
I got to see everything but Bright before I had to get to my 1130 appointment and lunch with Mary Pedley of OFS.
At the end of the day Angela (my Quebec trip travel buddy) and I went to the Tandus Showroom Happy Hour, onto the Architectural Boat Tour along the river and then out to dinner with Rachel from Tandus, the CEO of Tandus (who was wonderful to talk to), Jigna of Centiva and several other young ladies from firms around the Philadelphia and Delaware area, along with two other co-workers of Jigna’s at Centiva. We had the best farm-to-table dinner at 676 Restaurant in the Omni Hotel along the Magnificent Mile and one of the best wines which actually has an anniversary this year for putting California on the map as a wine country many years ago during a wine competition in Europe.
I woke up Tuesday morning and went to the top of the John Hancock Building to its Observatory. It was awesome! What a great trip! NEOCON was more crowded this year than it’s been in awhile according to a lovely designer I spoke to in the elevator line who has been going to NEOCON for years. It’s not as crowded as it was years ago, but she said it was a lot more people this year. Overall it was a great experience. One I would love to repeat next year. I would like to spend at least one more day at NEOCON and maybe attend a couple seminars too. I also did not get to Millennium Park, so that would be one ‘touristy’ trip I’d take along with Frank Lloyd Wright’s House.
Did you get to NEOCON this year? What did you think?
Last Saturday I went to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Jacob Javitts Center in NYC. I had been wanting to go to this event for the past few years after reading about it on other design blogs and finally I made it! I went with my design industry friend, Angela. We saw so many amazing new products there from light fixtures, to bath fixtures, to lovely baby alpaca blankets, to rugs, to all kinds of furniture to home accessories. It was awesome! It is a huge exhibit space and can get overwhelming, so I would advise wearing comfortable shoes and stopping to take a snack or lunch break during the excursion, it’s a lot to take in in one day. I took a few photos and wanted to share them with you.
A new grey matte finish for the &Tradition fixture, Spinning Light.
Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend the 20th Annual Preservation Achievement Award Luncheon hosted by the Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia. It was an honor to sit at the table with one of the sponsors of the awards, the new executive director of the Preservation Alliance and the Chief Cultural Officer of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy for the City of Philadelphia.
What truly surprised me was recipient the Nicetown Community Development Corporation for the advocacy for restoration and National Register nomination of the Wayne Junction Train Station. This train station is not to far from me and is one I try my best to avoid because it seems sketchy and unsafe at night. I hope with this restoration the appearance of the train station will improve and cause a resurgence of the businesses in the surrounding neighborhood.
The train station was built in 1881 by the firm Wilson Brothers and Company as architect and rebuilt in 1901. It was one of the busiest stations along the Reading Railroad line. It even served the Baltimore-Ohio Railroad trains when they passed through Philadelphia before the Railroad ending passenger service trains in the mid-20th century. The station provided a baggage room and lunch room for passengers, as well as the usual telegraph office. In its heyday it was surrounded by a very prosperous shopping area and residential neighborhood.
The $18 million restoration will include a new lower level platform, an additional high level platform for the inbound side, two new elevators, new canopies and windscreens, and restoration of other historic features including the station building and Germantown Headhouse. I can not wait to see the finish results! It is scheduled to be completed the summer of 2014.
There is a new pendant from Artek which I am very much loving! Alvar Aalto designed the Golden Bell in 1936 for the Savoy Restaurant in Helsinki.
It is made from a single piece of brass. Today it is finished in Brass or Chrome plated steel, Black or White painted steel with a white or black cord. It is a great pendant for so many interiors.
Recently a special edition fixture by Michael Meire was introduced through Artek in black with a red cord.
How sleek is this pendant?! It reminds me of Tom Dixon’s Beat fixtures in the matte black finish with the gold inside, which I also love and had the opportunity to use on an apartment complex project currently under construction in Philly. Gorgeous.
Anyone who knows me, knows I stay in long skirts. I’m Apostolic, so women only wear skirts or dresses and within those parameters of course I want to be the cutiest, sexiest, young Apostolic woman I can be. Maxi skirts & dresses are flowy, feminine and all over the fashion scene right now. Just today I found this collage that sparked my interest.
How cute & inspiring are these outfits?! I am seriously considering adding these three pieces to my wardrobe, what do you think?
I’ve been thinking about getting another pair of glasses since I saw this image in the Korean drama Full House.
I loved the yellow color against her skin tone which is pretty similar to mine; so I did a search on Warby Parker and Masihiro Maruyama’s websites looking at their new collections. My current pair are dark brown with orange accents from Traditionals. Yellow must not be the color for glasses this year. However I saw the infamous Pantone color-of-the-year emerald green at Warby Parker which could be pretty cool or the blond tortiose shell or the clear brown styles at Maruyama. I can’t choose right now, but I do like the program that Warby Parker promotes of buying a pair and someone less fortunate receives a pair as well. What do you think?
Are you asking the same question I was when I first heard this name? Who is Thelma Johnson Streat? I was listening to the Tom Joyner Morning Show last week and heard the “Little Known Black History Fact” segment about her and was completely surprised I had never heard of her before. Thelma Johnson Streat was an African American artist, dancer, and educator in the 1940s. During Roosevelt’s New Deal Works Progress Administration she began painting images of the Black struggle which angered the KKK and lead to multiple death threats on her life. In 1947 she was one of four African Americans to have solo art exhibit shows in New York City and the first African American woman to have one collected by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)! It is also her best known piece “Rabbit Man”.
The most awesome fact I found out when I watched a segment on her on The History Detectives (Season 7, episode 9). Her niece contacted The History Detectives to have them investigate whether any of the mural sketches Ms. Streat did were turned into actual murals around the country. They were not able to conclusively answer the question but what they did discover was awesome! I won’t spoil it for you, just watch the clip.