by gwen harlow


Succulents by f. arias

Posted by on Mar 26, 2010 in love, photo | 3 comments

man, I love this guy’s photos. he has the most amazing succulent collection ever.

Project #2 in my painting class is a flower. Must stretch to 3 edges of the canvas, have two complementary [is that redundant?] colors and he said we should blend but i really like this one and i’m taking the class pass/fail and i don’t really care anyway. i blended plenty on my butterfly.

Huernia sp. by f. arias

also this one, though the idea of trying to paint all that fine hairy stuff gives me the willies.

Matelea cyclophylla by f. arias

I also like these though I might be a stretch to call them flowers.

Conophytum vanzylii by f. arias

Trichocaulon pictum by f. arias

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Spring first at Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz, California

Posted by on Mar 25, 2010 in photo, travel | 2 comments

Natural Bridges

[view larger because it is prettier that way]

Write-up forthcoming…how are you doing?

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Where have I been!

Posted by on Mar 24, 2010 in etc. | 0 comments

It’s been almost a week since I posted, I guess I’ve been busy.

We went to the ocean Sunday, I ate all kinds of deliciously fatty foods and saw my toes for the first time since fall — not a pretty sight — and took some pictures that I haven’t so much as looked at yet. I’ll try to get some of those up later. Here is one from the now-gone last film photobooth at the boardwalk.

Take Your Own Photo

In the meantime, via here are some tips that I found especially useful. Please pass them on.

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips
By Colleen Jameson

1. Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behavior.

2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!

3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!

4. NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited.

5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM!

6. Remember, people go to the laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.

7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.

8. Always be honest with people! Don’t pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.

9. Don’t forget: you can’t have sex with someone unless they are awake!

10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone “on accident” you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.

And, ALWAYS REMEMBER: if you didn’t ask permission and then respect the answer the first time, you are committing a crime – no matter how “into it” others appear to be.

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Thursday linkage

Posted by on Mar 17, 2010 in love | 1 comment

Hope you had a fun St. Patrick’s Day. I made corned beef for the first time and it’s delicious, and I went to see Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which is so horrifyingly, hilariously un-PC, even for the 50s, with J and her kids. I also spent some time at the beach, reading again, because the weather today was even better than yesterday. I might be a little scorched around the shoulders but who cares!

Here’s some stuff I’ve been enjoying:

1. cookoorikoo: blue and favorites from spring color week, including a couple of mine. thank you!

2. Grand 1857 plantation house in impressive setting
Prominent Warren County builder Albert Gamaliel Jones built this Greek Revival-style house for wealthy planter, Thomas Jones. Known as Swamplawn for its close proximity to the river swamps, it is one of the finest residences built along the Roanoke River valley. Price reduced to $89,900!

Oh, how I wish I could

Thats just the hallway. *swoon*. [via Robin]

3. These are so gorgeous, I would like to one day achieve this level of organization and artistic talent and follow-through. Designer’s Sketchbook: Amy from Amy Holton Designs

4. Another method of journaling inspiration: Mandi: Style File

5. Rob Brezsny’s Free Will Astrology
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
The Hebrew word chalom means “dream.” In his book Healing Dreams, Marc Ian Barasch notes that it’s derived from the verb “to be made healthy and strong.” Linguist Joseph Jastrow says that chalom is related to the Hebrew word hachlama, which means “recovery, recuperation.” Extrapolating from these poetic hints and riffing on your astrological omens, I’ve got a prescription for you to consider: To build your vitality in the coming weeks, feed your dreams. And I mean “dreams” in both the sense of the nocturnal adventures you have while you’re sleeping and the sweeping daytime visions of what you’d like to become.

6. Handwriting Analysis Quiz: I am Smart and Intelligent [yes, capitalized like that]!

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spring style report

Posted by on Mar 2, 2010 in etc. | 2 comments

from Urban Outfitters:

i mean, really.
girlfriend’s chones are showing and she’s wearing rainboots.
i do not find this at all inspiring.

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oh hai monday monday!

Posted by on Mar 1, 2010 in music | 1 comment

BFI + clouds

I’m in this CD exchange club and this month’s is extra-special, a bunch of sassy jumpseat R&B ripped from 78s. I uploaded a copy because you should be enjoying it, too. Get it here!

01. Bad Bad Whisky (Amos Milburn and his Aladdin Chickenshackers)
02. But Officer (Sonny Knight)
03. Drunk (Jimmy Liggins and his 3-D Music)
04. I’m So Lonely (The Regals)
05. I Got Loaded (Peppermint Harris)
06. unknown (Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats)
07. Me and My Bottle (Ernestine Smith with Band)
08. Money Honey (Clyde Mcphatter and the Drifters)
09. Mr. Thrill (Mildred Jones with Pluma Davis and His Rockets)
10. Rocket 69 (Todd Rhodes Orchestra)
11. Sit Down and Drink It Over (Julia Lee and Her Boyfriends)
12. Too Tight Mama (Mabel Smith)
13. Unitar Rock (Willie Jo and His Unitar)
14. The Wallflower (Etta James and the Peaches)
15. Whatcha’ Gonna Do When Your Baby Leaves You (Chuck Willis)
16. Wild Wild Young Men (Rose Maddox)
17. 55 Seconds (The Charms)

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Chicago 1955

Posted by on Feb 15, 2010 in love | 3 comments

Holy cheese this makes my loins quiver!

Crazy mile-high jumproping, Chicago 1955

Crazy mile-high jumproping, Chicago 1955

[more! photographer unknown but it looks like something out of Life magazine.]

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Picket lines and picket signs

Posted by on Feb 10, 2010 in etc. | 0 comments

1. I finally listed some stuff on Etsy. I still have dozens of other things to put up but three is a start. [If you are so moved, don’t pay full price! — contact me directly, you get a discount because you are awesome.]

2. I bought pink tulips at the farmer’s market today. I will show you them when they open.

3. We have gone to PE twice this week. I was very tired today.

4. At craft night last week, I met a couple of the Bette’s Bodacious Beading Beauties and was invited to bead craft night on Wednesday.

5. Thursday night they’re showing The Godfather at the theater. I’ve never seen it. Next week is part II.

6. Painting is going okay. I am on sample board #3 [five “organic” sections — striped, patterned, geometric shapes, blend, texture] and my lines are much better since the instructor showed me how to hold the brush. I am not sure why this isn’t part of general instruction but whatever.

7. My darks are taking for.e.ver. to dry. I don’t know why I bother, everything is covered with cat hair anyway since they’re in full winter coat mode.

8. I did not take more lightbox pictures yet but I did score a black velvet shawl at the flea market for $2 and bought some 100W daylight bulbs today.

9. I don’t know what else. I am plugging along.

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January 30: flickr meetup on the coast

Posted by on Feb 1, 2010 in photo, travel | 1 comment

Saturday we went to a meetup of the San Francisco Bay Area flickr group down in Davenport, which is a tiny town a bit north of Santa Cruz. We got there an hour late but found them easily because there aren’t a whole lot of places a group twice the size of the town’s population can hide.

I didn’t take many photos, which is okay, I was really just there for the ocean. I could happily spend the rest of my life on California’s coast [incidentally, this best guidebook EVER]. It was 70° out when we left Oakland and about that when we got to the coast, I had on a 3/4 vintage jacket on that I had to take off because I was sweating.

We stood on top of a bluff like video stars, then spent awhile looking down a crumbling cliff at an inaccessible beach. We tightrope walked on the railroad, stopped by a lighthouse [where they have a hostel with private rooms, highly recommended!], then watched sunset at the tafoni tidepools at Pebble Beach [there are about 80 Pebble Beaches in California, this one is near Pescadero; the one you’re probably familiar is an hour or so south in Carmel]. So of course I have a sunset photo for you. Because you cannot get enough.

Sunset #4

Chad took tons of photos [though he’ll probably never go through them or post them, so you will just have to imagine]. I took a couple of him, this is him shooting and the dress I am wearing, which belongs to my friend Jen. It is the Target Rodarte mustard crepe and mesh dress, and I do not intend to return it because it is so, so, so cute.

Me in Jen's dress, Chad shooting

I also finally got a shot of the scarflet I made Chad for Christmas. I used a rugged thick slate wool, it is very manly! and a grey vintage German glass button that has some geometric trangulations on it, and I think the whole thing looks a little TNG, which is perfect because my boyfriend is the world’s biggest little Star Trek fan.

January 30: Chad and the scarflet I made him for Christmas

Here’s one of Chad’s photos [I went through and pulled out the ones of me, that is all you wanted to see anyway, right]. It is also of the sunset, and me. The temperature dropped like a rock in tandem with the sun, so most of the dress is covered by my half-dozen layers so you cannot see its glory but whatever. You can look it up online if you really care. I think it’s a pretty lovely photo.

Pebble Beach sunset by Chad

Bonus cliché shooting each other photos:

Chad, camera


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Striving for perfection

Posted by on Jan 27, 2010 in music | 2 comments

Super highly recommended free download: Wu Tang Vs. The Beatles: Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers.

seriously. you will love this. it is jazzy and hip hoppy and poppy and exactly what mash-ups should be, seamless and unrecognizable and so familiar all at once.

wu-tang vs. the beatles

What are you listening to lately?

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New Orleans Fashion

Posted by on Jan 26, 2010 in photo, travel | 0 comments

Kind of braindead lately [perhaps a bit waterlogged] and still on a post-game high, so I thought I’d share some of my photos of the awesome fashion we saw in New Orleans.

Polka dots at Harold ClarkeMannequin at Zotz cafe
Fifi Mahoney's #2
Supercutie!Baby baby baby
Red boots and 18 different pattersParasol that I would like to replicate
A-tisketWindow at Miss Claudia's

1. Harold Clarke, French Quarter 2. Zotz Café 3. Fifi Mahoney’s, FQ 4. Supercutie, Super Sunday 5. Baby baby, Super Sunday 6. French Quarter 7. Not sure about the rest of it but I love those boots 8. Everyone has a fancy parasol 9. Parrothead at Cafe du Monde 10. French Quarter 11. Miss Claudia’s exceptional vintage shop, Garden District

More photos from New Orleans

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Who Dat!

Posted by on Jan 25, 2010 in travel | 0 comments

SO ready to go on a road trip down to New Orleans next week.

photo and caption by Southernpixel

Who Dat!

AMBER ALERT!!!!! A Retirement home in Minnesota is looking for an elderly man that is off his medication. He is very Delusional he thinks he can play football. DESCRIPTION he is 6’2”tall 222lbs age- OLDER THAN DIRT. Goes by Farve Last seen in New Orleans wearing a Vikings jersey if see him please call 911 ASAP he needs HELP….

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