Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Down in Florida, I got to thinking about the oil spill and what an insanely disgusting impact it’s making on the environment. Not to mention the jobs and tourism it’s killing. It’s really down right depressing. I’m not one of those people who wears rubber shoes and spends my days at the compost pile, but I do care about the earth and drive a hybrid and only run air conditioning in one room at a time, etc. Course I don’t think me turning off the lights is going to remedy the oil spill, but it’s something.
A really cool something that is happening in the environmental world right now is David de Rothschild’s plastic boat, aptly named the Plastiki. I first read about it in Vogue and then when I was in Mexico, Katya and Jenn, who did the PR for the St. Regis, are also doing the PR for the Plastiki. And they’re doing a really good job because I’ve been reading about it everywhere. Currently in the water near the island of Tuvalu, the Plastiki is a sailboat made out of 12,500 plastic bottles and a frame of 100% recyclable plastic. It’s been sailing for 80 days now in water that is polluted with plastic. De Rothschild calls what they’re doing, “adventure ecology.” I just call it cool.
Their whole ethos is that waste is fundamentally a design flaw that we don’t see in nature and it’s time for us to re-think waste as a resource. Makes pretty good sense. Not to mention a rocking boat. Maybe Stacey and I should start making our own paper and writing on it in mud. Hmmm…I might try it next week.
A rendering of the boat. How fun to set sail on a giant milk jug.
David De Rothschild mapping it out. I like that he looks like he should be in a Nautica ad.
Thursday, May 13th, 2010
We may not be Vogue, or have any budget whatsoever, but every month we still manage to churn out a fashion shoot at Washington Life. This month’s was by far my favorite in the two years I have been at the mag. First of all, our model was gorgeous and a mother to boot! I kept staring at her wondering where that baby came from because her thigh was the size of my wrist. Did she grow the baby in a jar?
Second, the house where we shot was the Virginia home of a very generous local zillionaire who let us run around the property with cameras and piles of clothes. And I was obsessed with it. Martha Stewart would literally faint with happiness if she saw it. Gardens kept but unkempt for miles. A huge stone house, twenties-inspired swimming pool, two guest houses, a huge tree house, batting cages, soccer field, and every other perfect detail you can think of.
Kelly and I had a great time imagining our lives spent playing doubles tennis and reclining in hammocks amongst the begonias rather than working in an office the size of a well where we basically share a desk. In our minds we were rather well-suited to leisure. We also always enjoy twirling around in the Alexander McQueen and Valentino clothes that Lana pulls for the shoot. I think we were both draped in about $15K worth of jewelry and $10K of clothes by noon. We love working with Lana, who is an amazing stylist and even better person. She is also pregnant with baby number three! Fingers crossed that it’s a girl because it would be a crime for someone so fashionable to not be able to buy pink baby Versace. Congrats!
- This was a real suspension bridge in a Swiss Family Robinson worthy treehouse complete with loft. So we figured it would be a great place to put a girl in a skimpy bathing suit.
Behind the scenes at the pool. This shot ended up looking very Town and Country - I loved it. And as soon as we were done, we drank that champagne prop as fast as humanly possible.