Monday, September 24, 2012

Well Read: Kris Jenner and All Things Kardashian

Sigh. The cat is out of the bag. I am an avid fan of the Kardashian franchise. I started watching "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" back in 2009 and now have all the spin-off shows recorded on my PVR. That family is captivating! What, or rather whom, I find most interesting, though, is the force that is Kris Jenner. The woman astounds me! Before I read her memoir I knew a little about her history: one time married to Robert Kardashian, friends with OJ Simpson, currently married to Olympian Bruce Jenner... I wanted to know more about how she built this empire based on her family (who are really not that special on their own).

The book reads the way you would expect it to: a little disorganized and a lot of name-dropping. If you can get past that you can get really hooked. The first half of the book briefly describes her childhood and leads in to the early years of her relationship with Robert Kardashian. About halfway through she details the affair that ended her first marriage and her family's involvement in the OJ Simpson murder trial. THAT was gripping. She rounds the book out with the series of events that led to acquiring her reality show on the E! Network and how she parlayed that in to the multimillion dollar empire that is The Kardashians. Honestly, it's pretty impressive.

This book is definitely not for serious literary scholars. It is pure entertainment and while there isn't a lot of content that I didn't already know, it really made me respect what this woman has achieved so far.

My recommendation? Borrow it from the library or from a friend and don't read it in public. It's definitely a guilty pleasure.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Seeing Stripes

One of the topics I wanted to blog about is clothing. I have always had a love for fashion & styling and as my tastes evolve it's fun to document through photos. When I look at my closet it's easy to pick out "trends" (or phases...): when I like something I tend to buy multiples and that's all I'll wear for the season. There was a period when all I would wear were maxi dresses, another when I would layer 3 or 4 scarves at a time.
Lately I've been loving stripes. It's not a conscious choice but recently every item of clothing I've bought has been stripey. Is that something that's happening in the fashion world right now? Am I the only one with this inclination? I just can't help myself!
dress from Anthropologie

top from Anthropologie

cardigan from Gap
These aren't even all the pieces! I don't know what it is about them, but my appetite for stripes is insatiable. It's even carried over in to the baby's wardrobe:
sleeper from Babies R Us
I think I'll stay out of the shops until this obsession passes, just to keep some variety in my wardrobe and cash in my wallet!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

My Mother's Garden

Every year around this time my mother calls to ask for help with her garden. Not any real work, I don't need to dig or weed or anything, I just need to take some inventory off her hands. Her house is built on a big pie lot with raised borders, a tree-lined keyhole, custom built planters, and a LARGE vegetable garden. It reminds me of the garden from the Peter Rabbit books.

Tidy rows of peas, carrots, zucchini, beets, potatoes, & tomatoes are mixed with sweet peas & lilies. The ultra-plush lawn feels more like carpet than grass and the trees are all neatly pruned. It's enviable, really. The kind of yard we long to have once Shiva learns to use a toilet.
my beautiful niece picking apples
Mom keeps trying to convince us to build a small vegetable garden in our yard but I find this arrangement to be much more convenient.
the haul

help yourself, Shiva
 Noticeably missing were the peas & apples. When I asked my mom about this she told me they would be arriving in the form of jarred baby food. Yep! We're pretty lucky!