This time of year, it is customary for news outlets to review the top stories of the year. We decided to do the same, with an award to our favorite artists we are calling the “No Duh” Awards. Drop us a note and let us know who you think deserves a “No Duh.”
Reading Todd’s art history lessons is one of my favorite things about the blog. And we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers that they enjoy the bite-sized teaching moments too. I’m hoping my co-editor will do more of these in 2011. Since these artists are dead, the award goes to our friend Carrie Poulsen for being most appreciative of these lessons.
You’d be hard pressed to find a gal with more passion for Salt Lake City than I have. From the pioneer architecture to the local art scene to the winding trails out my downtown back door, I love my little city. But one thing about SLC leaves me wanting. People here don’t like to dress up! Come on now folks, there are occasions that call for the Birkenstocks and t-shirts to head to the back of the closet. That’s why I’m always glad when January rolls around because New Year’s eve inspires many folks to put on their silver pants, low cut black tops and favorite heels and party the night away.
Today, we’re bringing you the great taste of one Salt Lake City couple who have made a life out of vintage. Missy Baber owns Misc Boutique on Broadway, and fills the store with affordable vintage women’s clothing. I got my now legendary dark brown ¾ length faux fur coat at her store for under $35, you can see it in our Christmas card post. And Missy’s man, Ron Green, owns the Green Ant vintage furniture store next door. Together, they help make our town a little more stylish. And here is what they are wearing for New Year’s Eve:
Missy, wearing items from the late 1950s to the early 1960s:
Ron, wearing items from the 1960’s:
– White tuxedo jacket $42
– Tuxedo shirt – $18
– Tuxedo pants $24
– Studs & cuff links
Even their bulldog is looking cute in a little bow tie.
Missy offers these fashion tips for New Year’s Eve, “I am all about comfort as well as fit and I love maxi dresses especially in winter because they provide warmth which is also why I love vintage fur accents! Also you can ditch your shoes and not feel like you lost an essential component of your outfit.”
Drop us a note or a photo and let us know what you’re wearing to kick off 2011. And to get the look for yourself, visit Misc Boutique at 179 East Broadway in Salt Lake City.
Todd and I have found a way to make neighborhood convenience store owners very, very uncomfortable. Go into their stores and snap pictures of their products to post on a blog. I guess they haven’t heard of the term “free publicity,” because they acted like we were robbing them blind. Do they think a photo can steal the soul of a bag of chips?
Anyway, I wanted to do a post to make Christmas very, very easy, especially if you haven’t started yet. Simply stop in at the convenience store near your home (or near ours) and check off everyone on your list. Done and done!!!
I originally thought this post would be called “Christmas Shopping, Man-Style,” but I decided it was a little close-minded to think that lovely ladies couldn’t stock up at the convenience store, too. So here you have it, the easiest Christmas shopping you will EVER do!
We tried to shoot at 3 different stores. Our neighbors at the E-Z Mart on 600 N and 200 W in SLC were very nice and welcoming. However, folks at the Chevron on 300 W and 600 N were a little more skittish, they insisted on calling a manager for permission and only allowed us to shoot the side of the store with the porn, bongs and knives. Wonder why the Mountain Dew, Corn Nutz and Zingers were off limits? Kinda makes you think something illegal is afoot. And then we got full-force kicked out of the ABC Market on 1st Ave and around 200 E.
We’ve divided the items into several gift baskets. Everything you need to please your kids, mom, lover, friends and maybe even your boss.
How ‘But Some Sugar, Sweety?
Meat & Potato Lover’s
Music Soothes the Savage Beast
For Your Lovely Lady
Romantic Lover’s Basket
Another good gift option is the automotive pieces and parts at the Chevron. Who couldn’t use a little washer fluid or a tire gauge? I’ll tell ya, if Santa gets me windshield wiper blades and a gas gift card, I’m a happy camper. Keep in mind that our E-Z Mart is open most holidays if you need a B-Double-E-Double-R-U-N. Happy holidays!
I love to make a good gingerbread house during the holiday season. One year I built myself a teepee to live in and a dogsled powered by cinnamon bears for my transporation. And I had pigtails with furry boots (who said gingerbread women didn’t care about fashion). Another year I built myself a boat to sail away on. My gingbread houses are not the picture-perfect, polyeurethane sprayed, built to last variety. Mine make a mess, express a dream and then are eaten alive. I use cream cheese icing because it tastes good. I make and roll out my own dough so I can cut any shape I want. Ever seen a dog-sled gingerbread house in the little boxes at the store, ready to assemble? I didn’t think so.
Todd and I are going to spend Boxing Day with two friends this year. If you didn’t know, that’s the day after Christmas. Gingerbread house making is at the top of the agenda. I’m already planning my creation. I thought I’d better look around for some inspiration. I found a gingbread house that looks like a double wide trailor, a blogger who recreated Hogwarts and I found a cute little halloween gingerbread house, too.
I’m not sure what I’ll make. I’ve always wanted to live in a tiny home paired with a giant barn, so that’s in the running. Or I may paint Todd a candy-studded Picasso. Or perhaps a Welsh Terrier farm? We’ll see. I’d love to hear your suggestions
I was able to get Anna to agree to go to the comic book store with me a week or two ago. This is a hard thing to do, and I think it was quite the accomplishment. We needed to get a present for our friend’s child, and I explained to Anna “every kid loves action figures”.
Honestly, I have no idea if that is true or not but I like them, and this was a great reason to take the time and head on up to Dr. Volts comics. Although we went up a few weeks ago, Dr. Volts is having a holiday sale on all of their action figures and statues for the next few days, and different items go on sale throughout the month – www.drvolts.com
Galactus, pictured above, is my number 1 choice as far as toy ideas go. Below are other favorite gift ideas I will also be accepting:
Anna wanted to be sure and include some of her picks too:
We wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas. And the best way to do that is obviously to let Cowboy flash you while we laugh (pictured above).
This is our Christmas card to you. Imagine how hard it was for me to choose a photographer from among so many talented friends! But one photo portrait show from 2 years ago really stuck with me – The Faces of Pierpont by Angela Brown.
The Faces of Pierpont showed at Nobrow in 2008. Angela shot it on Polaroid Type 55 film. I loved the intensity and grittiness of the images. Those photos made me feel like I’d seen inside the souls of the Pierpont tenants. She used a photo journalistic style to tell the story of the artists and shop owners learning their landlord, in the downtown SLC art district, would be raising prices beyond what they could afford.
I asked Angela to update Todd’s portfolio headshots in the Faces of Pierpont style. Not just any photo can represent my baby as he pimps his paintings, I wanted a photo that really spoke its mind. And Angela’s photo does just that. The intensity of Todd’s eyes in the winning image reminds me of photos I have seen while thumbing through old modern art textbooks. Angela was kind enough to shoot the rest of the family at the same time.
Our photos were shot with selective focus using Angela’s fancy new Sony Alpha 850. Selective focus makes one part of a photo very sharp, and then allows it to blur toward the edges. An added bonus to getting our pictures taken was getting to enjoy an afternoon with our good friend.
Angela took a close-up headshot of each of our pets, which is sure to put joy in my heart for years to come. I especially loved the way Cowboy rocked his individual photo session, the selective focus making his sad eyes even sadder and his fuzzy beard even fuzzier. He helped me aboard the mustache wagon by positioning his eyebrow under my nose in a shot that looks posed, but isn’t. It’s as if Cowboy is saying “the eyebrow is mom’s new mustache!”
Here are the results. Let us know what you think and Merry Christmas.
Anna, Todd, Loki, Scout and Cowboy
* The Duchess was styled by Princess Kennedy and the pups by Wasatch Springs.