Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I QUIT


Sigh...After months of erratic posting and wavering, I am officially and indefinitely throwing in the towel with Beauty in Bits. This will be my last blog post until further notice.

Uh Wha???  
I've been sitting on this post for a few weeks.  I needed to be sure. The bottom line is that it's become a burden--one more thing on my to-do list that's not getting crossed off. It's not that I don't enjoy writing, or have anything to say, it's that I have too much to say. I could talk about design and parenting and food, and social issues all day long. But I don't have all day. 



Each day of my busy little life, small events are followed by the sentiment "that would make a great blog post," and it's actually inhibiting my ability to enjoy these moments for what they are.  It's exhausting and has resulted in loads of gorgeous photos waiting to be shared, half-written posts and general brain chaos. 



I wanted to write about design, cooking, projects around my home, my kids, life in Austin. I still haven't written about Huck's birth story. Let's see if I can quickly sum it up.  Um..I worked my ass off. My hopes were high. It was heart-breaking for everyone involved. The people I love, and this gorgeous, perfect child helped me decide to get the fuck over it. Done. See, maybe I don't need a blog. 






I can't seem to keep up with documenting the beautiful bits each day. There are too many, and while this is a good problem to have, the "look at me, look at me" culture of blogging and social media have left me spinning in too many directions at once and forgetting my priorities.  



First of all, I am obsessed with my kids. They are ridiculously cute and amazing and pure and exhausting and I cannot spend one more minute telling them to "hang on" while I post pictures of pretty vases or whatever. 



Huck's newborn phase is already over, and we're starting to think about Ruby's education. My husband is hitting a major career groove, we're starting to look for a house to renovate, and to put down some serious roots.  My life is happening all around me RIGHT NOW and I feel obligated to document that we went to the grocery store today.  Is this really how I want to spend my time??? 







I want to spend less time writing about design and more time actually designing.  Less time spewing about healthy parenting and fresh food and more time teaching Ruby how to cook.





I want that big pile of art supplies on my desk to be a big pile of art.  I'm simplifying my brand, my home, my life. Maybe I'm just getting old and I've outgrown the superfluous things that used to feed me. 




So I quit. But it's a happy parting. I know this space will always be here for me if or when my life has room for it. And for all of you who have followed along and told me how much you love it, Thank you!!!  I hope you'll still be there at that time.  Being a mom, being an artist, and creating the life i really want, with my best friend beside me. . . That's my priority.



Here's a slew of neglected photos/posts to leave you with something lovely until I see you again. 












 And a few beauties from the interworld. 













Cheers...
and lots of love,
Rachel 



Monday, August 11, 2014

BLUE MONDAYS

Hello Monday. I hope you have your coffee in hand. I'll let these images speak for themselves.














Big announcement coming this week. . . stay tuned. 

Rachel 
image sources here

Thursday, July 31, 2014

GOT TEETH?











In the spirit of this "Throwback Thursday" trend that seems to be happening on social media, I thought I'd  post a super awesome photo of my pre-braces buck teeth, both to revel in my own awkwardness, and to lead into an ongoing discussion about beauty standards (more on that later). Turns out I couldn't find one, but I imagine one will show up on FB before the end of the day. 

When I was 13, my parents willingly shelled out big bucks for braces to squeeze all those awkward chompers together and spare me the torture of looking like..well... a big nerd. As it is with adolescence, I felt like a big nerd anyway, but having a nice smile was really appreciated throughout my later years. 

Now that I'm in my late-ish (can't commit) thirties, my retainers long-lost, and my tooth enamel destroyed by those very braces and countless dark beers, I find myself once again with a big gap between my teeth.


Diastema, I believe its called (wink, wink, Dr.Coniber) is the official dental term. In the spirit of giving the finger to our age-phobic culture, I have decided to rock the diastema. As it turns out I find myself in some pretty gorgeous company. Choosing not to perfect an "imperfect" smile (as if smiling could be wrong) shows just a bit of rebellion, a bit of confidence and in my case, my first encounter with aging gracefully (again, more on that later).  Some people who rock it. 

So obvious. "M" But seriously stop it with the outfits. 

“I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.” – Madonna

"A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That's why they don't get what they want." - Madonna

M

Lara Stone.
Lara Stone for Vogue Netherlands, May 2012. Photographer: Josh Olins.

Lara Stone 2014 Interview - Model Lara Stone Talks About Rehab, Alcohol Abuse, and Family - Harper's BAZAAR Magazine

Georgia May Jagger (as in Mick and Jerry as if it wasn't obvious). Excessively hot, not unlike her lineage. 

Georgia May Jagger - February - Patrick Demarchelier
Georgia May Jagger

Georgia May Jagger : so so particular!...when a very small lack can make you beautiful, or, above all, unique!

Georgia May Jagger
Vanessa. 

VP

Vanessa Paradis, сложная романтика - утекающие, нежесткие, неправильные, неровные черты,

Lauren. Can I please look like this in my 50's? 

Lauren Hutton has all the money in the world but she chose not to fix her signature gap tooth smile!

Brigitte. 

Sexy Brigitte Bardot- The Voluptuous bombshell actress with sexy hair and full pout made the gap tooth sexy in the 50's.

Jessica Pare'. As in Mrs.Draper.

jessica pare- from Mad Men

“Mad Men” Star Jessica Pare Smolders in GQ UK Shoot by Stevie and Mada

Anna Paquin. Built a career around getting chomped. 

Anna Paquin Hair

Anna Paquin | May 2009

Natalie Cole. Unforgettable.

Awesome Gap Tooth Smiles - The Frisky

And the mans.
Woody. As if it wasn't obvious.
"A grownup is a child with layers on."  Woody Harrelson

Gossip Guy.

Cute gap tooth guy

Dennis. Always thought he was kind of hot in that Irishey way. 

Dennis Leary - Is this just me?? He's one fine DILF!

And me. 

Not quite as pronounced as some (yet), but I'm rockin it. 

Cheers.
Rachel