it's almost my birthday!

i am not having a baby or getting married (not that there is anything wrong with either of those things) but i AM turning 33 and that's a good enough reason for me to throw (another) b-day party for myself. because why not? here's part of the invite i designed. i saw this photo of Iris Barrel Apfel, a fashion designer who i didn't know before i saw this amazing photo and i ripped it out of the magazine. i didn't know what i was going to do with it and for a while i just had it hanging up in my cube at work. i love her, i love her big bulky jewelry and big glasses and awesome pants and i don't really care what you think look about her and i want to be her when i grow up.

and here's a small excerpt from the interview with her that i link to above, doesn't it just make you love her more?

What do you look for?
I’m a hopeless romantic. I buy things because I fall in love with them. I never buy anything just because it’s valuable. My husband used to say I look at a piece of fabric and listen to the threads. It tells me a story. It sings me a song. I have to get a physical reaction when I buy something. A coup de foudre – a bolt of lightning. It’s fun to get knocked out that way!

What is your shopping philosophy?

I do have a dominant shopping gene but, unlike a reasonable person, I never plan for what I need each season. I enjoy the thrill of the hunt, the discovery and the endless search. In another creation I was, perhaps, a hunter/gatherer. After all these years, I’ve learned that it’s not the end result or finished product but the process I most enjoy. If my experimenting, searching and juxtaposing turns into an exciting outfit well, it’s just a big fat bonus!

What are you buying now?
Jeans. What else would you suggest for the world’s oldest living teenager?


Stephanie said...

Oh, I want to be her too when I grow up!

billy girl said...

Mother of G*d do I want to be her too! I hope to rock an outfit on your Bday that has her as my Muse . . . Rock on, in denim no less! thanks T

lisa butterworth said...

she's so rad!!!