I rarely play golf on the weekends because it's simply too busy. Saturdays, therefore, are for Me. Saturday is my day to put obligations aside and just do whatever my mood dictates. Relax, read a magazine, go for a swim, paint my nails, catch up on the rest of the world and be inspired.
Today's inspiration comes in the form of world news and fashion photography. In particular, today's Spring 2016 press presentation and debut of the Ralph Lauren Palazzo Concept Store in Milan. The store is a private, luxury "members only" club. The rest of us get to ogle over photos on a lazy Saturday with envy.
From what I understand, the new concept store will be specially reserved for Ralph Lauren's best clients and introduces a one-on-one personalized experience by appointment only. Appointments will include lunch and drinks on the Palazzo terrace, which should be incentive alone for those who can afford the decadent package experience.
The standout image that caught my attention from this morning's announcement, though, was the one with the gorgeous Dutch model Sanne Vloet. She is serenely poised in a to-die-for gown, firewood in the back drop, unphased by the iconic, bronze Ralph Lauren statue that looks ready to throw a blow to her head. What a dress, what a setting, and what a perfectly framed photo.
Other Saturday fashion photography inspiration comes from the August issue of Porter magazine. I keep coming back to the gorgeous collection of photos by Mikael Jansson of Daria Werbowy! This "Women of Spirit" series welcomes in autumn hues and showcases a perfect combination of grit meets glamour.
These photos capture something that stirs me to reminisce over and romanticize past times of my own:
In 2004, I endured my first autumn and harsh winter living on the Clark Fork River in Idaho, bordering Canada and Montana. I was dancing and touring with a local contemporary and west african dance troupe at the time and would come home to just a small wood-burning stove to keep me warm. I became very familiar with the routine of chopping my own firewood, sometimes with lantern in hand outside the wood shed in the middle of the night. I had a collection of stray railroad spikes that I'd harvested from my morning runs along the tracks and across an old, wood bridge where the Osprey liked to nest. Except for those mornings when the moose would pay claim to my yard, discouraging me from leaving the house at all. Leave it to a fashion magazine to recall these memories from my past for me. What beautiful moments Mikael captured in this collection of photos.
Some yard work, a lavendar bath, a cup of tea, and a small stack of magazines for me. This Saturday Mood dictates a "take me there.." sort of day. Hello Saturday. What better way to spend you.
Like my Saturday style? I'm wearing Gimmicks fringe sleeve, open back shirt with some cut-off Levi's and Gimmicks jewelry. Never been to a Buckle store? Resist! You'll be hard pressed to leave.