Athens, Georgia – A St. Valentine’s day filled with wonderful surprises. For me, it has been a long, long while. And for us, the best is yet to come.
The World of Arthur Russell [Soul Jazz/ 2004] – Arthur Russell
Long stem red roses + assorted flora [Flowers.com]
Nirvana Rose eau de parfum [3.4 oz] – Elizabeth and James
Athens, Georgia – Not much going on today but me being a mild anxiety attack wearing a two piece navy Miro printed linen pajama set with a sleeveless beige turtleneck beneath. Here, let me remove all vestiges of sexuality from my indoor-outdoor brunch look. Head to toe my entire ensemble beat yours up in three steps. To tamp down whatever is troubling me, here are this afternoon’s selections from my collection of hot wax:
Funk or Walk [1978/ Atlantic] – The Brides of Funkenstein
Stars [1979/ Fantasy] – Sylvester
Slayed? [1972/ Polydor] – Slade
Athens, Georgia – Going through shots from last week’s visit to Charlotte. Shots of the blurred taken on my cracked iPhone 4. This particular day’s outfit I pieced together with little thought. There had been a fair amount of long distance driving which I find comfort in wearing as little flounce as possible. The acrylic wool black oversized blazer [Old Navy] and eggshell 1970s vintage full sleeved prairie blouse [Fur Hat Guild Vintage] are secondhand. The black cropped pants [Target], Gucci knock-off, square framed oversized sunglasses and gold early 1970s style boots [Qupid] were purchased new.
Vinyl [from my personal collection] that I am tuned into right now:
Doin’ the Thing [Blue Note/ 1961] – The Horace Silver Quintet
Candida Cosmica [Dark Entries/ 2016] – Patrick Crowley & Candida Royalle
Honky Tonk Heroes [RCA/ 1973] – Waylon Jennings
1960s vtg. charcoal grey wool Brixton cap [Prime Objective Vintage @ Atomic Athens]
1970s vtg. brown suede jacket with fringe [Prime Objective Vintage @ Atomic Athens]
1980s vtg. navy corduroy two-piece suit [Prime Objective Vintage @ Atomic Athens]
Photo credit [Image 1]: Alexa Rivera Photography
Athens, Georgia – Today’s weather is crisp, cold with bright sunny skies. For me, the perfect elements for an enjoyable winter day. No complaints here.
I pulled out a few records and a compact disc for housecleaning: the deep scrubbing edition. Jody Watley’s solo debut and Sylvester’s Step II are old faves. I thoroughly snatch dirt from cracks, crevices and baseboards with up-tempo dance music. Donna Summer’s double album, On the Radio, is another album that aids me during Saturday cleaning. The Young and Peterson album is romantic, straight ahead jazz. It swings and you don’t need to be to mathematical when listening to it. Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin: Chapter One was given to me as a Christmas present from MWF. Roberts, a multi-talented saxophonist, is doing that free jazz thing with a brain, heart, humor and soul. This one caught me by surprise as I’d never heard of her. Thoroughly enjoyable. New fan.
Jody Watley [1987/ MCA] – Jody Watley
The President Plays With Oscar Peterson [1952/ Verve] – Lester Young with The Oscar Peterson trio
Coin Coin: Chapter One – Gens de Couleur Libres [2011/ Constellation] [compact disc] – Matana Roberts
Step II [1978/ Fantasy] – Sylvester
Athens, Georgia – I am currently doing whatever it takes to snatch myself out of a post-Christmas muck and mire. The time spent among humans/ people was fair to really good. Somewhere along the way, I contracted a yucky flu [which I am still working through]. Right now, hot green tea with profuse amounts of lemon and honey and the vinyl platters [below] for optimal wellness.
New York Is Now! – Vol. 1[Blue Note/ 1968] – Ornette Coleman
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?: Musical Hightlights from the Original Soundtrack [ABC/ 1969] – Johnny Green and His Orchestra + various artists
Albert Ayler in Greenwich Village [Impulse!/ 1967] – Albert Ayler
Athens, Georgia – I am sitting on the porch, bundled in a secondhand fur and pointy toe cherry red boots, listening to records. “Southern Californian Does a Music Listening Thing Down South” – Put that in your newspaper, kid! Now, alone time…with these guys. Perfection.
Jailbreak [Mercury/ 1976] – Thin Lizzy
I, Clowns [Columbia/ 1970] – Nino Rota
Abra Kadavar [Nuclear Blast/ 2013] – Kadavar
Athens, Georgia – There won’t be very much sourness or bewilderment from me on the year that was 2017. So sad if you did not enjoy it. But for me, I actually had a decent year for once. Deleting my Facebook account permanently at the start of 2017 helped me immensely.
With that said, it is New Years Eve and I am on my way out the door. I will be dipping in and out of my usual hangouts, ending the night at Go bar to ring in the new year and cut a rug.
Tonight’s outfit harkens back to the early 1970s, glam rock razzle-dazzle. I wanted to go with mixed textures alongside muted tones and insane metallic shine. The liquid silver long sleeved minidress, I purchased online. Although the material is thin, it surprisingly hangs just right [which for me is loose fitting]. The cut is simple which is why I fell in love with it. The black velvet tuxedo jacket is an Ann Taylor creation. It is another favorite piece in my wardrobe because it is a tailored classic. I purchased it secondhand for a little over fifteen dollars. The hefty 1940s vintage mink coat is sublime. It’s sad that it is falling apart. If I could get replicas made of it, I would in a heartbeat.
My hand-selected accessories are sharp and clean. The smoky grey pvc and metal wide choker is a ripoff of someone. Who that is? I don’t know [seeing everyone at this point in the history of creativity is copying someone living or dead. That’s just my take.] The rose gold metallic box handbag is just the most. Easy to hold, nice closure, just chunky enough for my jittery hands. Last but not least are a pair of black faux suede booties with silver embroidered stars. They are super comfortable. Absolute showstoppers for the feet.
Happy New Year to you and yours.
Athens, Georgia – Feeling fine and mellow. Tonight, I dined out with a friend, stepping out in a deep green midi length dress with full mutton sleeves, orange velvet smoking jacket with floral embroidery, jet black gladiator block heeled pumps and black circular handbag with gold hardware. Costume jewelry worn was sparse.
I found out about home.made’s supper club through one of their posts on Instagram and had to check it out. I don’t dine out much yet have been to home.made a handful of times. For a two course meal at the advertised price, I was not going to pass it up.
In short: home.made offers delicious, not-too-pricey southern-American cuisine in a modern rustic, clean and spacious setting. Parking can be a bit tight. If you are disabled, there is only one space designated in front. The waitstaff is always pleasant. The dining room isn’t loud and you won’t feel claustrophobia immediately setting in. As for the food, home.made always have those dishes [or, items] that stay on your tongue and you want more of. Tonight’s meatloaf offering did just that for me.
If you live nearby [or, may be visiting soon], give home.made a try.
1960s vtg. Jet Black wool oversized coat with Mink collar [Prime Objective Vintage @ Atomic Vintage]
Woods Bath + Body Oil [Fig + Arrow]
1990s vtg. Licorice Black crushed velvet bolero jacket [Prime Objective Vintage @ Atomic Vintage]
Mars Williams presents: An Ayler Xmas  – Mars Williams
1970s vtg. Caramel leather clogs with wood based [Prime Objective Vintage @ Atomic Vintage]