Every year, the last Monday in May, we have a day that we remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
The day was first to be known as Decoration Day, where after the American Civil War in 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic (an organization of Union veterans) established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.The day merged with Union and Confederate holiday traditions to extend to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. We now know it as Memorial Day.I found this old hand-painted sign back when I was living in Utah. It was under a pile of old things left behind in an old garage of one of the houses I lived it. I was working at a flower store at the time and I loved the hand lettering and colors of the sign. I never looked into the holiday that was on the sign. I thought it maybe was just an old Utah holiday not celebrated anymore. I never knew it was the original name for Memorial Day. The sign has followed me from then on, each house I have moved to. My dress is a vintage floral daisy dress I found at the local thrift store when I was still living in Utah. I miss the thrifts stores here. I could find gems like this everyday.In honor of the fallen men and women that served in the Armed Services.
The real beauty comes with age and this lady is the staple. This weeks Motivational Mondayfeatures the ever so beautiful Linda Rodin. Having many different roles in her career; from being a model, a photographers assistant, to a successful stylist, than to a Harper Bazaar editor, and now a beauty products entrepreneur of RODIN Oilo Lussa; Rodin has always done it in style.
A style icon of mine for a long time, Linda has been featured in J.Crew catalogs, Mary Kate & Ashley campaigns, and in numerous magazine spreads and articles. Linda is a poster woman for embracing contradictions and personal style. She also has become something of a paragon for aging gracefully. With all the attention she’s been receiving, she is the most humble about it, and surprised by the attention at all! “It’s absurd, actually! I wasn’t in the public eye before. It’s great, and I embrace it all and think it’s really interesting that people would be looking at me for anything,” Linda explains. “I don’t ever want to look like anyone else.” –Linda RodinShe defines her personal style as “classically simple with a twist—like, a tailored men’s shirt with hot pink polka dots. I like to mix it up—be eclectic.”Even her house is beyond! A collector, Linda’s house is full of flea market finds, avast array of shells, and curation of eclectic beauty.Linda Rodin has refined what aging should be; natural, graceful, elegant, and a whole lot of fun!
Maybe the least favorite day of them all are Mondays. It’s hard to leave the weekend and get back in the work mode, so I thought a new blog series will be those people that are inspiring, unique, interesting, motivational. So Motivational Mondays here we come!
Today I want to feature the lady that helped me name Modern Colorist: Meet Sonia Delaunay.
A Russian-born French artist, Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) cofounded the Orphism art movement, which focused on bright colors and geometric shapes with abstract brushstrokes. A master at color theory, Delaunay became known as ‘The Colorist’, where she brought color to all elements of her life, extending passed her paintings; graphics, interiors, fashion, textiles, pottery, film, theater. Delaunay’s work has a universal look, the sense of movement and rhythm with her usages of contrasting colors. “Sonia was completely free in the way she applied her vision, easily switching from one technique to another. Her aim was to bring art into everyday life.” – Juliet Bingham, curator at the London’s Tate Modern.“I have lived my art,” Sonia professed on many occasions. This is why she is the lady behind the name. Modern Colorist strives to embody her legacy, her colorful Modernist spirit.