Habits Happenings

  • Brokedown Palace

    I have driven past this lovely ghost of a home so many times.  It sits slightly uphill of a curve in the road.  Paint peeling, vines growing on and through the windows.  I have always wanted to stop and take a better look.  

    On one of those drives through Swan Valley, my daughter mentioned that see too has always wanted to stop.   So I pulled through the curve and down the dirt road right up to the house.  It was just as I thought.  Beautifully worn and ghostly.   We took photos, the light was beautiful. 

    Inspired, I told the ladies, "We are going on a field trip". We packed up my car with our favorite clothes, hats, and jewelry and set off for Brokedown Palace. The views were stunning, the light was amazing and our crew had a great time.  Sometimes, you just have to stop and take that dirt road.  

    swan valley

    hazel brown

    lisa flood

    raquel allegra


  • Public Art


    The JH Center for the Arts and JH Public Art created an opportunity for local talent to create an outdoor pavilion on the lawn of Carrie Geraci is a close friend and the director of JH Public Art.  A passionate advocate for creativity and bringing art to the masses, she has made our little town world class.  Art should never be exclusive.  Art should provoke, make you think, make you angry, make you laugh, make you cry, it should stir emotions. We should all be exposed to it.  Jackson is fortunate to have people like Carrie who care about our community and keeping art alive for everyone.

     We decided to spend an afternoon shooting and playing among the towering panels, that contrast from light to dark and captured these lovely images.   If you are in our neck of the woods, stop by the Center lawn and enjoy the art.  We did.   It turned out beautifully and is a shining example of what can happen when a community opens its mind to art. 

    jh public art



  • A Mother's day.

    All traditions holidays and superstitions have an origin. I love playing the detective - researching where they started and why. Why do we celebrate mothers in may?

    I went and googled that s#!t. 

    The American beginning was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became official in 1914. Following her mother's death, Anna wanted to honor the sacrifices mothers made for their children. Eventually, she became disgusted with the commercialization of the holiday. She felt that Mother's Day was not about flowers, candy, or cards and she tried to have it removed from the national calendar to no avail. Alas, here we are commercial or not, giving what we think our Mom's would love. 

    The question is what do we want?

    I watched a video today where women were interviewed and asked what they really wanted for mother's day. The top answers were sleep, a day alone, and to not make any decisions regarding another human other than themselves.  

    While I adore my children when they were young all of the above would have been a dream come true. Now, as one is off to college and the other about to graduate college, a day with them would be dreamy.  

    So no matter where you are in the kid spectrum, take the day for yourself or enjoy them.  Either way, it will be good.




  • New collection, OZMA

    Heidi Baker likes to surf.  She likes the feel of the salty sea in her hair.  She likes understated clothing that can be worn to the beach and to a meeting.  We could not agree more.  

    When we look for a new designer to bring into our shop, we look for collections that are easy,  wearable, and with great fabrics.  Unfussy and original.  OZMA ticked those boxes for us.  It's easy, fits beautifully and feels amazing.  It's just like the lifestyle Heidi lives, in her yurt in Topanga Canyon, laid back.  We love each piece and want it all.  Especially the jumpsuit. 

    Take a look for yourself and you will fall in love with all of it too.


  • Equality for all

    What a year, 2017.  You managed to provoke, mobilize, divide, unite, and give everyone a reason to unfollow that weird cousin.  While I felt compelled to share posts that made me feel like I was contributing to something, I still felt like it was lip service.  

    Coming from two very similar political states, Texas and Wyoming, I have felt my voice, as a Hispanic female, pretty non-existent.  These are places that value the "good old boy" club.  I don't think that it is in a very general sense, bad or wrong. Just not always fair or impartial. How can you believe that women deserve to earn less, should not be trusted with their own health care, or have no right to ask?  This is where it is wrong and not fair.  

    To be part of a movement means to stand up for yourself and others, to see injustice and to act,  to provoke.  This is not always easy or even possible for many.  Fear. Fear of alienating colleagues. Fear of someone disagreeing.  Fear of standing alone.  Fear of losing friendships.  Fear of reprisals.  I feel all of these and more.  But, at some point, you must stand for what you believe.  Marching this year and last year gave me faith that we are not alone. 

    I believe in human rights.  I believe in reproductive rights.  I believe in the freedom to choose.  I believe in the American Dream.  I believe in education for everyone. I believe in the Human spirit. 

    What do you believe? What will you fight for? Humanity? I hope so.




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