This is me giving in completely. Listening to my body, my moods, allowing myself to truly feel the complete extent of every emotion that passes through me. Saying yes to things, giving people my time, and taking time for myself. I'm succumbing to flow. My spirits high, my worries low, and my mind calm. Whatever happens will happen regardless of how I wanted things to happen, I'm done trying to fight and trying to force. I'm a vessel for life, I have a body that works, and an attitude that people are drawn to. I am not worried anymore. #surrender#thislife#thefinerthings#mindfulness#gratitude#weareone#flow#succumbtolife#personalgrowth#glowing#personalblog#lifetakescare
Created under the direction of iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950s, “Whitman’s Square,” as it is now known, forces visitors to turn their backs on the significant group of buildings known as Taliesin West and instead take in the commanding view of the Valley of the Sun. “It’s what Wright wanted you to see first,” says Jeff Goodman, spokesman for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Click the link in our bio to read | Frank Lloyd Wright’s extraordinary vision lives on at Taliesin West | #iconiclife#iconicdesign⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Diamonds and opals, legos . . . and a fish tank! Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek from yesterday’s amazing shoot for @rebeccamyersdesign with photographer @julieta516. Rebecca and her team were so much fun to work with! We experimented with a ton of props under Rebecca’s artistic direction. It was phenomenal to be part of a project that was equal parts technical execution and creative play. Stay tuned for the final shots!✨
The Finer Things | Last year I worked my ass off finding the balance between my job at Northwoods, planning weddings and taking care of my personal life. I am so thankful to kick this years season off with @finerthingseventplanning
Some might call me crazy for doing both but I’ve missed weddings ever since I left the statehouse. If it was easy they wouldn’t call it hard work!
Alvis was founded by naval architect T.G. John in 1919 and quickly establishing itself as a maker of well-engineered performance cars including glorious machines like the 1.5L front-drivers of the late 1920s and the Speed 20 and 25 in the ‘30s. Diversification into armaments and aero engines in that decade changed the company’s focus, particularly after the factory was bombed in the Coventry Blitz, but Alvis returned to cars in 1946 with the austerity-oriented 1.9L TA14; which grew up in 1950 into the 3 liter TA21.
3,311 TA14’s were made, an astonishing number by Alvis standards, but the pricier, faster TA21 didn’t sell as well - only 1,316 built. An updated version for ’54/’55, the TC21 sold just 757 units. Cars were, by this time, a sideline for #alvis and though they were fitted with semi-standard bodies, they were built by coachbuilders - mainly Mulliners of Birmingham but also Tickford. The TA21 and TC21 were very good, but by 1954 they looked dated. Mulliners was increasingly under the thumb of Standard-Triumph and Tickford was bought by David Brown in 1955, so change had to come.
Swiss coachbuilder Hermann Graber had built a few bodies for Alvis over the years, and 1955 he created a modern TC21 coupe for a customer. The result was so good it became a production car, the TC 108G; which looked great but was expensive to make. Alvis’ design team worked with coachbuilder Park Ward to turn it into the TD 21 of 1958 - an understated coupe with an airy greenhouse packing a higher compression version of the 2,993-cc Six inherited from the TC21. The TD21 had all the handmade virtues of previous Alvises in a modern package - it was reasonably fast, luxurious, and beautifully made, though much remained in 1950 underneath.
In 1962, Alvis upgraded the car into a Series II, now with Dunlop discs all around, more use of aluminum, and integral fog lights. A ZF 5-speed was added later in the year to the SII. With little promotion, the TD21 was the privilege of those in the know who could afford one - just 285 SII’s were made before the car evolved into the TE (63-66)/TF (66-67), the last Alvis cars before production ended in favor of focusing on defense contracts.
The Tatami meets Finnish farmhouse in Alvar Aalto’s personal study. Aalto loved and infused his home with references from traditional Japanese architecture. He was never able to visit Japan in his lifetime but is said to have studied it voraciously. He combined tatami with details from traditional Finnish farm structures such as the low brick wood-burning fireplace. As always Alvar covered it in green as a way to bring the outside in during the long dark winter. #details#research#provenance#thebook
I love Laos and the people here are just lovely. Vientiane is surprisingly nice and I am amazed at the pace of development this capital is going. I’ve been lucky enough to be back here at least once every two months. 🇰🇵
When I first got here, I was devastated - there was (still is) only ONE #bookstore in all of the city of Vientiane. A two-story shop in a relatively modern building, the store didn’t have that many books when I first got here at beginning of 2018. In only a year later, it now has a number of interesting books in English, Laotian and French. ....,
What I absolutely ❤️ about this bookstore is that they have a number of discounted items, and many of these are out-of-print books, Official collection of reports and essays published by organisations like ASEAN, Asian Development Bank, Ministries of Laos, etc. This is also THE place where you can pick up interesting old French newspapers, Le Petit Journal, as old as from the mid 1800’s. Amazing place!! 📚📖💖🇰🇵