Archive for the ‘Real Life’ Tag
No, I didn’t just do another composite image here of Orlando City Stadium (becoming known as The Fortress, for its level of fan support for Orlando City SC); I took this photo myself last Saturday, prior to kickoff, when I was down in Orlando with my husband for our annual trip to watch the team at home. It was a heck of a walk between where I parked and the new stadium; but the walk was worth it in the end (and I easily made my step goal for the day). Beautiful sight lines from almost anywhere inside; lovely neighbors around me to watch the game and root for our guys in purple — and LOUD!!! The stadium has sold out every home game to date, and probably will sell most tickets easily for the year (one reason I went in April instead of for the home opener: I couldn’t get a ticket for a decent price).
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This little girl, done in bronze and sort of “smuggled” into position overnight (with a city permit allowing them) either says a lot about the future of business on Wall Street, or doesn’t say anything, depending on who you read and talk to. The statue, Fearless Girl, was dropped deliberately in front of another famous statue, Charging Bull, as a sort of symbol. She is supposed to represent future women standing up to Wall Street and corporations who have almost no female representation in board rooms and executive suites, demanding that this change, and soon.
Admirers think this is great. There’s a lot of detractors as well, though, pointing out that the statue was commissioned by an investment house that sells a branded package of stocks from companies with women on their board — and the plaque at Fearless Girl‘s feet is nothing more than advertising the package, complete with brand. It’s also pointed out that less than a third of the company’s own board is female, so shouldn’t they be putting their money where their mouth supposedly is?
Harper and I see this as a beginning, not an ending. Less than 30% representation certainly isn’t equal, but it’s a beginning. Societal mentality changes slowly — as slow as a glacier at times — but it changes. While as much progress as women have made in the corporate area in 45 years is about as slow as that glacier, remember that those big ice cubes have ground down mountains over time. It’s time to start improving corporate performance, yes. But it will come, one way or another.
MLS soccer season is on us again, and the Lions opened at home once more — three years in a row! You can’t beat that luck.
Well, actually, we did — WE WON!!! No nerve-straining, pull-it-out-at-the-last-minute draw this year; it’s a clear win, and a full three points on the standings — and we did it before a sold-out house once more, in a brand-new, LOUD stadium all our own. I only wish I could have attended this year, but schedules didn’t work out in my favor this time. I’ll have to hope that I can get down to Orlando sometime during the season, so I can scream my lungs out for another year. And watch for when Orlando City drives up the Interstate to Atlanta to play United there.
You probably saw Harper’s piece a while back about my not being able to write much for the blog anymore. The good news is that things aren’t quite as drastic as I may have led her to think. It’ll still be fun to get some time for writing, but it probably won’t be any worse than I already am, lol.
Anyway, when I let the boss know I’m still available, she asked me to do a fast one to link to the current issue of Eclipse Magazine. Their cover story this month, written by Cajsa Lilliehook of It’s Only Fashion, is on Strawberry Singh. But it’s not the usual fashion piece, like you’d see in the past on her (I’ve done some checking). Berry is one of the more prominent and outspoken women within Second Life working for preservation of women’s and immigrant rights. This lets her in for a lot of “criticism” — if you can really call it that. Please be sure to read the article.
Photo by Annie Leibowitz; copyright 2017 Annie Leibowitz and Vanity Fair magazine.
Appearing together (L-R): Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Ruth Neggia, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Aja Naomi King, Dakota Johnson, Greta Gerwig, Janelle Monáe.
See the 2017 Hollywood Portfolio at Vanity Fair magazine, online or on your newsstand.
If you’ve been to my Flickr stream, you’ll see that I put up most of my photos under Creative Commons sharing allowances. As long as you attribute who took the photo, I’m usually cool with the use. Well, Cajsa Lilliehook added a plurk tonight, talking about some of the…interesting…uses her own photos have been put to. Someone apparently illustrated an article on food spots in Palos Verdes, Calif. with a photo of a kale burrito she took one time.
That made me wonder where my own photos have been to, so I Googled “photo by Harper Ganesvoort”, and this is what I’ve found:
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The first three entries are in the group for this year’s Oscar Fashion Photo Contest. I really want at least five to seven more before I’d declare it a contest, so consider this your call to work up a look and make a run down the red carpet. You’ll have a shot at a slice of over L$ 50,000, remember, so get your stylists thinking!
Normally, I’d do a sidebar piece in this first update on one of the style icons of the red carpet, especially at the Oscars and Golden Globes. This year, I ran out of names to consider; Jem and me will have to bang our heads together over the next year to see if we can agree on someone. So, this year, we’ll just look at a flat-out style icon — in fact, possibly the style icon of motion pictures: Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn reigned as a screen fashion queen and real-life style setter staring in her twenties, with a definite knowledge of what looked completely smashing on her. And this in despite of her apparently lifelong self-image as an ugly duckling, according to an interview with BBC News.
(Be prepared if you click through; the full article is graphics-intensive.)
More on Audrey and her film style on the next page.