We're Not Getting older, We're Getting Better

As purveyors of Mid-Century Modern design, we fully understand the importance of maintaining the underlying integrity of a piece while lovingly restoring and tweaking it so that it is the best it can be at any age.  So naturally, we strongly agree that Clairol hit it on the nose when they introduced their Loving Care ad campaign in 1971 with the tag line: You're not getting older; you're getting better.  Maturity and aging are not to be shunned, but rather appreciated and embraced and above all else…honored.  And while we must all surely work at being the best we can be at any age, we need to embrace the benefits of aging gracefully and the life experience it offers.

 

Clairol's 1971 Ad: Time tested and still true

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Mid century Bench: Lovingly restored with integrity maintained


This is not always so easy to do.  In this youth driven, disposable age, the pressure to compete with younger has motivated more than a few to take extreme measures in the hope of defying the aging process.   And when news, trends and even material goods become obsolete in mere nanoseconds as epitomized by AT&T’s plethora of commercials chanting “That’s so 30 seconds ago”, and almost nothing is built to endure, it is easy to lose sight of the truly timeless beauty and character that are some of the many benefits of “maturing”.

 

 

So 30 seconds ago

photo courtesy of AT&T

 

 

 

Just last week our Bosch dishwasher in the country stopped working.  It has been a reliable piece of machinery for twelve years necessitating only one other service call, yet when I called to have it repaired, the head of service discouraged me from making the repair and suggested purchasing a new unit instead.   With the cost of a new unit being about triple the cost of the repair, coupled with the fact that the life expectancy of that new unit is a mere six years, we opted to repair the old one, hoping for another five to six years of reliable washing.  

 

And that used to be the status quo, double-digit years of productivity for major appliances and electronics; furniture that was built to last fifty or more years and a society that respected honored and held in esteem those amongst us with life experience.

 

While baby boomers are redefining aging, it is a steep mountain to climb in these youth driven times.  So when, back in February, in honor of Valentine’s Day, Jennifer Mehditash a wonderful interior designer and author of Dec-a-Porter blog shared a captivating image on Facebook, I was immediately smitten.  The photo of a mature woman in red- lipped shaped sunglasses was so striking that I was compelled to see more.  I clicked the link and was transported to a parallel universe where maturity is queen and style is timeless: Advanced Style Blogspot. 

 

 

 

A Sweet heart of Style

photo courtesy of Advanced Style blogspot

 

Advanced Style is the brainchild of Ari Seth Cohen and offers a respite from the plethora of images touting youth.  An oasis where there is comfort in seeing style on someone other than a pre- pubescent child.  It is not only beautiful to look at but infinitely inspirational as well.  In fact, I pre-ordered the book Advanced Style on Amazon and gave it to my Mother-in-Law who just celebrated her 85th birthday last month.

 

 

 

Advance Style: The Book

 

As a candid photographer I love to zoom in and capture the face. An expressive face, especially one that is not focused on the lens or the necessity to smile, is imperfect and utterly magnificent at any age.  But to see a multitude of images of so many gloriously proud and strong seniors is truly breathtaking and moving.  AND... gives all of us pause to broaden our definition of true beauty and style.

 

  

 

Imperfect and utterly magnificent

 

photo courtesy of Marcy Feld Photography

 

 

Ruth: Breathtaking at  100

photo courtesy of Advanced Style Blogspot

 

So, while we are all clamoring to find that ever-elusive key to the proverbial “Fountain of Youth”, let’s take a moment to appreciate our maturity and the beauty and Advanced Style we all possess, because: We’re not getting older, we’re getting better!

 

A toast with a little bubbly, or bubbles, as it were:

Here is to ageless Beauty- Let's all embrace it!

photo courtesy of Marcy Feld Photography

Yes, it is true we have found a home for our Pretty in Pink 4 Life bench and how befitting that it happened right before the universal day of Love, Valentine’s Day. It is truly a Love Story that was four months in the making.  Needless to say, we, along with Komen CT and countless others are overjoyed with this very happy ending; one that would absolutely never happened without the good friends of our Social Media Village.

A Sweetheart of a Valentine's Day gift!

 

As it happens we just celebrated our second anniversary on Twitter a week ago, having created our account February 13, 2009.  Simply typing that made me quite nostalgic and consequently I spent the last couple of hours attempting to locate my fist tweet. While I have not been able to locate either my first tweet or the first people I followed, I can remember how overwhelmed I felt at the prospect of engaging in any form of Social Media.  I was so overcome with fear that after the initial set up I did nothing with our Twitter account for almost two weeks, until that fateful day when my then eighteen year-old son agreed to give me a Twitter tutorial; one which lasted all of sixty seconds. His fingers flew across my keyboard as he followed a couple of dozen people and said: “This is all you need to do ….and if you're lucky, they’ll follow you back”. And with that, he was gone leaving me in the driver’s seat without a single driving lesson.  So I began my journey, driving in the slow lane, hunting and pecking, following and re-tweeting, learning and engaging.

Our Social Media Birth

 

Virtual conversations turned into real life meetings and priceless friendships, and as a result, here we are two years later, immersed in a generous, collaborative community of like-minded, talented individuals who make wishes come true and help seemingly impossible dreams become life-changing realities.

 

From Virtual to Real Life 

Photo courtesy of Amy Dragoo of abcdesign.com

 

Off the Tweetdeck into the gallery

Yours Truly with Tamara Stephenson 

photo courtesy of Landino Photo

supporting friends at ICFF

Leslie Carothers, Me, Tracy Hiner, Maybelline Te

photo courtesy of Leslie carothers

And so it was for our beautiful Pretty in Pink 4 Life bench. We had been trying to find a home for it since mid-October and despite tweeting, blogging and facebooking our hearts out about it relentlessly, it remained homeless.

Valentine’s Day was quickly approaching and I was hoping to tap into the gift giving spirit.  I wrote another post about the bench and asked for help. I also emailed many of my SM friends asking them if they would include something about the bench in their posts about Valentine’s Day.  The result was better than I could have ever imagined and the bench has found a wonderful new home where it is cherished and loved.

It currently resides in the home of Philip Erdoes, aka @CEO_TheNewTrad, the CEO of the New Traditionalists, a design house focused on home furnishings and a client of Leslie Carothers the CEO and founder of The Kaleidoscope Partnership – a social media agency for the home furnishings and related industriesShe happened to share our blog post with Philip and as a result, he purchased the bench in honor of his three beautiful young daughters for Valentine’s Day.  And he did it because, as he said :”With three daughters I'm totally focused on that issue”.  And that says it all!

I cannot begin to thank the Social Media Village that made it possible…but I will try.

Many thanks to Marcy Michaud of @Stylesson for sharing our post on her site stylesson.com, Susan de Chaira of @the zhush for writing a lovely post on her blog, The Zhush, Amy Dragoo of @abcdesigns for featuring us on her guest post for @ChicModern, Wanda Horton (@wandashorton ) for her heartfelt post on her site Interior Concepts by Wanda S Horton and Yvonne Blacker (@yblacker) for asking us to be contributors in her fabulous new digital magazine New England Finery

Other good friends that helped make this happen by spreading the word include  @maybellinete @shorelychic @modenus @brivkind @averydesign @jgoden @swaygrl @nestnestnest @exuberanthome @annNyberg @DecoratingDiva @JuliskaDesigns @GimletMommy  and soo many more.

Our Social Media village is powerful and harnessing its power for business is wonderful, but using it to support lifesaving organizations like Komen for the Cure is beyond astounding.

Although this is indeed a VERY happy ending, it is not the end, but rather what we hope is the beginning of much collaboration, in support of Komen for the Cure.

 

 Happily ever after
photo courtesy of Philip Erdoes

 

 

 

Matters of the Heart: A Valentine's Day Wish

Irwin always reminds me that I don’t remember many things and… he is correct.  While he has a stellar, almost savant memory, I must admit that a good number of my brain cells have gone south over the years and as a consequence, I am always searching for something I have misplaced.

I have mislaid eyeglasses and keys, jewelry and checks, hats, gloves, food and just recently, Charlie, our dog. I unknowingly left him in the hallway overnight and had no idea he was missing until our doorman called us to say that he was sitting in front of an apartment on another floor.

Lost and Found

 

 

Charlie Should be too big to lose

 

While I have searched through my building’s recycling for a misplaced letter and the oven (YES the oven- it’s hereditary, unfortunately) for keys, I have never misplaced my feelings; I embrace them and wear them on my sleeve.

So while I must admit that I forgot the song we danced our first dance to at our wedding (and I will NEVER live that down), I have not forgotten the first Valentine’s Day gift Irwin gave me all those years ago, a gold lariat.  He will probably be surprised to read that I recall the gift because it was something we did not keep.  The truth is, he had ordered it through his aunt and had never seen it until it arrived in the mail that very day.  Although we sent it back because it was not what we expected, I kept the box and have it still.

Gift wrapped forever

 

Why am I sharing this?  Because over thirty years later I can still close my eyes and remember him handing me that small gift wrapped box.  I can still recall the excitement and anticipation I felt on that very first Valentine’s Day. The sensation is palpable.  It is that way with matters of the heart.  And while a small wrapped box always brings a smile to my face, I have learned that there are greater gifts to receive…and give.

This year my Valentine’s Day wish is simple: To find a home for our Pretty in Pink 4 Life Bench and to hand Komen CT a check for ALL the proceeds.  Our commitment to Komen for the Cure is deeply personal. It is for us, a matter of the heart. 

 

timeless Beauty in pink & chrome

 

with ALL proceeds to benefit Komen CT

 

every detail: Perfection

 

 

Each grid a celebration of life's triumphs

 

 

Giving someone you love a gift that keeps giving; a gift that has stood the test of time and is now stronger, more beautiful and vibrant than ever, is precious.

 

 

Matters of the heart are priceless

 

How perfect that this simple, elegant bench represents so much and so many.  And  Valentine’s Day, a celebration of life and love, reminding us that it is and will always be a matter of the heart, is priceless.

Happy Valentine’s Day

 

 

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