Friday, August 12, 2011

Where Children Sleep by James Mollison

A good friend brought the following story to my attention this morning.  The piece is wonderfully done, the book I want to buy now to review and show my own boys and perhaps buy a few extra for my daycare/preschool, Little Sprouts Day School, to show the older children.

While some of the photographs are sad, the photography is just amazing.  This book was an undertaking for a charity for needy children but Mr. Mollison didn't want to show the same stereotypical photos you see on tv or magazines.  I think this book is a marvelously novel way to showcase the different cultures that engulf our children around the world.  Where Children Sleep

Without further adue... here is the New York Times' story - don't forget to click on the link to see the wonderful photography.


August 4, 2011, 5:00 am

‘Where Children Sleep’

It was a small room, at the top of the house. For a time, it was home to tropical fish. Later, two pet mice slept there, in a home made of fruit crates. The walls of the room were covered with posters of Madonna and Duran Duran. Then it was the Rolling Stones. Then Jimi Hendrix.

This was the childhood bedroom in Oxford, England, of James Mollison, 37, a documentary photographer who was born in Kenya and now lives in Venice. He had the luxury as a boy of adapting his bedroom to reflect his changing interests.

“As a child, that’s your little space within the house,” Mr. Mollison said.

James Mollison Kaya, 4, lives with her parents in a small Tokyo apartment.  Kaya’s bedroom.
Mr. Mollison’s new book, “Where Children Sleep,” had its origins in a project undertaken for a children’s charity several years ago. As he considered how to represent needy children around the world, he wanted to avoid the common devices: pleading eyes, toothless smiles. When he visualized his own childhood, he realized that his bedroom said a lot about what sort of life he led. So he set out to find others.

His subjects came from Boy Scout troops and sumo wrestling clubs. They were introduced through friends of friends. Mr. Mollison posed his young subjects — more than 200 of them — in front of blank white backgrounds for their portraits, leaving their bedrooms to do the talking. More than 50 pairings are in the book, which has a glow-in-the-dark cover (a nod to the glow-in-the-dark stars on so many childhood ceilings).

As much as the project is about the quirkiness of childhood, it is, more strikingly, a commentary on class and on poverty. But the diversity also provides a sense of togetherness.
Everybody sleeps. And eventually, everybody grows up.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Missoni + Target = OMG OMG OMG !!!!

Okay, I've not posted much in forever and promised you I would come back to start posting on a somewhat regular basis... so today I am posting and it's an OMG one (at least for me it is... LOL).

What do you get when you cross Target with Missoni?  You get amazingly fashion forward clothing, accessories, children's (you know I'm getting Damian any baby/toddler boy stuff and Corey, my oldest son, any of the men's stuff), linens, luggage, etc.  that are budget friendly $7.99 to $199.99.

I already set my Outlook Calendar and my cell phone's calendar for 12:01 am on September 13, 2011.  Yes, I know I will be awake doing paperwork for the daycare, Little Sprouts Day School and Tel's Closet.

Now some may say these are a little retro, a little 70-ish, or whatever ... I say WHO CARES!! It's FREAKING MISSONI + TARGET.... I mean come on - Target occassionally has a designer who brings something in that I might find worthy to look at but this time Target knocked it out of the park, so to speak, with being able to land Mission - Freaking - Missoni.  I guess you can tell by now that I'm a Missoni fan (not that I actually own any of their pieces - just only bought for my mom before).

From the Huffington Post news article:

The first ad for Missoni's upcoming collaboration with Target has surfaced, in the form of a picture Tweeted by @MarilynAgencyNY.

In it, zigzag-clad Margherita Missoni pulls her zigzag-printed luggage and walks alongside a zigzag-clad young man, pulling his own zigzag-printed suitcase.

The collection -- slated to hit stores September 13 and priced between $7.99 and $199.99 -- was first announced in May by It's said to include 400-plus items, from clothing "to bed sheets, to enough dinnerware to set the table for colazione, pranzo, and cena," Mark Holgate wrote.

Missoni for Target


Back in June we’ve got a sneak peek of the highly anticipated Missoni for Target collaboration while Margherita Missoni and Carolina Crescentini were shooting the ad campaign in Milan. I’m can’t wait till you guys see the full collection, I was dying at the press preview.
There are over 400-pieces in the collection featuring apparel (women’s, men’s, kids’), bed sheets, dinnerware, luggage and bikes. Mark your calendars for the release on September 13 through October 22 to shop the collection at Target stores and of the highly anticipated Missoni for Target collaboration while Margherita Missoni and Carolina Crescentini were shooting the ad campaign in Milan. I’m can’t wait till you guys see the full collection, I was dying at the press preview. In the meantime here’s the first official ad campaign image along with scans from magazines and still life photos. Do you like?

EDITED AUGUST 12, 2011...

I just have to add more photos of the Missoni+Target!!!!!!  These kid items are too precious!!

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Seriously, this is definitely something you don't want to miss, if you've ever wanted Missoni but could not afford it.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Little Sprouts Day School Vestavia, AL - Please Vote

I opened my daycare on July 19, 2011.  It's been a slow start but we are fortunate to have approximately 8 to 12 kids.

Here is the gist... the space I rented was previously a daycare.  My son attended there almost a year.  I didn't like the previous owners, the place was dirty and they didn't give anything hardly for the money charged - even the food was bad that most of the kids rather just go hungry than eat.

We left and months later discovered there were all sorts of issues going on - financially, business wise as well as fire system not up-to-date (not working at all), etc.  Then the previous owners were served with eviction papers and default documents.  It's not like they didn't know this was happening, just refused to acknowledge the issues from what I understand.

Well the day the old daycare owners were served, they decided to be mean and throw all the children's belongings into the street - literally.  The news came out and showed all the kids stuff sitting out on the sidewalk.  No notice to the staff or parents.  Just we are closed don't bother returning.

Well I got with the leasing manager and got in touch with the former staff and asked if they would be interested in work IF I could open the center back up.  They were able to reach some of the parents and after 6 weeks of working on licensing, cleaning the place from top to bottom, painting the center, finding and purchasing new equipment - I was able to open on July 19, 2011.  Woo Hoo.

Now I need YOUR HELP to get the word out that I'm open and to help me win some MONEY to add to the little bit of working capital I have left.  So please spread the word and get your friends to vote for me - please.

I know I've been MIA for awhile

but that is because I have been so busy in real life that it's been CRAZY to say the least.  I have had to finalize accounts as I am going part-time at work (with my day job); had to put my online retail selling on hold as I was busy trying to get documents finalized to get my daycare open.

Yes, I've been super busy but hopefully by Mid-August, I should be back blogging away with new ideas, hot new fashions, weird fashions and other fashion related news.