Saturday, January 7, 2012

the wisdom of a man

do you remember our friend mike
(via zap2it)

(again, not us.)

well, he went and had himself a baby girl a few months ago, and has since been a very busy daddy. 
(isn't she the most precious?!)

congratulations, mike!
he and i have had way too much fun recapping award show fashion last year; hopefully we can make that happen again this year. 
but before we get to the snarky, sequin-y goodness 
that is award show season, i give you

the wisdom of a man.

Nostalgia is a very powerful concept.  
Just recently I was reminded of this when I saw the wonderful Woody Allen film, "Midnight in Paris" which (spoiler alert) focuses on Owen Wilson's character Gil, an aspiring novelist with writer's block,  looking for inspiration.  
He travels to Paris with his fiance Inez (Rachel McAdams) where things might be "more inspired".  
He begins taking nightly midnight walks which lead him, via a unique mystical phenomenon, to be transported back to the 1920s where he meets and has cocktails with his literary idols 
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.  
Inez shares none of Gil's excitement for 
"the good ole days".  
One night, Gil meets a woman from the 20's named Adriana (Marion Cotillard) who he finds utterly fascinating but is bored in her current time.  Gil and Adriana eventually couple up and are transported to the late 1800's where they encounter artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin and Edgar Degas who lament that they are not living during the French Renaissance (the golden age) and all feel their current existence is meaningless.  
What does this all mean?
For me, this movie was a reminder to live for today, live for now. 
If you've ever spent time pining for how things were in high school, you shouldn't--
 you had poofy bangs, braces, a curfew and an allowance. 
If you liked one song on an album, 
you had to buy the whole CD, right?
If you wanted to go to the bathroom during a TV show you were watching, you had to wait until a commercial. 
Remember any of this? Look what we have now.
Girls, you now have Zac Posen, GPS and Pink Berry.
Fellas, take solace in iPhones, Tivo, BlueRay and real-time fantasy football stats.
I promise that you are way more awesome now than that awkward high school kid ever dreamed you'd be.
If you want nostalgia, shop consignment.
To quote Billy Joel's "Keeping the Faith"-- "the good ole days weren't always good and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems."

Just keep livin'.


thanks so much, rob! i love this. and you. 
now go give sweet E a big kiss from me! 
and give your wife some money. and alone time. and some new shoes. 


  1. LOL OMG i LOVE the picture of that baby!! Made me laugh out loud for sure!!

    Fashion Translated

  2. @fashion translated; I KNOW, right?! She's a doll.