Have you noticed during this incredibly hot summer how many people have been walking around with umbrellas to shade them from the summer sun? Most people are using their black rain umbrellas but I have a suggestion; why not buy a white umbrella? Black absorbs heat, white reflects it. Also, you can buy a white umbrella that is usually used at weddings for only $7.00 on Amazon. White in the summer is so much sleeker then black.
It all started in early spring when Elizabeth and I saw a guy running in Georgetown with florescent Nikes on. Then there was the girl in Columbia Heights with the bright orange pants that I noticed one morning. Now florescent colors are popping up everywhere! It’s the perfect color accent to wear with this hot summer we are having.
As everyone knows the month of June is Gay Pride month and this has been an outstanding month of pride.
First off, 3 outstanding men.
We all know Neil Patrick Harris from his role in ‘How I met your Mother’ playing Barnie Stinson; the womanizing, playboy lawyer with a badass suit closet and this year Neil’s outstanding performance as the host of the 2012 Tony awards, the man can definitely sing and dance. But, most of all he is an outstanding gay man sharing his life with his partner David Burtka and their 2 children, Harper and Gideon. He is the guy that everyone loves weather you are gay or straight; there is no denying that Neil Patrick Harris is an outstanding man.
Brian Sims is a former Bloomberg University football captain who led his team to a division II championship game. He then became an attorney, activists and now is set to become the first openly gay state legislator for the state of Pennsylvania. Brian sets an excellent example that when you work hard and you believe in what you are doing you can make a difference.
Matt Bomer is a young actor who never makes a big deal about his life he shares his life with partner, Simon Halls and their three boys, Kit, Walker and Henry. He has never had to ‘come out’ because he was never in. He has a hit TV show White Collar and is in one of this summers most talked about movies, Magic Mike. He is so respected that the website Park and Bond chose him as one of their ‘fathers of the year.’ Matt is not an outstanding gay man he is just an outstanding man.
Last week Elizabeth and I had the opportunity to check in with the guys that are building the new social media site, Socially Gay. This site is going to be amazing! The idea of the site is that it connects gay people together for activities, sports, life, business and fun. The team Brad, Sarah, Nathan, Michelle, Matt and Steffen are an amazingly talented group of people that are developing something new and different. I am lucky enough to be the style and design director for Socially Gay’s Blog. There is a sign up page already up and the full site should be live by mid September.
Make sure to sign up for Socially Gay
Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking play, The Normal Heart, is about exposing the AIDS crisis. This performance is now playing at the Arena Stage in Washington DC starring, Patrick Berren and Luke Macfarlane. This powerful production should not be missed and will be at Arena Stage until July 29, 2012.
Swimwear designer, Orlebar Brown is celebrating his 5th year in business with a series of photographic images from legendary photographers; Slim Aaronsm, Dennis Hallinan and John Arsenault. There are twelve limited edition suits in the series. Here are my four favorites…
The kitchen is the hardest room to bring a little splash of color into. At my client Linda’s house we had a ceramic artist hand paint this colorful backdrop for her city kitchen. It all started with the French fabric that I was using for the roman shades and Linda’s passion for Italian cooking. It is one of the most delightful kitchens to be in during the summer. It is a little bit of Tuscany in the middle of Old Town Alexandria.
Long gone are the days of the Southern gentlemen in the white suit. The modern mans white suit is unconstructed and lightweight, it’s the perfect summer suit. No one does it better then the guys at Dolce & Gabbana.
This time of year is when houses get photographed for publication. We are working with two editors on upcoming photo shoots and I might just surprise them! I have grown a little tired of the flowers you see in shelter magazines recently. Huge glass vases full of one kind of flower or some random tree limb in a mid century modern glass jug. So, I have been thinking about creating arrangements consisting of a variety of flowers. I picked up Ngoc Minh Ngo’s new book, Brining Nature Home, with arrangments by, Nicolette Owen…I am totally inspired.
When you head to the beach this summer and you take a look around at the life guard (which we all do) take a closer look at the lifeguard station he is at and you might be surprised at how beautiful this simple little architectural structure is. I find them so intriguing lately. From the beautiful paint colors and their total lack of ornamentation, this is functional architecture at its best.