These ladies, based in Nashville, made my husband’s and my wedding announcements, which were custom, gorgeous, perfect, heartfelt and something like $250 total. We didn’t have a wedding so it was important to us that our announcements felt right. And the Nesting Project team did an absolutely stunning job.
I was just reminded of them because they sent an email about a fundraiser they’re doing but I had to pass along the url. Please pass their info along to anyone you know who’s at the invitation stage of wedding planning. I know it can be a painful, costly process and these peeps do it right, with no pain!
Found this panel on @thegothamgal’s blog, which I love, and wanted to re-post it (even though it’s an hour long) because it’s a great antidote to all the parenting insanity that I feel dominates the playgrounds and mommy and me groups these days. I can’t compare parenting today to any other time in history but I think it’s fucking hard now, what with 10,000 books on the topic, and militant parent types coming at you from every direction telling you to MAKE YOUR OWN BABY FOOD! and NEVER LET THEM WATCH TV! and BREASTFEED OR ELSE! this is just a really great, well-rounded conversation about what we really need to do with our kids which is help them become awesome adults.
I made a pledge to myself recently to toss the parenting books and just start following my own gut again (or for once) because every parenting book is amazing and brilliant until it stops making sense with who your own actual human child IS. And paying attention to who they actually are is the first step in the right direction.
“Maybe young women don’t wonder whether they can have it all any longer, but in case any of you are wondering, of course you can have it all. What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications. It will not be anything like what you think it will be like, but surprises are good for you. And don’t be frightened: you can always change your mind. I know: I’ve had four careers and three husbands.”—
This is such a better time than that Slaughter article in The Atlantic though I applaud the author for sharing her thoughts. Our culture has a back-assward approach toward women, family, health care, work-life balance, you name it. So the only way to even begin to win is to create your OWN definition of success and have a sense of humor when you fall short of the mark. That’s about all we can control. Nora Ephron had it right, I think. She will be sorely missed.
This is one of the most positive things I’ve seen come out of the whole “let’s start Christmas shopping in October” nonsense. A really phenomenal woman entrepreneur, Tereza Nemessanyi (founder of Honestly Now), had the idea that since everyone IS going to shop at some point between now and…
Ridiculousness and inappropriateness are often the very foundation of humor,” Judge Philip Simon of Indiana wrote. ” The provocative context of these young girls horsing around with objects representing sex organs was intended to contribute to the humorous effect in the minds of the intended teenage audience.
But he strongly disagreed with the school’s assertion that the photographs qualified as “sexual misconduct” under Indiana law, since there was no actual nudity.
The judge made the point that the girls posted the photos on Facebook for their friends to see – not to display to the entire school.
"Not much good takes place at slumber parties for high school kids, and this case proves the point," he said.
I think this is a win for free speech and though I’d be horrified if my daughter was involved, I’d hope she wouldn’t be thrown out of school or off her sports team for this. Rather, it’s a great teaching moment: Don’t put raunchy photos of yourself on the internet. Period.
“Although doing standup was never really a childhood aspiration, I did take the opportunity to put to rest the rumors that after the AOL merger is complete, every direction on MapQuest is going to say, “Go left.” I actually have mixed feelings about overseeing MapQuest. On the one hand, I am Greek, and Ptolemy wrote the first atlas, in Greek, in the second century. On the other hand, I’m a woman, so men never ask me for directions. (See how that worked? I scared you with a reference to Ptolemy, then hit you with a classic “men don’t ask for directions” joke. That’s how I roll: Straight Outta Athens!)”—Arianna Huffington on her new role at AOL
“I probably have the least showy performance of the group, so I’m surprised I made the cut. But it’s taken 20 years to get here, so I’ve been, as a meditation, making myself enjoy the hell out of it every single day. And I came up as a starving, struggling actor, so I’m very grateful for a gift lunch.”—
- Mark Ruffalo (at the Oscar’s Luncheon)
This is one of many references I’ve seen him make to his “struggling” actor days, which I think is awesome and I’m a little bit in love with him for it. Its funny how rarely you hear successful actors mention this period of their lives.
I don’t agree with what fspublishing is saying because I do think that women-led projects should be evaluated in the same way as non-women led projects but that recruitment is the issue, however, I love a dissenting opinion so I’m reblogging hers. Also, I love her tumblr theme. :)
“We believe that female entrepreneurs are under-served and we want to help; we think that mentorship is important but even more so putting real money to work,” said i/o Ventures’ co-founder Paul Bragiel.
As a female entrepreneur in the tech sector I wish people would devote less resources to these sort of PR stunts and more resources to helping connect ideas and talent. This strikes me as the America’s Next Top Model of the venture cap world.
I was turned off immediately by the application because it uses the same methodology every VC fund uses to evaluate candidates … so I don’t get it. What sense does it make to apply the same methodology that is FAILING to support female entrepreneurs in selecting female entrepreneurs? A study in ‘if banging your head against the wall fails to get the outcome you like, just bang harder’?
Ok.. this is going to sound a little crazy…but here’s the deal. I’m turning 40, and I live downtown in a loft…and I’m having a huge party….no, I mean a HUGE party….I’m expecting 100 people and a lot of shit talking.
Since I’m world famous for my parties (it’s my ad, I can make shit up).. I’m really trying to out do myself. Therefore, I though it would be cool to have roller skating waitresses (since the loft has cement floors)…to skate around and hand out h’ordourves to all the cats that attend this bash.
so.. I’m looking for friendly, outgoing..and somewhat sexy roller skating models (I mean this is LA.. I’m not that out of control)…to mingle and flirt with my guests and generally have a good time.
I can guarantee you that this is the baddest party you will ever attend…let alone work.. and since my friends are mostly broke motherfuckers.. they are going to eat all the food in the first 90 mins… so you will then be getting paid to skate and drink and crash into my furniture….
This party is happening on August 29th, 2009
here’s what matters:
1) you have a sense of humor. I’m like hella sarcastic and so are most of my peeps.. if you can’t take a joke…it’s gonna suck.
2) You need to look good in a skirt. Look I’ll be honest.. I only turn 40 once.. and I’m planning on destroying most of my ability to remember what the fuck happened (esp. if the cops come)..but it would be nice to be in awe of how awesome you look in a skirt…
3) You must be sane. Don’t get me wrong.. I love crazy women.. almost married one…but not drunk on skates in my house.
4) You must have some cool friends… cause if you get this gig.. I’ll ask you to invite some of your peeps (cause the more the merrier and I think it’ll be less weird…if there are some people there that you know.
5) you have to have you own skates (ok.. I realize this is not the 70’s.. and this is the film industry.. .if you are really interested.. I can find you a pair of skates…..but the looking hot in a skirt thing is still non-negiotable)
please respond with your name, age, city you live in, recent pic and your personal assessment of your roller skating abilities. Also, sexy comes in a lot of flavors…so just believe in yourself… if I was looking to book a 6 pack of well endowed blondes…I would have stated that in my ad.