I assume this is not a childrens title…
The King of Ready-to-Wear
I recently picked up a copy of Ralph Lauren’s 40th anniversary book, which is now available for $25 on eBay. The thing is massive, being a large format coffeetable book with about five hundred pages. Given its size and weight, I think $25 might have only covered the seller’s costs in shipping.
The content itself, unfortunately, is somewhat disappointing. It’s mostly a superficial overview of the brand’s identity, covered through 750 photographs and Ralph Lauren’s personal narration. For those who have followed the company closely over the years, a lot of this will be old ground. There’s stuff about Ralph Lauren’s collaboration with Bruce Weber; how he draws inspiration from the Old West and Ivy Style; and how he designs his women’s collections around the idea of a heroine. The text is short and the photographs plenty. Images are mostly culled from old fashion photoshoots and advertising campaigns, so you get lots of men in tweed jackets and breeks, and women in pinstripe suits or Native-American inspired sweaters, standing and looking serious next to expensive cars, or inexplicably being surrounded by old, tin milk cans and shaggy dogs in neckties. You know, Ralph Lauren stuff.
Love Ralph Lauren!
The countdown begins.
So there are exactly 31 days until I see her again. Am I scared, yes, nervous, yes, afraid, yes, proud, yes, supportive, yes, ready to face the next chapter regardless of how the story begins, hell yes.
But truth be told, a little scared :-)
July 22 - Today’s Lesson
Problem: You will reach a point in your life where you are trying to achieve too much, take on too many things and overextending yourself.
Impact: Stress, exhaustion, health issues (mental and physical), unhappiness and relationship difficulties with family and friends.
Fix: Simplify - eliminate the things that are not the most important to you.
I am finally starting to understand that the path for peace, love and happiness in life is to start with a KISS - Keep It Simple Silly.
I need to start practicing what I preach.
Sex is an act. Love is a state of mind.