Thank you to Francis Wong and the whole creative team at WGSN who invited me to participate in their recent panel on memory and design. Initially connecting through FIT in my capacity as a fashion industry archivist, the program touched on many areas of nostalgia and creative revival. Nail fashions often soak up "retro" influences, and as I commented, these styles are sometimes quite personal, linked to our formative impressions of loved ones.
Thanks again to the ladies of Fashion Project at Bal Harbour Shops and Vanity Projects Miami for inviting me to participate in the program "Vanity, Culture, Identity: The Art of the Manicure" back in November. Truly enlightening perspectives on nail culture from all panelists!
Thanks to Martha, Ali, Rose, and Andrew at Folio Books and to everyone who came out for the August 2nd event. We had a lovely time sipping iced tea and talking nails!
I'm excited to be holding court at the fantastic independent bookstore, Folio Books, located in San Francisco's Noe Valley, when I'm in town on Sunday, August 2. At 3 pm, please come by for an informal meet-the-author/ Sunday tea/ nail polish swap. I'll be signing books and giving away the last bottles of my limited edition OPI nail color, Switchboard Starlet, with book purchase. Thank you to Martha Pettit for staging this fun event--hope to see a few of you Bay Area lovelies there!
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On Thursday, April 23rd, I'm coming back to the Brooklyn Museum for a book signing from 6-8 pm. It's part of their Members Spring Sale Week programming and an evening that includes nail art by the fabulous and talented Vanity Projects crew. See event webpage for details.
I recently enjoyed speaking with the great kids and budding non-fiction writers of my friend Alexis' class at P.S. 63 in Manhattan's East Village. The class prepared engaging questions for me, with some I really had to think about: How many drafts did my book go through? Who's my favorite writer?
I hope I imparted at least one bit of wisdom: a book can start with something you really love or a question about how something came to be. Or both, as in my case!
Thanks again to my wonderful hosts at the Phoenix Art Museum and the Arizona Costume Institute who invited me to kick off their 2014-15 Second Wednesday lecture series on September 10th. It was a big, attentive audience at an incredible institution--an honor and great time, both!
The Middlesex County Historical Society, where I got my start as a historian, is a jewel in my hometown's crown! I'm pleased to participate in a special evening at the lovely Wadsworth Mansion on Tuesday, August 12 that will raise much-needed funds for this wonderful institution. For more information about the book talk and dessert reception, please contact the Society at 860.346.0746 or visit its Facebook page.
The wonderful bookstore WORD in Greenpoint, Brooklyn will be hosting a fabulous evening for nail lovers, starting at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 3rd. I'll begin with a talk about the surprisingly rich history of nail polish; thereafter, attendees may participate in a nail product swap. Bring in that bottle that never quite did it for you and go home with a new nail novelty to try. The book will be available for sale and signing, and refreshments will be served. Please come if you can!