We have the privilege of this extra day once every 4 years so let's celebrate with some Facts About Leap Year:
The leap year mascot is a frog.
Julius Cesar invented leap day in response to the Egyptian astronomers discovery that there are actually 365 1/4 days per year (so every 4 years we "earn" an extra day, how practical...however anyone on an annual salary does not earn extra on a leap year.....hmmmmm).
If you are born on leap year day, you are a "Leapling".
There are 5 million leaplings in the world / I wonder if there are any married leaplings or leapling twins and if so, is there a support group? Read more about the plight of the leapling in this helpful article from The Atlantic.
Christopher Columbus used his knowledge of leap day to manipulate indigenous people of Jamaica into helping his crew with supplies and food by threatening them that God would "paint the moon red" to punish them. You can read more about it on the internet by googling: Christopher Columbus was an utter jack-ass.
December 17th from 6-8pm at Frances May
Join Howard with Seattle based jewelry designer/wearable art madwoman Faris Du Graf and badass Ceramicist Haley Ann Robinson! Of course we will have punch and snacks (FM knows how to entertain) but further, we will have an intimate selection of fine things for you or a lovely person in your life! Pop in for punch! Pop in for a hug! Pop in because popping is a popular pass time!
Howard will have staple pieces, old favorites and limited run pieces available including the coveted Confetti Pullover. FM is offering 10% off the entire store from 6-8pm as well!
AW15 Photo by Brendan Coughlin
DECEMBER 19TH & 20th in seattle
Howard will have all the oldies and all the newies. So much Seattle has not seen yet! It's sure to knock your socks off (or at least roll them down).
Hot/colds at Löyly for that effervescent feeL
PLANNING TO HAND MAKE ALL MY PRESENTS AND THEN BUYING HALF. NO BIGGIE.
Reading The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits with tea and 18 blankets on my porch at 7am to escape my family and hear the birds
Picking up a few light bulbs at Sunlan to cure seasonal affective disorder
Getting stuck in a YouTube loop that starts with Joan Rivers stand up and end up at Japanese scientists launching paper planes into orbit
PLANNING THE AW16 HOWARD SHOOT
Cutting snowflakes out of coffee filters and leaving them taped to the windows until March
Hand washing my unmentionables and hanging them up to dry always makes me feel fancy
CONNECTING WITH FRIENDS OVER HOT TODDIES AND RECORDS IN OUR LIVING ROOM
Launching into rants in my journal mainly because I don’t want to get out of bed
REMEMBERING FAMILY NO LONGER WITH US AND COMMEMORATING THEM WITH CANDLES AND POEMS AND POURING ONE OUT FOR THEM BY THE LAKE
Last Sunday's brunch time Residents Show was a collaborative group presentation put on by Alexa Stark, Kate Towers and myself. Our inaugural show was hosted in the natural light and familiar setting of a fine Portland home. The intimacy of the gathering added to the poetry. It was stunning.
(all photos by 27 Wonders)
Digging right in - we word jammed, we brainstormed, we workshopped in small groups.
We all have lenses in which we view the world. My feminist lens is the Howard Overcoat of my world views. I wear it almost every day. This is probably the reason I was drawn to this class in the first place.
Jenn presented the idea that business (for me, entrepreneurship & the rewarding rooty trail of creative idea) can be approached from a feminist perspective.
This shouldn’t be news to me right? Because I walk through the world with feminist colored glasses? I am likely already operating a feminist business…..but it was intriguing to have time to think and put this idea in context in order to go deeper.
I am continuing to explore and be inspired by the nuggets from Feminist Business School. Thankful yet again, to another powerful, creative woman who is brave to share her ideas about about what a harmonious feminine economy looks like and how we can work toward promoting it.
Howard is thrilled to host a month long pop-up this September within Voyager Shop in San Francisco. Thank you to all who joined us September 5th for the opening reception! If you didn't make it down for the party, come explore the collection from easy to wear tops to jumpers that require try-on assistance!
If you have perused the site and/or read the About Page, by now you have seen the words "pooh-poohing." My eight year-old daughter was alarmed but excited when she found out that others would actually be reading those words. The thing is, I pooh-pooh a lot. I don't have a choice. I shun tradition as if it's a gesture of my subconscious. Baby, I was born this way.
I should point out however, that with Howard it's not just a cynical shove of the regular. A Howard woman is a creature that walks either side of the line with purpose. The spontaneous strategist, the practical performance artist....I hate labels but this woman is out there. Howard is for her.
Thank you for reading this inaugural "From Howard." It felt good to write it! I look forward to formally introducing the monthly Howard on Howard series, the Howard woman posts, as well as sharing perspective from talented contributors.