Malibu, the City of Almost Celebrities

Hey guys,

As some of you may know, I spent last week hanging out with my best friend in Malibu, CA. Obviously it was incredible, sunny, and seventy five the entire time. In March. I think my body may have had temperature shock while I was there, finally defrosting from the Chicago chill. Aside from the weather, I have gathered this from Malibu; The traffic is horrendous, the food is healthy, the dogs are small, and everyone looks sort of like a celebrity. This last point is the most prominent one. Everyone you pass by, for the most part, is tanned, fit, and has highlights. They brunch with giant mimosas, and spend their days lolling about on the beach, or wandering the streets in big sunglasses and sandals. 

As you can imagine, this is quite surprising to me. I have never been one to care about looks that much. I'm horrible at putting makeup on, I love and live in my Birkenstocks, and being in Chicago winter at least half of every year, I'm about as tan as a piece of paper. But this is SoCal, what did I expect? And all of these famous looking people, they were all interesting and kind, and overall very nice people. But, there is something about these folks that I couldn't stop from picking up on. Never have I seen so much effort put into the idea of being effortless. Their clothes are perfectly loose, their hair is curled just so to look at though they have rolled out of bed, everyone's teeth are sparkling white, despite the fact that they practically mainline coffee. 

I don't know guys, something about that was absolutely fascinating to me. Yet, I made a rule while I was there to refrain from photographing them. It's like seeing a beautiful sunset, it's just too pretty. Too easily digestible. It feels shallow to make photos only of pretty people smiling at the camera. But maybe that's just me being pretentious and horrible. What do you all think?

Thought-Lag In Paris

Hey All,

As some of you may know, I recently got back from a three-week trip over to London, Dublin, and Paris. London and Dublin were just for kicks, as I spent two weeks of my time in Paris, doing a creative writing course. 

You know what's funny about all that? I was in Paris, which is historically, one of the most inspiring cities on earth. There are geniuses and masters buried in Paris's ground. It is a pilgrimage place for artists, tracking down Hemingway's old haunts and James Joyce's old apartment. And the city does not disappoint. It is everything you've been told about and more. The people are fashionable, the wine is out-of-this-world, there are baguettes being carried around daily by thousands of Parisians. 

And yet, when I was there and doing all of this writing - I wrote about anything BUT Paris. I mentioned far away places a couple times, but I ended up writing the most about my childhood and home, or completely made-up tales that still, had nothing to do with the mecca where I was residing. I raises an interesting question: Can you write about places that you are still in? Can you write about events as they are still occurring? For me, no. maybe others can, But I found it impossible while I was there. I was too close, and things were still in the middle of happening. I had to see how it all ended before even attempting it!

I have suspicions that this theory applies to more than just wiring. It's with so many things in life. Can you process things while they are still around you? Can you know how much you have loved before you don't anymore? Can you understand people better after you are away from them? It's rearview mirror thinking. I find it so much easier to process understand things at a distance. Sure, you have to get up close first, but perception is a funny thing. When you're right there in it, and everything is going around and happening so fast, you're too close. It is too difficult to think about it, because the comparison of not being there is lost. So if nothing else, Paris taught me that I can't write about places while I'm still in them. Only once I leave can I think about it. I guess, this is a pretty good reason to travel....forever.

Brand Spanking New Website!!

Hey Guys,

I've moved!! To a new website, that is. It was a needed change, and has accentuated a change in the work I've been making the past few months, namely a personal documentary project I've been working on, titled City Girls (In my work section, for those of you checking in on it). To everyone that hasn't seen it yet, or hasn't seen anything yet, welcome! I'm Grace, this is my work, I hope you love it (I love it a LOT). Feel free to send me a message, let's set up a shoot, let's collaborate!