Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I Can't See Clearly Now


I had a friend from my Foundation days whom I did a little work for right after I quit my real job. She is just a little older than I and really, really smart. Really smart. And cool. She has great stuff. In her bathroom, she had this large, lighted, magnifying mirror and it always made me wonder. She's beautiful, but didn't strike me as vain, and I could just never see her as a pore-gazer. Only recently have I realized that she wasn't micro-managing, she was just trying to do things like pluck her eyebrows, which is incredibly difficult wearing glasses. I know.

So, I have been sort of looking for a stylish mirror to help with these trivial tasks and I turned to stylish, jazzy product guru, Thomas O'Brien. Beyond product (and there is a lot of product) there is really nice information about how he goes about his craft. I think process is as interesting as results and there is plenty percolating at Aero.

You know what would be better still? Hearing O'Brien speak in Los Angeles, January 21st at the California Gift Show in the L.A. Mart. Yep, that's what I would do. 11 to noon with book signing to follow. More info here. (I promise you will enjoy it; I loved hearing him in Chicago and a little bird has told me that this may be his last engagement for awhile though I have begged and begged for a Kansas City stop.)

All images via Aero Studios.

7 comments:

Karena said...

Oh Patricia I would love to hear him talk!!

Oh yes and I use my magnifying mirror ALL the time!!! Darn eyes!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Rebecca (Reluctant Floridian) said...

Do you think there's a way for non-buyers to attend? I would love to see him but can't figure out if it's open to the public.

Hope you are settling into your new home nicely.

quintessence said...

I was just perusing his site the other day - and you're right - a lot of everything! I loved the little piece about his grandmother's curtains - so funny and charming. And as for the mirror - I have a wall mounted telescoping version from Restoration Hardware (which I can't recommend - it's broken twice) but my husband and I would be lost without it!

mary said...

I hate the glasses thing, but am so glad that I don't have to go blind. Thomas O'Brien--the best at what he does. Thanks for the heads-up.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Mary - O'Brien does make glasses look pretty appealing.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

OMG I LOVE your AKA Mrs Blandings! I live up the hill from the writers home that the movie was about... It's one of my favorites and I have her picking paint colors as one of my posts
http://conghailecottage.blogspot.com/2010/08/mrs-blandings-chooses-paint-colors-for.html
I'm Signing on as your NEWEST FOLLOWER, and I'd LOVE for you to drop over to my Land of Blog AND if you'd like FOLLOW ME TOO!!!
Hugs to you,
Donna

beachbungalow8 said...

In desperate need of a good magnifying mirror.

and if I hadn't already promised that I'd go on the San Juan Capistrano field trip, on Jan 21st, I'd be there. SO bummed to miss this.