Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Leigh Patterson



    Leigh is a designer, writer and the tireless co-editor of a brand new style, design & arts journal: Synonym. She's also whip smart, has her hands in many pots, a true minimalist, a lover of West Texas and a truly warm person.

I spent a rainy evening at Leigh's house curled up on her couch with a glass of red wine. There's not really anything better on a dreary night. Especially in Leigh's immaculate West Austin perch. Every item is considered, carefully selected and something you'd want to spend a lifetime with. Sipping away, we spent our evening chatting about a mutual love of navy nail polish, the budding community of creative-profesional women in Austin, the the calming quiet of West Texas, her crazy collection of mailed art (that is to say, a friend who mails her objects sans packaging. Think a banana slathered in stamps, really, it happened) and a shared love "intellectual fashion." Who says style & smarts can't be synonomous?


My personal style is… simple, lots of neutral colors and different textures. I get excited about fashion but I basically wear the same thing every day and am a very careful shopper.

My style icons are… Jane Birkin, Kate Lanphear, Princess Diana in the 1980s 
those aside, I think I am most drawn to  "style" in the way certain people present themselves and in the work they make and not exclusively in the way that they dress. many of the women I consider to be most stylish actually just create work that i find to be really aesthetically in line with my own. 

I’m inspired by… the usual things: travel, friends, the internet. I find the most inspiration by just keeping my eyes open and paying attention to what is around me.

If I lived in another era I’d choose… I'd love to re-live the late '80s-early '90s with a different frame of mind. man, the Clinton administration! Good times. 

The last book I read was… I re-read John Jeremiah Sullivan's Pulphead. It's just so great!

Right now I’m obsessed with… these woven wall hangings at Totokaelo by new friends, Contigo's smokin' gypsy cocktail [&] Tauba Auerbach.

Lately I’ve been listening to… Zola Jesus, Garth Brooks, Balmorhea.

When I’m at home I love to… make lots of coffee, take afternoon baths (ultimate luxury!), make dinner for friends.

When I walk up to the bar I order… gin, ginger, lime.

My go-to beauty product is… Queen Helene Mint Julep masque. something about wearing a mud masque makes me feel like a real woman. 

I’m crushing on… art book standbuilding block & my boyfriend, Michael.

On a sunny afternoon I love to… is this a trick question? Sometimes the sun feels like a punishment around here. When it does not, I like to go for exhaustingly long walks by myself.  

When I’ve got money to burn I head to… Justine's. 

Five things I can’t live without are…
-time to myself
-chapstick
-conversations with my friend leah
-glasses
-perspective

I feel most myself when I am… having a really conversation with friends;  absorbed in my own projects; well-rested.   


















2 comments:

  1. Nothing has made me more nostalgic for Austin than this blog. Now I'll fantasize about moving back there and somehow falling in with all these fabulous women.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wholesale Sexy Lingerie,High Quality!Low Price! Wholesale Leggings,Plus Size Corsets,Wholesale Halloween Costumes From China Suppliers LingeriePark.Wholesale Only,No Retail!Low Price Lingerie
    Lingerie China

    ReplyDelete