David and I dropped down to Virginia and Maryland for the week leading up to Christmas. We went tree-shopping with his dad, decorated said tree, baked cookies, visited his extended family, and more. It was another storybook holiday season with the Fuchs and Karwasinskis.
My husband and I call our home a hutch because we imagine ourselves as bunnies. No, we're not Furries. We both just read too many Beatrix Potter books as children. I thought I would reveal this personal (and maybe saccharine) detail now because hutches are cozy and it's such a cozy time of year.
In honor of our big move to New York and our second year as a married couple, David and I hired a professional photographer to do our Christmas card portrait. This of course meant having an entire photo shoot. Many thanks to Shawn Inglima—shutterbug extraordinaire—for indulging us. Well, mostly me. If it were up to my camera-shy man, we probably never would've done this. But being the wonderfully kind and patient man he is (hey, there's a chance he could be reading this), he said, "Fine, I'll do it." He braved the December chill and throngs of Central Park tourists just for the occasion.
Here are just some of my favorite pictures from our photo session, courtesy of Shawn.
I'm wearing a scarf from the Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop. Since that was a gift and I haven't done my homework on the matter, I couldn't tell you when it was sold there. My necklace came from a Mexican drugstore and my skirt came from a wholesaler in New York's Garment District. My mother gave me the lavender lace dress. (That's right, it's not a blouse.) And I only wish I remembered where I bought the burgundy witch boots because they are wearing out fast. I need a replacement! The coat is a hand-me-down from my sister Nina. I get most of my black basics from her. We're not just sisters, we're semi-goth sisters.
All photos by Shawn Inglima. Please do not reproduce or distribute.
Here's the latest poetry film by Quail Bell Magazine! It's called What Light Makes A Star? I photographed and directed it, while Joanna and Stephanie Valente wrote it and my husband, David Fuchs, edited it. Enjoy!
I'm honored that I've been selected as one of ArtBridge's Brownsville Matters winners! Thanks to everyone who voted for my designs; they will be printed on a large scale and mounted on fences outside of a public housing project, along with works from the other winning artists. Additional thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Brownsville Community Justice Center, and The Municipal Art Society of New York for supporting this endeavor and for curators at the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Arts Council for judging.
These are the two designs of mine that were selected (one of which should look familiar):
And here's the first video I've publicly released in a long time. It will be going on Quail Bell Magazine for starters. From there, we will see.
Another day, another dream fulfilled. Interviewing Santigold brought me back to my college days in Richmond, Virginia. I could listen to her mesmerizing music for hours. Thanks to Mic for this opportunity. Check out the story I wrote for them following the interview:
That night when you're a featured writer at a Bushwick reading for Nomadic Press and you meet a potential co-host for your Radio Free Brooklyn show and you interview Santigold for an article and get into a Manhattan penthouse for a vodka promotion party and find out Civil Coping Mechanisms has accepted your essay for its next book.
I'm ecstatic about writing arts & entertainment stories for Mic.com. My recent op-ed on Chelsea Handler's Netflix show in Trump's America has been especially popular. Tonight—after some much-needed rest—I am heading to the first press screening I've attended in a while. (I'll be seeing the new Jennifer Anniston movie, Office Christmas Party.) You can read my Mic.com stories here.
By day, I am Christine Stoddard, a New York-based magazine writer. By night I am the founding editor of the bewitching Quail Bell Magazine and a Brooklyn bohème who adores art, magic, and revolution. Really, those two personas are not all that different—at least if you're paying attention. This is where I dream, dabble, and muse. From time to time, you'll find me promoting the fairy punk lifestyle, too. And why not? It's addictive. Learn more about me.