This first posting of 2010 is dedicated to my nephew who turned 11 last week. If you are new to my blog, let me quickly say that about a year and a half ago, my sister bought a female display mannequin for her son who let's just say has a flair for fashion. You can click here and read previous entries. He dresses and styles that mannequin, which he named Martinique, in an amazing array of designs and then takes and emails me photos via his dad's iphone. Over the last few months, sadly the number of those photos has greatly dropped off. And there's a reason. It's with a bit of hesitation that I share this next part..... Without going into too much detail, I will say that my nephew has a health issue which he's been dealing with for a long time now. I'll refer to that issue as the "bad bunnies". The bad bunnies, unfortunately, have been around a lot lately and have been especially bad causing him to miss a month or so of school and even spend several days in the hospital during Christmas. I would guess the only thing worse than being a child with an illness would be being the parent of a child who isn't well. My sister is a strong woman and she's dealt with the situation remarkably well.
While in the hospital, the right solution and course of action was found to battle the bad bunnies. A sign the treatment was working and working well came in the form of a photo of Martinique sent the day after his release from the hospital. I was flipping through a magazine at my brother's house and heard a new email beep come from my phone. Turning the phone on and scrolling to the email, I saw the best Christmas gift possible--- an email from my nephew titled "Martinique in the 80's". HOORAY!!! It took a few seconds for the attached photo to open and I could not have been any more excited. This is what came through.
He's back! And as great as ever. My response email was a blizzard of exclamation points cheering his return to health and creativity. Just look at that Martinique in all her modern interpreted version of the 80's glory. It makes an uncle proud. Spring boarding off his concept, I added a little extra 80's fun to the background.
Later that day came another photo of Martinique titled, "Just a cute outfit."
I'll say it sure is a cute outfit! Martinique could easily wear this to her model castings, or for an afternoon of light errands, or just hanging out at home looking fab in this orange ensemble. Again, this emailed photo was met with an enthusiastic response. And then the flood gates of creativity were opened and the Martinique photos began pouring in over the next few days....
He titled the above image, "School girl chic." I think there's a snap snap somewhere in there. Make that, I know there is. The color blocking, attitude, and head band all have me wishing I was a school girl so I could wear that outfit. Did I really just type that?
This image was titled, "The new and improved Martinique. Summer in the winter." It just makes my heart sing and would certainly brighten up any gray winter day.
Another 80's knockout. Very Madonna Borderline. Gorgeous!
This is the final image of Martinique and fittingly it was the last one I received. Ending on a high note. I can't remember what he titled this but it could been: "The Most Fun Outfit Ever!" Or, "Dare me to not have a blast in this outfit!" I love the color and joy in this..... From head to toe, it's a good time.
In addition to all the Martinique photos which came in, I also got a number of great pictures of my nephew. Some in his hospital room (looking radiant and resilient), some with their new corgi (which was his birthday present), and then there was the following one which really was my favorite.
It was titled "Drawing while watching Breakfast at Tiffanys." To know what he went through and then to see him so happily sketching, well, it's simply fantastic. I look forward to sharing many more inspiring photos of Martinique in 2010. I also look forward to a new year without any of the bad bunnies. Health and happiness to us all in 2010.