He's a Video Artist and she's a Swimwear Designer. Joshua Green & Mallory Curlee, talk spiritual nutruition through travel, food, fashion, and body via their detours; relocating from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Most recently.
When this kitten move didn’t stop me from sewing and pattern-making…
He attempted to get my attention in a more direct manner!
“Hey, YOU… Play with ME!!!”
Yet, many a times among my working day in the design studio… this is what I find.
He’s too adorable to rest at some moments and in other moments he’s screaming, scratching and running around like a maniac. Ah, this must resemble what it’s like to have a toddler… except this toddler is uber tiny and furry and doesn’t speak human (thank goodness!).
And so I design on with a new little furry friend attempting to dictate my schedule.
OH, babes, this heat, this heat, this heat. I can’t think of much else, aside from this stinkin’ desert heat. July 2012 has been the hottest weather I’ve yet experienced. True, we keep tDR Headquarters at a constant balmy 80 degrees, but my Commutes! At 8:26 a.m. it is typically about 90 degrees and by my 7 p.m. return home it is healthily over 105 degrees. Evening shifts are scarcely different. And now, after 4 months, the Heat is not a novelty anymore; just once did I make the mistake of biking shirtless to work: never again. Still, we’ve had some moments of reprieve: a handful of flash flood-y rainstorms that dipped us into the high 80s for a few days. But to beat the heat, truly, we had to flee back to California. We went to June Lake, CA. It might actually be a part of Switzerland that is conveniently (for us West Coast folk) located right next to Yosemite. It has become an annual thing for us, this June Lake camping trip and the June Lake Triathlon. It’s solar powered, supportive and down home, this race. I love this race. I love this little town. I love the lake. It’s so beautiful, you can see the Milky Way, the water is Caribbean clear. Oh, I adore June Lake & I look forward to this trip and this race for months.
this triumph makes the show go on! it drives, too…
The lake is cold. Frigid. Really really cold. Get that point. It’s wetsuit cold, filled up by melting snow packs and glaciers just up the mountain. Last year there were still snow caps and the run-off was an inspiring rushing waterfall. This winter wasn’t a one lush for the mountain. The ski resort closed down; June Lake needs an economic boost, some respectful tourists and some LOVE! This part of California is wild: Mono Lake is here,
Mammoth Lakes; the terrain just down from the lakes looks like the South African veldt, and is dotted with hot springs lovingly named, e.g. the Crab Cooker; bald men that look like John Locke from LOST will be there in Sarongs, be forewarned!
Last year a herd of cows got impatient waiting for us the vacate one spring and came up en masse to sluuurpsluurrrrppp spring water from the tubs whilst we marinated. Magical. There’s random night fireworks, farms with produce, so much beef jerky, ghost towns and shooting stars. It is a great place — take care in choosing your travel companion, as you will surely fall in love.
We raced between camping days up there. It was great. Mallory loped along, gazelle style, more full of finishing energy than she anticipated. I had a solid race: it was my second triathlon, my first being June Lake 2011. I hacked 8 minutes off my time, took 8th overall and won my age group. Best of all I had the fastest run split: 15 seconds ahead of the winner. A-hey! It’s worth mentioning that June Lake is 7700 feet above sea level. That’s some thin air, friends; I passed out the night prior after I spent too long huffing and puffing at the fire and abruptly stood up to go cut onions; lucky I fell away from the fire! Ack. Race-wise, between that air and the lake water, it’s difficult to get your breath and find a rhythm. I basically lost the race in the swim and spent the whole rest of it trying to catch back up, even thought I swam… okay.
& 54 minutes later ….
After the lake you cycle 8 miles of hills and finish by running a STEEP 5k in sand. Let me say again, it’s short, it’s wicked, but I.love.this.race. Allow me to nerd out a bit: I trained for the race for about 8 weeks; i based my training plans on a few publications: Training for the Time-Crunched Triathlete, Running by Feel, and the triathlon Bible by Joel Friedman. I work 50 hours/week and try to spend as much time loving on my little Vegas family as I can, so while the training is important, it can’t be paramount. Mallory didn’t really train too much! We got her pretty little bike together a few days before the race. We trained mostly indoors, running on tracks, cycling stationary at midday instead of rising at 6 am to make the brief 85-degree window… so there you go: you win these lovely ceramic handmade medals for finishing, little plates for winning and so on… the charm of the race, the very positive community and the climate know no bounds! I’m already looking forward to next June in July!
Well, it’s been about a month since we last posted… So much and so little is happening all at the same time. Let’s see…
I competed in my very first triathlon at June Lake… Go me!!! It was a wonderful long weekend back in the land of CALIFORN-I-A :: The cool, fresh mountain air, the trees, the COLD lake, the greenery, the deer, the camping, the hot springs… We did all we could in a few short days.
AND I actually competed in a triathlon (did ya catch that?)… I rode SUPER fast down that winding, steep hill on my new (vintage) Guerciotti! Yes, and of course I made my triathlon suit!!! Well, I combined Josh’s old tri suit with one of my old competition swimsuits… reduce, reuse, recycle BABY!
Photo: RP Studio
What else… I’ve been searching for the next greatest day job in Vegas; it’s time to supplement CurleeBikini with something. We’ve been battling the art of keeping a clean pool in the desert (long story). I’ve taken on the great potential of a new project, Creative Consulting for a fabulous dance troupe, the LA Follies!!!
Photo: Paul Gilmore
Hmmm, It’s definitely HOT here in Vegas!!! We’re finally filling this big casa up with some furniture… and, and… We got a new kitten! Introducing Mr. Moses Zale (Za-lay) — He’s currently being nursed back to great health, as we delivered him home from the Animal Foundation with a bit of a sneezer! I’m putting my self-taught, holistic veterinarian skills to use again…
A book for all Cat lovers and mothers to read: the Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier.
So… what else have we been up to, babes??!? What did I leave out???
PS :: For the latest in my fashion world check out my fashion-centric blog on Tumblr, msCurleeBikini!!! From my general life inspirations to designing CurleeBikini 2013 to the LA Follies Costumes and Events to Jigsaw-London’s occasional stuffs and ALL the Instagram images I can muster… it’s all there. Fashion there, Lifestyle here.
The Summer Issue of Mintedis finally here… and I’m on the cover!!! Well, it’s almost here—it’s releasing this Monday, June 4. If you don’t already know what Minted is and you’re into fashion, food, beauty AND awesome profiles of female entrepreneurs, you’ve been missing out. It’s a quarterly online women’s lifestyle and business magazine aimed “for the modern career girl.” The Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Shirley Lau, styled me and interviewed me herself! This latest issue has special sections focused on eco-friendly living, CurleeBikini Eco-Swimwear(of course) and for soon-to-be mothers!
Today we have some Minted sneak peeks especially for YOU—if you like what you see then you’ll love what’s in store for you this coming Monday!!! Being that this is one of CurleeBikini’s first BIG magazine features… I truly hope you enjoy ALL that it has in store for you!
Long summer days just sometimes aren’t enough for you to make wardrobe changes to take you from the sandy beach to a candlelit dinner with your better half. Minted has you covered in its Style File “Day to Night” section. With a swap of some accessories and pieces, you’ll be good to go for the day!
Yes, nowadays it is common to be a successful entrepreneur and careerwoman while still managing a family! And who says you can’t look awesome while you’re doing it? Founder and designer of Endure Jewelry Sunny Arada modeled the latest in maternity fashion that you can sport during and after your pregnancy! Yes, ladies, that means you don’t have to shell out money for clothes that’ll only fit that belly for a couple months!
Did you know that women control more than 60% of all personal wealth in U.S.? Even with stats like that, it’s surprising that women only make up 3% of the advertising industry’s creative directors—the very people in charge of selling you products. So why are men in charge of attracting brands that women are supposed to buy into? Find out why in the Summer Issue of Minted!