Hello! My name is mithra.
I'm an interiors stylist. I'm a vintage and antiques lover and I have an online shop, Finder Not Keeper, where I sell some of my best finds. (That's a lie. I keep the best finds.)
I travel a lot and have a knack for finding interesting women. (Another kind of antiquing, I guess.) I befriend these women and convince them to let me profile them here, on the blog. Then, I art direct the photo shoot, conceiving wildly ambitious sets and costumes, all which eventually get scaled back to normal non-Annie Leibowitz levels even though I have a husband who is willing to help me with ANYTHING.
Also, I'm a reader. I used to work in the fiction room of a library. I ran a book group for years. I write gooey fan letters to authors -- Ann Patchett, Michael Perry, Elinor Lipman, for example. (But not Jonathan Franzen, even though I love him.) Book recs are a regular feature on this blog.
I'm a recovering know-it-all mother of four sons. Back in 2014, as my house was gradually emptying of children like a slow leak in a tire, I started this blog because I needed to be something besides a mother. As it turns out, I was daring myself to write publicly. To hit 'publish' on a weekly basis. To be accountable to an audience. This has been a very valuable exercise.
Which brings me to my last skill. Actually, it's a gift. I'm a world class procrastinator. And if you subscribe to this blog, you will reap the benefits from my daily avoidance-of-work exercise. I send out links to the best writing, funny memes, even the best Ebay and Etsy finds that I come across in the vast reaches of the Internet. You're welcome.
Photo of me in Paris (top) by Carla Coulson. Other photos by Renn Kuhnen.
P.S. About the name. It's Persian. I used to wish my name was Elizabeth or Kitty - any of the Jane Austen characters, actually. Of course I've grown to appreciate my unique name. People remember it, which is helpful in this blogging business.