Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Light as a Feather


"They say it's spring, this feeling light as a feather..." - Blossom Dearie, "They Say It's Spring"


Relax & Let Go.  Kind of like this feather.  Just reading these words feels good, right?  I believe that the universe speaks to us & is constantly giving us the messages & answers that we need to hear.  Over the past year or so the words "Let Go" have been popping up all over the place for me & even though it goes against my nature to let go I'm getting the message loud & clear.  I'm lightening my load mentally & physically- organizing, getting rid of things that don't serve me anymore, getting healthier routines in place- & sending my own loud & clear message to the universe that I am ready for fresh, new things in my life.  I'm on a tear people.  Here is what I've been up to:

Spring Cleaning:
- Spring cleaning- as an interior designer I profoundly understand what an impact your environment has on your health, well being & happiness but the idea of cleaning out & organizing your life can be overwhelming so commit to choosing one area & spending 15 minutes a day on it.  I started with my huge pile of unread magazines.  I had to accept that fact that as tantalizing as they are I will never get to read them (which then causes me anxiety) & cancelled all of my subscriptions except for four.  Let Go, done!

- What are you looking at & what do you want to look at?  Pretty, inspirational things only please!  I had a bin on my desk that I threw receipts into.  Even though it was off to the side I hated seeing all those receipts & felt like it constricted my desk space.  I am now putting them in an envelope in my desk drawer & this small change has done wonders.    

- The dreaded email inbox.  Do a quick scan through any unread emails & then archive all that shit.  Let Go, done!  There is nothing like a fresh inbox.  As new emails come in judge them harshly as being worthy of your inbox & unsubscribe & archive with reckless abandon.

Healthy Habits:
Running/getting outside- I haven't been able to run for over eight months due to tendinitis in my left ankle but I am finally back out there, slowly & one step at a time.  Running is my meditation & happy place & I am over the moon to be able to do it again.

Meditation- as important as I know that daily meditation is I often fall off the wagon.  Oprah & Deepak's new 21 Day Meditation Challenge came at the perfect moment & if anyone can transform your life it's these two https://chopracentermeditation.com/home/?acode=oprah&utm_source=OLCDedicatedE-Mail&utm_medium=20140414&utm_campaign=1

I like Michael Singer's philosophy on meditation..."You meditate so that you have the center so you can let go of what life is doing. The real growth is letting go."  He's basically saying just LET GO & you won't even have to meditate...letting go of your self image, life situations, etc. is more powerful than meditating.  If you haven't read his book The Untethered Soul you must do so immediately, it's about letting go of the pain & suffering that we all experience in life & being free.

(Fresh & Somewhat *fancy*) Command Central:
New iPhone- I'm way overdue for a phone upgrade & I seriously think the polar vortex destroyed my phone. When shopping for technology my default is always black, sleek & James Bond looking. I have never been into white for the iPhone, it always looked weak & noncommittal to me but throw a little champagne gold on it & this girl is sold.  What can I say, it's fresh, a little fancy & I'm defenseless in the face of understated bling...
With my clean space, my healthy new habits & my fresh to death iPhone I feel ready to take on the world....oops, I mean Let Go & float as free as a feather ;) 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Swagger- Black & White

Ok, let's talk turkey...for all my flowery talk of looking like a fresh spring rose I'm NYC till I die therefore black is pretty much my go to staple, just now we all actually get to show a little more skin & sass...

  Black & white & graphic patterns keep things fresh & edgy in this Isabel Marant ensemble...
If anything makes me go weak in the knees crazy bonkers it's dope luxury & this Louis Vuitton outfit couldn't be any more so...
  the embroidery & detailing on the cape are exquisite....
Love the classic Dolce & Gabbana black lace paired with white, so elegant & chic for spring & summer...
  This Maje dress is one of my top spring picks...
put a clean lined & tailored blazer over it for day...
  for evening, take off the blazer, add a pair of killer heels & heads will definitely be turning!...
& finally, if world domination is your thing then Alexander McQueen has the perfect getup for you...;)
Hope you are all enjoying the glory of spring!!
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Happynings

I spent an amazing day in NYC with my niece & family.  This picture (thanks to my sister-in-law) pretty much captures the total joy & happiness of being in my favorite city in the world with my favorite girl in the world with my favorite building in the world (the Chrysler Building) peeking in just at the top of my phone.... 
Remember how I was all hatin' on Valentine's Day?  Well, my niece gave me this belated card & it made it all worth it...
 (Uty was her attempt at Auntie ;)
My friends & I are all turning 40 this year...I'm the baby of the bunch (ha!) in August.  I was all set to buy one of my best friend's a sappy Kathy Davis card (I can't resist them) but then I saw this....
 way more fitting for the big 4-0, we're both excited for the start of our most decadent decade yet & it kind of looks like us too!
I was happy to see Biggie arrive in my mailbox the other day, he inspires me...
you have got to read about the adventures of this 11-year-old New York kid who ran away from home for five days, he's adorable & a total hoot... http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/03/kareem-granton-life-in-pictures.html

& continuing with the champagne party my sister sent me this picture.  Apparently if you're in the market for a Bentley this champagne compartment is an option.  I told her this is how we'll roll hittin' up all the designer boutiques when we win the mega millions (or when our payday comes in from working our asses off ;)...I can just hear Biggie's "Juicy" blasting out of the speakers as we cruise around NYC...Now We Sip Champagne When We Thirst-ay ;)

Friday, March 21, 2014

We Made It!!

Happy Spring my friends!!  I was sitting at a coffee shop yesterday on 4th Ave. & E. 12th St & when that most glorious of moments occurred at precisely 12:57pm, I looked up at the blue sky & proclaimed, Hallefreakin'luuujah!!....This quote was on my zen calendar this week & I think it's a perfect way to celebrate the start of spring & the magnificence that is our planet earth....
"Imagine we are astronauts who have crashed on the moon.  We look across the vastness of space and see the beautiful blue Earth.  But we can’t get back because our ship is damaged.  All we do is look at that brilliant blue beautiful orb in the black sky and dream of being home.

But suppose we managed to fix our ship, and landed back home.  How would we feel when we first set foot upon the Earth?  What would we observe and savor?  How intensely would we experience the sights and smells, the flavors, the feeling of a gentle rain?

That’s how we should walk on the Earth with each step."

-A Walking Exercise from Thich Nhat Hanh

Have a wonderful weekend my friends... remember to Drive Slow & savor it!!

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring Swagger- Showstopping to Sublime

Love the color & movement of this Dior dress, it kind of takes my breath away.  Check out the peek of hot pink at the bottom too...
I'm intrigued by this work of art by Valentino....
 ladylike lilac lace from Pucci...this color gets me super giddy, I want to lacquer some walls in it, if you're game contact me!.... 

& a little more for everyday wear....

you'll look like a spring goddess in this LoveShackFancy maxi dress, perfect for a tropical vacation...
this RED Valentino outfit is like a fresh little spring rose, thorns at the feet & all...it could have gone too prim but the shorter proportions & flirtiness of the skirt are just right...
let's get a closer look at the shoes.  Oh how I would *LOVE* to get my hands (or I should say feet ;) on a pair of these Valentino studded heels...high class badass, they really give the outfit a much needed edge...
and as the finishing touch I'm going to add the blush pink Chanel bag from my previous post, I'm officially obsessed with it...
stay tuned, more Spring Swagger to come!....
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Stones & Shamans & Gold Chainz

I love that Jamie Anderson won the ultimate bling in Sochi...not because she's gorgeous & super duper talented, not because she's wearing the jacket version of my beloved Nike vest, but because she has now given me permission to wave my stone carrying freak flag loud & proud.  Yes people, I carry stones. Or if you want to be fancier, which I'm all for, crystals.  I was squealing with delight when I read about it here, eagerly texting my friends & family (who got stones from me this Christmas- I'm not sure they were entirely convinced), See! See! Jamie Anderson carries a quartz crystal & she won a gold medal!!!

It all started last fall.  It had been a tough year in many ways & my woo woo mind was open to any help.  I had read about a stone shop in the West Village in The New York Times over the summer and thought this could be the perfect time for me to visit.  When I found it on Christopher Street I realized I must have passed it hundreds of times without ever noticing it.  A lovely middle aged woman named Clara helped me find the perfect stones to hopefully change my energy.  They were beautiful.  I held them & admired them & read all about their properties.  I didn't show them to many people, just the ones that I knew would be open to it.  I recently recommended a specific stone to one of my dear friends & lo & behold when we were walking to dinner one Saturday night a few weeks ago we passed the stone shop.  She chose one that spoke to her & I was explaining to her to always keep it within two feet of her, sleep with it under her pillow & that random people will start talking to her a lot more so be prepared.  Well we left the shop & didn't make it 20 yards down the street when we get to the corner & this man approaches us.  It went like this:

Man, to me:  Excuse me!  Excuse me miss!  Are you a shaman?? Did you study shamanism or something?
  
My friend & I look at each other totally bewildered, trying not to completely bust out laughing.  Now in my 20+ years in NYC I have had some very strange street encounters but I have never been mistaken for a shaman.  I saw the new age magazine in his hand & realized he must have been in the shop with us & heard me talking.  Well, I wasn't about to completely deflate his dreams by telling him I was an interior designer- the horror- so I deflected the question as best as I could...

Me:  Ummm, no, not really.  Why?

Man:  You, you have KNOWLEDGE!!

Me:  We ALL have KNOWLEDGE.

Once he realized this skinny blonde in an orange corduroy mini skirt was not going to impart any special knowledge to him he decided he was going to impart his knowledge to us...

Man:  Well, I'm really great at history.  Ask me any question about history & I'll answer it.

Me:  Ok, how were the pyramids built?

Man:  Oh, yes, that's a good one...

So we chitchatted a little more about aliens & such & then my friend & I departed as graciously as we could, cracking up the entire way to the restaurant & all through dinner.  Now it's a running joke between us that I have "knowledge" ;)

Consider introducing some stones into your life my friends, I can't promise you'll win a big gold chain but things could get very interesting...;)

Happy Birthday to my amazing sister!! Love you!!

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Bright Side

As much as we've taken a beating this year, there is a quiet beauty to winter like no other...
photo: me