Dazzlers in the Night

Lately I introduced a small sub-collection of gemstone pieces titled Lincoln.  Their simplicity, elegance and sheer power to dazzle reminded me of the magic place we call Lincoln Center.  It’s an institution that has an aura of dreaminess, timeless beauty and human emotions all swirled into a mesmerizing tidal wave . It provides feasts for the eyes and for the heart.

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Floating By

The past few days I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about making active decisions in life.  It all started with a magazine article that talked about “floating” as a condition in which we accept circumstances and take whatever life gives us.  Fast forward, one day we wake up living a life in a city with another person and working at a job that makes us “happy enough” but are not quite what we envisioned for ourselves.

I think for a large part of my life, I was floating.  Things happened so easily for me.  I did what was expected of me and I felt good achieving them.  My measurement of success rested heavily on the opinions of the people I looked up to.  I wasn’t unhappy.  But I didn’t feel alive.  At times life felt a bit lethargic, like I could just float (there it is again) through it with one eye shut.  At other times, life felt unnecessarily stressful, like I was spending my energy worrying about things that didn’t matter that much to me.

Right around my mid-twenties, I went through my first of many quarter-life crises (man, our 20s really trip us up!).  If you’ve been through that process, you know the familiar symptoms and soul-searching questions.  And to be honest, I still don’t have it all figured out (hey I’m still in my 20s).  What I do know, however, is that life is not a perfectly laid out itinerary.  Part of the fun (and scariness) is that you don’t ever quite know where you’re headed.  On top of that, there is no longer a “right” or “wrong” direction to go (I think that’s why school felt so comforting).  So you’ve got to listen to that voice in your head and trust when something doesn’t feel right.  You’ve got to actively question why you make or forgo decisions.  At the risk of being entangled in philosophical questions that have no clear cut answers, you’ve got to spit out those questions and allow yourself the pleasure (and torture) of digging a way out.  And you’ve got to have the courage to face an answer that feels right but f**king scary as hell.

Doodles

When I was little I loved drawing and painting.  I used to sit for hours in a room, with my earphones on, creating one sketch or painting after another.  There is something very calming about being still and pouring your energy into something that morphs and grows into something beautiful.  I haven’t really done that for a long time.  The closest that I come to sitting still is making jewelry and reading (does internet surfing count?).  One of these days, I just want to sit down with a pencil, a piece of paper and doodle my way to happiness.


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Friday Finds (On Sunday)

Hello there!  Its a drizzly and cold Sunday here in NYC.  While I’m sipping coffee in bed (hmm eggs and bacon are on the way!), here are some crazy good stuff that I hope will brighten up your day.


This black and white kimono wrap dress from LayouDesign is sharp yet still feminine.  I am a sucker for well tailored, structured clothing and this LBD delivers with flying colors.

This adjustable hands bracelet from LA based Senesense is simple yet edgy, which you can pretty much use to describe their collection of spiked and studded metal jewelry.  When I look at this bracelet I can’t help but visualizing the act of hugging oneself.  A good reminder to not always been so tough on ourselves!

Wall art that makes you think.  This wall decal from singlestonestudio is graphically interesting and thought provoking.  It’s a great conversation starter and a perfect centerpiece for the living room.

This classic leather tote in an uplifting shade of hot pink/magenta by Leah Lerner is a fall must have.  It has the power to instantly dress up a simple outfit, reinforcing the power of a great piece of accessory.