Lessons from Sushi



If you have 40 minutes to spare and a subscription to Netflix streaming, here is something you might love.   Last night, while stuffing myself with cold medicines and briefly suspending my bad habit of multitasking, I watched the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” It is a reaffirming and inspiring film, about a man who has spent 70 years perfecting the art of sushi making.

His devotion and pride to his craft elevate sushi to a work of art.  And frankly, in a day and age where I hear most people complain about their jobs, it is refreshing to see somebody who simply cannot get enough of it.

It seems that his motto is: Do one thing, learn to do it well and then push yourself to keep doing better. What distinguishes a great chef and good one is this persistence in reaching higher and delving deeper into the tiny minutiae in order to improve.

This idea of specialization and discipline is what mesmerized me about the Japanese, when I first visited the country a few years ago.  I remember sitting in a cafe bakery, watching bakers in the open kitchen make batches of desserts.  The movements and steps were repetitive but they didn’t seem to be bored by it.  The cleanliness of the work area, the swift steadiness of their gestures, the quiet and calm aura all combined to make this seemingly simple and boring task a some kind of performance.

When that is the process from which the end results are borne, you cannot help but harbor a deeper appreciation of what you have in front of you.  It becomes more than just sustenance for the body; it begins to feed your imagination and soul.

I truly believe that if we all approached our jobs and passions with the same attitude, perhaps the world would slow down a bit and we can all enjoy the little details that could add magic to our everyday.



Charming Snakes

Happy Chinese New Year!  It’s the snake’s turn.  In Chinese culture, the snake is considered a good luck charm.  Those born in the year of the snake are intuitive, introspective, graceful and sometimes very mysterious.

I feel inspired to work on a new snake design.  In the meantime, here are some beautiful pieces inspired by this serpentine creature.  Some are literal representations of the snake’s form, while others highlight its most distinctive features.


Shaun Leane Serpents Trace necklace with emerald


Ileana Makri diamond, ruby and gold snake ring




Jennifer Fisher Cuff


YSL Snake Skin Cuff

V-Day Arrivals!

I love the idea of East meets West.  I guess given my background that doesn’t come as a surprise.  So when it came to creating an initial necklace, I wanted to bring the fluid lines of Asian calligraphy to the world of Western alphabets.  The results are simple yet full of personality and whimsy.  This is one of many of my picks for Valentine’s Day.  Check them out here!

Mosco Initial Necklace, from Mica

Speaking of which, here are some other cool finds that can make the most extreme V-day cynic smile!


Silver and white vintage flower hairpins, from LucieTales.
These hairpins are so delicate and fresh. They remind me of romance from a bygone era, as if you just discovered them in your grandmother’s jewelry box.


“Morning Hope”, by Tubidu.
Tubidu’s prints are so colorful, dreamy and imaginative.  This is my favorite so far because it captures the possibilities that come with every new morning.  Makes me feel hopeful and in love with this world.


Valentine Heart Paper Ornament, by PaperAltar
So freakin’ adorable!  Frame it (or a few) in a 3D display frame and there you have new wall art for your home.


V Day Card, by Emily McDowellAwww…awkward and adorable!


V Day Tote with Gold Hearts, by TheLittleParasol
And don’t forget the little ones!