I’ve Moved!

Hi all! Thank you so much for reading my blog.  I have recently moved over to here, so please bookmark the new page.  I will continue to cover arts & artisans, NYC, photography, and keep you updated on the progression of my jewelry line.  Thank you and happy holidays!

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Just Keep on Writing

I’ve been a long time admirer of Rachel over at Elephantine.  She is a talented jack of all trades, making beautiful jewelry, curating amazing kitchen finds, taking gorgeous photos, while working on her first novel.

When asked how she overcomes resistance and makes time for writing practice, she says:
“I think the key is to make writing a priority — if it’s truly a priority, you will find time for it, no matter how busy you think your day already is. Write instead of watching TV, write during your lunch break, write instead of going to sleep at your usual time. I’m always asking myself, “Is this really more important than writing?” If you have a newborn or taxes to do or overdue thank you notes to write, then yeah, you probably need to do that first. But there are plenty of things that can be traded in for writing time. And even if you’re a slow writer (like me) just a little bit every day eventually adds up to a lot.”

It’s encouraging to hear her perspective.  When you’re on a personal creative pursuit, it’s difficult at times to push forward.  A blank sheet of paper (or an un-carved piece of wax, in my case) can be intimidating.  Where to start?!  But I think it’s also a misperception that creativity just happens.  It happens in the process of experimenting, over and over again.  It requires diving into the unknown and figuring out a path bit by bit, through trial and error, through little victories and many dead ends.

Speaking of which, here is an interesting list of successful people who didn’t make it overnight but worked hard to achieve their accomplishments.

{Photo courtesy of Elephantine}

Summer Wardrobe

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I recently read this fun book called “Lessons from Madam Chic.”  It’s written by Jennifer Scott who studied abroad in France and learned quite a few important lifestyle lessons from her host mother.

One of these lessons has to do with owning fewer, better things.  It helps unclutter our wardrobe, our time and our minds.  The idea is that for every season you own a capsule collection of 10-15 versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched to produce many different outfits.  Let me pause a moment here: Imagine waking up in the morning and spending 5 minutes to figure out what you’ll wear?!

I love this style philosophy, especially after traveling for 3 months with nothing but a backpack of essentials.  After we returned to the States, I tried to put this to practice by cleaning out my wardrobe.  It is amazing how much stuff I own that have not been worn for more than a year!  Now my wardrobe is much more streamlined and I’m also able to better appreciate what I already have.  Shopping also becomes more enjoyable because it requires more deliberation and I am able to work with a bigger budget.

Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite finds from companies that focus on timeless style and quality.

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From top to bottom: Maxi Dress, Silk Tank, Chambray Dress, Black Shorts, Leather Tote, Bikini
{Photo: one of my style icons Charlotte Gainsbourg}