Mark This One…
One fine, average Friday on the way to the bank, my eyes, and the sunshine, suddenly caught pink-purple, glitter-metallic high heeled boots clip-clopping and spiraling my way…I looked up to see an astonishingly, well-suited, dapper man…
briskly striding towards me, all runway-style, all M-A-J-O-R.
WOW. JUST WOW. WAKE ME UP!
OH MAN, HE’S AN OMEN!
In a flash, I realized how much we all need simple, Familiar portents of happy, even the Spectacular these days…
and how can we build on those to
create a year, a life, of living gorgeously?
WHAT WILL MAKE ((( YOU ))) HAPPY IN 2017…IN ONE WORD?
Hello 2017! I’m usually the quizzical unicorn at dinner parties asking honest, simple and deep questions to elicit spontaneous measures of HAPPY vs. the usual cocktail chatter.
Quiz: Can you tell I am some kind of winking guru quizzer by this picture below? Sure ya can, let me share with you what I discovered during my 2016 winter holiday /cocktail dining quiz sessions.
I asked groups of friends for one word to describe 2016, and we heard “SURRENDER, TRANSITION, VULNERABLE” and the like, while one woman just held up her hands, open and balancing…face all in a quiz … it also kind of looked like the hand gesture for “WTF?”
Hmm,“BLESSED” wasn’t one of the answers. So 2015, I guess. Yup, life grew in complexity for 2016, we all agree. 2017: This is the year to Question everything in order to make life SPECTACULAR. In reviewing the year, I actually discovered that many inspiring, humanistic, and futuristic EXPERIENCES/OMENS already occurred! Along with the impossible and painful…omens that are steps ahead of the curve were right in front of my unicorn horn. (aka, Jewish-girl, quizzicle, yenta-unique-non-surgically-altered nose.)
So in a mere 17 trends, plus 1 to move us forward…here’s our a little thankful, ONE WORD review of 2016 experiences and trends.
(Oh yes, honeychild, some of these are our clients and projects, give us a minute to KVELL! Plus others that make for good omens with hints of YUM-makings for 2017. You’ll get yours, doll! How-to’s and definitions, PLUS! my key WORD and my own winner for PERSON OF THE YEAR, as your reward for getting through another of my long, hopefully inspirational, learn a little something-something, blog rants!)
THE LIST of 18:
DESIGN-TECH: ALIEN BONES, LASER DRONES
FASHION: THE FRANCA-EFFECT
FOOD: BAVARIAN RHAPSODY
JUSTICE: ELECTION OF PROTECTION
MUSIC: PRINCE BOWIE ALI
SOCIAL: HOLY TOLEDO!
URBAN DESIGN: ROOF-RAP
VISION: UFO ME
1 ART: DECADE-DANCE
Quiz: And, who is THAT dapper man? It is our CLIENT: Scott Sanders, interior designer, the man who began Ralph Lauren‘s interior design business. A TREND: we are calling Dancing Decades pairs together objects and furnishings equally Spectacular and Familiar, which places inhabitants exactly in the MOMENT for a new definition of comfort. To open 2016, his PROJECT: was the re-imagining of Miami Beach’s iconic Albion Hotel.
Scott, above in the room he designed for Sotheby’s, was asked to design the legendary hotel, famous for hosting the first poolside conversations which birthed Art Basel Miami Beach, steered by the Albion owners, The Rubell Family, ART-world honchos. See the interview we placed in Departures magazine (read more here) with the two stellar visionaries, Mera Rubell, of all things art and hospitality, and Scott, of all things spectacular and familiar in interior design and their 17+ year collaboration.
Of note, here’s the Scott’s Spectacular entrance echoing the original 1930’s Art Deco cruise ship design of architect Igor Polevitsky…
And see the Spectacular wall of paintings by Purvis Young, who was a noted local, self-taught artist the Rubells introduced to the art world, which cozy up the double height ceiling with Familiar.
It is a particularly soothing mix in these times. Ditto the Spectacular sky high atrium of New York City’s Beekman Hotel which opened this year, and the cozy, Familiar lounge down below,
Where a personal text at the bar says: “Your table is ready.”
OMEN FOR 2017: Honoring and care-keeping the (Familiar) history of a shared public space while inspiring the (Spectacular)…
Quiz: Didn’t the Familiar and Spectacular also resonate as the power of the beautiful people standing at Standing Rock?
2 BEAUTY: IMMORTAL
Quiz: Speaking of beautiful, why is that cactus holding a fancy perfume bottle?
Because I asked it to pose for our PROJECT: The Immortal Beloved perfume launch in the Wild West and…
…Slow Luxury bespoke perfume experiences in New York City. TREND: Immortal Beloved is the name of a new perfume as well as a new attitude in our relationship to materials of beauty. Scent and beauty products are not vigorously regulated against pervasive toxins, and thankfully more people are interested in the “immortal” long view of natural, organic, and traditional materials and methods. Our Slow Luxury initiative fosters the creation of artisan bespoke perfumes for individuals, complimentary scents for couples, and even travel experiences. Above, our CLIENT: Maria McElroy, Master Perfumer; House of Cherry Bomb perfumes at one of our events at the swellegant Cornelia Spa at The Surrey Hotel.
Bespoke perfume for couples launched for Valentine’s Day 2016 at Cornelia Spa and was covered in IN New York Magazine and in November we launched Immortal Beloved, The World’s First Perfume and Coloring Book at the University of Arizona’s Museum of Art‘s gala benefit and pop-up shop event. Read more about that, here.
OMEN FOR 2017: Formerly you could buy Maria’s perfumes by the bundle in Bergdorfs and Sephora among others…ho hum, very pre-2017! NOW it’s about more than a new spritz…it’s about how YOU IMAGINED and MADE that perfect IMMORTAL SCENT for yourself. Omen! You can travel with us to Marrakech to design custom perfume, clothing, and furnishings in 2017. Read more here.
See Maria’s Instagram from her December trip and teleport.
Quiz: Might you be among the growing many who happily support the planet by eating sustainably, curiously, and greenly? #3 is for you.
3 COLOR: GREENERY
Quiz: Who are these dapper men and greenery? Meet master chef David Bouley at his Bouley Botanical restaurant space in Tribeca, New York City and our CLIENT: Dr. Pedre, integrative physician. We discovered Chef Bouley’s PROJECT: Doctor and the Chef Series, an evening featuring a multi-course tasting menu, along with talks by cutting-edge doctors, together in the fresh herb-wall-gardened greenery space…and connected the doc, thus…an omen.
TREND: “Greenery” is Pantone‘s color for 2017 and we were immersed in it April and October for two special dinner collaborations at Bouley Botanical. Both evenings were a memorable, extraordinary culinary journey through multiple dishes, like this green, non-green Hibiscus Granite New York State Cascade Grape Sorbet, with Tahitian Vanilla ice…and below the green, non-dairy version, Avocado-n’ice cream from Supercharged Foods beauty and healer, Lee Holmes, our table-mate. Catch the dinner recap here along with coverage by Robb Report!
OMEN FOR 2017: Greenery is Healing through Food and Awareness of the link between ourselves and the planet…Heaven on Earth!
Quiz: What else is supreme linking? (note: linking, not licking, I know because we were just discussing ice cream, you got inspired, but try to focus, ok?)
4 DANCE: TOGETHER
Quiz: Who are these people advocating for politicians to dance vs. debates and duels? Raising our collective emotional intelligence has been a trend and is clearly needed in this world. I was so happy to envision and enlist Tanya Rivero, host of Wall St. Journal’s Lunch Break to tell the inspiring story of Dancing Classrooms and how a TREND: the art of partner dancing (Ballroom; Fox Trot; Tango; Merengue; even The Hustle) as art to heal and engage kids.
PROJECT: We were honored to do PR and event production for CLIENT: Dancing Classroom’s Elevate event this year. The inspired gentlemen above are Dancing Classrooms’ founder, Pierre Dulaine who literally lights up a room, and MC for the Elevate benefit evening, JW Cortes of Fox‘s Gotham, a veritable hero of an actor who headlined a Latino lineup of Grammy nominee talent, and one who spoke eloquently of how “the arts can and will save lives.”
Pierre said he was an awkward child and ballroom dancing gave him confidence and poise; he then taught dance to kids in one classroom in NYC as a way for kids to grow in emotional intelligence, respect, and hope towards their success in life. From one class to now 50,000 children in the US and 5 global locations, Pierre’s story has since inspired movies, such as Mad Hot Ballroom, Take the Lead, and Dancing in Jaffa, where he introduced partner dance to kids in the Middle East.
OMEN FOR 2017: Dance Together!
Quiz: If Standing Rock was powerful, can you imagine if we held a dance party and everyone came? Ballroom dancers, Burning Man kids, and party people dancing in serious joy. There’s some visuals and change dancing up on the front line for our rights, eh?
And if you are tired of hearing that Millenials cause this and Millenials cause that (they do)…some brilliant Millenials in science and tech push the globe and our noggins too. See here…
ALIEN BONES, LASER DRONES
PROJECT: This past November, we were invited to design a pop-up shop for Head to Toe, The University of Arizona Museum of Art‘s gala exploring how to wear art in 2016. Flying to the American West always makes a wrinkle in Time for us…expanding ideas and new linking from ancient bones to modern laser-swerves in design, a nod to the sweeping TREND: of new vision via drones.
Above is a design of Merve Oztemel, from Istanbul, whose laser-sculptural art we introduced to the US and the pop-up. Merve’s headgear sits somewhere between fascinators, alien bones, and Princess Leia.
Below, the latest architectural WOW of Santiago Calatrava, the World Trade Center transport hub, called Oculus, is of the same spirit, which we say sits somewhere between bird flight, whale bones, and drone vision.
Just to push further, in the Feng Shui I practice, there is an ancient Tantric practice of astral body meditation, done to clear the mind and energy, which essentially does what drones do, float, show us the expanse, and look back at us from another perspective. Amazing…this Techy-Trekky-Tantric future show is just beginning!
ODE TO ANCIENT FUTURISTS 2016: Back in Arizona, when we co-MC’d the art to wear fashion show at the art museum, in addition to designing the pop-up shop, we noted in our commentary that fascinating fashion and design explorations no longer need be tied to major runways or platforms. Invention is everywhere. Read more about the project, the fashion we peeped and the gala here.
What’s your Oculi-Spectaculari invention for 2017?
I naturally had to do that oculi-see-me-I-am-a-nerd-selfie thing upon my visit this year to the spectacular 66th floor of the new WTC, itself a drone view of the Oculus! I was invited by event planner-maximus, Sarah-Jane Benison, to see the studio-in-the-sky of painter and filmmaker, Marcus Robinson, who has been documenting the re-birth and re-build for over 10 years!
OMEN FOR 2017: Tech-design via matched natural patterns inside and out inspires the new spirituality. Quiz: Or is it the other way around?
6 DRINK: KOMBUCHA
Quiz: Happy New Year 2017 and why on Earth do we find ourselves toasting with Kombucha instead of champagne?
Getting the message! Between the one day I peeped a well-known sushi chef’s kitchen kitted out with a production line up of kombucha tea in mason jars getting cultured…to this Inc. article on GT Dave, the founder of GT Kombucha, (below) who began his business at age 15! and turned this “fermented probiotic beverage into a $600 million category–one that he still dominates”…a product whose healing benefits abound…plus celebs do it so it’s a TREND: via Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Reese Witherspoon.
Quiz: WHY are you still asking why? Follow the unicorns, It tastes tantalizing, gives no hangover, and is fermented health in a bottle!
OMEN FOR 2017: Cheers to visionary unicorn entrepreneurs, GT Dave began at age 15! At the rate that self-motivated individuals are carving out new paths, plus all the opportunities in health, tech, and the environment, no need to wait for Trump gymnastics, my people!
Quiz: Why not question status quo, and make money for good? Hint Hint: As of this moment in time, there are no beautiful bars or lounges serving kombucha in NYC. Incredible! Opportunity! Happy!
7 EXPERIENCES: UNARTHODOX
TREND: A little UNARTHODOX HANDS-ON fun is always a good idea. PROJECT: We made a little NY1 lights-camera-action happen in our CLIENT: Unarthodox‘s Chelsea studio, where NY1 arts producer Stephanie Simon shed her shoes for some delicious multi-media, free-form creativity classes and happenings. Watch the segment here.
In other hands-on news, gallery Les Atelier Courbet invited us to patch, sew, and dye Japanese traditional textiles as part of NY Textile Month. Imagine Brooklynites ceremoniously gathering their soiled white garments like a prayer offering, and queuing up to the vast indigo vats…
…lorded over by master indigo farmer-dyers of BUAISOU visiting from Japan, everyone’s past lives as peasants humming through their astral bodies.
Peep these “Boro Textiles” antique hemp and cotton pants at $1800. or so, above at Les Atelier Courbet. “Boro Textiles” is not a cute clothing collection crafted in Brooklyn or Queens, it’s the folk craft of patched garments made in the Edo Period in Japan, 1615 – 1868. The patched fabrics, hand sewn piece-by-piece, were used again and again for work-wear. Today we value the aesthetic worn-out condition as intriguing evidence, “…layers of historical and social information, giving priceless value to the non-precious textile.”
The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum wrote, “There’s an expression Mottai-nai! in Japanese, which we say to remind ourselves not to let anything go to waste. The idea has origins in ancient Buddhist philosophy but has long since become part of our everyday thinking, an attitude of respect toward nature and care toward the material things we use.”
OMEN FOR 2017: Everyone is suddenly a Luddite Shaman, desiring blue hands vs. manicures, via three OMENS we love: hands-on creativity, conscious interaction with the environment, and respect for creating and celebrating material goods that last.
8 FASHION: THE FRANCA-EFFECT
I first met the glowing, inspiring, innovator Franca Sozzani, Vogue Italia‘s editor-in-chief, the year we supported Fashion-4-Development (click here to read more on that PROJECT), an initiative of the United Nations, for which she was Goodwill Ambassador. She was a Great Italian Love Song…unfortunately, Franca passed on this year, 2016, but not without laying her very important, bejeweled gauntlet down for the rest of us.
For 28-years at the helm, she was known to let her creatives take free-rein, bestowing beauty and provoking images and ideas on the world, from her groundbreaking first “all-black” issue of Vogue in 2008 (oh lord, it took that long???) and her support for sustainable development in Africa.
She approached me after I spoke at a Fashion-4-Development round-table for sustainable fashion, she said she admired our Slow Luxury ventures, especially our travel to Marrakech, invited us to her home there, and curious to hear more.
OMEN FOR 2017: Many in the fashion industry and beyond were inspired by this powerful, golden woman. I have this theory that when inspiring people pass, they have instilled their impact into those around them to carry the torch, grow stronger, give more. As admired editor, Emil Wilbekin tweeted: “Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people – the beauty within.” Franca was a champion for THIS. The Franca-Effect will always steer our creativity and bespoke, sustainable travel adventures. Quiz: Who is your Franca- Effect for 2017?
Quiz: Speaking of inspiration, what stories and images are now in your heart from 2016, what guides your life from that?
9 FILM, TV: MOONLIGHT
“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close–up.”
Reflection of “close-up” hit home on three TRENDS: for me in 2016…mobile phones capturing people on the protest front lines, those murdered from behind on the street, and PROJECT: my dream to see my own social justice film on the big screen.
Quiz: Are you squirming? The truth is that, along with the beautiful, the horrific must galvinize our creativity.
First, the beautiful. The most extraordinary movie I saw this year and the opportunity to be involved in more international TV production and creation moved my creative compass forward. Exhibit A, Moonlight, a groundbreaking film in which we experience the hardships and joys of a young, African-American boy and man in three phases of his life…a portrait up-close and very personal, which is precisely why this film has been nominated for dozens of awards, which it so well-deserves.
A new view of masculine FEELING, kindness, strength, homosexuality, and love. Close-ups? The intimacy that this film engenders gives me some hope for humanity, dissolving the 4th wall as we’ve never on the screen.
The image above, when the boy, bullied and battered by life (named Chiron, for the mythical centaur, who as the master of the healing arts, could not heal himself and willingly gave up his immortality) goes to the ocean with a new father figure/friend, who holds him in the water (emotions) and invites the boy to relax and float softly intoning, “I got you, I promise I won’t let you go.” It’s a powerful moment of trust through pain that every human can relate to, the allowing, the moonlight which always shadows our sun. We see ourselves in both roles, the protecting parent and the trusting child. The intimacy of this scene plays out deep within us.
Well, maybe not as intimate as BEING on screen!
Yep, Exhibit B, it’s a shameless segue to my own 2016 international film and TV production adventures! PROJECT: Here below is the gang we gathered (in a speedy 2 days) for a Rockin’ NY segment airing this year for Sieben TV, Germany’s second largest privately owned television company with (r. to l.) CLIENT/FRIENDS: Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin; Scott Sanders; Tomas Hill, founder of East End Limouine; and moi.
This is our fourth video/film/TV co-create with Ms. Costin, assembling this cast of characters for this story, including a gourmet lunch from White & Blue Restaurant and craft beer from Paulaner NYC Brewhouse, booth on the Bowery.
OMEN FOR 2017: Film galvanizes us, from mobile phones exposing the violence this summer against people of color, to groundbreaking movie portrayals, and to selfie boom-boom videos everywhere. Pain galvinizes us. Keep filming my friends, we are all now the media, inventing and watching ourselves everywhere, and hmmm…
Quiz: OBSERVE and SERVE. Isn’t that what YOGA tells us to do?
10 FOOD: BAVARIAN RHAPSODY
11 HEALTH: MICROBIOME
Quiz: How do you make your little earth garden inside grow, Grasshopper?
In the land of TREND: Microbiome, over a trillion organisms swirl, an inner world cranking out as much feel-good dopamine as in the head and where 90 percent of the body’s serotonin floats. Not only must this goopy inner-soup be fed well, it became a Macro TREND in 2016. More than what’s on your plate and in your body, it’s a whole body/lifestyle approach, healing persons and planets. Our ‘science project’ came to life this year, in the form of our PROJECT: the Happy Gut site and video launch, and the Good Morning America segment for CLIENT: Dr. Vincent Pedre and his book and brand platform.
Healing through food and awareness of the link between ourselves and the planet…Heaven on Earth! The Microbiome is a new frontier re-making how we think about our relationship with food and the basis for conditions from Autism to brain health. Healing does double duty for both our bodies and and the planet by insisting on organic, non-GMO crops and sustainable animal rearing… and eating slowly with friends! Peep this dinner party video we co-produced on happy, healthy eating for Dr. Pedre.
And…Kudos to the Doc, appearing on Good Morning America to share his garden/digestion analogy we helped him prepare for his moment in the TV cameras with Robin Roberts and millions of viewers!
OMEN FOR 2017: Food trends may just unite humanity to save the planet. Whether uniting against GMO’s pesticides, reviving old/health food traditions, more organics…even WASTed food. Peep the revolution by Chef Dan Barber and his creative collab to create new dishes from food otherwise wasted by the industry.
12 JUSTICE: ELECTION OF PROTECTION
13 MUSIC: PRINCE BOWIE ALI
Popping out of a meeting the week before the holidays on the corner of Bowery and Houston, my eye caught a massive Bill Cunningham, then a massive Buzz Aldrin staring down at me from high space. While everyone will miss being snapped by Bill and the possibility of outer space adventures with Buzz…these Immortal Beloveds beaming down from atop of the Logan Hicks‘ mural, were actually part of a massive slide show of TREND: heroes and heroines passed this year and a supreme moment of Grace. As unexpected, generous, and surprising street art in the heart of the winter cold, it captured the shock and the impact of the “larger-than-life” majors we “lost.”
The music triad of Prince Bowie Ali fit together for me as royalty, my musical soul is in eternal gratitude to all three. Bowie gave us the nerdy androgyne, perfect for my teen angst; Prince gave us the pansexual; handy for being in my twenties, during which I sported the sexuality and the same afro upon my head as Prince Pan. Yes, I admit that I ventured an “ow-a-ah,” Prince-style here and there.
And before both of them, terrifying, true, and wildly inspiring in my childhood, Ali, whom Rolling Stone called “a rhyming trickster“ and wrote about what I always knew, that his “legendary putdowns, toasts and snaps are part of hip-hop’s DNA,” in this excellent article tracing Ali’s influence on rap music.
THAT influence on all spoken word, all music, and all Self-Awareness throughout time. THAT deserves a street. Here, New York’s 33rd Street in front of Madison Square Garden became “Muhammad Ali Way” in 2016.
OMEN FOR 2017: Now my musical prayer…can we all stop looking down on men and women slain on our streets, our jails, our houses of worship and fun?
Can humans stop looking down on ourselves as scared, unloved nerds or looking too high up to heaven awaiting virgins and other religious prizes causing us to act out of fear and hatred?
Can we instead look deep into our center, our true HEARTS as HUMANS and change our every thought and action from hate to love so as to influence the world? I pray so.
14 SOCIAL: HOLY TOLEDO!
Quiz: Just go get what you want, OK?
and Quiz: Who is this man?
PROJECT: I drew this image of Derek Blasberg, he a multi-titled one: socialite, humorist, Vanity Fair‘s Our Man on the Street, Gagosian gallery senior-staff, and the host of the television show, CNN Style, and passed the original on to him via a mutual friend. We are not yet on his ‘get up on my St Barths’ boat sista’ terms…so I did hope he got it…and yet…through the magic of Instagram, see below. OMEN! He got it.
No matter what is a mess in this world, it’s still a magical world of connection! This is what gets me down kissing the ground! In another example, I read that fashion designer, Marc Jacobs likes to cuddle with his dog Neville and watch RuPaul’s Drag Race…just as Neville was about to launch his first Rizzoli book since his Instagram successes. Did the cuddle-kids see this yet? IDK. They will!
And then sometimes the social-love-magic happens so randomly that one feels OMEN’d. This little fashion-inspired sketch below, after I first cycled on New York City’s Citibikes.
This sketch was liked by the Toledo’s, Isabel and Ruben, the married artist/designers that have been one of NYC’s most amazing creative couples since the 80’s, here one of my favorite articles on them, in Harpers Bazaar. Their “like” had me in a makeout session with the floor! Beyond Excited.
CLIENT: Me!…all these drawings were part of my PROJECT: to chronicle inspiring NYC and to draw for the simple pleasure of it.
OMEN FOR 2017: The Desire, the Creative Urge. Definitely go with that feeling for 2017. If it means turning off the phone, ceasing the shopping online or a pledge to kick the Netflix-fix for one night, I promise you benefits to open up worlds for you! Want your portrait done by moi? Click here.
15 TRAVEL: VOLUNTOURISM
Oh nuthin’…just a good morning wake-up, brunch with giraffes, along with the millions who read USA Today. Here is the article in which we placed our Slow Luxury travel partner, Epic Road, leaders of the TREND: “voluntourism” and “transformative travel.” Epic Road is on Travel & Leisure‘s A-List and you can read more about our latest adventure, our PROJECT: the Slow Luxury Epic Road trip to Marrakech, to create sustainable bespoke perfume, clothing, and home design objects, here.
OMEN FOR 2017: We ALL have an opportunity now to serve and heal the world…we say go for it!
16 URBAN DESIGN: ROOF-RAP
This sooo warms my hippie heart!
TREND: “Grow Food,” See the video below, a rap song created by kids in North Minneapolis growing food with Appetite For Change, an .org using food as a tool to build health, wealth, and social change ...and rap lyrics! I was crying with joy when I found this video that went viral:
“Cocaine doesn’t grow in my community, but kale does,” affirms Denver-based DJ Cavem. With creds as a music educator, Grammy Award nominee and international recording artist along his yogi wife, Alkemia, they created their Sprout That Life Barnraiser fundraising project to link music, hip-hop to jobs in the green sector via their educational curriculum. As a supporter, this unicorn is KVELL-ing over this!
The New Farming is an omen for a better world. In cities, on roofs, by kids and in winter…consider these fun facts from just the tip of the iceberg of urban farm PROJECTS here in NYC:
In 2016, one of the most high profile urban agriculture projects worldwide, Gotham Greens’ rooftop greenhouse, grew over 10 million heads of lettuce and herbs for 300+ customers, donated over 30,000 lbs. of healthy produce to schools and food pantries across NY and Chicago, donated over 40,000 seedlings to local schools and gardens and saved over 10 million gallons of water. And then there is Brooklyn Grange, where the Pagan, bridal lady below is grazing, which operates the world’s largest rooftop soil farms, atop two roofs in NYC, and grows over 50,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. Plus, people celebrate up there!
OMENS FOR 2017: Beautiful Life! Considering that food production and feeding a hungry, warming planet is a major DESIRE, positive TRENDS, like grants for farmers and the growth of tech innovations, making headlines like “Winter Farming is the Hottest Thing” …these are OMENS which make us rap, dance, and sing on this floating Earthship.
17 VISION: UFO ME
Now, from an even higher ROOF RAP…I happened to be reading The Fabric of The Cosmos by Brian Greene, and there on page 425, I was astonished to read that cosmic rays, which are “highly energetic atomic nucleus or other particles traveling through space at a speed approaching that of light,” originating from outside our solar system, still, 9 decades after their discovery, are a complete mystery as to where they come from.
They may come from supernova explosions or …?, and are mentioned as causing a range of effect from mobile phone blips to cancer to climate change. There is even an Oh-My-God particle (it’s real name!) with the highest energy recorded yet at 20,000,000 times more energetic than the energy ever measured as an extra-galactic object.
OMEN FOR 2017: I did not know of this. Stuff from outside our solar system is like religion, open to hypothesis, no one really knows and the only fitting response is to carry on in LOVE. Given the cozy place science and religion blurs will find in the White House for 2017…LOVE is the message and the way.
18 WORKOUT: WERK-IN
PROJECT: While I always yap on about community to work out woes and soothe the soul, I shall never offer up my body temple to groupie things like ugh: TRENDS: Soul Cycle, Cuddle Parties, or Las Vegas-style water-calisthenics on a cruise ship (I made that one up.) Torture-chambers, all. If I’m gonna work out angst or my flesh..and commune with humanity, I’m on a hot dance floor, a yoga mat or running track, or weaving through the masses on city streets, very high heels on, music up.
So when a friend coerced me to try the latest workout class-ugh- TREND: The Class with Taryn Toomey, rumored to be the hardest work-out ever, involving both yoga mats and optional sneakers (?) I prayed hard on it my sisters and brothers, I prayed on the torture… and then surrendered.
It starts like this below, cool music, cool vibe via Taryn teacher-talk. Into it. Little energetic leaps, ok.
And before you know it, you’ve clocked about 10,000 of the little/huge jump-ups and fun/jump/torture/push-up/hand-stands, see below, to really loud rock-n-roll anthems while Toomey raps (screams) yogic-ish, blissful power talk that would inspire a nerd or a queen. I altered equally between these two states of being, which I think is exactly the OBSERVE which heals for a WERKOUT/WERK-IN.
I had all the QUEENLY peak “wow-surpassing myself!”-“I am a champion”-” wow-I’m so high” and NERD crying moments. Not to mention the bliss of doing this in tandem with some hard-a__s NY’ers. In short, we werked our supermodel __’s off. CLIENT: ME. PROJECT: Our Body.
OMEN: Workouts are best when they WERK-IN both body-helter-skelters plus yogic-like mind-melters.
The other community/group activity I always adore are creative enterprises which support community, become community. I love when creative work is available and accessible to all, case in point, The Alpha Workshops, which I wrote about earlier this year, after attending their gala benefit. The Alpha Workshops are an artisan’s atelier modeled on the famed Omega Workshops, the Weiner Werkstatte, the Bauhaus, and the American Arts & Crafts movement. Alpha is “is dedicated to creating beauty and changing lives.” They are the nation’s only non-profit organization providing HIV-positive individuals with industry specific training and employment in the decorative arts.
On top of that gorgeous gesture, they even excel at the precious, small acts of gratitude and I’m so grateful they shared this on their social media, “If you haven’t been over to see Jade Dressler‘s dreamy, inspirational, freewheeling blog it’s a must visit- and we’re honored to be mentioned for the original art at this year’s Alpha Awards (whose “layered beauty rivaled the new prints from Italy”) in this lovely piece on Jade’s inspiration du jour.”
And here’s the real-real “inspiration du jour“…the White Helmet women volunteers in Aleppo.
The healing of the world is literally in our hands. “WE ARE THE ONES WE’RE WAITING FOR.”
“Studies show that around the world and here at home- the surest way to lift a family or community is to lift a woman. When a woman rises, she brings her people up with her. When she rises, families rise, communities rise, and the world rises. Together Rising exists to heal the world, one HER at a time.”
Those quoted words by Glennon Doyle Melton, who put together, Together Rising, the non-profit organization that has raised over four million dollars for families around the world through its Love Flash Mobs, and a community of women, who lately has raised hundreds of thousands for Help Refugees and White Helmets on the ground in Aleppo.
I found out about this work through following Marie Forleo, who became an official project partner of The Compassion Collective and joined forces with the likes of Glennon Doyle Melton, Elizabeth Gilbert, Brené Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Rob Bell, Valarie Kaur and Laverne Cox.
I mention all this because just one thread led me to the Power of Together. Thank you to Marie Forleo, and everyone. Community begins here. Now.
OMEN for 2017. The Feel-Good Workout-Werk-in Formula. The Feel-Good moves from Self, to Others, and then En Masse. Familiar and Spectacular!
PERSON OF THE YEAR! YOU. YOU reading this right now, YOU hold the greatest power of LOVE to share and give. ‘Nuff said.
ONE WORD for 2017: It’s two words, but its important to go the extra mile and add your action to GOOD…that new COMBO WORD is DO GOOD.
WHAT WILL MAKE ((( YOU ))) HAPPY IN 2017…
IN ONE WORD?
There it is! Cheers my brethrens and sistrens!
Thank you for reading, caring, and being an inspiration to me!
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NYC: Last night in the black and white of dusk, sipping rose at Bar Pleiades’ sidewalk cafe, a smoking hot, elder Frenchman came snapping around the corner in a blinding light like a comet, his loud, phantasmagoric red sneakers blaring first…
He suddenly commanded all he surveyed, made everyone at the cafe heat up with inner hormones howling, before whippin’ his kicks into the dark, cool, hip depths of The Surrey Hotel.
“Ah, yes, another easy, sexy summer begins!”
So we all thought.
In contrast to that confident and cool Frenchman seen earlier this summer, a steady parade of loud, fearful human egos, trials to justice, and horrific tragedies has followed, marking the summer of 2016, very hot, only in part due to climate change.
Rocked our foundations. While we usually spot trends on this blog, this month we are choosing to explore those that elicit pleasure, champion healing, sweetness, teasing silliness, and humanity.
Which are really the only trends worth spotting!
In the throes of the worst of times, love, peace and healing may seem a distant, glittering memory, and yet it is so true that wounds beget healing.
We ask ourselves how to mine the riches of the underground, stand up again, affirm love, individual identity, beautiful diversity in ourselves and give back to the world the love and healing it is aching for right now?
We are at the center of a crossroads. Astronomy’s summer discovery of an ‘X’ at the exact middle of our Milky Way galaxy echoes that steadfast soulful choice we all must make.
“The opposite of love is not hate – it’s indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death – it’s indifference.”
Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner,
Holocaust survivor and author of Night, passed this July.
If like me, all the violent events of the early summer have you spinning around wondering where to step next, how to make a difference, how to heal…follow me to the high and the wild road…where we care deeply for the beauty of ourselves, others and this finite planet.
Once upon a summer morning, on the way to the beach, I chanced upon this little house:
See that book on the bottom left? Women Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. is an old favorite, my kind of classic beach read. Delighted and thankful, I took the book.
The book reminded me of humanity’s balance of beauty and beast; caring for life via womanly…and yes wolf-like…ancient, healing medicine, a perfect balm for these times. Am I surprised that Kanye’s Wolves video just launched at the same time plus Bill Maher’s cheer for Hillary Clinton as “a wolf with bits of Grandma in her teeth?”
Nope. Never surprised by being in sync.
Myth-inspired, wise quote balloons from Clarissa Pinkola Estés are sprinkled within, plus wisdom of “the wolves” quotes…perhaps not Kanye style, but a salve for events of late.
Dancing in red shoes and flower garlands affirm love and healing, so trip with me from summer’s Beachy Tidal Pools to Tidal Streaming; to Jade’s Get Happy Summer Playlist; from Get to Know Yer Wild Flowers that I’ve seen popping up in fields, streams, and city streets; to following my tried and true healing path, an ancient |modern | timeless fractal trail map called Tracing The 9 Stars, as a system to link our 9 chakras of innate sense, with spaces and places underfoot and beyond.
Note to Self: Heal Thyself Hints are also scattered within, because there are still SO MANY MORE places where LOVE reigns, where people choose to dance, to love, to offer kindness, to work hard…let’s go there.
EARTH YOUR 1ST CHAKRA. TAKE A STAND AND STAND BY ME.
“Stay in your sneakers!” said the beautiful mother of my beautiful friend Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin. Perfect advice to belong to that club where you are most authentically YOU. That is your gift to the world.
This summer that sneaker to stay and stand in seems to be red.
Red foundations empower passion and life. Red sneakers are Everywhere rooting, affirming basic stands, re-rooting first chakra ideas. From that French gent I drew earlier commanding NYC with his red kicks to #BlackLivesMatter activist Deray McKesson documenting the front lines in red Nikes. We all get that its time to be WOKE. The fairy tale of the red shoes tells what happens to a soul when their original creationing becomes attractive to conditioning…and the original passion gets buttoned up or goes to sleep. The fire builds, finds other streams of expression.
Are we surprised that the red warrior planet, Mars, was retrograde with its aspects (power, action, anger, war, aggression) in review, from April 18 to June 29 this year? Our inner warriors are orbiting direct now, and we integrate all that has opened our wounds for healing.
Grab yer red shoe, grab your pleasure, …
Heal Thyself Hints: We are loving more red, passionate statements: outre red sparkle socks with black maribou slipper heels, both so bad, but together soooo good!…designer, Grace Lant’s luxury take on good ole’ boys athletic wear below, giving gals a soft, safe cocoon of soft greys with sporty red ambition…her collab with Underground, the authentic British sub-culture inspired shoemakers will give you some classic kick-a__.
Get to Know Yer Wild Flower, Why Dance? We Came to Dance! is a brilliant video by DJ, Tasha Blank here below to inspire THAT kind of free dance healing. Show up at one of her Get Down dances this summer! Jade’s Get Happy Summer Playlist 1 is a 90’s revisit, Sneaker Pimps, Underground, of course.
“Wolves never look so funny than when they have lost the scent and scrabble to find it again…they look as if they’ve lost their wits. But they are really doing is picking up all the clues they can find.”
DREAM. STAY WOKE IN 2ND CHAKRA BLISS, SLEEP WITH THE BEST.
Walk in their shoes, sleep in their bed. This summer I slumbered in the same savvy, Savoir Beds from the Savoy Hotel in London as do/does/did Queen Elizabeth; Sir Winston Churchill; Marilyn Monroe; Chelsea Handler and ex-boyfriend Andre Balaz; plus Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, (owners-of and rompers-in 6 Savoir beds!)
In fairy tales, royal mythical beings preferred hand-made beds lest they lose sleep over a tiny irritating pea felt under a thin mattress. You can see from this picture that Savoir Beds do not spare the sustainably-harvested horse hair from South America, just one layer among many. Their one factory looks more like an artist’s lair oh-so-carefully crafting mattresses for 100 years. PS: they have a heavenly scent, stoking the desires and comforting the contrasting fears of the second chakra. PPS: Dream on perfection.
Appropriately evoking heaven,“Away in the Manger” was sung as a bedtime lullaby by my friend Rio Hamilton as I laid my bones on the famous trellis-ticking covered with little leather rosette beds in Savoir’s Soho showroom. The sensation was immediate! It was as though the bed rose up to meet and greet my body, hold me up vs. the heavy sink. Clearly this is the way to spend half of one’s life!
The Savoy’s distinction of installing the first elevators in a hotel, along with the first electric lights, begot the world’s first luxury suites, all penthouse-like at upper levels due to the ability to elevate discreetly, versus climb stairs like the common folk had to do. Upstairs, Downstairs.
How to go high when others go low as Michelle Obama said? Appropriate to the times, sexy 2nd chakra frolics in bed, and our gender-blends, follow this “tidal tale” of the C. Fornicata shell I discovered this summer on the beach…
the tides bring in slipper shell aka C. Fornicata, in shades from white to pink to browns, wave by wave…
Slippers of late are considered an invasive species, not really because they fornicate and replicate a lot, which they do, (and there are attempts to harvest and market the snail as a culinary pleasure in France, so expect to see these on your plate one day)…actually the “fornicate” name tag stems from their “sexing” in the ocean where they stack up like spiraling fractals.
Science says: “individuals are often found heaped up and fastened together, with the larger, older females below and the smaller, younger males on top. As a heap grows, the males turn into females (making them sequential hermaphrodites).”
I like to think this wild behavior is symbolic for the wisdom of elder, wise women that are at the core of our humanity. The voices of mothers are ancient, existing in every woman and man. We’d be so lucky to rise, to ascend to their grace, composure and activism of the heart…They Walk the High Road.
“Among wolves, when a wolf mother nurses her pups, she and they spend much time lazing about. Everyone slumps over everyone else in a great puppy pile; the outer world and the world of challenges are far away.
However, when the wolf mother finally trains the pups to hunt and forage, she shows them her teeth more often than not, she snaps and demands they keep up, she shoves them down if they don’t do what she requires.”
“Unlike humans, wolves do not deem the ups and downs of life, energy, power, food, opportunity as startling or punitive. The peaks and valleys just are, and wolves ride them as efficiently, as fluidly, as possible.”
Jade’s Get Happy Summer Playlist 2: Lovebreak…All I wanna do is LOVE U…
SMART MAP THE CENTER, MIX WELL IN THE GOLDEN 3rd CHAKRA.
Above is science’s latest map of our brain…golden and glowing. As Cee-Lo sings in another 3-way symbiotica, “If I ever wanted to understand you, I’d have to ask somebody else.”
And ‘happiness isn’t all in our heads,’ as my friends, Dr. Vincent Pedre and Max Lugavere tell Yahoo! To know ourselves deeper, it’s not our head’s pretty flower brain revealing how we are wired, it’s our ‘second brain,’ our gut’s microbiome, right at our golden, third chakra, energetic center…with more stars than the Milky Way pumping out more seratonin than the brain! Like a steering wheel, navigating the two sides of our brains, our center 3rd chakra, via our gut feelings, is our call of the wild, valuing innate intuition.
Heal Thyself Hint + Summer Playlist 3: Click here for H.U.V.A. Network‘s Cobalt, a get-your-theta-state-on-song sowing a range of range between 4-7 HZ, to dance in sync with your universal mix master…and the latest Brainpickings, happily as usual in depth on Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time, a book mapping the riddle and logical tick-tock of Time, placing it with perception, intuition and consciousness. More steps towards the ownership of our lives.
To gather, re-weave, and to sow, is to replicate and map life’s processes. To take a thread and create a cloth. To puncture and arise to replicate a flower. To be lost in the trance rhythym of ins and outs and find a float in the brain’s theta state.
Purrrr, so sew, so slow…the luxurious hot trend of making “fem-art.”
Peep the corner of Broome, between Mercer and Greene streets in NYC….pairs of women, singular men, mothers and daughters from Kansas, all make a fast beeline, dodging traffic, to get to their Mecca, Purl Soho, seemingly a tiny and meek needlecraft supply shop. A kind of Creative Castle to Handcrafting, Purl Soho is where new brainmappers and digitalweavers can hunt and gather yarns, fabrics, threads, and notions for any imaginable quilting, patchwork, needlepoint, embroidery and weaving Wo-Manifesto.
Heal Thyself Hint: Sew Something Slow. Hand sewing for me has always been Peace. From Barbie clothes to my alternative digital habit today.
For Holiday 2016, I am launching my collection of Organically-Grown + Human-Sewn Couture Tease shirts with sounds of healing like Ahh!, OOO, and WOW appliqued upon the bod. See here on my muse and bestie, little marvin, strolling in Monaco, read more about the collection here.
The name of the collection is called Couture Tease and here is me teasing Paris.
Get to Know Yer Wild Flower: Meet Queen Anne’s Lace. We hail this fairy feminine flower here, aka the wild carrot. Echo’ing the spider that taught us all how to sow + weave;-)
TRIP THE LIGHT OF AN EXPANDED HEART, ROCK YER 4TH CHAKRA.
Before we go forth into fourth chakra territory, related to travel and helpful people in Feng Shui Land, let’s learn how to find and use some feminism in our homes hilariously in this video, “How To Be a Woman!” with Caitlyn Moran, UK author (OMG, this Esquire UK piece!) and star of Raised by Wolves, just coming to the States this month.
Strap-in now…from the local bus stop to the Pokémon place where digital meets the road, the earth’s sacred sites to space travel, here we go!
Next, meet my new friend, Celine Semaan Vernon, creator of Slow Factory, whose scarves go massive via NASA space travel and personal with her own Middle Eastern family’s history as refugees, a light on the current Syrian refugees seeking home.
Look up for Slow Factory’s scarves! One gianter transport step beyond a man on the moon, was this solar trip this summer…
History made! The world’s first round-the-world flight powered solely by the sun’s energy completed its year-long, 25,000-mile journey around the globe with no fuel this July.
Maybe your life is simpler, and you are just delivering plums to the next village via a bus. While this strawberry is a kitschy-cave, we think even bus stops can inspire a heart trip…
…by being ‘part-garden!’ Here are some designs my partners and I submitted to San Francisco, I’ve yet to see this fun idea. Any takers?
While we city-folk endeavor to integrate with our fellow earth-dwellers, others thankfully hug the planet’s sacred spaces, while giving a “talk to the hand” to developers, fuel-diggers, frackers, and other f___ers.
“Wolves are highly social, with alpha males and females mate for life, in a variety of habitats, including forests, tundra, mountains, swamps and deserts. Their sense of smell is 100,000 times greater than humans.”
Are you sensing what I’m sensing? That a wolf is smelling you right now?!! Egads! We are like Pokémons for the wolves!
Heal Thyself Hints: Ease that stress and Get to Know Yer Wild Flower, Purple Cone Flower or Echinacea, wild and cultivated to power up your immune system…Much more slow pokey than Pokémon spottings, happily even The New York Times extolled the healing effects of naming plants in its #IntentionalSummer series by KJ Dell’Antonia…and on Jade’s Get Happy Summer Playlist 4 is a core song along my journey, start yours here vastly inspired: Gnarls Barkley’s Going On.
COME TO MAMA, THE 5TH CHAKRA IS TO CREATE + COMMUNE.
The 5th gate/chakra in Tracing the 9 Stars represents the mother in traditional Feng Shui. Located at our throats, where our voice and creativity commune and create. So much came to voice this summer in our culture and communities. Like Thoreau and Monet, we stared silently and listened deeply at The World Contained As A Pond for wisdom, integration, sinking in, drinking in, and reflecting upon its little world of watery emotions.
Back in the city, pond pads and bubbles to ponder deeply came in the form of Pat McGrath‘s masks for Givenchy 2014 RTW at the Cooper Hewitt Museum‘s Beauty show, which intrigued for mix of design disciplines and multiples of expressions.
While Pat in the UK is painstakingly beading, the exhibition showed Finland’s artist Tuomas Markunpoika burning away structure, all at once communing to create new forms and blow the bubbles to make wishes on the temporality of it all.
A #1 curiosity in my cabinet is this flower:
Heal Thyself Hints: Above, this Get to Know Yer Wildflower is a complete mystery, I see it every year in Carl Schurz Park on the East River in NYC. A kiss to anyone who can identify it. It looks like girlfriend, Bee Balm, here below, and native wild girl Honeysuckle had a love fest.
Or else its just a Gigantoraptor-Trans version. Here, the Honeysuckle babe sticks out her tongue to taunt me: (Please also tell me I am not the only one in NYC obsessed like this!)
I taunt back: “Yo, ya’ll reached my voice mail, Honeysuckles. I’m out rompin’ with the wolves, leave me a message.” Give this silly song a spin to inspire a romp: Jade’s Get Happy Summer Playlist 5: Voicemail from Green Velvet & Patrick Topping.
WISE QUEENDOM, WISE KINGDOM. 6TH CHAKRA.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE.
I surprised a longtime friend the other day talking about my two-year studies with an Iroquois teacher many moons ago. I was young and annoyed the second year that the rituals were exactly the same as the first year, repeated. “I already did this!”
You must be laughing, smarter than me, knowing that in the book of life and The Book of Elders, The Life Stories & Wisdom of Great American Indians, everything is on cyclical repeat. So no surprise when a book by the same author, The Brazilian Healer with the Kitchen Knife by Sandy Johnson, was given to me this summer. Travels to visit mystics and shamans who heal, it was another reminder of the mystical sources of healing within us.
The Wild, Healing things are behind what we can see with our two eyes. We are learning to trust our third eye, our sixth chakra where wisdom lives.
Hunter gatherers of wild things are all over Netflix’s Chef’s Table. Here’s one you may not know, I happily just discovered The Druid of Paris this summer…
The Druid of Paris, aka The Dude named Stephane Meyer, wildcrafts plants to make his absinthe bearing the name of the Celtic clans of every mountain where he travels. See waaaay more with the green fairy, the wild flower, wormwood!
Drinkee-poos made by the Druid.
Heal Thyself Hints: Drinkwise, Absinthe has a green fairy-tale history, and smart readers will note the similar leaves to Mugwort, described above for enhanced dreams. Wise to identify your plants before making moonshine: Get to Know Yer Wild Flower, Wormwood, both are in the Artemisia family, along with Tarragon…respecting the power of talking with herbs and women-folk reminds me of these song lyrics from Jade’s Get Happy Summer Playlist 6: Boss, Disclosure on Moog for Love:
“Yeah she’s the boss and I’m an old romantic doing favors, don’t look good on paper. But when she looks behind these eyes girl I can see the psychic, and baby I like it”
FAME RESTS ON SELF-CONFIDENCE + THE 7TH CHAKRA PORTAL FOR TRANSCENDENCE.
FAME is like LOVE, all rests on placement and context.
Exhibit A: Bright verdant seaweed swaying in a tidal pool can be the softest, most beautiful, most famous thing, very like the slow-mo fabric waves around a prancing runway model…except when a loud child or adult gets frantic stepping on it in the ocean screaming a repeated “Eeeww!” breaking the reverie like the Village Idiot.
Exhibit B: Take a few famous people, undress them, bed them together, and float them on Tidal sounds like a real sexy party-game, as seen in Kanye‘s latest video, Famous, except I’m absolutely sure that sliding against large ego, waxy, sweaty people on poly-satin sheets is as fun as the Village Idiot. “Eeewww!”
The controversial new video for his song, Famous, is inspired by artist Vincent Desiderio‘s painting Sleep, and it woke up some ire. Waxy celebrities snooze in bed with West and Wifey, Kim Kardashian, including Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Chris Brown, George W. Bush, Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump, and Bill Crosby.
It’s a toss-up as to which drama, the US election, celebrity sex scandals, or this snooze-fest video most exemplifies the famous fairy tale, The Emperor Has No Clothes.
I was more taken with the trippy pre-show live-feed, a visual voyeuristic opera for Famous mesmerizing with buzzing, trance music, film-drones sweeping high and low, while an audience of the un-famous and famed ones filtered in at the Forum, sat and did simple, silly and very human-sweet things. For me, this said more about FAME than the silent middle of the video, waxy people breathing, waxy bodies, waxy music.
Famous inspired our gal, Lena Dunham, usually a fan of Kimye, to take a stand (very 7th chakra) and very vocal on the inclusion of wax nude female celebrities. This summer we needed this power of scrappy, unruly wolf girls like Lena and Remy Holwick, the model, photographer, and feminist activist who began a Girl Cult to collectively write letters to unseat the judge that let the Sanford rapist go free. I swooned when Remy and I connected on Instagram and I hail to these dirty healing gals, existing in all of us as described by Clarissa Pinkola Estés:
Of course, then came Kanye’s Wolves video. Not surprised.
It followed Famous, awakening more sleeping people, Balmain-clad, who then paraded and shed tears. The potentially blinding glare of fame, seen thru the eye of Kimye, it let us peep a more poetic, less waxy-navel-ego contemplation of Fame.
Meanwhile, also less waxy-weird, Get To Know Yer Wild Flower with some saponin-rich White Campion, often found bobbing and jostling like paparazzi at the top border of beach and field, peeping as the sunbathers take their seats. Described in nature guidebooks as having a “beautifully veined swollen calyx sac.” HMM…better public nudity.
Heal Thyself Hints: And, as seen below, we recommend Madame Tussards for famed wax figure viewing…and for the eternal pull to bed down with biggies…something timeless along the lines of Stonehenge: Manhattanhenge, a new, modern, urban summer ritual.
We’ll cruise out of FAME with Jade’s Get Happy Summer Playlist 6:…Generationwhy by Zhu…‘cos, yes “all the kids are waking up and naked when the beat drops.”
DESTINY IS 8TH CHAKRA…THE LOOP OF INFINITY.
Destiny is the white bird on our shoulders, whispering. When we listen, a kind of ‘elevator-up’ foundation rises to the High Road, distinctly remembered. Wave after wave over the years, left foot, right foot, looping forward, looping backwards we seek to move further into the ocean of our feelings and live out our destinies.
( The above wild, ocean girl from my pal artist Florian Heinke)
Water is the sacred possession of the wolf clan in the Native American Winnebago tribe mythology, as it is part of the Waterspirit Clan, and “the Wolf Clan performed social welfare roles, administering public health and safety.”
How to clear the river of our thoughts, how to feel safe among our neighbor humans and beasts, and how to heal our vast planet’s increasingly toxic ocean, symbolic of our wayward veers off the path?
Here are some Heal Thyself Hints:
Long ago, I took a dance class inviting us to feel from our sides, peripherally, non-linearly, which is how whales and dolphins communicate and swim together side-by-side communicating vs face-to-face. To address the ocean’s vastness and restoration, get inspired with your fellow surfers at this model, Parley TV. Parley is formulating exactly that side-by-side, with talks, collaborations, and a collaborative project.
While the heat rises this summer and on the planet, I’m drawn to touch and loop down the earth where coolness reigns, with white, guru-ish, space shoes, like these from Underground, with a sole representing oscillating sound waves. The above is a collab design, inspired by Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album cover, was in turn, inspired by a visualization of the first pulsar —a star that emits electromagnetic waves, thanks to the graphic genius of Peter Saville.
Unless one treads mindfully, one foot in front of the next is a drudgery vs. a journey. In my Feng Shui, I name “destiny” for what is often called the “career” area of a space. In a larger sense our careers are the “carriers” or even the “clans” we select as waves to ride.
Thom Browne, the fashion designer most known for transforming the suited look of nearly every career kid within the “Creative” clan, got shiny for his exhibition, Reflecting on Uniformity, at the Cooper Hewitt until October. Among many messages, it speaks of the Sisyphus nature of corporate life. Brilliantly, more and more of us know in our bones, the wisdom of creating our own journeys.
Precursor to Sisyphus, scarab beetles endlessly rolling balls of dirt were symbol of infinity, eternity, rebirth, regeneration and destiny for the Egyptians. Thus my summer art below with a found, intact beetle and two halves of a large seed pod for his parachute…playing in the wild as always!
Get to Know Yer Wild Flower: That’s my girl, Chicory above, a bright segue from destiny to the 9th chakra/gate “re-elate” as chicory can appear any color from white to pink to blue depending on the acid in the soil or the amount of ants underground…Heal Thyself Hints: Feed one of your two inner wolves mindfully to balance your destiny here …Jade’s Get Happy Summer Playlist 8: is Cats ‘n Dogz b’coz getting equal with the wild is our destiny, so ready to dance because let’s face it, booty comes first.
RE-ELATE YOUR 9TH CHAKRA TO ELATION.
In writing this post I found my collage, above, of me, my father, and a wolf. Wolves are vigilant parents watching over all. Maybe you noticed how the wolf shadowed me this summer from Kanye to even random sightings in a NYC park!
Yes, indeed, that’s a woman shadowing herself from the sun with a wolf…and a fox. I love the “edge of the woods” feel of this photo which I took right in my backyard, Carl Schurz Park. (Not surprised at the “wolf wink” to loop and remember that my photo with my Pop was taken in a place called “Parkview.”)
“A wolf shadows anyone or anything that passes through her territory. It is her way of gathering information. It is the equivalent of manifesting and then becoming like smoke, and manifesting again.”
What to make of these circular returns?
Thankfully, these days, I am a smarter Indian, we all are, keen to repeating patterns in our lives calling our attention, waking us up.
Dream symbols appearing and repeating are keys to home…9 is the last single number, the 3 X 3 of the Magic Square and hashtag #, a crossroads radiating out and spin on the wheel of fortune aka the map of astrology. Like kids in an amusement park, synching our dreams to the symbols the Earth offers means we are the leprechauns guarding our gold under rainbows.
I love one Indian name for Wolf in particular, there are many! This is a way of being in one’s 9th chakra, elated with knowledge, openness and awake to all. The name is: Wanuniníga, translated to He from whom Nothing is Hidden.
Labyrinth, mandala, globe. Life throws less curve balls when we roll in sync with her seasons and natural loops. Every day, dawn to dusk, a loop shadowing our breath and thoughts.
S’why a daily flower swoon is so necessary to note!
Get to Know Yer Wild Flowers: Morning Glories in the AM, drive-in windows open:
…and in the PM, the Day Lilies close up, a finale of their one-day life, as if bowing in the lavender clouds of dawn and dusk.
Heal Thyself Hints: As a Tease before my Organically-Grown-Human Sewn Couture Tease shirts arrive, I adapted one of my popular print designs as seen above, and launched this gorgeousness as organic T-shirts on my shop, The Jade Dress Shop, for women and men. Click here to feel the love, heal, and get this beaut on your bod!
They are organic cotton, in a crisp white or a rich walnut color. If you want to Tease a desire, I recommend this T for your heart! (and yes, non-hetero versions are planned…this first is a general “love your brothers and sisters” statement!)
So good to melt into LOVE with this one, my friends, Jade’s Get Happy Summer Playlist 9: Nu Man o To, lyrics by Rumi, sung in the Persian language and translated below:
“You and me, sitting at the veranda, a moment of bliss. You and me, two forms, two bodies, one soul. You and me, far from the mingling lies, a careless joy. Neither you are nor I am, we are one with love, you and me.”
In closing, take the high road friends, enjoy the ride, and get wild so we all heal!
Contribute to wolf knowledge and preservation here with the International Wolf Center. Because you are a smart human who knows gathering for good is better than isolation via walls or targeting humans or species, click here for Defenders of Wildlife, who are helping the distressed Mexican gray wolf population.
Written by me, Jade Dressler.
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Puddle-jumping here. With a full soak of rain this Spring in NYC, Paris and Milan…and some testing emotional astrology… we find ourselves leaping into Summer over puddles of moods and feelings, from curbs onto crosswalks as the lights change to green.
My collage above was inspired by the chicest woman ever. Stopped in the blue grid of the city, I spotted her from my taxi window poised curbside.
The light changed. In one swoop, her hand pulled the hood of her chic little black dress forward shielding her from the blustery purple rain picking up again, she jack-knifed one stiletto like lightening over a puddle, and leapt like a cat to solid ground, “the decisive wind in her sails.”
One. Two. Three punches and puddles of tears lately with the passing of three true huge mental-stiletto icons, Bowie, Prince, and Ali…
Ali here with the wind at his “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” back.
Their inspiration as free people moving humanity forward
will live forever on.
Their wise quotes are sprinkled here among other bon mots from other towers of power in this, (my 99th post!) Along with new trends of people, places, and things I’ve spotted lately, we follow my map called Tracing The 9 Stars, as a system to link our 9 chakras of innate sense, with spaces and places underfoot and beyond to discover the trends for 2017.
Get-on-down-and-party with us this month, as we cover NYC’s annual design shows ~ the art and surface designs of the Surtex show; the objets and furnishings of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF); to the meeting of technology and touch of Anna Wintour‘s Manus x Machina Fashion in an Age of Technology, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute ~ plus my musings at everything tiny and large of my own art, the streets, and gala events.
But first, let’s eat.
EAT: Strawberries, because it’s June.
Fruits swell in the dewy fields, the dawn air rings clear and scented, farmer’s markets swing open. Get on down, inhale a strawberry. Getting rooted is a trend. Get in alignment with the earth and the purest vibe.
Aligning with the primal, our first energy chakra of survival and connection to the Earth is basically our seat. Even to begin the day, if you haven’t yet tossed the morning coffee and carbs, prepare to be amazed how those juicy, delicious morning fruit “smoothies” everyone is so hot on will get your tail moving for the day. From the you-dedicated moment to prepare it; the touch and mess of wet fruit; the pulsing-with-life greens; the entrancing roots like ginger plus highly-lively seeds from flax to hemp…
witness the fitness, the whole affair is one sexy ROOTS Manuva.
“You are beautiful because you let yourself feel
and that is a brave thing indeed.”
Feel your first chakra foundations as we pound the pavement or plow the earth. Every spring in the sign of Taurus we build up foundations anew, towards the new mental leaps we take in Gemini in May and to June, the emotional explores we do in the sign of Cancer, towards the brights of a sunny Leo summer,
TREND: “Neutrals offer stability for brights for 2017,” said
The Pantone Color Trend Lady at Surtex in confirmation.
Contrasts spur dreams. Mirrors check foundations. Foundations check sprouts. Check in again and again step-by-step.
TREND. Solid, slow, grounded, well-fed, and rested will leap beyond and win the rat race. It’s the down-low.
Get grounded, get chilled out.
“And yes, the color tan will be de riguer in 2017,”
The Trend Miss continued, approving things like
trees, sand, dirt, and deserts.
Case in point…
Admit you find the above cabinet, not only a ‘tan” epiphany but totally dreamy! As seen at ICFF, the outstanding Skram Furniture is produced in a solar-powered factory, of pepperwood burl with mahogany detailing, and yay! roots! is proudly made in the United States.
TREND: “Orange mist is a thing,” saith the Lady Pantone seductively.
“O, ye Mists of Desire,” saith I.
Misty orange is AKA ‘peach blossom luck’ in Feng Shui, considered the transitory color of great attraction, but the kind of attraction that does not last, like blushing, peaches and peach fuzz. Like all desires and dreams it is impermanence, the only way to see everything without attachment.
“Remember your dream, it’s your only scheme,
so keep on pushin’…”
We wear our dreams on our sleeves, right? The Manus x Machina exhibition effectively and exquisitely venerates the craft and value of dreamy couture, placing vintage and futuristic perfection side-by-side.
The nature of Desire ran amok for me in this peachy Duck Dress by Iris van Herpen. Ducks vs. Dreams on these sleeves! Excess overboard between the duck skulls and the plastic. As a statement of art, eerily powerful. As a GMO at the height of vanity, for me it represents everything at the edge of human ego overboard commanding biology and “machina.”
I am much more inclined to the man, manus, hand, or high-touch aspect. The awe of handwork is the dedication to the moment of creation as well as the implicit destruction of this fragility by Time.
This blush Dior dress below, L’Elephant Blanc or ‘White Elephant,’ is from Yves St. Laurent‘s first collection with Dior in 1958. The name is a double-entendre for the name of a hot Parisian nightclub as well as referring to the outrageous effort and expense of all this handwork.
I loved the housing for the show, ephemeral mesh between structures, a perfect techno-nest for these garments of dream and desire. Here Dior’s quote opens the door to the show.
Blooms, the fluff of birds, and tiny fairy stitches, find more and the most excellent images and details of the show on the fab blog, Style Bubble.
Consider this 1928 Boué Soeurs court presentation ensemble, as proof that…
Stirred emotions at delicacy can be the epiphany.
TREND: Blushing, tenderness and humility are virtues.
“…blushing at all the Afro-sheeners.”
As one of two pale-faced members of my high school’s Black Culture Club, circa 1975, I wasn’t ever blushing over Afro-sheeners. I grew up on soul music and soulful people, it was my connect to deep and authentic emotions where I felt most at home.
However, gingerly blushing like a white peach at the record store counter, I handed over my dollars for Young Americans, intrigued by the orange-haired David Bowie…it was the first rock-n-roll album I ever felt inclined to purchase. Like ‘Peach Blossom Luck,’ it hit me right in my teeny-teen second chakra at age 15, as I began to know loss, detachment, and the ephemeral like a Young American.
“The genius thing we did was, we didn’t give up.”
What does LOVE have to do with it?…with dishtowels? Why am I posting this zesty image below from Helmut Newton?
TREND: “Lemon Zest. Zis col-leur is haute,” panted the Pantone Trend Lady.
(French accent is mine, just for the zest of “zest” itself)
“Kiss someone who makes you feel
their magic in your bones,
who makes you wonder how can someone
who looks like witchcraft at midnight taste so holy?”
“Zesty” Love, by Helmut Newton, above and below, dish towels, handwoven, Fresh Yellow, from Stephanie Seal Brown, a 2016 NYCxDESIGN Awards Honoree. She gets the eco-zest prize from me. Her small batch production, high-quality European linen and Egyptian cotton yarns dyed in a Swedish dye house that creates exceptionally rich colors, while adhering to very high environmental standards, all make wiping up very Slow Luxury.
Yellow is everything bright at the center. The Sun, our Manipura chakra, is one layer more zesty than our solar plexus, our digestive fire, and the lemonades of summer.
TREND: Tenderness is Power.
Small batches intrigue, low impact heals.
And a golden moment, below at Manus x Machina with Hussein Chalayan‘s Kaikoku floating dress. A gold cast fiberglass dress hung with Swarovski crystal and pearled paper “pollens,” allowing a wearer to enter from the rear-via a radio-controlled digital handset.
Here is a digital print of the dress, a meditation on art, desire, nature, and technology and architecture.
A film loop displayed by the dress speaks to how we desire and “fish” for the manifestations of our wishes and then embody them. I call this a heart trip, especially poignant with the recent Mars (ego) retrograde and creating new beliefs about ourselves and the world.
I am always intrigued by journeys, especially maps, the abstraction of physical territory, in particular the vintage 1950’s tourist map scarves I am obsessed by. At the Surtex show, archivial design houses made me swoon, tripping over variations like this fishing lure map.
This scarf of Seattle gets me for the happy mid-century color scheme, the silly naive drawings and fishnet reference, like capturing what the heart felt on the trip.
TREND: “We were the first design consulting team to recognize American vintage design as a trend and folk art.”
The Showoff ladies, Joan and Robbie,
who were beyond-kind to let me snap some images.
I also found ‘Design Heaven’ at the Baxter Mill Archive, with over 400,000 designs of the past *gasp* 16 centuries.
TREND: 2 and 3-D maps still intrigue as artifacts, as we now operate at 4-D and next level 5th Dimension. Timeless tools of the heart for higher, abstract trips like Astrology, Feng Shui, and I Ching, which chart the cycles and impermanance of this dance of life, will grow in popularity.
“Life is just a party and parties weren’t made to last.”
How to move from off-the-map grids to tender communes of touch?
Follow these tangent tendrils…You may know of my obsession with Italy…from Italian pulp movies of the 60’s, to Lake Como, to our sister agency in Milan, who graciously tolerate my ‘Young American” non-Italian speaking ways.
So no surprise at my mind-meld commune with two Italian-based surface design companies thrilling me at the design shows, with these trends I call ‘BLEND.’
TREND: BLEND was seen at Designer #1: Imagine Rococo velvety raised brocades mixing traditional florals, computer pixel patterns on top of metallics in 70’s wallpaper/an acid trip patterns…and Designers #2, two girls with the best designs from AA Design Studio which I noted as: ‘reconstruction collage.’
These patterns go one step beyond last year’s ‘blur’ trend which continues to be hot.
Both so magnificent, futuristic and proprietary that I cannot share their designs here! However, I can share this brilliant find made here in the USA:
To my surprise at a gala this Spring, I discovered a similar beauty, right here in NYC, modeled on the famed Omega Workshops, the Weiner Werkstatte, the Bauhaus, and the American Arts & Crafts movement: Alpha Workshops.
Alpha is an artisan’s atelier which “is dedicated to creating beauty and changing lives.” They are the nation’s only non-profit organization providing HIV-positive individuals with industry specific training and employment in the decorative arts. Custom, hand-blocked prints of all intricacies for wallpaper (as in the room above) and objets…I loved the pink and orange wood above and the butterflies, here below, the best. Can you see this as wallpaper?
At their annual gala, gorgeously, rich, original prints were on exhibit, the layered beauty rivaled the new prints from Italy! This article on 1stdibs.com tells more.
Speaking of community clubs of empowerment and creativity, this year’s annual Glastonbury festival will create a secret space for “intersectional, queer, trans and disability-inclusive,” a safe place for all people who identify as women.”
TREND: Protection for the tender or marginalized actually BLENDS, extends and embraces diversity.
Go girls! Go Female Wisdom! Let’s hear your voices! Go Hillary.
(You knew that was coming!)
TREND: “Blues will turn into turquoise greens for 2017,”
purred the Pantoness.
I loved the bamboo lamps at ICFF by Andrea Claire Studio, they come as crazy-shaped chandeliers, desk, or table lamps to illuminate wisdom, plus they are made with sustainability in mind. Smart!
The company’s booth was equally Smart. Inviting community engagement via a picnic table with self-serve water and intriguing, earthy shapes for guests to conversate around was very Wise.
Yellow jump-suited workers said ‘service with a smile’, and a sense of Learning was suggested through the chalkboard and community tables.
This type of mutual engage of both the brain and emotional molocules is Wisdom! We all know ’emotional intelligence’ is a very hot trend and so this Spring, I checked into re-hab for a confab with one of my favorite wise gurus, Thich Nhat Hanh.
“In our time it’s a luxury to just sit and not do anything.
It’s also crucial to our healing and nourishment.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“I’m the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world
that I really was the greatest.”
If you are in the game, you are in the game to win. The seventh chakra behind the third eye is the “guru chakra” the larger, all-knowing YOU. IT represents self-confidence and fame. Clearly Ali was operating from this mind-set.
As the “support beam and spine” of a space, IT vibrates to the color red, thus these uplifting stools from design ‘Tower of Power,’ Tom Dixon, that caught my eye at ICFF.
Also note the mix of copper lamps with the clear red and the neon EXIT sign. All together duly noted by me, The Futurist, before I heard the Pantone Lady confirm and intone:
TREND: “Red moves into corals and coppery metallics, this is IT,”
intoned the Pantone color expert.
“Embracing the mystery and state of unknowing…is where true power comes from… and is the Alchemy of Surrender.”
Here for the eighth chakra, one’s destiny or path in life is Mechial, the designer/creator/owner of Sublime, we immediately bonded, are you surprised? Her Opulence Alchemy collection is designed for “luminous living.” I say it gives that timeless LSD vibe and the cool smooth surfaces feel like marble or deep outer space. So eighth chakra, so infinity!
Are you surprised that as a teen of the 70’s I am super-partial to this Italianate-retro-glam-hippie-groovy-Superfly-dreamy bed chamber?
“Ooooh Superfly, you’re gonna make your fortune by and by…”
That’s Dreamy Destiny!
Here’s my view from the audience at the Surtex Trend Theatre, the emerging “Generation Z” is mentioned here with their motto that beauty must be authentic. That beauty includes gender mixing and new inventions that make funny faces at the old guard. A re-mix and re-elation.
“I turned the penthouse…into a magical garden of moss and wild flowers with the cases nestling in the foliage.”
Anna, here, on the street, above and below, alchemist Anna’s ‘Juliet’ test tube vessels, blurring science by mixing it fluidly with some brassy, heavy-stopper romance. (No Virginia, this is not ‘steampunk,’ unless you want to swig turbine fluid in these…no, it’s ‘authentic beauty.’)
Trends morph and evolve like organic lava lamps, and of course, I saw several examples of the “blur trend” mentioned by last year’s Pantone lady.
Warp & Weft‘s flatweave rugs remind me of Soundcloud‘s music making for a pattern to meditate, elevate and elate to. Another design team is listed in my notes to mention “the young designers in the batiky-thingy”…translating to: you should keep your eye on Eskayel, a New York-based team creating sustainable wall-coverings, fabric, carpets, accessories and furnishings in blur-worthy and re-elatable materials and spirit.
The Eskayel kids. I joined a posse of about 5 photographers in a crowd to take this picture of the resting and elate-relational designers, which goes to show you that these kids have
“some kind of nature, some kind of gold.”
A most sustainable luxury that I happily found at ICFF were Katie Deedy‘s Grow House Grow cement tiles. Known for her narrative-based and delightful wallpapers, she now offers 100% natural, water cured cement tiles. They invite you to relate with them…they tell stories too! This pattern is named for the plant nettle, full of its own stories and plant wisdom.
Here’s Katie in front of some of her papers. Wallpaper is like the 9th chakra, it is the story that holds a space.
And further incantations from my 9 Stars Feng Shui playbook, multi-color, multi-level is the vibration of the 9th bagua or gate of energy. All colors in the spectrum make up in pure light, right?
Think Rainbows. Stories. Adventures.
Case in point. Ask any woman how she feels in a wide circle skirt. It is like a bell, there is this gathering up from the earth and held in at the center. These circle skirts below from Dior at the Met show are thusly elating!
See this gossamer fabric and metallic, bright stripes up close.
Which leads us my own Man-x-Machina:
Back in the eighties, I made my first bracelet from a tin can above. The last in that series was a tin can turned into a birch tree cuff, using leather, fiber, and a lot of hand work.
Way before JP Gaultier‘s 1990-era can-cuffs and perfume cans, mind you, in the 80’s I felt compelled to make a can cuff to wear with my Madonna-esque outfits, like it was a DNA chain from Warhol to me. The Damien Hirst add came just now…as I ponder containers of all kinds from skulls to cans.
“I would like to say to people: open your eyes and find beauty where you normally don’t expect it.”
Gaultier on perfumesociety.org
Here, Gaultier’s visionary ad, a prescient nod to Pantone’s color of 2016…
Rose Quartz and Serenity.
There has never been 2 colors of the year, and I love that this togetherness essentially creates lavender, so aligned to the white light vibration of the 9th chakra and the 9th star on my map, for ‘relationship.’
Pantone was inspired by the growth of “mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security (that) are becoming more prominent.”
Rose Quartz and Serenity together
also challenge traditional perceptions of color association.
“… gender blur… gender equality and fluidity …
less concern about being typecast or judged
and an open exchange…”
On the building of “The Greatist” museum:
“I want a place that would inspire people to be the best
that they could be at whatever they chose to do,
and to encourage them to be respectful of one another.”
“I don’t run, I dance.”
TREND: On the move, like Ali and my puddle-leaping woman at the beginning of this post,
I’m dancing and leaping forward until next month!
Thank you for reading, you futurist, you!
Art and photography by me, unless otherwise credited. If you would like credit, please poke us, we’ll gladly add. I must also add that the Pantone Color Trend Lady is actually named
Laurie Pressman, and although I played around a wee bit with her color predictions…I am her fan!
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Happy Spring Rising.
Dearly Beloved. We are here to get thru this thing called LIFE.
Happy Spring Up-Rising and U-Turning. Spring allows “u” to rise to your best “U.” Everything surrounding is expanding, going higher, going deeper. Un-hibernating, we raise our arms up to the sun and root deeper in the physical earth. Looping and magnetizing our own within thought : emotional : body highway to align with Universal Law of Attraction. With 5 planets retrograde or making U-turns in the heavens at the beginning of the season, the value of steering ourselves in alignment with this movement is imperative magnetics!
In the oldest roots of language, Sanskrit, the letter ‘U’ is the sound “oooo” that stands in the middle of the sound “OM” in its true spelling: A:U:M. The sound also translates to “movement, upward.”
I’ve seen the meaning translated as: “pervasive, contained or progressive existence, command, or acceptance.” A teacher once told me it meant “circumstance.” We see that experience = circumstance as a circle or a circumference around us. A “circle-U-stance” around where we are standing. (especially in our viewpoints translating/manifesting into that world
we create and experience as ‘Our LIFE’)
As I see it our goal is to stand in ourselves, experience all things desirable and uncomfortable and cultivate moving our fear to love. Every fear offers that opportunity, both personally and culturally. To make that U-turn consciously, to turn oneself on, this in turn affects everything around us.
In the face of what wants healing within our souls and on the planet, I champion beauty, fun, and play.
Among the “10,000 Other Fun Looping and Evolving Things” of the Tao, All-That-Is, we invented a map we call “Magic Square of Nine” to orient ourselves:
If you have been following our blog for awhile, you know we love ourselves this Feng Shui map system which is based on a ritual called “Tracing the Nine Stars,” outlining a way of movement to navigate and align our bodies, rooms, homes, and spaces based on the earth and universal sacred geometry. Why is this important? If this beautiful planet seems to be going to hell in a hand basket, aligning with the architecture of Universal Love is a good plan. Newbies, you can read more about “Tracing the Nine Stars” it here.
This month we bring you 9 delights, each with a new category representing what we call “Nine Stars” or chakras, the energetic, vital wheels or “U” centers for…inspiring aspects of our lives that …we want to share with you!
Herewith. the latest trends to EAT, DREAM, CREATE, HEART, COMMUNE, and grow your WISDOM, FAME, DESTINY, and ability to RE-ELATE. Lots of deep green botanical dives to bookend the post…because it’s Spring!
EAT: What we eat grounds us. Our 1st chakra. Our latest delicious:
As a kale-lover-organic-eater for over 20 years now and a hungry New Yorker accustomed to the latest and best (and even healthy) restaurants, I’ve wondered what the next level of the farm-to-table trend might be. If the purity of food is healthy, what if there was a place where a 5-star chef and a doctor meet on common ground?
There is and the answer is Bouley Botanical.
On a recent Spring evening, our client, integrative physician, Dr. Pedre was invited to present at a special Happy Gut dinner at master chef David Bouley‘s Bouley Botanical restaurant space in Tribeca, New York City.
The event was part of Bouley Botanical’s Doctor and the Chef Series. The evening featured a multi-course tasting menu, along with talks by Dr. Pedre and Chef David Bouley on healing through food. The evening was truly a memorable, extraordinary culinary journey through multiple dishes which we’ll recap here!
First, the space….
Elegant and open…filled with the scent of the live herbs growing happily! Chef Bouley explained the special fans and environment cultivated for the health of these herbs. Sixty diners filled these tables for the event.
The venue is filled with life, here is the stairwell column, which is covered in black felt pocket “homes” for each herb!
The juxtaposition of herbs and urban shows us we can find balance in the worlds which stimulate us and create health. Below, is the “herb wall” separating the dining space from the kitchen.
The room filled with guests and Chef Bouley spoke about his background working with the freshest produce and re-visiting heritage methods to create purees and oils of garlic.
Chef Bouley calls these “basic tools” to have on hand as “building blocks’ in your kitchen that are anti-cancer and…
Chef Bouley next introduced Dr. Pedre, who spoke about the pillars of his Happy Gut Program. Dr. Pedre aptly explained his analogy of a garden wall to illustrate what makes a healthy gut, as he explained on his Good Morning America segment.
While we have more microrganisms than stars in the Milky Way, our stomach lining is one cell thick with cells tightly compacted like the stones of a wall. Many factors change the permability and thus the immunity defenses of this lining which in turn compromise our health. These include pesticides; GMO foods, which now range from potatoes to fish; stress; gluten; acid and sugar imbalances…such a long list!
Thankfully, a happy gut is obtainable as outlined in Dr. Pedre’s book HAPPY GUT, The Cleansing Program to Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Eliminate Pain, and his cleanse program.
After Dr. Pedre’s talk, the most amazing appetizers began to appear.
This was a delicate crisp made of kuzu topped with black truffle. A carrot and tumeric soup with sunchokes was next served. Then the asparagus appeared!
As a first course, this moon-shaped dish appeared next with the first of the season, Wild Salmon with Organic Quinoa, Celery Root, Porcini Mushrooms and Ginger Yuzu Botanical Herbs Dashi.
The second main course was organic chicken, here opened, so you can see all the delicious ingredients. This was Pennsylvania Chicken with Wild New England Ramps, Wild French Blue Foot Mushrooms and Colorado Morels!
For dessert, this sculptural beauty arrived. Hibiscus Granite, when opened…
…revealed New York State Cascade Grape Sorbet, with Tahitian Vanilla ice.
So much inspiration, information and delicious tastes all evening. This kind of collaborative evening happily moves the realms of health and food closer. We see that by tending to our health (and our desire for delicious food!) we can contribute to the health of the planet.
DREAMS. Time to review your own Emotional Library in Grand Form. Have a seat. Ponder your 2nd chakra.
“A chair for the guest,” said our client, interior designer Scott Sanders of this metal mesh chair created by Shiro Kuramata called “How High The Moon,” that Sanders used in his Library imagined for this year’s Sotheby’s “At Home” Designer Showhouse and Auction.
Like guests, emotions (except love!) are at their best to be nothing permanent and easily sifted through. For our own libraries of information, be they emotional storage spaces within, physical rooms, social feeds, or stored on the cloud, we like them to equally be comforting and stimulating.
The “technology” of our emotions can be mapped by our desires, dreams, and experiences. (in that order too, please1) Like any technology it can be a system that serves us, and like a library full of information, we can emerge smarter if we know how to dance with the flow.
“The library is a space of personal growth,” says Sanders of his library room above, adding that like the rest of a client’s home, “it should offer the latest 21st century technology.”
Sanders’ Showhouse Library at Sotheby’s was among twelve signature rooms curated by designers with pieces from a range of Sotheby’s departments, including 20th Century Design, Prints, Silver, Photography and English furniture.
Sanders placed graphic ‘Stars’ from artist Sol Lewitt over a William and Mary Giltwood Stool, late 17th century, covered in bordello red velvet in one corner for solo wisdom worship, above, and in another corner a sleek, sexy invitation to play with others.
Here a mirrored bar tray holds the sacred fluids necessary for any library.
Here in another corner…
A photograph by Malick Sidibe, “Nuit de Noel” sits above a pair of Regency Mahogany Hall chairs on a carpet that looks like a computer board as if waiting to dance. A contemplative corner for the call to dance by ancient lyrical lutes and love. That’s my kind of emotional library!
CREATE. How to center your creative POWER in your 3rd chakra? Go to a POWER PLACE. Loosen your Soul in a Merge of Art, Personal, and Shared Space.
The solar plexus middle of our bodies is the intersection. Where our ability to merge and viscerally digest and understand a another person or circumstance. When a space is integrated, so are we.
Exhibit A: The Vine Hotel, NYC. The Vine merges the personal, social via its merge of personal art, and social set ups and rooms that flow between spaces for merging, working, playing, or eating. A ‘cast of thousands’ collaborated and merged the art of this space with design by Creme with Reunion Goods & Services, collections of objects and furniture from WE CAME IN PEACE, with the art collection curated by Kyle DeWoody, noted for her smart art | design merge urge satisfies.
While I waited for my breakfast companion, Kal Holczler of Excursions Elite, I settled into the space in another library, a little loft sitting just above the main dining area encouraging a mixing of talk, a curling up with cocktails or the hotel’s healthy Liquiteria juices.
Looking out from the library’s tree slab table balcony…
…one can see the ceiling net sculpture by artist Kwangho Lee, a signal to loop and weave.
The net effect is a translation all the architectural beams and grids into a relaxed, free-form, interconnected, weaving message looping nicely above where people gather to eat.
The Art and Weave message doesn’t stop inside the borders of the restaurant. The multi-gender bathroom continued the grids. Hmm, so simple, isn’t this multi-gender idea, the 3rd choice and perfect answer to all the M + W segregation hubbub these days?
An assemblage of white gloves over the shared sink emphasized the usual hygiene message “wash-hands everyone” into something way more fun.
Hands behind screens beckoned every which way, so like the way our own 3rd chakra is the place of feeling, considering, and acting on gut/intuitive decisions between ‘this’ and ‘that’.
My outfit was picking up on the decor, the undulating panels of my creme-colored silk blouse design and the soft grey wool and canvas of my vest echoing the silky creme lingerie art on the walls…more on that further on in this blog.
HEART TRIP. The energy of the heart area chakra is transformative, the heart, travel, and fatherly guru energies are why. Ticket, please!
HELLO from down above! Above is Antartica hosting photographer, traveler Mark Lakin of Epic Road, a travel company we at Slow Luxury are partnered with. Mark presented ‘Journey to the Last Frontier on Earth’ at the Soho House this April, part of his ongoing series there. Talk about opening ones’ heart, can you imagine swimming with this whale shark?!!
Epic Road creates tailor-made adventures, holidays, luxury safaris and honeymoons in Africa, the Indian Ocean, Asia, the Arctic and Antarctica that combine the planet’s great explorations with thought-provoking experiences related to humanitarian and conservation initiatives.
“Epic Road has created a new genre of travel, called “transformative travel,” relates Mark, “by creating exceptional, mind-expansive journeys that inspire, captivate, and thrill.”
Here is the USA Today story on the trend that we garnered for them.
Epic Road believes that travel can power massive positive change in the world, whether it is a trip of a lifetime or the desire to sustain our world that follows. Mark beguiled with tales of vast masses of penguins and how they huddle together for warmth, taking tiny steps in unison to keep moving. Such a vision of the power when individuals come together!
I know, this wintry scene has little to do with the current climate…
…but everything to do with the power of shared hearts leading to a “commune” as in communicating and community. Let’s go there.
COMMUNE : Plant your Message Powerfully in the 5th chakra, your voice. Rap Music on Lingerie is just one amusing example, see here:
As promised, lingerie. Here an artist, Zoe Buckman, is embroidering the most famous lyrics of Notorious B.I.G and Tupac on vintage lingerie from cone bras to silk slips. This was the art in the bathroom of the Vine Hotel, and honestly, where better to commune the misogyny and feminism in rap lyrics than in a multi-gender bathroom?
Read my hips.
Right when I was reading about Zoe’s next LA show ‘Every Curve,’ in Harpers Bazaar, as if on cue…
…a pop up email sign up appeared, leading me to check the box ‘No, thanks, I’m not interested in reading about the 12 Shoes Every Woman Should Own.’
Seriously? While I love Harpers Baazar, what stands for “women’s wisdom” these days is thankfully challenged by artists like Zoe.
WISDOM The world’s 3rd eye chakra sees global play | work | sustainable pals for all. The 6th chakra is the nest.
NYC is home to many new flockings together, one recent evening offered a new one. NEST, the non-profit organization committed to the social and economic advancement of global artisans and homeworkers through their investment in sustainable business development and industry advocacy, hosted an evening of enterprising wisdom, Moroccan mint cocktails, and a scented, visceral connection to earth. A new kind of U-TURN welcome to Spring.
About 50 women landed to NEST at The Sabah House, a double height loft space owned by one male / bartender to learn about Nest‘s recent work in Morocco developing sustainable employment opportunities for the women who extract Orange Blossom oil in Morocco’s historic flower district.
Fragrance expert, Lisa Wilson was genius at awakening equally our senses and understandings of the economic realities of the fragrances that come to market from springtime in Morocco.
Director of Artisan Engagement at NEST, Annie Millican detailed how artisan production is an opportunity to create economic opportunities that alleviate poverty, empower women, and preserve cultural traditions.
Wise Women! Following the timeless patterns of nature is the future.
One other wise woman made us do a U-turn this Spring. We met Shahla Karimi years ago through her work as personal assistant to Nas and Kelis. She’s since then been on teams for Obama and Theory, and now is a noted jewelery designer. I LOVE her honeycomb ear jacket earrings, all the better to listen to the wisdom of bees, their message in their die-off due to pesticides. Hearing the linked and connected places in our souls make this a piece for smart boys and girls. Humans, that is.
FAME STAR The 7th chakra is Fame or Self Esteem. It is the back wall, the pillar, the backbone or spine of a space…to prove it…we have just one picture that says it all, unites us all in shared contemplation about Fame this season.
Nothing compares 2 U. Ever.
Terrorism at its core is self-hatred.
Hail to the Princes among us that champion LOVE.
LOVE is our DESTINY.
DESTINY The 8th energy is our Path, our Destiny. Are you dancing on your path yet?
I am dancing. Our destiny as humans is happiness and compassion. We are driven by this quest and yet always learning that what we seek is right here dancing with us.
Thanks to my friend, the very creative and philanthropic, film producer Kim Jackson, I am so honored to work this season with Dancing Classrooms for their newest fundraising event, ‘The Elevate Ball,’ coming this Fall to NYC. The mission of DC is to foster self-esteem, social awareness, and joy in children by providing the opportunity to learn and perform ballroom dance. Classes happen all over the world and have been the focus of several movies:
I cried from joy recently when invited to watch several classes of beautiful young things, all shapes, sizes, shapes, genders, faiths, and adorable temperments as they earnestly and enthusiastically rotated and traded partners in classic dances from Ballroom to the Tango to the Hustle. DC calls it “building confidence, breaking down social barriers, and inspiring respect for all individuals.” I call it beautiful.
DC envisions transformative arts programs in all school communities, building confidence, nurturing creativity and promoting a culture of mutual respect and well-being. Who else is fostering this “feeling” with the power to change our destiny?
Lady Gaga‘s mama aka Cynthia Germanotta, President of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation has been working closely with Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, whose latest studies on the value of Emotional Intelligence are leading the curve. Both were honored at DC’s Mad Hot Ball this spring.
Lady Gaga calls it an Emotional Revolution.
Are you crying with joy for the beauty and potential of these dancing kids yet?
Email us at: news@jadedressler, to stay in touch re: the upcoming
Dancing Classroom’s Elevate Ball.
There’s no better remedy to re-elate one’s spirit than a classic movie. Especially one that shows off the meeting places between male and women power, and love and war, case in point, the epic movie, Cleopatra. While Cleopatra enters Rome with a cast of 1000’s proceeding her, and she finally appearing a tiny gold third eye on a black sphinx the size of a cathedral…it was actually the power of little beauties, such as her golden boat of perfumes for her bath that really charmed.
A few weeks prior I listened as our client, perfumer Maria McElroy and April Long, beauty editor of Elle magazine had a coupled swoon moment over the scent and pleasure of Japanese Hinoki baths, so much so I began to float in the conference room!
It is the Japanese mountainside hanging hot tubs built of hinoki wood (Japanese cypress) which are the inspiration behind Maria’s latest perfume, Vanilla Hinoki.
Blog @cafleurebon calls the scent “instantly calming yet elevated as if you came out of a long meditation or dream, like wearing a mist from the early morning hours. A gourmand infused with cedar leaf, lavender, spices, and patchouli that bring out the sauna-like feel of a Japanese spring among the cypress on a mountainside.” The blog included art by Ikenaga Yasunar, which does illustrate the intangible inspiration of the unisex scent.
You might loll about in undies (with or without rap lyrics) or pose pensively/seductively depending on who is on the room (or photographing you “as if” it’s a selfie.)
THAT is why we love fragrance. It is a selfie experience inspiring fantasy, yet it is real, ephemeral, repeatable.
Or maybe you go get elated with your Gal-Pals to a spa like this:
Or roll-out with Maria’s AromaM‘s roll-ons…
How perfect to change a mood for when planets make u-turns, and introspection to inspire new roles is the call of the day!
Our last ROLL and final WISH…
…to send you forward with the planets after the U TURNS of Spring. For your upcoming Summer travels to far-flung beach or ashram yoga retreats, wood cabins, festivals, or glamping situations, peep this portable luxe bed-in-a-bag…
Our friends at Norvegr sustainably harvest the down feathers of the Norwegian eider duck and clean it by hand in community, as it has been down for over 1,000 years!
The leather carryall holds a 100% down duvet (uniquely crafted by nature to be perfect for any weather) and a pillow with its 400 thread count cotton sateen pillow case. Such an elegant way to travel!
And finally, to see us all off on summer adventures, here is a well-loved sign in my hood’s Carl Schurz Park, a tip of the hat to traveler, explorer, editor-in-chief and one who often walked the circumference of Manhattan, John Huston Finley.
Wishing you all rollicking, re-elated retrogrades, and massive grand visions to roll out when all planets go direct!
PS…Oh…and tip: this gorgeous photo is from my new fave Instagram feed: @the_corner_store where the choicest vintage lives.
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