Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Neighborly Love

When I saw that Madewell was coming to 19th and 5th, I literally let out a squeal of delight and started skipping down the street. An unexpected and embarrassing reaction to my love for the store that is a cross between Anthropologie and JCrew.  On opening day, I was one of their first 'customers'. Not that I bought anything, but rather ogled the product, the beautiful displays, and the inventive way they transformed the vacant space where Nine West used to be.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Whether home or abroad, I used to carry a sketchbook with me all the time.  These days I take the time to sketch mostly when I'm traveling. It's the unfamiliar landscapes, people and architecture that inspire me.

I find that when I'm drawing I relate to my surroundings in an intimate and tactile way;  listening to the bells and hushed whispers at Sacré Coeur, breathing the earthy scents on the beach in Goa, feeling the sun beat down on my back in Colonia del Sacramento... in those moments I feel the most present and connected to the space around me.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sewn Salutation

I really enjoy yoga, but sometimes I get lazy and need a jump start to get myself to class.  I too often find excuses why not to go like  1) I'm hungry  2) there's something good on TV or  3) I don't have a tote for my yoga mat and get the skeevies when I think of borrowing one from the studio.

One night last week (instead of going to yoga) I stayed home and sewed a tote for my mat out of red-striped Yuwa fabric and natural cotton cord. Now one of my best excuses has become my favorite reason to go.