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Showing posts from March, 2011

introducing andy grammer

Amazing! I remember when Andy was performing at summer camp talent shows, and now he's selling out shows at The Troubadour in LA and his songs are playing on the radio nationwide. So proud of this amazing, talented, kind, generous, and genuine friend of mine. Let us know when you're in NYC again, Andy!



When I met Willa Shalit she had a hammered steel heart around her neck. I had no idea, at the time, that she was founder and CEO of Fairwinds Trading and had just launched a partnership empowering Haitian artisans and assisting in the creation of a sustainable economy for the Haitian community. Over the past year I have had the pleasure of getting to know Willa and the beautiful pieces she has been working hard to bring to USA markets. 

I now own two hammered steel necklaces, the heart & sun, and have since learned that they are made steel recycled from oil drums. They are power talismans, carrying the message of universal love and empowerment. This week, I was thrilled to see that Fairwinds is bringing in a new line of necklaces called Atelier Haiti, handmade in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in collaboration between the artisans of Croix des Bouquets and the ladies of KOFAVIV (Commission of women victims for victims). These pieces are super beautiful, and I am so excited to see the li…

shades of grey

Today calls for some beautiful shades of grey. Amazing how calming this color can be. I love it contrasted with a stark white, or coupled with other subtler hues of itself. Either way, it's an awesome neutral that I am really enjoying this early spring day.

Photo credit: Design*Sponge, ?, The Style Files, It's Mary's Ruffle

cook & eat

And for the third day of Spring... snow! Can you believe it?! Well, I am trying to remind myself that all this precipitation will lead to lots of beautiful flowers once the temperatures start to rise. And honestly, what do we have to complain about? Considering the state of our world and the degree to which it has been rejecting man's treatment of it elsewhere (read: earthquakes & tsunamis), a slightly pro-longed winter is nothing to complain about. 
Last night was the first night I managed to really put our new, much-improved kitchen to use. What a treat to have so many surfaces to spread out, chop & prepare dinner! And still room to move around. It was lovely, to say the least, and really helped me to understand the joy of having a user-friendly kitchen space. In light of that, I thought I'd share with you a host of kitchen-envy photos I have been collecting over the months. Ours might not be quite this impressive, but it is certainly an improvement over the matchbo…

cape town round-up

It is the day after the first day of Spring and it is twenty degrees colder than it was a week ago. But at least it's sunny. There is something about sunshine in March that manages to still be warmer than that same sunshine a few weeks earlier. So, thank goodness for that! I think the whole world is ready for springtime, literally and metaphorically. We could all due with some rejuvenation and new life these days, after the natural disasters in Japan and New Zealand, air strikes in Libya and bus tour crashes in New York. Hopefully this new season, which also marks the beginning of the Baha'i new year (Naw Ruz), can bring some of that. Personally, I have felt a lot of gratitude as we head into the spring months, for all the richness in my life and for the resilience and spirit of the human race at its best.

On that note, and because it is long, long overdue, I thought I would post some photos and writeups on some of the spots we visited while in Cape Town. Can't believe it …