changes in attitude

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allo chers amis! i hope your summer’s in full swing and has had all the magic that only balmy breezes,  starry skies and BFFs can bring. there’ve been slow but steady changes over here in every way. i’ve been keeping a pretty low profile while i figure out the details of my next stage in life, love and business. what i’m learning is that you can’t figure those things out, just have to jump in and let the road take you!

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till that happens, i’ve been shutting off. offline, off roading…off my beaten path. taking time to freeflow and change perspective.  i’ve been wrapped up in my world, comfortable with the status quo and sure that what i thought was reality. now i want to look into that reality and really notice the thoughts, repeated daily actions and things i say to myself and others.

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this time of introspection has led me to look at life with a fresh perspective, sort of in a philanthropic way. one of the things i’m considering is a mission statement for both my business and me personally. what do i want to accomplish in either of those aspects and where do i want to go?

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in a world with no off button, i think i shorted out. in order to think straight it was a good time to take it all down a notch. even blogging was a distraction and in order to see clearly it helps to have some silence to think.

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maybe the end of a 10 year relationship and also being a little under the weather for the first time in years was my wakeup call, but i think i’m coming out of a slump and and seeing signs of a groove coming back.

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this new-found introspection has led to changes in everything from diet to sleep habits, relationships, conversation and philosophies. it’s been good to see the changes in action and the results they produce. i’m writing in a morning journal, chilling hard, reading and generally turning my world over and inspecting it. shaping it into what i want instead of it shaping me.

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it’s been a while since i’ve traveled and maybe that’s part of the trouble. i do love my life and where i live.  in an age that’s precarious to say the least, it’s been easy to stay in my comfort zone and not venture too far out. but traveling is what i love to do and somehow got moved to the back burner. and just as fate would have it, right as i’m coming out of this social hibernation i’ve been invited to a social media conference in paris,  and am leaving on saturday. how could i say no? change is the new me. i’ll tell you all about it in real time.

for now i’ll enjoy the calm before the storm. sending love and  sweet summery dreams your way!

July 18, 2014. Dreams, Friends. 32 comments.

work it out

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good morning and happy saturday! what are you doing this weekend? for me it’s taking it down a notch. it’s been way too long since i’ve been on a truly healthy regime. seems like with work and friends it’s easy to get caught up in everything but taking care of myself. a bit of food poisoning yesterday woke me up to the glory it is to be in good shape and the hell it is when you’re knocked down for even a short time. the bottom line is that from this day on, if i’m not working, i’m doing something good for myself which includes excercising and eating right. it’s time to grow up and i’m excited for it!

images (2)why is it so easy to fall into partying and late nights? i’m no angel and i know that no good will come of it. i want to start planning for the future. i already know i want it to be filled with health and good times above all else. so it’s time to clean up my act in every area, fill up on knowledge,  classes, excercise and the abundance of good food, fruit and veggies we have in every supermarket. what a blessing!

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our own little worlds, our bodies are ours to shape and design. i want to start this summer with a great shape and that means no more blueberry sconces and haagen dazs. i’m letting it all hang out right now but this is a web log, right? why not set the intention and alert the universe! anyway it’s not so hard with a formula, something like this:

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i give people with stamina, perseverance and consistency such credit. now i want to be one of them.  i hope i can stay on the path. if you’re doing it, what’s keeping you on the straight and narrow?

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results help! can’t wait to get into a bikini again!

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i guess i just want to be smart. not be someone who knows better but won’t DO better. i’d like to be strong, not weak, be a mindful eater, not a borg who does and eats things by rote.

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i’d love to hear what you’re including in your regimine this spring and what your goals are! let’s do it together! have a great weekend!

May 10, 2014. Dreams, Health, Life. 11 comments.

opulent minimalism

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hi and happy friday (not to mention a happy start of may and spring that’s in full swing)!  i’ve sequestered myself for the past month just to unplug and focus on work with no distractions.

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i’ve wanted to have you over to my place and show you what’s been cooking for awhile now. but i’m a perfectionist and home is always a work in progress. add getting to know the new camera, exposures, ratios etc. and it’s a procrastinator’s dream. the final block was that it has had to be done in spare time when the light was right.

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but since it will never be perfect, i’ve given all that up and released it to the photographic higher powers. i hope one day to really master the art/science that is photography but these will have to do for now.

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i’ve been gearing up for my One King’s Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale and it never seemed ready to shoot even candid stills. well, it’s now or never cause the sale is tomorrow and it’s showtime! welcome to my little versailles/beach house. come on in!

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every room has four walls and i’ve indulged my love of all things frenchy and opulent on two of them with a museum wall, desk and small bar where each of the pieces can do double duty. the other two walls are about as plain as can be.

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living in miami has given me a new perspective on creating a world that incorporates both the sea and the feminine french furniture i adore.  the collection was inspired by the colors of the ocean, the pearlescent objects she gives us and the ways we transform them into everyday objects.

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i started to understand the baroque and rococo even more this month, watching the orchid unfurl, flexing almost like it was competing or playing with the ornate curls in the mirror behind it.

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trying to shoot on different days was only good in one way: it forced me to find great, inexpensive flowers! i found that whole foods, new market and publix all have great blooms for around $10. why not have them once a week?

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so with being the last day to enjoy everything before the sale launches tomorrow, i’m looking it all over for the last time.

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the curiosities, the sea grass, the corals, the luscious shapes and colors. the paintings of the sea, the pearl handle magnifying glass, the carvings on the rococo mirror, and the fibonacci spirals that i now see in everything!

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the collection may very well be one of my favorites because it’s full of abalone, sea shells, undulating shapes, strange and vibrant natural colors like turquoise, pink and sea green.

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the tiny changes in the air plants and getting to know each item was a real pleasure. everything had a personality and all worked together.

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it was living in a magical little world!

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but i guess it just means starting again. now all four walls will be blank once again, a brand new canvas. but i’m sure the theme will still be the same…we mermaids love our mother earth, sea, sky and sun so inspiration will never be far!

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i hope you have time to come by the OKL sale if you have a chance. i’ll post the link tomorrow. it goes live at 11am.

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in the meantime, it’s back to work, i hope you enjoyed the tour and the vignettes!

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here are a couple more…

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the peonies finally bloomed!

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how are you decorating this spring?

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more tomorrow! have a great weekend!

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ps: home depot has gardenia plants for $5! excuse my naked black buckets…see what i mean about nothing is quite ready? it’s my lesson of the day…let go!

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May 2, 2014. Dreams, Life, OKL, One King's Lane, Products, Projects, Summer. 15 comments.

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