From Concept to Finish

I’m a one-woman show with my hands on a zillion different projects.

The vast majority of them find completion. The ones that don’t generally didn’t shape up the way I expected or wanted and I take them back to the drawing board. I find it too easy at times as a creative person to go off in several different directions, which is actually fine behind the scenes. Before I can complete one project a new one has popped up in my mind, and sometimes writing it down or completing a sketch isn’t enough. I have to dive in to it, even if it means it gets set aside for another day once I’ve reached a midpoint.

What I need to communicate to the world is different. My concepts and creations have to be cleanly articulated into a nice neat bow. Now this is not a complaint – more like confirmation. I enjoy freedom of artistic expression, that’s my blessing and my gift.

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Now I’m a Singer

I’ve become involved in so many artistic pursuits over the past few years, but now it seems that I’ve come full circle.

I design jewelry and accessories, but before that – long ago, I played piano. First by following my sister’s lead, then by learning to read music. I played classical music until I became a pre-teen bored with it, frustrated by dreams of becoming a jazz pianist overnight. Discipline was far off, and I pushed all of it aside to become an anxious teenager.

Gospel music became an outlet in college and I joined my school’s choir in my sophomore year. I always loved to sing and this was a way for me to do so without the pressure of standing out anywhere. I also joined my church’s choir in when I lived in Georgia, but as I moved away, so did my involvement in performing.

I sent a friend of mine recently a recording of me singing. She’s a singer, and I told her how much I admired performers. Getting up in front of an audience and letting them hear you sing is no small feat in my opinion. She listened to me sing and told me literally to drop everything and let them hear me sing. She told me to get out and be heard.

Well, you know, talk about a deer in headlights. I’m such a hermit these days. Coupled with the idea of the sheer hassle of navigating L.A. traffic for the sole purpose of exposing my voice to strangers was enough to make me want to board up the windows and doors.

But a good thing happened. I had been wanting/planning a YouTube channel for my designs for some time, but coming up with a good theme seemed impossible. I didn’t want to become another talking head, my mind just isn’t ready for how-to videos, and the thought of just showing pictures of my jewelry and accessories just didn’t seem to be enough. I decided to combine my recordings with images of my work. I got off to a bit of a rough start, but I don’t even care. Putting myself out there as a singer, a solo singer, was one of my biggest accomplishments.

My first major concerns had to do with my voice cracking from time to time, or worries about singing loud enough. Most of those issues had to do with confidence and control which I’m learning about each and every time I make a recording. Songs that seemed difficult to sing at first have become worthwhile challenges and I’ve learned to be patient with myself when I didn’t think I could do what I wanted to achieve. I’m still a long ways off from wanting to be in the spotlight on a live stage, but I’m making steps toward it, and that’s more than enough for me now.

Here’s my YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmuVhVGqXETp-WgHdHP5tLg

 

 

 

 

Fashion Inspiration And The Price Of Illusion

Admit it – it takes more than a little bit of work to be fabulous you. Yeah I’m talking to you!

The perfect hair, dress and makeup are investments in time, money and patience – drawing perfectly drawn black eyeliner is an art. Wearing four-inch heels all evening sometimes requires smiling through the pain, but we’ll do it because we know we look good.

If you need a little fashion pep talk from time to time, visit and bookmark this page – here’s one of my favorite quotes –

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” ― Coco Chanel

Read more at The Dapifer: 25 Inspirational Fashion Quotes for Creatives http://www.thedapifer.com/?p=24252

I already mentioned the price we sometimes pay for looking good – Joan Juliet Buck wrote a book about it and you can read the review here.

Victoria Beckham At Target And Cult Gaia

Great news for Victoria Beckham fashion fans – her line at Target will be expanded to include size 24. Kudos to her for considering women of all sizes.

Cult Gaia is making waves in the Los Angeles fashion world and Elle magazine has noticed. Their handbag is very popular –

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2000’s Fashion

As fashion time marches on, our return to 90’s fashion is being replaced with the fashion of the early 2000’s. What’s in store? According to Style.Mic, just about everything.

  • Boho-chic
  • Puka/Cowry shell necklaces
  • Rhinestoned clothing
  • Dresses and jeans (together)
  • Capris
  • Coyote Ugly style

If you want to know what the last one is, check out Style.Mic.

It’s Finally Spring

 

Soon we’ll be shedding coats and sweaters – are you ready? Although there’s often still a slight chill in the air at the beginning, spring time encourages us to shed those layers and show off our bright colors. Two spring trends I’m looking forward to – hats and bright yellow.