Supermoon

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Last night’s supermoon defined both brilliance and perfection. I stood outside admiring its submission to exist exactly as it should, without hesitation.  That’s how I feel when I’m designing, soldering, or feeling the heat of the metal through my fingers. I feel like the moon when I exist in peace, glowing with a glory beyond my comprehension, connected to Someone greater, beautiful, and whole.  (Crescent Hoop Earrings; Agatha & Crown, Midnight Moon Artisan Cheese; Whole Foods)

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You in Hue

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Me & Kashmere Scarf (farfetch.com); Ted Baker Clutch (tedbaker.com); J.Crew Cashmere Tee (jcrew.com); Agatha & Crown Sparkle Bracelets (agathaandcrown.etsy.com); DVF iphone Case (dvf.com); Luichiny Color Block heels (heels.com)

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Unpredictable

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There are many things I would love to accomplish in life. I often find myself setting goals and devising plans. With accomplishment comes a sense of achievement. Sometimes I mistake success for items crossed off of a to do list, and assume the things I haven’t done, in the time frame I allotted, mark its absence.

Life doesn’t always yield to my plans.  As I develop my perspective as an artist and designer, my shortcomings encourage me to try new things and take more risks in faith.  I learn to trust an unpredictable process and value the end result.

There will be more victories, mistakes, challenges, and joys.  I am grateful to discover that, while I have not done all that I once set out to do, things are exactly as they should be.

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Fairchild’s 6th Annual International Chocolate Festival

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This weekend, my mom and I attended Fairchild’s 6th Annual International Chocolate Festival. I traveled from Boston to attend last year, but recent reports on the cocoa industry shifted my perspective.
A CNN Freedom Project Investigation recently reported that, “Tens of thousands of children toil in cocoa fields in the Ivory Coast, some against their will, to create the chocolate bars that many of us enjoy.” The report urges consumers to buy fair trade chocolate, which promotes fair prices for those growing and harvesting cocoa and “prohibits the use of slave and child labor.”
I decided to purchase from Fair Trade vendors this year. I was thrilled to discover that chocolatier, Oliver Kita (whom I met the year prior), not only creates delectable chocolates, but does so using organic and fair trade cocoa. Kita uses flowers, herbs, citrus, exotic fruits, berries, nuts, and spices to create mouth watering confections like White Peaches and Cream, Cognac Creme Brulee, and Caramel du Sel (a silky caramel-filled truffle sprinkled with pink hawaiian sea salt)
Kita says, “it’s important for the patrons of my shop in Hudson Valley and anyone who purchases chocolate to align their spending choices with universal and personal values.” That’s what I call guilt free chocolate.

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There’s No Place Like Home

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I once thought my home was confined within the walls of the house where I grew up and eventually those of my first apartment. I didn’t realize my home was actually composed of small yet significant moments in the space I shared with the people I love.
My true home has no zip code. Home is the smell of banana nut bread baking during Christmas vacation and a Sunday brunch with friends. It’s toasting pumpkin spice lattes to mark the beginning of fall, beach birthdays, and late night bursts of laughter. It’s the rustling of palms in the warm Miami breeze, and a sparkling blanket of Boston snow.
One day my sister surprised me with a beautiful, encouraging note and a new pair of glittering ballet flats. They reminded me of Dorothy’s ruby Ferragamo slippers. I slipped them on my feet and thought, “there’s no place like home.”