Books: Bunheads, Sissies and Zuma

I rarely feature books, especially children’s books; I’m usually excited over the latest interior tome, an art-inspired coffee table book, or a fabulous fashion publication. But now I’m excited since I do have a couple of darling authors in my life, so let bias precede me, as I bestow a little nod in their direction. The best stories are always created from the beautiful intensity of reality, and all three of these books share this same thread of commonality.

Bunheads by Misty Copeland

Bunheads by Misty Copeland

First off, I’ll start with Bunheads by Misty Copeland, and no, I don’t know Misty, but I’ve purchased this book to give to a young family member, who is, of course, a budding ballerina. New York Times bestselling author, in this book, Misty captures the elegance of her younger self, as a young ballerina graciously accepting the role she performs in the ballet Coppélia. A story of goals, accomplishments and acceptance, Misty Copeland, clearly shares a moment that she experienced at a young age. Making history in 2015, Ms Copeland is the first black woman to achieve the position of principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, and this darling book is a gift of grace for any ballerina.

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Artrinity – Postcards of Positivity benefiting Artist Relief

Good things do come in small packages, and a polite little postcard, a token of positive communication, is the inspiration behind the second project for Artrinity — the art venture I share with my business partners Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss. The exhibition, Postcards of Positivity, During the Pandemic, evolved from our conversations during the initial days of the Coronavirus lockdown, we all agreed, “We need to do something!”

Maja, 2020, ink on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Francisco Moreno

Maja, 2020, ink on paper, Francisco Moreno

Post Suspension II, 2020, watercolor and collage on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Juan Alberto Negroni

Post Suspension II, 2020, watercolor and collage on paper, Juan Alberto Negroni

Mother Tongue II, 2020, graphite on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Corrie Thompson

Mother Tongue II, 2020, graphite on paper, Corrie Thompson

Before, 2020, charcoal on paper, 4 x 6 inches, Adam Ball

Before, 2020, charcoal on paper, Adam Ball

For me, philanthropic philosophies thrive during moments of critical circumstances, with the innate desire to serve and to initiate a cause for action. Selfishly perhaps, yet always propelling, the need to give, to think beyond oneself, rather than dwell on the impossible — it helps to focus on others by using one’s capabilities.

As we all grappled with the concept of COVID-19, a sense of shock seeped through my soul and the quote from Maya Angelou, resonated through my mind, “I have found among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” And artists have given, supporting their community!

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Elizabeth Hooper Studio: Lizzz Chats

Well, this Lizzz is feeling good as hell, and so she should be, with the recent launch of her jewellery collection, Elizabeth Hooper Studio. Bold and beautiful, and full of style and sass, much like Elizabeth, each piece is reminiscent of wearable art, designs that intrinsically capture the very nature of organic inspiration.

Elizabeth Hooper Studio debut collection

Elizabeth Hooper Studio debut collection

I’ve known Elizabeth for over a decade now, and when we first met, I instantly knew fashion was her game, she spoke my language. Nothing pretentious, only pure passion, but not in an excited, jubilant way, merely a matter of fact—with knowledge and respect. Some people know fashion, some people pretend to know, and some people wear style with such ease that it’s clearly second nature to them; a continuation of their soul and the latter applies to @LizzzMahone, aka Elizabeth O’Mahony.

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Artist Adam Ball Chats About Life, while in Lockdown in London

Lockdown and locked out! Creativity is the heartbeat, soul, and lifeline of every artist, and when the ability to create is compromised, the effects can be life-changing. I recently reached out to a good friend, British artist Adam Ball, based in London, to ask him how he was handling lockdown. On a brighter note though, we mostly engaged in a general chit chat, or chinwag, as us Brits prefer to describe an ebb and flow of casual conversation between friends.

 

Detail of Taman Negara, hand-cut paperwith pinpricks by Adam Ball - 1

Detail of Taman Negara, 2009, hand-cut paper with pinpricks by Adam Ball

 

I met Adam Ball back in 2014 when he visited Dallas to attend MTV RE:DEFINE—he donated a work, Shine, a black paper-cutout abstraction of his DNA reflected over gold leaf paper, which completely fascinated me. Adam is known for his intricate hand-cut paper and textile cutouts, a craft of intense, dedicated focus. In September that same year, he exhibited at The Goss-Michael Foundation for a second time, a solo show, The Space Between, showcasing his intricate hand-cut transparent works in textiles and paper, some with charcoal, while other works highlighted with LEDs. 

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Social Impact Investing Chat with Eva Yazhari of Beyond Capital Fund

Social impact investing, is this really the time to contemplate investing in social good? As we all struggle to identify our new world during the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone has unique life experiences, and in turn, a different perspective on how to deal with our feelings of powerlessness during this time. For me, weekly conversations with co-founder and CEO of Beyond Capital Fund, Eva Yazhari, keeps my mind clear and focused, as Eva says, “The best thing money can do, is good.”

Eva Yazhari, Beyond Capital Fund, social impact investing

Eva Yazhari, Beyond Capital Fund

Personally, the opportunity to serve others, in whichever meaningful manner is appropriate, relinquishes personal insecurities and drives meaning and purpose to my life. When in self-doubt, the ability to take care of family, or to serve a community, provides inspiration and the power to do good. But during these quarantine times, how can we do something purposeful, how can we help others to help themselves?

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Sustainable Style: Hello Spring 2020

As spring 2020 unveils its dramatic arrival, we are all mostly stressed out as the pandemic of COVID-19 embraces the globe with an uncertainty of what’s next. Besides the impending unknown of how long we will all be trapped at home, I’m just going to keep thinking about the same topic that’s been on my mind for a while: sustainable style, and how our shopping habits can change the world.

Sustainable Style, spring 2020

 

For me, food and fashion seem to share a similarity these days, it’s all about the ingredients. While one dish might taste super delicious when you review the finer elements of the recipe, there’s a reason why it tasted so good! I do try to substitute sugar, indulge in fewer fats, control carbs, abstain from gluten, forget about lectins, don’t even think about dairy, and meat—totally taboo! It’s a proverbial minefield of decisions about how to live the healthiest version of yourself while supporting the food chain and its effects on our environment.

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