Pay It Forward

My friend JerseyTjej over at The Insurgent Scrapbooker recently wrote a post about the best way to pay the gifts you've been given forward and lend a helping hand to those in need. One of the programs she mentions was also highlighted by The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, who went one step further and posted a video touting the virtues of Kiva.org.

If you find yourself wondering "What can I do? How can I help?" then this is the program for you.

allows individuals to make $25 loans to low-income entrepreneurs in the developing world (microfinance). By doing so, you empower people struggling to earn their way out of poverty with affordable working capital like money to buy a sewing machine, livestock, etc.

The way I see it, I get a higher return on $25 helping someone build a future than two tickets to the movies (yes, New York is that expensive) or Sunday brunch at my local bistro.

Crazy how so little can mean so much.


Salt Smoke

I remember salt smoke from a beach fire
And shadows under the pines--
Solid, clean...fixed--
Seagulls perched at the tip of land,
White upon green...
And a wind comes through the pines
To sway the shadows;
The seagulls spread their wings,
And fill the sky with screeches.
And I hear the wind
Blowing across our beach,
And the surf,
and I see that our fire
Has scorched the seaweed.

- Frank Herbert


Paris: A True Story

Last year, I took a marvelous trip with my boyfriend to the City of Light.

Between days walking the city and nights strolling the Seine, it was a trip of enchantment.

In one of our Sunday morning walks, we entered a maze of a flea market where I came across Joe, a merchant from West Africa. I think Joe knew I was not especially skilled in the art of negotiating, in French, with a wily bead trader. Or at least that's what I told myself after the initial flush of triumph faded and I counted how few Euros were left in my wallet.

But as it turns out, the beads I bought in Paris are worth far more than I realized -- they're magic. As soon as I put them on, I feel happy. It's that simple and that delightful. Who doesn't want a little magic in their life?

This feel-good, globe trotting necklace showcases grooved, vintage silver metal beads in conversation with indigo and recycled sea-foam glass, black & white ceramic, and clay, brought together with a vintage brass clasp. Featuring beads from all over the globe -- Africa, by way of France, Italy, and of course, Brooklyn -- you might say this necklace is a unique, one-of-a-kind personal passport to style.

From PLUMAGE, my fall collection devoted to looking fabulous and going gorgeous all the way.

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Working Hard...

Hey everyone,

Thanks for the comments and emails. I've been a busy bee, working on the Fall collection and am just about finished with principal photography. I'll be posting all new jewelry over the weekend, so check in Sunday night to see what what's in the world of Persuede.

In the meantime, have a laugh...

Mama Jams with Jenna Elfman


The "It" List

My girl Tania over at It's My It List is funny, smart, sassy and manages to maintain her sense of humor, all the while remodeling her kitchen and raising two adorables.

And I'm not just saying that because she put me on her favorite blog list.


And in the fine tradition of paying it forward, I kindly invite you to spend a little time with these good people:


Yo! Taxi!

So this week there was a two-day cab strike in NYC over the involuntary placement of GPS in taxis. Both sides are claiming victory, New Yorkers are a little grumpier and the GPS doo-hickeys are still being installed.

Luckily, there's a well-thought out solution to some of these irritants. RideAmigos.com is a new carpooling website that’s all about connecting neighbors, reducing pollution, and splitting rising prices between riders.

Devised by a guy whose “commute sucks” (lonely rides from his Alphabet City apartment to his Midtown East office racked up, as did his transportation fees), the free Internet “search, post, and contact” engine allows users to create cab shares anywhere in NYC, Chicago and San Francisco.

Because it rolled out this week, the site needs good people like you to post (daily, weekly, one time) routes you’d like to split with other riders.

Wanna lift?


Hard Work

Every Labor Day millions of people descend on my neighborhood to celebrate the Caribbean tradition of Carnival.

Between the music, the costumes, the food and the all-around good time, it's easy to forget that Labor Day is a moment of reflection -- one day out of 365 -- in which we recognize how much we owe to those that came before us, those that stand beside us and those to whom the debt of our labors is passed on.

Of course there are official Labor Day parades in most cities and towns which celebrate the achievements and contributions of working people. But there are others -- mothers, fathers, relatives, friends and neighbors -- who bear the weight of carrying forward the social and cultural values that invisibly shape so much of our daily lives.

Creating and raising a family -- no matter how you define it, whether it be inherited or selected -- is work. There is no parents' union to collect dues and make sure the love, care, attention, hope, faith and hard work that is put into the next generation pays off. There is also no question that someone, somewhere, cared enough about you and your future to invest in your wellbeing. If there were no such person, you would not be reading this blog right now, nor would I be writing it.

So I encourage everyone to make the time -- today, or tomorrow, but don't wait too long -- to let the people who nurture, support, feed, and care for you know that you appreciate their presence in your life and value their labor.

It's amazing how often we forget to say thank you, and how much it means when we do.