Stardate Tomorrow

I love the idea of a stardate: some absolute point in time irreducible beyond the universal presence of stars.

Though clearly an arbitrary work of fiction, inconsistent even within the cosmos of its own creation, there is a part of me that believes we are all capable of tuning in to the same universal hum.

Why not a moment of being so purely yours, so purely now, it may never be repeated? What if, instead of disappearing into an ether of old age and foggy dreams, all your moments once used are stored in a back end galaxy warehouse, neatly identified, named and numbered for future reference? They could be recalled at will by you and yours for those times around the dinner table when someone says "Remember when...?"

Like memory, only more immutable.

And if such moments are absolute, then all moments yet to be are also. They exist, pre-cataloged, shimmering just beyond our experience but still capable of being imagined. Of being experienced. Of being lived. Perhaps the instant we realize the possibility of such moments is the instant we decide to tune in, to realize we can hear the ocean even without a shell cupped to our ear.

What is it Cassius says in Julius Cesar? "The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves...."

I've decided to make my personal stardate tomorrow, so I never run out of time.


Yes, It Is Free. Don't Miss Out!

Join persuede jewelry plus a bevy of fashion-forward vendors at this exclusive soiree on Saturday, August 29th. Click on invite to RSVP.

Designer Soiree
Saturday, August 29th
1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
394 Broadway, 4th Floor, NYC

See you in the mix. And don't forget...Go Gorgeous!



I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendos,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.

~ Wallace Stevens
(From Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird)

image copyright LaneyButler


The Uniform Project

I'm a little late to the game, but just in case you haven't heard about this...

Starting May 2009, I have pledged to wear one dress for one year as an exercise in sustainable fashion. Here’s how it works: There are 7 identical dresses, one for each day of the week. Every day I will reinvent the dress with layers, accessories and all kinds of accouterments, the majority of which will be vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-down goodies. Think of it as wearing a daily uniform with enough creative license to make it look like I just crawled out of the Marquis de Sade's boudoir.

The Uniform Project is also a year-long fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. At the end of the year, all contributions will go toward Akanksha’s School Project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for children living in Indian slums.

Learn more about the Uniform Project at www.theuniformproject.com. Plus, she puts together some really cute outfits. Somehow, with 10 times the amount of clothing, I still have trouble getting dressed in the morning.



A Tale of Two Treasuries

So nice to be included in not one but TWO Etsy treasuries!

First up, Calm Cool and Casual featuring my green and silver Serpentine Charm bracelet:

Next, a Juicy Watermelon, perfect for summer:


New York's Notre Dame

Have you ever looked closely at the carvings on the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine?

It would take a Frenchman on holiday to notice what we take for granted. Tell him how much you enjoy his pictures at paris 2e.

All images in this post belong to Cedric, discoverer of things that would go unnoticed. You'll find him at parisdeuxieme.com



picture courtesy of JGeorge Photography

I love the hour before takeoff,
that stretch of no time, no home
but the gray vinyl seats linked like
unfolding paper dolls. Soon we shall
be summoned to the gate, soon enough
there’ll be the clumsy procedure of row numbers
and perforated stubs—but for now
I can look at these ragtag nuclear families
with their cooing and bickering
or the heeled bachelorette trying
to ignore a baby’s wail and the baby’s
exhausted mother waiting to be called up early
while the athlete, one monstrous hand
asleep on his duffel bag, listens,
perched like a seal trained for the plunge.
Even the lone executive
who has wandered this far into summer
with his lasered itinerary, briefcase
knocking his knees—even he
has worked for the pleasure of bearing
no more than a scrap of himself
into this hall. He’ll dine out, she’ll sleep late,
they’ll let the sun burn them happy all morning
—a little hope, a little whimsy
before the loudspeaker blurts
and we leap up to become
Flight 828, now boarding at Gate 17.

-- Rita Dove


Free Knitting Projects!

Anne, she of muppetloon.etsy.com fame, has posted a marvelous, resource-rich article about summer knitting in the city. It is chock full of guides to group knitting events -- ever hear of Stitch n' Pitch? -- as well as free patterns, iPhone apps and best of all, sales codes and discounts for yarn. Read all about it at thenewnewny.blogspot.com.