I received a skype call from my 3 yr old niece, Soren - in New Zealand. She was SO excited to show me her “magic room” that her parents and brother put together for her 3rd birthday; transforming this space from their kitchen nook. The magic room was complete with a magic curtain door. Inside the room included a rocking horse, a child size stove and cupboard, a beautiful Indonesian tiled table with this beautiful painting of people in the 1800’s meeting in town, bright magic cushion chairs and two child size head chairs as well as a netted basket for her dolls and toys to lay when they weren’t having tea.
It wasn’t the skype call that moved me, it wasn’t JUST the beautiful mosaic indonedian painted table that was so inspiring.. it was the fact that I got to sit with Soren at her level, even if I was only on the computer as she poured me some “tea” from her saki set. As Soren handed the saki cup towards the computer, gesturing for me to take the cup.. I kindly and politely accepted it on the other side (of the world) and gently “sipped” commenting on how delicious the tea was; her whole mouth opened up into a grin and she slouched in delight.. in that instant we were connected once again on two separate ends of the world.
My brother and sister in-law (two kids raised in the suburbs of Chicago) live on an island off the coast of Auckland called Waiheke. The island is filled with 10 beautiful beaches and 25 vineyards. This is their playground. Their home is adorable but humble in size per middle America standards however on the other hand quite roomy if they lived in NYC. Regardless, to give a child their own space to be creative is a true gift even if they manufacture it from the unconventional - a kitchen nook. I commend them for living their dreams and creating space for their children (and others as my sister-in-law, Debra Wallace, has taken the reigns on building/creating a community learning center for children with limited resources). I commend all parents/role models/teachers etc that take the time to give children their own space to create. This magic room will impact Soren’s creative development, her interests, her imagination and curiosity forever. Even though I can’ t be there with her at her special table, I was blessed to have a peak inside what’s to come.. even for a moment.
I have an assignment to design a garment inspired by Sleeping Beauty. Oh the lessons Disney tried to teach us.. The colors, the silhouettes, the music and the sounds (voice-overs).. I think Disney and the late 50’s/early 60’s had a greater influence than I thought on my design ideas and aesthetic.. To be honest I totally forgot what the movie was all about; what a treat to revisit such memories…
I am organizing my arbonne shipment of holidays goodies and I <3 (with a quadruple <3) the Ginger citrus everything!!! Hand scrub, shampoo, conditioner.. I want to eat it’s so great! I’m going through my testers as I burning my holiday wooden candles. Everything smells so good and fresh. I hope Elliott loves it as much as I do when he gets home tonight. :)
Check out the Arbonne holiday gift line! Can’t wait to try the Pamperment foot care luxury set. Amazing.. I have all the testers.. feel free to reach out if you would like to try some for yourself.
<3. Leigh xx
Now that I have moved to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.. after commuting the last few days I realized I live in a real neighborhood with really down to earth people. I feel like they have been here for years! I met some last night.. they didn’t invite me in for tea, but I could feel the community and the welcome -especially from the older gentleman on the lawn. He’s the silent type, but his smile says it all. I think we will be friends.
In honor of international pirate day and to get some inspiration to design some amazing pirate pants here is Jack Johnson’s cover of a Pirate Looks at Forty. Design goal this week - A little punk, a splash of couture and little innovation - we are going to make it work (with a twist of eco-friendly) Arrrgh!
9.11.11 moments on the high-line. The project: “Imperfect Beauty.” The act of touch was my “Imperfect Beauty,” Every day we have choices… to hate, to hurt, to be selfish, to understand, to unite, to bond, to love. To touch, to grasp, to connect is a symbol of imperfect beauty - so easy yet so vulnerable it could change at any moment. When I asked for volunteers for my project it was nice to see the results that day and thankfully MANY people obliged to help me out. So I owe a big THANK YOU to all the New Yorkers, in love, with all your glory, for choosing love on 9.11.11 and many (hopefully most) days throughout the year - not just for yourselves, but for each other! I had over 60 couples, parents, families and friends do me the honor of stopping for a few seconds to listen to my “plot” and allow me to take their photo. Thank you all for allowing me to capture that!!! Unfortunately tumblr won’t allow me to post all my photo’s but the project will be coming out soon. In the mean time - here are some of my favorites!! Lots of Love NYC! LLF xx
The Beatles said it best.. “All you need is Love..”