hi friends! i’m excited to share that i’ll be partnering up with madewell, along with other lovely LA/OC creatives to celebrate their new denim collection this coming thursday at their the grove / los angeles store location! there will be drinks, eats, tunes & some fun style happening so come on down! i would love to meet you. ♥
date: 11.14.13 (this thursday!)
time: 6-8 pm
location: madewell @ the grove . 189 the grove drive . los angeles . ca . 90036 (next to the movie theatre)
tel #: 323.938.9317
hope to see you there!
hello! how have you been? as you might have noticed, i still haven’t quite started my hiatus yet as i still have yet to tie up some loose ends, but i have slowed down considerably & have been enjoying the slower pace of things. i’ve been able to bring health, wellness + spirituality to the forefront — adventuring to our local farmers’ market to gather seasonal veggies & fruits, starting a morning practice consisting of reading / meditating / yoga & enjoying breakfast without any interruptions. although once hiatus begins, i do hope to immerse myself in these things more, just having the time + mental space to enjoy these things has brought a deep sense of peace that i haven’t experienced in a long while. if you might have contemplated a break or to slow down, i would highly recommend it! it brings a whole new perspective to things & on top of all of the wonderfulness that you experience, the universe seems to continue gifting the more you let go… at least, that’s what i’ve been noticing.
ok, so back to today’s post! i’ve been having the pleasure of working with japanese culture + kimono expert / stylist, kimino rinko & illustrator amelia cantlay on their upcoming fashion event, kimino rinko presents: kimono girl in wonderland & have to admit that i get giddy every time i hear updates about the show during our consulting sessions. the interesting thing about kimino-san’s take on kimono fashion is in the way she incorporates vintage & ready-to-wear items into her kimono styling to make it accessible for everyone, not only for the japanophile. this show will not only be presenting her take on kimono wear being an everyday clothing item, but to weave in the story of alice in wonderland. also, not to mention, the show is going to be at the last bookstore in downtown los angeles. have you been? it’s a magical place fit for alice + her fantastical happenings.
here are the details:
location: the last bookstore . 453 s. spring st . los angeles . ca . 90013
for more information, please visit kimono days! hope to see you there!
// kimono days
IT’S NOT ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF TIME SPENT, BUT IN HOW THE TIME IS SPENT THAT MAKES THE MOMENT WORTH EVERYTHING.
OUR CURRENT PHYSICAL LIFE ONLY ALLOWS FOR A FINITE AMOUNT OF TIME & WITHIN THAT TIME, WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO DO SO MUCH. HOW WE CHOOSE TO USE THIS TIME DETERMINES THE COURSE OF OUR LIFETIME.
i look at our dog, skippy, and sometimes can’t help but think he is some zen master trapped in a pup body.
when anyone comes over, regardless of who they are, whether stranger or family, he greets them with a wag and smile, seeming like it’s his first time ever seeing the most special person in the world. i wish i could have the heart of making all who i meet feel special, to greet them with my whole heart, never holding back and never taking anyone’s presence forgranted.
during our walks, because of his hip dysplasia, he sometimes suddenly sits down to take a break regardless of whether i’m walking ahead of him or in a hurry. he points his nose up into the air and enjoys the breeze flowing through his fur coat. i wish i could remember to be more kind to myself and regardless of what is happening around me to take time to rest and enjoy the moments with life. to know when i need to take a break and not be apologetic about it.
when he does something wrong accidentally or when we are under stress and yell at him, the next second he wags his tail and comes to sit next to us as if nothing happened. i wish i could get past my own ego enough to not care whether who’s wrong or right, but to accept and be there for the person, to comfort and share my love with them.
i still have much to learn, o’ zen master skippy. hope you’ll stay with us as long as possible so that we can continue learning & growing from you.
with the advent of technology, we as a society have become so addicted to this idea of immediacy that we are continuously on a roller coaster of sugar highs and crashes only to be searching for our next high.
i, myself being one of these addicts, pledge to live life more fully, more consciously & enjoy the moments that make it beautiful. i give myself permission to keep getting up and trying when and if i find myself falling & to never give up as that would be the same as giving up on living life in its entirety.
will you take this pledge with me?
last sunday, i had the most amazing time at the branding 101 workshop at poketo! i originally capped the class at 15 students, but to my surprise, it ended up being a class of 25! so very thankful to all who decided to come out & spend the afternoon exploring together.
when poketo first invited me to possibly host a workshop in their beautiful space, i was excited and at the same time unsure what i could share, but thanks to some conversations with angie (one half of the duo behind poketo), i am so happy to have shared branding in such a way that explored not only the thought behind a brand, but to dig deeper into finding out about the individual and their philosophies on why they started their company.
we talked about how to gather, process and curate ideas, to come up with the “essence” of who they were, and at the end of the class shared the before and after with one another.
i didn’t say it during the class, but with such amazing transformations happening during the workshop to each student, i felt my heart swell up with so much joy, it was hard not to be moved.
although i will be going on break (will be sharing more on that soon as some new thoughts have emerged since the last time i wrote about it), i hope that doing workshops will be something i can continue to do once i’m back. i never thought i would enjoy it as much as i did! something about sharing ideas and being able to connect with others directly was just magical.
for more photos & a recap, please visit the poketo blog!
a big BIG thank you to angie & ted of poketo & their awesome staff for their support in making it happen! & thank you to all who came out! i loved getting a chance to hear your dreams. looking forward to seeing how everyone’s visions unfold.
i’m excited to share that i’ve just released my 3rd single, 明日をつなぐ今 (asu wo tsunagu ima / english translation: this moment that connects us to tomorrow)!
here is the thought behind the track:
this song is dedicated to the lives that were lost during the north japan earthquake & to those who continue, with strong hearts & spirits, to move forward. there is only one earth. we as humans, are all one. let us come together to share love & support for one another.
although you can download the track for free if you like by including your email address, 100% of any sales from this track will go towards programs / organizations supporting children, elderly, rebuilding of towns, etc. in areas affected by the north japan earthquake and tsunami.
for those who are interested in finding out what i’m singing in japanese, a translated version in english is available on the site.
thank you so much for your support!
hello hello! how have you been? i apologize for being a bit quiet here as of late, but i’ve been debating a decision & finally feeling ready to share it with you!
as you might have already guessed from the title of this blog post, i’ll be going on an indefinite break starting end of september / beginning of october (the date isn’t hard set yet due to some pending projects) & i’m not sure for how long and what the break would actually look like. would i completely fall off the face of the internet world? would i still be poking around facebook / twitter / instagram / pinterest? i’m not sure & actually purposely want it to be the unknown and let my curiosities lead the way.
what i am sure of though is that the break is to allow for time to put into practice what i’ve been sharing — about slowing down & embracing each moment of each day, to have time to play & explore new ways of creating and/or to dive deeper into a creative process. to take time to breathe, take care of the body & spirit and to connect with the inner self.
being in my 30′s now, i’ve been thinking about life & how, if i’m lucky and able to live until 90, that means, 1/3 of my life has already unfolded. i ponder about the way that i am living right now, the way i see the world, the way i view my inner being, my consciousness, my purpose, my existence, is it connecting to my true spirit? not whether i’m happy/unhappy, but beyond external happenings, am i at peace within? to be honest, i don’t think i’m quite there yet.
learned felt the most since becoming sick is that change happens from within & that everything in life is a choice. no one is making you be a certain way, do a certain thing or perceive the world in a certain way. it is through your own consciousness (or unconsciousness) that life unfolds the way it does. if that is the case, then if i am wanting inner peace, the only way that i will ever even get close to it is to allow myself the space to try new things, to approach life from different angles and open my heart to the unknown.
i don’t know about you, but i’ve always needed a sense of direction, a goal, a motive and to have full control of each and every outcome. without it, i thought i would get lost & feared not knowing. i felt that by doing these things, it would bring me comfort, peace and clarity. in many ways, it actually produced the exact opposite outcome. i don’t regret anything thus far & if anything, thankful for all that has happened, but knowing what i know now, i am curious about whether living daily in the complete opposite way would garner a different way of existing in the world — one of being.
as i write this, my husband is next to me saying, “why are you writing “indefinite break”? it’s not an indefinite break. i know you, you’ll be doing something else if not this.” haha! i love his honesty. i definitely don’t plan on being on break forever & do plan on coming back. when & in what way? again, that is an unknown, but i do want to have the time to really put into practice what i know in my mind, but haven’t quite had the opportunity to experience in my everyday.
while away, i’ll be documenting sights / thoughts / curiosities / personal projects / etc. at curiosities & the unknown. if interested, please do come by & hang out!
but before going on break, there’s a workshop, a limited edition collaboration project & some other things here & there to tighten up so i’ll still be around. :)
i want to thank you so much for your understanding, support, love and just pure awesomeness while i continue on the next leg of my journey. i know many people say this, but i think my fans / customers / clients / friends are truly the best! truly.
with gratitude & love,
p.s. i’ll be back! no, really. i still have a bit before my break so i’ll see you here again until then! xx