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February 2015

Parties, Delectables & Pretty Things

Great Art Show in LIC, NYC on March 4th. Kate Raudenbush @SeeMe.

On March 4th is Kate Raudenbush’s Reflection show @ SeeMe Exhibition Space in Long Island City, NY.  I will be there. Can’t wait! I love love love her work. The geometry, the scale, the delicatness made out of metal. Truly amazing! I want to live inside one of her masterpieces. Come join me.

“Kate Raudenbush references history, mythology, geometry and science to inform the narrative of her work. She utilizes welded laser-cut steel, mirror and light to shape her large-scale, climbable expressions of sacred space.

The pieces seem both alive and ancient with a constant visceral invitation for the viewer to touch, to physically explore. In this way, the artwork is not just an object to behold, but also an experience to be lived.”

“Kate Raudenbush is a New York-based artist who references history, mythology, geometry and science to inform the narrative of her work. She utilizes welded laser-cut steel, mirror and light to shape her large-scale, climbable expressions of sacred space.

The pieces seem both alive and ancient with a constant visceral invitation for the viewer to touch, to physically explore. In this way, the artwork is not just an object to behold, but also an experience to be lived.”

SeeMe Exhibition Space
26-19 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101

Wednesday Mar 4
7:00pm – 10:00pm

Click here to RSVP

http://reflection.splashthat.com/

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Sculpture by: Kate Raudenbush     Photo by: Scott London

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Sculpture by: Kate Raudenbush     Photo by: Bailey

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Sculpture by: Kate Raudenbush     Photo by: Marc Whalen

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 Futures Past. Kate Raudenbush.

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All works by Kate Raudenbush. For more info and images please check out her site below.

http://www.kateraudenbush.com/

Parties, Delectables & Pretty Things

Julianne Moore is a winner!

Julianne Moore’s West Village townhouse is directly across the street from one of my BFFs. For years I’ve peeked in through the windows and interrogated my friend for more interior info. Luckily she’s just as curious as me.

Mostly I walk away excited that Julianne and I share the same inexpensive giant paper lantern as a main light fixture! To me that made Julianne ultra cool and down to Earth!!! My friend and I have often seen Julianne in the hood or at our favorite local eats. She’s very laid back and nice, she’s got natural beauty and style!

So besides being happy that she’s finally an Oscar winner I’m equally excited that her backyard was just featured in one of my favorite design sites- Remodelista/Gardenista. Julianne also shares my love for Staghorn ferns!

Here are some photos. I LOVE the wall of staghorn ferns and the tree branch art installation tree house! Below is the link for Gardenista’s article and a link to Architectural Digest’s article by Simon Doonan.

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Photos courtesy Architectural Digest.

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/celebrity-homes/2012/julianne-moore-home-garden-new-york-article

http://www.gardenista.com/posts/design-sleuth-julianne-moores-staghorn-ferns

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“You have to focus on your dreams even if they go beyond common sense” Anna Sui

I have always been a HUGE fan of Anna Sui. Of course with her perfection of Boho Glam it was heavenly love for this rock and roll girl. Back in the day I cloaked myself in her velvets and brocades finished off with biker boots and a great floppy or top hat. I found her clothes far more attainable in the (what I felt) elitist fashion world. When her store opened up in Soho it was like coming home and I loved how lusciously comfortable it felt. To this day if I see purple and black together (as in the store’s design or Anna Sui packing) I immediately think of Anna Sui. I feel flooded with sensual fantasy and scents of an earthy English garden. Now that is some great branding juju!

Her new line inspired by the History Channel’s show Vikings is rich and inspired. I recently started watching Vikings after my friend John recommended it to me numerous times and he was right (per usual) I LOVE it! Highly recommend!!! So this marriage of Anna Sui and Vikings makes beautiful sense to me. The Scandi patterns mixed with furs, the layers, the colors topped off with sexy tousled hair (thanks to my uber talented friend and hairstylist Louis Angelo) and the Inuit face tattoos! It’s a whole new refreshing love affair!!!

 Here are photos of my favorite looks from the show. 

More info on Louis Angelo below. 

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Style Sanctuary

Super New Moon in Aquarius!

Today @ 6:47pm EST is the New Moon @ 29 degrees Aquarius. This is the second New Moon in Aquarius with the first one being at 0 degrees Aquarius. A planet runs it’s course at 30 degrees through a sign. So we’ve gone from the beginning to the end of innovative Aquarius. If you REALLY want to radically change something this is the Moon to do it. You must use your intent and be clear with what you want to get rid of and what you want instead. Use whatever tools you’re comfortable with, have some sort of ritual. Write down your thoughts, light a candle while envisioning your desires, make a visual collage you get it right? The more visualization work and asking you do the more your dreams come true.

The moon is just on the threshold of Pisces within a minute after the New Moon the Moon moves into Pisces. Moving us directly into a loving state of heart. Both Venus & Mars move into a conjunction in the first degrees of Aries on Saturday 2/21 bringing a lot of creative and passionate energy. It’s more then just love and sex it’s about loving life. Use the visionary energy of Aquarius to bring the kind of love you want into your life. This is truly a Super New Moon the opportunity to make something super!

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Image courtesy of https://in2themystic.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/new-moon-14-aquarius-22-2311-future-track-group-endeavors-and-relationships/ 

Parties, Delectables & Pretty Things

Great designs inspired by the ever artistic Bowerbird.

Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi co-founded BOWER in 2013. They have been designing and making fun innovate home products ever since. Bower is Brooklyn based and their products are made in the USA. Danny and Tammer were “inspired by the Bowerbird’s desire to create beauty from it’s surrounding natural habitat, with an eye for color and composition, to help serve the function of emotional attraction.” Love it!

Check out their site – http://bowernyc.com/

 

My favorite Bower Designs

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Images of the Bowerbird at work! 

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Pics courtesy of bower.com

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Mercury Direct & Fifty Shades of Grey.

Mercury is finally direct today@ 9:57 am EST. Mercury has certainly been a little trickster this retrograde go around. Just when you thought it was “not that bad” that jokester mercurial energy made a mess of your plans. For me – two flat tires, friends canceling plans and deliveries not happening. All and all not too bad except for the two f***ing flat tires, that literally blew!

Mercury has been in Aquarius throughout the whole retrograde. It’s definitely been a time of re-evaluate, re-novate, re-form and re-invent. Invention and Aquarius go hand in hand. Now you will want to start moving forward and making decisions. Today there’s major planetary activity and still not the best timing for making huge decisions. More patience please! the forward energy will really kick in in about a week, at the Super New Moon on Feb 18th.

Mercury is direct just in time for Valentine’s Day on the 14th, which is a nice little gift. With Venus, Mars, and Chiron being together closely in Pisces we will want to be extra mushy and sensual. Yeah Babe! Venus loves being in Pisces so let’s soak up all the love, get regenerated and ready for Spring.

Great Astrologer/Writer and once a teacher of mine, Eric Francis, writes-

“Venus loves loves loves Pisces, which is natural territory for her, and a place of creativity and sensuality. Venus is making two aspects — square to Saturn in Sagittarius, and then approaching a conjunction to Neptune in Pisces (which happens about once a year). This translates to, “It will be worth working through any resistance you feel, to get to the thing you want.” That thing is not really a thing; it’s a state of mind.

No, not a state of mind, an emotional space, of total bliss. You may be wondering if that is possible in Western society. It is, for a while, if you want it. You cannot really plan this but you can swim toward the feeling, toward what seems like some place of origin. Follow your intuition on this one, and apply the minimum energy needed to move through any resistance. It will be worth it!

You may think you have to be realistic to get the rewards of this conjunction but you would be better off being wildly idealistic and allowing yourself to visualize and attract who or what you want the most. Looked at one way, Venus-Neptune is total submission, but it’s also about releasing the irresistible attractiveness that you contain.

Meanwhile, another conjunction is developing in Pisces — Mars and Chiron. This one happens once every two years. As if Venus and Neptune were not enough Pisces (they are plenty) we have Mars and Chiron pulsing through the cosmic headwaters. The message here is, allow yourself to desire actively, boldly and directly. In a sense it’s the opposite energy of Venus-Neptune. Mars-Chiron is the power of conscious will directed toward specific desires or destinations. Remember, you have this option.”

Interestingly Eric writes about the Venus-Neptune conjunction as being “total-submission” right as the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” is about to be released for V Day. Not surprising that Hollywood used V Day as it’s release date. I doubt that those executives consciously knew about the astrological aspects though we’re all (hopefully) aware on some level. I think the message is the “power of conscious” letting you be aware and not disillusioned by Neptune. If you’re submissive know it and own it with fifty shades of Pisces LOVE.

 

http://www.chronogram.com/hudsonvalley/mars-conjunct-chiron-as-venus-spawns-toward-neptune/Content?oid=2291637

Please check out Eric’s site below- 

www.planetwaves.net

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 11.28.27 AMArtwork by Matt Rockman.

www.rockmandesign.com