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Feta + Watermelon Summer Salad


We experienced a record-breaking heatwave last week in New York City, which made even something as easy as making dinner seem like a punishment. As much as we may loathe the idea of stepping into the kitchen, we still need to eat. I created this salad like I do with many recipes--I used stuff we already had in the fridge. It will definitely be a regular Summer dish in our house from now on. All you need is watermelon, crumbled feta cheese, and a little black pepper. Delightful and delicious. I'd love to hear some of your Summer recipes, I certainly could use some fresh ideas!



The Secret of Being Colorful

The Cardinal is my totem bird. Every time I go through something difficult, I always seem to have a Cardinal appear, sometimes in multiples. Ten years ago, I experienced a broken engagement, and as I was packing up to move out of the house we had purchased together, there were the Cardinals, sitting right outside the window. My cousin sent me a link to this post "My Favorite Cardinal" on The Daily Heller. I also thought the poem "The Cardinal" is a good reminder to be your own colorful self. I wanted to share it with you. Have a wonderful, colorful weekend my lovely readers! XO Emily


The Cardinal

By Henry Carlile

Not to conform to any other color
is the secret of being colorful.

He shocks us when he flies
like a red verb over the snow.

He sifts through the blue evenings
to his roost.

He is turning purple.
Soon he'll be black.

In the bar's dark I think of him.
There are no cardinals here.

Only a woman in a red dress.

My Mother, Me and Lilias Folan: The First Lady of Yoga


It's no secret that I am really into Yoga. I started practicing with my mother when I was about three or four years old. We'd watch and practice with Lilias Folan on PBS.

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I loved Lydia's brightly colored Leotards with white stripes. The first time I learned to meditate was when I started to practice Yoga again in the mid-90's. Meditation was something I already knew about, having an Aunt deep into the alternative lifestyles of the sixties and seventies--open marriage, communal living, Astrology, Yoga, vegetarianism, equality--you name it, she did it. I always thought my Aunt was weird. I'd shove the meditation tapes she sent me into a drawer and forget about them. When I reconnected with Yoga in my twenties, I started to learn more about Meditation and now I understand how powerful it is. And how elegantly simple. I recently found this site with guided meditation audiofiles you can download. The great thing is, you can do it in the privacy of your own home, which means you can keep your eyes closed, instead of peeking around the room to see what everyone else is doing.

Have you ever tried Meditation? Would you like to?




The Bitter And The Sweet

And just like that, my mind turns to what comes next. But it's too soon. "Stay in the moment", I say, "Enjoy the season, find the fun in every new Summer Day until the Days become Fall." Okay. I can do that. Let's all do that, okay?
XO Emily

Bamako Chic: Women of Mali & Threads of Power, Color & Culture

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In tiny parts of the globe, some of the most innovative and powerful minds in fashion are connecting with small producers of fabric and more to make and sell their fashions. Now there's a one-hour documentary film that charts the voyage of women in Mali who took their financial fate into their own hands to create a real enterprise--Bamako. Read what the filmmakers say after the jump. (I found this via Parlour Magazine.)

“Bamako Chic: Threads of Power, Color and Culture,” a one hour documentary, tells the story of women from Bamako, Mali, whose artistic creativity became a force for alleviating poverty and affirming identity in West Africa. In the 1960s, a small group of impoverished and resourceful Malian women cloth dyers reinvigorated the craft of hand-dyed cloth using a fabric called bazin (imported polished cotton), impacting their families and their communities. Thanks to micro-credit programs introduced in the mid-1980s, the production of hand-dyed bazin has flourished into a lucrative enterprise dominated by women. Today, skilled cloth dyers are revered throughout the West African region and beyond. Interweaving the personal stories of five women, “Bamako Chic” illustrates what can happen, economically and culturally, when access to credit intersects with women’s creativity and ingenuity. The film will also expand perceptions of Africa, a continent more often portrayed in terms of its political and public health tragedies and less about its people and their collective and personal triumphs.”

Jason Wu At Versailles With Robert Polidori

Women enter the room with eyes shielded from the prying eyes of strangers. Their clothing is demure, conservative. We're not in the Middle East—we're at the Fall 2011 Jason Wu ready-to-wear show.

ART_BLOG_GWS_JWU_VERSAILLES1 As The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Vogue.com will tell you, Wu’s most recent collection was influenced by the restoration of Versailles, specifically the photographs from the 2010 publication by photographer Robert Polidori, “Parcours Museologique Revisite”.

ART_BLOG_GWS_JACONWU_FIN3But they are wrong. The photographs which influenced Wu are of the destroyed Versailles…the pre-restoration palace. At least, that’s what I think. Robert Polidori is a renowned photographer who has captured moments and places in the most unusual way—a behind the curtain look at our world. A house in Katrina with water still receding after the flood, a post-Chernobyl Nuclear Plant control panel. Real places, real things. His images are both a question and an answer—Question: What happens when people build society? Answer: This is what happens.

ART_BLOG_GWS_JASONWU_POLIDORI I’m not sure what exact elements inspired Jason Wu—the colors, the draping, the texture. Maybe it’s the beauty that still exists within the turmoil, the glimmers of hope you can still see in the wreckage at the bottom of the sea.



All Interior Photographs are Robert Polidori

Runway images are Getty

For an excellent 2007 interview with Robert Polidori, go here.