Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Maria Westerberg makes great design of what most of us throw away. Most recently
a collection of textile waste to the Indian. Here she shares with others their
secrets on the best way to recycle.
I absolutely love that throw pillow she's holding (no pun intended). It looks like re-used saris of rich fabrics.
See full article at HUS & HEM
Monday, November 9, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Not long after that post, I found this lovely article “
Hair is often the first thing others notice, be it the texture, length, fullness, or shine. In the African-American community it can also tell a story. It can indicate your background, lineage, and social standing. From slavery until today, skin color and hair texture played a large part in how the overall society viewed blacks and ultimately the way African-Americans saw themselves.
……this too shall pass.
Monday, October 12, 2009
With dark denim, a metallic top and wedges, out for drink with friends in Waltham, Ma.
Friday, October 9, 2009
I used to accompany my mother( a reluctant seamstress) in Kingston, Jamaica, to the fabric(claat in Jamaican creole) store. I took the opportunity to accompany an older co-worker, also a seamstress here in St. Lucia to the fabric store for the heck of it.
All the memories came rushing back, Indian silks, British cottons, post- colonial madras plaids.
I picked up a few pieces. Now I'm looking for a tailor/seamstress to make a few pieces while I'm here.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to pick up SHE in the grocery store. IT WAS JUST THERE!! AVAILABLE. The magazine is carried by one [as far as I know] book store in Boston. I was familiar with the coveted glossy pages of caribbean fashion, features and profiles of fabulous Caribbean women, but had no knowledge that it was as St. Lucian as the Pitons!!
This month's issue has a lovely round up of Caribbean fashion Week that took place this past June in Kingston.
"Since its inception in September 1998 as a freebie from Julian’s Supermarket, SHE Caribbean has developed into a highly respected international women’s magazine. Publisher Mae Wayne remembers well the magazine’s beginnings as a promotional vehicle for the supermarket’s products. The response was encouraging from the start. Gradually, the magazine changed its Saint Lucia bound focus to concentrate on all women from the region"
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Do you like?
be good. do better.look your best.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
St. Lucia is good so far. Like my homeland Jamaica, but yet very different. I am working on biodiversity conservation( read: protecting trees, animals etc and managing how people use these scarce resources that are essential to the 'sustainability' of Caribbean economies)
I have been enjoying getting dressed with less than a quarter of my closet and lots of accessories. My challenge is even greater because of what I call 'post-colonial mannerisms' that limits what "work wear" is. Typical work wear here is button downs, polyester suits, nylon stockings etc......I try not to stand out...too much. Although I had some critical commentary on pattern mixing. Still a little taboo.... I know what is expected having worked in Jamaica......but I choose not to pay attention.....While the island is usually 80 degrees the office AC is kept at 26 degrees.....so layering is okay...for me atleast.
be good. do better. look your best.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The itsy bitsy, little yellow polka dot ( okay, it's not a bikini) is old clothes for someone but new to me. I picked up the 'thrifted' (read:poop inna/old bruk), at Goodwill in Boston. The vintage Ralph Lauren silk shirt fits like it was custom made for me! The pin striped belt is borrowed from the best friend a girl could have and the pants are basic blue wide legs from the Gap. No, I didn't wear those flip flops!
See travel blog here http://caribbeanconservationchic.tumblr.com/ ( I find tumblr a better platform for posting photos) I will post here less for the next six months that I am in the Caribbean.
be good. do better. look your best.
From St. Lucia....