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Category Archives: INSPIRATION

TEA TIME

The education and formalities of tea time for most of the world is a lost past time that the English hold near and dear to their hearts. If you’ve never taken the time to sit down for tea, here is what I’ve learned…

Many years ago I decided that I would travel to London to visit a friend… It would be my first time there.  I grew with excitement as the date for departure drew near… I’ve always loved the British for their wit and customs. So for me, I thought the pool of intelligence would satisfy all of my curiosities.

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STARTING THE DAY

Through the window the early morning arrives full of sunshine and the notion that this will be a great day for a wedding…

While having a morning  cup of tea and a scone I am listening to Michael Franks, “Tell Me All About It,” a great way to start the day…

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ART / Taras Loboda

Born May 4th, 1961, Taras Loboda is a Ukraine Artist living in Prague (Czech Republic). He was born into the family of I.I.Loboda, the famous Ukrainian artist. His work is of thematic compositions, portraits, landscapes, still-lifes. The artist persistently and purposefully develops three main motives: woman’s portrait and act (body with melodious lines, a look with a sad solitude feeling), strict classic still life and a phantom landscape.

I first discovered Loboda while in Prague on one of the many trips there to work. While taking a break I decided to visit and tour the Prague Castle (founded in around 880), the crown jewel of this city that has maintained it’s medieval and architectural legacy that incorporates gothic and baroque, rococo and art nouveau. It truly is like the fairytales we read about as children.. Adjacent to the Charles Bridge, I find this city one of the most fascinating in Eastern Europe.

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BOW TIE

To tie or not to tie? That is the question…

When I think of the first time I wore a clip-on bow tie I was around three years old; only through photographs am I reminded. Even then, it seemed as if I was pleased with the idea of looking like a complete package. I decided in my teens that I wanted to tie my own bow tie and began the search to find a perfect ray of patterns and colors.

The choice to tie my own came from the feeling that I got with the accomplishment of getting it just right… The “tie-by-hand” or “self-tie” has since become a staple in my wardrobe, from traditional patterns mostly made of silk, to black, purple and burgundy velvet for tuxedo’s. The possibilities are endless in terms of choosing to wear one for almost any occasion as I have with one of my favorites made of wool plaid and dressed with a denim shirt during the Fall/Winter, to lavender and white polka dot made of cotton worn with a crisp white shirt for Spring/Summer.

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GETTING AWAY / India

India is a dichotomy of the human condition… Both beautiful with it’s incredible temples and structures, the world famous Taj Mahal  “the jewel of Muslim art in India” is considered the eighth wonder of the world, entirely constructed of white marble. It’s the shrine of the  Emperor Shah Jahan and his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. There is a sense after entering through the Great Gate that there is no structure like the Taj Mahal… Yet there is a backdrop of poverty and stead-fast spiritual redemption… It is beyond complex and like no other place on the planet….

I was invited to India for a Wedding… 

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