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RITUAL 6: New Years Anti-Resolutions

This time of year is all about New Year Resolutions. We are all about looking introspectively at our lives - it allows us find ways to improve. It can be hard to not get down on yourself though when all you focus on what you should be doing. So, this year, we are creating an anti-resolution list to start 2020 off on the right foot. What is an anti-resolution? Much like resolutions, the list is meant to help you take stock of the things you’d like to change. However, the focus is on what you won’t do this year. For example, instead of an “eating healthy” resolution, you might choose to not snack after 8:00pm. I find that targeting a...

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Inspired By: Painter, Alma Thomas

          For our next ‘Inspired By’ artist, we are going back in time. Alma Thomas, born in 1891, is most notable for her colorful, abstract works and her role for women, African Americans, and older artists. She continues to inspire artists of all ages even after her death over 20 years ago. Thomas first studied abstract art during her time at Howard University, but it wouldn’t be until she retired from teaching in her 70s when her career as a professional artist would be recognized. Her determination, specifically in her later years, is one of the many reasons she has been a constant to artists.Alma’s work is colorful, large, and dense. From her work in Color...

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Gift Guide 2019

'Tis the season for giving and I'm sharing some of my favorite gifts to give this holiday season! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa - everyone deserves a little something to celebrate. From stocking stuffers to luxury gifts, you're sure to find something for everyone on your Nice List! COCKTAIL NAPKINS - $8 I love these are fun cocktail napkins from Alexander Girard! They add a little festive touch, without being denominational. These would make great gifts for your co-workers or neighbors. CASHMERE TIGHTS - $20 I have been obsessed with Calzedonia Hosiery for decades! For a while they were only available in Italy, but now you can get them here in the US! The Cashmere Thigh High Tight is only...

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RITUAL 5: Self-Love in Hibernation

  Winter is always a challenging time for me, as I know it is for many. The shorter days and gloomy weather can often distract me from my routines, and make me want to put things off that I would normally do. I’m always a big advocate for self-love, but I find it extra vital to my happiness during these colder months. Here are a few ways I help practice self-love in the winter: 1. STAY ACTIVE Exercise not only helps me de-stress, but it also pulls me out of the house. I tend to gravitate towards yoga in the winter months to stretch out any tight muscles and keep me feeling balanced. I also try and walk more in the...

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Inspired By: Sculptor, Nicole Cherubini

  For our next ‘Inspired By’ series, we highlight the work of notable artist and sculptor, Nicole Cherubini. Nicole’s work references traditional ceramics and sculptures, but it is her unique use of objects and unexpected bases that modernizes her pieces. Her ingenuity in combining old and new makes for a collection of distinctive abstract pieces. Nicole is known for blending the line between craft, decor, and art. Her work uses techniques of ornamentation, assemblage, and coiling to meld the visual aesthetic of modern sculpture while keeping the historical use of the materials intact. The layers of texture, color, and forms come together to make one singular art form - which allows viewers to reconsider the traditional use of ceramic sculpture....

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