Color Me: Kate Spade

I have a special attachment to Kate Spade.  Here’s one of the reasons why:

There are a few “must do’s” when you move to New York City.  You know, some of those “NYC moments”.

Sample Sales!

My first official NYC Sample Sale was Kate Spade.  I’ll never forget it.  It was “one of those moments”.  I’d researched this “sample sale phenomenon” and I learned they get crowded and the good stuff goes early.  I took a few hours off work so I could get there before the doors opened. Lucky for me I had a boss who was tolerant.  Confused, perhaps, but tolerant.

It was an experience.  Lines out the door.  Once inside, tables and tables and more  tables of Kate Spade bags and accessories. A colorful, patterned feast for the eyes (and the shopaholic)!  I was on a mission this day.  I had an agenda. Diaper bag!  Yep, that’s right…I was on a mission for a diaper bag for my friend in Milwaukee who was expecting her first child. She was SO excited about my shopping trip. I could almost feel her there with me, baby bump and all!

I got the bag, and only the bag.  My friend mission complete.  NYC Sample Sale experience accomplished (and I left without spending all my rent money!).

I still get excited when I get emails about Kate Spade Sample Sales.  I get excited when I walk by a Kate Spade store in SoHo or on 5th Avenue.  I get excited when I see their Facebook posts with new and colorful designs.

Yesterday in my Facebook stream this appeared: Bryce Dallas Howard is the new celebrity face for Kate Spade.


(window shop Kate Spade’s photos from the post)


Fun photos!  Serious color!  SPRING color!  Color that reminded me of my blog design (and reminded me I needed to WRITE a blog).

Thanks Kate Spade for our Morning Cup Of Color!

This leaves me with a few questions:

Who do I call to get that paint job on the bike lane in front of my brownstone?  It would really perk up the neighborhood!

Are we going to start layering handbags?  I like the idea. It’s a great mix of color and shape.  It’s a great perk for a photographer because I ALWAYS need multiple bags!

What do you think?  Would you layer?

An Evening With Elizabeth Gilbert

Did you know that Elizabeth Gilbert’s video on TED is the most watched?

I learned that last Thursday when I went to see her speak at an Academi of Life event in NYC.  This little factoid was thrown out during her introduction and I felt myself shrink down in my seat when I heard it.

OH NO!  What if they find out it’s ME?  Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED video stalker?  Relentlessly watching and pulling inspiration and laughter from her presentation.  Feeling a connection to her ideas on creativity.  Pulling from her the strength to move on when I feel on the verge of potential defeat.  Making peace with my muse, genius, inner artist…

It’s ME!  I’ll admit it!  I’m a stalker.

So when I took my stalking admiration for her “offline” and went to hear her speak last week I was not disappointed. She had that same humor (I think I shed a few tears), the genuine spirit of the girl next door you want to go have dinner and a glass of wine with (no worries, not in a stalker kind of way…just a “wow, she’s a cool chic” kinda way), and the insight that touched my heart once again (OK…I definitely shed a few tears).

She looked fabulous!  Dressed in a fashionable “greige” (you know…grey and beige…we’re into color here) color palette with her adorable little pigtail hairstyle.  A combination of classy and unique!

Here are some of my favorite moments, stories, and quotes from the evening.

“I was born comfortable on the page.  It’s where I grew up.”

Elizabeth has always been a writer.  She says it’s who she is and the only thing she’s ever been able to do well.

“My love of writing was unconditional.  I expected nothing of it.”

In the beginning she wrote just to write.  No expectations for fame or grandeur.  No desire for it to pay the bills.  She just followed her soul’s calling and did what she loved.  She wrote.

Struggling to write her follow up book to Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth discussed the struggle between the vision and the dream and the occasional disconnect.  When the vision of what you want to make gets made…but doesn’t look like the vision you had in your head.  She calls it the “non-identical twin of your dream”.    I love this idea because it happens often when we are creating.  The song, the painting, the final photo isn’t what we saw in our minds eye when we were creating it.  Sometimes it’s better…sometimes it’s not.

She talked about writing her first manuscript of Committed and it being bad, the non-identical twin.  How the block came, “writing and I left each other” and her foray into gardening.  Then one day while gardening it came back.  The words, the sentence, the story.  In her words, “Falling from the tree above, like a floating leaf.  I got a sentence.  That was the rewrite of the book.”  She rushed inside and “took a story for a walk across the page.”

A great lesson when the vision doesn’t come.  Wait, be patient, engage your mind in other activities…until it comes.  It will come.

It was a wonderful evening of inspiration and humor.

“I was born comfortable on the page.  It’s where I grew up.”

She may think writing is the only thing she does well, but this stalker admirer believes she has a beautiful gift for words, both written and spoken and the ability to bring humor and inspiration into the world.  I think Elizabeth has an amazing genius.

There’s MORE!

She also has a store in NJ called Two Buttons Imports.  I haven’t been but I checked it out online.  Antiques.  Treasures from Southeast Asia.  COLOR!!

You want to be a stalker now too don’t you?  Come on.  Admit it…

Creative Color with Creatively Fit – Making Change

Good morning!

It is technically still morning as I write this so if I hurry I can still get you your morning cup!

I didn’t know what to write about today so I didn’t create a post yesterday.  I resisted this morning, still not knowing what to say.  Then, when I least expected it, I got something to say. It’s another “authentic blog moment” (wow…these are getting more frequent…good sign?).

This morning I had an amazing phone call with Whitney Ferre of Creatively Fit.  I’m enrolled in her Creatively Fit Coach Certification program and I’m loving it….and resisting it. Something just wasn’t clicking for in the last few weeks. The pieces weren’t coming together.

Whitney uses painting and art journaling as the main platforms for her programs.  Whitney believes that by engaging in creative activities we can open ourselves up to change in our lives.  I believe this too.  But, something wasn’t working.  I started painting a few weeks ago but I was stuck on something.  Here is what my painting process has been like.

Mixing Colors and Putting Paint To Canvas

I LOVE mixing paint colors and watching new colors appear. Adding a little of this and a little of that until my heart begins to sing with the perfect blue, pink, orange, color of the moment emerging before me. Putting the paint on the canvas and watching it come together in an abstraction of shape and color:  WOWZA!  Thrilling, empowering, validating, pure FUN!

Lesson 3 – Outline Your “Shape”


Huh?  Shape?  I have to add structure to this?  Really? “No!  I don’t want to!” My “inner child” was in full throttle rebellion.  I kept painting.  Over and over.  Color over color. No true shapes. No “structure”.  Not happening!!

I felt like I was “doing it wrong”.  Everyone else was outlining and painting “things”.  Me…color.  “Things” I could imagine I was seeing (much like my photography).

“This isn’t working.”  “There is something wrong with me.”  “Why can’t I do this?” bounced around subconsciously in my head.

Your Canvas Is Your Life

We had a group call this morning and Whitney talked about how your resistance and struggles with painting are a hint at something going on in your life.  BINGO!  Got me! INSIGHT!!

I’m completely, utterly, 100% NOT interested in structure. I did that.  Now, I want freedom.  I want fluid.  I want fun, color and play.  My paintings are telling me something about what I really want in my life.

The secret of happiness is freedom.  The secret of freedom is courage. ~Thucydides

Starting today, RIGHT NOW!  I’m embracing my “non-structured” paintings and the meaning behind them.  I’m going to look at structure in a new way.  Everything has some structure to it, even if it’s abstract structure.  I’m going to work on putting a little structure back in my life by seeing structure a little differently in my painting this week. Maybe I’ll even try some “real” structure and see how it feels.  Just a little…

I wonder what else I’ll embrace in my life in the process?

What would your canvas tell you?  You can find out at Creatively Fit!

Thank you Whitney for the “aha” moment and to my fellow creativity mates for the comfort and freedom to express my “true canvas” today.

Spark – How Creativity Works Author Discussion

W E D N E S D A Y   W O R D S

“You can life a life creatively or uncreatively.”  ~Kurt Anderson

I’m no stranger to Spark.  Every Sunday night I read The Spark by Debbie Phillips.  An inspiring newsletter for women looking for inspiration, strategies, and support in creating their best life and reaching their dreams.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be adding another “Spark” to my reading list.

Yesterday Spark – How Creativity Works was released. I’m a creative.  So I’m interested in the theory behind creativity and how it all works.  I get more interested in it as my creative journey continues and I battle my own internal ebbs and flows in creativity and doubt and meet other artists who face the same issues.

I was excited to hear the book’s  authors speak at Barnes and Noble TriBeCa last night with a few of my Artist Way Group friends.  We all live in the same neighborhood so we met at the corner subway and made an evening outing out of the event.  We were, collectively, an actor, a photographer, and a writer.  Our own little sparky group of creativity.

Author Julie Burstein and Kurt Andersen discuss Spark

Spark has its origins in Public Radio’s Studio 360 weekly interview show focusing on creatives, but Spark isn’t just a transcript of the radio interviews.  It goes far beyond that. It’s a study, an evaluation of the themes, inspirations, and processes culled from the hundreds of interviews conducted.

Julie and Kurt talked about some of their favorite interviews last night, shared audio from some and explored the process of writing the book.  Julie discussed the challenges of the “instant gratification” of the interview process versus the 2-year long process of writing and releasing the book.  An interesting perspective on her own creative processes and adapting to new challenges and finding new ways to be creative in the book writing process.

I really enjoyed seeing Julie and Kurt in person.  Kurt has a dynamic personality and Julie exudes warmth!  I’d be OK with having her as my “local mom”…not to mention that her two sons that asked questions last night (my future “local brothers”) are completely adorable!!

I left the event with my signed copy of Spark and a little extra inspiration and creative drive.  I guess that’s how creativity works….

I’m really looking forward to reading the book and I’ll give you a full review when I’m done.

“The essential gift is to be open to wonder, and to let that wonder spark your creativity.”

OH!  I almost forgot.  This is a COLOR blog.  It’s part of the daily gift.  Don’t worry.  I have some color for you.

Can you see Kurt’s socks?  It was the FIRST thing I saw when they walked up on stage.  He’s dressed in black from head to toe except…PURPLE SOCKS!!

I looked at my friends and pointed towards my feet and did the “head point” towards Kurt.  They knew…

Thanks Kurt for helping out with the blog’s color!

P.S.  (I was dressed in black too…and under my puffer boots…PINK SOCKS!)

Creative Color with Diane von Furstenberg

Attitude is everything. ~Diane von Furstenberg

I love Diane von Furstenberg.  I love everything about her!  She’s warm, intelligent, stylish, comforting, and inspiring.

My favorite black dress is a DVF.  My favorite fun, flirty, silky, colorful, patterned, bow enhanced summer dress is DVF.

I feel very powerful and feminine when I wear these dresses.  I feel special.  Like someone cared about me as a woman when they made them.

I design for the woman who loves being a woman.  ~Diane von Furstenberg

I’m kinda giddy about this morning’s post.  Why?  Now I can dress more than just “me” in these special empowering designs.  Now my favorite home accessories can be DVF with the Diane von Furstenberg Ready To Wear home collection.  Pure home ecstasy!  Color, pattern, design, style…

If you are ready for something new around the house to lighten up and add some fun for Spring, here are my favorites from the new collection.


The beautiful Sandstone Drinkware in Erawan Blue.  Who doesn’t want to put Erawan Blue on the table.  It sounds as dreamy as it looks!

These fun and colorful Miro Flowers plates are inspired by the surrealistic art of Joan Miro and it reminds me of my silky DVF dress!  I can even see part of the bow on the right side of plate?  See it?

These dessert plates in Paper Cheetah are so fun!  I love the design and the shape is so unexpected.  I love dishes with non-traditional shapes.  I’m all about the circle, but give me a dish that’s anything but am I’m singing with angels.

Textiles – Oh Textiles

The DVF Miro Flowers design graces pillows and a duvet cover and gives great composition and color for the bedroom.  I love art inspired textiles so these make me so happy and inspired!  I’d like to see the Sandstone glasses design on a beautiful silk duvet.  I’d break out the leftover b-day gift cards for that!

Maybe some day there will be a DVF design inspired by melissaAnne COLORS….It could happen….

I’ll leave you with some final, inspiring words from Diane von Furstenberg the iconic hero to the young designer Whitney Port.

Happy Tuesday everyone!!!