Wednesday, January 26, 2011


One Singular Sensation

Understandably in winter, some people wear their body weight in clothes. There are so many layers to take off, that transitioning between indoors and outdoors is such great pain. There is however, a certain satisfaction to be had in bundling up, especially when it means lovely coats, pretty scarves and hats and a gorgeous pair of boots. People tend to buy more new clothes in winter, and dress up more. Starting in Thanksgiving  and all the way to after-Christmas and winter sales, we tend to acquire things. New coats and shoes, new party outfits, new furniture and decorations to prepare for guests, food for the holidays, etc. All of these apart from the many other things we receive as gifts. Maybe part of it is primal behavior--like hibernating animals storing food.

Then come spring and summer, we itch to peel things off, to pare down. Now there's a thought. Maybe if we lessen the hoarding during the winter, there will be less paring down (read: yard sales) come warm weather. Spring cleaning will be a whole lot easier.

Lao Tzu said: "To become learned, each day add something. To become enlightened, each day drop something."

Until we are down the most beautiful and meaningful essentials. They say real style is all about editing. Mindless acquisition is so yesterday. The 'in' thing is to think carefully about what we bring into our homes. Nobody needs twelve of something, unless they're dinner plates. When an object is meaningful, its story will fill up the space around it. Then you need fewer things to keep it company and the most honored place to put it.

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Solo Act
Left: "Tiny Dancer" by Zoey Riley

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