The Vibrancy of June

And so it is. Awakening each morning for yoga class to the hints of sizzling sunshine, longer days, refreshing evenings, and even an early cricket or more! I’ve heard them and thought – something must be off. Not really sure, I’m thinking it might be a figment of my imagination. The month of June is a bright month. Associated words can be Summer Solstice, BBQ, weddings, graduations, reunions, heat, sizzle, oh, let’s not foget about the birthstone of the month; pearls. You know I wouldn’t leave those out!  My brain is ruled by color and gemstones. The piece below is a very summery necklace boasting tiny natural turquoise stones, and a Baroque pearl focal pendant. The golden tone in the back is – of course- Citrine, brings to you,  energy from the sun, abundance and warmth… an accent to the cool watery turquoise, and the volutptuous pearl.

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Allow me to speak of the myth and folklore accompanying the cricket. So I’ve heard, that if a cricket decides to visit you inside your abode, with it comes good luck. DO not kill it. This would be a bad thing. It’s been known to bring ill fortune to those that rid of a cricket. This sprite insect has connections to happiness and good cheer, protecting you from bad spirits. The crickets found in North America are generally black in color, and mostly a nocturnal insect. This connects them to the dreamtime, intuition and psychic abilities. Their long antennas give them a heightened sense reminding us to trust our intuition, higher knowlege and guidance. Trusting what you have always believed is just a reminder that this creature and create. When you hear the Cricket’s song, it is a reminder of hapiness in relationships. … excerpt from Universal Sky.  And as skies go, last night’s was no exception.  The Summer Solstice, June 20, 2016 just so happened to have had an additionalScreen Shot 2016-06-08 at 7.12.44 PM

Solar treat last night, for the first time in 70 years. The Full Moon blessed us with her powerful beauty and energy on the Solstice.  This time is an opportunity to tune into your intentions, and what you’d like to manifest in the upcoming months. Emotions may rise to the surface. Physical pain may be heightened. Regardless, this is the perfect time to create more harmony and unity in various areas of life. This excerpt taken from Jill Jardine’s  Full Moon Summer Solstice newsletter It’s loaded with all things solar and astrological. .http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Happy-Full-Moon-Summer-Solstice–Summer-Sun-Sign-Forecast.html?soid=1102157698296&aid=zoOt9jLaC

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 6.38.34 PMI’m not sure how many of you feel the aftermath of this potent full moon, but must say, I have. Something provoked me to begin wearing black pearls, and I have never worn them. My intuition led me to placing them on my ears. I love the smooth deep lustre of them. Very mysterious and sensual.       The lore of the pearl. June’s Birthstone.

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These glorious dark pearls are grown in the woarm, clear waters of French Polynesia, by large black lip oysters. Few oysters survive to reproduce a single fine peral. Tahitian pearls are still considered rare, and the most valuable cutlrued pearls in the world.  Interestingly, the Greeks believed the pearls were raindrops that had fallen into an oyster. When Venus or Aphrodite, the goddess of love was born from the sea on an oyster shell, drops of water that dripped off the goddess became pearls. The beauty below is one shot of a multi strand hand strung brass necklace with several Tahitan pearls dancing through out the brass beads. It is secured with a sterling clasp, and accented with a ruby.

 

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The sultry dark tones of these pearls vary. Pearls are associated with purity, innocence and love. They are wonderful organic matter that are connected to the Godess with in, and to connect women with their inner feminity. For more on the pearl, or gemstones and healing jewlery, please visit my website on ETSY. https://www.etsy.com/shop/nymphjewelry    The piece below demonstrates a unique mix, using the Tahitian pearl as a focal point accompanied by the use of garnets, a ruby cluster suspended from oxidized sterling silver wire wrap with oval faceted prasiolite (green amethyst) stones.

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Happy Summer, everyone! Enjoy the long days, replenish your souls with all of the sunlight. Eat your vegetables, and please take advantage of the outdoors. It is a short lived season, and it’s been a beauty thus far!

Yours, in splendid summer joy,

Dava Muramatsu

PS.  Please come to visit me at Majestic Filatures in Bloomingdales. Floor II. I look forward to showing you around, and having you view the vast collection offered. Styles and sizes for everyone.

 

The Treasures of Autumn

The light of day has altered considerably this month. I see darkness dip into the evening earlier and earlier. The true onset of autumn, begins, exposing what the following months will portray.IMG_0088 Crisper days approach, as we begin to notice the vivid reds, oranges, and golds of autumn and how they naturally paint the lingering trees. The leaves begin to fall on the ground, leaving trails of intense colors behind. The sounds of walking through the leaves is so reminiscent of child hood, sparking a sense of freedom from within.  Having the privilege of enjoying these nuances the treasures found and discovered during this season  can be inspiring and invigorating. These are places where creativity has the opportunity to emerge. The photo above and below are a real place, taken as the sun begins to set. The little white shape barely visible beneath is a swan. Her white feathers creating such a graceful contrast to the vivid tones in nature.IMG_0107Color is always around us. It has many psychological effects on our moods, emotions, attitude and behavior. Two main  categories of how this works is simple. Warm and cool colors.  The tones you see in the photo above can spark emotions ranging from warmth and passion, to possible hostility and anger. These warm tones of oranges, reds, yellows and gold are stimulating colors.IMG_0094 These colors are often associated with food and have the ability to enhance your appetite. The colors of fall, as intense as they can be, are so welcoming as the temperatures drop. Wearing these tones also help us to mentally stay warm despite waking to 41 degree temperatures in the morning. Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 12.05.50 PMAs I mentioned wearing these colors, the similarity in nature and my necklace are obvious!  I created this multi strand necklace using  hessionite garnet strands  and contrasted it with rich olive wood. Sort of like the bark from the trees and the leaves dangling gracefully as they await their turn to drop to the ground, covering what previously lies there. See the combination below. Earthy, with a touch of glamour and warmth.IMG_7152Triple strand necklace with 2 Hessionite Garnet strands, ranging from deep brick, to  golden-yellow tones. The olive wood off sets the gemstones by adding density, earth and grounding to this piece. Sterling silver vintage beads are dispersed throughout the deep rich wood. This marvelous oval pendant culminates all of the tones in this necklace. Measuring about 2″ in length, the healing properties of this Pietersite stone pendant connects you to your own internal guidance system, aiding in life’s changes.IMG_7149Pietersite. Tempest stone holding the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven by linking the spiritual realm with everyday living, dispelling illusion and assisting in the recognition of the beauty of the soul. Pietersite offers a mixture of both warm as well as cooler tones within the stone, and this one above is clearly the warmer version, keeping on trend with the subject in this blog journey; Autumnal tones. The necklace is  available at my shop, MATSU. Come on in and try it on!

Transitioning into my next topic, please allow me to  present another autumnal vision. Starshaped moss as the bed, with  vivid leaves lying on top of a natural state of beauty. Those brightly colored leaves are dancing on the moss.

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Yes, you wanted me to replicate my perfume, but instead, after a 4.5 month study, research and experimenting, I am proud and pleased to present:  ‘d a v a ‘.  the Candle.  See the freshly poured production in the photo directly below. Next step: packaging. Can not wait to share the end product with you!IMG_0915This project has been one  major creative feat. From the unusual mixture,  balancing the layers of these components,  deciding on the color of the end product, and the packaging. Distributed through Eastern Accent, available in fine boutiques and salons throughout the United States, available for shipping to you directly from MATSU. $58.00 each, 60 hour burn time. Pure soy candle. They will be in store in time for late Autumn and the Holidays. Just another treasure in the day of the life of beauty.

I will be hosting a special Tarot Event next Sunday, October 18. See invite below. This is a unique opportunity which I am happy to share, and yes it too is an Autumnal treasure.Please contact me with any questions, or Diane Fraser to set up an appointment.     Matsu.TarotCardReading2Matsu.TarotCardReading2

It’s the little treasures in life that keep sparks in our heart, and vigor in our step.Please enjoy this  colorful season as nature offers her warm palette of  hues and scents.

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The best way to really prepare yourself and your  wardrobe for this and the upcoming season is by having your wardrobe and closet edited. Yes, it’s confronting. Yes it’s tedious. Yes it is necessary. Yes, it is liberating. Once you decide, you won’t understand why you waited so long! Best money invested ever. I guarantee it. No job is too big. Please contact me for further information. My cell is 617.510.6369. or simply email me. dava@davamuramatsu.com

Enjoy this colorful season while nature performs.

Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you at MATSU soon.

Yours in warmth & joy,

Dava

We Three Kings …

 “…of orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar. Field and fountain, Moor and mountain, Follow yonder star.

Frankincense to offer have I, Incense owns a deity nigh. prayer and praising, all men raising Worship Him, God most high. Star of wonder, star of night, star of royal beauty bright. Westward leading still proceeding, lead us to the perfect light.”

Myrrh is mine, it’s bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering gloom. Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding dying, sealed in the stone cold tomb.

O star of wonder, star of night. Star of royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding. Guide us to thy perfect light.”

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 7.32.29 PM The holiday season brings both, the best and the worse out in all of us. The best can be experienced through laughter, gift giving, and wondrous excuses to indulge freely. On the flip side, it can trigger loneliness, depression and the secret desire to simply run away and hide from shopping mayhem, holiday advertising campaigns and never ending holiday classics on the radio. There are many ways to save your soul during this hyped up, yet beautiful time of year. It’s all about your perspective, after all. This is the onset of the dark winter months that lie ahead. Winter is the coldest season, but on the subtle level it’s a time of rest, peace, inner focus, stillness and reflection. Life is rich with possibilities; learning how to utilize them during this chilly season is the key to a tranquil season.

I love the rituals and traditions the season brings. The Feast of the Seven Fishes, for example, a typical Southern Italian cultural meal prepared on Christmas eve. I actually do love Christmas music, and first one that comes to mind is what I began this blog journey on-  The Three Magi!  We Three Kings of Orient are; as lore has it,  traveled from Persia bearing Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh to baby Jesus. Despite your faith, these essential oils become more prominent this time of year. It’s already understood that Gold is given as a precious gift all year round but actually the value of frankincense and myrrh out weigh that of gold and certainly extends far beyond biblical lore. These essences are derived from plants, which are very healing on an emotional, physical and spiritual level giving meaning beyond the season.

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Frankincense and myrrh are from the same plant family and grow as small shrub-like trees in dry climates such as India, Oman, Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The resin of the plants is used medicinally and for spiritual practices for over 5,000 years. Both resins have a multitude of health benefits other than clearing negativity from a room via burning the actual incense, which by the way is even more powerful than using sage for this same reason. These resins are anti-septics, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-viral, improving circulation, and as a body tonic. The list goes on.  As you smell the warm rich, sweet-woody scents you will understand the specialty these plant resins offer. They are calming, soothing and relaxing to the mind, soul and body.

Gold on the other hand, is an excellent all purpose high leel gem amplifier and electrical conductor. It helps strengthen never system,digestion and the meridian channels. Attracts prosperity, stores and amplifies thoughts/emotions/energies. It is truly a regenerator, helping to renew nerves. Gold symbolizes sthe purity of spirit.  So, as the story is told, these 3 kings traveled afar and delivered these gifts to baby Jesus. What a magical visit that would have been.

These resins remind me of church as a little girl. I cherish my faith and experience of church. As time goes on, I recognize that when I am feeling low, or zapped by negativity, I simply light a stick of Frankincence alone, or mixed with Myrrh. My mood immediately elevates. I kid you not. The scent can alter the energy in the room.

This season is indeed hectic, but I try to cherish the beauty – decorating with lights, the fresh invigorating smell of pine, and enjoying the crisp air nature has to offer this time of year. This religious and spiritual holiday brings back lots of childhood memories. As 2014 winds down, I find this to be good time to reflect and embrace appreciation for what we have, and how supportive our families and friends have been during the course of the year. 

There are a lot of December birthdays, I’ve noted. We are also approaching the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of light in the whole year! We are about to approach Capricorn, as  Sagittarius wans. Either way, the birthstone of December is primarily Turquoise. We think of summer, naturally, when looking at this magical stone, but the truth is that it is indeed a winter month stone! It’s about brightening up your wardrobe energetically with this captivating color. The stones right below happen to be very earthy but the overall hue is indeed turquoise. This December stone is a purification stone. It dispels negative energy- much like frankincense and also myrrh. It can be worn to protect outside influences or pollutants in the atmosphere. Turquoise balances and aligns all the chakras, stablizes mood swings and instills inner calm. It is excellent for exhaustion and depression. This stone promotes creativity and problem solving. It is a symbol of friendship, and stimulates romantic love. The natural energy of this stone helps one to communicate truth.

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Turquoise aids in the absorption of nutrients, enhances the immune system, stimulates the regeneration of tissue, and heals the whole body. It contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects. The photos below reflect a variety of Turquoise stones. The turquoise used in my pieces are primarily from Afghanistan and the deep green, from Tibet.

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The past 11 months I have written about colors, gems and the correlation of foods, nutrients and maybe even a recipe or 3. This month, however- I have exciting news to share- and for those who may have missed the announcement. Here it is!MATSU.Announcement1

Upon coming full circle, I realize that something had been missing. I have had wonderful experiences, as I mentioned in November’s blog, and continue to be grateful for all of them, but when I drove by this little gem of a spot in November, I made a quick u-turn in the middle of Boston Post Road in order to lay my eyes a bit closer on the building. Yes, it was vacant, all right! It sat so still and empty, but I could envision the potential beauty within the space once I began to nurture it ” Matsu Style.” My stimulating challenge has arrived.

I’ve been open one week. MATSU offers the excitement of the urban experience with the comfort of home. You’ll feel it and see it once you enter this new sanctuary I’m creating. I’ve included some teaser before and after photos for you to see. I am genuinely excited. It feels like home. (Ironically, as it is very close to home.) Come visit! Like MATSU on Facebook. I thank you all in advance for the warm welcome I have received and for those that haven’t had the opportunity yet to visit, I look forward to seeing you soon.

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Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and reflective Holiday Season!

Yours in joy & style,

Dava

 

Beyond the Diminishing Hues of Autumnal Bliss

Yes, it’s really here!  Turning back the clocks early in the month was the first hint of the last days of Autumn. Pumpkin pies, Thanksgiving and visitors from afar all flocking to be with family and friends. This time of year is peaceful and unpretentious. I personally feel few expectations through Thanksgiving. As long as I don’t strive for utter perfection, the season can be very tranquil and calm. It is a rich season, visually and nutritionally. The days are also as simple as November’s birthstones: Citrine and Topaz. Both are very warm colors, just like the foods we cook, serve and eat for ourselves and loved ones.

There are so many places we can see richness in our lives – foods being several of them. As the seasons turn, the gourd family become much more available and popular. Below we see a lovely pumpkin pie. Other mouth watering options are pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin risotto, and pumpkin bread. This humble vegetable is an excellent source of carotenes, vitamins A, C and E. They also offer minerals, antioxidants and plenty of potassium.

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One of my favorite seasonal foods is butternut squash. I love it roasted with garlic, herbs, and shallots. I’m a fan of savory flavors, rather than sweet. You can change the whole flavor by adding cumin, turmeric, and other Middle Eastern spices as well.  Look at these cute little cubed pieces of fruit. Yes, butternut squash is from the family of fruit. Rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants this “fruit” is so easy to prepare – especially when you can purchase them already cubed. Great time saver. Incorporating butternut squash into your diet can reduce inflammation-related disorders such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 11.55.17 AM

November is the last month we see of earthy colors, with the last of the golden brown leaves still attached to the bark on the trees before finally letting go. This fall was very rich, and I see a fair amount of these deeply hued leaves still hanging on. They don’t want autumn to end. We know what comes next. But not quite yet! This tree clearly is hanging on. I don’t blame her! She’s gorgeous. IMG_3219

As I’ve said, it is a rich season, visually and nutritionally. May I introduce to you the birthstones of November: Citrine and Topaz. Both very warm, golden colors, just like the foods of the season. I’ve used this stone of abundance in various fashions as you can see, below. I love it in contrast to rubies, love it with the warmth of olive wood and brass, and I cherish the unpolished deep honey hue stones when mixed with pyrite, sandalwood and Kali, the goddess of love.picstitch-2Citrine is a joyful stone with energy so bright lighting up many aspects of life for those who wear it. It’s unexpected luck can appear in your life. Citrine is known as a prosperity and success stone. It is said to promote and manifest success and abundance in all areas. Citrine combats negative energy, and brings positivity to the beholder. It can relieve depression, self doubt, anger and irrational mood swings. Who needs a pill? You can see these pieces on my Etsy Nymph Jewels site, for pricing, to purchase or for additional information.picstitch-4

Many have come to know the stone for the month of November called many things. Golden topaz, Madiera citrine and  Spanish topaz. The photos above reflect these tones. The top left photo is an adujustable necklace with huge honey tones citrine nuggets, along with a tiny cluster of Madiera citrines for contrast. The lower left photo are very lemony toned faceted citrines that are wire wrapped and have  black diamond accent bead. The necklace on the right is a combination of a large faceted topaz drop and a bevy of lighter toned citrines. I’ve added copper and a chizled emerald for more flavor. I elaborated on the nature and healing properties of citrine, because it’s one of my favorite stones to create with and to wear.

The key word that comes to my mind in November is gratitude. It’s an inward feeling of kindness received and an outward attitude of giving.IMG_4212

Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express this feeling. I try to remind myself to express this to all of those around me that have supported me. Beginning with my Mom and Dad who gave me this life. What I do with it is entirely up to me. The more conscious I am, the better quality of life I can live, and the more appreciated those surrounding me feel. Below, my 88 year old mother, a true creative inspiration, myself and my sister, whose patience in life is a lesson for me to strive for. I don’t like leaving out my other sibling, but have no photos of him- oh wait, I found one! He’s in he infant stage and I am not very far beyond it in this black and white family photo. I am very proud of his art, as a seasoned saxophonist, and dancer. Yes. We received these traits from my parents. Blessed, we are. Sometimes they are hidden and not so obvious, but grateful none-the-less, as the smallest of them are reason enough to be cherished.IMG_6798

I am so fortunate to have had a successful business on Newbury St for over 30 years. I am so fortunate to have had the experience in learning beyond what a boutique can teach you, which I acquired during my “reign” at Neiman Marcus. This was truly a full, head-on learning experience. I never knew how little knowledge I had within the corporate realm. I am truly grateful, for their patience and faith in me. I lived, learned and listened to my soul tell me it was time to move on down the road.

I then shifted gears towards what I thought would be more in line with what I knew and moved over to a smaller boutique in Newton, as many of you may know, Gilda’s. Although it resulted in my leaving after a very short period of time, I am very proud to have given it everything I had. In doing so, I learned more about me. My vision was very clear. It was not Gilda’s vision. My strengths appeared quietly but could not be applied in this environment. At first I was disappointed, but then realized this was a very clear sign that I was in the wrong place, as it was not serving my inner spirit. I am, however, very grateful for having been given the opportunity to shine there, but my light was unseen.  I move ahead, not looking back. IMG_6794

I am blessed, grateful and appreciative to all of those who believe in me and have supported me. What’s next? Listen very carefully.

I am relaunching MATSU. Yes, it’s true.

Details to follow.

Until then, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Yours in joy,

Dava

 

 

 

Why Blog?

Since the beginning, my blog has been a documented journey of life's surprises, experiences and observations.  I also use it to express. excitement, inspirations and  things that sadden me in daily life. 

 SInce the historical start of my blog, my alterier motive was to drive business into my oasis of a store. This lure was an innocent approach to sharing life, design, style, color and what's new. I am sure many were tantalized, many unsubscribed and many hung on to many words that I executed from my inner soul, and still do. I thank you all for this.

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Times are different, and although I miss Matsu- my time and life structure is all together more different than I ever could imagine. I tried to keep up with the Blog style that you may have come to know me by, yet I have hesitated in the past few months to express and to share. This Blog entry will be posted to my various email lists, and I DO wish to hear from you whether you want to hear from me or not. I am not requesting direction, although feel free if you should so desire, but since all of our lives take turns of many kinds, my focus is also different now.  Please know, I love the seasons, food, fashion, and life and will continue writing about them all.IMG_3229

There are so many fashion bloggers. How to tie scarves, how to accessorize, how to have a make over- Clear out the cobwebs in your closet, and your mind becomes clear. I can go on and on.. this is what I do. I am crafty at it, and I must say rather seasoned.  I am not a fan of talking about it unless I am in front of you, however..-in  person! I say this because I will continue writing.. for ME; and  for those that wish to read, for those that care or those that wonder. Many people live vicariously through others hence, reading books, going to museums, traveling etc. There are many ways to explore, and I for one have been very fortunate to have lived through these experiences . I simply love to write about what jazzes me. Hope you enjoy it too.

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I am very peaceful right now and am enjoying the quiet time I carved out for myself today. I decided this would be an opportune time to reconnect with my blog, my purpose and with my readers. I will say, that there may not be a theme; expect the unexpected- that is one thing I can promise to be consistent about. I just needed to put my foot in the door again, and write. Here I am.

The day after the monster storm the North East endured. Such a catastrophy. I am in Florida where these things are expected to happen. On the Gulf Coast. For me to have experienced the storm from afar is practically surreal. The photo above is of Siesta Beach. The winds were soaring at 25mph.  If you look closely, you will see the angry deep green waves off in the distance. Very difficult to relax and soak up the sun that was very prominent in the sky- masked, however by the wind. Just like a Halloween mask placed on a face.  The notion of Halloween season being here is also a bit odd while staring at the sand, but a reality, nonetheless!  I find the face and my sister carved this gorgeous pumpkin. After all, it is the season.


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 The richness of Autumn brings warm feelings inside, as we prepare ourselves for the time change this weekend. The evenings will seem earlier and the mornings coming too fast. The leaves on the trees are falling ever second of the day and with the storm we had, they have all had a lot more help- more than we care to acknowlege, because it means the Autumnal season is one step closer to the dark Winter that lies ahead. I share below a scene created by children celebrating this wonderful season, and the " Hallow Scare Crows" as I  refer to them , are so charming only a child could have possibly been naive and innocent enough to create these marvelous little  character crows. Keeping the Scare Crow in mind, please look.
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 I will keep this entry on the short side, as I complete my thoughts and wish you all a very happy, safe and haunted Halloween!

 

Yours in joy,

Dava

New Year’s Resolution- going with the juice.

The holidays are like a double edged sword. They bring pleasure and pain. They are peaceful, yet stressful. They are not what they were when we were children. We are responsible for our own happiness and now that we are "mature adults"; should know, that pleasure stems from within. Not with out. Not with material things. IMG_1437

 Coming from a retail background, and selling luxury brands and goods for years and years, what once seemingly worked, now does not.

I am in limbo- better use of term actually would be transition. In between holidays, life positions, seasons. This is so hard, and staying in the present is another way to accept what is.  Old habits bring the past into the present. Old habits can also indicate that fast forwarding into the future is a guaranteed way not to be in the present-preventing the future to unfold. Being in the mystery and the dark is the place where the "seeds" of life and opportunity germinate. I want to squirm. Finding peace here, means patience. This is not something that is natural for me. Never was. Perhaps one day I may get better with it, but for now, the best I can do is to acknowledge, practice and pay attention to signs, like the Cardinal below. I was certain it was an omen. This photo was taken when we had the snow on the pumpkins in mid October, but peaceful, nonetheless. IMG_7255

What is meant by practicing is really awareness. Consistently reminding myself to drop the expectations. Go inside my heart and soul. Nurturing both. Practicing can also take place on the yoga mat- enough to realize that the physical form is only 1 limb of Yoga. Taking it off the mat into my life will insure awareness. 

My new remedy, which is something that I took for granted is designing jewelry and playing with the stones. Feeling the stones, feeling the energy of the stones. Feeling the warmth that grows from the essence of the stones. Nymph. Does it. IMG_7443

My heart dazzles in the moment of watching others jump for joy while choosing a new necklace, bracelet or earrings. I have one client that is attracted to Rubies. I thrive on her excitement when choosing them. This is a tender moment. I can not find them quickly enough to replenish that well, honestly,I rather enjoy the rareity  and uniqueness of it all.

This is very gratifying for my soul to see how Nymph can quickly touch another's heart. This is so rewarding to me. This is how I  continuemoving forward, by listening to my own rhythm in  following my heart's journey. Yes, a creative outlet- following the juice.  The juice can lie within many places.

Cooking does it also. I took it for granted. I thrive on cooking for family and friends. Cooking with the foods in season is like choosing paint colors for a Watercolor, or what have you.

In this case, prior to Christmas I could not get the Italian tradition out of my mind. The feast of the 7 fishes.  I decided to combine them all. Not generally my style to cook, I often create the dishes separately, but this just seemed more bountiful and robust. Here we go; IMG_1445

Halfpound of lobster meat, half lb of shrimp- tails on, 3 scallops the size of my palm cut in quarters, half a dozen clams in shell, crabmeat, anchovies, and a small amount of flounder.

Next: 6 cloves of garlic and 1 onion minced, chili pepper flakes. Sautee until soft, add 2 cans of San Marzano crushed tomatoes.  Salt and Pepper. Simmer for about 45 minutes; lid on.

Dump all of the seafood into the pot. Just like that! It was amazingly festive and healthy. 

What does one serve with this ??? I think I need to create a cookbook-regardless, but these roasted vegetables- I create about 2x per week using whatever vegetables inspire me.  IMG_1439

The photo above includes: 2 small eggplants, quartered, 1 bunch of asparagus cut in 4per stem, sliced crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced fennel, petit carrots, and tons of minced shallots and garlic, rosemary, thyme and parsley. Salt and Pepper. Roast for about 50 min @350 degrees.  Bingo. Done! a wonderful accompaniment to meat, chicken, fish or pasta.

After the main course, I like offering the salad. It cleanses the palate and treats the stomach with freshness.  I was delighted to find Black Mission Figs, which  adds a magical touch and flavor to arugula. For the dressing, my signature is usually infusing extra virgin olive oil with shallots over the flame until they pop. Remove. Add 3 tablespoons of high grade balsamic, and a little salt and pepper. Whisk. Done. Yum.

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Nearly all of the photos have a common thread. Reds.  Passion. NewYear, and beginings.

Happy New Year to all of my friends, family and followers. Be well. Keep in Touch, and I hope you enjoy reading my journey.

Yours in joy,

Dava


A day in Pompeii. A day in Nature.

I certainly got a taste of what happened August 24,AD 79 ; the day Mt. Vesuvius erupted! IMG_1211

The Museum of Science in Boston features over 250 priceless artifacts in this compelling exhibit portraying the  life and death of this once thriving city- Pompeii. This exhibit is rich with facts, frescoes, bronze and marble statuaries,gold coins and other dazzling examples of ancient Roman artistry.

What I learned on this day, was how a volcano, as disruptive as it can be, can  also preserve. I mean, I sort of knew it, but never saw it. This made it all so much more real for me.

I especially enjoyed viewing the   exhibits depicting  how sophisticated and enriched they were back then by the jewelry, cosmetic jars and the actual tools that were used to cleanse the body; prior to soap. The  gold worn was so deep in tone and the shapes rather primitive. The piees reveal their love of jewelry. IMG_1286

The elegance they created so long ago- I find so inspiring! I am sure to be influenced by this in my own Nymph creations as a result. I loved the cosmetic jars- some tin, some bronze. IMG_1292

The tools they used to cleanse their bodies are called strigiles. In the era before soap, Romans cleansed by applying a mixtyure of oil and gritty pumice, then used a strigil to scrape it off- much like shaving with a blunt edge. A dip in a warm bath would rinse away any remaining grime.  Sounds weird but the graceful shapes make the cleansing process such an art. IMG_1295

On a more macabre side of things, I honestly could not peel my eyes away from the body casts of the vicitims of the volcano. Most of the citizens evacuated before the blast, but those fleeing to the waterfront were killed and frozen in time. IMG_1255

 The body casts are made of polyester resin from the original molds of the citizens in their final moments. The bodies of people and animals were smothered by ash and had disintegrated, leaving cavities in the hardened ash. IMG_1266

The preservation process by the archeologists poured liquid plaster into the voids creating the detailed casts of lives in their last moments.  This exhibit just awe struck me. I will post some photos, which could be disturbing to some. I am sorry, but just find this whole thing compelling. IMG_1263

I am sharing and writing about this because I was so moved. I mentally observed what struck me, and began to figure out why.  My life's journey is a product of past influences. My Italian  heritage spoke to me as I experienced the exhibits. Some disturbing, some beautiful. For the love of the Romans, and history I feel and acknowledge to this day, how fortunate we are to have such amazing references to relate ourselves to as personally as we wish. IMG_1306

The romans love art, shapes, vases, urns, containers a games. This may be the innate love of how I began my career over 30 years ago. With products. Fine gifts, jewelry and the like. This excursion filled me and with it I bring my experience to you. The urns above are carved alabaster and blown glass.

Back from the past and into the reality of an autumnal Sunday, I begin to look around me at the natural beauty that I have admidtedly taken for granted and wish no longer to do so. Nature. How riveting. IMG_1321

The grace of the swan. The natural beauty of the water, and the reflections in it, to me is breathtaking. In order to get a closer look and experience, bread is thrown to the magnifcent swan- and like magic, he comes. IMG_1329

 and so do his friends. IMG_1340

What a way to end a day. An educational one, a moving one and a peaceful one.

I hope you enjoyed the excursion I took you on. Stay tuned for what is next !

Yours in joy,

Dava

Morning after the full moon .July 16. Things I love, see and read

Good morning !

It is now the midpoint through July ! The moon last night was huge and orange ! What a feast through the eyes right down to the soul.

I spent the day in Brimfield, Ma. The Antique Fair was stimulating as usual. It was difficult at first. Why ? you ask ? because I went into it with expectations of searching for the " new product" for my life, /Matsu.

Once i dropped the expectation I was able to really be open to what was being offered around me.   These glorious antique bottles below simply sang to me. They reminded me of the  keys on a piano.. All perfectly lined up, yet with history. The hues of the bottles were so pretty. I didn't buy any, because I have been down this road before and stocked them at Matsu. I am not really a fan of repeat merchandise. At least not in this case. IMG_6440
 I I am strolling along, and then see the collection of porcelain hands all standing as though they were saluting, and I suppose they were ! They attracted my attention. If I didn't already own some of these porcelain hand forms, I would definately have purchased a few. I tried to use them for jewelry displays, years ago and somehow they just weren't conducive to that notion.  They were too "stiff "  to my eye. Here, however I delight in looking at them. IMG_6447

What a glorious day in Brimfield. The weather was crystal clear and a joy to be walking around searching for a discovery. IMG_6448
  

This photo just blows me away. I found a shopping cart filled with these porcelain "body parts". Erie, creepy and cool. I don't know why but I was fascinated with this pile of porcelain. We both know these are forms used for dolls. But, it sort of looks like something out of a horror flick. I suppose the head could be a vase, providing the bottom sealed.. ? just a thought.  I am now strolling some what towards the endless rows of glorified junk.   IMG_6450

I KNOW , you say what's the big deal ? Well honestly, these old very rusted decorative sheets of metal where beautiful . You could feel age, and history here. It takes years to achieve this tone, and quite honestly, the depth of it just really turned me on ! IMG_6453

 Here, we have what I consider to be an array of shapes all speaking to me in the tone of VINTAGE green. What are they ?  A pile of fences stacked up against weathered barn wood, and in the foreground is the tip of a cross that may have come from the outside of a church or religious structure. It has a beautiful patina finish, which replicates the colors of the gutters in Back Bay that have aged with time and weather. Just look up at a building and really pay attention to the details that we often neglect to notice on a daily bases.

This green for some reason just really resonates with my eyes, and my heart. ( of course green is the color of the heart Chakra ).. I find stones for my jewelry and just knew I had to use them in my collection. It feels like an antique coming into modern day fruition.  Sort of like digging up an old tomb, and the sense of being transported into another era, is something that I feel is achieved each time I complete a piece of Nymph. Look at the pieces below !  IMG_6418

 This 5 strand amazonite/gold necklace reminds me of Egypt. Old world. Beautifully carved amazonite pieces. nearly looking as though they were put together like a puzzle ! This stone is known to have a balancing effect on en's moods, and with it bringing calm. It encourages self~determination.  The color green comes from the copper present in the stone. IMG_6078

This is another piece I created. Rather heavy to the eye, and also on the neck, but for the right person ? it brings the sense of ancient time. The little antique silver "bells" add another dimension to this beautifully honed necklace. The citrine drop brings the energy of the sun to this amazonite necklace . Both pieces are at Matsu now. They both feel very old to me, and I consider the tone to echo the feeling of ancient times. Egypt, Rome, who knows.  

I count the days right now as I realize my scheduled trip to the West Coast comes closer.

I will visit my daughter and get a taste of the other side of the US. I have not been in Los Angeles in about 17 years. This ought to be of interest. I am excited to see Aya in her newly formed environment, scout retail stores and see what just goes on out there.. For my trip, I purchased some reading material.  It is no coincidence the book that jumped out is nothing more than ??? 

Cleopatra.book

I am about to read the story about the life of the Queen. I can tell you that she married twice, both times to her brothers. Had children from other married men, and love jewels…… What a trip this will be !

I hope to see you all soon at Matsu, and also hope you enjoy this blog post.

You will hear from me as soon as I return from the City of Angels….

Until then, I remain

Yours in joy,

Dava

Behind the Scenes

 Hi there !  Welcome to my newest post. This one focuses on style, and achieving it through photography,movement, and colors using elements that are a part of the shell of the store.

This is a departure for me. I am about to share a real life experience, that I am grateful for. This photo shoot, taken place on June 8 at Matsu, included the collaboration of Avanti Hair Salon, Bob Packert Photography, Matsu ( me) and Aya.

Kate from Avanti approached me several weeks ago and expressed her desire to somehow combine hair and clothing.  Blown out style. ( no pun)  We originally planned on shooting on the roof, but we all would have burned up on this blistery hot day in June. Rather early for this intense heat, wouldn't you say ?

The goal was to show off the hair; styling by Troi Young. The other goal was to show off the clothing at Matsu while highlighting Nymph. My jewelry. Our mission was to portray style, using a very natural face, and natural light. We discovered subtle areas within Matsu that we walk by daily, but with new fresh eyes, the tall front window becomes the focal point for a wonderful backdrop. IMG_6225

We put Nara Paz's sequin and blush organza dress on Aya, and I piled smoky and rudilated quartz necklaces. This dress needed very little to accentuate it's elegance, so I kept the jewelry pallet as natural as I could. Aya wore baroque pearl earrings which are just faintly visible. Just what I wanted. IMG_6232

 What a gift, days before my 20 year old departs for California, we were able to coordinate ourselves on a day that lent itself to full fledged creativity ! Nara's dresses are elegant and very easy to wear. The fit is true to size, and her craftsmanship impeccable. The natural tones here allow the wearer to become the focus, in a naturally beautiful state.

The next series  of photos were taken in the front doorway of 264 Newbury St. The back ground blasted out using natural light. I pulled a fan out of the closet, so we could create movement of the poker straight hair, and the softness of Lilith's soft blue silk georgette dress. The ruffles around the neckline created such a contrast to the hair. What a wonderful mood here.  IMG_6255

  The moss aquamarine necklaces have a diamond. The long one held as a rosary has a gigantic Tahitian pearl, and hangs about 32". the other choker is larger smoky quartz rondelles with moss aqua teardrops hanging around it. This photo ( as all of them here was taken by me, as I am watching Bob honing his own craft.

I somehow captured the light as he did, but I am sure once we produce his photos, I will embarrass myself. 

The next series in the same outfit portray a rather haunting sense. Mystery. Quiet sensuality. Through the looking glass.  IMG_6264

 I walk through this door everyday to enter Matsu. Funny, how a vision is altered through the lens of a camera. Leave it to Bob, to have discovered this gorgeous piece of glass, that can become such a habit to the eye. Old, antique, beauty. IMG_6278

All of a sudden, I thought we should change it up, once again. Paprika silk charmeuse top designed by IIlia. I combined it with a tulle printed skirt from Lilith.  This series was shot in the blazing sun in the rear of Matsu. The contrast of the light and the paprika tone agains the deep teal velvet drapes is captivating. Visually just demanding attention. IMG_6268

Nymph again. Tons. Madiera citrines, whiskey quartz, topaz and diamonds. The look is over done to the point that the textures just become so elegant and desirable.

 This is what I chose to share with you, from our behind the scenes photo shoot. I was so proud to be a part of this day, and to style, play and be in the company of such talent. Bob, I thank you again, and Troi ? always a pleasure to see your heart pumped as you do what you do best.

Kate, I thank you for bringing the concept to me, and Yes, I am proud of my little girl. It was such fun working with you all.

Stay tuned for more.

Yours in joy,

Dava