the B L O G
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April 18, 2014

Eli, Eli, Eli lama sabachthani.....
connected with Jesus today... it became clear that his experience
was the example of what I should expect in this physical world...
he died feeling forsaken
For-saken What-sakes
...For-why sakes
...
seen in the eyes and souls, at times,
life, and its purpose is as a burden,
like a wet, cold, heavy, grey, blanket on the frame of hue-men
while they wait for the sun to shine tbrough - the Light of True Life.
the end .

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April 17, 2014

Shirt dress...

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April 15, 2014

 

Wrap dress..

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March 12, 2014

New opportunities open for new journeys be taken...(?)

 

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February 17, 2014

The fulfillment you aspire to have is available to you now and can be experienced by accepting it.
Go deep into the essence of your being. There you will discover the truth about yourself and the reality of God.
the simplicity of spiritual enlightenment by Roy Eugene Davis

 

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February 12, 2014

Now at BoConcept in Soho!

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February 6, 2014

How can one city be so full yet feel so empty? - New York


Flatiron on a cold and sunny day. October 18, 2013

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February 2, 2014

 

 

 

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January 30, 2014

Embracing the journey

teach me to brace for strong winds,
bask in the warm, harsh rays of the sunlight
rest my wary frame in the moon and
be renewed on awakening in the early dawning

help me each day to look within to see solace and dwell in it
show me your love in all things so I may open my heart and embrace it
instill in me the knowledge of my eternal freedom from fears bondage
so in all things I feel faith and take flight and am always secure
in your light.

shielding me, molding me,
making me ready and able for
embracing the journey.


1.12.2014. nyc

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January 12, 2014

WoooHoo!
a new earth year is come...


silk wool blend tail jacket w/silk lurex tip: $475
hot silk lurex pant: : $300
order Here

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December 17, 2013

Candles are Back!
   $38 each (incl shipping in USA)

in Lavender&Camomile, Cucumber& Mint, Jasmine, Unscented and
Mistletoe for the Holidays!
now available at Miss Lily's Variety Store or
Order here

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December 16, 2013

...whoever seeks a happy life must do as sailors do
when a ship is overloaded and in danger of going down in a storm - they throw off the ballast...

In the Mystic Footsteps of Saints : by Al-Haqqani, Shaykh Nazim

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December 15, 2013

the new uniform project was born from the Spring 2013 collections entitled 'uniform'
'creating structure in the chaos

Day 1                                                              Day 2

apron dress                                                                                             shirt dress

Day 3                                                              Day 4

tailored shirtt w/ruffles. long butto-up skirt                                                                         wrap dress

Day 5                                                              Day 6

       duster                                                                        short sleeve shirt w/ruffles. bloomas 

Day 7 - rest.

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December 14, 2013

Spring and Fall in the Garden.....
'source is everywhere and in everything'

  
june 28                                               december 14

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December 13, 2013

Working on set for Entertainment Weekly with stylist John Moore
Idina Menzel &Kristen Chenoweth of "Wicked"

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December 12, 2013

Throw back Thursday!

German Vogue with Natane & Frankie Ryder.

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December 11, 2013

Manning Boys Home. Jamaica. August 2009.

It was wonderful to do some work with this home that houses abandoned and abused boys
in Southfield, Jamaica. Partnering with my old publisher McMillan Caribbean as well as
Paula Shaw of the Shaw-Allen Foundation to bring books, computers and basic necessities.

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December 10, 2013

...Nothing comes into existence nor does anything disappear. Nothing is eternal, nor
has any end, Nothing is identical or differentiated. Nothing moves hither and thither

interesting quote from Nagarjuna.
pg.450

from the book 'Zen Experience' by Thomas Hoover.

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I had the most incredible dream that I was standing at the base of Chichen Itza.
It was even more beautiful and magical than when I visited there some 17 years ago.
I then took a country bus to this remote area and started walking up these hills
it was there I discovered two giant sculptures...

 

connect  

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December 2, 2013

the jumper tux for him.

 

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December 1, 2013

by now you must realize that books are not the best vessels for wisdom of the heart,
for wisdom of the heart itself is the vessel, and the precious draught is passed from heart to heart.
where may such heart springs be found in a time that has turned verdant fields into desert wastes?
wandering through huge desert wastes, how many of us may just happen to stumble upon an oasis?
first you may stumble upon one hundred mirages! but you must keep on, don't turn back saying,
"i have found only illusions", no, no one said you have embarked on an easy journey, so
you must be perseverant.

In the Mystic Footsteps of Saints : by Al-Haqqani, Shaykh Nazim

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November 24, 2013

appreciating the work of late Jamaican visionary artist Everald Brown

The earth in the Lords (1969)

connect  

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November 23, 2013

something different:
About Mathilde who is orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter
.

and an interesting company that is planning to collect resources from asteroids
Planetary Resources
....interesting...

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November 22, 2013

Today was theeee most difficult day I've had in a while. Getting my
mind, body and bits of my soul together for this world was BRUTAL!!!
Over lunch I kept thinking... 'harmonious co-existence... in this experience'.
this should be... always... as in days of old..., very old... and of new.


                                                                                         illustration : ?
"The problem is not that there are problems.
The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem."
- Theodore J. Rubin .... interesting

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November 21, 2013

Throw back Thursday!!!
Circus story shot by Ruven Afanador for Vibe Magazine many, many years ago!
I always admired the calm and gentle ways of Ruven.
Such an amazing talent as well!

 

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November 19, 2013

The reason why a great river can be the king of a hundred valleys
is because it is good at staying in the lower position.
therefore wanting to be content with the people,
you must humble yourself in a humble position.
wanting to lead the people, you must place yourself behind.

the wise person is able to dwell above, and not weigh down the people
the wise person is able to stand in front, and not obstruct the people.

therefore the world is glad to support him and does not tire of it
because he does not contend, the world is not able to resist him.

Tao Te Ching #66


 

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November 18, 2013

Presentation at Arise in Africa. My first visit to the Motherland!
March 2012. (hats by Suzette Art Couture)


                                                                                                                                                                          photos: Joanna Totolici

                                                                                                                                                                                                  connect  
                                                                                   

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November 17, 2013

the 7 Days of Winter. Presentation #4, saw a photographic presentation at an art gallery in Chelsea.
All images by my wonderful friend Joanna Totolici.

 

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November 16, 2013


New opportunities open for new journeys be taken
...

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November 14, 2013

we saw snow in NYC this week. made me think of warm and lazy days like this...
Hellshire Beach, Jamaica West Indies.


                                                                      took this photo 15 years ago 'Jamaica through my eyes' (McMillan Pub. UK)

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November 13, 2013

If we simply allow ourselves to be fully aware of the experience or sensation we are having without struggling against it
the suffering or pain is gone.

That is That: Essays about true Nature by Nirmala


                                                                                                                           ...on a bench in Central Park one day last spring

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November 12, 2013



First international press for Italian Vogue shot by Lorenzo

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November 11, 2013

11. 12. 13... got dipped in the waters today!!!


                                                                                                                                                   image source. wikimedia

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November 10, 2013

A peaceful sleep is not the reward
to he who goes to bed with anger, frustration or worry.
So, too, in death
Live happy, die happy
And that motion will carry forth into the next state.
The Way of the Mystic by Craig Rueter

                

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November 9, 2013

Still Celebrating 4 Years !!!
The third presentation was held at the Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal.
Thanks toRodney Love Jones and the team at Jones Lang LaSalle.
Inspired by Jacob Lawrences 'Great Migration' Series, the location could not have been more fitting.


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                                                                                                                                                                                photos: Joanna Totolici

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November 8, 2013

... be wise as serpents and innocent as doves...
Matthew 10 vs 16

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November 7, 2013


   fall coat
cocooning hooded coat #FC 03

      order $650
( available in black/navy)

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November 6, 2013

...atoms too have life, because without life it is impossible to be in existence. Perhaps we can say
that the atom's life is of a very different kind from our own, but they are perfect in their own right
and are praising their Lord for the grant of that perfection ..
In the Mystic Footsteps of Saints : by Al-Haqqani, Shaykh Nazim

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November 5, 2013


                                                                                                                 photos: Joanna Totolici                     

Celebrating 4 Years !!
The second presentation saw more tailored silhouettes, shirt dresses and suits in camel, ivory, browns and greys.

     
               overcoat w/ silk charmeuse shirt dress               overcoat with cropped trouser                               camel hair jumpsuit #VO.3               
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November 5, 2013

Celebrating 4 Years of the Vessel. by lois!!!
It was in 2009 this dream was born and for a few days I will celebrate it!
Even though turbulent seas has docked the Vessel, I am sure one day in calmer waters she will set sail again.
Thank you to all the beautiful souls who helped and supported this creative and fun expression along the way!
My dear family and friends as Joanna Totolici (photographer), Awa, Haans, Myrdith McCormack, Sue Anne
Rodney Jones and so much more.
The first NYFW presentation took place in Chelsea with sponsors as Jamaica's Producers Group creators
of St. Mary's chips one of my favorites! Sean Johns Spur Tree restaurant who sponsored tasty Jamaican treats.
YoungBlood cosmetics from LA, New York based Cutler Salon for hair and Myrdith McCormack's M2M, nails.
A funtastic day!


      the jumper #VO.1
     wool overalls $425
(other fabric options available)

                                                                         


photos: Joanna Totolici

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November 4, 2013

... in ancient times it was natural to be united with the Tao.
Because of this heaven became clear,
earth became tranquil,
spirits became energized,
valleys became full... #38

Tao Te Ching written by Lao-tzu
translation Robert Brookes


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November 2, 2013

today I missed the earth... concrete every where.
I also missed the skies... skyscrapers all around...


                                    image artist unknown

as a seed is planted and grows from the earth
so i from her belly has been born, nurtured and sprout... ls

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November 1, 2013

Three Layer cashmere ivory jacket.
made to order
(other fabric options avialable)
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October 31, 2013

           ... and october has come to an end...  I remember summer days and nights.


                                                                                       the moon and the reservoir New York City. 07.21.2013

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October 30, 2013

today was one of great stillness...


photo from the Andes

 

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October 29, 2013

the most perfect thing can seem flawed,
but this does not impair its usefulness
the greatest abundance can seem inadequate,
but this does not limit its utility.

the greatest truth appears wrong
the greatest intelligence appears stupid,
the greatest gain appears to be a loss

activity overcomes the feeling of being cold,
and keeping still conquers the feeling of being hot.
peaceful tranquility - this is the right way in the world.
Tao Te Ching #45

 

 

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October 28, 2013

                                                        ...being vessels of love and light.'

 


                                                                                                                                        © lois samuels 1997

one of my favorite images taken in Jamaica in the late 90's from Tensing Pen in one of their little cottages in Negril.
'... clouds with outstretched arms...'  
A pleasant memory.

 

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