stay away from that

Dana C - Monday, August 05, 2013

I just got done fast-walking one of the recent wholesale shows.  This is not one of my favorite shows, but it is one I feel I should go.  I did find some amazing LA made leather bracelets with unique details and some jewelry lovingly imported from Tibet that has funkadelic boho style with skilled handwork and a great price point.

But for the most part, there was just an endless sea of carbon-copy-imported-from-China-plastic-bling-more-of-the-same cr@p.  

I often wonder why people settle for such endless, expressionless monotony. Just because it is cheap doesn't mean you should buy it.

Just.  Walk.  Away.

Wait until you find something that has the ability to speak to your soul. Just wait for it.  When you see it, you will know.  

Do what I did today.  Walk past all the cr@p.  Surround yourself with things you love.  With art.  With happiness.

When you stop buying a bunch of stuff because it is cheap, you will find you will have a little more cash to buy something you crave.

Here's to being uniquely you. :)

shakespeare said that

Dana C - Friday, June 28, 2013

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

Expectation is the root of all heartache.

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

Hell is empty and all the devils are here.

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

Listen to many, speak to a few.

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.

Boldness be my friend.

I say there is no darkness but ignorance.

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

I am not bound to please thee with my answer.

What's done can't be undone.

The love of heaven makes one heavenly.

They do not love that do not show their love.

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.

To be, or not to be, that is the question.

To do a great right do a little wrong.

When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.

Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.

What is past is prologue.

I see that fashion wears out the more apparel than the man.

Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't.

Do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe?

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.

Can one desire too much of a good thing?

The better part of valour is discretion.

He hath eaten me out of house and home.

Men of few words are the best men.

Though she be but little, she is fierce!

kid president pep talk

Dana C - Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Don't be boring!  Make the world awesome... make the world better for eachother...

This kid is so damn cuuuuute :)

My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech

Dana C - Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Zach Sobiech knew more at 17 than most of us will ever know about making the most of life.  His motto, "just make other people happy."  He died of osteosarcoma May 20, 2013.  This video is a very worthwhile 20 minutes.

(quiet) statement jewelry

Dana C - Friday, April 19, 2013

Big and colorful statement jewelry.  You wear it because you want to be trendy, fashionable. You want to stand out.

It's still hot but I'm bored with it.  I've seen enough over-the-top plastic, epoxy, big and bauble-y necklaces and bracelets. They are rarely made well so that they can sell inexpensively. You can just look at them and smell the cheap.

I'm not saying all eye-catching pieces should go away.  But it is time to make a new, bold, individual statement. A little drama can be fabulous. Well-made standout pieces made with taste and craft are timeless and fun. I'm saying choose wisely, tastefully, with individuality.

As for the plastic and epoxy chunky colorful things, sorry, I've seen you too many times by now.  You are passe. You have been far too blatantly obvious for too long already and are no longer new or interesting.  You are like bell bottoms or neon dresses or big hair... it's fun for a while but you just can't take too much of it.

A better accessory statement to make is unique, interesting, worth a second look.  Worth a long stare even.  Your style accented perfectly yet not too overtly is always the best statement.  And, remember to focus. Make your focal point a standout earrings OR necklace OR clutch OR bracelet. Not all at once.

Think of the art of flirting.  A quiet meeting of the eyes can be much more intriguing than an overt "Hey baby, damn you look fine!".   

Make your statement, leave your mark, stand out in a crowd, be 100% you, venture into experimental territory.  Just do it in a way that's worth a second glance or an envious stare. 

Make them wonder how you put together the most amazing and unexpected combination.  Play with hard and soft, feminine and masculine, tight and flowy.  Wear a feminine sheer black top and pair it with a chunky chain with a big horn.  Your pieces should "go", but not necessarily match.  An eclectic combination is always better than a perfectly plotted and matched outfit.  

Just like your personality shouldn't be too conforming, neither should be your style. Make your statement elegantly, effortlessly, unexpectedly even fiercely.

Just remember, we cover our ears when we hear a scream and yet lean in to hear a whisper.

Some statement jewelry from Accessory Foundry.

play with it while you have hands

Dana C - Friday, March 29, 2013

Because life is painfully short...

Play with it while you have hands
Dust settles, cities turn to sand
Trespassing this is their land
Time flies, make a statement, take a stand
Come along now, come along with me... and you'll see
What it's like to be free

Original Swedish version by Titiyo

catch me... if you can

Dana C - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Most things don't come easy but...the best things in life are worth the wait.

Erich Fromm on life & love

Dana C - Thursday, March 07, 2013

Fromm was a Philosopher and Psychoanalyst who lived 1900-1980.  He was well known for his book, "The Art of Loving" in which he maintains that love is a rare achievement and that in order to truly be able to love someone, you must first be able to love and know yourself.  

He believed one had to build the capacity of self-love in order to truly be able to love another with humility, courage, faith and discipline.  Love is not easy.

He believed that the ability to love was one of the most important things in life.  With that, Fromm quotes:

Immature love says: "I love you because I need you."
Mature love says: "I need you because I love you."

Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.

To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.

Man always dies before he is fully born.

Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an ordination of character which determines the relatedness of the person to the whole world as a whole, not toward one object of love.

The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.

While every human being has a capacity for love, its realization is one of the most difficult achievements.

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.

There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.

time is what we want most

Dana C - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lost time is never found again.
~Benjamin Frankin

You may delay, but time will not.
~Benjamin Franklin

The time I kill is killing me.
~Mason Cooley

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
~William Penn

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
~John Wooden

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
~Abraham Lincoln

The time is now to get your leather wrap watch, available in four colors.
~Accessory Foundry :)

Leather Wrap Watch BlackLeather Wrap Watch Green
Leather Wrap Watch OrangeLeather Wrap Watch Red

i am not as strong as you think...

Dana C - Friday, February 22, 2013

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. 
~Mahatma Gandhi

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