Posts Tagged ‘Negril’

It’s not often you get the opportunity to discover just how much your jewelry label has in common with an escort service out of somewhere in Missouri! And although my recent discovery made my stomach queezy like a row boat on the deep sea (in a tropical storm), and as I write this I am not feeling my full hundred, I am recovering.

The truth is, not every day can be a good day!

I feel for Saturday because it certainly is not the first day of the weekend’s fault that I am so peeved. Saturdays around here are very relaxed, we soak in sunshine, chill with the family, eat gorgeous food, and I don’t make the bed. Today is a bit different, the mood is not exactly mellow. Truthfully it’s my fault, had I followed protocol and listened to my gut (which screamed at me “no bizness today”!!!) I probably could have avoided this discovery for weeks or even months to come. ‘Nuff said.

I know we’ll get through this and maybe even laugh about it someday. Maybe.

In my last creative life, before my babes came, I was a counselor to homeless women and children. My work focused primarily on survivors of the streets, domestic violence and sex abuse. Heavy right? This cause consumed about eight years of my life. And in some ways taught me more about being a woman then I ever wanted to know. Needless to say, I have no tolerance for the trafficking, selling or dealing of human beings. It is a sensitive subject and very close to my heart. Which explains why I felt close to heartbroken to discover that somebody has co-opted the name of my jewelry label to further such interests. I suppose it could be worse, as it appears, that the individual/s involved are fully consenting adults.

But who’s to say?

Not everyday can be a good day.

Featured above is a slightly digitally altered scan of  one of my art journal entries. It sums up the tone and mood I experienced upon discovering the nasty side of  my creative life. Because sometimes words just don’t cut it.

One Love, walk good, time for some serious damage control…

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So, I have officially uploaded my first video to something blu today! Never mind that it’s a close up, still shot, slide show of a few inspired and interesting corners of my little workspace on the rock. I am joining the crew over at studio jru, where some very creative folks will be sharing sneak peeks of our studios on Fridays.

Little did I know how challenging this would really be.

In my college days, at Reed, a couple of friends used to call me icon girl. It was a joke (but not really) to poke fun at the fact that keystrokes were completely lost on me. I was always pleased that my handy mac offered a little picture that I could click on to accomplish pretty much any task I desired. This is more and more true with the ever growing user friendliness of the Mac and computers in general.

Well, how ya like me now? I have learned so much about computers, technology, the internet, and wordpress in the last few years. And, I am not ashamed to admit that I am still icon girl. Forgive me photoshop. What can I say? I will always choose to click a picture for a function if it’s possible to avoid keystrokes.

I’m sure I’m not alone in my icon girl preferences. There must be thousands of us out there.

In the meanwhile, I keep my hands free to focus on what is most important. Laundry, meals, the occasional artistic adventure and producing life changing adornment for the folks who wear it best!

One Love, walk good, hope you love your space as much as I groove with mine…

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We had dinner with friends the other night. Half way through the evening a young world traveler appeared, which is not uncommon in this part of the world. Tourists often find their way into our homes, hearts and gatherings. He was clearly under the influence of Jamaica’s sensational vibe and a more than a few sweaty bottles of Red Stripe. Which, if you’re wondering, is also not uncommon in this part of the world.

We got to talking about where we came from, what we do, etcetera. World Traveler shared that his father was the Dean or Vice principal (or some position of authority) at his high school (also our host’s alma mater). The conversation turned to home schooling because home school is a trip!  Almost immediately, the world traveler delved into a long list of amazing people who were home schooled. Inspiring and impressive indeed.  I was hooked, kings, presidents, executives, actors, pilots, inventors, scientists, artists, and the list went on…

And then came the unfortunate and inevitable, dreaded, esteem crushing comment.

“Jeez, Home schooling’s a handful, I can’t imagine”, etc…

Hmmmmm. Once again, I was invited to look at homeschooling in a different light. Granted, working at home with a three and a five year old is an obvious handful. But for some reason, around here anyway, home schooling is kinda refreshing. I view it as yet another creative aspect and outlet. Although, it isn’t always a piece of cake to convince my babes to participate. I do find that the more excited I am, the more they look forward to their lessons.

Children learn differently. One of the greatest gifts of being home with my two beans is discovering the unique (and very different ways) in which they learn. It gives me an edge in reaching, teaching and preparing them for the world. It has become very clear that our children (arguably all children) are artists to an infinite degree. I am continually impressed with the progressive and prolific nature of Iz’ and Mils’ artistic abilities and works. Iz is currently exploring realism and recently, his sister, has catapulted cubism to a new level!

I am so contented when I witness my children gravitate towards learning about things that interest them. This is particularly gratifying when they are not doing “school time”. Last night Izra was “catching out” (checking out) his alphabet chart when he decided to work on some writing and drawing. The photo above features the picture he gifted me when he was “all finished”. I love that he is learning and schooling on his own.

Perhaps the greatest thing we can gift the younger generation is a strong and insatiable desire to learn.

“I love to learn Mommy. It’s just what I love to do”….~Izra, 5

One Love, walk good, loving learning and the discovery of genius unfolding.

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Last year I learned of the practice of choosing a word to guide you and your aspirations in the new year. A creative and intentional road map, a focus tool, if you will. It seemed like a nice idea. And I found several folks engaging and offering tips and encouragement around how to discover a personal word.

Eventually, and after much deliberation, I came up with a few words and concepts that suited me and my situation alright. Elevate, launch, soar, to name a few. Ultimately, none of them stuck. So, I thought I would make a whole hearted attempt at finding my word again this year.

After all, I am a bit of a wordsmith. I mean, how hard can it be to choose one?

This year, I was pleasantly surprised to unearth my word with little to no effort. Effortless. That’s not the word but it does describe how graceful and easy it was to navigate the process of finding my word. It came in an instant, like a flash. I didn’t even have to think. For me, this word rings so true and resonates with the progress, inspiration and aspirations I have for this year. Flourish. Yup, it’s that simple.

My word for 2011 is F L O U R I S H!!!

As in: Blossom, bloom, thrive, prosper, etc…

Perhaps, your word has been floating around in your heart and head for sometime now and you’ve had no context to place it in. Perhaps, you have no clue what your word is or will be. In either case, in joy, this should get you started.

Check out these links for help and tips in finding your word. Christine Kane offers a free download/worksheet. This is also a nice article re: how to choose a word by Maria Martinez.

One Love, walk good, practicing flourish…

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This time of year always finds me feeling a little glum. Two days after my birthday, the end of celebration has finally arrived. Even here, in Jamaica it is a grey day on the hill. Believe it or not, it’s too cold to swim at the beach. Especially if you are older than five. I haven’t completely lost hope. But this is indeed the “let down”phase. All of the preparations and expectations for the holidays and a year of life and wisdom gained, have been opened, celebrated and neatly packed away.

Hmmmmmmm, I wonder, what now?

I’m feeling blu but keeping it on the positive. Today (rathar than smell the coffee and face the year ahead), I am reflecting on this last year. I started 2010 with a Mondo Beyondo list of things I dreamed of achieving. In all reality, I accomplished and was gifted more items on my list than I could have imagined. In fact, until I pulled the list out the other day and re-read the scribbled text, I was unaware and surprised by how much of the list had manifested. Just goes to show, when you put it out there in the universe the atmosphere and your subconscious work in your favor.

What pulls you through the grey and dreary days of winter? You may not be as fortunate as I am to have your eyes assaulted by bold, saturated, color. Year round, no less. I am sure there is something that perks you up. For me, today it’s realizing that I can be young for the rest of my life if I can: open my eyes and heart to see light and beauty, embrace all that I receive with gratitude and love, continue to create and inspire folks, be inspired by the smallest of things, recognize that blessings and curses can be benevolent, know the universe is working in my favor especially when I am too grumpy, tired or stubborn to see it.

How ’bout you?

One Love, walk good, embracing color & waiting out winter…

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Monday Again? Feeling whelmed? I am generally a fan of Monday. Apparently this is not true for everyone…

I am hoping that I can inspire your Monday with a reminder to sign up for the ila blu $100 adornment Give Away! Don’t miss this chance to gift yourself with the opportunity to win! If you received this post as an email, no stress, you are signed up already. For those of you yet to sign up, you have a few more days until the “Give Away Post”! I am posting the instructions here once again. Make sure to leave a comment on that post in order to be entered in the drawing for a $100.oo ila blu gift certificate and complimentary adornment session.

Guaranteed to make you smile!


Subscribe to somethingblu.wordpress.com (sign up box can be found in the right) hand sidebar. Don’t worry I don’t spam. The only commitment you are making is to receive an email every time I post. Which can be a really good thing if you like my adornment work and would like to win/own a piece.

Stay posted and look for the final Give Away Post. You will recognize this post because: The post title that day will include the words: “The Give Away Post”.

View the “The Give Away Post” and picture and leave a comment on the “Give Away” piece of jewelry. You must leave a comment, no matter how simple to qualify to win. You can say “nice piece”. But feel free to be creative, kind, or adoring. :) I will enter all participants (those who comment), into a digital randomizer to determine the winner.

Wait, pay attention & hope that your name is posted as the winner!!!

One Love, walk good, hope your monday is a good one…

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Today it’s just love.

For those of you not familliar with COJOChildren of Jamaica Outreach, they are doing some awesome work here in Jamaica. COJO is a New York based non-profit and Saturday, December 4, was the Annual COJO Scholarship Gala. Proceeds from the event benefit the service organizations catering to the needs of less fortunate children. The 16th annual gala was hosted in New York and will provide scholarships for youth in Jamaica. I had the good fortune to meet an active member of the organization on a plane from NY to Montego Bay. Hearing about COJO’s work I wanted to be involved. I am grateful to have gifted COJO with ila blu adornment to utilize in the gala auction or raffle.

You may wonder how the photo featured above is relevant to this post. It is a quick shadow shot of me and my husband. For me, this shot represents so many aspects of our union. We are two, yet one. I feel this way about the world, universe etc… We are many, and still we are one.

It is amazing what we can do to forward each other and the youth when we put our hearts, hands and heads together.

Is there a better season to give? Surrender to the oneness it feels so right.

Oh and don’t forget to look out for the “give away post” to receive a $100 gift certificate and custom adornment session! To learn more about how to participate click here:. The best of luck to each and every one of you.

One Love, walk good, what are you giving???


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This is it!!! The long anticipated reveal of the new and much improved ila blu logo! I am so pleased with it. I hope you love it too and will celebrate and support the launch and growth of my eco-savvy, extra gorgeous, infused with intention, adornment line, ila blu! I am so grateful for my lovely and talented friend Renee, owner of Renee Rodriguez Designs. A fabulous woman and designer, Renee, heard everything I wanted and translated it into a perfectly timeless logo.

I am now offering gift certificates for $100, $150 and $300 on my website! I will also add a special gift certificate in my Etsy ila blu Boutique soon. Every holiday gift certificate is intended to launch the recipient into an amazing 2011! And, for a limited time only purchase of a gift certificate includes a complimentary, custom design, experience. Personal adornment sessions are a one of a kind jewelry indulgence in which the client informs the designer of their aspirations and intentions. The result is a fantastic and alluring personalized pendant necklace, bracelet, or ring. Gift yourself or somebody you cherish with a gorgeous, wearable reflection and statement of personal intention.

If you can’t leave for the winter you can wear ila blu. Light up someone’s life this season with a gift certificate for an ila blu, made to order, signature piece. This is a wonderful gift to embark upon a new year. I will translate your New Years resolutions into something brilliant. Make your dreams a reality with adornment intended to keep you mindful of what you want to achieve. More love, abundance, joy, self confidence, patience, lifestyle changes?

I have vast knowledge and experience with the folkloric and protective properties of semi precious stones, jewelry components and botanical findings. A lovely and loving way to support someone  who is experiencing a major transformation, i.e., becoming a mother, graduating, starting a new job, surviving the “Big C”, moving, going through a break up or divorce, starting a new phase in life, etc…

And personal adornment is an amazing way to honor a bride to be this coming year.

You name it, I got it/you, covered in adornment.

Oh yeah and stay tuned, I might just have to give away an ila blu holiday Gift Certificate. A sure fire way to get your dreams for 2011 under way…

One Love, walk good, I’m so happy it’s official.

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Patience is a virtue. That’s what they say. Agreed already. How much patience does one really need. When do you know you’ve arrived, proved yourself to be a patient individual? Are you working on it, patiently? Because I definitely am!

When all else fails. Love prevails. This is the good news for today.

This stunning shot was taken by our amazingly talented, photographer friend, Misha Earle of Misha Earle Photography. This year, on our anniversary, I surprised my husband with a beach (i.e., seven miles of white sand), a sunset and a photography shoot. It was exciting to honor our love and marriage in this way and to celebrate on the same stretch of sand where we were married. The private residence/guesthouse has been revamped since our special day four years ago. It is more gorgeous now than it was then, and apparently, at least in this photo, so are we.

It was absolutely fantastic to be oohed and awed over, primped, pampered and photographed. We felt incredibly special. We celebrated the shoot with cocktails and friends before heading off for dinner and a cliffside concert. We were Super Stars!

This is cheering me up today as I wait and wait and continue to wait on some important paperwork and bureaucratic information to come through. More on this later as my patience is waning. True Love Prevails. Love is growing…

A special thanks to Misha for her talent and time. We had the time of our lives!

One love, practicing patience…


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I am sending a meditation of calm and peace to tropical storm/hurricane Tomas.

Tomas, thank you for visiting. You don’t have to go home but you can’t come or stay here! Please proceed to your place of origin in a calm and mannerly fashion. Take nothing more with you and do your best not to disturb the island inhabitants. I know this was your one chance at success. Tomas, I realize it’s not easy to surrender when you have waited lifetimes for the opportunity to shine. You can still save face.

Love, peace and the general populace are more important than your personal agenda and achievements. Tomas, please leggo your stronghold and carry the water and wind with you. Do not rain on Haiti. Quickly move out of the way so that the sun and breeze can start to dry up the mud and disease, that are ravaging those displaced by earthquake, landslides, and floods.

Now, I’ve been warned that “you just can’t reason with a hurricane”.

What do ya say we prove ’em wrong?

Tomas, if you can do only one thing, do good.

Go home and have some tea. Imagine. You will be a hero.

There is no shame in sparing folks the agony of your destruction…

♥ One Love, walk good, should we bunker down???

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