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January 21, 2008

Selling Online

I'm trying my hand at selling online. As a design maven, I buy a healthy share of what I find to be intriguing apparel and home items, usually colorful, of course. Over the last couple of years, I learned (thank you Zappos especially) what styles of shoes I both love, find extremely comfortable and believe to be the most flattering for me. Online shopping has made it possible to be pickier than in the past. You have access to more and can sort and search more deeply than in a physical store. As a result, I got tough about not wearing uncomfortable shoes when so many beautiful ones exist that are comfortable. So now I have a lot of worn-only-once-or-so chic footwear that I'd rather make some money back from than just donate.

Gorgeous Sandals on the Cheap

I'm selling, among other items, sandals by L to R Charles David, Charles by Charles David, Aerosoles

eBay isn't easy for me; I've tried. And I found trying to get in touch with them virtually impossible. So I found a company that puts items on eBay for you. Of course, they charge you a percentage but they take care of all the complications. When eBay first became popular, I was confused that so many people would want used items. But I wasn't thinking about how much I love antiquing, not to mention that one man's trash is another man's treasure. I'm still surprised at the breadth of eBay's success. Wish me luck. And if anyone's interested, these beauties and more are all size 7B, going on the cheap. :)

January 17, 2008

Art and Personality

Last evening, I attended a book reading at Patelson's Music House by Stephanie Cowell, author of the historical novel, Marrying Mozart.

Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell

Book cover art for Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell, available in 7 languages

The novel is a fictionalized tale of Mozart and his relationships with the four Weber sisters, one of whom he marries but with all of whom he had in-depth and loving relationships. The personal stories had to be embellished and imagined, as there is limited historical information available, although Stephanie Cowell did much research to ensure realistic imaginings.

I first met Stephanie at a holiday party this December. She used to have the day job (yes, even while being a successful published author, she had to keep another job) that my friend now has taken over. Patelson's was an apt setting for Stephanie's reading because it is a revered mainly Classical music resource and Stephanie bought her first Mozart score for Figaro there at the age of 12.

This excellent interview with Ms. Cowell will likely make you want to read the book. From reading this probing interview and from hearing Stephanie speak last night, it fills my mind with thoughts about how the personalities of artists interact with the world and the people with whom they live and love. As an artist myself, who has known and loved many artists, both brilliant and struggling (as Mozart was both), this story captures my curiosity about what is eternal in personalities throughout history. The potentially emotional topic of what is "owed" to a family is much discussed too.

January 7, 2008

Chasing Life

Do you ever feel as if you're chasing after things that are there and then gone before you had a chance to really take them in? It's not actually a bad thing, just an odd thing, to me.

Chasing Life

I remember working at Price Waterhouse (my job before starting my own business) and talking to a guy who had become a successful young executive and had previously been in seminary school. We were talking about how life puts you in places you couldn't have predicted. His path had not turned out as he had expected a few years before but it was okay. Mine too. I had become a young working professional with a job I adored working in the arts in a business setting and being single. Without meaning to, I was a symbol for some vision of the "liberated woman," yet I never set out to do this and never gave it any conscious thought.

As we struggle with what life puts in front of us, I think it can feel as if we are not the masters of our own destiny. I guess I'm beginning to feel as if you have to work with this unknown element or factor that you don't have control over and toss it into the things you do have control over and try to make them cooperate. It's like a meal that doesn't have a recipe but you know you're good at putting things together if you just relax and "go with the flow." You know you can deal with the unknowns. Only in life sometimes those unknown variables can be a doozy. You're up to the task, though; I know you are; I have faith in you.

January 5, 2008

All Wrapped Up

2007's all wrapped up — welcome to 2008 and a heaping helping of opportunity and new beginnings for us all.

At my first ever small party on December 29th, my place was festooned with leafy garlands and blue LED lights. Some time around November, it struck me that I should decorate my place for the holidays. The staircase was begging for garlands (never had a staircase before). I haven't had a tree in a couple years because although they're festive and pretty, they're expensive and drop needles everywhere. But I had had a break and was ready to do it again. Plus, I'm evolving as a designer and moving into interior design so I was itching to express myself this way. It was rewarding and the party was much fun. Thanks to all my lovely guests, who were very well behaved too. Guess who's the only one who spilled? That would be me. And no, I was not tipsy. I didn't see someone's glass and knocked it over onto light carpet, dousing the area with rich red wine. The amazing thing is that I got the stain out by using seltzer right away and two pet cleaning solutions the next day.