A Jewel in the Crown

July 12, 2010


India has long been known as the Jewel in the Crown.

More recently, it has captured the hearts of masses of Westerners.

The vibrant majesty of the culture has long awakened my senses

photo courtesy of http://www.tradeindia.com

…and set me to dreaming

…of saturated color,

…limitless expression,

…unabashed adornment,

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…intricate filigree,

…gilded opulence,

…and venerated antiquity.

photo of Hindu god Shiva courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Art

I have long imagined myself an Indian Princess, misplaced by time and continents.  Beneath imagination there is possibility!  The dazzling influence of the Earth’s cultural gems allow us to synthesize the exotic stuff of our reveries

…with the often bated patterns of daily life.



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Since I was a Star in the Sky, I have believed in the value of a constant and true search for oneself. I have believed that with even basic access to other people and their life discoveries, we can all discover ourselves. And…this search and discovery never stops. Which is, to me, an AWESOME thing!

Ok. Though this “belief” extends to some serious life issues that are far beyond my personal passion…I’m talking about Style, here! I’m talking about finding a confident personal Style, that may change, but…at least feels productive and relevant and GOOD right now.

I want to use this blog and, eventually, a website, to network all of us…STYLEPHILE to STYLEPHOBE…to expedite and intensify our constantly evolving journey of self discovery. I’m lucky enough to have some great connections to some amazing artists and experts who are itching to contribute. So…this is a start!

Life can be sweet. Put in something good, mix it up a bit, give it some heat and…TAKE A SLICE! I’ll be dishing out the goods periodically…with a little help from my friends.