rock on

On October 23, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

Rocks are so lovely. I really like rocks. I hang-out-in-the-natural-history-museum like rocks. I like trees and plants and other things that fall under the umbrella of nature as well…but especially rocks. Rocks, crystals, other kinds of mineral deposits that harden into rock-like structures…

After all, you can wear rocks.

While I do like stones that have been formed into beads, faceted, manhandled, I have a visceral appreciation for the raw beauty of a more organic presentation.

semi precious stone necklaces

Really craving this kind of large, raw-edged, stone jewelry for the last few years. Such stones feel somehow naked and true. Anchoring.

amethyst necklace

Here is a gorgeous piece of amethyst and citrine crystals, unabashedly bulky and heavy. While potentially [ideally] imposing, I find such jewelry capable of being casual where a more ornate (“fine”) piece would feel overdressed and out of place. It’s simultaneously overstated and understated. Eye-catching and bold yet approachable, relatively inexpensive, versatile.

turquoise necklace

Turquoise I love any day of the week, in all forms. There are a number of stones available in this format of bulky puddle-stone style necklaces and I find myself drawn to them. In wearing such stones I seem to be saying, what more processing do they need to serve as worthy embellishment? None. Pull them from the ground, clean them up, drill some holes, et voilà. Fit for a queen.

There is something stately about them, too. Solemn, even. Something not at all frivolous, unlike those ubiquitous faux-stone bib necklaces, for example. Not that I can’t appreciate those but they have little stylistic weight, if that makes any sense. Even when well-played they are still merely trendy. Trendy can go far, very far indeed in our culture, but do we not want to go beyond that?

I think the word I’m looking for is fierce.

amber necklace

Love the warmth and luminosity of amber. One does feel rather like some goddess of the earth when wearing a rustic band of jagged amber, bedecked with the fruits of the underground (one’s shadowy domain? I like where this is going). I recommend it. I happen to have picked these pieces up on eBay. Others like them aren’t hard to find, and beautiful semi-precious stones abound.


distraction: make way for goslings

On June 8, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

Yesterday, along with a busy intersection of South Boston traffic, I paused to watch this family of geese cross the street.


They used the crosswalk!


They trooped across unruffled even though there were (of course, it is Boston after all) a few irritated drivers honking at them, as technically it wasn’t their turn to walk. THEY CAN’T READ THE SIGN, GUYS.


They made it.



style: it’s personal

On March 28, 2013 by theseventhsphinx


Was talking with CPL about style, and wondering about ideal projected style; the aspirational style of the future self.

Personal style is closely tied up with expression and identity, and so is, to me [re: my own style identity as well as that of others], endlessly interesting. I like this idea of a marriage between my instincts and my cultural exposure/education, the forces combining, gradually, to yield a style that is distinctly mine…even if I cannot quite or always see (or articulate) myself what that style is. That way one cannot always see oneself.

I imagine a base of clean cut, tailored pieces in good fabrics with good lines. Solid colors, muted as well as rich. The overall atmosphere is quiet, elegant, essentially simple and understated. Not many pieces actually required. To this base add accents from a carousel of compelling and distinctive (even ostentatious) accessories. Large or contrasting or eloquent or just right bracelets and necklaces, shoes and belts, scarves, hats (and hair), makeup and perfume and nail polish and anything else I can think up. Decoration. Not all at once of course but a tailored selection. Sometimes coats might fall into the decor category, too, for me…which I think is why I like coats so much.

So: a simple, well-fitting base with carefully (or whimsically) chosen accents.

[And then I allow for semi- or outright contradiction. It can always be worked out later why seeming contradiction is not really contradiction but is in fact a deeper and bolder presentation of true identity.]

There is a nice parallel with my inner identity of a consistent foundation-self with many presentations here. And there is a lot of room for evolution within this identity, which is critical to its health. Given the power of small details–and the cumulative power of many small details–it also allows for great variety, which my many selves require.

It makes sense, too, as I am drawn to accessories more than basics, where by basics I mean, essentially, clothes. I have specific pieces I want, of course, and clothes I prefer, but I don’t have the same drive and stamina when it comes to searching for clothes. Nor do I desire to have many pieces. Perhaps because it is more likely that I have my bases covered, whereas candidates for more obscure categories like the ideal turquoise ring or python belt still elude?

[more on these particular categories later]

Hard to say.

But it speaks to the point that style-wise (and everything-wise, of course), I have to work with myself, and my tastes arise from my nature as much as from any delight of the eye. Actually, trying to determine why I like something, to trace some connection between the look and myself, is part of the appeal of the whole process.

[Or why I don’t like something, which can be just as useful. c.f. the blasphemous or wrong or just sad feeling I get when wearing something I find ugly, or when I’ve bought something I realize I find ugly, and the avoidance of that feeling.]

I am really making a judgment here, which is that style should be personal; should arise out of one’s nature in this way (or whichever way it works, say, for you).

What is your ideal style?