I'm forever thankful and grateful for the blessings in my life everyday- but today gives us the moment to slow down and reflect on the important things in life that make us whole and remind us we're human. This year was the first time I've experience the holiday here in New York and not in Florida with my immediate family. It was a hard decision to swallow when I realized my work schedule wouldn't allow me to fly to the sunshine state, but I've been surrounded with love every minute of today.
I want to take the time to say a special thanks to my family and friends who have supported Corey and I through the best and worst times. Thank you to those who have employed our services and believe in our creative capabilities. Thank you to our families who have supported us in rough financial times and through the moments of temporary mental collapse. Your support through my thesis project was a necessary component to my success, you all give me strength. Thank you to my little New York family: my crazy fluffy pets, my loving boyfriend and his sister who spent all day in my small apartment watching the parade, the dog show (a must see every year...) and stuffing our faces with our first home cooked turkey meal. My final thanks goes to Corey for calming my nerves and supplying me with an incredible Thanksgiving experience meant to fill the emptiness that comes with missing family on the holidays. He cooked a delicious 17lb turkey, his moms secret stuffing recipe, green beans and those addictive crescent rolls. His sister made the most delicious mashed potatoes and of course I supplied the sinful chocolate dessert- my homemade chocolate truffle pie. My mouth waters just thinking about the leftovers in the fridge. Thank you all for filling my life with love.
Though today is the national holiday to remember our fallen brothers who actually founded this land and prospered off the fruits of their labor and mother earth's natural sacrifices... I wanted to make sure to do at least one feature from an artist that was at Brooklyn's Renegade Craft Fair last weekend... so why not two?!
^^Meet Sora Designs! Sora, derived from the Japanese word for 'sky', is a unique jewelry company created by the talented Yueh-Wen Chang (Wen). Wen, with her PhD in early intervention, changed paths and decided to listen to the creative voice inside her head telling her to go for it, give yourself completely to your designs. She did so and I couldn't be happier she gave in! Her designs are one of a kind, using mostly recycled and environmentally friendly materials. She strives for affordability within her products, hoping everyone will be able to indulge in her beautiful work! Thank you Sora Designs for being an influential part of Renegade Craft Fair: Brooklyn!
>>Our second feature is pure clean creativity- homemade organic soap and organic skin care products! Delicious and eco friendly to the fullest extent. Caru Skincare Co. takes all the necessary measures to ensure quality products with a conscience. Founded by Dominique Caron in 2012, the company has savvy business style and well dressed products that made it a quick success. I was immediately drawn to their packaging and branding. It was delicate and organic and the smell coming from their booth was intoxicating. I ended up breaking down and buying a bar of their handmade soap which came wrapped in organic packaging that can be planted to spring an array of wildflowers.
In an attempt to keep honest communication with their customers, they offer in depth information most skin care companies wouldn't dare to advertise. You can read up on their processing, the sustainable materials the use and even the locations they import them from. I love them, I love their products and I love their message. Indulge and share the love this holiday season.