Sunday, July 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, Miami!

City of Miami celebrates the 115th birthday! Even it is more than hundred years old, it is a "young" city on the international map. But most important, we feel very lucky. Not Los Vegas lucky, but lucky to live in South Florida. A Chinese proverb predicts, " Keep a green tree in your heart, and perhaps a singing bird will come." In southeast Florida, beautiful flora and fauna that are surrounding residents of Miami twelve month a year are a great inspiration for success. The tropical nature environment of South Florida has inspired many people from all around the world. Miami is one of the fastest growing areas in Florida and in United States. The internationalism and the people with different accents, are the strength of Miami.
Miami, and South Florida in general, both have been growing uninterruptedly for nearly last fifteen years. Statistical studies conducted by the State Department show that 1,000 people come to Florida each week.
If you are in Miami, you are living worldwide dreams based on backgrounds and heritage. Together, we are "Miamians!"
Happy birthday, Miami! Hugs and kisses, best wishes in the efforts to create a greener and healthier Miami throughout education to benefit the economical and social success! IT

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Art Meets Fashion

Artists always had been expired to paint, draw, and sculpt beautiful people in the clothes they wore. Many times, fashion designers got inspired by artist's work or artistic movement and incorporated their ideas or their artwork into their designs.
There are a few very interesting stories about a few of the first American female fashion designers.

Ethel Traphagen got into traditionally "men" profession in the beginning of the 20th - century. Ethel Traphagen, the 1911 New York Times first-prize evening dress winner, got inspired from an American painter, James Whistler. Whistler originally was trained in Paris and then lived in London He was influenced by the work of the French Impressionists and by Japanese woodblock prints. He used smoky colors in nighttime scenes to create the mysterious effects in his "nocturne" paintings. Ethel Traphagen had been motivated and stimulated by one one of these scenes and used the image to design a dress of blue chiffon layered over putty-colored silk.

Elizabeth Hawes was another well-known figure in the fashion industry in the 30s. She traveled to Paris and lived above the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, a place where many talented people such as Ernest Hemingway and George Gershwin borrowed books and met. She wanted her clothes to move as three-dimensional mobiles that her friend and artist Alexander Calder created. Later on, Elizabeth Hawes incorporated the abstract elements that Spanish artist Joan Miro used in his paintings in her capes and vests.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

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... We go to writing for one reason, so we may live our lives more fully, and embrace the world in what we living, hug the planet and be a part of every day happenings without destroying both.
Praise the day, the sun and the rain and in between enjoy the intimate forum of the finest moments -bird-songs, green-green grass, talks to total strangers, and a story of human spirit!
The writing journey is about observing the beauty and wonder, asking questions and finding answers ... living life and finding your own voice.