Friday, August 18, 2017

Parasols - History of Fashion Accessories

Parasols were used in France from early in the century. In the end of the eighteenth century, the parasol’s cousins, umbrellas, were used to keep the rain off; and parasols to protect from the sun both in Britain and America. The basic umbrella was invented more than 4,000 years ago. There is evidence of umbrellas in the ancient art and artifacts of Egypt, Assyria, Greece, and China. These ancient umbrellas, or parasols, were first designed to provide shade from the sun. An umbrella or parasol is a folding canopy supported by wooden or metal ribs, which is usually mounted on a wooden, metal, or plastic pole. It is designed to protect a person against rain or sunlight. The word “umbrella” typically refers to a device used for protection from rain. The word parasol usually refers to an item designed to protect from the sun.
A parasol is defined as a light usually small umbrella carried as protection from the sun. The word parasol literally means ‘for sun’ in Spanish. The name parasol, which we know today, comes from its old Italian French name parasole, which is derived from the Italian word parare, which means prepare or ward off, and the Latin word sol, which means sun or sunlight. So, use the parasol and ward off the sun! Parasols originated in the East Indies about 5,000 years ago. In 3000 B.C., the Egyptians used parasols as a sunshade for sun protection. This was a royal privilege and bearers did the carrying. Around the 1st century B.C. the parasol spreads to ancient Rome and Greece. It took the Italian Renaissance in the 16th century to introduce the parasol to European soil. King Louis the XIV soon after brought them to France. A parasol appeared on a street corner in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1740 carried by a fashionable lady. It had been brought all the way from the West Indies and may have been the first parasol in North America.
Because of their high cost and limited manufacture, parasols of that early age were almost exclusively used by nobility, royalty and clergy, symbolizing wealth and power. Another very important cause of parasols popularity was the view point on beauty, which often demanded that rulers and nobility carry pale skin that was not tanned by sun, a tradition that survives even until today in Japan, where pale skin is regarded as one of the most important factors of female beauty.
 The parasol is most often associates with fashion trends in Victorian society in England and the United States. Perhaps the main reason for it popularity was the Victorian admiration, or even obsession for a fair complexion. It was more than a sign of beauty, it showed the world that a woman was a lady and didn’t have to work outdoors. The parasol was as a much a part of a well-dressed lady’s outfit as were her gloves, hat, shoes and stockings. A fashionable lady carried a different parasol for each outfit. They became popular gifts for men to give their ladies. Like the fan and lacy handkerchief, the parasol was both practical and helpful aid to the subtle art of flirtation. Parasols continued to increase in popularity until the Edwardian era in the early 1900s.
Lace parasols have had a long and rich history in Europe, especially during the 1600s and early 1900s. Apparently, it is from these eras, which saw the height of the opulence and elegance in Europe's society, that lace parasols today are associated with items of luxury, feminine class, and elegance. Nevertheless, their expensive price, women owned lace parasols in different colors to match every outfit – a long dress gown or dress with fitted top and full, heavy skirt, which was the central clothing for women at the time. When riding in a carriage, ladies would make sure that their driver pulls down the carriage's convertible top so her lace parasol is beautifully exposed.
While older women have long used parasols for protective purposes, it has been only recently that young women have seen them as a fashion accessory. After remaining out of fashion for about ninety years, parasols had a resurgence around 1990 as many women no longer considered it healthy or wise to be in the sun too long. Increased awareness about skin cancer contributed to the renaissance of parasols. Parasols are being carried again in increasing numbers in the U. S., Great Britain, France and especially Japan. There was an exposure in a baby showers’ trend to use the sunshade parasol as a center piece. The parasol is a true newest and oldest fashion accessory trend.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Literary Eats

If you like to read and to eat, you probably will enjoy the
Emily Dickinson's Gingerbread,
Ernest Hemingway's Picadillo,
Eudora Welty's Onion Pie and
400 + other recipes from American Authors
past and present.
Here is a book written by Gary Scharnhorst
entitled "Literary Eats."
Please enjoy both good reading and good food!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Devotion to Create

The strong sense of home: "Home, Sweet Home!"

Another two pieces of completely excellent expression:
"X-mas in July!"

Delicious beautiful production of soul-invigoration.
One word is yelling: "Yami!"
Every time I pick it up, I find the love 
for vanilla, pistachio, and chocolate flavors
of ice cream on a hot summer day.
Design style: flat applique 
Method: crochet
Colors: off-white, green, and brown
Accessories: buttons
Time: 30 min for each
Handmade: Ms. T. @ 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Oysters Rockefeller

Let me introduce you to the "Taste of Tradition" - a recipe from a collection of appetizers that are very appropriate for August's Seafood Season.

So, here is my first highlight of the ingredients:

36 oysters on the half shell        1/2 tsp. celery salt
2 c. cooked spinach                    1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. chopped onion                  6 drops Tabasco sauce
2 bay leaves                                6 T. butter
2 springs parsley                        1/2 c. bread crumbs

Now, let's move to the step-by-step instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degree
2. Place oysters on backing sheet
3. Put spinach, onion, bay leaves and parsley through food grinder or chop finely in food processor
4. Melt butter in skillet; cook spinach mixture for 5 minutes, and add bread crumbs
5.Spread spinach mixture over oysters and bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and serve hot.

Home-growing parsley

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

After the Rain

Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere...

In the noisy city street
Silently creeping
And cheering the sick at heart.

The summer rains will pass by,
the sun will come out -
hotter as ever,
and my flowers will grow and shine
brighter as ever.
Flowers and smiles go together
as August month is ruling.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Just Before the Rain

Hot summer day. Just before the rain.
Suddenly above me, the sky got dark. The sound of thunder roaring.
The palm tree's leaves awaiting the rain.
Far away the sky is still light, but not where I am standing.
It started to drizzle.
I took a quick shot of the view and hurried up indoors. 

Friday, July 28, 2017


Bougainvillea is one of the showiest vines you can grow.
 The large plant practically smothers itself in big clusters
of papery bracts.
While bougainvillea is tropical,
it's usually grown as an annual in cold-winter areas.

Bougainvillea is a kind of thorny ornamental plant, bushes, and trees with flower-like spring leaves near its flowers. Different authors accept between four and eighteen species in the genus. They are native plants of South America, from Brazil west to Ecuador and south to southern Argentina.

The "flowers" are modified leaves, called bracts,
that are long-lasting and bright.
They appear periodically throughout most of the year,
but are especially plentiful in the winter,
when the splashes of color are a welcome sight.
Bougainvillea blooms in fuchsia, red, white, yellow, and orange.

Bougainvillea require full sun and perform better
when their soil is left a little dry,
 making this a perfect plant for the drought-tolerant landscape.
It needs to be protected from frost and freeze.

Trina Turk Event in Miami

Trina Turk will be at a shopping event in Miami,
on August 10th, at 7200 Biscayne Blvd

Trina Trunk, the Los Angeles designer, in addition to her shoes and active wear added the first collection of comprehensive handbags. The launched-out line of bags priced from $158.00 to $598.00. Their customers wanted bags, and Trina Trunk introduced them in three different categories: fold-over clutches with wood handles called Kir Royal in references to the 1970s, the bohemian Sunset clutch in mix of colors, and the Sun that was in the stores by the Spring of 2015. The bags are accessorized with big tassels, and they are sold separately as a clip-on or key-fob.

According to the designer, the handbags reflect on the drive from Silver Lake community in East Lost Angeles to the ocean with bags of the bohemian flirt, then the driving through Hollywood’s urban area mirrors the buildings in geometric prints and designs. Finally, the floral prints inspiration comes from green, verdant, and lush Beverly Hills road to the beach. Sounds like poetry!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Style Future Trends for Fall

Fashion accessories of main style are leading with vintage-inspired pieces and unexpected artisan touches. Warm white is a trend because of the clean modern vibe that gives a nod to past classic looks. After summer traveling, many will bring the another time zone trends to their own zip code.

Are you ready for the season's change?
After hot summer days
Fall trends are coming soon,
and now is the time to pay attention.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Inspired by Blues

Environmental Union of Various Styles

Color aesthetic of warmer colors of blue
and man-made textiles inspired to achieve
a more inviting atmosphere of summer craft.
The overlook is elegant and relaxed
yet contemporary,
and "very South Beach."
Photography, text and summer craft
by Ida Tomshinsky, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blues of July

Examine nature's poetic side 
where the living space is ending and the view begins.
The clean and fresh look with a shot of color outside
prepares for a 'beachy' feel inside.

Highlighting the Blue.

The Beauty of Nature.
Following the sun's movement on a summer
July's day have a natural rhythm.
The sweet days of summer
luring about beach and swimming,
and fresh crop of outdoors.
Photography and text: Ida Tomshinsky, 2013-2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

On Costume Division

Throughout the history costume has followed two separate line of development, led by two contrasting types of garment. The most obvious line of division is between male and female dress code: trousers and skirts. What is true that men have always worn bifurcated clothes and women not.

On another hand, Greeks and Romans wore tunics, that are figuratively saying are skirts. Mountain people like the Scots and the modern Greeks wear are, in effect, skirts.

Far Eastern and Near Eastern women have worn trousers, and many continue to do so. As a result, sex division turns out not to be a true division at all in the costume world.

Perhaps the most useful distinction of the dress code in the anthropological aspect lies in the differences between "tropical" and "arctic" dress. The geographical location had been a big factor to protect the human body from the environmental conditions of sun, cold and wind.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fans (Fashion Accessory)

·         At first, the fan was a simple tool for coaxing a fire into life, for keeping away insects and flies, or for cooling the face in hot weather. Beside their primary purpose to keep a woman cool, they also used for flirting. It was not unusual that the matrons were passing on the communication codes to young girls by use of fans and gloves. The language of fans was most fully developed in Spain, where around sixty phrases could be conveyed with a fan.
·         Fans were used in ancient Egypt. Some were quite large, as can be seen from ancient frescoes. Fans were used in ancient Greece in the fourth century B.C. and probably before that. In Europe, In the Middle ages fans were used in the Christian liturgy and continued to be used in the Roman Catholic church until Vatican II. There are religious pictures of holy men holding fans. Sometimes religious pictures were painted on the fans, or lists of saints or holy days were written on them. Fans were used by the military to send signals on the battle-field, but were mainly used at court. The Japanese invented the folding fan and it was introduced into China about a thousand years ago. They were made with fine paper and bamboo. Fans were, and still are used, especially in Flamenco dancing. Without the hand-held fans, we would not have the electrical fans later in history. In a way, the hand-held fan was the prelude to the air-conditioning, the modern A/C. In 1947, a British scholar S.F. Markham writes, “The greatest contribution to civilization in this century may well be air-conditioning – and America leads the way.” Yet somehow people still say that air conditioning is the brilliant new idea or “the best thing since sliced bread” to keep the human body at the comfortable temperature at any type of weather. Above all, the fan as a fashion accessory is the true ‘grandfather’ tool of the keeping ladies’ faces cool.

Friday, July 7, 2017

June in Eden

Then I went into the garden
and forgot all about it. Some spider
mum, some slug half-buried

in a strawberry. I have this thing, my mother
says, with memory. The thing rings or is left
on high. The thing dissolves

as if it had never been seen
at all, makes of itself a question.
answered and answered. objects behave

like the tree: every morning more
candy-colored pie cherries. Because Rosi, don't you love
this Eden - its beetles, its blooms, all waiting

to be named.

(Rosalie Moffett0

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Nature Icon Takes On Estate

I tried to go a little more unexpected with our warm- weather destination.
This is a summer journey in the land of 'what if...'
From the old-fashion notion to actual evidence is always floating around in the ether.
Those sunny, promise-filled days of summer are finally upon us.
There are a little bit of escapism for everyone.
Cheers to that!

New look: garden party tips.
An installation pays homage to the flavors of summer.
The quiet burgeoning scene: outdoor accessories from fashion insider.
Photographer and text: Ida Tomshinsky, 2017

Summer Muse

The unexpected time-warp joys
of the summer-ready essentials updates
After the warm summer rain
sexy mushrooms are everywhere.
The brown, white and green
proved to be the colors of Earth.
The craft story grows;
photo exhibit celebrates Ida Tomshinsky,
original's authentic quiet genius.

The secrets of the mystery garden.
Hidden gems for craft lovers.
For the latest in style, tradition, culture and luxury.
Photographer and text: Ida Tomshinsky, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Outfits vs. Fashion Accessories

No outfit was complete without accessories by 18th-century middle- and lower-class women. There were two types of gowns: the open robe and the closed robe.

Accessories included neckwear, gloves, pockets, masks, pocketbooks, redicules (handbags), muffs, and pocket watches.

Suntans were not at all fashionable in these early time! Women desire their skin to look as white and spotless as porcelain. They took great care to protect their faces from sun and wind by wearing masks. Green silk masks prevented sunburns in summer, and black silk or velvet masks kept the face warm in winter. In a way, the silk masks played the role of the modern sunglasses.

Fashion was modesty oriented. Women did not feel comfortable wearing the low-cut dresses in the 18th-century. For this reason, it was a trend to wear neck accessories and kerchiefs to cover up the neck and upper chest. Neckwear pieces were also practical and used to stay warm on cold days.

Fans was an important accessory for a woman to keep them cool on a hot summer day. These portable air-conditioners were often decorated with beautiful designs. Also the fans were a tool of communication and were used for flirting.

Protection of the hands led to the necessity to use gloves and carry muffs. Both gloves and muffs protect the hands from sun and wind, and kept the hands warm during the cold winters.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Chick and the Duckling: A Story for Younger Children

A Duckling hatches out of its egg.
"I'm hatched!" he says.

"Me, too!" says the Chick.

"I'm going for a walk," says the Duckling.
"Me, too," says the Chick.

"I'm digging a hole," says the Duckling.
"Me, too," says the Chick.

"I've got a worm," says the Duckling.
"Me, too," says the Chick.

"I've got a butterfly," says the Duckling.
"Me, too," says the Chick.

"I want to swim," says the Duckling.
"Me, too, says the Chick.

"Look, I'm swimming!" says the Duckling.
"Me, too," shouts the Chick.

The Duckling pulled the Chick out of the pond.

"I'm going in again," says the Duckling.
"No me," says the Chick.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sun and Wind

In Miami, ordinary days are always victorious
And filled with the same warmness and gentleness;
The summer is endless for us -
Fulfilled with triumph and hospitality kindness...

In the hot summer time the King of Sun
Rules until the hurricane season,
Taking time off for disputes
And following the fable from Aesop -
The Sun argues.

The mighty Wind from the far seas
Blows on trees
And throws,
And sways
The branches and leaves.

'Miamians' hurry indoors;
looking for water, ice, and shelters;
Then barricading the homes,
And waiting, and waiting for the contest's victors.
People try the their best at the Wind might.

Every year we learn more
The easier influence masses
With kindness and gentleness
Then with force and war!

IT, 2007

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Fashion and Poetry

What could be in the world of Fashion and Poetry that unite them in one entity?
The answer is short - the Majesty Inspiration. Both Fashion and Poetry are siblings and have one parent called Arts. To create a successful peace of art, we need inspiration, the muse that feeds the creative process of  art and design.

There are endless interactions a muse can take - a truly wonderful day, Greek goddess, fairy-tale princess, woman, celebrity, artist, slogan or motto, or combination of things and events.
There are many studies that include samples of fashion inspiration from the first couturier Charles Frederick Worth and his wife; Elsa Schiaparelli and the Surrealists; Yves Saint Laurent and Piet Mondrian; Oleg Cassini and Jaqueline Kennedy; Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy.

For example, Alexander McQueen's crafty carryalls have inspirational equation of a Celtic prayer-cloth tree plus friendship bracelets and plus 18-th century British needlepoint. Another sample from contemporary fashion could be the Miu Miu's plushie stompers. Add a dog collar plus Paris Hilton and plus Elmo, and the summary illustrates the season's most memorable accessories.

A truck with an advertising slogan passed by and made strong statement, but what if we take these words and describe something else by telling a new story and in the way we creating new information? As a result, a poem is born out of the inspiration of few words. For example:
"Dorothy was right, no place like home for solders in fight that making the heroic flight..." (IT, 2007)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

They Come! The Merry Summer Months

They come! the merry summer months
of beauty, song, and flowers;
The come! the gladsome months that bring
thick leafiness to bowers.
Up, up, my heart! and walk abroad; fling cark
and care aside;
Seek silent hills, or rest thyself where peaceful
waters glide;
Or, underneath the shadow vast of patriarchal
Scan through its leaves the cloudless sky in rapt

(William Motherwell, fragment from the poem
"They Come! The Merry Summer Months")

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer Time

Summer time starts with flowers

Tea time starts with flowers: Gerbera Daisy.
Celebrating summer with nostalgic floral display.
Delicate, bright and bold;
pretty and delightful summer-in-bloom
will enliven any room in someone's home.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Ishtaboli or Lacrosse Game

The Choctaw men (from southeast Native American tribes) loved to play Ishtaboli, a stick and a ball game that the French colonists renamed Lacrosse. The game was so violent that the Choctaw called it "the little brother of war." The Choctaw built huge playing fields that could hold up to seven hundred Ishtaboli players at one time.

To play, warriors and nobles would wear loincloths with fringed belts and elaborate structures covered in egret feathers that stuck out behind them like tails. They carried long sticks made from wood with webbed ends woven from strips of deer hide.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Ball Game: The Historic Aspect

Many Mesoamerican societies played a ball game that held great significance, no just as a sport but as a ritualistic way of setting disputes. The Maya inherited this game from their predecessors the Olmecs, and they considered it so important that they built ball courts in all but the smallest towns.

Players were divided into two teams, and the game involved hitting a large, heavy rubber ball across the court and into high hoops. To play, they wore a loincloth with a thick padded belt to protect the waist and hips. They also wore padding on their forearms and knees, at the sides of the body, to protect themselves from injury when diving to the ground. Players also wore large headdresses and decorative chest ornaments.

To the Maya, the game represented the struggle between the forces of life and death, and the losers were often decapitated.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Boring Book

There's a book I keep on my bedside table
for when I can't sleep. It never fails,
half page and I'm gone. My friend
who wrote this book should be pleased.
Not everyone can sit by his reader
like a father singing to a fearful child,
and summon the moon for her
and turn her pillow soft as the sea.

 (Lola Haskins. 92017) - New Letters, Vol. 83, Nos. 2 & 3, p.125)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Common South Florida Lizards

Florida is a home to at least
thirty species of lizards.

Common little brown wood lizard of South Florida.
Lizards often loose their tails,
but they have the ability to regrow them easily.

Cuban anole poisonous lizard 
"Study of Lizards"
Photographer: Ida Tomshinsky (South Florida, 2017) 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Little Lamb

Here is a little Lamb -
Its fleece is white as snow,
And everywhere we go
This Lamb remains us
Of winter's winds and cold.
The May rolls on,
And summer is near
Like this little Lamb so dear.

Lyrics, photo, and articraft: Tomshinsky, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Grace and Glory of Homemade

Spring's bold and brilliant gems:
newest fashion accessories' hotspots in pictures.
Welcome to the Centre of Attention!

Tropical oasis lounging iconic fashion entertainment
with endless possibilities

Distinguished couture headpieces and other artifacts

Floral rubelite with gold on green emeralds

Signature chapeau

From accents to retro twists and master pieces
Prices upon request.
Craft and Photography by Ida Tomshinsky, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Our Library

Our small-room library with shelves and books
Says, “Welcome to Our Library!”
And far more magical than it looks
There is fairy like databases of vary
Books, eBooks, hundreds of thousands of books.
The Library without reader
Looks very bitter:
Library staff saving a soul,
Defending from the black hole.
Hateful, fearful
Struggling and grinding -
Use education
For Liberation!
Office, home, work, library,
Learning, reading, typing:
Cautious, ambitious,
Then comes success:
Building the habit of study and growing
Researching till reach the knowing,
Because everybody can search for a dolphin or elf,
By learning the best and be themselves.
Please encourage students with wit
Telling them not to quit!
Ida Tomshinsky@2016

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Arrival of Spring

The arrival of spring makes
Everything sing.
Shining sun brings on a thawing.
Trees have the spring zing,
And green leaves are outstanding.
Colorful flowers wood ring,
Bees sting,
Welcoming rains’ ping-ding.
The birds are busy to wing and sing –
Children outside play and swing.
All together wellspring, wellspring!
(Tomshinsky, 2017)
Photo (Tomshinsky, 2017)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Spring Has Sprung

"Spring Has Sprung" photography
(Tomshinsky, 2017)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

April - The Month of Celebrations

April is the champion month among the annual celebrations. The spring is coming with traditional and cultural celebrations with family and friends.

The Earth Day is such an opportunity to clean the local areas, to plant a few trees and bushes, and to garden as saying 'thank you' to our planet Earth, the motherland to humans.

April is the National Jazz Month and National Poetry Month. April is also the National Library Month, and many libraries celebrate the entire month or the whole day with amazing library services. The creative schedules include music, poetry advocacy, and reading celebrations in the events and activities. Both reading and information literacy are life-long learning skills.

Sooner or later we have to face who we are in the world around us. We have to respond. Eventually, we have to speak from the truest parts of ourselves and to articulate a mysterious aspect of the imagination. In the end, we attempt a moment of realization in the simple act of creation, or the stunning power of a well-written idea. And so, people tell stories and write poems to keep awe and aspiration of hopeful lives to bright the light in each other's hearts.

On a spring rainy day, without an umbrella, dance to the music and you will see that your words may shine!

"In my dreams,
I am in the meadows,
Very low, low in the grass,
Surrounded by sky,
Very close to the Earth,
I can hear the bees.
I can hear the breeze.
Every bird sings for me.
Mother Earth, I am yours,
A good girl, and a listener!"
Essay, photo, and lyrics by Ida Tomshinsky, 2013-2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Law and Fashion

One of the samples of  "Law and Fashion" interaction would be the 1634 law passed by the governors of Massachusetts. The sumptuary law was forbidding the colonists from making or buying any cloth with lace, gold tread, embroidery, or ruffs. Other unsuitable items included: large decorative shoe ornaments; beaver fur hats or showy feathered hats, thick garters, perfumed gloves, multiple rings or pearl necklaces.

In 1639 another law was passed. This law forbade colonists from dressing above their station in large breeches, broad-shouldered tops, ruffles, wide boots or silk scarves.

In addition, short sleeves and long hair worn loose were banned as signs of immorality.

The famous Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter" (1850) is based on historic facts, including a 1694 law of Salem, Massachusetts, that forced adulterers to wear a capital letter "A" that was two inches long, made from different-colored cloth and stitched into the arms or backs of their clothing.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Birds Foretell the Changing Seasons

Birds can foretell the changing seasons by their northward and southward migrations. If someone does not have access to local meteorologist, it is okay – people still have the birds.

About 140 million years ago, the creature called Archaeopteryx had skeleton characteristics identical to small dinosaurs that lived during that same time. This creature also had toothed jaw and feathers that allowed the Archaeopteryx move from place to place ‘transporting’ through branches. Some scientists believe that Archaeopteryx is the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and what today we identify as birds. Today on Earth, birds are the only creatures that have feathers. Feathers, as well called plumage, are responsible for birds’ ability to fly, regulate birds’ temperature and provide physical protection, while giving birds their shape and color.

Some people like to watch them, other like to feed them, many enjoy the amazing unique bird-songs. There are various relationships between people and birds. There are farmers who are making a living by retail and wholesale of birds; buying, raising, and loving birds. Also, there are some people who are hunting or catching birds for various reasons from food for dinner to living with birds as pets.

Friday, March 31, 2017

One-year After Publishing "Bags & Purses"

On March 19 was 1-year celebration since the book entitled
 "Bags & Purses: The Story of Chic and Practicality" was published
by Florida Author Miss Ida Tomshinsky.

The book is concentrated on fun and interesting facts about handbags, their history, design, collections and even museums. The book has color illustrations and include a deep research in the subject matter. Students and faculty of staple fashion accessory programs will find a selective list of handbag designers' biographies and their accomplishments. Fashion enthusiasts will never look on any type of a handbag or purse the same way - knowledge is power. These of you, who follow the author, are enjoying now all eight books within the History of Fashion Accessories Series.

I would like to thank the readers and fans. Special thanks to people who send me illustrations and photos of the 'special' handbags that are kept in their families. As the new facts and information will be collected and obtained, the 2nd edition will be followed.

The book could be purchased at,,, and local bookstores. For multiply copies for the libraries and universities' bookstores,
please call today at 1-888-795-4274.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Common Birds: Doves and Pigeons

There is a debate as to whether the first domesticated bird was the pigeon or the chicken, but historical evidence shows that the world’s oldest domesticated bird most probably was a rock pigeon. Mesopotamian tablets mention the domestication of pigeons more than 5,000 years ago, as do Egyptian hieroglyphics. Research suggests that domestication of pigeons occurred as early as 10,000 years ago. There are various figurines, mosaics, and coins that have portrayed the domestic pigeon since at least 4500 B.C. in Mesopotamia.
In many cultures, doves and pigeons have been raised as pets for thousands of years and even used as sacrifices to appease the Gods. In most religions of the world, pigeons and doves are loved and respected, and accorded a special place. In Christianity, dove has come to represent the symbol of Holy Spirit. Because of people hunting them for food, some of the species of doves and pigeons have either become extinct or are considered as threatened. Doves and pigeons were the only birds suitable for sacrifice by the Hebrews. (Leviticus 1:14.) The dove appears as a symbol of purity on the Holy Grail in Malory’s Morte d’Arthur. As a symbol of the Holy Spirit, the dove is associated with the mystical fifth element of spirit. In Muslim lore, a dove murmured the words of God into the ear of Muhammad.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Messages to Inspire

"Let no one ever come to you without
leaving better or happier." (Mother Teresa)
"You make a living by what you get. You make a life
by what you give." (Winston Churchill)
"No act of kindness, no matter how small,
is ever wasted." (Aesop)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Shhh.. It is a National Jewelry Day

Wow! How you would celebrate the National Jewelry Day? Any jewelry is within the Fashion Accessory category. So, accessorize! Earrings, necklace, bracelet or ring will bring beauty to someone' face and hands, and, of course, will highlight the early Spring outfit. What a wonderful way to celebrate by reading and learning! There is a new book on History of Fashion Accessories entitled "Bracelets Academy" written by Ida Tomshinsky. A book is an educational tool for jewelry type who wants to read and learn more about just one jewelry item: bracelet or bracelets - their history, facts, meanings, and more. It is available at,, local bookstores, and at To order, please call 1-888-795-4274.

Here is a good question, which “parures” people enjoy to wear the most? The “parures,” refers to two-piece set consisting of a necklace and earrings. However, these sets could vary to include a brooch, rather than a necklace, or even all three pieces: earrings, necklace and a bracelet. By the mid-17th century, jewels had ceased in expectation that individual works of art in jewelry design is expressing some idea of fancy and had instead become modest personal ornaments that were beautiful, but lacking in any deeper significance.  Consequently, as the forms of jewels tended to become stereotyped, the matching set of jewels, or parures, became the dominant style in jewelry. In the 18th century the kings of France had parures of great splendor, most made of diamonds. These pieces including everyday items such as shoe buckles, coat decorations, insignia, and sword hilts. For state occasions, the 19th-century Napoleonic court imitated the parures of the ancient rĂ©gime, with the addition of the jeweled coronet of classic form.


Here is a strong opinion: to constitute a true parure, a set of jewelry must have at least three matching items. A set with only earrings, plus a necklace, brooch, or bracelet is not considered a parure, but a demi-parure. Deriving from the Old French verb “to adorn,” a parure once referred to the entire wardrobe or suite of jewelry, often designed to be worn all at once. The concept derived from its origins in the flamboyance of Baroque and Rococo-era, France, when aristocrats, both men and women adorned themselves with elaborate ornamentation, sky-high wigs, and makeup. People say, it’s extremely rare to find parures from the 18th-century in good condition, while 19th-century sets are slightly more common.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Delicate Flower Power

Delicate Flower-Power
Ida Tomshinsky, 2016
Photographer, blogger, Florida Author, and a long-time Librarian