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

Saturday, March 4, 2017


Canaries were mentioned as pets from 1796, including “Ode to a Canary” and “Elegiac Stomas on the untimely death of a young lady’s favorite canary bird.” (Waldock, 2014) Both canaries and finches seem to have been among the most popular pet birds for those of the less affluent classes during the Regency. (Kane, 2014)

When people hear the word “canary,” they probably think of a cheery, bright yellow birds. While this image is by no means inaccurate, canaries come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and shapes. Canaries continue to be very popular pets because they are very beautiful, and the males of the species sing lovely songs.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The ABC Parade

A          is for Atom
             the friend of man.
      B           is for the Badge,
                   my big brother has.
C           is for the Chief
              I will be some day!
      D           is for Doctor
                    our greatest friend.
E           is for Earth,
             that is big and round.
      F           is for Fire-Engine,
                   that is bright red.
G           is for the Grapes
             that are so sweet.
      H          is for Heart
                   that is happy and loved.
I            is for Ice-Cream
             I like to eat.
       J           is for Jet Plane
                   high in the sky.
K          is for Keys,
             my mommy has.
       L          for the Lamb,
                   with white and soft curls.
M         is for Moon
             shining by night.
      N          is for Necktie:
                   please tie it for me.
O         is for Oak-Tree,
            two hundred years old.
      P          is for Parade,
                  watching TV in Thanksgiving day.
Q         for the Quins:
            Jane, Jen, Jean,
            June and Joan.
      R         for the Rocket
                  going to the Moon.
S          is for the Sea
            blue and deep.
      T          is for the Tiger
                  with orange stripes.
U         is for Umbrella
            to use in the rain.
     V         is for the Vegetables;
                 let us pick some for lunch.
W        is for Water
            fresh and good.
      X         is for X-Roads;
                 which way shall we go?
Y         is for the Year
            with twelve happy months.
      Z          is for the Zipper,
                  my white sweater has.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Necklaces and Body Paint

The southeast of North America is flat, warm, and humid, and it contains many thick forests, subtropical lands, and swamps that are home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Before the arrival of European settlers, it was also home to hundreds of different native tribes who fished, hunted, and farmed.

The unique hot climate caused them to develop light clothing styles and decorative body paints.
shells, wooden beads, pearls, feathers and precious, imported cooper. The higher their status, the more valuable the ornaments they wore. Many people tattooed themselves with patterns inspired by nature. They also painted their bodies with red body paint made from bloodroot and oils to protect themselves from insects.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Strategic Planning

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." (Proverbs, 29:18)

How to move from Traditional planning to Strategic planning:

The new resolutions for 2017 were set. The short-term annual goals and the long-term goals were said and wrote down. Let started with the simple step moving on from Random planning to Systematic planning. Second step, from Reactive decision making to Proactive decision making, and from Incremental evaluation to Synoptic evaluation in the line with bringing your isolated (individual or departmental) decision making priorities with team decision making and organizational mission. Why? Because everyone is the mission-maker. We cannot guess the results. However, we can predict the results by strategic planning and evaluating all possible outcomes.

As Winston Churchill said: "It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see."

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Green Cover for the new book "Bracelets Academy"

From the Author desk...
The new book in the History of Fashion Accessories Series is published and available for reading, research, and critique. The cover is green that is reflecting on the staple illustration. I could not be more happy with the color of green. Green color has the signal-system code for permission, the authorization to go and get the book to read! Also it is the nature call to the green spaces, environmental protection and ecology that foster the natural metals and precious stones for bracelets, the major factor for wrist ornamentation.

In contemporary Western societies, the color of green represents the opposite of negative attitudes of being envy and jealous, it enhances hope, health, and freedom. The material culture brings in the power of green color together with other colors of rainbow, awakening both the artistic creation and the imagination. (Tomshinsky, 2017)

Order Today! Call 1-888-795-4274, ext. 7879,
order online at,,
 or visit your local bookstore.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Ear Plugs as a Sign of Inca Noble Status

Inca noblemen wore elaborated jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces, pendants, ear plugs and nostril rings.

Wearing enormous plugs in the lower part of the ear, close to the lobe, was a sign of great status among Inca noblemen. Young noble boys received their first ear piercing and ear plugs during the annual Splendid Festival, when they were first recognized as adults. The materials, colors, and size of man's ear plugs indicated the status. Therefore, these plugs were made as large as possible, and were composed of precious metals and rare stones. By wearing them, the noble men developed stretched ears. The Spanish conquistadors called the Inca nobility "orejones," or "big ears." Within the Inca society, the large ears with ear plugs were considered prestigious.

Many precious metals and stones came from the northern edge of the Inca Empire, the modern-day Columbia.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Eastern Heartland Cooking

The grouping of states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois enjoy a common  culinary tradition. The strong patterns of cooking and eating are originated from Dutch, English and German colonist. Men and women across this area depended on the fish and game they found in abundance. They planted incredibly productive farms and orchards. Their cooking was enriched by the diverse styles and tastes of the new wave of immigrants who followed them. All these elements combined gave the foundation to archetypal American food, or what in France would be called the country's cuisine bourgeois. The Eastern Heartland cooking is stick-to-the-ribs stuff, more plain than fancy, given the roots to substantial meat dishes, dumplings, breads, pies.

There is a range of foods in the region, from the sea-food, and  shellfish native to Long Island's waters, to the corn-and-pork sturdiness of the Pennsylvania Dutch, Indiana and Illinois farm kitchens, to the wonderful fish and game of Michigan's forests. It is a region where country cooking flourishes at its most impressive - but it is also the region that through the influence of two of its cities, Quaker Philadelphia and polyglot New York, taught the entire country how to enjoy the finest sophistications of the table.

Photography: Ida Tomshinsky, 2016

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Bookend: An Essay

What happens when you are removed from the frontier life? You become a bookend. You support the bookshelves of books to be open and read. You always wished to have more time to finish the 'list of books' that accumulated for many years. You always dream to escape to the quite reading room, the chair under the palm tree or the bench in the park.  Instead, you are reading remotely. What we learn that accessibility matters to ensure a good online reading experience.

Meantime, it is time to rethink how our physical books stored. We need a quick solution for overloaded bookshelves, small piles of books - under the table, at the small night table at the bed, and other multiphase places around the house. It could be even used the simple idea to join them all together in one collection by lifting them and transporting within the house. There so many ways for self-satisfaction: to read them for the first time, to read the again and experience all the emotions and fillings again (nothing wrong with it), to donate my books to the appropriate library (let other people to enjoy them), to sell them at the garage-sale (do we sell our best-friends?), and be happy that your books find a better home.

The bookend itself is an important item in the household: it is creative and functional in the same time. The bookend brings the support to keep books and their knowledge in one space capacity; and where is knowledge, there are winners, expending the notion of reading and literacy to successfully bit the ignorance.     

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


I looked at my bracelet-
No any beginning, neither the end.
Just a simple circle of life.
Does my bracelet placed to lit?
Does my bracelet reside in to lead?
It has a purpose as any wearable art
To warm up the heart
From the dusty memories of the past.
Let me follow the circle of brass
That does not have any rust.
Look, it was lit -
It leads with its powerful bead.
Ida Tomshinsky, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Each Bracelet Has a Story

The memories will never be gone. They are evolved around someone’s right wrist. Each bracelet has a story. The souls live in each bracelet. The jewelry designers used their professional skills, the gift-givers put their unconditional love “to wear a bracelet on the arm by night and by day.” Sometimes, bracelets become symbols of whom people love and would it matter how these bracelets look? Each bracelet is a treasure of cultural heritage, inspiration, and beauty.

“To me my Julia lately sent
A bracelet richly redolent:
The beads I kissed, but most lov’d her
That did perfume the pomander.”

“Here is the bracelet
For good little May
To wear on her arm
By night and by day.”
Louisa May Alcott