The Promise of a Good Shoe

Photography: Self-Service Magazine

Photography: Self-Service Magazine

One of the thrills, for me, when it comes to shoes, is that they elevate my spirit so much that I feel weightless.

Like a feather I float along, feeling the psychological power brought on by my shoe selection. There is a reason those ruby red slippers had the power to take Dorothy home.

Don’t EVER underestimate the investment in a good pair of shoes. They will give back to you in ways you had never expected. So if you have to scrimp and save for that pair that you have been dreaming about, please do, because they will be well worth there weight/wait in gold. -tM

The Urban Equivalent

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The Creation,

and touch of child, this really is the closest one will get to the purity and divinity of the universe. They are everything that we should be and beautiful reminders of what could be. -tM

Photography: Franco Fontana|Interpretation of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam.

The Point of Power

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

The point of power really is in the present, isn’t it?

Once you have learned and hopefully grown from your past experiences and mistakes, there is no reason to venture back. I think that is also key to moving in the present, letting go of what once was. The future is something that is completely shaped by your present, its actions, intentions, and constant personal growth and evolve.

So accept what is. And be all in, whatever moment that may be. It takes practice and devotion. So today begin making it a point to be conscious of your own personal power. -tM

Garden Party

Being a child/adult who was raised and still lives in the heart of a city, I have always lounged on decks, balconies, or roof tops in times of extreme heat (I know, I know, hot air rises, but for some reason being on roof top also means you have found a kind of solitary freedom away from the rest). In saying that, I think that is the very reason that I have an affinity for gardens. I never fail to get lost in their beauty and bounty; there silent life force.

I miss the visual, the feeling of bare feet on the prickly yet soft grass floor. I am looking forward to spending more time in gardens this summer, finding peace in there ever promising hope for growth and renewal. -tM

Photography: AD France | Gardens: S. of France; Italy: CA

Looking Forward S/S19

I have always loved Bottega Veneta, from bags to clothes, however, I find this years, S/S 2019 campaign particularly inspiring. The creative team does such a great job at highlighting both the strength, femininity, and duality of the woman the brand itself designs for.

It is art in motion; fresh, casual, honest, and incredibly sexy. -tM

p.s. can we also take a moment in adoration to appreciate that python directors chair. Also, the choice in chair and its staging has not been lost on me. Again, brilliant campaign.

Wild at Heart

Abandoned Chateaul de Rothschild | Paris, France

Abandoned Chateaul de Rothschild | Paris, France

I remember seeking out solitude and magic in abandoned places as a youth.

The places would become ours, our own private Idaho if you will, taking shelter from what we believed to be a world that was too much at out feet. We spoke in poetry, and let our laughter rise to meet the sky. There we sang in harmonies of liberty and freedom; moving through our present, where cigarettes and coffee were just as important as music and sex.

There is so much magic to be found in what has been left behind, the decay is just part of its transition, inspiring curiosity and the desire to create. Do with them what you will, however, they are both contagious, so please pass them on. -tM

Love Letter to Self

Photography: Luigi Ghirri

Photography: Luigi Ghirri

“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.” – Rumi

There is only so much that we can control. I have learned to stop forcing things. Often times we just need to find the patience to wait. -tM

Paying Tribute

The newly revamped Caffé Fernanda pays homage to Pinacoteca di Brera, one of Milan’s art galleries that is home to some of the leading collections of Italian paintings around the world.

The art pieces displayed in the café elevate its design, engaging and inspiring the patrons, making their café visit feel like a gallery experience.

The grandeur of the space pays tribute to the neoclassical architecture, coupled with the post war 1950’s renovation of the space, and juxtaposed with the contemporary approach to art curation it becomes a space that seduces through texture & design.

I appreciate design that takes into account not only the history of the space but also the value and preservation of that history in its reconstruction.

I cannot help but pause for such beauty, and in silence I take a bow. -tM

Photography: Michele Nastasi | Yatzer

Friday Exhale

Photography: Lucian Bor

Photography: Lucian Bor

On Friday’s I exhale.

It is probably my most favourite day of the week because I have the freedom of the weekend ahead. It is really a state of mind I suppose, the letting go on a Friday night. Maybe I should try this letting go approach Mon-Thurs night and see if I fare better in general with that attitude.

Ah Friday’s, I am in love. -tM

Childhood Summers

Photography: Thomas Hoepker

Photography: Thomas Hoepker

My mind has turned to childhood summers, as a way to mentally shield myself from the lack of sunlight and chilly temps these last few days. May we all take a moment to reveal in that freedom, adventure, and urban corner store freeze run; remembering when the days felt as long as our shadows, and where friendships were as important as life itself. -tM