Tales from the Work Place

Today, in the presence of two male colleagues a discussion was being had about an issue that was affecting the work environment. In the end I was taken a back at what was conveyed:

Male No. 1: “Yes, well, now that women have been given more of a voice, they just don’t shut up, and feel like they can say anything.”

Male No. 2: Yes, well, this is happening because men are being emasculated by women, and they are angry, so this has has resulted in the clash of the sexes.”

Me: Dumbfounded, and disappointed, responded as such: ” Well, men have been saying whatever they want for centuries.”

There is a divide that is looming, politically, sexually, and economically, it is like staring down the barrel of a gun. I just wish that we would all realize that we are in this together, and that male liberation, is so dependent on female liberation. Am I wrong? -tM

Photography: Herb Ritts | Sandra Bernhert

Renewal

It is Born

Here I came to the very edge
where nothing at all needs saying,
everything is absorbed through weather and the sea,
and the moon swam back,
its rays all silvered,
and time and again the darkness would be broken
by the crash of a wave,
and every day on the balcony of the sea,
wings open, fire is born,
and everything is blue again like morning.

-Pablo Neruda

Let go, in order to begin anew. -tM

Finishing Touches

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

What are your finishing touches before leaving the house for either a day of work or an evening out?

I have four: 1. Hair needs to be coiffed; 2. Some Lipstick or lip balm, depending on whether I have made up my eyes; 3. Earrings/Necklace never both at the same time, unless I am wearing small studs; 4. Rings, always my rings which I tend to have on rotation depending on the outfit.

These are my feeling ready necessities. However, it is interesting that most revolve around my face. I guess you could say that “giving good face” is important to me. Now tell me some of your essential beauty requisites. -tM

The Fox is in the Pantry

Caffé La Tana, in Vancouver is a new world version of the Italian alimentari (a small family owned grocery store and deil found in small neighbourhoods throughout most of Italy). It is so full of charm and goodness that even the fox will be tamed by the in house delights.

With such clever marketing, who wouldn’t be swayed to indulge in a nostalgia and the “way things used to be.” -tM

The Sunday Morning Lounge

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

What does your Sunday morning ceremonial observance look like?

There are no religious observances of any kind here, however I definitely hold sacred to my Sunday morning rituals. They ground me, put me at ease, and sometimes even in a contemplative state of mind. Most Sunday’s are spent in solitude. Just me, my music, coffee, some reading material, coupled with a few hours of kick back on the sofa staring at the sky, watching the birds take flight.

It’s a meditation of sorts, one with my eyes open. -tM

A Private Refuge

An Italian Baroque Palace turned elegant hotel in which the architects and design team honoured the existing structure of the space. I am enchanted by its beauty and elegance. Sensual and simple marries tradition and discretion. -tM

Palazzo Bozzi Corso | Lecce, Italie | www.palazzobozzicorso.com

Photography: AD France Magazine

Saint Love

Artsit: Egon Schiele | Girlfriends, 1913

Artsit: Egon Schiele | Girlfriends, 1913

The cultivation of Intimacy, whether it be through friendships, lovers, family, or with yourself, that is the way to love. An intimate inclusion that allows you to become more then what you are. It is worth every effort; every heartbreak. It is growth by fire. -tM

Winter, You have a Contender

Fashion Week | Backstage at Juun J. | Self Service Magazine

Fashion Week | Backstage at Juun J. | Self Service Magazine

in keeping with NY Fashion week and its runway inspiration, this feels so right about now. Although I think I have officially traded in any style or elegance for the necessary survival gear. The only creativity applied to my attire lately is how to layer in order to keep warm. The struggle is real folks. First world problems, 2019. -tM

The Invisible Power of Music

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

There is this sacred conversation that happens between the soul and the music being played.

Music heard so deeply, that it is not heard at all, but you become the music.

You cannot touch it, yet with precision you converse with its beat.

And when it leaves you, it changes you.

It always changes you. -tM

When Love Comes To Town

Here are the details, up close, and personal, parts of a whole, commanding you take a closer look, not unlike Lili herself.

Layer upon layer, not only is her graffiti style powerful, but it is also an entry way into a sensual, self-assured world that explores the raw scope of what it means to be a woman in today’s society, ever evolving, ever changing, making no apologies for her sexuality.

A show dedicated to love, and as Lili so eloquently put it: “It’s not always about the journey, sometimes it’s about the neon dreams in dark places. Tonight, it’s all about you.”

So, this is what happens when love comes to town. -tM

You can inquire more about LIli’s work here: @lils_m

The Urban Pastoral

Photography: Franco Fontana, 1987 | Bologna, Italy

Photography: Franco Fontana, 1987 | Bologna, Italy

I get lost in the light, the shape, the implied movement, frozen, yet incredibly fluid. I have never had pool photography feel like a pastoral painting; calm, relaxed, and expansive.

Compact in frame, its reach is almost mythical. The prophetic powers of the elusive pool mermaids, enticing us to come closer and live with them, if only momentarily, beneath the urban sea. -tM

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