By staying open-minded, the sight of mosques throughout Istanbul no longer give me angst. All I see is the architectural representation of faithful people who I experienced to be both passionate and peaceful.
Staying open-minded is one of the most important things you can be, whether it’s when you’re traveling, or when you’re encountering people even in familiar territory. On my most recent trip, which included visiting the nation of Turkey for the first time, I realized how important staying open-minded really is.
My partner and I travel frequently, most often to Europe. So we always felt like we lived up to staying open-minded with relative ease. But, in the days leading up to this most recent trip, I was expressing my apprehensions. As a gay and Jewish man, how would I be received in Turkey? Would I be safe? In an effort to staying open-minded, I acknowledged those concerns, and “packed a full bag” of curiosity.
A small shop selling leather accessories that mimic the real thing. My advice: refuse the temptation to buy items that are genuine fake.
As if I needed a “reminder-to-self”, while enjoying a perfectly lovely trip abroad, I got a clear message that I must refuse to be a genuine fake. You should, too.
Now, I didn’t need to come to Turkey to figure this out. But the concept of buying goods that are each brazenly marketed as being a genuine fake, struck me as a genuine affront to all that is good in the world. For about twenty bucks apiece, I could have filled my wrists and arms with genuine fake brand name watches with nearly identical designs and appearances to the real McCoy’s. I am sure we have all seen this before on Canal Street in New York, or by some street vendor off Union Square in San Francisco, or just about anywhere else.
At Prato’s Museo del Tessuto, piles of old clothes are arranged to simulate the atmosphere inside a textile factory where ‘pickers’ sort old clothes into categories so that the fabrics may be reused in current fashion.
One of the most common adages we all like to use at this time of year is “Out with the old, and in with the new.” But what’s wrong with being in with the old?
I was entirely consumed with this thought while in Florence over the holidays because, as the birthplace of the Renaissance, it’s a place that continually looks back to the past and makes it fresh again. In fact, Florentine scholars, artists, and scientists during the Renaissance have been famously credited with giving new life and meaning to ideas from antiquity.
I decided that showing the spirit of the season would be best expressed by sharing with you some of my most favorite New York City store windows. Most of the clothes and accessories you see in these images depict idealized … Continue reading →
I wanted to provide you a window into spring fashion. Having just been in Paris, I took many pictures of store windows so that you could appreciate the spring fashion season not just in words, but also through images. Parisians take great pride in beauty in all forms, and that includes the window displays of the countless chic boutiques lining many of Paris’ storied shopping districts.
I have been enjoying a wonderful trip to Paris and one of the great exhibits so far was of Henri Matisse at the Centre Georges Pompidou. It’s amazing how an art exhibit can inspire a thought, and I share that thought in my video blog this week.
You may well wonder what could be the connection between Matisse, confidence and you. As well-regarded as Matisse was, he was human, too.
Just walking along, I spotted this amazing work of utilitarian art: a Rene Lalique glass door.
A deeply satisfying conversation with a dear friend led me to take a journey of personal recollections. As we bring one year to a close and start a new year full of promise and plans, it seems appropriate to share some of the thoughts with you.
The key to understanding the color red is to feel it. Red comes with a range of emotions and sensations that I think are beyond other colors. Even if you were blind, red is a color you’d be able to experience like no other.
London is defined by two foundational styles – City and Country – and they both influence your personal style today. Visit London, as I just did, become immersed in its rich history, and you will see how true this is. Style doesn’t occur organically in London. Like everything in this great city, how style was developed here, and how it has progressed, is part of an orderly plan. This may not make sense at first. But keep reading, and it will all make perfect sense.
In planning and preparing for our recently completed mega-trip, I conducted so much research to be sure that our experience would be memorable, just in case we never did it again! I wanted to live every day of this trip like they could be our last ones so there could be no regrets, and that meant doing it up big time.