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Friday
Mar242017

dime defined: alana rivera.

INTRO.

NAME: Alana Rivera | HOME GROWN: Formative years, Willits, CA. Currently, San Francisco, CA. | DAY JOB: Owner, creator and soap maven at Etta + Billie. | DREAM JOB: Owner, creator and soap maven at Etta + Billie AND a distiller at St George's Spirits.

FAVORITES.

MEAL: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, roasted beet salad and my mom's cheesecake for dessert. | SEASON: Fall and early spring, the colors, sights and smells are intoxicating. | CITY: Lisbon and San Francisco | WORD: Love | AGE: My 30s | SCENT: Petrichor, the scent of freshly fallen rain on soil or cement.

Q & A.

Q:  Who would portray you in the movie version of your life? Feature film, straight to DVD, or Lifetime Movie?
A:  Emily Blunt! I think she is one smart, savvy, funny lady. Although I'd love to say feature film, it's probably going to be straight to DVD, not nearly dramatic enough for Lifetime!

Q:  What artists or songs would contribute to the film's soundtrack?
A:  Cat Power, Santigold, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, Explosions in the Sky, LCD Soundsystem and Hall & Oates.

Q:  What's the best advice you didn't take? 
A:  Internships are a must.

Q:  What film title sums up your experiences with love thus far?
A:  Along Came Love

Q:  If your beauty routine had to be condensed, what three products make the cut?
A:  Birdy Botanicals Anti-Aging Facial SerumEtta + Billie Mini Bath + Body Oil – especially the Clary Sage Black Pepper (I use it on my face at night and all over when I travel), and Elizabeth Street Cosmetics Lipstick.

Q:  What is your alter ego's name? Describe her in one word.
A:  Zoey. Unshakable.

Q:  What's the title of your autobiography – using one color and one emotion?
A:  Turquoise Optimism

Q:  Would you rather have no regrets or no fears?
A:  No regrets. I think fear, while at times paralyzing, can be a great learning and growth opportunity. It's something we can work to overcome. From an evolutionary perspective, it also keeps us safe! Regrets on the other hand feel weighty, are harder to shed, and have the potential to cause more suffering.

Q:  What's your definition of dime?
A:  A women who is confident, motivated, compassionate and thoughtful. She has the power to do anything and help others along the way.

Q:  What words do you live by?
A:  Makers gonna make.

CONNECT.

Etta + Billie | facebook | instagram | pinterest

Photography provided courtesy of Alana Rivera. | editor's note: Etta + Billie Ginger Orange Lip Balm and Etta + Billie Mint Coffee Scrub were both featured in the photography but not mentioned in the interview.

Friday
Mar102017

art studio: sara woodrow.

the ballerina is a prominent muse for sara woodrow's illustrations, her face often obscured or nonexistent. the dancer's hidden identity is bold in direct contrast to the muted color story; she becomes the many faces that we've become accustomed to wearing – either by choice or by circumstance. the subjects that dominate sara's other canvases look at the viewer head on. the eyes, specifically, offer conclusions to their line of sight. they are cautious and unimpressed, somber and thoughtful; never expressing just one emotion, but rather feeling everything – all at once. their complexity is somehow captured as a constant moment in time.

images shown: blu | diva lady | girl | french girls | fashion illustration | take me with you 'cause i'm lonely | save me | on display | mirrors | emeralda | already see it | lady blue | bare shoulders | music 

image credits: all artwork created by and provided courtesy of sara woodrow.

Friday
Feb242017

art studio: memories of a girl i never knew...

the memories of a girl i never knew series, created by graphic designer and illustrator timothy goodman, is a breath of fresh air in terms of reflecting on what might have been. and in some cases, what should not have been. as intimate as timothy's handwritten details are, he doesn't ask the audience to take sides or pinpoint obvious blame. the series is a commentary on loss and serves as an emotional scrapbook for moments that have no intention of allowing the artist to forget.

stories shared:  way too much – memory 14 | linda in paris – memory 15 | real things – memory 2 | shannon – memory 10 | overthinking – memory 18 | ray – memory 22 | hudson & river | i wanna know – memory 23

image credits: all artwork created by and provided courtesy of timothy goodman.

Friday
Feb242017

dime playlist: it's over now...

the aftermath of a breakup is raw and unapologetic. it is usually in these moments that music becomes this lyrically beautiful invasion of privacy that speaks for us. it is under these circumstances of extremes that we are inclined to capture all that we were with intense uncertainty. love and loss create you but they don't break you. and in the end you realize that the soundtrack to your relationship only acknowledges that previous commitments are no longer connections, they are now diminished into performances.

01:  do what you gotta do --- roberta flack
favorite line: "i loved you better than your own kin did."
album: chapter two --- year: 1970

02: ex factor --- lauryn hill
favorite line: "loving you is like a battle and we both end up with scars."
album: the miseducation of lauryn hill --- year: 1998

03: king of sorrow --- sade
favorite line: "i have already paid for all my future sins."
album: lovers rock --- year: 2000

04: one more try --- george michael
favorite line: "so i don't want to learn to hold, touch you…think that you're mine."
album: faith --- year: 1987

05: what you want --- the roots
favorite line: "the punishment for crimes of the heart could be severe."
album: the best man [music from the motion picture] --- year: 1999

07: i know --- jay z
favorite line: "and your heart no longer pledge allegiance to me."
album: american gangster --- year: 2007

08: breathe --- melissa etheridge
favorite line: "i'm alright, i'm alright…it only hurts when i breathe."
album: lucky --- year: 2004

09: how can i ease the pain --- lisa fischer
favorite line: "a fool for love is a fool for pain."
album: so intense --- year: 1991

10: holding to back the years --- simply red
favorite line: "nothing had the chance to be good, nothing ever could."
album: picture book --- year: 1985

11: pretty wings --- maxwell
favorite line: "to see clearly, the way that love can be when you are not with me."
album: BLACKsummers'night --- year: 2009

12: fool of me --- meshell ndegeocello
favorite line: "does she want you with the pain that i do?"
album: bitter --- year: 1999

image credit: artwork created by and provided courtesy of danielle meder.

Friday
May012015

dime defined: jasmine durhal.

INTRO.

NAME: Jasmine Durhal | HOME GROWN: Detroit, MI | DAY JOB: Photographer | DREAM JOB: Full-time creative 

FAVORITES.

MEAL: Veggie burgers | DESIGNER: Céline | CITY: Detroit | SEASON: Fall | SOUND: Rain | ERA: The eighties

Q & A.

Q:  Who would portray you in the movie version of your life?
A:  Keke Palmer or Lupita Nyong'o.

Q:  What artists or songs would contribute to the film's soundtrack?
A:  Slum Village, a little Drake, and some Prince to add depth.

Q:  What's the best advice you didn't take? 
A:  None, I like to think mistakes are necessary.

Q:  What film title sums up your experiences with love thus far?  
A:  love jones…

Q:  What is your alter ego's name? Describe her in one word.
A:  Jassieuo. Unstoppable.

Q:  What three people could you spend eternity with?
A:  My grandma, my dog Brody, and my mommy.

Q:  Would you rather have no regrets or no fears?
A:  No fears. Fear is something I personally struggle with more. I tend to fear things at the first idea of the obstacle. Having no fear would result in a different approach to my work, my life, and everything in general. 

Q:  What's your definition of dime?
A:  A woman who knows who she is and what she is capable of. She uses her gifts not only for her benefit, but to help others as well.

Q:  What words do you live by?
A:  "Smile and the world smiles with you."

CONNECT.

jassieuo.com | instagram

Photography provided courtesy of Jasmine Durhal.

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