Monthly Archives: December 2011

Prospero Año Nuevo! Happy New Years! Счастливые Новые годы!

We’re a day away from welcoming 2012! What a year, 2011 was! We’re saying goodbye to it in style this year and we’re welcoming 2012 with wide open arms!!! We don’t know whether 2012 will be the apocalypse or whether the Mayans will be correct about an enormous change, but what we do know is that for us, we’re beginning a new journey in 2012!

Since our backgrounds are Russian, we like to put up a New Years tree. This is in true-soviet style! Since Russia used to be the Soviet Union and under Communism there is no religion, people would put up a “Christmas tree” on New Years. We’ve kept this tradition, because we aren’t religious and putting up a tree with presents is always fun! This year we agreed that we put up the best tree we’ve ever had!

We made handmade pom-pom ornaments with yarn and we put up our desires on little sale tags all over the tree! It came out beautiful and this is how we’re greeting the New Year! Twelve desires for twelve months of the year! Check out the photos:

What are some of the things we want for 2012:

– Ron Paul to become President!

– For Nicholas to be healthy, FOREVER!

– To eat the best, healthiest fruits & vegetables in the world!

– To have a new beautiful home with plenty of space to design clothes and make art!

– To make a successful collection of corsets and dresses for Athena’s Gown!

– Travel!

– More global consciousness and awareness between humans worldwide!

– NO MORE WAR!

– To volunteer on a regular basis and spread love!

– More solutions and funding for global warming!!! Let’s save the world!

– Constant moments of joy and happiness!!!

WE WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEARS WITH LOTS OF LOVE AND WARMTH & FOR YOU DESIRES TO COME TRUE IN THE NEW YEAR!

LOVE,

MOLLY, NATALIA, AND NICHOLAS

Hablo un poco de Espagñol!

¡Hola! Me llamo Molly. Yo soy de Los Estados Unidos. Vivo en Nuevo York. ¡Soy una artista! Me gusta mucho el chocolate, bailar, y leer. ¡Me encanta el arte! ¡Hablo Inglés, Ruso, y un poco de Espagñol!

¡Prospero Año Nuevo!

That’s right, folks! I’M SPEAKING SPANISH! Well, as a matter of fact, my mom and I are both beginning Spanish speakers! We’re both studying together right now. It’s fantastic learning a new language! And here’s the translation for what I wrote above:

Hello! My name is Molly. I’m from the United States of America. I live in New York. I’m an artist! I really like chocolate, dancing, and reading! I love art! I speak English, Russian, and a little bit of Spanish!

Prosperous New Years!

So what’s our curriculum? Well, this is where the internet comes in. Don’t you just LOVE the 21st Century? Thanks to free websites, podcasts, etc. Anyone can learn almost anything they want, right from home! & For free!

We use a free podcast, called ‘Coffee Break Spanish.’ Each podcast is around 20 minutes long and we do indeed, sit down with our routine cup of organic coffee and practice! Sometimes we take this podcast along with us on the road as well and practice in the car. It’s a fantastic podcast and we are so grateful for the two people who recorded it: Mark and Kara!!! Click Here for the link for the free podcasts that you can subscribe to, through itunes!

Aside from Coffee Break Spanish, we use some extra material as well and this is Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone is also a great program! It really drills every phrase into your head through the use of images and there’s no possible way that you can forget what you learn! The program is set up to teach you, the way that children instinctually learn new languages.

Oh yes! And in the light of the Holidays we’re cheerfully singing Spanish- Christmas songs this year! Check out this really funny and religious Spanish song we found! We sing along to the chorus!

Anyways, these two programs work miracles for us. We’ll keep you updated on our progress! We should be fluent towards the end!!! 🙂

Happy Holidays from all of us!

-Molly, Natalia & Nicholas

Diego Rivera: Murals for MoMa

In November, MoMa (The Museum of Modern Art) announced that it would have  an exhibition of Diego Rivera’s murals. When we heard, we went right away! In fact, I think we went the next day, right after the exhibition had opened! It was so fascinating to learn about this tremendous artist who indeed, left a huge footprint on humanity. The exhibition included murals, which Rivera painted specifically for MoMa. The murals are portable.

Diego Rivera With Wife & Artist, Frida Kahlo

Diego Rivera: A Mexican Artist With A Message To The World About His Country

Diego Rivera was a man who strictly worked for the people. Yes, he was a Communist and supported the Communist ideals. He painted people. That was everything he did. He put the spotlight on the workman and indigenous people of Mexico. He saw poor people being worked to death and that’s why Communism was a movement that turned him on. Rivera was closely associated with Communists. He was even invited to visit Russia where he closely studied what was happening there. He had sketchbooks filled with drawings of the people of Russia. Yet, what we must know is that Rivera did not, under any means, support what Stalin was doing. Yes, he did support Lenin and Leon Trotsky.

Check out this beautiful mural of Mexicans gathering sugar cane:

It’s really fantastic what Rivera did for humanity. It astounds me when I look at his art. He completely devoted himself and his art to people. Although the exhibition in MoMa was absolutely excellent, one day I plan to go to Mexico City, because Diego painted that entire city. It’s so common for people to go see the murals that Michelangelo painted in Italy, but let’s travel to Mexico City this time and marvel at the work created for people by Diego Rivera!!!

Just look at this mural, called “The Indigenous World,” by Rivera, located at the National Palace in Mexico City!

So Why Did Diego Paint Murals?

Most artists would have worked with oil paints and canvas at that time, but Diego Rivera painted fresco’s. In his youth, Rivera traveled to Italy and studied the skill of painting a fresco. This is a techniques that requires the artist to paint in sections and very quickly, because a fresco dries fast! A fresco is wet plaster, so basically you have to paint on the plaster before it dries. If any of you have ever broken and arm or a leg and had to get a cast, then you know just how quickly the plaster dries! The great aspect of a fresco though is that it can last a lifetime!

So back to our original question. Why did Rivera paint with frescos? Our theory is that Rivera wanted to leave his mark for a lifetime, so that not only would we never forget him, but for the world to never forget the hard workers and indigenous people of Mexico!

Diego Rivera in New York City:

As Diego rose to fame, he was invited to come to America. He painted the portable murals for MoMa in New York City and soon enough Rockefeller commissioned Diego to paint a mural in the Rockefeller Center.

Although Diego enjoyed the parties and the crowd in New York City. The glitz and the glamour of New York City, did not stop him from realizing the cruel reality that the workman and work-woman had to go through in America. And so when he painted for MoMa, he painted reality. Look at this extraordinary mural of Industrial, dark New York:

Lastly, Was The Famous Rockefeller Commission:

It’s very difficult to show the detail of this immense mural, but please do google it for more detailed images. The title is, “A Man At The Crossroads.” Shortly, after this mural was completed, Rockefeller’s grandson, Nelson Rockefeller, had it covered up. This was a tragedy for Rivera and many lovers of Rivera’s work. This is beacause Rivera refused to remove one detail of the mural. And that was a portrait of Lenin amongst the crowd. Unfortunately, Rockefeller is a true symbol of Capitalism and having Lenin in there would not match, symbolically.

Here is a photograph of Rivera’s mural covered up:

I hope you enjoyed reading and discovering more about this immense artist as much as we enjoyed learning more about him!

P.S. – I just discovered that Diego wrote his own autobiography. I’ve added it on my to-read list and maybe you’ll all be interested as well!

Peace & Love!

Molly and Natalia

Happy Holidays to everybody!

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, we’re wishing you a Happy Holiday and New Years!

As a note, we hope that you’ll take the time to listen to this beautiful performance and song, as a hopeful message for the future of our world and our kids! Let’s remember what’s really important this Holiday season!!!

PEACE & LOVE,

MOLLY, NATALIA, AND NICHOLAS

NICHOLAS: 7 year old, future astronaut and doctor!

Nicholas is Natalia’s son and Molly’s brother and he’s the third musketeer of our family! Here’s an interview about Nicholas. Molly is interviewing Nicholas in the recording below! Listen to learn more about this imaginative and intelligent, 7 year old!

Hope you all enjoy!!!

And here are some of Nicholas’s favorite drawings that he’s made:

Molly & Nicholas with the Ipad

Soon Nicholas will be finishing his treatment for Leukemia! He was diagnosed way back in November 2008 and we’re excited to say that he’s an amazing and vibrant, 7 year old boy! We’re so proud of him. We chose to homeschool him last year, because he would get sick in school, but also because the public school education in America is diminishing. We found that Nicholas would become very stressed and less creative. Now we do a variety of things to educate Nicholas. The biggest way that we teach Nicholas is that he’s involved with us through everything. As you heard in the interview, Nicholas even goes with us to our colonic sessions and while my mom and I are busy doing colonics, Nicholas became a very good friend with the doctor and helps her out! Don’t worry, it’s nothing weird, but he likes to greet the other patients and help out in the office.

Homeschooling or Unschooling?

This is a question for many parents and we’ve done our fair share of research. We  tend to just go with the flow. We do have a schedule and we do have one specific book that we use. It’s called the BrainQuest book, which makes learning a lot of fun. Nicholas also does have a teacher who comes in for one hour, but the teacher is provided from the New York City Board of Education. This is something that the Board of Ed provides for ill kids. Other than that, we find that experience is the BEST teacher. For example, whether it’s taking Nicholas to a farm or whether it’s taking him to a museum. Nicholas is always super curious and it’s a lot of fun! We don’t pressure him and Nicholas asks a lot of questions all the time and he does educate himself in that sort of way. I guess, you could say that we do a combination of homeschooling and unschooling.

Reading

The one thing we find to be the most important and that we might disagree with from other unschoolers is the outlook on reading. Typically, the unschooler philosophy believes that when a child feels that they want to read, they will read. Their curiosity will grow and they will ask to be taught how to read. Although, we completely understand this concept and could see how it might work with some children, we are strong believers of reading. We believe that it’s one of the most important aspects of Education and that it is actually being drained out of the American school system. More and more children in public schools are illiterate. Kids aren’t being taught phonics anymore. We find this to be a crime against children. Reading is knowledge and therefore it is power for a person to make some of the most important decisions in life. We do make Nicholas read everyday and we want him to become and avid reader, just as we are.

Anyways, here are some more photos of our excellent, young chap, Nicholas!

Nicholas & Molly at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

 

Nicholas being dug in the sand!

Nicholas on an old 1950's train.

 

Peace & Love,

Molly, Natalia, & Nicholas!

Corinne Bailey Rae: A classy woman with a voice from heaven!

What a pleasure it is to see a woman who dresses so feminine and with such class, and on top of it, she’s a beautiful talent! I can say right away, that hopefully we’ll get the chance to one day meet Corinne Bailey Rae and hear her sing in some intimate setting. That’s the way I imagine hearing her music. Only with the right group of people, in a small, but classy setting! It’s fantastic to see someone as her during our time when women are so mixed up and although Hollywood will always have lots of beautiful people, there’s that specific class, that not every woman has!

Enjoy her music video, ‘Closer,’ which came out in 2010:

The interesting thing about Corinne Bailey Rae is how she got her debut! For someone so young, she accomplished to do everything on her own. She recorded her first album on her own with her friends and it became a hit instantly and soon enough it was on America’s Top 20 Billboard. When it came to recording her new album, although many companies wanted her to sign with them, she kindly refused and recorded her new album with her friends again. We love this about her! It’s also so great to see how passionate she is about what she does and the fact that she just went right ahead and did it.

Check out some of Corinne Bailey Rae’s outfits!

So, CORINNE BAILEY RAE, IF YOU SEE THIS POST, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU AS ONE OF OUR CUSTOMERS!!!! 🙂

Peace & Love

Molly and Natalia

Bill Cunningham: An icon to New York street clothes and FASHION!

BILL CUNNINGHAM is like a little angel in the form of a man on Earth, who’s become an icon for the New York fashion scene. He’s the “fashion fairy” that rides a bicycle around with a blue jacket all the time and shoots you with his magic wand, the camera.

If you know who Bill Cunningham is, then you can surely take it as a compliment to be photographed by him and most people who do get photographed by him, know this and always smile! Bill has a keen eye for fashion and has started photographing people on the streets since the colorful flower child time in America! Although the ironic thing is that he didn’t have a color film camera!

Bill Cunningham's Early Photographs

Recently, we were able to watch the documentary on Bill Cunningham through Netflix: Bill Cunningham New York. What an amazing person! We loved hearing his insight on fashion today. He explained that New York is beginning to look like Disney World – everyone looks the same and it’s becoming more difficult for Bill to photograph interesting people.Luckily, with Bill’s keen eye he still manages to find the unique and daring people amongst the huddle of people. We can’t help, but agree with Bill that fashion AND people have become bland and less original. Perhaps it is a fear that people have. You have to admit it takes courage to go out and look different, but shouldn’t that be fairly easy in New York City?!

We also really enjoyed watching video footage of Bill Cunningham at fashion shows. Although, Bill won’t criticize anyone negatively, you can tell whether he likes the clothing or not. If he’s holding up his camera; you’re a success! BUT, if his camera is in his lap, unfortunately, this is too bad.

It’s really an honor for someone like Bill Cunningham to be around. We believe that as our time continues to change and fashion and art are constantly evolving, fashion designers should use the extremely valuable insights of Bill Cunningham. He knows what he’s doing and not only because he lived in a somewhat different past, but because it is something that comes intuitively with Bill.

A beautifully tailored black suit that will never be out of style.

Since we’re designers and actually designing our collection at this point in our lives. We’ve looked into the fashion industry a lot. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of the same names out there – Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Dior, etc. And it’s not that any of these designers aren’t good in anyway, rather they are fantastic. Yet, we wonder where are the new designers? Is there no one creative?

We want to change this.

Anyways, not to steer off topic!!! If you get the chance, whether you’re in fashion or not, it’s very interesting to look into the man behind the camera lens and get to know more about him in his documentary! We definitely suggest it! And just as an extra bit, here’s an incredible spread by Bill Cunningham of Anna Piaggi!

Hope you enjoyed!

Peace & Love,

Molly & Natalia